How To Use SMOK Mods: Settings Menu EXPLAINED

By Drake Equation •  Updated: 09/09/20 •  9 min read

SMOK mods, especially for newbies, can be a little complicated. For this reason, we decided to break down ALL the settings you’ll find inside your SMOK mod in order to help you better understand how it all works and fits together!

SMOK makes A LOT of mods but most of them run exactly the same software, though some mods – the G-Priv 2, for instance – utilize touch rather than button-clicking combos. However, it is the same software with the same functionality, just with slightly different input methods.

I do quite like SMOK mods, but they’ve yet to get a vape mod listed inside our top-ranked vape mods guide, the place where we list all the latest top-rated vape mods, once our team of expert reviewers has put them through their paces.

And the reason? SMOK mods can be a little wonky when it comes to durability in my experience. Most new vapers aren’t aware of this, so it’s worth noting – just as an FYI!

If you’re running a SMOK mod from the last two years, everything that follows should apply to you. As a side note, you will also want to ensure that you only ever use the best quality vape juice possible – this is super-important. And it will improve the performance of your vape tank (cheap vape juice gunks up coils faster than premium-quality juice).

SMOK does release firmware updates every now and then but these seldom change the look and feel of the UX (user experience) or how the mod’s menus and settings function. Normally, the firmware just adds more power and fixes known bugs.

PLEASE NOTE: this guide is designed for newbie vapers. If you’re advanced or have used SMOK mods before, a lot of what follows might seem basic, but I want to give a complete overview of how the mod works from its most basic functions right up to its more advanced capabilities.

Let’s do this.

How To Use SMOK Vape Mods: How To Turn It On

The AWESOME SMOK G-Priv 2 – Read My FULL Review

Almost all of SMOK’s recent run of mods utilize a fire bar over a single fire button. This is a great method for firing your mod, as it requires very little precision, you can do it blindly, and the overall motion is more intuitive.

Once you’ve unboxed your SMOK mod, and you have installed the correct batteries in the right orientation, simply click the fire bar FIVE times to wake the mod. There will be a short boot-up time, where you see the SMOK logo, and then, once all the software is booted, the settings menu will appear on the display.

How To Use SMOK Mods: Exploring The Display

Smok Mods

SMOK packs a lot of information into its mods’ displays. You have wattage and TC readings, dual-battery readouts, Ohms reading, voltage, and even a puff counter so you can see how much you’re vaping each day.

If you’re using one of SMOK’s sub-ohm tanks, you need to make sure that its resistance matches what the coil says on the side. You shouldn’t have any issues with this, as they’re all calibrated for the purpose.

SMOK Mod Short Atomizer Error

You can run into issues with your SMOK mod if the coil isn’t set up correctly, though this specific issue mostly affects homemade coils.

The resistance of the coil, once installed, is shown with the Ohms symbol (Ω) – 0.18Ω, for instance. If you’re using homemade coils, the resistance of the coil may differ, but that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

If there are any issues and/or problems with the coil, its resistance, or the connection, the mod will simply not fire and likely show an error message.

smok mod short atomizer error

If this happens, check your coil, make sure it’s connected properly, and ensure the tank is attached properly.

To set the desired wattage (or power), simply toggle the buttons up and down until you find the sweet spot for your tank.

Please note: it is ALWAYS best to start way lower (40-50W) than the advertised power and work your way up slowly, as this gives the coil a chance to prime properly.

Firing the mod at too high a power mode with a new coil can burn it out, and this will cost you A LOT of money in the long run. Go slow and steady.

How To Use SMOK Mods: How To Access Settings

Smok Mods

In MODE SETTING, you can set up different vaping modes for different types of coil – W, Ti, Ni, SS, M – as well as adjust pre-heat, if you’d like to have this feature up and running.

If you’re just wanting to vape, and aren’t bothered about doing anything fancy, just stick the mod in W (wattage) mode and adjust the wattage accordingly.

Ti, Ni, and SS are there for different types of coils and Temperature Control vaping; you can make/use coils from titanium, nickel, and stainless steel, and these all require proprietary settings to run optimally.

If you’re just running the SMOK coil that came with the kit, just stick to wattage mode, as that is designed for standard power modes.

The only time you need to worry about the other settings is if you’re TC vaping or making your own coils with different types of wire.

How To Use SMOK Mods: Moving Around Inside The Menus


When you enter the settings menu (THREE CLICKS on the fire bar), you can quickly skip through the settings menus by clicking the fire bar.

SMOK mods have FOUR main menus:

Once you’re inside a Menu sub-folder, to move around simply use the buttons that you use to adjust the temperature.

To select a setting, hold down the fire key for ONE SECOND.

EXAMPLE: How To Change The Font Color On A SMOK Mod

Smok Mods

This process works across the entirety of the operating system: ONE SECOND holds select options; quick clicks move you through the Settings Menu; the physical buttons are used to move through the Menu’s sub-folders and options.

How To Use SMOK Mods: Installing A New Coil

When you change the coil on your tank, especially if you’re using an RDA, the SMOK mod will ask you if it is a NEW or OLD coil and give you two potential Ohms readings.

Select the one that is the same as your coil – if it’s new, basically, just hit the NEW option.

On a touchscreen SMOK mod, simply tap the NEW option. If you’re using a non-touchscreen SMOK mod, toggle between the options using quick clicks on the fire bar, and when you have the right option selected LONG PRESS the fire bar to select it.

How To Use SMOK Mods: Quick Settings To Remember

How To Use SMOK Mods: How To Upgrade SMOK Mod’s Firmware

First and foremost, make sure you have SMOK’s NuMicro ISP Programming Tool installed on your PC.

Once this is installed, you need to follow the steps on how to upgrade the firmware on SMOK’s official website.

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST take all the batteries out of the mod before updating the firmware.

And, if that wasn’t enough, you also have to press and hold down the firing bar during the entire process on certain models. Again, you can check all of this on the SMOK site.

If I missed anything, or you still have questions, drop me a line via the contact section below.

New Juice Recommendations

I get through plenty of vape juice each month, testing loads of different brands. If you’re interested in trying some new flavors, right now these are my current favorite vape juices: 

TRAILBLAZER – I used to hate tobacco-flavored vape juices. But then I tried Trailblazer which is a tobacco flavored juice that combines butterscotch and peanut butter. It’s rich, sumptuous, and very much an all-day vape and personal favorite of mine. I highly recommend this juice. 

1885 – I love a good milkshake, a classic American milkshake that’s made up of vanilla ice cream and milk. This just basically takes that classic American milkshake flavor and packs it into your vape tank. It tastes incredible and it comes highly recommended. 

Jungle King – If you like smooth, fruity vape juices, Jungle King is well worth a look with its amazing blend of strawberries and bananas. It tastes unlike anything I have ever vaped before (in a good way, don’t worry) and it quickly went on to become one of my all-time favorite juices. If you like exotic, sweet vape juices, be sure to check this juice out

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Drake Equation

Co-founder and Editor of VapeBeat. I make the words.
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