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 the SMOK Alien 220W 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 – including the Alien 220W – and they have all worked flawlessly and continue to do so now, months and years after purchase.
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.
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? 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 SMOK 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 recommendation right now, if you asked me, would be the VooPoo Drag – it is bloody amazing and its GENE chip is one of the best in the business.
If you want to go the SMOK route, take a look at my guide to the Best SMOK Mods For 2017. 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.
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 – I use DirectVapor for most of my stuff, as they do warranties and are always very good with returns.