When electronic cigarettes first hit the market, they were essentially the size of a traditional cigarette and made to mimic that exact look.
The biggest problem with those first e-cigs was that they didn’t have enough power to generate the throat hit that smokers got when smoking.
This made it tough for a lot of people to stick with the electronic version of cigarettes, but that all changed when bigger, variable wattage, box mods came along.
As the vaping craze took off, the boxes got bigger and more powerful, but now people are looking for that power in a smaller, more discreet package.
That is exactly what you get with the SMOK Knight Kit 80W Box Mod, a powerful little unit that offers the ultimate in portability and discretion. Let’s take a closer look.
PACKAGING & DESIGN
If you’ve owned a SMOK product before you’ll be fairly familiar with this packaging, which hasn’t changed much. The outer sleeve shows an image of the device, as well as the details of what’s included in the kit and the proof of authenticity.
When you slide that off, you get a basic black box with the SMOK logo emblazoned in silver. Inside the box are all the accessories that come with the kit, which is actually a pretty nice haul for the money.
You get the very cool looking Koopor Mini 2 box mod, which is incredibly stylish and features a great looking dragon on the front. You also get a Helmet Tank, a couple of different coils, 2 spare O-rings, and a micro USB charger.
The warranty card is also in there, as is the user manual, which you really should take some time to read before jumping in.
- 1 x Helmet Atomizer
- 1 x Koopor Mini 2
- 1 x 0.6ohm Coils pre-installed
- 1 x 0.4ohm Coil
- 1 x Charging Cable
- 1 x Manual/safety card
KOOPER MINI 2 SPECS
- Requires 1 x 18650 Battery (Not Included)
- Power Range: 1W-80W
- Voltage Range: 0.8V-9V
- Resistance Range: 0.1 ohm – 3.0 ohm (VW Mode) – 0.06 ohm – 2.0 ohm (TC Mode)
- Temperature Range: 200°F – 600°F / 100C – 315°C
- Standy Current: <500uA
- Fireware Upgradable
- Width: 42mm
- Depth: 24.5mm
- Weight: 159.5g
HAMLET TANK SPECS
- 2ML Juice Capacity
- Stainless Steel
- 510 Connection Thread
- Top Filling
- Top Adjustable Airflow System
- Height: 32.5mm
- Diameter: 24.5mm
- Weight: 55g
The Kooper Mini 2 MOD is relatively small, coming in at 81.5 x 43 x 54.5mm. This makes it a nice fit for just about any hand. I found it incredibly comfortable to hold with its smooth, rounded edges and corners.
The maximum power output comes is 80 watts, which is more than enough for me. It also supports temperature control for stainless, titanium, and nickel coils.
You’ve got the fire button and the two control buttons on the side as well as the OLED display, but we’ll talk more about the display later in the review.
It’s a fairly standard layout for a box mod, and one that you should have no problem with even if this is your first venture into vaping. Getting started requires you to use the more standard 5-clicks of the fire button.
Once it’s on three clicks will take you into the menu. Here you can choose wattage or temperature control, as well as the strength you want to vape at. Like some of the other SMOK MODs it’s a little tricky to get used to the menu at first. It really doesn’t take particularly long to figure things out, but be prepared to do a little experimenting when you first get started.
This does lead me on to a functionality of the Knight that is a little frustrating at times, and this is way you have to power it off. You need to scroll all the way to the bottom of the menu to click on the power off button.
A quicker way is to click the fire button 5 times once you vaping session is over, and then hold the button down for 5 seconds to be taken directly to the power menu. While this method is much easier, it’s still more steps than should be necessary for such a simple function.
On to the Helmet Tank… This comes with top airflow and a capacity of 2ml, which isn’t a lot of e-liquid by any means. But if you’re a low wattage vaper, it may not be as big of a deal for you as it is for me. I tend to vape at around 50-70W, and I’ll get through 2ml of e-liquid pretty fast so it’s not a suitable tank for me.
The fact that the coil is changed and the liquid is filled from the top makes it very easy to manage, although you need to be sure to pay attention to the fill line, as I found things do get sloppy if you accidentally fill beyond it.
There are two different coils, a 0.4- and a 0.6-ohm included, and they both suck juice at a rather fast rate. One thing I will say is that the taste and vapor production are both excellent with these coils. I prefer the 0.4-ohm coil, but they’re both pretty good.
This is a small MOD so it goes without saying that you’re not going to get a huge display. The good news is that that 0.91-inch OLED screen is bright, clear, and easy to read. You can control the brightness of the screen from within the aforementioned menu.
All the relevant details are right at your fingertips, including the ability to set a maximum daily puff limit, which can come in handy if you’re trying to quit smoking or cut back on your nicotine intake.
The Koopwer is powered by a single 18650 battery, which can be recharged using the provided micro USB cable. As usual it is recommended to use an external charger for faster and safer charging if you’ve got the spare cash to get one.
Accessing the battery is easy, and is done via a magnetic cover that is easy to get on and off. While the cover doesn’t rattle, it does have a tendency to move if you shift the unit around in your hand, which can be a little annoying.
- Accessing the power menu can be tricky
- Battery cover sometimes moves when in your hand
- Attractively priced
- Very compact
- Easy to access battery cover
- Small but readable screen
- Reasonable battery life
SHOULD YOU GET ONE?
It’s hard to find much fault with a full kit that comes in at less than 50 quid. There are a couple of little issues with the SMOK Knight, but nothing that would suggest you steer clear of it.
This is a powerful little unit that is comfortable to hold, easy to carry around, and which delivers a nice jolt of flavor. All in all, I’d say it’s a pretty good buy that will give you quite a bit for your money.