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Hey y'all, so this is my first review on ECR. Hopefully the formatting and everything ends up looking alright, I'm definitely a bit nervous/excited posting this. I know Smok gets a lot of hate on here so I've tried to be as unbiased as possible and use comparisons to other vapes I have experience with. I do think this new Species mod is really a step in the right direction for Smok though. Please feel free to critique me or give advice about the review in the comments. I'll also answer any questions I can. Thank you guys!

The Species and TFV8 Baby V2 Kit was sent to me by Smok for the purposes of a user review.

Specifications:

Material: Zinc alloy

Size: 82.1x49x30.6mm

Weight: 155g

Power Range: 1-230W

Output Voltage: 0.5V-8.2V

Resistance Range: 0.1Ω-2.5Ω(VW)/0.05Ω-2Ω(TC)

Temperature Range: 200F-600F/100C-315C

Charging Voltage: 5V

Charging Current: 1.8A

Standby Current: <500uA

Kit Includes:

1x Species Mod

1x TFV8 Baby V2 Tank

1x Baby V2 A1 0.17Ω Single Coil (Pre-Installed)

1x Baby V2 A2 0.2Ω Dual Coil

1x Glass Tube Replacement

1x USB Cable

1x User Manual

1x Spare Parts

Photo Album

First Impressions:

This thing actually feels like a really decent mod, I was somewhat surprised when I pulled it out. The touchscreen does an awesome job and is very responsive. The menu system is simple and intuitive. The screen doesn’t have that super sharp image many mods these days do, but the ability to switch the color around definitely looked nice. It’s a simple mod with only the standard VW and TC modes, but it does have TCR adjustment as well. I received the black/red version which ended up looking great. I wasn’t expecting to like the cobra pattern on the back but with the color of my mod it actually looked pretty good. Seems like a lot of manufacturers are introducing that semi-holographic pattern on the backs of their newest mods. The firing bar has improved a lot. I remember my first ever mod, the X Cube 2, and how flimsy the firing bar felt. This bar feels very solid, it presses more from the top, and takes the perfect amount of force to activate. The battery door is solid when holding batteries, but a little shaky when empty. Overall I was impressed with this vape so far.

General Use/Performance:

So the regular VW mode felt nice and smooth with a very quick ramp up time. You’ve got four preheat settings: soft, normal, hard, or max. Using the touch screen to adjust the power works really well, pressing anywhere in the general area will register with it. The screen locks as soon as you hit the firing bar, then holding the lock button for 2sec will unlock it again (quickly pressing the lock button takes it into and out of stealth mode). I thought the auto locking after firing would be annoying but it’s actually pretty smart, otherwise it’s easy to accidentally change settings around. The TC mode worked way better than I was expecting. After using the included sub ohm tank in VW for about a week, I put on an rda with ss316l and started testing it in TC mode. It gave a really consistent and tasty vape set at 440F and 70W. It doesn’t lock the resistance but I didn’t really notice any worse performance from that. Overall it’s very simple with it’s features, I definitely would have enjoyed a VWC mode, but it’s got the basic stuff needed for some solid vaping.

Navigating through the different settings and modes with this vape is easy to learn. On the top left corner of the touchscreen there’s a settings icon. You’ve then got four different options to choose from. The Output screen lets you choose between VW, you can change power here or on the main screen and preheat, and TC mode with its various options for power/material/TCR. The next screen lets you see your total puff count, reset that number, or set a puff limit for yourself. Screen settings gives you six different theme color options and allows screen time out adjustment. Finally, the System settings give you the serial number of the mod, power off, factory reset the device, and allows for specific resistance adjustment if you want to fine tune that. One little detail I really liked is resistance being shown to three decimal points.

TFV8 Baby V2 Sub Ohm Tank:

Having tried the original TFV8 Baby tank, this really has improved significantly. The preinstalled A1 single mesh coil is fucking huge. I’ve never seen such a wide center air hole. It also really does need around 90W minimum to vape with it, definitely wasn’t a fan of that. I noticed the mod getting really warm and my battery life took a huge dump. The mesh coil was pretty tasty though and definitely made some large clouds. It drank juice crazy fast too and it started burning out somewhat quickly, for such a hot coil it did well I guess. (I was using somewhat sugary juices for both these coils I’ll note). It was comparable to other single mesh coils included with kits, just supersized.

The A2 coil was miles ahead. I was getting a great vape with 62W, it went through a juice flavor change just fine, and it lasted easily 5 days with great taste. The A2 isn’t quite mesh, more of a lattice/strip design and it was my first dual mesh/strip coil. I’ve tried a few other mesh coils so far but this dual was better than all the singles by far. I know Smok coils can be hit or miss but both these coils were good, the A2 was even great I’d say.

