SMOK were kind enough to send me these for review.
So what are they? Remember a few years ago when eGo’s were all the rage? SMOK’s new offerings brought me back to that time (they are in fact eGo batteries!). In a way. Back then it was MTL (mouth-to-lung), but these new devices do DTL (direct-to-lung) fairly well!
There are no settings, no screen. Just a button. As they somewhat comically write, “Stick One - The Simple. The Enough.”. I was a bit surprised that it was actually kind of true. If you’re not all into tweaking pre-heat wattage and duration, temperature facor of resistances, uploading new settings to your device, but feel like filling your tank and vaping, this might be for you! I usually like to geek out and tweak my settings, but sometimes I like to pick up my device and vape, and not worry about anything, other than running out of juice.
SMOK Stick One Basic and TFV4 Nano tank
The Stick One Basic is a bit bigger than the old eGo’s and is made to fit the TFV4 Nano tank perfectly. The kit tank comes with a Micro Fused Clapton Dual Core 0.3ohm coil pre-installed. I let that sit in there and filled it. You get a spare 0.25ohm micro stainless steel dual core coil head with it.
It’s pretty small! The device is 19mm wide and feels pretty good to hold.
The aesthetics are nice - it can’t get simpler than this.
The tank itself behaves like a TFV4 - good flavor and good vapor. I was surprised to do direct to lung hits and get a decent amount of vapor. Not surprisingly, given the 2ml capacity, you need to fill it pretty frequently I feel like the mouth-to-lung coils would be best here, since you need to fill it less frequently
It comes with a silicone dust cover designed to be on a lanyard. Personally I wouldn’t attach it to one, as I wouldn’t want it hanging from my neck The cover is nice though and prevents any leaking and most importantly pocket lint, dust and sand in your mouth piece.
How’s the battery life? It’s good. It’s rated at 2200 mAh, and even though I didn’t use the device exclusively, I used it a lot when I tested it. It easily got me through a day, but I did have to fill the tank a bunch of times. You can actually feel the power begin to diminish. Each time you take a drag, the battery indicator blinks four times. When power is low (<3.5v), it blinks faster, and you should charge it.
SMOK Stick Plus and TFV4 Micro tank
The Stick Plus is a bit shorter and fatter than the Stick Basic, at 24.4mm, and is made to fit the TFV4 Micro tank perfectly. This kit tank also comes with a Micro Fused Clapton Dual Core 0.3ohm coil pre-installed, but you also get a 0.25ohm micro stainless steel dual core coil head. I let the clapton one sit in there and filled it.
It looks rather cool, and it almost disappears in my rather big hands.
Once again the TFV4 micro behaves just like a smaller TFV4. Top fill is great and the taste is actually good, even with the pre-built coils. At 3.5ml you fill it less frequently than the smaller Nano, which is nice
This also comes with a silicone dust cover designed to be on a lanyard.
The battery on the PLUS is rated at 2000 mAh and, just like the Basic, got me through a full day. Battery indicator is the same as on the Basic: You take a drag, the battery indicator blinks four times. When power is low (<3.5v), it blinks faster, and you should charge it.
For pre-built coil heads, there are the Micro-STC2 which are 0.25ohm stainless steel dual coils mean for 30-60W. Being stainless steel the taste is pretty good!
You can also get the Micro-CLP2 which are “patented fused clapton dual core” 0.3ohm coils also rated for 30-60W.
These are the direct to lung options.
If you prefer mouth to lung, you have the option of the Micro 1.2ohm and the Micro 1.8ohm single clapton coil heads. The 1.2ohms are rated for 18-40W whereas the 1.8ohms are rated for 15-30W.
For the TFV4 nano and micro you can also get the TF Micro RCA and TF Micro R2 rebuildable decks.
The RCA is meant for thicker single clapton builds.
The R2 is a very compact 4 post deck meant for smaller dual coils.
Both comes pre-installed with claptons.
Rounding it off
Both of the devices are charged via micro-USB, have an 8 second cut-off, low resistance protection, short protection and low voltage protection - other than that they behave like mech-mods and just pass along whatever power is in the battery to the coils.
I feel like the people who would want the STICK Basic and STICK Plus would prefer the convenience of the pre-built coil heads. Fortunately those are pretty good tasting options.
I wasn’t expecting much out of these devices, but I must admit, I was a bit surprised that they performed that well.
Would I buy one myself? I’m not sure. I am a bit of a tech geek, so I like fiddling and tweaking. But sometimes I also like simplicity. I still use the two devices I tested
I do have a weak spot for the TFV4 tanks though!
I will give away two kits. One PLUS kit and one BASIC kit - both with a pack of coils and a set of RBAs. Tell me below why you like these devices, and I will draw two lucky winners! I will announce the winners on Sunday, May 8th 2016!
The giveaway is over! The winners will be announced in a separate thread