Vaporesso Target Mini 2 Review

Vaporesso has created a lot of interesting vaping products over the years, but their Target line remains the most iconic one, in my opinion. I still remember trying the original Vaporesso Target  VTC 75W and being taken completely by surprise by its gaming joystick design, and honestly I can’t even believe it’s been four years since I reviewed it. Then we had the Target Pro, Target Mini, and most recently the Vaporesso Target Mini 2, which we’ll be taking a look at today.

A Look at the Contents

The Vaporesso Target Mini 2 comes in a rectangular cardboard box with a picture of the device and the phrase “It’s Back” on the front, and a short description, technical specifications and a list of contents on the back.

Inside the box we have the tiny mod and included tank sitting snug in a plastic holder, and underneath that we also a smaller box that contains all the accessories. The kit includes a micro-USB charging cable, a spare glass section for the tank, a spare coil-head, several o-rings, a tank disassembly tool, and a user manual. It’s pretty much a standard starter kit, with the exception of that disassembly tool designed to help users take the tank apart for thorough cleaning.

Design and Build Quality

The Vaporesso Target Mini 2 measures 37mm x 26mm x 63mm, is made primarily of zinc alloy and comes in four different colors – black, red, grey and teal. I received the latter, and I have to say it’s definitely the most interesting of all the available colors.

The Target Mini retains the general design of the Vaporesso Target 75W, but has a more modern twist emphasised by the larger display and the design of the adjustment buttons. The fire button is still shaped like a joystick trigger, so if you liked that about the Target line, you’ll be happy to know that that hasn’t changed. There’s no question that the design was much more impressive four years ago, when the Target VTC 75W came out, but it still retains some of its charm to this day.

As its name suggests, the Vaporesso Target Mini is a compact vaping device, so it’s no surprise that it only fits atomizers up to 22mm in diameters without overhang. Larger tanks would just look weird on this mod anyway, so if want to use larger attys, you’re better off trying another vape mod. The connection is classic 510, but keep in mind that it’s slightly raised to protect the paint job, so tanks don’t sit perfectly flat on the mod.

As I mentioned, the fire button is shaped as a joystick trigger, and the two smaller buttons below the screen kind of form a down-facing arrow. The tip of the arrow is actually a +/- button, and the one above is a menu selection and confirmation button. The display is quite generous for a vape mod of this size, but it’s not as bright as I would have liked it to be (even when set at maximum brightness), plus it’s black and white, which makes it look outdated.

Overall, I would say the Vaporesso Target Mini is a great quality mod, I’ve been using it for two weeks now, an I’m still impressed by how nice it feels in the hand. Despite its compact frame, it has a nice weighty feel to it, plus it’s ergonomic, and feels really solid. There is no rattling whatsoever, which is rare, the paint job looks impeccable, but it will be interesting how everything holds up in the long-run. For now, apart from the display, I don’t really have anything to complain about.

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Menu System and Navigation

I never got the chance to try the Vaporesso Target Mini, so I can’t really say whether the Target Mini 2 menu has changed for the better or for the worse, but I can tell you that it’s very easy to figure out and get used to. To get into the menu, all you have to do is either press the dedicated button (the first one under the display) three times in rapid succession, or just keep it pressed for a couple of seconds. You will then see all the different modes displayed on screen, and you’ll be able to browse through them using the arrow-shaped +/- button.

There’s no point n beating around the bush – I was utterly blown away by the number of available vaping modes offered by this little mod. There are three different pre-heat options in wattage mode (high, normal and soft), a custom wattage curves mode, the SP mode we saw introduced on the Vaporesso Polar, variable voltage mode, custom voltage mode, temperature control for three materials (nickel, titanium and stainless steel), bypass mode, as well as three customizable memory modes. I honestly can’t think of anything else Vaporesso could have added. The Target Mini 2 simply has it all.

Just in case you’re not familiar with the SP mode, which apparently stands for “Super Player”, it essentially allows you to safely use the mod with resistances as low as 0.03Ω, but that’s ridiculously low for me, so I didn’t bother trying it.

