SMOK Gimlet Sub Ohm Tank Review


SMOK Gimlet Intro

In this article we take a look at SMOK’s second sub ohm tank – the Gimlet cloud tank or GCT. The Gimlet from what I can see so far is slightly more expensive than the SMOK VCT. It features a much improved air flow and looks completely different featuring some fancy gold plating. The SMOK Gimlet also comes with 0.2ohm Ni200 nickel wire coils, as standard. The nickel wire coils should only be used on a temperature controlled box mod like the SMOK XPRO M80 or a Vaporflask. The coils on the SMOK Gimlet can be interchanged with the ones from the VCT, so you can use the same coils on both tanks.


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PRODUCT Specs and Features

SMOK GCT Kit Content
SMOK GCT Kit Content
  • 1 x SMOK Gimlet Tank
  • 1 x Spare Pyrex Glass
  • 2 x Ni200 0.2ohm nickel wire coils
  • 1 x Manual
SMOK GCT Disassembled
SMOK GCT Disassembled
  • Price: $30
  • Wattage Range: 20-80W (0.2ohm coil)
  • Tank Capacity: 4ml
  • Coils Available: 0.2ohm Ni200 nickel wire coil and can also use the SMOK VCT coils
  • Wicking material: 100% Organic Japanese Cotton
  • RBA: RBA deck sold separately
  • Diameter: 22mm
  • Threading: 510
  • Weight: 60g

Notable Remarks

Ni200 Temp Sensing Coils


So with the SMOK Gimlet you get 2 x Ni200 nickel wire coils. These nickel wire coils are 0.2ohm and should on be used with temperature controlled/sensing devices. This means they should work really well with the IPV3 Li and the Vaporflask. The 0.2ohm coils can also be fired all the way up to 80W without any issues. We tried the 0.2ohm coil at 80W and didn’t have any issues with dry hits or wicking. The juice flow holes are pretty massive and the organic Japanese cotton wicks very well.

Note: The 0.2ohm coils can also be used on the VCT and the VCT coils can all be used on the Gimlet.


I found the airflow was the biggest difference, other than looks between, the SMOK VCT and the Gimlet. The air flow on the Gimlet is much better then on the VCT. The airflow comes with 4 different options that slide into place very easily. Whereas the VCT has two holes and is a little stiff when turning, the Gimlet airflow only has the one airflow hole but with 4 options and slides with ease and then clicks into place. The airflow on the Gimlet on the widest setting allows for a really nice direct lung inhale. On the smallest setting you can almost get away with a mouth to lung inhale.


SMOK GCT on the iStick 50W
SMOK GCT on the iStick 50W

The other most noticeable difference between the two SMOK sub ohm tanks is that the Gimlet GCT looks completely different to any other sub ohm tank. It’s very unique in looks and some will love it or hate it. It has some gold plated rings and a gold plated base under the drip tip. The looks resemble a “steampunk” design in my opinion. I quite like its looks as it is quite different to any other sub ohm tank out there. My brother on the other hand doesn’t like it at all.

Fits VCT Coils

SMOK VCT X2/A1/1.2 A1 Coils
SMOK VCT X2/A1/1.2 A1 Coils

The SMOK Gimlet can be used with all the SMOK VCT coils and vice versa. This means you have a massive range of both vertical and horiztonal coils to choose from when using the Gimlet.

Here are the different coils you have to choose from when using the Gimlet or VCT:


  • Coil Type: Single bottom vertical coil
  • Resistance: 0.5ohm or 1.2ohm
  • Power: 15 – 30W
  • Juice flow control: Yes


  • Coil Type: Single horizontal
  • Resistance: 0.5ohm or 1.2ohm
  • Power 15 -30W
  • Juice flow control: no


  • Coil Type: Dual Horizontal
  • Resistance: 0.4ohm
  • Power: 20 – 30W
  • Juice flow control: no


Dual air flows and comes with a pre-built 0.4ohm coil.


