Last Updated on January 23, 2018 by Team Spinfuel
Nearly everyone (nearly? -ed) here at Spinfuel VAPE loves the SMOK TFV12 Prince Tank, (review here) but we also agree that the thing is kinda big – bigger than some people prefer. Thankfully, for those seeking high performance in a more reasonably sized package, we just caught word of the SMOK TFV12 Baby Prince – a versatile sub-ohm tank with some intriguing things going for it.
But first, let’s address the name…
A year or so ago, SMOK introduced the TFV12 Cloud Beast King. (review here) It was a commanding title, and certainly a demonstrative vape tank. But once you name something “King” it implies everything else is secondary. Yet, when the TFV12 Prince debuted late last year, it trumped the king in almost every department, from flavor, to vapor production, to coil performance and more. In short, the Prince usurped the throne.
Now consider this – a “prince” is the son of a king, meaning he is the king’s baby. A “baby prince” would effectively be a grandchild, and not have a title. Did SMOK really want to label things this way? It’s not clear, but I recommend the company’s marketing team find something new for the next batch of TFV atomizers.
Now, for more vaping-related things…
At first glance of the promo pics, the Baby Prince seems exactly like one would expect. This 4.5mL capacity tank holds plenty of juice and has the same general appearance as the original Prince, right down to the attractive resin “cobra” coil. With a growing array of colors, the Baby Prince will likely match one or mods in your collection.
(Especially if that collection contains mods that are stainless, black, purple, gold, prism blue, rainbow metallic, or something called “auto pink.”)
Despite the more diminutive stature, the TFV12 Baby Prince is still a substantial atomizer, with a 26mm diameter and wide, bowed-out glass section to ensure you don’t spend half your day refilling the tank. The large 810-style resin drip-tip and button-release top cap are also identical to the full-sized Prince, just shorter.
You will also enjoy full bottom-airflow control, which is standard issue, but allows you to open up for massive cloud production.
However, things get a little different when you take the Baby Prince apart.
Why the Baby Prince is such a versatile sub-ohm tank
I have to tip my cap to SMOK. Though I’m not sure if they’re listening to ME, per se, they certainly seem to accept feedback well. In the past, the company has been criticized for introducing too many similar-but-proprietary coil types to the market. For example, the fine, but unnecessary X-Baby from last summer, which had its own coils, despite sharing a ton of DNA with the other Baby devices.
This time around, SMOK got it right by making the Baby Prince fully compatible with any and all Baby Beast coils. If you have a bunch lying around from last year, get them ready, because they’ll work really well inside this little powerhouse of a tank.
And, to sweeten the pot, SMOK is also introducing three new Baby coils, optimized for the Baby Prince:
- Baby-Q4 Quadruple Coil
- Baby-T12 Red Light Coil (which emits a light within the tank)
- Baby Mesh Coil
We’re not TOO excited by another device that lights up – we’d much rather see money spent on improving vape quality, not drawing attention in public places. But that’s just us, and if the Red Light coil vapes well, then all illumination will be forgiven.
(More interesting is that the Red Light coil is described as “duodecuple” – a new term to these ears, but definitely something we want to test for flavor and vapor quality.)
We’ve seen a lot of buzz lately about mesh coils, and we’re certainly interested to see how this one vapes in comparison to the company’s proven line of cotton offerings. We’re also a little surprised that SMOK chose the aging Baby Beast line as the ideal way to introduce this new coil-type to market – then again, we’re also THRILLED the company isn’t leaving behind huge groups of customers, simply to introduce the next “next big thing.”
In other words, not only is SMOK committed to honoring those who’ve bought their previous “must-have” devices, they’re giving customers a chance to use them anew, with a few new SKUs added to reinvigorate the brand. Well done, SMOK – our fingers are crossed they will vape as well as we expect.
There is no word on a new RBA deck attachment, but I would imagine older Big Baby RBA decks would work fine on the Baby Prince, as well.
So, will the SMOK TFV12 Baby Prince make a mark as a truly versatile sub-ohm tank, worthy of your time and money? Time will tell. But thankfully, we won’t have to wait too long, because the Baby Prince is on its way to us, and testing will begin right away. Stay tuned for a complete breakdown of the tank itself, the coils, and where the Baby Prince fits into the pantheon of SMOK products, good and bad.
SMOK TFV12 Baby Prince specs:
- Material: Stainless steel
- Height: 53.7mm
- Diameter: 26mm
- Liquid Capacity: 4.5ml
- Thread: 510
- Color: Matte Black, SS, Purple, White, Auto Pink, Gold, Green, Red, Prism Blue, 7-Color
SMOK TFV12 Baby Prince contents:
- 1 x TFV12 Baby Prince Tank
- 1 x V8 Baby-Q4 (0.4Ω Quadruple coils, pre-installed)
- 1 x V8 Baby-T12 Red Light (0.15Ω Duodecuple coils)
- 1 x V8 Baby Mesh Coil 0.15Ω
- 1 x Replacement Glass Tube
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Set of Spare Parts