Apart from all the different modes, there is also a “SET” submenu, where you can set the time on the clock that shows up on the display after the mod has been idle for any number of seconds, adjust the brightness, adjust the screen timeout, check the version of the firmware, and even mess with a couple of settings designed to make things easier for beginner vapers.

The “Smart” feature is designed to automatically adjust the power output of the mod according to the resistance of the mod, while the “Auto” option, when activated, will automatically switch between the different preheat levels. It’s not something I would use, but for a beginner not particularly inclined to tinker with the mod, these settings are pretty cool.

All in all, the menu system of the Target Mini 2 is intuitive and user-friendly, but at the same time impressively feature-rich. I can’t think of too many advanced vape mods that have as many vaping modes as this little guy.

Battery Life and Performance

As I mentioned above, I have been using the Vaporesso Target Mini 2 for two weeks now. Sadly, because of its limited battery life, I’ve had to use it mainly as a backup device. Don’t get me wrong, 2,000mAh is a lot better than the battery capacity of pod systems, even advanced ones like the Lost Vape Orion Plus, or Smoant Pasito, but if you plan on running it at its maximum power output (50W), or even over 40W, you won’t be getting more than a couple of hours three tops, out of it.

However, battery life can be deceiving, because the Target Mini 2 is such a  versatile device. On the Vaporesso website, it is being advertised as “the best mouth to lung kit”, and used as such (at wattages in the 10W – 20W range) a full battery will likely last you all day, and then some. But since it has a max power output of 50W, and an SP mode that allows you to use it with resistances as low as 0.03Ω you have to take its subohm capabilities int account. And it’s then that the battery capacity of the Target Mini 2 starts to look dismal.

Performance-wise, the Target line has long been seen as one of the best in the history of vaping. Starting with the Target VTC 75W and the introduction of Vaporesso’s cCELL coils, the performance of Target kids has been top-notch, and I’m happy to report that the Target Mini 2 is no exception. I’ve mainly been using my review sample with the pre-installed 1Ω cCELL coil in mouth-to-lung (MTL) mode, and I’m very happy with the way it’s been performing. Flavor has long been the main strength of the ceramic cCELL coils and the one included in this kit is one of Vaporesso’s best yet. Even at low wattage it brings out the flavor of the juice in a way that other round-wire coils just aren’t capable of doing.

The kit also includes an 0.6Ω mesh coil, seemingly design for direct lung vaping. It’a bit too restrictive for direct lung hits, at least compared to other mesh-coils I’ve tried, but the flavor is definitely up there with the best of them. Personally, the restrictiveness of the draw doesn’t bother me at all, in fact I much more prefer it this way, but other DL vapers may find the draw a bit too tight.

The 2ml tank that comes bundled in this kit features top-filling, with the port being accessible by twisting off the top cap, and bottom airflow control, with differently-sized airflow slots available. We have the classic cyclops slots, as well as several smaller holes designed for mouth-to-lung. I like the draw as tight as possible, so I liked to use mine with one of those small holes only half open. That may be too tight a draw for most people, but it’s nice that you have to option to adjust the airflow any way you want.

Overall, the variety of different vape modes available on the Target Mini 2, from the standard variable wattage mode to the two custom curve modes, combined with the flexibility of the tanks’ airflow – going from direct-lung to mouth-to-lung in a turn of the airflow control ring – make the Target Minin 2 one of the most impressive kits I’ve reviewed in a while.

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The Vaporesso Target Mini 2 is a worthy successor to the now legendary Target line. There are things the Chinese manufacturer could have done better, like the display which looks a bit dim and outdated, but overall the pros definitely outweigh the cons. The build quality is impressive, as are the feature-rich menu system and the airflow system of the tank. You can switch from mouth-to-lung to direct-lung vaping on the fly, and this is one of those rare kits that does both modes justice, meaning that as long as you tweak the airflow and power output, you can enjoy both styles of vaping.