The tank looked good and matched with the mod well. Their new drip tip design is a bit annoying, it’s a sleeve more than a tip, so no switching around. They also advertise that they use antibacterial medical cotton. Never considered bacteria colonizing in my atomizers before, but it performed pretty much the same as regular organic cotton. Like some other new tanks, the Baby V2 now has a tri-way air flow. It definitely has a lot of air flow, I was closing mine off about a third of the way. I’m not really the biggest fan of sub ohm tanks, I enjoy rda’s way more. To compare it, I liked it more than the Geekvape Aero mesh tank, but not as much as the Vaporesso Cascade Baby SE tank. But the A2 dual coil easily beat any other single mesh I’ve tried so far. They also have an A3 triple mesh coil, if I find it in my local store I’d buy one to try it out. That dual coil really was giving awesome flavor and was my favorite thing about this sub ohm tank.

Cons:

These are my little nitpicks about the kit, it’s all personal stuff relative to my tastes, so keep that in mind. The biggest con for me is the lack of curve modes, I usually end up sticking with a TC curve or VW curve if its a sub ohm tank when I vape. The color touchscreen was a bit low definition compared to some similar priced mods. I’m really not a fan of the chrome colored versions of this mod but luckily mine ended up looking great, I also think the white version looks awesome. While the firing bar worked really well, I prefer having a smaller firing button. The single mesh coil was also just way too beefy for my preferences. That hot of a coil burns out a lot quicker and it was pushing my batteries harder than I like to, I prefer to stick under 80W max when vaping. I’m not sure if the drip tip was really a con for me, it worked nicely and I don’t always change the tips around but I could definitely understand others being displeased.

Conclusion:

It’s a simple, yet very solid mod with a sub ohm tank made for huge clouds. I like the shape and color pattern of this mod, and it feels great held in hand. It may not have the most features but it’s more for someone who is looking to stick with the basics in vaping. It’s got a few flaws but it feels like an amazing leap forward compared to what Smok has had in the past, I was really not expecting it to be so solid. I think it’s a pretty decent vape in general and I think someone new to vaping would have a pretty good time with it. There’s just so many options these days in the wide world of vaping and everyone has unique tastes and certain features they value more than others. Hopefully this is somewhat enlightening on the experience of using the Smok Species Kit. Thank you for reading if you made it this far!!

*This was a fun experience doing a review! When I normally use a vape I just enjoy it and relax lol. Doing a review really forces you to consider every little detail and make a lot of comparisons and contrasts to other experiences. I also had my friend who vapes spend some time with this mod before I told him any of my thoughts, hearing his analysis helped me a lot. After this, I notice myself always trying to scrutinize equipment while vaping. Thank you to Smok for giving me the chance to create my own review! Thank you everyone and have an awesome, vape filled, day!!!

