Normally, when we do a second review of a product, it’s because our staff had some differing opinions on how a product worked and performed. But, like my colleague, I’ll also be handing out a shiny A+ to the near-perfect SMOK Resa Prince. Why? Because it might just have improved on the best sub-ohm tank of this (or any) year, the TFV12 Prince. The Resa Prince is available now, in all colors, at Element Vape.
We get a lot of heat for our love of certain SMOK products. And we get a lot of heat for the SMOK products we don’t like, either. And it seems like a lot of people just want to hate on the company for making so many vape products. But when they release something like the Resa Prince, all the other missteps are forgiven. Yes. It’s that good.
A lot of this may seem redundant, but let’s dive in and see why this writer loved the Resa Prince tank as much as my esteemed colleague.
Initial Impressions of the SMOK Resa Prince Tank
Since we use the term “stunning” a little too much around here, I’ll just lead with this – the Resa Prince is the best-looking SMOK tank to date. Taking the proven mechanics of the original Prince and placing them inside of a gorgeous resin exterior, the Resa Prince is more streamlined and polished, without sacrificing an ounce of performance.
My green/turquoise test model featured SMOK’s now-standard “Cobra” design pattern, and the results are beautiful. It catches the light in all the right ways and is just … just… ah, the hell with it – the Resa Prince is just plain stunning.
Beyond the resin, the 26mm Resa Prince is comprised of 304 stainless steel, with smooth machining and no shoddy fits. In fact, I think the base actually seats the Prince coils a little smoother than the original tank ever did. Maybe it’s a little more hyperbole than we usually throw around on these pages, but sometimes things just work beyond expectations, and this is one of those moments.
One item I wanted to touch on is the color schemes, which are supposed to be unique – like all good resin should be. Well, this is one area of fault for the Resa Prince, since I can’t make out a difference on any of the ones I’ve seen, other than the primary colors themselves. I realize what SMOK was trying to do by driving potential collectors’ interests. But these are clearly coming from the same source.
However, don’t take that as a negative – this is still a beautiful sub-ohm tank. It’s just not one of a kind. My green one looks good on most any mod, and the 7-color “rainbow” effect model is on my shortlist, the minute it arrives from Spinfuel HQ.
For the record, there is a wider range of colors for the Resa Prince — Black, Yellow, Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Pink, White, Rainbow – than we usually see on one of their sub-ohm tanks. Some are loud. Some are standard. All are crafted with the same attention to detail, so mix and match ‘til your heart’s content.
SMOK Resa Prince Sub-Ohm Tank Features:
- 26mm Base Diameter
- 30mm Diameter at Widest Points
- 7.5mL Maximum Juice Capacity – Bulb Glass Extension
- Superior Stainless Steel & Resin Construction
- High-Grade Glass Reinforcement
- High-Temperature Resistant
- Convenient Top-Fill Rotary Design – Lock Button Mechanism
- Massive Dual Adjustable Airflow Control at Base
- 810 Cobra Resin Ultra-Wide Drip Tip
- Performance-Grade V12 Prince Coil Structure
- 0.12ohm V12 Prince-T10 Decuple Coils – rated for 60-120W
- 0.15ohm V12 Prince-X6 Sextuple Coils – rated for 50-120W
- 0.4ohm V12 Prince-Q4 Quadruple Coils – rated for 40-100W
- 510 Connection
SMOK Resa Prince Sub-Ohm Tank Includes:
- 1 SMOK Resa Prince Tank
- 1 0.4ohm V12 Prince-Q4 Quadruple Coil
- 1 0.15ohm V12 Prince-X6 Sextuple Coil
- 1 0.12ohm V12 Prince-T10 Red Light Coil
- 1 pre-installed Bulb Glass Tube – 7.5mL
- 1 Spare Glass Tube
- Spare Parts & O-Rings
- Instructional Manual
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Operating and Vaping the SMOK Resa Prince
I was thrilled to see that SMOK didn’t try and invent new proprietary coils for the Resa Prince, since there is nothing wrong with the original Prince coils (maybe a little more longevity would be nice, but I digress). They made that mistake with the top-AFC X-Baby tank, and in my opinion, suffered for it. The tank itself was adequate, but why create new SKUs rather than improving on an already-beloved experience?
Instead, SMOK included THREE coils in the box – The 0.12-ohm V12 Prince-T10 Red Light Coil (that’s a mouthful). Like my colleague pointed out, it has a range of 60-120 watts. And, like my colleague, I found the coil to do its best work on the low end of that scale.
The LED light functionality? Well, let’s just let that be. It has no effect on the vape quality, and won’t get any more attention from me.
The pre-installed 0.4ohm V12 Prince-Q4 Quadruple Coil is rated for 40 -100 watts, while the 0.15ohm V12 Prince X-6 Sextuple Coil is rated for 50-120W. There, we all caught up? Of the three, the pre-installed coil wins the day for steady flavor and vapor, and is still going nearly two weeks after first getting a hold of the tank.
Plus, the Resa Prince can accommodate the Prince RBA head, which has become my preferred way to enjoy the tank. Though SMOK’s coils are fantastic, the Prince RBA has a nicely sized deck, and plenty of room for creative builds to really take advantage of the design.
But, no matter which route you take, you’re getting arguably the greatest range of prebuilt coils currently on the market. The flavor and vapor production can approach RDA levels, under the right conditions.
With a 7.5mL capacity with the bowed-out glass section, the Resa Prince holds a hair less e-liquid, but most users won’t even notice the difference when punching 120+ watts on a tank that barely warms up, even at max wattages. As always, these tanks swallow juice, so be prepared with some unicorn bottles if you’re heading out for the night – the Resa Prince might look demure, but she’s still a thirsty tank… pack accordingly.
We already spoiled the ending in the first line, but there’s really no surprises to be had, anyway. The SMOK Resa Prince might be even better than our current pick for “Best Sub-Ohm Tank of the Year.” It’s gorgeous, well-machined, high-performing, and an all-around pleasure to use.
Yes, we feature a lot of SMOK products on Spinfuel VAPE, and winners like the Resa Prince are exactly why. We spend so much time looking for things wrong with vape products, that it’s amazing when we can just sit back and enjoy what’s right. Our highest recommendation.