If you’re looking for a high-quality, compact vape kit, the Vaporesso Target Mini 2 should definitely b on your radar. It’s a very robust kit that appeals to all categories of vapers, from beginners, to casual and even veterans in search of something pocket friendly.

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Vapefly Jester Review: First Rebuildable Dripper Pod?

Product intro and specs

The Jester by Vapefly is an interesting new device for MTL vapers. It’s a pocketable pod vape-style AIO that takes replaceable coils as well as an RBA deck. It comes in two different kits: a “meshed edition” with two types of MTL coil heads, and a rebuildable kit that comes with an RBA deck and one MTL mesh coil head. The pods have a 2 mL capacity and the replaceable coils have adjustable airflow. Powering the Jester is a 1000 mAh internal battery with three power levels.

Vapefly is calling the Jester the “first rebuildable dripper pod system.” For drippers out there, you’ll immediately notice that it’s more along the lines of an RDTA instead of a dripper since it has wick ports and it sits over a little tank. Even though Vapefly is a tad bit off in their marketing of what this actually is, I was still game to try it out.

Build quality and design

The Vapefly Jester is at first glance not much different than all the other pod vapes out there. It’s basically the same size as a SMOK Nord, but it’s a couple mm shorter and a  thicker. The measurements of the Jester are 91 mm x 33 mm x 18 mm. The Jester weighs about 56 g, which is lighter than the Nord by about 25 g.

It’s operated by a circular fire button that’s clicky and almost flush-mounted. It’s a glossy and smooth button which is a different texture than the matte feeling of the device. Also, along the sides of the Jester are two spring-loaded side buttons that release the pod when squeezed together. I think Aspire was the first to do this with the Breeze 2. It’s a useful feature in that it should keep the pods secure and easy to remove, but it adds extra points of failure with unnecessary mechanical parts.

Other than those minor points, it’s all standard fare. What makes this device unique is in the pods/cartridges. But because there are two separate kits, first you need to know which one might be right for you.

Meshed vs. RBA edition

As stated, the Jester comes in two different editions. Both editions are geared toward the MTL vaper. The RBA edition should only be considered by vapers that know how to safely rebuild a coil with appropriate wire and resistance. The meshed version is for everyone, from novice to experienced.

RBA edition

  • RBA deck/pod
  • 0.5-ohm replaceable coil and cartridge
  • plus 2 x 1.0-ohm prewrapped 28-gauge Kanthal coils

Meshed edition

  • 0.5-ohm mesh coil
  • 1.2-ohm mesh coil

I received the RBA version which doesn’t have the 1.2-ohm Jester coil head. If I get a chance to try that coil, I’ll update this review with my thoughts on it vs. the 0.5-ohm coil.


Five clicks to turn it on, and three clicks to select the voltage. Selecting the voltage will change two little lights on the power button that correspond to the power level.

Purple: 3.3 V
Blue: 3.8 V
Green 4.8 V

If your coil resistance is below 0.8 ohms, you’ll only be able to vape the 3.3 V and 3.8 V levels. However, you can still select the 4.8 V option with the 0.5-ohm coil, but it won’t fire. At first, I thought it was malfunctioning and not firing. All the other included coils and heads besides the 0.5-ohm one work with all three levels.

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RBA pod, cartridge, and coils

The AIO cartridge has an adjustable airflow ring on the base of the head, but you have to remove the cartridge from the battery to adjust it. The airflow goes from a tight MTL to a loose MTL.

It has a flip top mouthpiece cap hinged on one side, so you can access the single-port rubber refill plug. The refill port will accept most droppers. You can fill it while it’s in the battery or when it’s out. If it’s in the battery, you have to wiggle it back and forth and pry on the non-hinged side to open the cap. When it’s out of the battery, push the tiny little square button near the base on the side and it’ll flip open. I’m not a fan of either way.

Unfortunately, my AIO cartridge got damaged the first time I used it (one pod release button got stuck and I had to yank out the pod). It’s still usable, but it sometimes won’t make a connection and now it sits in the battery lopsided.

