The Smok Alien 220W kit is the latest addition to the series of top-quality vaping products from Chinese manufacturer Smok, or Smoktech. Since releasing the popular X Cube 2 last year, this company has been putting out new and innovative devices almost monthly, without compromising on quality. The Alien 220 kit is no exception. It offers a high-power mod with maximum output of 220W and the new Baby Beast tank, which is actually a smaller version of the highly acclaimed TFV8 Cloud Beast.
The Alien 220 kit comes in the usual Smok packaging which is a big rectangular cardboard box sealed in plastic wrap. The box contains one Alien 220W box mod, one TFV8 Baby Beast tank, two Baby Beast coil heads, a spare glass tube for the tank, a bag of spare o-rings, which are for the tank, a USB cable for the mod, and a user manual
There is no doubt that the 220W Alien box mod is the highlight of this kit. After having reviewed about a dozen Smok vaporizers over the last two years, I have no problem saying that this device is probably their best looking one yet. It measures just 85mm in height, 44mm in length and 30mm in width. The Alien is surprisingly compact for a dual-18650 battery unit. Its rounded corners, the design, along with the positioning of the vent holes, and the zinc alloy case with a matte black finish, all remind me of Vaporesso’s gaming-controller-like device. If you are a mod connoisseur, then you will probably see a bit of the Siegelei 213 and the IPV4 in the design of the Alien, as well. That said, Smok’s new flagship does indeed have quite a number of distinctive features that make it stand out from the competition.
One of these cool features is the firing bar that Smok has been using on its devices as an alternative to the classic power button. This was first introduced on the X Cube 2, and has since become a staple of Smok design, and has been used on the recently released H-Priv and the OSUB Plus. The firing bar on the Alien is seamlessly integrated into the overall design of the mod. In the previous reviews of Smok devices that I have done, regarding using the firing bar mechanism, I often brought up the issue of accidental firing, either when you were holding the device in your hand or perhaps storing it in a tight pocket. Obviously, simply locking the device would for sure prevent this from happening, but sometimes we just plain forget to do it. The firing bar on the Alien 220 requires a considerable amount of pressure to activate it, so the odds of firing the device by mistake are relatively low.
Another distinctive feature of the Alien 220W is its huge OLED screen that displays a wealth of very useful information that I have yet to see shown on other mods.
There is current wattage/temperature setting, there is the selected Smok-vaping effect (Soft, Normal, or Hard), the level of charge for each of the 18650 batteries, the real-time voltage, the resistance of the atomizer, the mode you’re using the mod in (wattage or temperature control), the amperage, the temperature of the internal motherboard , a puff counter, and even a puff timer.
There are for sure other mods out there that will give you all the above listed info available, but what makes the SMOK Alien 220 special is that it displays all of this info on the screen at the same time, instead of having you to go into the menu and check features separately.
Right under the big display, you have a micro-USB port for firmware upgrades. This cannot be used for charging, so if you are planning on getting the Alien 220 and don’t have an external battery charger, I would suggest you get of those as well.
To access the menu of the Alien 220W, simply press the firing bar three times in rapid succession. Once you are in the menu, you can cycle through the main settings by just pressing the firing bar once. To access any sub-menu, press down the firing bar for one second.
Lastly, on the top of the Alien 220W, you have a classic 510 connection which has a gold-plated positive pin. This connection is flush on the mod and it’s just deep enough for the TFV8 Baby Beast tank to screw all the way down, so you won’t have even the tiniest gap between it and the vaporizer.
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