By: Nicholas King.
7.0 Final Score
SMOK OSUB Plus Review Bottom Line
In the OSUB Plus 80W, SMOK made some improvements on their OSUB 40W mod while staying in the ‘pocket mod’ category. They’ve added an extra 40W and twinned the mod with the excellent Brit Beast tank’s TFV8 Baby-Q2 coil heads for some serious vapor production ability. It’s not a large device, but thanks to SMOK’s choice of a Brit Beast TFV8 tank this modest-looking mod is a monster cloud maker. Where the similarly ‘specked SMOK G80 caters for taste fiends, this portable 80W mod caters for cloud-lovers.
Apart from a slightly larger size, it is visually similar to the smaller 40W OSUB with its nicely rounded corners and the same display positioning and control buttons. The starter kit comes with; The Brit Beast tank with two V8 Baby-Q2 dual coil heads of 0.4Ω, USB cable and an extra glass tube in case you crack or break the tank. The unit is built around one 3300mAh battery which is why the mod is a little bulkier than its predecessor, the 40W OSUB.
A single 18650 removable battery provides the more robust extra wattage. The battery can be recharged using the USB cable provided with the kit or replaced with a fresh battery as needed. Any larger battery would make the device much chubbier, so this is a good compromise between power and portability. You should get up to 8 hours’ vaping at about 50W, so the battery life always depends on your vaping pattern, but heavier usage at the 80W capacity will require more frequent recharging, obviously!
With dimensions of 75.5mm high, 54.5mm wide and 25mm thick it is a little chubbier than SMOK’s 40W OSUB, although it has the same clean appearance. The device is finished in a long-lasting zinc alloy and is available in black, matt silver, gold, a Royal Purple and the, by now, instantly recognizable signature SMOK multicolor finish. The LED information and control system is on the broad side panel where it is easy to read and manipulate. But does this make it one of the best box mods on the market, well we’re not too sure!
The shiny new lateral firing bar is new. Only the top part of the bar activates with a satisfying ‘click feel’ – so the stationary bottom part of the bar prevents accidental firing. The locking/unlocking system provides further firing safety. Except for the reset button and battery venting holes, all the controls are on the side and are neatly laid out in a line all down the broader flank of the unit. The LED display is at the top, followed by the up/down buttons and then the micro-USB port which allows for upgrading firmware and quick charging via micro-USB cable.
The auto-safety system takes care of accidental or over-zealous firing by cutting the circuit if necessary. The OSUB Plus 80W LED layout is familiar, but the display seems brighter than that of the G40 OSUB. Information about mode, temperature, voltage, amps, resistance and battery level is available.
The Brit Beast TFV8 tank is a tremendous asset to this mod. The Standard Edition holds 3ml e-juice with a decent top fill opening and the inevitable Delrin drip tip, all packed into a modest 53mm high by 22mm diameter sized package. The Baby Beast has earned a justifiable reputation for not leaking at all, perfect airflow placement and high-quality coils which all makes for efficient e-juice use.
The airflow system can be adjusted with pin-point accuracy for either MTL or direct lung hits with its ability to set it for an airy draw. This is very similar to all the best e-cigarettes on the market right now and we love it!
The TFV8 Baby comes with two V8 Baby-Q2 cores and 0.4 Ω dual coils, one of which is pre-installed, but the tank also has a temperature control function Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel coils.
With an increasing number of 80W mods on the market, vapers now have plenty of choices between good all-rounders, cloud monsters and flavor beasts. The SMOK OSUB 80W is a good selection in this category as it will definitely satisfy cloud chasers, even though the moderate size makes it very portable. Like the SMOK G80, it is a very attractive alternative to large mods as it is compact, very portable and delivers the vapor as promised.
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