Smok V9 Max Review

Smok had one of the surprise big hits of last year with the V8, but have they supercharged that idea or will the V9 Max be left in the pits?

The V8 last year was an extremely big seller for Smok, in competition with the Nunchaku, people loved the simplistic design combined with the big Prince tank on top.  So it is no surprise to see Smok release the V9 Max, the follow up to their leading series of devices.  It comes with a few little design differences and a new tank, with quite a reasonable price tag to boot.  So have Smok got another winner on their hands with the V9 or have they overreached and peaked already?  Before we get into that, let’s get into the details.

What’s in the Box?

  • Smok Stick V9 Max Mod
  • Smok Stick V9 Max tank
  • 1xBaby/Mini V2 S1 single mesh coil
  • 1xBaby/Mini V2 S2 quad mesh coil
  • Spare parts
  • USB Cable
  • User manual

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Specifications

V9 Mod

  • Size: 87.8x28mm
  • Weight: 133.5g
  • Battery: 4000mAh internal
  • Output: 60W@0.15ohm (3.3-4.2V)
  • Fire button
  • LED indicator light for battery charge

Smok V9 Max Tank

  • Size: 35x54mm (inc bubble glass)
  • Capacity: 8.5ml
  • Coils: Smok Mini V2 (international edition) / Smok Baby V2 (Standard Edition)
  • 3 glass size options
  • Slide top fill
  • Adjustable bottom airflow

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About the Smok V9

The V9 is an internal stick device combined with one of their leading Sub Ohm tanks.  The V9 boasts a massive 4000 mAh internal battery chargeable via USB.  The device sits at around 87mm tall and comes with a front fire button which also houses the indicator lights for battery level.  Green indicates full battery, yellow for medium and red for low charge.  The USB port is situated directly opposite to the fire button and the bottom of the device has a flattened base to improve balance when standing upright.  The top has a 510 spring loaded pin with enough space for 28mm atomisers on top.  5 clicks turns the device on and off and 2 clicks reveals the battery indicator as mentioned above.

The V9 Max tank is a huge 8.5 mil capacity tank that comes specifically designed for the device itself compared to the regular kit coming packaged with the Baby V2.  The tank has a swing open fill top design secured with a push to open clasp to reveal a large kidney shaped fill hole.  It has a replaceable 810 drip tip and bottom adjustable airflow with increased airflow compared to the regular tank.  The tank comes with the S1 or S2 coils, the S1 being a 0.15 single mesh coil and S2 being a kanthal 0.15 quadruple coil.  Both are recommended between 70-80w with S1 designed for flavour and S2 designed for clouds.

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Colour Options

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V9 Pros

Having never tried the previous stick devices from Smok, I went into this review pretty naive to what to expect.  I imagined it would be a ‘premium’ feel in comparison to smaller stick devices but to be honest, it blew even me away a little bit.  The first thing I took away was how quality feeling this device is.  It does have some weight into it but it sits comfortably in your hand and the diameter makes it feel solid.  It does come with a simplistic design in regards to the colours but even the additional widened bottom is well thought out.  It means you can stand this device up and there is reduced danger of tipping due to the tank which is a great little feature to have.  The fire button has a nice soft clicky feel to it and it fires relatively fast from pressing which is always nice to see.  Battery life is pretty good also with the 4000 mAh battery, it will last most of the day with regular use, just coming up short in the full day time line.  It will last longer compared to a single 18650 device so a great device to take out and use whenever you need it to.  The power does hit fairly well with the wattage at around 70w on average and the drop between battery levels is less noticeable than others I have tried, it still keeps up a fairly high power rating until the battery is low.  The indicator lights are nice and bright with the coloured lights bold enough to see in daylight.

The V9 Max tank straight away with the 8.5 mil capacity is a lovely bonus to have.  It means you will need to refill less during the day and juice consumption is quite slow compared to multi mesh tanks for example.  Since using it, the 8.5 mil can last most of the day, with the tank just about outlasting the battery throughout the day.  The airflow on the V9 Max is lovely and wide with plenty of airflow options depending on preference.  The added clasp on top of the tank for the fill hole reveal is always nice to have as it adds security to the tank to prevent any leaking out the top in your pocket.  Onto the coils now and to be honest, Smok may finally have brought out a coil design that is surprisingly…..good?  I wasn’t a big fan of even the mesh coils for the Prince released last year but the v9/Baby V2 S1 coil for flavour is not far off a falcon for flavour.  A big claim but there is plenty of flavour and the performance even with sweet juices is fantastic, over a week and no performance drops as of yet.  There is really nice vapour production from the coil as well, a really enjoyable vape.

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V9 Cons

Starting with the V9 mod, honestly there isn’t many faults I can find with it that aren’t down to personal preference.  The big one for me is the indicator lights being the only real flaw I have found with this.  Having to do the 2 clicks to reveal battery level I am not a huge fan of, as the general light around the button remains white when firing.  So it can be easy to go a little bit longer between charges when you don’t realise how low the battery is.  I would have preferred that to be the dominating light around the button instead.  The next con for the V9 stick is going to be the weight.  Now this isn’t a con for me but some people may find it on the heavy side so it is worth mentioning.  Charging time is another little preference con, coming in short of 3 hours via USB port to charge which puts it on the long side of stick devices for me, especially with devices now being released with quick charge features.  I guess to some extent the mod does feel a little underpowered for the size of the thing, considering the size It might have been better to add another 20w on top of the coils and really delivered a powerhouse.

With the V9 Max tank, again there really isn’t too many I can say about the tank.  The slide top can be misaligned when closing I have noticed so sometimes needs pushing down to lock back into place which is a minor annoyance of mine.  The airflow may be a little too wide for the power as well I have found, with the Max airflow giving a very airy vape especially from only 70w.  So it will chuck clouds but you may want to turn the airflow down a little bit.  Other than that, there isn’t many other things I can con the tank on surprisingly!

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Overall

The V9 Max kit is a fantastic piece of kit and yet another example of Smok finally bringing quality over quantity.  I don’t say that lightly, I have really enjoyed using this so far.  The whole thing feels quality, the massive capacity, the flavour from the coils and even down to the widened bottom for balance.  Smok have taken everything that was good from the V8 and improved on it making probably one of, if not the best stick kit on the market today.  The price range on this can be as little as £35 pounds in some places I have seen in the UK which is an absolute bargain for what you get here.  The S1 coil alone is well worth picking this up for, amazing flavour for once from a Smok coil and added lifespan and performance all thrown in together.  This could well be the first Smok must buy item for a long time.

The Resurgence of Smok continues, with the V9 roaring them into pole position of being one of the best companies this year.

9.3 Total Score
The best Stick Mod on the market today

Smok have not only brought one of the best Stick Mods out in the V9 but arguably a fantastic kit. It brings battery life, nice design, huge capacity and brilliant flavour all in one box. Well worth investing in and potentially one of the biggest kits of the year.

Design
8.5
Performance
9.5
Tank Design
9
Coil Performance
9.5
Ease of use
10
PROS
  • Fantastic Design
  • Big Internal Battery
  • Coil performance is fantastic
  • Huge Eliquid capacity
CONS
  • Battery indicator not immediately visible on the device
  • It is a little heavy
  • Top cap may need pushing into place when locking
  • Charging time is around 3 hours via USB port
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