There are A LOT of noted SMOK Alien 220W problems – like, way more than any other SMOK mod, so I figured I’d do a quick primer on the subject…
SMOK makes a lot of great mods, but there are some well-known issues associated with SMOK’s Alien 220W vape mod that you should know about.
Some of these “issues” were not known at the time I originally reviewed the Alien, but as a dedicated reviewer, I feel it necessary to note them here.
In my experience, which is pretty extensive, I have had ZERO issues with SMOK mods and tanks.
Just wanted to get that out of the way.
I own a bunch of mods by SMOK – including the Alien – and they have all worked flawlessly and continue to do so now, months and years after purchase.
What’s The Deal With SMOK’s Mods?
This could be down to the fact that I maybe don’t use mods as long as the average consumer; I switch between new review units every week.
Either way, this is one of the reasons we always update our reviews over time, just in case there are any issues with it – issues that I find or are noted by other users.
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However, there are some pretty notable issues with SMOK’s Alien 220W, issues that have been posted all over the web and Reddit and the resounding issue appears to be to do with the overall quality control that has gone into making the mod – it basically wasn’t as good as it should have been.
Things were missed.
So what, exactly, are these issues?
The main one appears to be a design fault where, through excessive heating, the top of the device can come off.
Obviously, this should have been addressed during the R&D phase.
But alas it appears it wasn’t and there are plenty of reports online about this happening.
Reddit is also PACKED with unhappy Alien 220W users. So, yeah… proceed with caution, folks.
Fortunately, SMOK’s Alien is now kinda old, so most new upgraders will be looking elsewhere either inside the SMOK war chest of mods or from other retailers.
I’ve outlined all the best mods I’ve tested this year in our Best Box Mod Guide, so check that out if you’re looking for a new mod.
Though my recommendations right now would be the following vape mods:
(PLEASE NOTE: If you’re viewing the table on a mobile device, scroll across with your finger left-to-right for more details and columns. Alternatively, flip your phone on its side to view entire column in portrait)
|BRAND/Product||Product Image||VapeBeat Rating (0/5)||PROS||Best Place To Buy?|
|YiHi SXMini T-Class (My Personal FAVE)||Brilliant, All-Round Mod That Packs In One Of The Best Chipsets In The Business||#1 VaporDNA – $189.99|
|LOST VAPE PARANORMAL DNA 250 (Insane Performance)||A DNA 250 Mod By Lost Vape. Need I Say Anymore? Oh Yeah! The Price – It's Brilliant||#1 VaporDNA – $149.99|
|VooPoo TOO||Excellent Design; GENE Chip is Superb; Brilliant Accuracy; Instant Power; Plenty of Features||#1 DirectVapor – $82.95 (FREE SHIPPING)|
# 2 VaporDNA – $79.99
# 3 (UK) Vape SuperStore – £72.95
|Lost Vape Therion DNA 75 (My FAVE)||Stunning Design; Immense Accuracy & Safety Features; Thousands of Features; My Favourite Mod Ever||#1 Element Vape – $99 (REDUCED From $139.99)|
# 2 (UK) GearBest – £90 (Price Varies)
|Wismec Reuleaux RX GEN3 (Best Value)||Great Design; Three Cell Design; MEGA Battery Life; Masses of Power; Great Color Options||# 1 DirectVapor – $56.95 (FREE SHIPPING)|
# 2 VaporDNA – $65.99 (KIT)
# 3 (UK) – Vape SuperStore – £62.95
|SMOANT Cylon||Robust Design; Great Specs; Outstanding Performance; Neat Software; Excellent Vaping Modes||#1 VaporDNA – $59.99|
|SX Mini G Class 200W (Ultra-Premium)||Premium Design; Market-Leading Performance; Excellent Features; Brilliant TC Performance; Outstanding All Round Performer||# 1 DirectVapor – $219.95 (FREE SHIPPING)|
# 2 (UK) UK EcigStore – £199.99
|Asvape Michael||Unlike Anything Else; Great Performance; Eye-Catching Design; Great Specs; Solid Performance||# 1 DirectVapor – $109.95 (FREE SHIPPING)|
# 2 VaporDNA – $119.99
# 3 (UK) UK EcigStore – £89.99
|Lost Vape Therion DNA 166||Premium Design; Stunning Power; 100% Accuracy; Excellent TC Vaping||# 1 DirectVapor – $149.95 (FREE SHIPPING)|
|Sigelei Snow Wolf Vfeng 230W||Solid Design; IMMENSE Power; Lots of Modes & Features; Brilliant Price||# 1 DirectVapor - $77.95 (FREE SHIPPING)|
|iJoy Captain PD270 234W||Beautiful Design; Multiple Color Options; EPIC Power Output; Very Good Price||# 1 DirectVapor - $69.95 (FREE SHIPPING)|
If you want to go the SMOK route, take a look at my guide to the Best SMOK Mods For 2018.
This includes most of the latest mods released by the company, though I have a few more on their way to me a the moment so that one could do with an update.
SMOK’s Not The Only Vape Mod Maker With Issues
Design flaws, it’s worth noting, are NOT exclusive to SMOK.
Far from it.
I have had mods from Wismec, Vaporesso, Joyetech and YiHi that have all broken shortly after purchase.
When you’re dealing with technology, there’s always a risk of things going wrong.
This is why it is IMPERATIVE that you use a retailer that offers a warranty.
What vape retailers am I using right now?
I tend to use the following, as they have a mix of great prices and plenty of choice.
Though I do have a softspot for VaporDNA and DirectVapor, as regular readers will no doubt know!
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Until next time…