SMOK Alien Kit
The SMOK Alien Kit consists of an Alien 220W TC dual-18650 box mod and a TFV8 Baby Beast sub-ohm tank. Since the Baby Beast tank has already been reviewed on Vaping360, this review will focus only on the Alien Mod.
The Alien Kit is designed for intermediate-to-advanced vapers who want a stylish all-in-one hardware setup that provides ample power and superior performance.
SMOK Alien Kit Gallery
SMOK Alien Kit Specs and Features
- 1 x Alien 220 Mod
- 1 x TFV8 Baby Tank
- 1 x V8 Baby-Q2 Core (0.4Ω dual coils) (Pre-installed)
- 1 x V8 Baby-T8 Core (0.15Ω octuple coils)
- 1 x USB Cable for Charging/Upgrading
- 1 x Replacement Glass Tube
- 1 x User Manual
- Spare Parts
- Size: 85x44x28.4mm
- Power Range: Max. 220W
- Resistance Range: 0.1Ω-3Ω (VW) / 0.06Ω-2Ω (TC)
- Temperature Range: 200-600° F / 100°-350° C
Online prices for the SMOK Alien Mod range from $45–70. Prices for the complete Kit (which includes a TFV8 Baby Beast tank) add an additional $15-25 to the price.
The SMOK Alien box mod is similar in size, shape, and power output to the Sigelei 213 and the P4U iPV 6/6X mods. They differ in cosmetic designs, regulating chips, display screens, and menu navigation, but all three are more alike than dissimilar overall. The relatively compact, oblong cylindrical shape — essentially a box with curved sides and flat top and a hinged battery door on the flat bottom — is currently popular among Chinese mod makers.
The large OLED display above the rhomboid-shaped adjustment buttons is clear and contains a wealth of information — more than on most mods — but the layout, graphic design, and font sizes make the display seem a little cluttered. The Alien uses a long firing bar on one side that is contoured to the shape of the mod case and triggered by pressing the top of the bar. The firing bar accommodates either thumb or trigger firing and has a short throw, but the push is a bit stiff (more than on SMOK’s H-Priv mod), so the pressure required to activate firing is more than for some button-fired mods.
Performance is up to the standards vapers have come to expect from current-generation, higher-power box mods. Firing is instantaneous in all modes and adjustable for hard, soft, or standard initial ramp-up. Temp control is accurate and works well, with fine-tuning TCR adjustability for all three common TC wire types (nickel, titanium, and stainless steel). Navigation of the menu system is sufficiently straightforward and simple that someone other than a techno-geek can operate it easily (i.e., a normal person). Power output may be slightly overrated, but that’s typical of nearly all mod-makers, and quibbling over a few watts at 200+ is irrelevant for the vast majority of vapers, for whom the limits of the Alien’s power output will never even be approached.
Actual vaping performance is very good. Any long-term issues of reliability or durability will take time to arise and be assessed, but current chip technology and manufacturing standards are considerably higher than a year or two ago, so prospects are improved for a long life of superior performance.
- Good performance (with many options)
- Stylish and beautiful (industrial but sleek)
- Ergonomic design (comfortable in the hand)
- Firing bar (cool feature)
- Hinged battery door (easy battery swaps)
- Firmware upgradability (USB or OTA via Bluetooth)
- Firing bar (requires firm pressure)
- Heavy (345g/11.5 oz. with batteries and full tank)
- No listing of safety protections
The SMOK Alien 220W TC box mod easily passes muster among its current-generation peers. SMOK’s marketing strategy is to produce a wide array of products for every market niche, and the Alien box mod fits into the 200+ watt niche of dual-18650 mods quite nicely.