Smok box mods have long been among the most popular and innovative on the market. Their combination of fast firing chip sets, dual 18650 battery capacity and excellent tanks have made them one of the most popular ways to vape high-VG ejuices.The Scar-18 is the newest addition to their lineup. Continuing with the Smok tradition, the upgrades are incremental but still useful. And naturally, there is a whole new tank to go with the Smok Scar-18.
But as far as power and ejuice, the potential for box mods seems to have been reached. While 200 plus watts once seemed unobtainable, it has now been the norm for a while. And wile there are some mods that are also compatible with larger 21700 batteries, it seems that the industry has settled into 18650s, and two of them, as the norm.
Smok Mods have been churning out 220 to 230 watts of power for years now, and there is really no practical reason for much more power than this. Although there are subohm tanks that work at over 100watts, even cloud chasers generally vape at wattages in high two and low three figure settings.
As a mod is only as good as its tank, there is really no reason for enormous four battery mods with outputs over 300 watts. With these limitations in place, which are in part set by human lung capacity when cloud chasing, there would not seem to be much room for improvement. And where it is true that a three year old Alien mod can operate the newest Smok tanks with ease, this is not strictly speaking accurate. The new Smok Scar-18 has a number of smart and useful upgrades that make it a worthy addition to any vaper’s collection.
A quick glance at the Smok Scar-18 seems to reveal the typical and modern Smok mod. It has a big and easy to use screen, colorful inlays and is nicely paired with a subohm tank. But there is more to the Scar 18 mod than meets the eye.
The inlays are leather and metal. Not only does this give the Scar-18 a classier look, it makes it easier to grip when wet. And this moves us to the perhaps the biggest feature of all. The Smok Scar-18 is IP67 certified waterproof and dustproof. This means not only will no dust work its way into the device, compromising its longevity, but that it can withstand being submerged for a half hour in water between one centimeter and one meter deep. More applicable, is that this means it is spill resistant and can be cleaned.
Powered by two 18650 batteries, the Scar-18 has a maximum output of 230 watts. It has four built in modes to optimize flavor versus cloud production, or you can manipulate your own setting with the color OLED screen.
The Smok Scar-18 has a new IQ-X chip, which makes efficient use of the battery power and has a lightning quick fire time.
No box mod kit is complete without a quality subohm tank. And seemingly, no Smok Mod is complete with an entirely new tank and coil set. While this can make things confusing, the new Smok TFV9 tank on the Scar-18 has a pared down selection of coils, a refreshing change from the nearly impenetrable list of coils Smok is famous for offering.
The Smok TFV9 uses a pyrex bulb glass design which holds an impressive 6.5ml of ejuice and is 28mm in diameter. With a large refill slot and adjustable airflow, it is quite easy to use and extremely reliable. So far, it has not proven prone to leaking, a knock levied against some previous Smok designs.
The coil is outstanding. A meshed 0.15ohm coil that works best between 40 and 90 watts. This is exactly the power range I am looking for, as 100w plus clouds have also worked a bit stiff for my taste and I prefer closer to 50watts as my power setting.
Despite the wide open top airflow, the tank still includes a child proof locking top that is easy to manipulate but seems relatively effective for its intended purpose. The thread connector is gold plated for additional durability.
The performance of Smok Scar-18 is enhanced compared to its predecessors but its biggest claim to fame is being water proof and the new TFV9 tank. Both of these are great reasons to upgrade, especially if you are looking for a new tank design. While it is only an incremental improvement over its stablemates, it is still a very impressive bit of kit.