Smok Scar-18 versus Smok Scar Mini
Although all the attention seems to be on refillable vape pod kits and nic salts, Smoktech continues to turn out high quality mods that are increasingly practical. Two of their newest box mods are the Smok Scar-18 and Smok Scar Mini 80W.
While there are a number of similarities between the two, there are significant differences as well. Now let us take a look to see which one is a better fit for you.
|Comparison||Smok Scar-18||Smok Scar-Mini|
|Mod Dimensions||50 x 25 x 75.1mm||54 x 30.6 x 88mm|
|Battery||1 x 18650||2 x 18650|
|Tank||TFV9 Mini||Smok TFV9|
|Coil||V9 Mesh 0.15ohm||V9 Mesh 0.15ohm|
|Tank Size||23 x 55.8mm||28 x 56mm|
The Smok Scar-18 is a beautiful box mod with a peak output of 230W. Powered by a pair of 18650 batteries, it has the form factor of classic Smok mod but with a few new unique features.
The appearance of the Smok Scar-18 immediately sets it apart. The zinc allow and leather wrapped frame are relatively light and slim. The shape is ergonomic but familiar, with the fire button located above the screen, the wattage adjustments below and the USB jack protected from debris and liquid by a rubberized stopper.
Function follows form. The Smok Scar-18 is IP67 waterproof and can withstand immersion between 15cm and 1 meter for 30 minutes. It is also dustproof to IP67 standards and designed to withstand accidental drops.
Being waterproof, dust proof and protected from drops are all great features. Adult vapers use their box mods as daily devices rather than museum pieces and such protections will probably be viewed as essential in coming years.
But none of this really matters if the performance is not there. Not surprisingly, Smok delivers on this front as well. The Smok Scar-18 uses the IQ-X intelligent onboard chipset. It offers the full range of adjustment and features you have come to expect. It has a blazing fast fire speed and four different vaping modes. The temperature control modes are top-notch, supporting the precise regulation of nickel, titanium and stainless steel.
The Smok TFV9 is included with the Smok Scar-18 box mod. It is a match made in heaven. The big 6.5ml capacity and 0.15ohm V9 Meshed Coil generate massive flavor and clouds. But the TFV9 and the V9 Meshed coil are not just one note vapor generators. The V9 coil operates between 40 and 90W. These are the wattages that adult vapers more commonly use. At the lower end of the power curve, the Scar-18 and TFV9 make for a practical daily vape.
Vapers who prefer lower nicotine and higher-VG ejuices should certainly consider this combination. The power is there in the Scar-18 to run an ultra-low resistance coil but the standard issue tank is extremely usable and useful.
Apart from balanced performance and the ability to work at lower wattages, the TFV9 tank has several other features. The first is not visible but hugely important. Smok has dedicated considerable time and technological resources to addressing some of the leaking issues which plagued some coil designs on early Smok tanks.
The Scar-18 is very easy to fill. The slide to fill top is child proof and leak proof. The adjustable airflow has a nice high quality feel. The gold plated pin is designed for longevity and the coil itself is very easy to swap out. Cleaning the tank is pretty standard as well.
The Smok TFV9 is designed for use with regular nicotine ejuices with lower nic strengths. Even at the bottom end of its broad power band, it is not for use with nic salts.
There is a lot of family resemblance between the Smok Scar-18 and Smok Scar-Mini. The primary differences are size and power. The Scar-Mini runs on a single 18650 battery (versus two in the Scar-18). The Scar Mini has a lower maximum output as well: 80w versus 230w. The Scar-Mini comes with a TFV9 Mini tank, which holds 3ml of eliquid versus up to 6.5ml in the Smok TFV9 tank.
When it comes to weight, the Scar-Mini weighs 81g versus 181.5 for the Scar-18. The difference in weight is not so great with the tanks. The TFV9 Mini weighs 48.5g versus 65g for the regular TFV9 tank.
The profile of the Scar-Mini has been chopped down with a unique top battery slot. The display size of the Scar-Mini is 0.69 inches versus 0.96 inches for the Scar-18.
As far as simalarties, the Scar-Mini shares the lean leather and zinc alloy design of the actual mod. It has the same IP67 waterproof and dustproof certification as its larger sibling.
Smok TFV9 Mini Tank
The Scar-Mini is essentially a pared down Smok Scar-18. The primary difference is that it is smaller, uses one battery instead of two and comes with a Smok TFV9 Mini-tank versus the regular TFV9 that comes with the Scar-18.
So what is the difference between a TFV9 and TFV9 mini? Mostly ejuice capacity. Both use the excellent V9 Meshed 0.15ohm coil. More germane is the fact this coil operates between 40 and 90w. This means that the Scar-Mini can extract nearly optimal performance from the tank with its 80w output. Perhaps more importantly, this is a tank that excels at 40w. Which means the Scar-Mini can shine without draining its lone 18650 battery with undue speed.
If you are choosing between the two, the choice is essentially between size and longevity. The Smok Scar Mini can extract nearly peak performance from the V9 Mesh Coil. But it cannot do so for as long, as it has only half the battery capacity and less than half the eliquid capacity.
If you do not want to lug around an extra 3 ounces of box mod and prefer a smaller, sleeker form factor, the Scar-Mini is the choice for you. If you want to top off your mod and get as long of a life as possible between charges, the Smok Scar-18 is the logical choice.
The actual dimensions are not hugely difference, the Scar-18 is 4mm taller and 5mm wider. If you are looking for a larger screen, the Scar-18 also has a notable edge in this department as well.
I prefer the look and feel of the Scar-Mini, although if you like one you will like the other. I would have preferred if it had a built-in battery, ala the Voopoo Drag Mini Platinum 117w. The 4200mAh built in battery has way more life than any single 18650 battery on the market. It is light and gorgeous.
But in late 2020, most of my subohm vaping is done around 40w. The current pandemic has me stuck at home more frequently, the single 18650 is more than suitable for my purposes.
But if I was mobile and travelling more often, I would certainly picker the bigger Smok Scar-18, as it delivers the over twice the ejuice capacity and two times the battery life. I look forward to an era when such considerations matter again. This is the beauty of having so many options and is why Vapor4Life carries such a wide selection of vape mods. Everyone has their own set of priorities and there is always a perfect fit.