SMOK Treebox Review

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SMOK Treebox
SMOK Treebox

SMOK Treebox Mini 75W TC Intro

Years ago, SMOKtech made mostly cartomizers and mechanical mods. More recently, SMOK began offering regulated box mods. Out of the gate, SMOK stumbled. Both the XPRO M65 and M80 Plus were flawed devices that were justifiably criticized in the marketplace. SMOK ironed out the bugs, however, for its current line of temperature regulating box mods — the Xcube II 160W, Koopor Mini 60W, and Koopor 200W have all received positive reviews. SMOK’s newest offering, the Treebox Mini 75W TC, is another winner.

Retail prices online for the Treebox Mini range from $50 to $70. Brick and mortar prices are likely to be higher.

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SMOK Treebox Mini 75W TC Specs and Features

SMOK Treebox Packaging
SMOK Treebox Packaging

The Treebox Mini comes in a beautiful presentation box that is well worth keeping, since it’s made of the same Brazilian Zebrawood as the mod itself. Contents are only the mod and an instruction manual booklet in English and Chinese. No cables are included or needed, since the Treebox doesn’t offer USB recharging or chip upgrades. The Treebox is powered by a single high-drain 18650 battery that isn’t included and must be supplied by the user.

  • Features: Temperature Control, Variable Wattage/Voltage
  • Wattage: 75 watts (in both Wattage and TC modes),
  • Voltage Range: 0.8–9.0V
  • Temperature Control Range: 200–600° F
  • 510 Connector Type: Stainless Steel, Spring-Loaded, Self-Adjusting
  • Battery: single high-drain 18650 (not included in the package)
  • Battery door type: Magnetic
  • Resistance Range: 0.1–3.0 ohms (normal mode), 0.06–2.0 ohms (TC mode)
  • Material: Metal, Wood
  • Size: (L x W x H): 92x40x28 mm / 3.62×1.57×1.10 inches
  • Weight (without battery): 80 grams

Notable Remarks

The SMOK Treebox Mini 75W TC is the boutique cousin of the Kooper Mini 60W TC (using the same chip bumped up to 75 watts) and succeeds as a triple threat:

  • 75W temp control box mod with a gorgeous wood case
  • stellar performance (in both TC and wattage modes)
  • low price point (far less than might be expected)

Likes

Fit, Finish and Size

SMOK Treebox Wood Quality
SMOK Treebox Wood Quality

The Brazilian Zebrawood case is a deep brick color (dark red). Black streaks run vertically through the wood, which has a high-quality matte finish. The case is aesthetically stunning, with superior fit and finish, and the mod feels good in the hand. I can’t say how well the case will hold up to abuse, however, such as dropping the mod onto a hard surface. Size is 92x40x28mm, slightly larger than the Kooper Mini and about the same as the Sigelei 75W, but still small enough to be considered a mini box.

The weight (without battery) is a very light 80g. The removable battery side door pops off with a fingernail slot at the bottom, but is well-secured to the case by four magnets during regular use. Swapping out batteries is quick and easy.

Like all box mods that use a single replaceable 18650 high-drain battery, the trade-off is smaller overall size, but more frequent battery swaps. Battery life with the Treebox is about the same as with any other single-18650 temp-control box. Personally, I liked the single battery design, as the smaller size is more aesthetically pleasing to my eye, especially with the beautiful wooden case.

Since the case is rounded on the firing/510 connector side and squared off on the battery door side, the mod is slightly more comfortable and egonomic for trigger-firing rather than thumb-firing, but either method works well.

​Functions of the SMOK Treebox Mini 75W TC

SMOK Treebox Functions
SMOK Treebox Functions

The Treebox uses the now-familiar “New Coil UP Same DOWN” display to select the initial coil resistance for temp control and lock it in. SMOK touts its “Dual Driver Output Mode,” which provides both boost and buck for voltage, rather than merely one or the other, and 16 times greater frequency of resistance monitoring (4000 times/second versus 25 times/second), which accelerates responses to coil resistance changes in temp control mode.

The OLED display, while not large, is very bright — much brighter than many box mods — and easy to read, which is a pleasure. The menu, accessed by three clicks of the firing button, offers more options than any similarly priced box mod I know of. Wattage in temp control mode is automatically selected, but can be customized with “Soft,” “Normal,” or “Hard” menu settings, which lower or raise the initial wattage by 10% (similar to the Yihi SX Mini). Customizable temp coefficients for each wire type are a nice feature for more advanced vapers. The chip also offers choices for single or dual coils in temp control mode for each of the three wires types and even lets the user change the initial (locked in) coil resistance. I loved that last feature, since increasing the initial resistance by about 10% produced a correspondingly more intense vape with extra flavor and vapor production.

