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Smok AL85 Review Bottom Line

If your a fan of small box mods then you will love the Smok AL85 Baby Alien kit. Although the battery life is understandably low in comparison to box mods that hold 2 18650 batteries this mod delivers on all other aspects that you would expect from one of the top manufacturers in vaping. If you want a mod which produces great flavor and great vapor and not bothered about power then this is for you!

Smok AL85 kit red and goldFull Smok Alien Baby AL85 Review

If you’re a SMOK fan, chances are that you’ve heard about the SMOK Alien mod. You may even have given it a trial run somewhere. If you never bothered to get around to buying your own, though, you might want to take a look at one of SMOK’s latest offerings before you make that move. The SMOK Alien Baby AL85 TC Starter Kit offers much of what makes the SMOK Alien such a popular choice, but does so in a smaller package that many people will find irresistible. In this SMOK Alien Baby AL85 TC Starter Kit Review, we’ll evaluate the device and see whether we think it’s worthy of your attention and find out if it can be classed as one of the best box mods on the market.


What’s In The Name?

First, it’s important to understand that the name is pretty accurate here. This really is the “baby” version of the SMOK Alien, in that it’s fundamentally the same device as its larger cousin, except in mini form. That means a smaller size, and less power than the larger Alien. That’s about all it sacrifices, though, since this technological wonder offers plenty of functionality and features that should have most vapers drooling over it in no time at all.
Variety of colors for the Smok AL85 baby Alien Kit


The specs of the Smok AL85 mod

Type of Vaping

It’s also got temperature control, and offers it in an easy-to-use manner that’s missing with many other more complex devices. That’s so important that it shouldn’t go unaddressed. The fact is that there’s always been a dividing line in the vaping community when it comes to technical complexity, and many beginner and less advanced vapers have been stuck with inferior vaping products simply because of the learning curve that’s often required for temperature control and customizable products. As more and more of these new devices incorporate those advanced features like sub-ohm capability into their simpler designs, beginners will be able to more easily transition into advanced vaping techniques.


The Kit Contents and Product Specs

The kit comes with the SMOK Alien Baby AL85 Mod, and a TFV8 Baby Tank with a 3-ml capacity for holding your favorite e-juice. You also receive one V8 Baby-Q2 Corre 0.4Ω dual coil that comes pre-installed with the device, as well as one V8 Baby-Q2 Corre 0.6Ω dual coil replacement. In addition to those essentials, the kit provides you with one USB cable for charging your device or downloading upgrades. And, of course, you get the normal user manual and an assortment of spare parts in case you lose anything. We compared the TFV8 to the TFV4 tank which you might be interested in.

Smok's AL85 kit contentsOverview of Kit Contents

  • AL85 Mod
  • TFV8 Baby Tank
  • 0.4 ohm dual coil V8 Baby Q2 Coil
  • 0.6 ohm dual coil V8 Baby Q2 Coil
  • USB Charger/upgrade cable
  • User Manual
  • Various spare parts (rubber washers, plastics etc)

The device itself is modest in size, at 71mm by 48mm by 27mm. It’s also relatively light, weighing in at only 120 grams. As the name suggests, it’s rated at 85-watts of power, and has a voltage range between 0.35V and 8.0V. The coil resistance can range from 0.1 – 3.0-ohm when operated in Wattage Mode, and 0.06-3.00 ohms when you’re using TC Mode. As for that temperature control, it allows you to achieve temperatures between 200 and 600 degrees Fahrenheit.


The size of the Smok AL85 in handThe Important Points

The SMOK Alien Baby may not have the power output offered by its larger cousin, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any sort of slouch when it comes to delivering the type of sustained power you need for thick clouds of favor and great taste. Thanks to the inclusion of the TFV8 Baby Tank, this system manages to produce more than enough vapor for the average vaping enthusiast, while delivering a pure juice taste that even many larger devices will struggle to match, making it one of the top e-cigarette devices for its size.

Of course, portability is important too, and the Alien Baby offers that in droves. This device is small enough to fit in your pocket comfortably, and is discrete enough to be used in almost any setting without worrying that you’ll draw unwanted attention to yourself. Of course, in most instances you won’t mind the attention at all. The device is attractive enough that you’ll probably be thrilled to have people ask questions about it.

The device we tried was silver, but the SMOK Alien Baby is advertised as being available in colors that include black red, gun metal, and champagne gold. I’m actually thinking about ordering a black red model to use instead, and wish that I’d seen it before getting the silver. It really is a gorgeous mod with an outstanding decorative finish.