The RBA pod does not have adjustable airflow. It’s a loose MTL that gets close to a restricted lung hit, but not quite. It has a press-fit cap and a similar refill as the AIO cartridge. The cap on the RBA pod comes off easily yet is held on firmly (similar to a top cap on a typical RDTA or RDA). But this is a pocketable device. I wish this cap had a lock of some sort because the deck leaves the coil exposed, and it’s conceivable that the cap could come off in the pocket—and could accidentally fire if the button gets pressed. I just try to remember to turn off the device when using this cartridge and travelling with it. Also, there is a high potential for leaking due to the RDTA design in a pod, though I haven’t experienced any leaking besides typical condensation.

RBA deck


  • Coil ID: 2 mm ID – 2.5 mm ID coils
  • Resistance: 0.8-ohms – 1.5-ohms

The deck is a simple two-post design with a direct-to-coil bottom-fed airflow. It uses tiny Phillip’s head screws where you trap coil leads under the heads. I used the pre-wrapped Kanthal coils because they’re what I would wrap for this style deck. They’re spaced coils which makes sense because you don’t need to dry burn spaced coils. You can dry burn them on the Jester if you like, but it’s not necessary.

Installing a coil is straightforward if you know what you’re doing, although it’s a fairly cramped space. Since there’s no screen to check your resistance and there’s no 510 on the cartridge, you can’t just chuck it on a mod to give a reading. But experienced builders can ballpark a build with pretty good accuracy. Again, the RBA deck is not for the beginner.

Inside of the RBA cartridge cap, there’s a conical chamber and small chimney that theoretically increases flavor. The RBA deck sits over a small 2 mL tank with little kidney shaped wick ports. Your wick tails sit inside of the ports like a normal RDTA. Don’t pack them in there, just make sure they touch the bottom of the ports but not the bottom of the tank. Since the wick tails won’t be in constant contact with the liquid, especially when the liquid gets depleted some, it’s advisable to occasionally tilt it to wet the cotton. Of course, you could simply drip directly onto the coil like a dripper, but you’d have to remove the mouthpiece because you can’t drip through it.

Mesh coil 0.5-ohm

To remove or replace the coil head, simply turn the airflow ring until it stops, then continue turning against the resistance. Aside from my issues with the hinged cap, this coil has worked great. It’s a BVC coil head, and it does look almost like a Nautilus head. It has a very narrow ID, so even though it has adjustable airflow, it’s going to stay in the realm of MTL.

I’ve only gone as high as 50% VG because it has such a legit MTL draw, I’m using nothing but high nic with it. Most high nic juice is 50% VG.

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Setting aside some of the design choices I’m not a fan of, I really like the performance of the Jester. Lately, it’s been the device that I want to take with me on the go. I haven’t had any problems with leaking, spitting, or flooding with the RBA or the AIO cartridge.

The RBA head vapes well. It has a good throat hit with decent flavor (but it will also be determined by your build and wicking). The 0.5-ohm coil head performs above average. I think it’s better than the Aspire Breeze NXT mesh coils for flavor and longevity. I’ve refilled the AIO cartridge 4x so far and it’s still as good as the first fill. My Breeze NXT tastes off damn near after the first refill.

All three power levels work great on the Jester RBA head, though I like to keep mine at purple (3.3 V) or blue (3.8 V) so I can take long drags without excess heat. With the green setting (4.8 V) on a 1.0-ohm coil, I find the vapor a little too sharp for the length of draw I like.

With the 0.5-ohm head, I keep it at purple (3.3 V) which can take longer hits without obscuring the flavor. Like all mesh coils, it fires up quickly, but long drags with the top two voltages can get uncomfortably warm for me and the flavor can taste too toasty. No burnt or dry hits though.

Battery life and charging

Like many other comparable-size AIOs, the Jester has a 1000 mAh battery. I don’t think a rebuildable AIO/pod device should have any less capacity than this. With this battery, you could get a full day of moderate to heavy usage, but not much longer.

The charge isn’t that long though. I recently reviewed a device with 400 mAh that took 45 minutes to charge, yet the Jester was just over an hour. And it has pass-thru charging.

