For the longest time it has felt, to me and many others, that pod mod systems had taken over the marketplace. There was no longer any room for Vapers that enjoy a mid to high level wattage (or a temperature control mod… well….) or sub-ohm tanks with massive e-liquid capacity and low-resistance that provides glorious flavors and thick vapor.
No, I’m not trying to tell you that it’s all been doom and gloom on the ‘product’ level of things, (on the corrupt politicians and really ignorant people in a moral panic, that’s another story) but there have been some decently powered starter kits all the while. But the MAG P3? No, no, P3 is more than 230W of power accompanied by the TFV16 sub-ohm tank.
The SMOK MAG P3 Starter Kit – Most Improved Award
For most people, including myself, the most important factor when choosing a “real” vape mod and sub-ohm tank boils down to 2 factors that cannot be overlooked; comfort, as in how it feels in the hand, and how easy it is to get a great vape. I can overlook some things, but comfort and performance are the utmost.
Comfort in the Hand
SMOK is using a new, richer, softer rubberized finish on the MAG P3. This is the first device from SMOK to use it, and it does feel magnificent. With its large OLED color & touchscreen display, dual 18650 cells, and the largest, most powerful sub-ohm yet, the P3 has a heft, but not an unwelcome one.
The richness of the way it feels in the hand, the pistol grip design (complete with a similar ‘trigger’ placement of the original MAG, cannot be overlooked.)
SMOK MAG P3 230W TC Box Mod Features:
- Dimensions: 91.6mm by 72.3mm by 36mm
- Weight: 251.5g
- Smart IQ-S Chipset
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Battery – Not Included
- Wattage Output Range: 1-230W
- Output Voltage Range: 0.5-8.2V
- Min Atomizer Resistance: 0.05ohm
- Temperature Range: 200-600F
- Supports Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless-Steel Heating Elements
- 0.001s Firing Speed
- Precision Memory Modes
- 1.9″” HD Touch Screen – Ultra-Responsive
- Input Keyboard – Password Protection Option
- IP67 Waterproof & Dustproof Design
- Oversized Firing Switch – Trigger-Like Design
- Bottom-Loaded Hinged Battery Door
- Balance Charging
- Intelligent Atomizer Recognition
- Battery Series Connection
- Short Circuit Protection
- Over-Heat Protection
- Over Discharge Protection
- 12 Seconds Cut-Off
- MicroUSB Port – 1.8A Charging Current
- 510 Connection
SMOK TFV16 Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank Features:
- 28mm Diameter
- 32mm At Widest Point
- 9mL Bulb Glass Capacity
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- Superior Stainless-Steel Construction
- Rotating Top Fill System – Child-Safe Locking Mechanism
- High-Temperature Resistant – Explosion Proof
- SMOK TFV16 Coil Series
- 0.17ohm TFV16 Single Mesh Coil
- 0.12ohm TFV16 Dual Mesh Coil
- Threaded Base Connection
- Improved Airflow Chamber
- Dual Slotted Bottom Airflow Control Ring – 14mm by 2.6mm
- Gold-Plated 510 Connection
SMOK MAG P3 230W TC STARTER KIT Includes:
- 1 SMOK MAG P3 Device
- 1 TFV16 Sub-Ohm Tank
- 1 0.17ohm TFV16 Single Mesh Coil
- 1 0.12ohm TFV16 Dual Mesh Coil
- 1 Bulb Glass Protective Silicone Sleeve
- 1 Spare Glass Tube
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- 1 Spare Parts Bag (O-Rings & Top-Fill Gasket)
- 1 Instructional Manual
Design Tweaks That Work
The original SMOK MAG (photo left) used a metal button that released a dual 18650 ‘clip’ like an automatic pistol. Pressing that button propelled the clip with a certain force that reminded me of actually changing clips in my gun. It felt powerful, but to many it felt ‘too much’ like a weapon. So SMOK did some tweaking.
Instead of the metal button that jettisoned the battery clip, the MAG P3 is designed with a push button at the button of the P3 that releases a battery door for the 18650 cells to fall out easily. It seems like such a simple adjustment to the original design, but its more than that. I don’t know, it’s just… nice…
Touchscreen Comes to the MAG
While the MAG P3 and the original MAG have similar looking displays, it’s been redesigned and now uses an excellent touchscreen technology. Using it is simple and effective.
