SMOK has seen plenty of success with their Mag kits. The first release was the original SMOK Mag, a 225W mod paired with the TFV12 Prince tank. Since then, they have manufactured a right-handed edition of the original mag, and a baby version: the SMOK Mag Baby 50W edition. A desire inspired by a handgun, these mods have a trigger-style firing button and a push-to-release battery compartment that’ll make you feel like you’re loading bullets instead of batteries. The latest in the Mag series of kits is the SMOK Mag Grip 100W Starter Kit. Let’s see how the Mag Grip measures up to the reputation.
Unboxing the SMOK Mag Grip 100W Starter Kit
The SMOK Mag Grip 100W Starter Kit is available in four color schemes: Black/Red, Prism Chrome and Black, Red/Black and Prism Blue and Black. SMOK sent me the Red/Black kit for the purpose of this review.
This is a 100W output, single battery kit, compatible with 18650s thanks to the included battery adapter, as well as 20700 and 21700 batteries without the adapter.
Inside the Kit:
- One SMOK Mag Grip Box Mod
- One SMOK TFV8 V2 Tank
- One V2 S1 0.15 ohm Coil Head
- One V2 S2 0.15 ohm Coil Head
- One Glass Tube Replacement
- One 18650 Battery Adapter
- USB Charging Cable
- Replacement Parts and Glass
- User Manual
Design and Build
The chassis is crafted out of a durable zinc alloy. The 510 threading is stainless steel with a gold plated 510 contact. This mod looks fantastic, but what the real factor for this new design is the ergonomic build. SMOK crafted the Mag Grip to conform to your hand comfortably—and after vaping with this I can easily say that they succeeded. The dimensions of the Mag grip mod are 92mm by 30mm by 65mm—relatively lightweight, easy to hold, but still feels nice and sturdy.
I own a SMOK Species Kit, which is a top-performing powerhouse by SMOK meant for high power vaping, but the Mag Grip is a nice alternative for lower wattages and is easier to tote around thanks to the weight and size. If you owned the original Mag 225W mod, then you’ll understand that sometimes a weighty mod isn’t what you want when you’re on the go.
Main Features of the SMOK Mag Grip 100W Starter Kit
The Mag Grip kit’s design isn’t the only thing going for it. The response time of the chipset is very quick. The firing button is located near the top of the mod, with that trigger design. Opposite that, you’ll find the 0.66-inch OLED screen on the top of the mod, with the selection buttons directly below.
While the display screen is small in size, it’s very easy to read and displays everything you need to know. If you’re a fan of larger screens, you might not be too happy about this small one, but it does the job and looks great where it’s integrated.
You turn the mod on with five clicks, click the firing button three times to access the menu and scroll to power, select by holding the firing button, use the navigation buttons to choose off and again, hold the firing button and the device powers off. To lock your screen, you can click the firing button five times while the device is on or hold down both selection keys.
The menu works the same way with your settings and vaping modes. Super easy and smooth—I have had absolutely no issue finding my way around the menu screen and options.
You have a few options for vaping modes: Power Mode (Soft, Normal, and Hard), TCR, and TC Ni, Ti, and SS.
The Nifty Battery Door Standard of the Mag Mods
Like the previous SMOK Mag mods, the battery door is located on the bottom of the Mag Grip. To access the compartment, push in the silver button with the SMOK logo on the side of the mod and it pops out like a gun magazine. This design is smooth. Unlike some arguments with the older SMOK Mags, the button isn’t difficult to push in at all. All you need to do is load your battery and push the bottom back in. Inside the battery port is the 18650 adapter, which slips out easily if you aren’t going to use it.
The TVF8 Baby V2 Tank
I own four of the SMOK TFV8 Baby V2 tanks and have had extensive experience with them. The TFV8 Baby V2 tanks are in my list of current favorites right now. You get some excellent flavor with this tank. And the vapor production is phenomenal, thanks to that triple airflow. Of course, since the SMOK Mag Grip’s max output is 100W, the clouds won’t be as huge as some you may see from power vapers.
The SMOK Mag Grip 100W Starter Kit comes with two newer coils to the Baby V2 coil series: the S1 and the S2.
The S1 Coil
This KTR mesh coil rates at 0.15-ohms, made for vaping at 40-80W. This coil’s performance astounded me. I can easily compare it to other V2 coils in terms of flavor quality, like the A1 coil for higher wattage vaping. You get excellent flavor with this coil, and the clouds aren’t too bad either. In my opinion the flavor with the S1 is best around 65W.
The S2 Coil
The S2 is a quadruple coil for use at 30 to 70W, marked best at 45 to 60W. This coil does just about as good on flavor as the S1 coil does, However, the balance of clouds and flavor isn’t quite as good as that S1. I preferred the flavor at around 50W for this coil.
There are several other coils in the Baby V2 family that are compatible with the tank, but make sure to choose coils compatible within the wattage capabilities of the Mag Grip mod.
The TFV8 Baby V2 Tank Details:
- 4mm Base Diameter
- 30mm Diameter with Bubble Glass Tank Section
- Hinge and Lock Top Fill System that Swivels Open and Shut
- A Wide Fill Port
- 5ml Capacity with the Included Bubble Glass
- Uses the SMOK Baby V2 Coil Family
- Triple Adjustable Airflow Slots
- Stainless Steel and Glass Construction
Vaping Performance Summary
I can think of no cons with the SMOK Mag Grip Kit, unless you’re disappointed with the small display screen. This mod and tank combo performs very well at mid-range wattages. I gave it a try at the max output with a 21700 battery with a Baby V2 A3 coil (available separately), and I was still impressed. The battery life is pretty good with the Mag Grip, especially if you opt to use a 20700 or 21700 battery instead of a 18650. This kit is easy to use, the tank is a top-performer that gives great flavor, and the craftsmanship on this mod is really solid.
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