Hey y’all, so this is my first review on ECR. Hopefully the formatting and everything ends up looking alright, I’m definitely a bit nervous/excited posting this. I know Smok gets a lot of hate on here so I’ve tried to be as unbiased as possible and use comparisons to other vapes I have experience with. I do think this new Species mod is really a step in the right direction for Smok though. Please feel free to critique me or give advice about the review in the comments. I’ll also answer any questions I can. Thank you guys!​The Species and TFV8 Baby V2 Kit was sent to me by Smok for the purposes of a user review.​Specifications:Material: Zinc alloySize: 82.1x49x30.6mmWeight: 155gPower Range: 1-230WOutput Voltage: 0.5V-8.2VResistance Range: 0.1Ω-2.5Ω(VW)/0.05Ω-2Ω(TC)Temperature Range: 200F-600F/100C-315CCharging Voltage: 5VCharging Current: 1.8AStandby Current: <500uA​Kit Includes:1x Species Mod1x TFV8 Baby V2 Tank1x Baby V2 A1 0.17Ω Single Coil (Pre-Installed)1x Baby V2 A2 0.2Ω Dual Coil1x Glass Tube Replacement1x USB Cable1x User Manual1x Spare Parts​Photo Album​First Impressions:This thing actually feels like a really decent mod, I was somewhat surprised when I pulled it out. The touchscreen does an awesome job and is very responsive. The menu system is simple and intuitive. The screen doesn’t have that super sharp image many mods these days do, but the ability to switch the color around definitely looked nice. It’s a simple mod with only the standard VW and TC modes, but it does have TCR adjustment as well. I received the black/red version which ended up looking great. I wasn’t expecting to like the cobra pattern on the back but with the color of my mod it actually looked pretty good. Seems like a lot of manufacturers are introducing that semi-holographic pattern on the backs of their newest mods. The firing bar has improved a lot. I remember my first ever mod, the X Cube 2, and how flimsy the firing bar felt. This bar feels very solid, it presses more from the top, and takes the perfect amount of force to activate. The battery door is solid when holding batteries, but a little shaky when empty. Overall I was impressed with this vape so far.​General Use/Performance:So the regular VW mode felt nice and smooth with a very quick ramp up time. You’ve got four preheat settings: soft, normal, hard, or max. Using the touch screen to adjust the power works really well, pressing anywhere in the general area will register with it. The screen locks as soon as you hit the firing bar, then holding the lock button for 2sec will unlock it again (quickly pressing the lock button takes it into and out of stealth mode). I thought the auto locking after firing would be annoying but it’s actually pretty smart, otherwise it’s easy to accidentally change settings around. The TC mode worked way better than I was expecting. After using the included sub ohm tank in VW for about a week, I put on an rda with ss316l and started testing it in TC mode. It gave a really consistent and tasty vape set at 440F and 70W. It doesn’t lock the resistance but I didn’t really notice any worse performance from that. Overall it’s very simple with it’s features, I definitely would have enjoyed a VWC mode, but it’s got the basic stuff needed for some solid vaping.Navigating through the different settings and modes with this vape is easy to learn. On the top left corner of the touchscreen there’s a settings icon. You’ve then got four different options to choose from. The Output screen lets you choose between VW, you can change power here or on the main screen and preheat, and TC mode with its various options for power/material/TCR. The next screen lets you see your total puff count, reset that number, or set a puff limit for yourself. Screen settings gives you six different theme color options and allows screen time out adjustment. Finally, the System settings give you the serial number of the mod, power off, factory reset the device, and allows for specific resistance adjustment if you want to fine tune that. One little detail I really liked is resistance being shown to three decimal points.​TFV8 Baby V2 Sub Ohm Tank:Having tried the original TFV8 Baby tank, this really has improved significantly. The preinstalled A1 single mesh coil is fucking huge. I’ve never seen such a wide center air hole. It also really does need around 90W minimum to vape with it, definitely wasn’t a fan of that. I noticed the mod getting really warm and my battery life took a huge dump. The mesh coil was pretty tasty though and definitely made some large clouds. It drank juice crazy fast too and it started burning out somewhat quickly, for such a hot coil it did well I guess. (I was using somewhat sugary juices for both these coils I’ll note). It was comparable to other single mesh coils included with kits, just supersized.The A2 coil was miles ahead. I was getting a great vape with 62W, it went through a juice flavor change just fine, and it lasted easily 5 days with great taste. The A2 isn’t quite mesh, more of a lattice/strip design and it was my first dual mesh/strip coil. I’ve tried a few other mesh coils so far but this dual was better than all the singles by far. I know Smok coils can be hit or miss but both these coils were good, the A2 was even great I’d say.The tank looked good and matched with the mod well. Their new drip tip design is a bit annoying, it’s a sleeve more than a tip, so no switching around. They also advertise that they use antibacterial medical cotton. Never considered bacteria colonizing in my atomizers before, but it performed pretty much the same as regular organic cotton. Like some other new tanks, the Baby V2 now has a tri-way air flow. It definitely has a lot of air flow, I was closing mine off about a third of the way. I’m not really the biggest fan of sub ohm tanks, I enjoy rda’s way more. To compare it, I liked it more than the Geekvape Aero mesh tank, but not as much as the Vaporesso Cascade Baby SE tank. But the A2 dual coil easily beat any other single mesh I’ve tried so far. They also have an A3 triple mesh coil, if I find it in my local store I’d buy one to try it out. That dual coil really was giving awesome flavor and was my favorite thing about this sub ohm tank.​Cons:These are my little nitpicks about the kit, it’s all personal stuff relative to my tastes, so keep that in mind. The biggest con for me is the lack of curve modes, I usually end up sticking with a TC curve or VW curve if its a sub ohm tank when I vape. The color touchscreen was a bit low definition compared to some similar priced mods. I’m really not a fan of the chrome colored versions of this mod but luckily mine ended up looking great, I also think the white version looks awesome. While the firing bar worked really well, I prefer having a smaller firing button. The single mesh coil was also just way too beefy for my preferences. That hot of a coil burns out a lot quicker and it was pushing my batteries harder than I like to, I prefer to stick under 80W max when vaping. I’m not sure if the drip tip was really a con for me, it worked nicely and I don’t always change the tips around but I could definitely understand others being displeased.​Conclusion:It’s a simple, yet very solid mod with a sub ohm tank made for huge clouds. I like the shape and color pattern of this mod, and it feels great held in hand. It may not have the most features but it’s more for someone who is looking to stick with the basics in vaping. It’s got a few flaws but it feels like an amazing leap forward compared to what Smok has had in the past, I was really not expecting it to be so solid. I think it’s a pretty decent vape in general and I think someone new to vaping would have a pretty good time with it. There’s just so many options these days in the wide world of vaping and everyone has unique tastes and certain features they value more than others. Hopefully this is somewhat enlightening on the experience of using the Smok Species Kit. Thank you for reading if you made it this far!!​​*This was a fun experience doing a review! When I normally use a vape I just enjoy it and relax lol. Doing a review really forces you to consider every little detail and make a lot of comparisons and contrasts to other experiences. I also had my friend who vapes spend some time with this mod before I told him any of my thoughts, hearing his analysis helped me a lot. After this, I notice myself always trying to scrutinize equipment while vaping. Thank you to Smok for giving me the chance to create my own review! Thank you everyone and have an awesome, vape filled, day!!!

Submitted October 11, 2018 at 09:52PM by thors420
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