SMOK PROCOLOR Kit review by VapeMaster

Review Date: 
08.02.2018

SMOK PROCOLOR Kit

New from SMOK is the PROCOLOR Kit. The package includes the 225W PROCOLOR which is an update/successor of their existing Alien 220W device. It can be used in Variable Wattage, Temperature Control Mode and includes several memory slots for the user to save their settings. All major wire types are supported and the device is firmware upgradeable.

In addition the device comes with the TFV8 Big Baby Tank along with two coils so you can start vaping right away. So let’s dive right in and see what this kit has to offer!

SMOK PROCOLOR Kit features

SMOK PROCOLOR Device

  • Zinc Alloy Construction.
  • Height: 85mm 
  • Width: 46mm.
  • Depth: 29.5mm.
  • Weight: 151g.
  • Output Power Range: 6W - 225W.
  • Variable Wattage and Temperature Control Functionality.
  • Memory Modes.
  • Temperature Control Range: 200°F - 600°F / 100°C - 315°C.
  • Resistance Range: 0.1ohm – 3.0ohm in VW Mode. 0.06ohm – 3.0ohm in TC Mode.
  • Requires 2x 18650 Batteries (Not Included).
  • 12 Colour, Backlit LED Light shaped in the Outline of a Shield.
  • 1.3 inch OLED Colour Screen.
  • Anti-Slip Fire Key.
  • USB Port for Charging or Firmware upgrade.

SMOK TFV8 Big Baby Beast (EU Edition)

  • 2ml Capacity.
  • 56.2mm Height.
  • 24.5mm Diameter.
  • 74.4g Weight.
  • Stainless Steel and Pyrex Glass Construction.
  • 510 Threading.
  • Top Filling Design.
  • Fully Adjustable Airflow.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x SMOK PROCOLOR Box Mod.
  • 1 x SMOK TFV8 Big Baby Beast (2ml).
  • 1 x SMOK TFV8 V8 Baby Q2 EU Core 0.4ohm (Pre-Installed).
  • 1 x SMOK TFV8 V8 Baby Q2 EU Core 0.4ohm.
  • 1 x Replacement Glass Tube.
  • 1 x USB Cable.
  • 1 x User Manual.
  • 1 x Bag of Spare Parts.

SMOK PROCOLOR Kit styling and build quality

Constructed from Zinc Alloy and featuring an anodized painted finish the SMOK PROCOLOR is a very solid feeling device. Compared to the SMOK Alien it has a symmetrical shape, apart from the 510 connector which is still offset. When fitted with batteries, the PROCOLOR has a pleasant weight to it which seems robust but not all uncomfortable. Size wise it’s pretty much identical to the Alien.

There is a grooved inlay on both the trigger bar and the opposite side which makes for a very good and comfortable grip. The paint finish seems like an improvement on than the Alien in my opinion and has a lacquered style coating. Of course I cannot speculate how long it will stand up to regular use. The Stainless Steel 510 pin and connector look decent and are well fitted. The various atomizers I used on this device all fitted flush.

There is a carbon fibre inlay set in a shield design on the reverse side of the device which is rather striking and this compliments the black background of the display. Branding is reasonable and features “SMOK", "PROCOLOR" and "225W" displayed in white on the reverse side of the device.

The trigger bar has a really good feel to it, being nice and responsive. The two adjustment buttons work well but there is some rattle present. On the front of the device is the LED in the shape of a shield and the first time you power it up you are greeted by quite the light show. The shield is lit up brighter than a Christmas tree and cycles through a wide range of colours. In many ways it looks like it was designed by Tony Stark as a vaping present for Captain America. Now some people are going to love this and others out there will hate it. I'm kind of indifferent and I appreciate it makes the device unique, but I personally preferred to only have it illuminate when vaping. The good news is that if you really don't care for it at all then you can shut it down for good. Alternatively if you happen to like this kind of bling you can have it flash, fade and cycle through various colours because it's got more variety than a Jean Michel Jarre laser show!

I felt that the menus were a major improvement on the Alien which always looked overly cluttered to me. Everything is nicely set out and the device provides a lot of information, but I still thought that the font while quite sharp could be a little larger. The overall display has a nice brightness to it and I liked the colour scheme SMOK have chosen to distinguish different categories. The screen itself does seem a bit prone to light scratches even with careful use which is a shame.

The device requires two 18650 batteries (sold separately) and the compartment itself is nicely set out. The lid fits well and is very secure. Correct battery orientation is clearly marked. Just like the Alien there is still no battery venting. Now with a maximum output of 225 Watts that is an oversight I feel should have been corrected by now.

The Micro USB Port is sensibly located and fitted horizontally so you can keep the device upright while charging. In addition the PROCOLOR supports firmware updates which you can download directly from SMOK.

Included with the device is the TFV8 Big Baby Beast Tank which I have already covered in detail here. The tank has a 2ml capacity, top filling; fully adjustable airflow and is designed for vapers who enjoy a direct lung inhale style of vaping.

Ease of use

Like most SMOK devices this one is quite straightforward to get to grips with.

The trigger tends to perform the dual function of cycling through the options in the menus and selections are confirmed by holding down the trigger. The device can be locked and the mode can be easily switched. In addition there are memory modes, puff counter, along with a host of light show options. Just like all SMOK devices you can also set the vape to soft, normal or hard which can be useful when using certain coils.

The tank is an absolute doddle to use. Just remember to prime the coil first with a little juice and allow at least ten minutes before vaping. The manual is well written and clearly covers everything in sufficient detail.

Performance

In Variable Wattage Mode this device was a solid performer. Since I had already covered the Big Beast Tank which is included, I decided to use my Kayfun Prime on the PROCOLOR. I could find no issues at all and I got a great vape at my desired setting.

Temperature Control Mode had no apparent issues when using my Titanium Mods Ukraine Achilles II RDA and I noticed no heat spiking or Resistance fluctuation. The Temperature Co-Efficient can be adjusted if you wish and the default settings include support for Nickel, Titanium and Stainless Steel wire types.

Battery life was very typical of a dual 18650 device and will depend a great deal on the Wattage you vape at and how often. Keep in mind that the battery will drain significantly faster if you have the extra special bling light show switched on.

Conclusion

The SMOK PROCOLOR is a solid device that functions well and is unlikely to disappoint. In a lot of ways I find it an improvement on the Alien, certainly in terms of the brighter colourful screen, the nicely set out menus and the new painted finish. The light show is a bit much for me personally but I do appreciate the fact its there if you want it. Some of you will likely really enjoy it since it can be personalised, and it can also be switched off or limited to just when you squeeze the trigger, so it really is a non-issue.

I think that if you were at all tempted to get the Alien then this newer version certainly might appeal, but if you already have an Alien and are completely happy with it then this device might seem unnecessary. Personally I think it’s a solid device that works really well and is very attractive as a starter kit for the right person, plus it has more than a touch of bling if you want it!

Many thanks to SMOK who kindly sent this device to Planet of the Vapes for us to review. SMOK have also generously given us an extra PROCOLOR Kit to give away to one lucky winner, so please see our competition.