SMOK have been very active players in the sub ohm market recently, with their TFV4 tanks in particular offering almost unparalleled performance when it comes to high powered cloud chasing vape tanks.
We are yet to see an RTA from them yet- until now that is, with the release of the SMOK TF-RTA which offers two options, the G2 sporting a two post Velocity styled deck, and the monstrous G4, which sports a deck for quad coil builds!
The SMOK TFV4 tanks have offered superior performance for cloud chasers, especially with the incredible amount of coils available for them.
So let’s have a look at whether SMOK can crack the RTA market with the SMOK TF-RTA G2 and G4.
1 x TF-RTA Tank
1 x TF-RTA Build Deck (G4 Or G2)
1 x Allen Key (G2 Deck) Or 1 x Screwdriver (G4 Deck)
1 x Replacement Glass Tube
1 x SMOK Vapor Band
1 x User Manual
1 x Spare Silicone Top Fill Pad
4 x Spare Screws
6 x Spare O-Rings
Adjustable Airflow Control
Easy to use Juice Flow Control
65mm height (without drip tip and 510 connector)
Glass tank section with replacement included
Stainless Steel material used
Available in Black and Stainless Steel colors
16mm build deck area
TF-RTA G2 deck features Velocity post configuration with two pre-installed Clapton coils for 0.45ohm
TF-RTA G4 deck features a build area optimized for quad coil builds with four pre installed Clapton for 0.14ohm
Build Quality and Design
The SMOK TF-RTA is manufactured from Stainless Steel, with a Pyrex glass tank section, and it shares a lot of its looks with the original SMOK TFV4.
You have a choice of two different color options at present, in black and stainless steel, and the width of the tank is 24.5mm meaning that it will overhang any 22mm width mod.
The drip tip features an insulated inner layer against heat, and it is 510 threaded so you can use your own drip tip should you wish to do so.
There is juice flow control included, so by twisting the tank you can open or close this off when filling, and the tank is top filled by opening the swivel top.
All the threading is smooth and clean here, and when cleaning the SMOK TF-RTA you can disassemble it completely.
Building the SMOK TF-RTA G2 and G4
There are two different deck options with the SMOK TF-RTA, you have the G2 deck which has a two post design matching the velocity deck, and the G4 deck that has a post arrangement that is for quad coil builds.
There’s a load of space to build here and both decks easily accept large diameter coils.
They both come with Clapton coil builds already in them, the G2 deck has a dual Clapton build that has a resistance of 0.45ohm.
The G4 deck has a quad coil build with spaced Claptons for 0.14ohm.
You just need to insert your favored wicking material, I’ve found cutting the wick in line with the top of the juice channels works best, and you can vape away.
The G2 deck is very easy to build on, with the velocity posts making dual coil builds easy, the G4 is a little trickier to arrange quad coils on however!
How does the SMOK TF-RTA Perform?
For cloud chasing, there isn’t much out there that can match the SMOK TF-RTA with the G4 deck. This supports quad coil builds that can handle very low resistance and high power with a very warm to hot vape, making this a perfect choice for cloud chasing.
I found the G2 deck to be better for flavour, the lower power offering a bit of a cooler vape and much more flavour coming through from your e juice.
Juice consumption is one thing to remark on here, both the G2 and G4 get through juice like it is going out of fashion!
Overall the SMOK TF-RTA definitely rates as one of the thirstiest tanks I’ve ever come across, however with the G4 deck it has to be the cloudiest RTA I’ve ever used!
The airflow matches the airflow control found on the SMOK TFV4, which means that you have four massive airflow slots around the base of the tank, and a very smooth airflow control ring.
The airflow is easily adjustable, however this tank is definitely not one for those that mouth to lung hit, as even with the airflow closed right down this tank is still a lot airier than most other RTA’s out there!
When you have the airflow set to its widest setting, then you are well and truly in cloud chasing mode, and the vapor production is on a level that most other tanks cannot compete with!
This is one airy tank for the lung hitters, and it’s quite possibly the airiest RTA I have ever experienced.
What I Like
If you want high power and pure clouds, there isn’t very much out there that can compete with the SMOK TF-RTA and the G4 deck. This is capable of easily handling over 100w, and with the generous airflow, this blows clouds that are on a whole different level to anything else out there.
The G2 deck can blow some pretty decent clouds too, but if cloud chasing is your thing then you will want to go for the G4 option.
The G2 deck offers excellent flavour, the flavour here really is on par with a lot of some of the best flavour tanks I have tried. It’s a rich, warm and very tasty vape.
The build quality is excellent with this tank, it feels solid and everything is smooth. I didn’t find a trace of machine oil present, and I enjoyed the fact I could strip it down fully for cleaning.
The top fill system is the same as the one found on the TFV4, which is one of the best top filling systems around.
The price point of this tank really is superb when you consider the build quality and performance. It most certainly out performs a lot of the more ‘premium’ tanks on the market today.
What I Dislike
The heat generated by this tank is pretty insane at high watts, it does get very hot indeed after a few puffs, and this also affects the vape too.
If you don’t enjoy warm vapes, you may find yourself a little uncomfortable with the vape provided by the SMOK TF-RTA at high wattage, with the G4 deck in particular.
You may also find yourself needing to lower your nicotine as this tank hits very hard indeed!
The G2 deck offers great flavour, and has to be the choice for those that prefer flavour over clouds, but it’s still a very loose draw and doesn’t seem to fare very well on the flavour front when you use under 30w.
If you aren’t spot on with your wicking on both decks, you will suffer leaks or horrendous dry hits. Even the wick being slightly out of place with this tank can have a big detriment to performance, it’s not forgiving at all.
The G4 deck is also a fiddly build too, when it comes to rebuilding on this deck you will need a lot of patience.
This is a very, very thirsty tank. It burns through e juice in no time at all, as the wicking channels are large and it is designed to be used at high power too.
Final SMOK TF-RTA Review Verdict
If you want the best clouds available from a tank, then the SMOK TF-RTA G4 is the one for you.
If you want an RTA for outstanding flavour that is still cloudy, then the SMOK TF-RTA G2 is an excellent choice.
Both of these options are superb, and this marks a big entrance to the RTA arena from SMOK.
The price point is excellent as well. For the price being charged for both of these options, I don’t think there is much better out there at the moment.
Superior cloud chasing performance from an RTA
Handles high power superbly
G2 and G4 both offer vastly different performance
Excellent flavour from both the G2 and G4
G2 deck is very easy to build on
Price is great for an RTA of this quality
Loads of spares included in the pack
Pre built coils are of sufficient quality to use out of the box
Top fill is easy to use
Build quality is excellent
Neither the G2 or G4 seem to fare too well at lower power, such as under 30w
The TF-RTA is prone to getting very hot
Wicking needs to be spot on or you will suffer from leaks
Drains juice at an incredible rate
G4 deck can be a bit of a fiddly build
Width of 24.5mm will overhang some mods