At the bottom of the active display you’ll see an animated bar inviting you to use your finger and slide it across the bar. When you do it will reveal a small icon reading “my mod”. Touch the ‘my mod’ icon and the menu comes alive, offering you the following options…
- 3 Memory Programmable buttons.
- Clicking on My Mod #1 you’ll see
- Mode, preheat setting, Nicotine strength, and a way to type in the flavor of the e-juice.
Preset to your Preference
The user can preset their MAG P3 for 3 separate tanks or coils, or tanks and coils. Set the wattage, the preheat setting, the nicotine level and the flavor of the e-juice, and when the tank is changed, set the ‘my mod’ to the correct one and off you go.
Because it is an effective touchscreen, it will go into Lock mode when you get back to the basic display; itself offering a plethora of information.
And in case the corrupt politicians get their way and outlaw these basically harmless products, you might want to pick up a couple….
The SMOK TFV16 Mesh Sub-Ohm Tank is the development of new coils, perfectly optimized for what the SMOK TFV Tank Series is all about. Honeycomb-shaped mesh coils, offered at 0.17ohms, 0.12ohms, and 0.15ohms signal the Return of the King with the single, dual, and triple mesh coil layout, lending their cloud-kicking abilities to dispense billowy clouds of delicious flavor. Installed in a plug ‘n’ play fashion, the TFV16 Replacement Coils are threaded for the base connection, ensuring a tight and reliable seal, preventing pesky and messy leaks. Comes in a pack of three (3).
The Official Word on the MAG P3
Discover the performance masterpiece of the SMOK MAG P3 230W Starter Kit. It integrates the brand’s first IP67 Waterproof & Dustproof construction with a smart IQ-S Chipset and ultra-fast 0.001s Firing Speed to pair with the 9mL max capacity TFV16 Sub-Ohm Tank.
The SMOKTech MAG P3 230W Box Mod continues the legacy of the aggressively-designed MAG 225W, featuring a trigger-inspired design now with an ultra-durable chassis upgrade with IP67 Waterproof implementation.
Powered by two high-amp 18650 battery (sold separately), the showcases a bottom-loaded battery door accessed via hinged door with an ergonomic button. The MAG P3 230W Mod is built with SMOK’s latest technological prowess and a 1.9″ HD Touch Screen for simple operational functionality and Input Keyboard that can feature Password Protection.
Each high-performance kit is paired with the highly impressive SMOK TFV16 Tank, presenting a stunning 28mm base diameter with 9mL maximum capacity, button-lock hinged top-fill, dual bottom airflow control, and the cloud-inducing TFV16 Mesh Coil System.
The Upcoming Review
The release of this new flagship for SMOK deserves a Preview if only to get Vapers that want a powerful, and beautiful, device. But before we can render our final thoughts on the Starter Kit we’ll have to use it for 2 weeks to make sure that what we said here, and what we say in a couple of weeks, is the truth. So far we’re loving the SMOK MAG P3. I don’t think that will change.
This powerful new chip makes it possible for the P3 (and a couple of other SMOK devices like the Morph) to utilize a new generation of Touchscreen technology. In addition, a near instant firing rate of just 0.001 sec.
It also allows for a full 230W of power from just 2 18650 cells. Most importantly, in my 4-day experience of using the P3, the power/wattage yields power till the very last drop of battery power.
Lastly, for those Vapers still hanging on to Temperature Control (using Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless-Steel coil material), the IQ-S Chipset allows for the most accurate temperatures based on the metal used.
9mL Capacity – Performance and MESH coil quality will be discussed in the upcoming Review, but for now I can tell you that you’ll be very pleased with the vape you get from any of the TFV16 coils.
The Starter Kit includes two excellent coil choices; 1x 0.17ohm TFV16 Single Mesh Coil
And 1x 0.12ohm TFV16 Dual Mesh Coil – The dual Mesh is so large it takes a bit of practice to properly screw it in. It took several tries in order to get a number of vape mods to recognize it.
The MAG P3 in a Nutshell
The SMOK MAG P3 230W Starter Kit is, after 3 days of use, is a performance piece you’ve been waiting for. This is SMOK’s first IP67 Waterproof & Dustproof construction and the smart IQ-S Chipset and ultra-fast 0.001s Firing Speed. Paired up with the 9mL capacity TFV16 Sub-Ohm Tank, and you have a vape mod sub-ohm tank combo that has a strong edge in winning the Spinfuel VAPE 2019 Product of the Year.