SMOK Knight kit review

The Smok Knight kit with the updated Koopor Mini 2 and Helmet tank is a slick little mod with a quality tank.

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SMOK Knight kit Intro

In this review we take a look at the new SMOK Knight kit, which pairs the Koopor Mini 2 with the SMOK Helmet tank. Building on the success of the Koopor Mini, the Mini 2 is a mid-sized VW mod with temperature control and powered by a single 18650 battery. Nearly identical in size and shape to the original the Mini 2 bears one very distinct aesthetic difference: the familiar PC board graphic of the Mini is replaced with a fire-breathing dragon to make it more in keeping with the medieval Knight theme.

The included color matched Helmet tank is made from stainless steel with adjustable top airflow. The leak proof Helmet also features a child resistant cap and 2ml capacity to comply with EU regulations.

The Knight kit is finished in your choice of durable satin black, white, silver or orange at a retail price of $69.95 and can be found on line for under 50 bucks.

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SMOK Knight kit Specs and Features

Kit content

  • Koopor Mini 2 mod (KP80)
  • Helmet tank
  • One 0.6Ω fused clapton dual core coil (installed)
  • One 0.4Ω fused clapton dual core coil
  • Spare o-rings
  • USB charging/upgrade cable
  • Koopor Mini 2 customer card
  • Battery safety warning card
  • User manual

Specifications - Mod

  • Size: 24.5 x 43 x 81.5mm
  • Weight: 159.5g
  • Material: Zinc alloy
  • Standby current: less 500µA
  • Battery: single 18650 (not included)
  • Voltage output: 0.8-9V
  • Output power: 1-80W
  • Resistance range VW: 0.1-3Ω
  • Resistance range TC: 0.06-2Ω
  • Temperature range: 200-600℉ / 100-315℃

Specifications - Helmet tank

  • Size: 24.5 x 45.5mm
  • Weight: 55g
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Capacity: 2ml

Notable Remarks

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With the Mini 2, SMOK has reconfigured the adjustment buttons and moved the USB port to the front panel, which allows you to charge the mod without laying it down. SMOK has also removed the perforations from the magnetic battery door giving the mod a cleaner look. I did notice some minor movement of the door during handling and use – it didn’t bother me but should be mentioned as it may bother you.

Changes to the original Mini run deeper than just cosmetic, however. The Mini 2 gets a 20W boost in wattage to 80W and setting it up in should be a bit easier with the “bare” OLED screen which improves readability, especially outdoors.

The Koopor Mini 2 does temperature control, including TCR, user selectable vaping effects (ramps), and adjustable initial resistance.

Like other SMOK mods the Mini 2 features intuitive menu icons. With the mod powered on, press the fire button three times quickly to enter the setup and operation menus. You then scroll through the various icons with the +/- buttons.

The Mini 2 has six icons, with sub-menus:

  • VW/TC mode select
  • Coil select (Ni/Ti/SS) in TC
  • Ramp select in TC (Min/Soft/Norm/Hard/Max)
  • Single or dual coil in TC
  • Puff counter
  • Initial resistance adjustment
  • TCR
  • Screen settings
  • Time out
  • Contrast
  • Rotation
  • Power off

The review sample had a seventh menu icon that did not function, and I cannot say if the production version will have additional functions not listed above.

The Mini 2 also provides protection against overheating, short circuit, low and over voltage, and the fire button times out at 12 seconds.

Additionally, the Mini 2 has reverse polarity protection, which is a good thing. When I installed the battery I noticed that the positive end goes towards the bottom of the mod, which is not unheard of but the tendency is to assume positive up. So yeah, if the mod won’t power up, no big deal – just check your battery.

Performance

Helmet tank

Finally, time to vape.

I filled the Helmet with 70% VG vanilla custard and set the top AFC ring to wide open, then set the mod aside for a few minutes to let the coil saturate.

Five clicks on and I was greeted with a prompt to select “old” or “new” coil. Selecting “new”, and starting at 25W with the pre-installed 0.6Ω fused dual clapton coil the mod performed as I have come to expect with the Helmet tanks – nice smooth vapor and a lot of flavor. I went to 50W and of course got much more vapor with consistent flavor. A quick trip to 80W and the vape was way too hot for me. Back down to 35W to finish the tank and the vape was just the way I like it – nice flavor and vapor with a touch of warmth, and no dry hits, gurgle, spit, or leaks.

Remember that the Helmet tank really excels at casual vaping and does not seem intended for cloud chasing. With the AFC ring wide open you can get a nice direct lung hit, but there is just not enough air to keep the coils cool at wattage settings above 60W or so.

For a final test, I built an RDA with a 0.1Ω Ni 200 coil to put the Mini 2 through a brief TC vape session and the mod performed as expected.

Likes

  • Nice fit and finish
  • Vapor and flavor from Helmet tank
  • Intuitive menu icons
  • Affordable

Dislikes

  • Movement of battery door during handling/use
  • Small tank capacity

Verdict

The SMOK Knight Kit is another solid offering from SMOK, which takes the improved Koopor Mini 2 and pairs it with the Helmet tank at a budget friendly price point.

The mod is small enough to fit comfortably in your hand or pocket and has a nice heft and a satiny-smooth feel. A single 2500-3000mAh battery should get you decent vaping time but you can always swap it out if the need arises, and it will if you like to vape at higher wattage.

I have now had the chance to use several new SMOK kits which included the Helmet tank (Guardian 40W e-pipe, Osub, Knight) and the more I use it, the more I like it. The Helmet tank is not a high performance cloud machine, but a solid performer at mid wattage settings that delivers thick vapor without sacrificing flavor.

The SMOK Knight kit is perfect for the casual vaper looking for a simple device that performs well without a lot of fuss but also offers enough options to satisfy more advanced vapers and TC enthusiasts.

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Gary Joseph
Gary is a retired technical writer residing in the metro Detroit area. Besides vaping, and writing for Vaping360, some of his other interests include motorcycling, watch collecting, bicycling and fitness.