The RPM80 Pro kit is the latest edition to the RPM line of AIO pod systems by SMOK. The company has been making pod style AIOs for a while now, with the Nord and Trinity Alpha being two of the most popular vapes of 2019. The RPM80 Pro belongs in the pod mod category that has been all the rage lately. It comes with coils for DL vaping and medium to higher watt usage, as well as lower wattage options for restricted DL and MTL.
The RPM80 Pro is capable of up to 80 watts, has full wattage adjustability, and uses a single 18650 battery. The non-Pro edition has very similar specs but uses an internal battery instead—if that sounds familiar, it is because Voopoo did more or less the same thing with the Vinci and Vinci X pod mods.
I have used previous RPM devices in the past, and they have been solid performers. Keep reading to find out if the RPM80 Pro follows in their footsteps.
This kit was sent to me by Vapesourcing for the purpose of this review.
Price: $25.99 (at Vapesourcing, save 10% with coupon code V360)
Colors: Black stabilized wood, red stabilized wood, fluid gold, fluid blue, black and white resin, 7-Color resin, black carbon fiber
The SMOK RPM80 Pro is a pretty large device compared to say the Caliburn, but that’s not the intent here. It’s about the same size as other similar pod mods like the Aegis Boost and the Voopoo Vinci X, and slightly bigger than the Vaporesso Target PM80. Part of the larger size is due to it using replaceable 18650 batteries. It stands approximately 109 mm x 26 mm x 31.55 mm and weighs surprisingly little at 125 grams with a battery in. It’s like having a really small mod on you rather than a pod system.
The RPM80 Pro feels great in the hand with its shape, kinda like a non-rubberized Aegis Boost. It may not be officially “rugged,” but it is pretty well built. It does have some rattle on the up and down buttons, but it is really slight.
The Pro comes in seven color options. The most interesting ones are the black and red frame options with a stabwood design on the panels. There are also four frames with resin panel options (gold, blue, black, and rainbow) and a simple black frame with carbon fiber design panels. I received the black stabwood edition, and while I doubt it’s actually stabilized wood (the price is too low and the feel isn’t really there,) it does look good and classy.
As with most pod AIOs these days, the RPM80 Pro feels more like a full-fledged mod. The device features a large color screen on the front that is bright and easy to see. The battery door is your standard latch style on the bottom. It’s easy to open and close, and batteries get in and out without any issue. Really good job there, and the door closes great with no gap.
As far as operation goes, it is pretty straightforward.
That’s about it. There’s no menu or other modes available, but I don’t think anything else is really needed here.
The pods come with a non-replaceable built-in drip tip. There are two pods in the box; one is for the RPM coils and the other is for the newer RGC coils. The new RGC coils offer adjustable airflow, while the older RPM coils do not. The RGC coils are pretty airy even with the air over halfway closed, while the RPM coils have a good amount of air for a slightly restricted DL by default.
On the top of the pod there is the rubber fill plug which is pretty standard these days. You don’t need to remove the pod to refill it which is nice. You only need to remove it to replace coils. The pod is clear and fully exposed which makes it easy to see the juice level. I’m really happy they did that, as this is something most pod systems fail at.
The pod held in place by strong magnets. To remove it just pull it out. To put it back in, just drop it in and the magnets will grab it. Really easy. The coils pop in and out from under the pod like the Nord and the Target PM80, and I found them easy to replace. You do need to empty the pod before replacing the coil though. One thing worth noting is that, with the way the pods are designed, you will get condensation around the battery contacts—so make sure to wipe it down every once in a while.
The RPM80 Pro comes with two coil options in the package:
Other optional coils start from as low as 8 watts for MTL vaping and there are currently five MTL and four DL coil options, as well as two RBA decks for it—which is great if you want to rebuild your own coils instead of buying new ones.
I tested both included coils with 70/30 3 mg juices. found the 0.17-ohm best around 55-60 watts with the air about 1/4 open, and the 0.4-ohm best around 25 watts. Flavor was good in both, on par with the better mid-wattage DL tanks on the market.
Unfortunately, coil life on the 0.17 was disappointing. I only managed to go through 30 mL of juice before it burned out. The 0.4 coil though had great life and lasted through about 80 mL for me. That, along with the much better battery life that comes with using the 0.4-ohm coil due to the lower watt demands (25 watts vs 55-60 watts) make it a much better option for the Pro.
Overall, the RPM80 Pro is a really good performer with the 0.4-ohm coil, and I really like having the option to buy RBA decks for it.
Battery life on this device will vary due to your vaping habits, which coil you use, and the capacity of your 18650s. They also have an internal battery version which is listed at 3000 mAh, but I didn’t receive this one so I couldn’t test it.
SMOK lists the charge rate of the RPM80 Pro at 1.3 amps. I tested this and got a max of 1.39 amps. They could have called it 1.5-amp charging and it would have been close enough, but I really like that they didn’t overstate it. It charges more than fast enough and shows you the percentage of the battery while charging. The device also features pass-through vaping so you can vape it while it charges.
Overall, the charge rate of the RPM80 is good and SMOK rated it properly, but I still recommend charging your batteries on a dedicated charger.
Overall, the RPM80 Pro is another great pod mod by SMOK. While I wouldn’t bother with the 0.17-ohm coil due to the wattage demands and low lifespan, it’s a great system with the 0.4-ohm coil or with the use of the RBA deck. I consider using a replaceable battery a plus, but if you don’t want to deal with batteries, they make a version with a built-in battery as well.
There is really something for everyone in the RPM80 series and they’re well worth taking a look at if you are in the market for a new AIO pod system.
We’d like to hear from you. Have you tried the SMOK RPM80 Pro? What was your experience with the device like? Let us know in the comments below
I bought 2 of these, and wish I’d read your review first, as I overpaid pretty badly compared to the link in your article. A BIG Con, in my opinion, is the built-in drip tip. This is my first “pod” vape – maybe they’re standard on pods? Anyway, I depend on coloured drip tips to tell me what flavour liquid I have in my tanks – er, pods. And, I just like collecting drip tips, then pairing them with my vapes to express my own sense of style. A related Con is cleaning the drip tip. When I walk my… Read more »
aww thank you so much for the kind words! glad you found my review helpful. as far as the drip tip goes, like 99% of pods have built in drip tips so it’s pretty standard. I do agree it’s a plus though when you find a pod where it’s removable.
I now own 3 of the Pro’s, and 1 Regular model. Let’s say I love this product line. Me saying this isn’t easy, as being up to this year, wouldn’t get caught carrying a Smok Brand product. I feel like Smok did a upstanding job on this model. The design is spot on, simple to use, and cover all the basic that I feel MOST vapers of today want, and desire! For what it’s worth, I also enjoy the TFV16 Tank, it is amazing, for that “Manly Vape”
Smok gets a lot of hate by the community because they are the “defacto most popular aka noob company” but in reality they make mostly pretty solid and good stuff.
Hi! I’m leaning towards on buying the rpm80 but I have worries about its leaking issues. Does it leaks alot? ?
Yes, it leaks. My first Smok product was good, but leaked sometimes. This one is terrible. Either it leaks onto your hands or you get lots of liquid in your mouth. Yuk. I’m done with Smok-never again.
Just bought mine best decision I’ve ever made way better then the nord, the nord pod leaked to much to often
Brilliant for a few hours, then just like Drag X, Aspire Onixx and every other vaper on market (except Coolfire 4+) the juice began inexplicably pouring out like a fountain!!
Shortly afterwards, despite the full tank, the supplied coil running at 20w burned out after just a few hours of casual use. ?