Just when you thought the world of vapes couldn’t get more outlandish in terms of features and design, here comes the Smok I-Priv, the latest technological concoction released upon the market designed to capture the hearts of avant-garde vapaholics and MCU fanboys altogether. Aside from the standard features that go with a dual battery box mod, the Smok I-Priv has the unique distinction of being one of the few box mods that support voice commands to fully control the functions of the device. If that sounds weird to you, that’s most likely because it is.
But gimmicks aside, the Smok I-Priv does have a few things up its sleeve that might be worth checking out. Let’s dive down deeper into the details of the kit in the review below. Be sure to check the vape buyer’s guides for important information to take into consideration before making your purchase.
Editors Note: For those who are looking for the easiest and most efficient way to make the switch, we suggest checking out the Bo Plus, a pod-based vaping system that offers great battery life and a hassle-free approach to vaping, no settings, no ohm law, just vapor.
Review: Smok I-Priv
Even a blind man standing a mile away will be able to see that the Smok I-Priv takes direct inspiration from Iron Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From the colorful chrome-like finish to the aggressive and futuristic design that very closely resembles the Marvel superhero’s power armor, the mod definitely has a very niche appeal when it comes to the overall aesthetic design. Even the color screen on the Smok I-Priv heavily mirrors the arc reactor located on Iron Man’s chest.
While Iron Man fans might think to rejoice at this very moment that a mod has finally been designed to cater to their needs, its all bad news from here on out, unfortunately. The shiny and shimmery finish is easily marred by fingerprints, the overall feel is far from great, and the build quality of the entire kit acts as the antithesis to how durable actual power armor is supposed to be.
For starters, it’s practically impossible to keep the mod looking nice and clean. Aside from the fingerprints that inevitably find their way onto the device, there are simply way too many nooks and crannies that easily attract and catch dirt. While some might say that proper maintenance and cleaning should come normally to any device, the Smok I-Priv makes it a lot harder as getting to those small flecks of grime, lint, debris, or any other detritus proves to be quite a challenge thanks to the mods unconventionally “non-flat” surface.
While you might think that many of these issues are only skin deep and don’t necessarily affect the performance or functionality of the kit, it doesn’t end there, unfortunately. The battery door meant to keep the batteries from falling out of the mod feels remarkably loose and rattly and doesn’t inspire confidence at all that your precious (and volatile) batteries aren’t going to go “KER-SPLAT” on the ground at any given moment.
The 510 connection is similarly plagued with basic quality control issues such as imperfect machining resulting in a very rough connection between the device and the Prince tank included in the kit. While the latter doesn’t affect the performance in any noticeable way, it still detracts from the overall fit and finish of the kit.
Thankfully, Smok opted to go for a more tried and tested tank to be bundled with the kit. The included TFV12 Prince tank vapes like a wonder and most of that is due to its large air chamber and the strip and mesh coils that come with the kit. Rated at a very low resistance of 0.15-ohms, these coils are power hogs.
But what you get out of that is more e-liquid vaporized, more flavor, and of course, more clouds. The new coil designs also have the advantage of having a much larger surface area for heating and vaporizing your chosen e-liquids, and this results in a much more even and consistent vaping experience.
The TFV12 Prince tank also as the benefit of having a fully adjustable airflow system that allows you fine tune how restricted or loose you want your pulls to be, and a simple rotation of the airflow ring is all that’s required to make these adjustments. The tank is also virtually leak-proof thanks to the top-fill mechanism that all your precious e-liquid stays in the tank and only exits as pure vapor from the heat insulating drip tip that comes with the kit.
The Smok I-Priv is powered by dual 21700 batteries giving it a wide power range that extends all the way up to 230 watts. While its pretty much a given that anyone who ends up with a relatively large, heavy, and bulky device such as the Smok I-Priv is purchasing it for the raw power output it can deliver, its good to know that the mod also allows vaping at low wattages with a minimum of 1 watt.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point that the Smok I-Priv also supports temperature control with compatibility with all stainless steel, titanium, and nickel coils making it a possible option for vapers who primarily vape in temperature control mode. Adjustable TCR settings are also possible with this mod as well as the standard pre-heat function accessible when vaping in variable wattage mode.
What sets this mod apart from the rest of the pack is the rather extensive list of voice commands that allow you to manipulate the settings and functions of the Smok I-Priv. While it may sound gimmicky at first, it does have its conveniences from time to time. For example, while adjusting the wattage might be a lot easier using the standard up/down buttons found on the mod, making changes to other aspects of the device such as switching vaping modes have proven to be slightly easier using the voice commands based on personal preference.
Ease of Use
Voice commands aside, the Smok I-Priv functions just like any other box mod. While familiarizing yourself with the basic functions of the device is far from a challenge, getting more in-depth with the complex features does have a slight learning curve. This is where the convenience of the voice commands come in to play.
When switching vaping modes, for example, its become standard practice to click the fire button thrice then use the up/down buttons to cycle between the various vaping modes. This becomes less tedious with the voice commands as simply using the voice command “Wattage Mode” or “TC Mode” automatically switches the mod over to the corresponding vaping mode with considerably less input required.
When it comes to the overall maintenance of the kit, it’s a pretty straight-forward and simple affair. The Prince tank uses a sliding push mechanism on top of the tank making quick refills easy and painless, while the large 8ml tank capacity ensures that you won’t find yourself refilling the tank all too often. The on-screen display also does a good job of quickly conveying important information such as the individual life of each of the dual battery cells used, helping you stay on top of the mods condition pretty easily.
Standing at a total height of 158.5mm and a total weight of 250 grams (batteries not included), the Smok I-Priv is definitely not the lightest or most portable mod to take especially for vapers who always find themselves on the go. Despite this, its a great device for everyday home or office use as the massive battery capacity guarantees at least a full day (if not two) of heavy vaping.
The kit also includes a high-quality micro USB charging cable for on the fly charging, but its always recommended to use an external charger when topping up multi-battery devices.
While the build quality of the Smok I-Priv definitely has a lot of room for improvement, it’s pretty safe to say that this isn’t necessarily a kit for the serious vaping enthusiast. It does its jobs well enough as a high powered box mod and also a conversation piece for die-hard Marvel fans.
While the voice command feature might seem like a gimmick at first, there are scenarios that speaking to the mod has its advantages over pressing a series of buttons that might be hard to memorize for more casual users.
If you are looking for the most portable and straightforward unit we would probably chalk that up to the Bo Plus. If you are looking for a mod-style vape to start with we suggest checking out the Smok X-Priv.