Smok appear to have gotten some stick after the release of their latest mod [the Skyhook] but personally I had my vaping eye on this chunky little monkey.
The Smok Stick V8 kit is the latest pen-style sub ohm device from one of the most popular vape companies out there.
So is the V8 kit living up to my expectations?
Or am I gonna stick it straight into the back of my vape cupboard?
Let’s get a closer look:
This was sent free of charge for the purpose of this review. As always our views are our own.
In the Box
The kit comes in the usual black box covered with the lava/volcanic Smok image sleeve with all the useful info on the back.
- 1 x Stick V8 Battery (3000mAh)
- 1x TFV8 Big Baby Tank 24.5mm
- 1x V8 Baby M2 Core 0.15ohm
- 1x V8 Baby M2 core 0.25ohm
- 1x USB
- 1x Manual
- 1x Vape Band
- 1x Spare parts
First up a quick word about the coils.
The x2 ‘stock coils’ do not have any wattage numbers engraved on them – which I thought was a bit weird.
However Smok says the Baby M2 coils are specifically designed for the V8 stick battery as it pumps out a consistent 20amps discharge – on the coils are the words Direct Output.
They do have Ohm readings on them and the kit I received showed 0.15ohm and 0.25ohm respectively.
Despite searching Smok’s website and trawling the net – I cannot find what wattage the V8 Stick can pump out though the consensus from reviewers is ‘around 50watts’.
When vaping when the voltage drops so will the power [wattage].
Checkout our complete guide Electrickery – A Guide to Volts, Ohms and Resistence in Ecigs to fully understand what this means.
You’ll be pleased to know all the coils for the TFV8 Baby Beast are indeed compatible.
The battery is an absolute gem coming in at 3000mAh – this will last you most of the day and power pretty much anything you care to put on it.
There’s no screen or settings to worry about – just charge – vape and go.
The simple swivel top-fill TFV8 Big Baby tank is quite simply awesome. You get clouds that just keep coming whilst the flavour profile is in a word superb.
It’s a 5ml tank and can be a juice guzzler – but hey what do you expect it might be a baby but it’s a bloody beast!!!
The main key features here has to be ease of use – from filling to swapping out the coil and of course just hitting that fire button and vaping – this is indeed a simple to use device.
Smok V8 Stick Battery Specs
- Dimensions: 24.5*75mm
- 3000mAh Battery Capacity
- Voltage Range: 3.4V – 4.2V
- LED Battery Life Indicator
- Stainless Steel Construction
- Stainless Steel 510 Threads
- Spring Loaded 510 Pin
- Micro USB Port (Charging)
TFV8 Big Baby Specs
- Dimensions: 56*24.5mm
- 5.0mL Tank Capacity
- Stainless Steel Construction
- Glass Tank Section
- Dual Cyclops Adjustable Airflow
- Top Fill System
- Wide Bore Delrin Drip Tip
- Swivel Action Top Fill
- 8 second shut off
- Low resistance protection
- Short circuit protection
- Low voltage protection
Note: there’s the tiniest hole on the base which I assume is battery venting – can’t see any others.
Design and Build Quality
Build wise it’s everything you’d expect from Smok.
The connections are clean and buttery smooth with the huge bottom airflow ring having a pretty good resistance when turning – it won’t budge a millimetre in your pocket that’s for sure.
Design wise it is a cracker and very similar to Smok’s Brit One and Vape Pen 22.
It’s chunky and chubby and is the perfect pocket or bag mod.
I received the black version and it really does look like a top end mod.
It also comes in stainless steel and the most gorgeous Rainbow colour.
Being a bit of a ‘posey big girls blouse’ I mentioned to Jonny I’d love to get my hands on the jazzy rainbow one – mainly to impress my neighbours Andrew and Mark – lovely fellows 🙂
Reviewers can’t be choosers and it was the black one I received – and to be honest it does look bloody good.
The charge port is high on the side with a little LED ‘dot’ that lets you know when it’s fully charged and you can pass-through vape [vape whilst charging].
The fire button is nicely ‘clicky’ and flashes x4 times every time you puff and if it flashes 15 times it means your voltage is below 3.3v so time to charge.
That’s it really – apart from the Smok logo one side and the Stick V8 writing on the other it’s refreshingly uncluttered.
How Does Smok Stick V8 Perform?
Oh boy have I enjoyed reviewing this beauty!!!
The battery seems to go on forever and that tank is a just crazy!
Crazy in a good way that is lol.
You get clouds that last for ever [and ever]and the flavour is sensational.
V8 Baby M2 Core .0.25 ohm dual coil gave me a superb vape – I’d say it was cool but edging towards luke warm and the flavour was a revelation – stunning.
As soon as I vaped on the 0.15ohm things got a whole lot more fun!!!
This is an absolute monster – it’s a cloud chucking demon and then some – WOW!
Taste wise if I’m honest there was just the slightest and I mean slightest dip in the flavour I was expecting – just a tad but something to bare in mind.
It’s a sturdy device that I reckon could take some knocks and it fits nicely in the hand and feels just heavy enough.
Smok are marketing this as a ‘starter kit’.
I would NOT recommend this to a new vaper just beginning – if anything it’s a starter kit for those wanting to get into sub ohm vaping.
Saying that – experienced sub ohm vapers will find it a pleasure to use and it is perfect for out and about vaping.
SMOK V8 Video Review – See The Device In Action
What I Like
The majority of us like a vape device we can charge – fill and go not worrying about settings and the rest of it – and the Smok Stick V8 does just that and does it very well indeed.
The battery is a monster – forget the Duracell bunny – this bugger is that bunny on steroids and then some.
Oh my Lord the tank!
I missed out on all the TFV8 Cloud Beast family as at the time it wasn’t really something I was interested in – but how times change lol.
What I will say now that I’m more experienced [I know it doesn’t show lol] is I really must get my hands on one because if they are better than the baby then I don’t know what I’ve been missing.
Easy fill – easy coil change – crazy clouds and superb flavour – what more do we need?
What I Don’t Like
I’m a little stumped if I’m honest – there’s really not a lot to not like.
I’ve had no leakage no problems with the coils – it fires every single tank I’ve put on the battery instantly and seems to last forever.
Maybe – just maybe the tank is a little noisy on the inhale both fully open and closed off – but hey that’s really looking for issues that aren’t really there!
Final Review Verdict
I’ll keep this simple.
This is the best sub ohm pen-style device I’ve had the pleasure to review.
And NO I am not paid to say that 😉
The battery is incredible – the tank is mind-blowingly good and together they are a match made in heaven – it’s as simple as that.
- Simple to use
- Amazing battery power
- Smart design
- Awesome tank
- Noisy??? [who cares haha]