Smok Arcfox Kit
I’ve been taking a look at a few kits recently that are able to take on a bit of day to day rough and tumble, and this time it’s time to look at the latest ip67 rated (shock, water and dust resistant) kit from SMOK, the Arcfox kit, which has been sent over by The Electronic Cigarette Company (TECC).
The star of the show here is obviously the Arcfox mod itself with its full ip67 rating (shock, water and dust resistant) which means that it should be able to take a beating if you’re a bit heavy handed with your gear or work in an environment where things need to be a bit more robust.
- 88.25mm x 55.6mm x 30mm
- 155.3 grams
- Full ip67 rating
- Dual 18650 battery
- Output 5~230 watts / 0.5~8.2 volts + TC mode(s)
- Resistance range 0.1~2.5 ohms (0.05~2.0 ohms in TC)
- 2 amp charging
As with most shock resistant mods, the bulk of the Arcfox mod has a rubber coating on the outside to protect it from drops. This suffers the same problems as other devices of this nature in as much as it’s a total lint magnet! Fortunately it’s also water resistant so a quick wipe down with a damp cloth will soon sort this out.
With a quoted size of 55.6mm x 30mm, I wasn’t entirely sure that I was going to be comfortable using the Arcfox thanks to my smaller hands, normally anything over about 52 mm wide and it’s starting to get too big to be practical, but thankfully this isn’t quite as monstrous as I first thought it was going to be. At its widest point, I actually only measure it to be 55.1 mm and the central area where you actually hold the mod tapers down to just a smidge over 53 mm which means it’s pretty comfortable to use as a daily driver. This is further aided by the lightly padded “leather” grip around the back and the large fire bar on the front which can be activated by gently squeezing the mod.
The up/down controls and the 0.96” colour display have been moved to one side to make room for the large power bar, and there’s a large metal Arcfox logo along with a covered usb-c charge port on the other side, and I’m happy to report there is zero button rattle. The screen is clear and bright enough for most situations but it can be a bit difficult to see in really bright sunshine (it actually stopped raining for long enough today for me to realise this was the case!). The usb-c charge port is covered by a rubber seal when not in use, one downside here is that when you want to use this to charge your batteries on the go, I found that not all usb-c cables would fit in the recessed port… check before leaving the house if you habitually use your mods to charge your batteries. I recorded a peak charging rate of 1.85 amps in use.
There’s a centrally located spring loaded 510 plate on the top. The top edge tapers down to 29.8mm across this area so anything above that will overhang slightly but this shouldn’t be an issue for 99.9% of atomisers on the market.
The battery door is on the bottom and is secured by a metal latch so I have no worries about this breaking with use. The whole area is well sealed to maintain its water resistance and is very clearly marked for battery polarity both on the door itself and in the base of the battery tubes, so full marks to SMOK on that front. The door has been very secure in use and I’ve had no problems with it coming open unexpectedly in pockets and the like.
The board here seems fairly responsive and has all the features you would expect including temperature control if you use it. The menu system goes back to earlier SMOK control schemes with 3 clicks to activate it, combinations of short presses of the fire bar and the up/down buttons to move around the menu, and long presses of the fire button to exit the menu… it’s a bit clunky if you haven’t used a SMOK mod before but you soon get used to it, and it’s nowhere near as bad as the menu system they used to use when I started vaping five years ago. Mouth to lung users might be disappointed with the lack of a voltage mode and the fact that power is only adjustable in 1 watt increments as well.
Here in the UK and other TPD compliant regions, the Arcfox kit is bundled with the TFV-Mini V2 tank. This is a standard SMOK stock coil tank and whilst it’s not bad, it’s severely hampered by the 2ml TPD compliant glass, and no bubble glass is supplied.
The two included coils have both performed well with decent flavour but you’ll be filling it every five minutes, especially with the dual mesh coil which fairly guzzles through e-liquid.
- Ip67 rated
- Not as big as you might think!
I wasn’t expecting to like the SMOK Arcfox mod as much as I do, in fact I was expecting to hate it thanks to my small hands, but it’s been a joy to use. The slim 53mm waist with its padded leather grip actually makes this practical and comfortable to use, and as the only other ip67 rated mod I own is a single 21700 battery mod, this is a nice compliment for those times I need a bit more power or longer battery life. As is common for pack in tanks, the TFV-Mini V2 is a bit “meh”, but the large 510 platform up top means you can easily accommodate anything else you might want to use. If you need something a bit more rugged for daily use then the Arcfox kit is definitely worth a look.