Smokjoy Air50 review by Dan Willis

Review Date: 
23.09.2016

Smokjoy Air50

We are taking a look at this new wave of ‘mini’ mods to hit the market, with reviews on the Artery Nugget, Council of Vapor Mini Volt 2 and the Vaporesso Target Mini in the pipeline, today we are going to have a look at the Smokjoy Air50 and its overall performance.

The Smokjoy Air50 offers a 1200 mAh USB rechargeable in built battery, that is able to fire resistances down to 0.2ohm and output up to 50W of power. It also supports the three most popular temperature control wires, with Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel supported right out of the box. It also has a user friendly system, allowing you to switch modes on the fly with a quick three clicks of the power button.

Specs

  • Dimensions 34mm x 22.5mm x 58mm
  • 1200 mAh battery capacity
  • USB recharging
  • 7W-50W output power
  • Power mode resistance range 0.2-3.0 ohm
  • Temperature control resistance range 0.15-1ohm
  • Ni200, Titanium and SS 316L coils compatible in temperature control mode
  • Smokjoy Air50 Mod
  • Smokjoy vape band
  • USB charging cable
  • Instruction manual

Looks and Build Quality

The Smokjoy Air50 bears more than a passing resemblance to a slimmed down CoolFire IV Plus, and a tiny version at that, with dimensions of 34mm x 22.5mm x 58mm. This thing is seriously tiny and amongst the smallest mods out there! It gets swallowed up by the palm of my hand, however the rounded edge is quite clever as it rests comfortably in hand. The buttons are nice and responsive, with the power and plus and minus buttons located on the front of the unit. The finish is very nice, with a mirrored metal top and bottom, and a spring loaded 510 connector for a flush atomiser fit. Small atomisers look great with this little thing!

At the side of the unit is a small OLED screen, that shows the current battery level, resistance, power output, temperature limit and voltage output. It’s quite a bright and clear screen, however it is a little on the small side which may trouble people with impaired vision. At the base of the Air50 you will find the USB port, which is used for charging only as the firmware does not seem to be upgradeable. Next to the USB port are seven battery venting holes for the inbuilt 1200 mAh battery. 

Operating the Smokjoy Air50

The Smokjoy Air50 is a simple and easy to use little unit:

  • 5 clicks will power the Air50 on and off
  • Plus and minus will change the power output/temperature limit
  • Clicking the power button three times quickly will allow you to change the mode, available modes are Power (wattage), Ni/Ti/SS TC mode or full power (bypass) mode. Press plus or minus to switch between settings and hit power to select your desired setting.
  • Hit the power button twice in quick succession when in TC mode to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit
  • The Air50 features short circuit protection, low resistance protection, chip overheating protection and low battery cut off, you will get a check battery message when the internal battery has depleted to 2.9V.

Performance

The Smokjoy Air50 may be short, but one thing it certainly isn’t lacking is power. There is a large output wattage range of 7-50W available, and the Smokjoy Air50 is able to fire builds down to 0.2ohm in wattage mode meaning that it can be ideal for cloud chasing builds! That being said, using builds of 0.2ohm and the wattage set to 50W means your battery life can be measured in minutes rather than hours, so do ensure you are next to a USB power source if that is your intention!

There is a temperature control mode with the Air50, and it features support for the three most popular wires in the form of Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel. Ni200 and Titanium seem to function perfectly well as you would expect, however with Ni200 you need to bear in mind the minimum resistance in temperature control is 0.15ohm so you need to use thin wire or quite a lot of wraps if you use your own Ni200 builds. Stainless Steel was a little erratic in temperature control, with occasional dry hits and varying resistance fluctuations, but overall if you are an Ni200 or Titanium user the Air50 is a pretty solid performer with both of these wire types.

The inbuilt 1200 mAh battery is a little larger than many similar mini mods that are available on the market, but you are still limited to a couple of hours battery life. Thankfully, the Air50 recharges pretty quickly via USB, so you aren’t left hanging around waiting for your Air50 to recharge before using it again.

One strange issue I noticed was with the battery meter. I have been vaping along happily, with the battery meter showing that it is near full, then it will cut out suddenly and show ‘CHECK BATTERY’ indicating that the Air50 needs to be recharged. Also, on a couple of occasions, the on screen battery meter has shown it is near empty then suddenly jumped up to near full! It is a little odd, and I did feel that I couldn’t rely on the battery meter to give me an accurate idea of how much battery is left.

Conclusion

The Smokjoy Air50 is a small and powerful little unit, with plenty of output power, a temperature control mode that supports the three most popular wires in temperature control and one of the highest capacity in built batteries for a mini mod. Looks wise, it's one of the better looking mini mods out there, as well as being one of the smallest as well!

If you are looking for a tiny and stealthy little unit, the Smokjoy Air50 is well worth a look. It’s compact, feature rich for such a small little unit and at the price, it’s well worth picking one of these up as a spare or back up unit!

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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.