Pros / Cons

  • Versatile
  • Better than average flavor
  • Great MTL draw
  • Solid throat hit
  • Adjustable airflow on AIO cartridge
  • RBA head means you won’t have to buy coil heads
  • Coil head needs to be screwed in tightly or it won’t seat properly in the battery
  • Hinged-cap on AIO cartridge could be better
  • No way to check the resistance of the coil
  • Release buttons can get stuck


If you’re an experienced builder and like the size of pod vapes, you should consider trying the Jester rebuildable edition. It’s a little finnicky to install a coil due to the cramped space, but I enjoyed building on it. It’s a versatile device that performs well with the rebuildable section as well as with the replaceable coils. I haven’t tried the 1.2-ohm coil, but the 0.5-ohm mesh coil worked great. If you’re not a builder, I strongly recommend you stick with the Meshed edition.

Of course, the Jester is not without its cons and little hiccups. I’ve had some issues with the pod release buttons and I’m not a fan of how you have to access the refill plug on the flip top AIO cartridge. Those details could be fixed in a version 1.5. Regardless, I will continue using the Jester even after this review gets published. I’m comfortable recommending it.

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SMOK Fetch Mini POD Kit – “square” handsome

Well, and finally, I have prepared for you one very good news. On our portal “bans on publication” have finally fallen. Therefore, in the near future you will find many interesting acquaintances. Although some devices will no longer be “hot news”, but as they say – better late than never. 

So, I propose to start and at the same time reanimate old-timers in our news feed – SMOK. During this time, they acquired a lot of devices, gradually I will try to catch up and show the most interesting of them. In the meantime, get acquainted with the “square” original. 

SMOK Fetch Mini POD Kit 
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Dimensions: 76 x 42.8 x 18.4mm 
Weight: 105g Case 
Material: Zinc Alloy 
Power: Built-in 1200mAh
Cartridge capacity: 3.7 ml
Evaporator resistance: 0.4 / 0.6Ω
Output power: 5 – 40W
Voltage range: 0.5 – 4.1V
Operating mode: POWER
Supported resistance: 0.3 – 2.5Ω
Protection: against low / high resistance, from overheating, from short circuit , from overcharge / overdischarge
Connector type: magnetic
Screen / diagonal: yes, color, 0.96 ”
Micro-USB port / charging: yes, charging current 1.2A
Color: see photo below
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– Fetch Mini mod
– replaceable cartridge RPM
– replaceable cartridge Nord
– replaceable evaporators 2pcs 0.4 / 0.6Ω 
– USB cable 
– user manual 
– warranty card 
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The appearance of the starter is pretty decent – it is a regular shape rectangle that is decorated with glossy glass inserts. It looks pretty nice, and it doesn’t take strictness. Moreover, he kept the dimensions quite compact. 
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From the start, the developers presented a good assortment of design variations. In addition to standard copies, the following suggestions were noticed on the network. 
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The drip type is non-removable, the cartridge is of very decent capacity, it is refilled from above, and is fixed with a magnetic connector.
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Moreover, there will be two types of such cartridges – according to the number of types of evaporators used. As always with smokers, many evaporators of these two series can come here, but only two will appear in the box. The good news was the availability of a serviced base, sold separately. 
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The main body boasts a full control panel and not a small color display. The fire button is quite large – using this should be convenient. 
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Built-in battery is not bad for such capacity dimensions. Moreover, it will be charged quite quickly – only about an hour. The causal connector is identified on the base of the control panel. 
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The functionality for today is standard – a varivatt with full adjustment in the range specified in the TX. 
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In addition, “cute” covers are even offered on a separate sale.
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The Vaporesso Gen 220W Box Mod is a luxe, scratch resistant device, that is powered by the new Axon chipset. Vaporesso is killing the vape game in 2019, releasing many popular products like the Aurora Play and Sky Solo Plus. From the instant I saw the Gen 220W Box Mod, I was in love. Their devices always seem to impress me and the Vaporesso Gen 220W Box Mod is no different.

