SMOK Micro One Kit review by Dan Willis

Review Date: 
14.02.2016

SMOK Micro One Kit

The SMOK Micro One incorporates the smallest version of the best selling TFV4 tank, the SMOK TFV4 Micro, and a revised box mod in the form of the R80 TC. Combined, these two form the SMOK Micro One kit, which SMOK have aimed as a starter kit for those new to high wattage vaping and cloud chasing.

Featuring an integrated 4000mAh battery, 80W maximum output power, temperature control supporting Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel wires and a new smaller form factor, the SMOK R80 TC shapes up to be a small unit that really has it all. The included Micro TFV4 boasts the same features as the best selling TFV4 and TFV4 Mini, but in the smallest size to date. It also has it’s own dedicated coils, in the form of the Micro TFV4 coils, and promises to offer the same outstanding performance the TFV4 tank was lauded for even in a smaller package!

On paper, this looks like a top performing starter kit. Let's see how it performs!

Specs

R80 TC Features:

  • 80W Maximum Output
  • 4000mAh Internal Battery
  • Micro USB Charging
  • Stable DC Circuit
  • 85mm by 55mm by 22mm
  • Full Temperature Control supporting Ni200 Nickel, Titanium and Stainless Steel wires
  • Spring Loaded 510 Connector
  • Two Line OLED Screen that displays Output Wattage/Temperature, Output Voltage, Atomizer Resistance, Battery Life Indicator
  • Three Button Operation
  • Intelligent Atomizer Recognition
  • Puff Monitoring System
  • Short Circuit/Over-Heating/Low Battery/12 Second Cut-Off Protection

Micro TFV4 Tank Features:

  • 22mm Diameter
  • 2.5ml Base Capacity
  • 3.5ml Tank Extension Adapter
  • Dual Quad Adjustable Airflow
  • Top Hinge and Fill Refill System
  • Micro TFV4 Coil Structures
  • Micro CLP2 Coil Core Pre-Installed, 30 to 60W Patented Fused Clapton Dual Core with resistance of 0.3 ohms
  • Micro STC2 Coil Core included, 30 to 60W Patented Stainless Steel Dual Core with Temperature Sensing Capability and a resistance of 0.25 ohms

What’s in the box?

As you would expect from SMOK, they have really gone all out on the contents here. The Micro One Kit comes absolutely jam packed with content, and inside it is:

  • R80 TC Box Mod (80W)
  • Micro TFV4 tank (22mm)
  • 0.3ohm Micro fused clapton core (pre-installed)
  • 0.25ohm stainless steel dual core
  • replacement XL glass tube
  • Tank extension adapter
  • black Smok vape band
  • USB charging/Upgrading cable
  • User Manual
  • Spare O-Rings

An RBA coil is available to purchase separately for the Micro TFV4, as well as many different coil cores. There are also four different colour schemes available for the Micro One kit- Red, Black, Silver and White!

Looks

Starting with the SMOK Micro TFV4, you have one of the smallest sub ohm tanks on the market to date. SMOK have actually developed new Micro TFV4 coils specifically for this unit, as the original TFV4 Coils are about the same size as the entire tank section of the TFV4 Micro! The TFV4 Micro remains 22mm width, and the smaller height definitely hasn’t compromised on the features.

It has the same drip tip as the TFV4 Mini, which has a stainless steel outer and Pyrex glass inner, and adjustable drip tip airflow on the base of the drip tip allowing you to cool down your vape by opening it right up or enjoy a warmer vape by closing the airflow right down. The excellent hinge and fill refill system is in place here, whereby you fill the Micro TFV4 through the top of the tank by opening the swivel cap and filling through the single fill port, which makes filling really quick and easy. Airflow is controlled by an AFC ring that matches the ones found on previous editions of the TFV4, with four cyclops airflow slots that are finely adjustable. Capacity is 2.5ml but there is an extender included to give the capacity a bump to 3.5ml, with how thirsty the tank can be you will want to make use of the extended capacity! You can also fully disassemble the Micro TFV4 for cleaning.

The R80 TC Mod is available in four different finishes- Red, Black, White and Silver, I received a red unit for review, which just so happens to be my favourite colour, and the finish of the mod is excellent. It’s rounded off with polished stainless steel which just lends an even more premium feel to the unit. The R80 TC features a spring loaded 510 connector for a flush fit, the buttons on the side feel solid, and the OLED screen is clear in any light situation and features information on the current power/temperature, resistance, output voltage and battery life, when the unit is locked pressing the power button will display the date and time. A USB charging port is found at the base of the unit and the chip will be firmware upgradeable, with SMOK having future updates planned for this chip.