  • Coil Type: Vertical Nickel Wire (should only be used with temperature controlled devices)
  • Resistance: 0.2ohm
  • Power: Up to 100W!
  • Juice flow control: No

Vapor and Flavor

So you’ll need to fire the 0.2ohm coils at least at 50Ws to get any decent vapor production. When firing at 30W you won’t get much vapor at all due to the low resistance of the coil. When used up to 80W the vapor production is pretty impressive, but probably not as good as the Joyetech Delta 2 or Aspire Atlantis in my opinion. The vapor at 50W is pretty cool which I really enjoyed. Obviously the higher up in wattage you go from there, the warmer the vapor will become.

The flavor on the 0.2ohm again is pretty good at 50W, but I don’t think the vertical coil build can compare to the Kanger Subtank’s horizontal coil when it comes to flavor. You can get the X1 and X2 coils for the Gimlet which in my opinion offer better flavor than the 0.2ohm vertical coil.

Easy to fill tank

The tank has big gaps down the side which makes filling it very easy to do. The tank is easy to take apart and the coil screws in easily at the bottom.


Wobbly Drip Tip

This is the same issue I had with the VCT and sadly the Gimlet does the same thing. The drip tip wobbles slightly when touching it and it doesn’t quite sit right. It doesn’t fall out or anything, but when vaping it you can feel it wobble if you put any pressure on it, which is slightly annoying.

Lack of Information on the 0.2ohm Nickel Coils that Come as Standard with the Kit

It would be good if SMOK gave you a bit more information about the Ni200 coils and that these should only be used wiith a device that has temperature control. A 50W device will work well with these coils, but to get the most out of them you might want to go a lot higher than that, which will require a higher powered device. The Ni200 I think are meant to be used in conjunction with the SMOK Gimlet and the Xpro M80 which features a temperature sensing function. SMOK don’t really mention much about this apart from on the back of the box. I think they should make this a bit more clear or offer the chance to get other coils with the Gimlet box, as I can see some vapers purchasing the Gimlet and then not being able to use the coils to their full potential meaning they will have to buy other coils. You can instead get the VCT and which comes with the A1 coils as standard if you don’t want the Ni200 coils. Or you purchase the Gimlet and then purchase some extra coils of your choice to use with it.


SMOK GCT on the Vaporfi VOX
SMOK GCT on the Vaporfi VOX

I said I quite like the looks, but not everyone will agree with me I am sure (my brother didn’t!). Some people might not like the “steampunk” type look to the SMOK Gimlet, so take a look at the pics of it before you purchase it.


The SMOK Gimlet is around $10 more expensive than the SMOK VCT, so the question is why would you get the Gimlet over the VCT? Well I think the airflow is one big reason why you might. The air flow on the Gimlet is a lot better than the VCT’s in my opinion.

If you want a sub ohm tank that looks a lot different to the rest, then the Gimlet could be a good choice for you.

Lastly if you want those Ni200 nickel 0.2ohm coils as standard, for your temperature sensing device, then the Gimlet is well worth a try. The fact that you can use any of the many SMOK VCT coils, means that the Gimlet is a very flexible sub ohm tank and thus makes it a solid contender in the sub ohm tank market.

Note: I think SMOK are currently launching a larger version of the Gimlet called the Gimlet Giant which I think has a 5ml tank capacity. So if you want a bigger tank to use with those 0.2ohm nickel coils then I would opt for the Gimlet Giant. Although I am not sure why SMOK would launch a new tank with 1ml more capacity?! No clue what SMOK are doing there tbh. I’ll have to look into the Gimlet Giant to see how it differs from the regular Gimlet apart from the 1ml more capacity and whether it is worth doing a review on.

If you have any questions about the SMOK Gimlet then drop us a comment below and we will get back to you ASAP!


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Chris Kendell
Chris Kendell is the co-founder of Vaping360. He started the website with his brother and co-founder Alex in 2014, after Alex introduced him to vaping. Chris was immediately won over by the revolutionary and potentially lifesaving impacts that vaping can have on our society. In his minuscule spare time, you can find Chris travelling and exploring new places from his base in Germany, eating delicious food and enjoying a range of different sports.
  • fara

    is it true that you can only use the nickel coils on temperature control?

  • Fakhridzwa Mohamad

    Hi there
    I’ve got an issue with x2. Sometimes i get a cotton burn feel inside my throat no matter how much i did when dipping the cotton and how long i let the juice inside the tank. How can i get rid of that?