7.3 Final Score
SMOK X-Priv Baby 80W Kit Bottom Line
SMOKs release of the new X-Priv Baby Kit is designed for those who like there mods small! With an internal 2300mAh battery and up to 80W of power, it should suit most vapers. Coupled with the reliable TFV12 Baby Prince Tank, along with the new mesh coil, this kit certainly produces a good vape. Small battery though, so don't expect too much.
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SMOK do like releasing product to the market, with upgrade after upgrade, but in reality, the only real difference is with the aesthetics. And why not, after all, they have a pretty good reputation and rather than just having one mod on the market looking like its gone stale, releasing new designs makes it look like the company is innovating.
This time SMOK is releasing another version of their popular X-Priv model, more than just the aesthetics have changed this time as they have got rid of the external batteries and put their own 2300mAh internal battery in with an output power of up to 80W. So how does the new X-Priv Baby Mod kit perform against the best vape mods on the market? Let’s take a closer look!
You can see straight away that the SMOK X-Priv Baby Kit is part of the X-Priv family with its cobra-like design on the back of the mod. But what we were really pleased to see if they stuck with the huge 2” HD screen, which takes up the majority of the space on the front! There’s just enough room for the up and down buttons below.
As it has an internal 2300mAh battery you need to charge the mod with the USB cable provided, the USB port can be found on the bottom of the mod, so this means that unfortunately, you have to lay the mod down to charge it. Not such a big deal, but if you have a tank that’s known for leaking, you might want to remove it prior to charging, just in case!
The fire button design is also slightly different before SMOK liked having the fire button taking the whole side space, but with the SMOK X-Priv 80W Baby Kit, it’s slightly smaller with a 5mm edge around the sides.
The 510 tank thread is obviously on top of the mod, but not in the center, with the TFV12 Baby Prince tank which is part of the kit, it all balances pretty well. If you put a larger tank on the mod though, it can feel a bit top heavy and prone to falling over. So a couple of downsides in comparison to some of the best electronic cigarette mods out there, but for the price of being so small, you do have to have some sacrifices.
Nothing’s changed here, the TFV12 Baby Prince Tank is one of SMOKs most popular tanks and features on pretty much all their new smaller mods with the standard Prince tank featuring on their larger mods.
The TFV12 is a really good a reliable sub-ohm tank, so I guess their theory is, why try to fix something that’s not broken. And that’s exactly what they have done, but instead just released a new batch of coils for the tank, to keep its customers interested. So SMOK includes their new Mesh coil, the 0.15 ohm V8 Baby Mesh Coil Head with the kit, which is known for producing the best flavor, recommended to be vaped around 60-70 Watts. SMOK also include the 0.15-ohm V8 Baby T12 Red Light Duodecuple Coil Head for those more tradition coil head vapers, best vaped around 60-80 Watts.
Granted, these types of sub-ohm tanks are a little harder to use compared to the ones we see on pod systems like the Juul E Cig, for example. But for direct lung inhale vapers who are wanting thick flavorful clouds, it’s a necessity!
Before we get into the menu features of the SMOK X-Priv Baby Kit we have to say we absolutely love this screen, yes it’s the same size as the previous X-Priv, but on a smaller mod makes it seem huge! Nice bright colors and pretty easy navigation. SMOK have stuck with the same chipset under the hood on this Baby kit version, so the menu system is exactly the same.
Briefly, SMOK is using the familiar 5 clicks to turn the X-Priv Baby mod on and off, with 3 clicks to enter the menu area. Here you can adjust your power settings, switch to temperature control and select the right coil like stainless steel, nickel, titanium etc. Further, into the menu area, you can reset your puff counter, adjust the screen colors and adjust the screen lock time.
Well, we’re not expecting anything too different with the actual performance of the mod in comparison to the SMOK H-PRIV 2 for example, as the internal chip is pretty much the same and the tanks coils are exactly the same.
Using the new mesh coils setting the power to 60W is our first test. The X-Priv Baby mod is pretty responsive and seems to reach that power in no time, the flavor from the tank is right on and produces a really good vape with flavourful clouds and an overall really good vape. Up-ing the wattage to around 70W after a few puffs at the lover wattage to really break in the coil seems to be where we find this coil to perform it’s best, with a lovely slight warmth to the vape.
Switching to a stainless steel coil and flicking the X-Priv Baby mod into temperature control mode now, and again the responsiveness of the mod is right up there. The temperature might seem a bit off if you use the higher grade chipsets like the DNA and Yihi, but all in all not too bad. Removing the Prince tank and using an RDA with single SS coil to really test temperature control and whether dry hits occurs also seem to run well. Initially got a dry hit, but there’s no sign of the cotton getting burnt.
Overall the performance is pretty good and any intermediate vaper will really like this mod, even if its just used for carrying around with them when travelling. New vapers who are looking at e-cigs to quit smoking, on the other hand, might find some of the features difficult to understand.
So the X-Priv Baby kit is really a smaller version of the SMOK X-Priv 225W Mod, which we expected! SMOK has removed the use of external batteries and implemented their own internal 2300mAh battery for the sole reason to keep the size to its minimum. Yes, it’s a bit of a hassle to recharge, but you can understand why.
The 80W limit is not going to suit everyone, but for those who want a small device which can be tucked away, yet produce a great vape, then the X-Priv Baby kit should definitely be considered.