Intro to the SMOK T-Storm – Assembled “In a galaxy not far, far away…” the limited release T-STORM Vape MOD from SMOK has landed on our desk for review. And our first reaction was, “This looks like a Stormtrooper, and is clearly for the vapers who’ve sworn allegiance to the imperial army!”
(Yes, we had friends in high school… why do you ask?)
Sporting some cleverly integrated adjustment buttons into the design. Intuitive large side fire panel, large TFT display, and a 230w output sets the T-STORM a little further ahead of its recent releases. So, let’s jump and see if the Force is strong with the T-STORM, or if this is another case of SMOK’s clone army at work. On to the particulars.
What SMOK Says about the T-Storm
The SMOK T-STORM 230W Box Mod is a fearsome vaping box mod, integrating a spacious dual high-amp 18650 rechargeable battery configuration. A vast and expansive temperature control suite is a part of the board, and is equipped to take on nearly any tank or atomizer.
Constructed from durable zinc-alloy, the chassis of the box mod is moderately impact resistant that can help prevent broken and dented metal parts in the chassis.
In addition, the dual high amp 18650 battery layout is a great addition to the T-STORM, offering up considerable battery charge to delay the need to recharge in between sessions while unlocking the full potential of the 230W output range.
Furthermore, the SMOK T-STORM is a great addition to any Vaper’s collection (it is a limited edition, as is the A PRIV and D-BARREL) novice or advanced, due to the comprehensive temperature control and resistance range, allowing nearly any tank or atomizer to operate to its full capacity.
SMOK T-STORM 230W BOX MOD SPECS
- Dimensions – 85.5mm by 48.4mm by 32.9mm
- Dual High-Amp 18650 Battery – Not Included
- Wattage Output Range: 1-230W
- Voltage Output Range: 0.5-8.2V
- Resistance Range – VW Mode: 0.1 – 2.5ohm
- Resistance Range – TC Mode: 0.05 – 2.0ohm
- Temperature Range: 200° – 600°F / 100° – 315°C
- VW Mode – Soft, Normal, Hard Options
- TC Mode
- Memory Mode
- Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Wire Compatibility
- Zinc-Alloy Chassis Construction
- Intuitive Firing Button
- Two Adjustment Buttons
- TFT Color Display Screen
- Bottom Hinged Battery Bay
- Short Circuit Protection
- Over Heat Protection
- 10s Cut Off Protection
- Low Resistance Protection
- Low Voltage Protection
- Spring-Loaded 510 Connector
- MicroUSB Port
- Available in Black
SMOK T-STORM 230W BOX MOD INCLUDES:
- 1 T-STORM Box Mod
- 1 User Manual
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- 1 Spare Parts
Initial Impressions and Aesthetics
I may not be a “Star Wars fanatic,” but even for me the T-Storm in the white and black finish is a damn good looking device. Especially if you’re into that super clean modern aesthetic, this easy fits into that category. For a rectangular-shaped mod there aren’t any harsh edges on this device.
Initial Impressions and Aesthetics – Cont…
Rather than rehashing an old design concept, (cough, cough… D-Barrel) SMOK made the T-STORM a refreshingly unique concept for this limited release.
The wattage adjustment buttons are brilliantly incorporated into the design. That’s more than I can say for most of the mods on the market. I love when a company takes both form and function into consideration.
In classic SMOK style the T-STORM utilizes alarge side fire bardesign that’s both clicky and responsive. It functions like it should when pressed in the middle to top section of the bar. Further elevating the T-Storm and separating it from the pack of the other limited releases. I’m a big fan of the side fire bar and happy to see it implemented in the T-STORM concept.
Now as much as I love the wattage and fire bar design. There is a part of design that irks me. The two round button shapes that are in fact not buttons at all. I realize they are visual components that make the mod resemble the stormtrooper look but I wish these could have been useful in some capacity. Maybe used as a set of menu selection buttons separate from the wattage selections. This is just a missed opportunity in my opinion.
Standout Features of the T-Storm
Strangely enough, we’re giving a shout to the zinc alloy construction. Nothing innovative to report but it is going to be a bit more impact resistant- unlike the exposed battery section on the D-Barrel. I do wish parts of the mod had some rubber over molding like the Vandy Vape Jackaroo, just to add some cushion to all this metal.
That said, the polished metal does get slippery when handling the mod and some grip would have helped a bit for usability. Not to mention the polished metal surface picks up fingerprints like it’s working the Special Victims Unit. That might be the biggest con if you’re a neat freak like me, but it’s hardly a deal breaker.
Vaping the SMOK T-Storm
Just as you would expect a 230W device to perform in 2019, there’s nothing overly groundbreaking, but nothing bad to really report here. With a complete TC suite, VW, and Memory modes the device offers a user-friendly experience to most levels of vapers. This “new” linear menu structure is likely a disappointment to SMOK veterans, but overall, it does what it needs to without much fuss.
Now I haven’t anything on hand to really test the 230W limit of the device. I did throw on a 0.17ohm coil rated for 150W from my LUX Vape tank. Performance was great. Punchy and quick to build some satisfying clouds of vapor. However, after a short while I noticed a glaring flaw in the design.
Just like it does with my editor, the alarming lack of battery venting is a problem. And it caused the top of the mod to get hot to the touch when operating at 150w … even for a short while. The T-Storm could definitely use a heat sink or another material where it comes in contact with the tank for heat dispersion.
Despite the lack of originality, the TFT display panel is bright and big. Making menu selections a breeze when making wattage or TC adjustments. SMOK goes all out with a galactic interface design that brings the space concept full circle. Complete with a small planet that “orbits” underneath the wattage selection when the device is fired.
Overall, it’s another generally positive experience – not nearly up to SMOK’s high points (namely, the X-Priv and Devilkin mods) but there’s a lot more to like than not.
-Easy to navigate, linear menu
-Intuitive fire button
– Metallic finish picks up smudges
– No battery ventilation
– Way too hot when vaping high wattage
The T-STORM represents what a “limited release” should look like — different. The 230w capacity makes this more than capable of handling most tanks and coil builds, while an easy to navigate menu, large side fire button, and bright TFT display make a user-friendly experience. Plus, I won’t go as far as to say “Star Wars” fans should buy one. But if you’re an enthusiast for certain sci-fi genres, we’re pretty sure you’ll like the look and feel.