Chinese vape manufacturer SMOK is well known for their imaginative design, and product backstories that are literally out of this world. Their latest offering is the highly anticipated T-Priv, available as a stand-alone mod, or paired with the TFV8 Big Baby tank as a starter kit. SMOK T-Priv Kit
The T-Priv combines a form factor reminiscent of the H-Priv with an aggressive future aesthetic. The outer shell of the mod is a hollowed-out chassis with deeply engraved detailing. Under that layer sits the LED panels – fully customizable – that illuminate when you vape and fire the device.
The specs sheet looks very similar to other recent SMOK offerings: dual 18650 batteries, wattage up to 220 W, TC mode for nickel, stainless and titanium, and firmware upgradable. A quick search online finds the T-Priv selling as a stand-alone from $50 up to $72, and as a starter kit from as low as $57 in some China shops.
Let’s take the T-Priv for a vapetest and see how it performs!
The T-Priv kit ships in the now-standard packaging we have come to expect from SMOK. You get the TFV8 Big Baby tank and two coils, the V8 Baby Q2 and T8, to start you off. The usual spares come with the kit too – o-rings, a spare juice inlet, vape band, and spare tank glass. The T-Priv ships with the 2 mL version of the TFV8 tank in the EU. The user manual is comprehensive, and covers the feature range of the kit.
The only extras you’ll need are some 18650 batteries, and that all-important e-liquid to vape on.
The T-Priv is available as a stand-alone mod, or paired with the TFV8 Big Baby tank. This is a reliable, if somewhat thirsty, sub ohm tank that comes as standard with a range of SMOK products these days. For the rest of this review, we will deal primarily with the T-Priv mod itself. For my thoughts on the Big Baby tank, check my review of the GX2/4 kit, as well as Bill Herbst’s review of the Baby Beast tank.
The T-Priv will draw heads and split opinion. But it follows SMOK’s logic of creating eye-catching, interstellar inspired devices to the next level. Simply put, I’ve never seen a mass-market box mod quite like it before.
While aesthetics is totally subjective, form is always form. This isn’t a mod for the easily intimidated, or small of hand. It’s chunky, it’s large, and it’s a bit of a brick in the hand. Firing with the thumb or forefinger works whether you’re left or right handed, so that’s cool.
I understand why you’d position the screen up top, but it limits the size of the atomizer you could fit, which is a shame for such a chunky mod. If you’re using an RTA, or if your sub ohm tank leaks, chances are that e-juice will get on the OLED display.
Long-term, the crevices between the outer shell and the LED panels will collect grime and gunk, and I can imagine the T-Priv being tricky to clean.
Ultimately, the problem with “innovative” is that it dates quickly. The T-Priv may be a standout device right now, but in a year’s time? Will you still be rocking it?