The Best Vape Setup (My Favourite Mod of 2017)

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The Best Vape Setup – SMOK TFV8 Baby Beast paired with the SMOK Alien 220W mod… 

I want to try something new; something we haven’t done before to address a question I am regularly asked: what’s the best vape setup as of right now?

I get a lot of new vape gear, either for testing or personal use, as this is something I am passionate about. I’m always trying new gear, new mods, new tanks and new E-Juices, so I figured I’d pen a piece about my current, favorite mod and tank setup.

This will most likely be a matter of opinion, but it is an honest, unbiased opinion all the same. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing.

Mods are tricky things. They all do similar stuff. But some do a lot of stuff a lot better than others. Pound for pound, though, it is very difficult to beat the SMOK Alien 220W.

I’ve been using this mod for a while now and it just keeps on delivering where it counts: reliability, performance, ramp-up time and overall awesomeness.

It’s also A LOT cheaper than my DNA 200 mods, which is always a good thing if you’re shopping on a budget.

The Best Vape Setup: SMOK Alien 220W Paired & SMOK TFV 8 Baby Beast


This is a great, all-round setup. You have the amazingly designed and well executed SMOK Alien 220W box mod paired with the ever outstanding performance of the Smok TFV 8 Baby Beast.

You can pick this setup in a Starter Kit from DirectVapor at a very reasonable price. And you should definitely be looking at this pairing as well because it is one of the strongest vape setups I’ve used in a good long while.

Many things can be said about this setup but I am going to stick to what I have experienced personally while using it.

The Best Vape Setup: SMOK Alien 220W Box Mod


The packaging is really well done, straight to the point without a lot of flare.

The Alien itself is very nicely presented and well protected inside the packing.

Requiring only 2 – 18650 cells to run one, cannot expect to reach the full 220W but rest assured the Alien does reach 200W.

The screen is bigger than most other devices and displays a plethora of information, so you always know what’s going on. The screen might seem a little cluttered at times, but once you’re aware of what all the readings are it does become more of a resource than a hinderance.

The fire bar is really great and performs flawlessly, SMOK really perfected this feature on their devices.

The battery door seems flimsy at first but once your cells are in the door holds strong and not a single rattle. The 510 stainless steel connection is very nice and buttery smooth and allows for all types of tanks and RDAs alike.

The adjustment buttons that rest at the bottom corners of the screen are clicky and have a really nice tactile feedback.

The design of the mod is small yet powerful. Fitting ever so comfortably in the hand is a great thing…sometimes I forget that I am holding the Alien, seriously.

The Alien is wide enough to where you can have a 25mm tank without overhang. Overall the SMOK Alien 220W box mod is a must have for any serious cloud-chasers out there. I bloody love this mod.

The Best Vape Setup: SMOK TFV 8 Baby Beast


This small yet power performer is a sure must have in any collection. It does power, clouds and flavor. SMOK has really come into its own in 2017 with its TFV8 range and the Baby Beast, though smaller, is actually my favourite tank of the lot.

The look the Baby Beast seems simple, yet modern. A swivel top cap allows easy access for filling her up with juice.

The adjustable bottom airflow is more than sufficient for a tank of this size. The complete disassemble and reassemble of the Baby Beast assures that you can thoroughly clean your tank each and every time.

The 510 threading is really smooth as well, unlike the TFV 4.

Having many coil options that cater to many vapers is a sheer wonder. The SMOK TFV 8 Baby Beast does not require those massive high watts like its big brother, the Cloud Beast. This is a juice and power saving Beast that just performs greatly.

I use this tank more than other of my collection at present (I have over 50 tanks at present).

The SMOK TFV8 Baby Beast also ships with a TON of useful extras: a spare glass, a spare coil, and spare seals. Not many companies include everything but SMOK does, kudos to them!


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The Best Vape Setup: Personal Usage

Over the past couple of months, I have grown fond of the Alien 220W mod. This thing does what I need and want it to do, and it does so with ease.

Now, my Alien does have a few blemishes like on the up-adjustment button and the edges of the top and bottom. These blemishes were highly expected and actually took a couple of months to show up.

I try to take great care of my devices but for some rea, on the Alien screams at me, “Be careless, I can take it!” You know what, the Alien can take it.

The Alien fires each and every time and the adjustment buttons work like magic. The battery door is the same as the day the Alien arrived. The 510 connection has some very slight wear in the paint only, but no paint has come off…yet.

The SMOK TFV 8 Baby Beast has given me nothing but enjoyment and pleasure, a great thing to have when vaping.

The SMOK TFV8 Baby Beast can run an entire myriad of coil options. I’m often at a loss as to which to use… but I love experimenting around with different styles, so this is no bad thing.

Off the top of my head I cannot, for the life of me, think of a tank on market now that is as versatile as the SMOK TFV 8 Baby Beast – or the SMOK TFV8, for that matter.

This combo setup has seen more use than any of my many setups as of lately.

This combo is one hell of a setup, and if you’re in the market for a new vape combo I would 1000000000% recommend you pick up the SMOK Alien 200W with the SMOK TFV8 Baby Beast tank.

Almost 15000 VapeBeat readers voted the SMOK Alien 220W the best overall mod of 2017 in our on-going reader poll.

Trust me. If you get this mod, you will not be disappointed.


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