Smok AL85, a smaller version of the Alien 220W. Powered by a single 18650 cell with a maximum output of 85W. Let`s find out more about this buddy in the detailed review below!
In case you`re wondering about the colors, you have a very wide pallet(18 options) for the AL85: black gun metal, champagne gold, black red, silver, white red, full color, white black, orange black, black with red spray, black with white spray, gold gold, green black, camouflage, camouflage yellow, camouflage blue, black and 7-color, white and 7 color and red camouflage.
The kit includes one AL85 mod, one TFV8 Baby tank (3ml capacity), one V8 Baby-Q2 core (0.4 dual coil), one V8 Baby-Q2 core (0.6 dual coil), one USB cable, one user manual and some spare parts.
The AL85 brings a lot of different features for a great vaping experience. All these features are packed in a very compact design.
Top battery slot
The top battery slot provides a more convenient way to insert the 18650 cell. The system is based on unscrewing the cap that will give you access to the battery chamber.
85W of power
The Al85 is able to reach 85W with just one 18650 battery. The power is enough to create nice clouds and smooth taste.
Different types of coils for TFV8 Baby tank
V8 Baby-Q2 of 0.4ohm and 0.6ohm are available directly in the box. Giving the opportunity to test them and choose “the best one” which suits your tastes.
Smok AL85 kit review
Packaging is in the same standard style that SMOK does to any mod. The general appearance of the mod is quite the same as many other mods: the rectangular shape with nice soft edges, only that this mod has a nice and comfortably small size. The mod is made of zinc alloy, the perfect option for having a durable mod that also feels lightweight.
The big fire button is placed in the same spot as in the case of Alien 220W, covering one side of the mod. There are no rattles so you won`t have to worry about that.
On the front side, you`ll see the OLED screen that is pretty large. The screen is also bright so there should be no problems in reading the information provided. The screen displays important information such as the mode, the pre-heat setting, the wattage, the voltage, the resistance, the amperage, the temperature of the chip, the puff counter and more. It may seem a little bit crowded for some of you, but, in my opinion, it is nice to have available all the information by just one glance, without having to access the menu all the time.
Under the OLED screen, there are the plus and minus buttons that will help in navigating through the menu. Five clicks on the fire button will turn the mod on. One aspect that I like on this mod is that some settings can be adjusted already from the home screen, without having to access further menus. Therefore you can adjust the wattage and the temperature, you can switch the vaping mode or change the preheat setting.
For more advanced settings you will need to press the fire button three times, doing so the main menu will be displayed.
There are four main menu sections: Mode, Puffs, Settings and Power. The Mode will allow you to choose between the wattage mode, the temperature control or memory mode. You can also choose the preheat settings from the soft, normal and hard. In the Puffs you can adjust a certain number of maximum puffs or you can reset the count. In Settings you have a variety of options regarding the system such as updating it, while the Power will just turn off the mod.
Right on top, alongside the spring connector, you`ll find the battery compartment. Just unscrew the metal cap in order to open the compartment and place the 18650 cell. Also, the screw/unscrew style of the battery door makes sure that the battery is securely placed in the chamber. You don`t have to worry about the cap as there is still enough space on top of the mod in order to fit a 24 mm tank. One con of this mod is the lack of venting slots. Even though there are for sure built-in protections, venting slots are always a good idea for a plus regarding the safety.
The Baby tank included in the kit is a very good pair for this mod as the Baby tanks are quite known for their satisfying vaping experience. The Baby Beast is capable to hold 3ml of liquid and it has a top filling system(as most of the Smok atomizers). It also comes with two coil heads. The one that is preinstalled is of 0.4ohms while the spare one is of 0.6ohms. The tank also features bottom airflow adjustment.
Overall the mod works pretty well. The firing button responds quick and there are no rattles. The menu is extremely easy to use. The flavor and clouds are pretty decent for a small mod that operates with one cell.
For sure you`re wondering how much the battery lasts, remember that this aspect always depends on the power used or how much is the mod used throughout the day. With a heavy usage, the mod with the Baby tank and the V8 Baby-Q2 (0.4ohm) provided, will last for a good amount of 5 hours, which is pretty decent for just a single 18650 cell. It also takes 3 to 4 hours for the battery to charge.
The SMOK AL85, compact style, it works perfectly fine, includes different settings for a customizable vaping experience and it features the Baby Beast tank. The ones who have used the Alien 220W will be pretty familiar with the AL85 as it recalls the big brother. As right now the price of Smok AL85kit is low we definitely recommend to give it a try.