Vaporesso was created by parent company SMOORE, who was established way back in 2006. They are one of the oldest vaping companies still kicking around today. Together they own more than 800 patents and boast a huge back catalog of products ranging from batteries, tanks, mods, and pods.

Vaporesso Gen 220W TC Vape Mod Review

Box Mod

The Vaporesso Gen looks much like a standard dual 18650 box mod. It measures 146mm’s by 54mm’s by 30mm’s. The main difference being how they beveled and smoothed out the edges to make it more ergonomic. And it’s not just all about the looks, the Gen Box Mod is also extremely powerful. It can output an amazing 220 watts of power, with a resistance range of 0.03 to 5.0 ohms.

The Gen Box Mod side panels are coated in 4 individual layers of soft-touch rubber. This makes it super comfortable in hand and slip-proof. It also protects your mod from scratches and is even flameproof! Now I’m not sure where this might come in handy, but it’s awesome never less. Knowing that I can throw this mod around without it getting all-beat up is awesome.

Vaporesso GEN 220W Box Mod USA Review

As previously mentioned the Vaporesso Gen 220W Box Mod utilizes the new Axon chipset. It has some really cool features included like the pulse mode, which fires your mod in intervals of 0.02 seconds. You can also save on battery life by changing it to the power eco mode. On top of all of this, you have your usual temperature control, bypass, variable voltage, and also variable wattage modes.

The overall fit and finish of the Gen Box Mod is superb and well worth checking out. It oozes quality craftsmanship that only Vaporesso can pull off. In all honesty, this is hands down one of the finest mods I have ever used and I can highly recommend it for purchase.

Vaporesso Gen 220 Watt Dual 18650 Box Mod Review


You can get the Vaporesso Gen 220W Box Mod and popular SKRR-S Sub-ohm Tank right now for just $56.95 USD. I think that’s a fair asking price in comparison to similar kits on the market. As a result I can highly recommend checking this vape out.


The packaging design is pretty good. Simple and so aesthetically pleasing. On the front face is a beautiful picture of the Gen Box Mod that sits atop of a one color background. Various specs can be found on the back. Inside you will find your Vaporesso Gen Mod, micro USB cable, user manual and user guide. It’s available in a handful of sleek colors including silver, black blue, black red and also black.

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The SMOK RPM40 Pod Mod Review: Small Size, Big Power

The SMOK RPM40 is a pod mod with an internal 1500mAh battery and a plastic 4ml capacity, side-filling pod. The vape kit also features a 0.96″ TFT display so vapers can set the wattage. The device is compact and portable, measuring only 3.93″ tall and 0.98″ in diameter.

The RPM40 features the IQ-R chipset inside that allows for a quick-firing time, as well as the device’s 40W power output. The IQ-R chipset is what also allows the device to have a variable wattage range between 1W and 40W. Users can also adjust the resistance of their coil or set a different colour for the screen via the three-button control panel.

A First Look at the RPM40

It measures in at under four inches tall. It has a zinc alloy frame and a four-sided shape, so it is neither flat or boxy but stands like an elongated cube. The cartridges load onto the top of the device and snap into place. When a user does install one, the chip detects it and displays “Pod Attached” on the TFT display.

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Right under the e-juice container, on each side of it, there are two non-adjustable airflow slots. These airflow slots are crucial as they provide the only air intake on the device. Users should be aware of installing the cartridges, so the slots are unobstructed.

There are various colour options for the device (8 in total), not to mention different types of side panels like carbon fiber, solid colours, or colour splashes. One side of the vape acts as the control panel. It features the square power/firing button, the TFT screen and two adjustment buttons under that. On the very bottom of the exterior is the micro-USB port to charge the 1500mAh battery. There is a tiny brand on the bottom, as well, for the IQ-R chip inside the vape.