Overall, the two combined make for a standout piece of kit, boasting really small form factor and great looks, not to mention the performance which we will get to later in the review!

Using the SMOK Micro One kit

After you have screwed the Micro TFV4 into the R80 TC unit, filling with juice is a simple case of opening the top cap with the swivel hinge, and filling juice through the fill port. After filling, you will need to let the juice stand in the tank for around 5 minutes before you begin using it to allow the juice to fully prime the coil. If you need to change a coil, you will need to do this while the tank is free of juice, or else you will need to empty the tank before this. You unscrew the glass tank section from the base, remove the old coil and screw in a new coil head. You can also extend the capacity to 3.5ml by using the tank extension kit by removing the tank section from the base and swapping it over.

Airflow can be adjusted on the base of the drip tip, this will serve to aid in cooling down (by opening up the airflow) or warming up the vape (by closing the airflow off). You can adjust this to ensure the vape fits your own preference. Airflow is also present on the base of the tank and closing this down tightens the draw and intensifies the flavour, opening this up will get you blowing some massive clouds!

5 clicks of the power button will turn on the SMOK R80 TC unit, and 5 clicks again will lock it. Pressing the power button with the R80 TC unit will display the date and time! Press the power button 5 times again to unlock the unit and use it. Power is adjusted via pressing the up and down buttons, this serves to also adjust the temperature limit when in temperature control. Holding the up and down buttons will lock the output power but still allow you to fire the unit. Power and Up will switch you into temperature control mode, and 3 clicks of the power button will take you into the extensive menu system. Recharging the SMOK Micro One is done through the supplied micro USB cable and you can also upgrade the firmware too.

It’s a user friendly system overall, that allows users to pick up and use the Micro One kit without much faffing around if need be, and if you do like to mess around with settings, the option is there for you to do so!

Performance

Performance from the TFV4 and TFV4 Mini was outstanding, the TFV4 Mini being my favourite sub ohm tank, and the Micro TFV4 performs fantastically well too. It has brand new Micro TFV4 coils, specifically developed for the Micro TFV4, and an RBA coil available to purchase separately. There is a 0.3ohm Micro CLP2 Coil Core pre-installed with the tank, which SMOK recommend can be used at wattages of 30-60W. Personally I found this coil to perform best in the 40-50W range, the flavour is absolutely excellent and the vapour production is phenomenal. Wicking juice of any VG ratio doesn’t seem to be an issue at all, I’ve been using the high VG Fallstreak range in this tank without it struggling at all.

Also included in the kit is the Micro STC2 Coil Core, which is a stainless steel core that again can be used in the 30-60W range. This tends to perform best in the 50-60W range, with smooth, great tasting vapour and even better cloud production than the Micro CLP2 coil, however where this coil really shines is in temperature control, as the R80 TC supports temperature control for stainless steel coils you can use this in temperature control out of the box! 480F has been my preferred setting, with a very flavourful vape that is both warm and cloudy too!

Temperature Control features support for Nickel, Titanium and Stainless Steel coils, so the three most popular wires for temperature control are supported here. The SMOK R80 regulates the power output itself dependent on the coil, so all you need to do is set your preferred temperature limit. I’ve found it to perform accurately, and I’ve really enjoyed vaping with the included Micro STC2 Stainless Steel coil core at around 480F, with a really smooth vape full of flavour and vapour.

Battery life is great from the 4000mAh built in battery, which will give you well over a day’s heavy use, and performance overall from the SMOK Micro One kit really is superb. I haven’t been able to fault how this kit performs!

Conclusion

For an all in one kit that offers sheer performance, the SMOK Micro One can’t really be beat. It’s a great first kit for those taking their first tentative steps into high power units and cloud chasing, and also for those looking to delve into the world of temperature control. The kit comes packed full of everything to get you up and running, and the SMOK R80 TC and Micro TFV4 both perform superbly well on both the flavour and cloud fronts.

Overall, I’ve been really impressed with how this little kit performs, and add to the fact that the Smok Micro One is available at an excellent price too, and you have a winner right here!

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 Dan Willis
Article by Dan Willis
Dan was an early adopter of vaping as a way to quit smoking and has seen and done pretty much all there is to see and do in the vaping world! From Ego batteries to mechs and from rebuildables to pods there isn't much that Dan hasn't tried.