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Smok Mag Solo Kit

The Smok Mag has been around for a while now but is it still worth picking up? Antony finds out in his review of the Smok Mag Solo Kit 

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Smok Mag Solo Kit 

It’s been a while since I looked at anything from SMOK, but I’m a bit of a sucker when it comes to single 21700 mods so when the Smok Mag Solo Kit hit the market, I thought it was about time to revisit their kits. Luckily our friends over at Healthcabin were kind enough to send us over a kit to review.

Specifications

  • 95.2 x 43.6 x 32.2 mm
  • 135 grams
  • Single 21700 battery
  • 5~100 watt / 1.0~6.5 volt output
  • Resistance range 0.1~2.5 ohms
  • USB-C charging at 1.5 amps
  • Kit includes the T-Air sub tank and two coils

Smok Mag Solo Kit  unboxing

The Mag Solo is available on its own or as a kit with the T-Air sub tank included, and Healthcabin sent over the full kit for me to take a look at. You can’t complain about the lack of choices here as the Mag Solo comes in a whopping seventeen different colours (no I’m not going to list them all!!). Fifteen of these come with a “leather” grip and three with a TPU (rubber) grip, and I was sent the black gunmetal variant for review which is one of the TPU variants.

Smok Mag Solo Kit close look

One of the major selling points on previous SMOK Mag mods has been the gun grip style designs and this has been carried over to the Mag Solo, you can definitely see influences of earlier designs from the trigger position on the fire button surrounded by deep indents around the top of the mod to the large grip around the back. Whilst I was initially a little disappointed that I hadn’t been sent one of the “leather” versions, the rubbery TPU grip around the back of the black gunmetal version has rapidly become one of my favourite aspects here affording great comfort with superb grip, even I haven’t dropped this with my butter fingers! This is relatively compact for a 21700 mod, however SMOK have gone for a zinc alloy chassis which means it’s not lightweight so you’ll certainly be aware of this whilst you have it in a pocket, but the ergonomics can’t be argued with otherwise.

Up front we have a large 0.96 inch screen with seven different colour themes to choose from, this is nice and bright, and the information you need is all cleanly laid out. If you were expecting multiple modes, then you’ll be disappointed as the only option here is wattage, but on the bonus side this does have up to 6.5 volts output, so I’ve found the performance to be excellent, only noticing a drop in performance once the battery dropped below 5% which has made this a great all day mod.

Smok Mag Solo Kit  battery compartment

Earlier models in the Mag series had a drop out magazine style battery compartment further solidifying the gun grip vibe, sadly this has been dropped in favour of a more traditional spring loaded battery door at the base. This feels solid enough and I’ve had zero issues with it in use. The battery tube is a little on the tight side so this failed my “too fat” oversized battery test (the battery would actually go in, but I was worried I might not get it out again!) but this shouldn’t really be an issue with more modern standardized 21700 batteries.

There is on board charging via a USB-C port on the front of the Mag Solo and in my test, this hit a peak charging rate of 1.4 amps so it’s no slouch when you need to use this feature. As always, I’d always recommend using an external charger whenever possible and merely view this as a bonus feature to use when you’re out and about.

Smok Mag Solo Kit 510 connection

On top we have a spring loaded 510 which appears to be screwed in rather than press fit which is nice to see on a more budget orientated kit. The 510 platform is fairly wide as well at 27mm before the edge starts to fall away, so all but the biggest monster atomisers should work here.

Smok T-air tank

If you go for the full kit, then you get the T-Air sub ohm tank included and this has been a pleasant surprise. There’s an easy to use top fill system with a standard 810 drip tip and this utilizes a modern press fit coil system with a top down air flow design. The international version I was sent has a 5ml capacity although you will be limited to just 2ml with a TPD compliant kit.

Smok coils

I think we can all remember the multi core monster coil heads that required obscene amounts of power that SMOK were infamous for in the past, well here they’ve opted for a more contemporary single core kanthal mesh design with much more modest power requirements, and these are a massive improvement. Flavour was good and both coils lasted a week, so they’re pretty decent on that front as well.

Pros

  • Comfortable gun grip design
  • Good performance from the chip

Cons

  • Wattage only mod

Conclusion

I was pleasantly surprised by both the Mag Solo mod and the T-Air sub tank and despite the cut back wattage only board, I can forgive this as this comes in more towards the budget end of the spectrum. The gun grip design is just as comfortable as ever so I’m sure this will get pulled off the shelf periodically for a quick blast.

Many thanks to Healthcabin for sending the Smok Mag Solo Kit out for review.

Smok Mag Solo Kit  hand check

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Antony Lord

Reviewer at POTV
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I was a twenty a day smoker for 25 years and like most smokers I was always going to quit "next week". Having hit my mid forties and having the usual smokers cough and difficulty with anything more than moderate exercise it was obviously time to give up the cancer sticks. I bought my first e-cigarette in 2013 when they were expensive, difficult to find and quite frankly... crap. I used it for about a week then went back to the roll ups, mark up another failed quit attempt. The fact that I had just changed jobs and was under quite a lot of stress probably didn't help. Move on to 2016 and whilst I was browsing eBay I noticed that one of the suggested items that would occasionally pop up was for a cheap e-cigarette. It looked similar to the one I'd bought 3 years earlier but it was only £5 (about 8 times cheaper than before) so I decided to give it another go on a whim. Once the kit arrived I managed to gradually replace the cigarettes with my new kit over a two month period and got into watching YouTube reviews for newer kit. My cheap and cheerful kit was replaced by a more upmarket affair, and being a noob I made a mistake once it arrived... I put in the supplied direct lung coil, this was of course a complete revelation and I haven't touched a cigarette since. Oh and I no longer spend the first five minutes of every day having a coughing fit either.

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