Can you get more vapor at lower wattages? Our Smok Minos review will cover a new atomizer thank that will let you do exactly that. With large coils and an easy to build on deck, the Minos is going to be a vaping success story. Smok is making the best vape tanks in the business. It is a 25 mm tank with a 4 ml vape juice capacity. It has a V-shaped drip tip that switches up the airflow to create a new vaping experience.
I was excited about doing the Smok Minos review, I have to be honest. Smok products, especially their vape tanks, are extraordinary so I always have to step back and take my time with a Smok vape review. I took my time with this one and I do have a very good review, which is no surprise considering the work Smok has been doing moving the ball forward in vaping. Now that August 8th has passed we can only hope that innovation does not totally stop.
Before going any further, if you are new to vaping the Smok Minos is probably not the tank for you. It is more in the wheelhouse of experienced vapers who enjoy building their own coils. If you are new and looking for something to get you started with vaping, I suggest Green Smoke and by all means go to our reviews section and check out the Green Smoke review, or try an easy to use all in one mod like the Aspire Plato. But for those of you who want to try an awesome new atomizer tank that will deliver more vapor at lower wattages, hang around for our Smok Minos review.
Smok Minos SubOhm Tank
The Smok Minos subohm tank is nice and big with huge vaping coils. It has a 25 mm diameter, stands 36 mm tall and 44 mm tall with the new V shaped Delrin drip tip in place. The V shape is 11 mm in diameter at the bore and 5 mm in diameter at the base. This slightly condenses the vapor as it leaves the chimney and allows that vapor to expand as you draw it out to inhale. This provides an excellent direct lung hit rich in flavor and smooth vapor.
The Minos is a stainless steel construction and the most striking feature is the sheer size of the coils and RTA (rebuildable tank atomizer) base. As you can see in the image above, the atomizer coil size is almost the size of a lot of vape tanks. The coils and RTA base are 20 mm plus. The Smok Minos 25 mm kit comes with both an RTA deck, with a pre-installed spaced Clapton coil, and one pre built 0.3 ohm coil. You also get an extra glass tank and spare O-rings.
Like all Smok tanks, the machining on the Minos is very impressive, precise and ultra smooth. The Smok Minos is a convenient top fill design with adjustable airflow and adjustable e-liquid flow. The adjustable airflow is easy to adjust as is the ejuice flow. You can adjust the ejuice flow with by twisting the tank, you do not have to disassemble anything to make changes.
Smok Minos Coils And RBA Head
The Smok Minos coils and RTA deack are huge! The pre-built Q2 Minos coils are Kanthal and have a 0.3 ohm resistance. They are dual coils and have Japanese organic cotton wick. Correction, make that lots and lots of Japanese organic cotton wick! The diameter of the coil is dominated by wicking. It takes a lot of priming but when you are vaping there is so much ejuice that is vaporized that the flavor pops and the vapor production is brilliant. The amount of ejuice that can be brought to vaporization temperature is why you do not need high wattage to get huge clouds. Minos Q2 coils work best at 30 watts to 80 watts.
The RTA deck is beautifully huge. This deck will be so nice to build on. You can make some large diameter coils and just plain big coils. So even if you are a fumble fingers like me you can really get into building some enjoyable coils. The RTA deck comes with a pre-installed spaced Clapton coil. This is the first time that I have ever used a spaced Clapton. They are equally spaced so when you see it, know that its supposed to be like that and you don’t have to squeeze it together! I almost did. Let’s not talk about that.
Large Vape Coils Seem To Last Longer
I am going to tell you another thing that I find to be a huge advantage for such large coils. I noticed this when I was doing the Smok TFV8 review, too. Large coils last longer. It makes sense when you think about it. Perhaps the coil material withstands heat better because it is more dispersed. I don’t know but the coils do last longer. The wicking is very thick and also lasts longer. With the Minos you will enjoy very long lasting coils!
Smok Minos Review
I have been using this for a while for my Smok Minos review. Well, two weeks and I have been switching back and forth between the RTA deck and the pre-built Q2 coil. Both coils are still going strong. Everything assembles beautifully and there are no leaks to report.
