H-Priv Kit intro
The H-Priv Mini Kit is another solid kit from SMOK priced around $50.
Like the OSUB Plus, the H-Priv Mini kit features the Brit Beast sub-ohm tank, but in the H-Priv Mini Kit the resistance of the coil is more appropriate for the mod’s 50-watt output. This comes with two 0.6-ohm V8 Baby-Q2 heads rated best for 30-40 watts. Same tank, just different coils. Since we just reviewed the OSUB Plus with the Brit Beast, check out our review of that kit to see info on the tank. This short review will focus on the H-Priv Mini.
Let’s get into it and see what the H-Priv is and what else it has to offer.
H-Priv Mini Kit specs
- Dimensions: 65mm by 42mm by 24.5mm
- Integrated 1650mAh Internal Battery
- Maximum Wattage Output: 50W
- Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.06ohm
- Temperature Range: 200-600F
- Supports Ni200 Nickel
- and Stainless Steel Heating Elements
- Top-Style OLED Display
- Striking Triangle Firing Mechanism – Red or Orange
- Ball-Point Adjustment Buttons
- Intelligent Atomizer Recognition
- Puff Monitoring System
- Short Circuit Protection
- Over-Heat Protection
- Low-Battery Warning
- Micro USB Port
- 510 Connection
- 24.5mm Diameter
- 3.5mL Juice Capacity
- Superior Stainless Steel Construction
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- Flavor-Focused Design
- Threaded Top-Fill Method
- Top Dual Adjustable Airflow System
- Bullet Widebore Drip Tip
- 510 Connection
The H-Priv Mini is a short mod, basically the same size as the Eleaf Pico — but the H-Priv is all metal and it feels rugged. It has an internal battery of 1650 mAh and temperature capabilities for SS, Ti, and Ni, but not TCR. It does however fire all the way down to 0.1-ohms in power mode, and down to 0.06 in TC mode. The temp range is 200F-600F (100C-315C). Pretty good for such a small mod, even though it’s bigger brother went up to 220 watts.
Speaking of the original H-Priv, this H-Priv Mini improves upon the design and is configured slightly different. It retains the big top-mounted OLED screen, but the +/- buttons are now little ball bearings in a more appropriate place (under the firing bar) for easy adjusting. And there is no silly battery door to remove like in the original, and the triangular firing bar has been perfected! The original H-Priv had a firing bar with a lot of travel to it, but the throw on the H-Priv Mini is very short and clicky. Also, there is no rattle or sloppy tolerances like how some reported in the original H-Priv.
Just like with the majority of SMOK mods now (and a lot of mods in general) the H-Priv Mini comes with power boost settings, which are for how quickly or slowly your coil heat. Max, hard, normal, soft and minimum. One cool thing with the H-Priv Mini is that there is shortcut to those settings so you don’t have to navigate through the menu. Just hold down the fire bar and the plus button. Little shortcuts like that and the entire menu system is clearly laid out in the instruction manual.
Lastly, the H-Priv Mini has all the expected protections and features common with SMOK mods now: short circuit, overheating, and low battery warning. “Intelligent Atomizer Recognition”, a Puff Monitoring System and a 12-second cut-off.
Things to know
- Since the firing bar has such a short throw, lock the mod before pocketing it or filling a tank with a new coil. It just takes five quick clicks. I wish you could do this just by pressing the +/- buttons like in the OSUB, but it is what it is.
- To charge the mod, you use the USB port under the firing bar. It is not for firmware upgrades. It is just for charging
- When charging the mod, it jumps to 40% quickly (in about four minutes), and then onto 50% after 20 minutes. At one hour it was at 61%, and not up to 99% until three hours. I charged it from 3.4 volts.
- The screen is big, bright, and easy to read. But using it with 24- or 25-millimitere atomizers will cause some of the screen to be covered. No info presented on the screen will be obscured, but if using an RDA, this could cause issue with the screen fogging or getting blurry from liquid splatter.
- The 0.6-ohm V8 Baby-Q2 dual-coil heads work really well, and they taste great. Using 50 watts and the max boost, the vapor is closer to cool than warm. And no spitting from the coil beyond the first few pulls after a refill.
- To learn a little more about the Brit Beast, check our review of the OSUB Plus.
The fire bar is a treat to use
Great resistance range for such a small mod
Feels rugged and not cheap (no plastic)
Great flavor on the .6-ohm coil with the Brit Beast
Bright screen I can see in most any light
Looks good with atomizers up to 25 mm
One of my +/- buttons is stiff
A little overlap of atomizer and screen
No TCR (for those that use SS)
No firmware upgrade
The H-Priv kit and the OSUB Plus Kit are both winners. This one has slightly fewer features and a similar price tag.
If adjustable TCR and the ability to update firmware is your thing, check out the OSUB Plus — and it also has 30 watts more power than the H-Priv Mini. But if you are like me and are far less moved by those kinds of features, even the extra 30 watts, give this kit some consideration.
SMOK sent me a couple H-Priv Mini kits for the review, and I will be buying another. I like it that much.