SMOK Stick Plus Kit
We seem to be seeing a lot of manufacturers producing “pen” like starter kits lately but they have certainly evolved a great deal from the old eGo batteries.
The Stick Plus from SMOK is a chunky tube style starter device with a 2000mAh capacity which comes bundled with their Micro TFV4 Sub Ohm tank. SMOK’s thinking behind this is too keep all of their tanks fully compatible with their existing coils. While the tank may be a little bit too powerful for new users the Stick Plus certainly is an interesting product so let’s dive into the review and check it out!
SMOK Stick Plus Kit features
- 2000 mAh Battery Capacity
- 3.5ml Capacity tank
- Top filling tank design
- Adjustable airflow
- 8 Second cut off protection
- Resistance protection when atomizer is lower than 0.1ohm or greater than 2.5ohm
- Short circuit protection
- Low voltage protection
- Battery life indicator
What’s in the box?
- 1 X SMOK Stick Plus Battery (2000 mAh)
- 1 X Micro TFV4 Plus Tank
- 1 X 0.3ohm Micro Fused Dual Core Clapton Coil (Pre-installed)
- 1 X 0.25ohm Micro Stainless Steel Dual Core Coil Head
- 1 X Vape Band
- 1 X Micro USB Charging Cable
- 1 X Pack of Spare O-Rings and Refill cap
- User Manual
- Packaged in a nicely presented gift box
SMOK Stick Plus Kit styling and build quality
I think it’s really amazing just how far vaping has come when you consider how vastly different the SMOK Stick Plus is compared to the old Kanger eGo battery I used when I first switched to vaping. The old Kanger eGo like many devices at that time used a pen like design and a simple clearomizer but by contrast the SMOK Stick Plus is shaped like some huge Havana cigar and comes with a fairly large Sub Ohm tank.
In terms of construction the Stick Plus is a really nicely made device. The tube is well-built and has a nice chunky feel to it. It is a little heavy and in many ways it is comparable in size and weight to a typical mechanical mod. The 510 pin is spring-loaded and the included Micro TFV4 screws on perfectly and makes for a seamless fit.
There is only one button on the device and while it does have a nice feel to it and seems to be very responsive it does rattle a little. There is a blue LED above the button which lights up when vaping and when you switch the device on and off.
The battery inside the device is not removable and is rated at 2000mAh which is pretty decent capacity for a starter kit. It operates at 3.4-4.2V. Unfortunately unlike a lot of other devices on the market the Stick Plus does not allow you to adjust the Wattage. Essentially the device automatically sets the power according to the Resistance of the coil in the tank. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if you are new to vaping since it helps to reduce complication and in all fairness the vape I got with the device was pretty good as you will discover later in this review.
The included TFV4 tank is very well machined, all of the parts fit together well and it can be fully disassembled for cleaning. The tank holds 3.5ml of juice which is more than sufficient. The drip tip is constructed from Stainless Steel but has an inner Pyrex piece which helps to improve flavour. The drip tip fitting is standard so you can happily use one from your collection if you prefer.
On the back of the device is the Micro USB port which is fitted horizontally so you can keep the Stick Plus upright while charging.
Ease of use
The Micro TFV4 tank is very simple to use and as long as you remember to prime the coil first you won’t run into problems. Filling is also straightforward due to SMOK’s unique flip out lid design. The silicone fill hole isn’t exactly massive but since it is fairly malleable it tends to adjust to the size of your dropper or juice nozzle. The only thing you need to be mindful of is that high VG juice due to its thickness tends to block up the fill hole a little so make sure the juice has completely moved down before squeezing even more in.
The device itself is not at all complicated and you simply have to click the button five times to switch it on and off.
How does it vape?
When you have a lot of E-Liquid in your stash you often forget exactly what you bought which is what happened to me when I found a bottle of El Toro Cigarillos (has been steeped for about six months) the day it came to trying out this device. I quickly primed the pre-fitted 0.3ohm Dual Core Clapton Coil and filled up the Micro TFV4 tank and after allowing a few minutes to pass I took my first vape.
My initial impressions were “Wow, that’s seriously strong”, of course this is mainly down to using heavily steeped juice but the Micro TFV4 is something of an intense vape. It is extremely airy, in fact it’s so airy you can practically breathe through it! In my opinion the flavour is really nice for such an airy tank and even though the tank is rather limited by the output of the device it still offers a very enjoyable vape!
Of course you do need to keep in mind that the Micro TFV4 is actually an even better vape on a Variable Wattage device where you can tweak the settings to suit but in all fairness for a product that is marketed as a starter kit I don’t think the vape will disappoint you.
One things for sure the Micro TFV4 puts out a lot of vapour even on this Wattage limited device. For someone who is switching to vaping for the first time I do feel that it may be too much especially in terms of airflow and vapour production but in consideration the stronger vape might actually be something that is desirable since ex-smokers often like to vape the strongest strength E-Liquid that is available.
From my own point of view as someone who has vaped for a long time I actually liked the vape I got with this product but then I can happily switch from mouth to lung to lung hitting as the mood takes me.
One thing to keep in mind is that the tank itself does get quite hot if you vape often so do take care. Thankfully the bottom of the device that you actually hold only really gets slightly warm.
The tank capacity of 3.5ml is decent enough but the coils do guzzle your juice a little but nowhere near as badly as the original TFV4. If you are a heavy vaper and plan on using this device constantly you will go through a fair amount of E-Liquid and that could get expensive quickly.
Battery capacity is fairly good and providing you are only a modest vaper it should last you all day. Charging time via USB cable took about 3 hours.
Given how full on the vape is with the Micro TFV4 tank I would be hesitant to recommend this product to someone who is planning on switching to vaping for the first time. However despite that previous statement I do think that this is still a nice piece of kit and it does offer a very decent vape and in fact quite a strong one. If you are the kind of person who could get used to lung inhaling quickly then it might be a worthwhile buy. You could close down the airflow heavily but to be honest the Micro TFV4 is not ideal for mouth to lung users since it is still quite loose and airy.
Alternatively this device might also appeal to lung hitting vapers who require something a little bit more discrete when out and about since the device is kind of styled like a big cigar. The battery capacity is pretty good and the flavour you get when vaping the tank is seriously nice but not quite as refined as it would be if you were using it on a Variable Wattage device. At least the tank is detachable so you can use it with other devices. What’s more the tank is compatible with all of the existing Micro TFV4 coils and also the RBA deck if you fancy making your own coils at some point.
All in all I think this is a very good product from SMOK but unfortunately it will only appeal to a small amount of customers. In my opinion SMOK need to consider who they are aiming this device at because if the target demographic is smokers switching to vaping then a less airy tank with dedicated mouth to lung airflow would certainly be a wiser choice. If they are appealing to lung hitters then most of that user base will already be using Variable Wattage devices and the Stick Plus would only be valuable as a backup.
If you are trying to quit smoking then the best feature of the Stick Plus is that it will certainly give you a potent vape the question is really whether you can get used to the very airy airflow and lung inhaling.