Most of you already prime your coils but this is especially important with coil heads this huge. The Q2 coil does require some time and attention to prime. Not a lot of time, just more than you are probably used to. There is so much wick! So what you do is prime until you see the saturation through the juice ports on the side of the coil. When you assemble the tank and fill it with juice, give it a few more minutes to fully saturate.
The RTA deck comes with the spaced Claptons that are 0.3 ohms. I found the wicking to be so easy! Like seriously so damn easy. The larger diameter makes it a pleasure to wick. In second I can swap the wick to change ejuice flavors and I did so often while testing for the Smok Minos review. You can use a lot more wick than you might be used to. Wick your coil and tuck the excess underneath, prime and vape! Very enjoyable. Beautiful, smooth airflow.
With both the RTA and pre-built Q2 Minos coils, I loved 65 watts. You can go up to 80 and it will pump out more vapor, but 65 is just a beautiful, flavorful vape. I used the Minos with the Smok H-Priv, Micro 1 and others. At 80 watts, even cloudchasers might be impressed. If you want to tone it down you can go down to the minimum 30 watts and still really enjoy it though it won’t hit as hard. No matter that wattage, the flavor really shines. This is an excellent flavor tank with beautiful vapor production.
Refilling The Minos And Is The Ejuice Control Useful?
Refilling the Minos through the top fill port is incredibly easy and clean. The juice refill ports are enormous. You will go through a fair amount of juice with this 4 ml tank so you will want an easy refill. Well, one thing I can assure you as part of my Smok Minos review is that this is one of the easiest tanks to refill that I have ever tried. The reason why is the flawless threading and machining for easy access and the size of the ejuice refill holes.
I do close the ejuice flow control and the airflow control before refilling. I do that out of habit and you may not even need to with this tank. But, old habits are hard to break! So what about this ejuice control? Let’s take a look.
E-Juice Flow Control
I have used ejuice control before on the Apollo Phazer tank. I love ejuice flow control, you can amp up your vaping or easily adapt to the VG/PG ratio (hence viscosity) of your chosen vape juice. You can even tighten up the flow and use a 50/50 in a subohm tank if you are of a mind to do so. Anyway, with the Phazer you have to take the tank apart and adjust the coil itself to change the juice flow. With the Smok Minos vape tank, you can adjust it externally very quickly and with extreme ease.
I probably played with this too much while doing the research for the Smok Minos review! Once you find the juice flow you want for your e-juice there is no real need to make further adjustments. To adjust the flow you simply twist the position of the tank on the base and you will see the size of the juice port change. That’s it. At night I would close up the juice flow to make sure the wick did not over-saturate overnight. You don’t have to do that, I’m sure it is not necessary, but I still have memories of flooding tanks back in the day! The bottom line is that the ejuice flow control is a huge plus that I think will add to your vaping enjoyment.
Where To Get The Smok Minos 25 MM Atomizer Tank
Last up for my Smok Minos review, where to get it! You will pretty much always find the best prices for authentic Smok products online. As of right now I see the Minos on pre-sale on a couple of sites for around $24. I have found a vendor that is selling authentic Smok Minos tanks for about $40. That makes me think those $24 tanks I saw are fakes. I did a bit more digging and found that those vendors selling it for less did not have any type of authenticate dealer certification from Smok so I won’t mention them and I hope you avoid them.
My main concern, as usual, is clones. The clones are already flooding the market and are being sold in shops and online. That’s the thing about the online stores selling them right now, I don’t know if they are clones so I can’t recommend any of them. If you do get one from a shop make sure you check the Smok authenticity verification. I have sent out emails trying to find out who is selling guaranteed authentic product. I will never recommend clones nor will I ever send you to a source that sells clones.
When we first published our Minos review, we had not yet found an authentic seller. One of our readers, a nice guy named Larry, found an authentic vendor called Heaven Gifts. We checked them out and they are selling 100% authentic vape gear. So this is a fantastic tank with great vapor and wicked good flavor! Thanks for reading, avoid tobacco and keep on vaping! Update: Thanks to Larry, one of our readers, we have found a great, authentic vendor selling the Smok Minos for under $40. Enjoy this flavor beast!