What’s Inside the Starter Kit

Anyone who is a fan of SMOK’s previous foray into pod mods, the Nord, will also become a fan of the new device. The spare e-liquid cartridge, along with the coil, this starter kit is from the previous device, but anyone thinking that it works with the RPM pod, and vice-versa will be disappointed. While the device takes the Nord and RPM pods, the coils ONLY work with their respective pods.


Here’s a breakdown of what to expect in the RPM40 kit:

  • One RPM Device
  • One RPM Standard Pod
  • One RPM Pod
  • One 0.4ohm RPM Mesh Coil
  • One 0.6ohm Nord DC Coil
  • One MicroUSB Charging Cable
  • User Manual

The IQ-R Chip and TFT Screen

The presence of the IQ-R chip makes it unique among pod mods. The chip allows for a firing time of less than a second, at 0.0015s. Apart from allowing users to adjust the wattage, there are no other vaping outputs installed on the board, which we’ll get into later. The chip kit also features several new safety protections to guard against short-circuits and low-voltage, as well as an 8s second cutoff feature.


The TFT screen has no border around it, so it blends into the rest of the device. Users can adjust the colour by pressing the up and firing button at the same time, which toggles between the five different colour options, represented on the very bottom of the display.

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Charging the Battery and Getting the RPM40 to Work

Users can charge the 1500mAh battery via the micro-USB port on the bottom of the unit. Charging time can take in between 1.5 to 2 hours. Unlike with other similar-style devices, it has user-controlled wattage levels.

This control means that battery life depends on how high or low vapers set the power output. Using the vape at high-wattages will drain the battery quicker than vaping at lower wattages. With this SMOK device, the user has the option of how powerful or laid-back they want their vape kit.


Despite its new shape and design, the unit is not air-activated. Users need to press the firing button to make vapor. These new pods feature a mouthpiece similar to the Nord’s. It has thick plastic with a single, round airflow hole. Only it is a bit wider, allowing for more air to pass through.

Vapers need to press the power button five times to activate the device. The screen will turn on and show information in a vertical presentation starting with, from top to bottom:

  • Battery life indicator
  • The current wattage
  • Puff hours
  • Resistance
  • Voltage
  • Puff counter
  • Screen colour options

The pods have two different e-juice capacities. It has a 4.3ml capacity, while the Nord has a 4.5ml, so there is only a slight difference between the two. The other difference is the rating of the two coils.

The new coil is a mesh-style, 0.4ohm that resembles the Nord coil, which is also a mesh and has a resistance of 0.6ohms. With two sub-ohm coils and a variable wattage mod, it is strictly a direct-lung vape, especially since the pods are incompatible with any other type of coil.

The two share similarities but they have differences as well. The Nord cartridge, for example, has darkened, almost opaque exterior, whereas it has a clear, transparent covering. The two pods also share a filling style, with a side fill port stopped by a rubber tab that has, depending on the device, “Nord” or “RPM40” engraved in it.

What is not written on the new coils is their ideal wattage range. Usually, SMOK sets a recommended wattage range for them, but on these coils, there is only one figure – 25W. As the device itself has a wattage range of between 1W and 40W, one can assume the coils have a range of between 1W and 25W.

There is no sub-menu after the main menu, although vapers can adjust the color of the screen by selecting one of the six options on the line by holding down the firing and up button. Holding down the up/down buttons at the same time locks the wattage setting, but not the device so users can still vape it.

Pod Life

The pods have two different e-juice capacities. It has a 4.3ml capacity, while the Nord has a 4.5ml, so there is only a slight difference between the two. The other difference is the rating of the two coils.

The new coil is a mesh-style, 0.4ohm that resembles the Nord coil, which is also a mesh and has a resistance of 0.6ohms. With two sub-ohm coils and a variable wattage mod, it is strictly a direct-lung vape, especially since the pods are incompatible with any other type of coil.


The two share similarities but they have differences as well. The Nord cartridge, for example, has darkened, almost opaque exterior, whereas it has a clear, transparent covering. The two pods also share a filling style, with a side fill port stopped by a rubber tab that has, depending on the device, “Nord” or “RPM40” engraved in it.

