SMOK Alien Kit Review

We take a look at the Alien mod, SMOK's brand new high powered box mod.

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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.

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SMOK Alien Kit Specs and Features

Kit Content

  • 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

Specifications

  • 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

Notable Remarks

Price

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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.

Thoughts

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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

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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.

Likes

  • 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)

Dislikes

  • Firing bar (requires firm pressure)
  • Heavy (345g/11.5 oz. with batteries and full tank)
  • No listing of safety protections

Verdict

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.

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Bill Herbst
My name is Bill. I’ve been a dedicated vaper for five and a half years, having ended a 35-year addiction to tobacco cold-turkey on my first day of vaping. I live on the Oregon coast, in the tiny town of Florence, one huge sand dune away from the Pacific Ocean.
  • Jason

    Anyone found yet the safety protections?

  • Bill Herbst

    I’ve discovered through reading and confirmed through experience that the early firmware versions of the Alien mod do indeed misfire sporadically (meaning that you press the firing bar and nothing happens; then you have to wait a second and press the bar again — very aggravating). My test unit came with firmware v1.1.3 and misfires frequently.

    SMOK has corrected the problem in recent firmware updates that are available on the SMOK web site. Since the updates can be installed only through Windows, however, Mac users (which include me) are out in the cold. Perhaps the percentage of vapers who use Macs is small, but our exclusion does mar an otherwise nice mod.

    • Glen Travis Hopkinson

      Take it to the local library most have computers you can use, might be able to update that way, or find a friend who still uses windows, we are out there. i might have a newer one just bought it , so far loving it, well other than the spitting but that was my fault with juice control.

  • Ron

    Just got mine today and I’m loving it. I’ve been using it all day with a tfv8 (not baby) and the time to ramp up compared to my old minos r150 is amazing. I haven’t updated the firmware yet, but I’ve only had one misfire all day.

    It’s a bit heavy, but I wouldn’t consider that a con… it’s like saying a con for a rolls royce is the weight.. it’s just part of the style of the mod. I’d be worried if it was super light.

    Having a firm button is a pro, not a con. I don’t want a loose button that feels cheap or can be pressed by accident. It’s not like it takes a body builder to press it…

    This could be the best regulated mod on the market, and when you consider the price, it can’t be beat.

    • kris murray

      what watts do you rn it at

  • Gustavo Felisberto

    Couple of questions:
    1-Does it charge the batteries via USB or does one need external charger?
    2-Saw your comment on updating only from windows. Did you try the OTA update with Bluetooth?

    • Helmuth

      Yes it does charge via USB, But I rather to use an external charger its only $18, so iI can charge a couple of extra batteries I have

    • Ian

      I’ve heard it’s best to get an external charger for this mod because it isnt really designed to charge the batteries evenly. So you may over charge one battery while the other is still charging.

  • Rami

    I bought one within 2 weeks the firing button quit out on me.. waste of money. First time purchasing a smok product and probably my last.

  • Patrick

    Where did you get the “bluetooth” thing from, I have this mod and it does not have bluetooth.

  • Holmezy Holmes

    Need help,

    Had my Smok Alien less than a month, charged up my genuine efest 3000mah batteries in the mod as normal, then the mod was just lifeless and killed my 2 batteries, now my laptop acknowledges that the mod is connected but still no display or power to the mod whatsoever, dont know whats happened.

    Confused

  • Mike Lyno

    I like this mod but as mentioned the power bar/button is stiff with a really short throw. Biggest thing I don’t like is the screen dimming after 10 seconds. Irritates me, I hope they release a firmware to eliminate that dimming.

  • David Goddard

    Been in use for 3 weeks now and the paint has come off in large patches all over the device, had to resort to putting a wrap on it to make it presentable. Very dissapointed in the paint job on it, in case you think that it may be the way in whihc I have treated the device; I am the sort of person that keeps the protective film that comes with a mobile phone on the screen for the first 12 months. All of my other mods of various ages look ‘like new’ yet I can rub the paint off this with my thumb rubbing it. Such a shame I boutght the device because it ‘looked nice’ not that it had any special features.

  • tkm

    I just bought my smoke alien 3 days ago. Last night it kept shutting off on me. I work night shift (iron worker) so it gets cold on December. The board temperature never went above 16 or 19 degrees Celsius. I don’t know if hat is an issue when it gets too cold it shuts off. If that is the case then this thing is not for outdoor work at night in the winter. Any help is appreciated.

  • Stephen

    Lovely vape but crap finish paint flakes off after 10 yay she of use I’m not the only one two other people I know have the same problem after 10 days look real tatty will I by SMOK again big question . I was looking forward to getting this mod deal let down and cheated

  • David B. Foster

    I received my Smok Alien kit on September 15th 2016. I’ve never liked the TFV tanks and I thought this mini would work better than the first one. The problem I have is the tank can’t keep up with my vaping and will give my hits that are in the dry side, not sure what I’m doing wrong because I don’t read much about anyone having trouble with it running dry. So much for the tank.
    I really love this mod, I’ve been using it with a Uwell D1 sub ohm tank with 0.25 ohm coils. I’ve had no problems with the paint common off and every time I push the button it fires without any worries. This has a great screen with all the information you need from a mod with temp control. I think that Smok may have changed the paint or something to keep it from flaking off.

  • Kinani

    hey i have just purchesd this MOD and i need to know does it come with batteries or do i need to buy my own?

    • Rikard Jerner

      you need to buy your own