Smok never ceases to amaze us. They’ve been around since 2010 and have just been pumping out vape mods in a wide variety of shapes and forms. This one is an update of a model they’ve already put out and was quite popular. We’re excited to take a look at the Smok H-Priv 225W kit and see how it holds up, both in comparison to the original H-Priv, and as a stand alone. Here we go!
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While the new H-Priv 2 has the same overall shape as the original box mod, there are some stark differences too. Overall, it’s a really nice looking vape mod. It keeps intact the fire bar on one side of it, but adds this honeycomb pattern that is actually pretty cool. What’s most unique about the design of this box mod is actually the screen placement, just like it was on the original. Most all vape mods will have it on one of the sides, but here the OLED screen is placed on top – next to where the tank screws in. The +/- buttons are on the ridge just below that, which, again, is just different. As long as you don’t use a huge tank with a lot of overhang, you’ll be able to see the screen clearly.
As for the build, we felt it was very solid actually. It didn’t at all feel too plasticky and the grip on the box mod itself was rather good. The battery door is a little thin for our liking, but we still didn’t notice any rattle or anything. It did feel a little larger than we first expected it to, so basically it looks smaller than it is. Fitting it in your pocket is possible, but it may require a bit of squeezing and there’s a good chance you’ll drop the idea completely. It’s not mammoth by any means, but it isn’t as portable as we would have liked.
The included TFV12 Big Baby Prince tank is well liked around here, especially for its quality build. It comes apart for easy cleaning and has washers in all the right places to prevent e-liquid leakage. The honeycomb theme of the vape tank also extends here to this tank, where the 810 drip tip follows the same style and really makes it feel like a well designed kit.
This is another Smok vape mod that is rated above 200 watts, but you’ll probably feel more comfortable using it at under 100 watts. The power does ramp up rather well, but the 225 watt boast feels a little premature. We were able to get into the 140-150 range but not much further. Even so, the ideal wattage range was closer to 50-70, and definitely not much past 100. Power wasn’t a problem, it had plenty of it, we just never seemed to need that much.
You’ll get great vapour out of the H-Priv 2 box mod even at the lower end of the wattage spectrum. With the trusty Big Baby Prince tank, even at a 30-40 range we saw some nice vapour with tasty flavour. This continued, but the flavour quality seemed to go down after around 80 watts, replaced by massive clouds. Finding a balance takes a little bit of tinkering, but there’s no doubt that this combo of the H-Prive 2 and Big Baby prince tank are up to the challenge. The airflow control also helped a great deal in mimicking cigarette smoking when closed, but allowing you to cloud chase when you have it open.
Although Smok products are usually loaded with modes, this box mod is actually pared down a bit. This isn’t a bad thing at all. It doesn’t come with an advanced TCR mode, for instance, but that really isn’t the type of customer who is buying a Smok vape mod. Keeping it simple helps here. Along with variable wattage, they have a pretty good temperature control mode that handles Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel. They also have a Puff Strength sub-mode, which allows you to choose from Soft, Normal, and Hard. That type of setting will do a lot for Smok users, without having to confuse them.
Here’s a list of the important features:
- 1 to 225W Power Output
- VW/TC(Ni/Ti/SS)/Puff Strength Output Modes
- Resistance Range: 0.1-2.5 ohm (VW), 0.05-2 ohm (TC)
- Temperature Range: 100-315C/200-600F
- Uses Two 18650 Batteries
- OLED Screen
- Spring Loaded 510 Threading
- Size Specs: Depth 52mm/ Width 27mm/ Height 84mm/ Weight 165g
Ease of Use:
In this area, we knew Smok would excel and it does. It is an exceedingly easy box mod to set up and get going. The menu is essentially the same as the original H-Priv, and it’s very straightforward and intuitive. The screen placement is actually an advantage in some ways, as it looks brightly back at you as you go in for a vape. The two 18650 batteries you’ll use for this do a rather good job of keeping you vaping for a while. We didn’t quite get a full day of vaping, but on lower wattage modes we didn’t need to recharge until the mid-late afternoon.
The Big Baby Prince has always been a breeze to set up and work with, so we knew that coming in. It has a top rotary fill method, where you just twist the drip tip counter clockwise to get it open and reveal the filling opening. Actually, there is one step before that and we love this feature – it has a lock. You can’t accidentally open up this drip tip and cause a spill, as there is a button you need to press down on before it moves at all. Smart thinking by Smok, and we loved hearing it click back into place when we were done filling.
This one comes in at £64.99 as the lowest price from one of our most trusted vendors. This is a high wattage box mod, and it comes with a very good tank, so this isn’t a bad price at all. You also get two of the new TFV8 coils, so all in all it’s a pretty good deal.
The Smok H-Priv 2 225W kit makes for a great follow up to the original. It’s able to create some really nice vapour clouds without sacrificing flavour, and it looks pretty neat too. The inclusion of the Big Baby Prince tank had us excited, especially with the two included coils that performed very well. There are some nice little additional features, like the locking mechanism on the tank’s drip tip, which is always welcome.
Perhaps the biggest downside to this kit is that it does seem to go through vape juice at a rather fast clip. It also has battery life which isn’t bad, but nothing to write home about either. These are pretty minor when taking into account everything you receive with this box mod kit, and it’s easy for us to give this Smok product another wholehearted recommendation.