What is not written on the new coils is their ideal wattage range. Usually, SMOK sets a recommended wattage range for them, but on these coils, there is only one figure – 25W. As the device itself has a wattage range of between 1W and 40W, one can assume the coils have a range of between 1W and 25W.

Vaping the device

Both pods in this vape kit come pre-installed with their respective coil, so users don’t need to install them. They are bottom-loaded, so users press-fit them into the base of the correct pod to connect and pull them out to replace them.

One thing to remember about installing both the coil and the pod correctly, users need to place it with the airflow slots in the right position. It, as well as the pod, has two recessed edges, which line up with the two side-slots on the mod section. These vents need to align for air to get into the pod.

Once a user fills the pod and lets the wick saturate for a few minutes, they can install the pod. As stated above, the TFT display will flash the notification “Pod Attached,” but it also flashes “Pod Detached” when a user removes a pod.


With pod attached, vapers only turn on the battery section with five clicks and then they can set their preferred wattage setting. Despite the wattage being variable, there’s nothing else a user can select or adjust, including the airflow.

The result is a straightforward direct-lung vaping experience. The clouds, even under the recommended wattage of 25W, are mid-size but very flavorful. The vapor clouds became denser at the higher wattages, while still retaining a high-quality flavor profile.

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The Vape-Off: the SMOK RPM40 vs. the SMOK Nord vs. the VooPoo Vinci

SMOK RPM40 vs. SMOK Nord

The SMOK Nord is an open-system pod device like its cousin the RPM40. It pairs a mod with a built-in 1100mAh and a 3ml pod that is a side-fill, both of which are less than the 1500mAh and 4.3ml pods on the RPM40. The unit also features a chip that can power the atomizer up to a 15W maximum.

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It has a simple, one-button operation as it is not air-activated, something it shares with the other SMOK device. Users can charge the internal battery via the bottom USB charging port. It kit includes several coil types, including two sub-ohm coils and one MTL, while the RPM40 has only sub-ohm coils. The Nord measures in at just 3.7″ tall, which is a shade smaller than the RPM40.

SMOK RPM40 vs. VooPoo Vinci

The VooPoo Vinci is an open-system pod device with a top-loading battery section. The Vinci uses a tiny 0.96″ TFT display on its aluminium-alloy and plastic frame for vapers to set their wattage, which is a bit larger than the screen on the SMOK device. The wattage range of the Vinci is between 5-40W thanks to the GENE.AI chipset inside the unit.


The Vinci also features an internal 1500mAh battery like the SMOK device. It also uses a refillable, see-through pod but has a 5.5ml e-juice capacity, which is greater than the 4.3ml limit for the SMOK unit. The Vinci uses both a sub-ohm (0.3ohms) and MTL (0.8ohms) coil, unlike the SMOK device that is strictly direct-lung. The GENE.AI chipset also enables the Vinci’s three power settings (3.2V, 3.5V, 3.8V) accessible via the single-button on its frame, while the RPM40 has variable wattage settings chosen by the user.

Conclusion: Final Thoughts on the RPM40 kit

The SMOK RPM40 is the best follow-up to the SMOK Nord, as the former device has greater capabilities, performance, and power than the latter vape. It appeals (or tries to appeal) to both pod mod and box mod lovers. Its small size and functioning have pod vapers in mind, while the screen and the adjustment buttons aim directly for box vape mod crowd. It is a novel idea to meld the two styles, and it follows through on that goal.

While the ease-of-use and compactness of the device recall pods, the cloud production and sub-ohm capabilities of the device come straight out of sub-ohm vaping. The inclusion of the Nord pod and was also a great idea, as the two devices have so much in common, only it’s too bad the Nord coil and RPM pod is incompatible. Still, the result is a device that is both practical and powerful.

It offers a low-wattage vape kit that box mods cannot provide while offering a sub-ohm experience that most pod mod cannot provide. It represents the best of both worlds. Which style do you prefer, box mods or pod mods? Does each have their pros and cons? Is one better than the other? Let us know where you stand in the comments section below.

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