Smok Xpro M65 / M50 Box Mod Review


Smok Xpro M65/M50 Intro

In this article we take a look at the SMOK Xpro M65. The actual mod we have is a SMOK M50 that has been updated to the M65 firmware with the 65W max wattage.

This device was kindly sent to us by JAC Vapour UK for reviewing purposes.


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Smok Xpro M65/M50 Specs and Features

SMOK xPRO M65 Kit Content
SMOK xPRO M65 Kit Content
  • 1 x SMOK M65 box mod
  • 1 x USB Charger
  • 1 x Ego Adapter
  • 1 x Spare Screws
  • 1 x Allen Key
  • 1 x Manual
  • Dimensions: 37mm x 22mm x 85mm
  • Wattage: 6-65W
  • Resistance: 0.2-3.0 Ohm coils
  • Input: 4.5V-5.5V, 1A-2A
  • 510 thread (Ego adapter included)
  • Requires 1x 18650 battery (not included)
  • Variable Voltage and Mech Mode available
  • Fully adjustable, spring loaded 510 connection
  • Built-in Ohm reader
  • Device can be locked or turned off completely
  • Device features pass through charging



SMOK xPRO M65 with Black Subtank Mini
SMOK xPRO M65 with Black Subtank Mini

The biggest selling point about this device for me is its tiny size. It boasts more power than the iStick 50W and yet remains a lot smaller in size. It is the smallest 50-65W box mod out there and it sits great in your hand. This was a big positive for me!

Wattage and Resistance Range

I like that despite its size that this device can still fire up to 65W. It will also fire down to 0.2ohm, which means it will be able to vape a great variety of sub ohm tanks and low ohm builds.


Alongside its tiny size I think the SMOK Xpro M65 looks pretty cool. I much prefer it in terms of aesthetics to the iStick 50W for instance, as its quite a lot thinner. Ours came in black and I think it looks pretty sleek.

Battery Charges Fast through USB

The battery can be charged a lot quicker on this box mod compared with others like the iStick 50W. Ours charged fully in around 1 and half to 2 hours through the USB, although it did hang on 99% for quite a while!


Spring Loaded Pin


Usually a spring loaded pin would be a positive, but the pin on the SMOK Xpro M65 doesn’t work as it should, in my opinion. I couldn’t get several of my sub ohm tanks to make a connection on the pin (High voltage tank, Freemax Starre, Herakles). The pin also looks like it can be screwed up and down, but it won’t move and screwing it could damage your device. It would be good to have a warning about that or remove the slot on the screw that makes it look adjustable. A box mod these days shouldn’t be having these sorts of issues – come on SMOK!

Mech Mode

I don’t really see the point of having a Mech mode on a regulated box mod. I don’t know many vapers who would use this mode to be perfectly honest, so I think it’s just a bit of a waste.

Screen and Menu

SMOK xPRO M65 Screen/Buttons
SMOK xPRO M65 Screen/Buttons

I am not a big fan of the screen and menu. When scrolling through wattages, I find the accelerator too slow. The menu I find really annoying to use and turning the device off cannot be done through clicking the power button. You instead need to go through the silly menu, which I find annoying to use!

Power Drops

This isn’t something I can personally complain about, as my device hasn’t had any such issues, but I have heard from many vapers and vendors that this was an issue. According to some the SMOK M65 would reduce its power and automatically drop to a lower wattage showing the error sign “power reduced” on the screen. I have yet to have this issue, but as mentioned quite a few have complained about this issue at varying battery levels.

Battery Cover

SMOK xPRO M65 Battery Cover Plate
SMOK xPRO M65 Battery Cover Plate

The battery cover needs to be unscrewed every time you want to take the battery out. I like to charge my 18650s using a Nitecore charger, so having to use the Allen key to remove four screws every time is a pain in the ass! I would have loved a magnetic cover on the M65, like the majority of box mods now have.

Battery Life

I found the battery life on the SMOK Xpro M65 to be pretty poor. I found the chip to be pretty inefficient and if you want to preserve battery, I would make sure to turn off the device when you are not using it rather than leaving it in standby mode.


I really love the size and looks on this device, but unfortunately there are too many issues, which means I cannot really recommend this device. The pin is awful, and many have complained about power drops when using the M65. As I said ours worked well and didn’t have this issue, but I have heard many vendors are not stocking this box mod anymore because of the amount of returns they got! The battery cover is also another big negative for me, having to unscrew those annoying screws.

I hope SMOK can sort these issues out, as I think the M65 has a lot of potential with its tiny size, good looks and good wattage and resistance ranges.

I hope this review of the SMOK M65 was useful and if you have questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment below.


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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.
  • Rundstedxt13

    Chris: I liked your article, but as an owner of two (2) Smok xpro M65(s) for about half a year now, I have to disagree with your final thumbs down recommendation. You rarely have to take the battery out. It’s not that big a deal if you have to change the battery once every six months or once a year when it will no longer re-charge. I’ve changed one battery once. Use the little port on the bottom and re-charge daily with a mini usb power cord which comes with it. Why would you even want to take the unit apart to take the battery out to use your gismo charger when it recharges effortlessly with the plug. It re-charges relatively quickly compared to other mods, too. As far as the recessed pin on the top not being adjustable, you don’t ever have to mess with it. I have put many different tanks on mine. I enjoy an Aspire K-1 with a safe 8.3 watts. Tons of vape. But as you pointed out, you can use sub ohm tanks and crank the wattage up if you want. As far as it dropping from wattage to mech mode on its own, it only does it occasionally and usually when your battery is really low. You can change it back. The menu is not lightening fast, as you said, but you can find 5 seconds to deal with it. Again, it rarely happens. Once you set your wattage number, how often do you go in to your menu screen. Pretty much never. So in summary, the reasons you gave it a thumbs down are not really reasons that matter in your daily use of the mod. Trust me, it’s excellent. There is a web site up where you can order it for $25.36, free worldwide shipping. The reason I own two is I don’t remember to plug them in every night, and I like to always have a fully charged one in reserve, but a single charge last 1 to 1 1/2 days, and you don’t have to turn the mod off to reserve it’s power. Again, it’s excellent.

  • Summer

    Hi, so I just bought the XPro BT65 …I checked before purchasing to see what resistance it could handle and it says 0.2 to 9.9 ohms…I have the horizon tech phantom tank and the coil is 0.2ohms and every time i try to fire it it says check atomizer? I’m beyond frustrated because I wouldn’t have bought it if it I had known. Am I doing something wrong or do someone have advice for me?! Thanks in advance

    • Sometimes you have to be very careful with minimum resistance. Coils stated to have 0.2 ohm coils can fluctuate by (+/-) 0.05 – 0.15 ohm. I have seen this before and this is not the first comment from a user that has had the same problem. On some of the tank packaging it actually says how much the coil resistance can fluctuate by (+/-) but most of the tanks do not have such information. Sadly there is not much you are able to do, there should be higher resistance coils for the Phantom, maybe it is worth trying them?