510 Connection

The 510 connector is stainless steel, spring-loaded, and flush-mounted. It seems heavy duty and durable. Every atomizer or tank I put on the mod fired.

Performance

Performance of the Treebox is on a par with competing temp control boxes, such as the iPV D2 and Sigelei 75W in both TC and wattage modes. As with most current generation TC chips, temperature regulation is slightly off, but not far enough to be an issue or concern. Temp control is supported in all three current wire types (nickel, titanium, and stainless steel) and functions well in each. 75 watts of power is about the max for a single 18650 device and is more than adequate for most sub-ohm coil configurations in tanks and RDAs.

Dislikes

One con is button rattle. When the mod is moved, the metal buttons click audibly against their surrounding metal flanges. That may aggravate some vapers, but I wasn’t particularly bothered by it. The other cons — no USB charging or chip upgrades — strike me as negligible criticisms, especially given all the built-in options and low price.

Verdict

In what has become a very crowded marketplace of higher-power temperature regulating devices, the SMOK Treebox Mini is a clear winner in terms of looks, ergonomics, and performance. Although it’s packed with options that advanced vapers will enjoy, nearly everyone will appreciate its beauty and affordability.

This is a box mod that will outlive its limited production run and may even become a collector’s item.

Highly recommended.

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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.
  • Jun

    Although the Treebox is really nice both aesthetically and functionally, I had to return mine to where I bought it.

    When I tried to remove my Herakles Sense Plus tank, the metal base plate (where you screw the tank), came off.

    • Mike

      This seems to be a common problem with these boxes. I spoke with an eBay seller that says he has them returned regularly with the same problem.

  • Jun

    Although the Treebox is really nice both aesthetically and functionally, I had to return mine to where I bought it.

    When I tried to remove my Herakles Sense Plus tank, the metal base plate (where you screw the tank), came off.

  • Bill Herbst

    Yes, one of the downsides of vaping is that we’re dealing with sophisticated hardware sold at relatively low retail pricing. This means that companies, especially in China, have to cut corners to remain competitive. The inevitable result is hardware failures. Chips sometimes go wonky, and other times mechanical parts break.

    Over my five years of vaping, I’ve bought literally hundreds of PVs—eGo batts, tube mods, box mods, etc.—that bit the dust, sometimes only weeks or months after purchase, other times after a year or two of use.

    The particular Treebox I was sent free for review seems well-made and sound, and it’s been trouble-free so far, but I’m not shocked to hear that you got a lemon. It happens.

    Nice, however, that you were able to return your defective Treebox for a full refund.

  • Bill Herbst

    Yes, one of the downsides of vaping is that we’re dealing with sophisticated hardware sold at relatively low retail pricing. This means that companies, especially in China, have to cut corners to remain competitive. The inevitable result is hardware failures. Chips sometimes go wonky, and other times mechanical parts break.

    Over my five years of vaping, I’ve bought literally hundreds of PVs—eGo batts, tube mods, box mods, etc.—that bit the dust, sometimes only weeks or months after purchase, other times after a year or two of use.

    The particular Treebox I was sent free for review seems well-made and sound, and it’s been trouble-free so far, but I’m not shocked to hear that you got a lemon. It happens.

    Nice, however, that you were able to return your defective Treebox for a full refund.

  • Dave @ Vaping 360

    I’m not gonna lie. I dropped mine once when I was riding my bicycle and it landed on the rough pavement. My Treebox continues to kick some ass to this day. It survived with only a small scratch, so yea, it’s durable.

    • Dave @ Vaping 360

      Great review by the way, Bill!

  • Bill Herbst

    Thanks, Dave. It’s always easier for me to write a review when I like the product, and I like the Treebox.

  • Mike

    Mine says “weak battery” for every battery I put in the thing, I have around 10 batteries that all work with other mods. Very strange.

    • Bill Herbst

      Yes, something is definitely screwy there.

  • Danilo

    Hello, I have just received mine today and it looks amazing plus none of the buttons rattle, however when using in wattage mode everytime I change the atom (all with kanthal builds) the treebox show the new coil up same coil down screen, selecting up and firing seems to activate a ramp up similar to temp control; on the sequential firing the power comes out immediately as it should be for wattage mode.
    Is this normal or I should sent it back and receive a new one?