Our Conclusion

All in all, there’s little to dislike about this mod. Sure, the power output is not as great as the old SMOK Alien, but this is a miniature version so that’s to be expected. More importantly, however, our tests convinced us that the Alien Baby has all the power it needs to deliver the type of vapor and flavor that should satisfy a wide range of vaping fans. While I’d ordinarily include at least one drawback in a review like this, I can’t really find anything worth complaining about. In short, this is a great device that would make a fine addition to your vaping collection.


Other Smok Kits We’ve Reviewed

Smok is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic cigarettes and they have many models currently on the market:


  • Smok G Priv 2 reviewSMOK G Priv 2 – The upgrade is here and it’s improved in every sense! Better screen, smaller, more power and overall a better performer, what more could you ask for!

    SMOK G Priv 2 review

  • The SMOK Stick X8SMOK Stick X8 – SMOK have released their new version of a vape pen with some huge improvements like a 3000mAh battery, creating a smooth and all day vape that competes with the best on the market.

    SMOK Stick X8 review

  • SMOK Procolor ReviewSMOK Procolor 225W Mod – The Procolor is Smok’s upgrade to the Alien kit that was one of their best sellers. With an improved paint job and other subtle changes, this mod stands out as one of the best!

    SMOK Procolor review

  • The SMOK T-PrivSmok T-Priv – One of SMOK’s newer box mods and one of the best looking, that said not many feature changes so not suitable for an upgrade, but a great starter kit if you haven’t tried SMOK before!

    SMOK T-Priv review

  • SMOK GX2/4 Mod ReviewSMOK GX2/4 Mod – Combining all the great features of the SMOK Alien kit and the GX350, SMOK have released this 2 in 1 mod that holds 4 x 18650 batteries, but can be slimmed down to hold just 2 batteries! This mod gives you everything you would need in vaping!

    SMOK GX2/4 review

  • Smok G80 reviewSmok G80 – If your interested in box mods, but don’t want to carry a huge brick around with you then the Smok G80 needs to be looked at. With an 80W built in battery and a 2ml tank this mod produces as good vapor as the big dogs!

    Smok G80 review

  • Smok Vape Pen Plus reviewSmok Vape Pen Plus – For those lovers of vape pens, the new vape pen plus from Smok has been released. Small yet featuring a huge 3000mAh battery and 4ml tank this pen produces some great tasting vapor.

    Smok Vape Pen Plus review

  • SMOK GX 350 Quad reviewSmok GX 350 Quad – Featuring 4 x 18650 batteries, this thing is a beast of a mod! It’s relatively small too and also has the option to work of just 2 batteries. The kit comes with the TFV8 Tank which is well known and trusted as one of the best tanks on the market. All in all, a great kit!

    Smok GX 350 Quad review

  • The Smok SkyhookSmok Skyhook – Nicknamed the Aliens cloud machine, this box mod is using all the tech from the Alien kit and specializing it for the TDA and RTA users. If you like the taste of your own coils and cotton, then this box mod needs to be in your inventory! Great tasting and great features.

    Smok Skyhook review

  • The SMOK G150 KitSmok G150 – The G150 Kit features a huge built-in 4200mAh battery and the TFV8 Big Baby tank. The vapor produced is great and the mod has all the latest features you would expect making it one to check out.

    Smok G150 review

  • The AIO Smok StickSmok Stick AIO – If vape pens are your thing, then you need to check out the SMOK Stick AIO. This all in one pen makes vaping easy and best of all the flavors are as good as any box mod!

    Smok Stick AIO review

  • Stick V8Smok Stick V8 Kit – Utilizing the TFV8 Baby tanks and a huge 3000 mAh battery the Smok Stick V8 is one of the best vape pens on the market. Great vapor amounts and great taste, what more could you ask for?

    Smok Stick V8 review

  • Alien KitSmok Alien Kit – One of the best, if not the best box mod on the market right now! The Alien kit is small and yet so powerful, taking 2 x 18650 batteries your sure to have enough power for all levels of vaping. Also features the TFV8 Baby beast tank, which is recognized as the best tank on the market!

    Smok Alien review

  • Smok TFV12 Beast Tank reviewSmok TFV12 Beast Tank – One of the latest Smok tanks to hit the market is the TFV12, classed as the best for cloud production and taste if you like the pre made atomizer heads, and Smok have a huge selection of those to fit this tank!

    Smok TFV12 Beast Tank review

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Nicholas King
Nicholas King

Hi! I’m Nicholas King, the founder, and Chief Editor at SmokeTastic. As an ex-smoker and now vaping enthusiast for over 13 years myself, I understand the transition between smoking and vaping. My aim is to share useful information about all the different vape and e-cig products on the market, self-help tips, and detailed reviews.

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