Best SMOK Coil - Flavour and Cloud Guide
Vape coils are a vital part of any e-cigarette kit, acting as the heating element. When you press the fire button or auto-inhale through the mouthpiece (depending on your device), the power from your battery will begin to warm up the coil through electric current, turning the e-liquid into vapour, which sits in the tank or pod chamber. SMOK remains one of the best for creating effective coils that do the job required so a vape can consistently perform at an efficient level. For an in-depth explanation of everything about coils including the Ohms law, how long they last and much more, read our comprehensive guide. Essentially, the goal is to select a vape coil that achieves maximum flavour and stellar cloud production without a burnt taste.
SMOK continues to lead the light in coil technology, developing a thin piece of coil wire that comfortably fits your vape kit. With the correct priming and carefully selecting the ideal material for mouth to lung or direct to lung inhalation, you’ll have the best set-up to vape awesome clouds and enjoy some delicious e-liquids. However, before all of that, you need to know the different coil wire types available in the UK and which SMOK tends to go for when designing the latest pods and mods.
Different SMOK Coil Types
All vape coils fall under two categories - standard wiring and mesh wrapping. The latter is becoming more popular with cloud chasers and Sub-Ohm enthusiasts because it creates a larger surface area using more wire to enhance flavour and cloud production. Each wire is made with different material, providing benefits and drawbacks for vapers based on how they resist electrical current and create the charge needed to heat the e-liquid. Some coil types like stainless steel boast a fast ramp-up time. Meanwhile, Kanthal remains a popular choice for its availability and affordable price. You also have other types, such as nichrome and titanium, so it depends on personal preference. Before purchasing your vape coils, carefully consider the material and whether it's safe to use because some may cause an allergic reaction, regardless of whether that's from SMOK or another manufacturer.
What’s Your Preference - Large Cloud or Maximum Flavour?
Vapers join the community for all sorts of reasons. The obvious ones are to quit smoking and use a nicotine alternative. However, other ideas spring to mind - whether that’s enjoying the sight of big voluminous clouds of vapour, seeking more flavour and choices compared to cigarettes ( you have so many e-liquid options from Cola to Melon) or to help you save money. With SMOK coils, because you have so many to pick from, it can prove a challenge to narrow down your choice. Predominantly, vapers seek large cloud and maximum flavour together, but this can depend on the coil type. Sometimes you get a mesh coil that’s tailored more towards vapour production based on the resistance. In contrast, a mouth to lung coil with high resistance would offer a relatively small amount of vapour on a low wattage setting with your vape. Using a high PG ratio e-liquid provides a slightly less sweet vape but brings out the maximum flavour from your e-liquid, whether that’s banana, chocolate or tobacco.
Best SMOK Coils - 2021
1. SMOK Nord 4 RPM 2
First up, we have one of our favourite coils for the SMOK Nord 4 - the RPM 2 0.16 mesh coil, which packs some serious flavour. What’s great about this low resistance Sub-Ohm coil is when you vape it at the recommended 40W, it kicks out lots of clouds too, so a nice mixture of vapour and flavour. They can last up to a week, but it depends on how often you vape the RPM 2 0.16 mesh coil. You also have the option of a 0.6 MTL coil in the RPM 2. However, the coils in the RPM pod are better for mouth to lung vaping as they’re more restrictive and have a higher resistance. Therefore, they work better with nic salts and higher-PG e-liquids.
2. SMOK Nord 4 RPM Coils
The SMOK Nord 4 is one of the most compact, reliable and affordable pod-mod kits on the market in 2021. A key reason for its success and popularity has to be the versatility of this device, the first in the Nord series to offer equally impressive DTL and MTL vaping. This is due to the ring outlet, which twists to find the perfect vape, whichever setup you prefer. For new vapers, in particular, it’s the ideal kit to understand what wattage and resistance you like to vape. With the SMOK Nord MTL coils, the 1.0 Ohm SC is your run of the mill coil that gives enough vapour and throat hit to make you feel like you’re smoking again but reducing the damage to your lungs and body in general with a safer alternative. Meanwhile, the 1.2 Quartz coil is an even more restrictive MTL throat hit, less about vapour and more about familiarity and flavour. These work well with 50PG/50VG but are ideally suited to 70PG/30VG
3. SMOK TFV8 Baby Beast
Fans of SMOK know all about the SMOK Alien 220W mod, which delivered excellent results while it was available to vapers. Powerful and stylish, it was slowly removed from online stores to make way for the equally impressive SMOK Rigel Kit, but rest assured the TFV8 tank that came with the Alien kit remained. Inside those, you can fit a range of ‘Baby Beast’ coils, designed to prolong the life of your vape juice through economical performance. With so much choice, it’s hard to narrow down a favourite, but the 0.4 Ohm TFV8 Q2 is tough to match with 100% Japanese cotton wick. It’s a dual-core coil, so double the flavour to a standard coil and you can vape between 55 and 65 watts for a direct lung hit with a mild level of restriction. Other popular resistances include the 0.15 Ohm T8 for the same tank, which is even looser to vape and smoother on the inhale. With elongated wicking ports, it delivers large clouds to stand out in a crowd!
4. SMOK TFV9 Coils
It’s only natural to follow on with the TFV9 meshed coils after deep-diving into the SMOK neatly carried on the success of the ever-so-popular Baby Beast Coils with the 0.15 Ohm stainless steel mesh coils for the SMOK Rigel, which fires up to 230W. They also have 100% organic cotton and perform just as well as the Baby Beast coils. However, these coils are only suitable for the TFV9 tank. While SMOK does create vape coils that are cross-compatible with other devices, that’s not the case with the TFV9 coils. Designed for heavy Sub-Ohm vaping, you should vape them generously between 40 and 90 watts. Best to start slow and work your way up to prevent the risk of burning them early on. Vape at too high a wattage with high amounts of e-liquid may also cause your coils to caramelise and thicken to form unpleasant gunk.
5. SMOK Nord Replacement Coils
Still popular with vapers today despite the latest releases of the SMOK Nord range, the Nord replacement coils at 0.6 Ohms in a mesh styling and the 1.4 Ohm - ideal for mouth to lung - are available to use with the first in the series, the popular SMOK Nord and the SMOK Nord 2 pod vape system with a 1500mAh battery and 0.69 inch OLED screen. Both work well for new vapers looking for an easy to use system, but for versatility and advanced features, the SMOK Nord 4 is an improvement from its predecessors. The RPM coils above offer more flavour and cloud production. Plus, they provide versatility with compatibility in other SMOK devices such as the SMOK RPM40, the SMOK Fetch, the SMOK RPM80 and many more SMOK pod kits. You can vape with nic salts, 50VG/50PG or high VG e-liquids. However, it all depends on the coil resistance selected.
6. SMOK Vape Pen V2 Coils
Versatile coils for the SMOK Vape Pen 22 or V2, the SMOK Vape Pen V2 Coils deliver on so many levels. With an evenly distributed wider surface mesh area, the e-liquid absorbs fast for maximum results. At 0.15 Ohms, they will need regular replacement if you’re a keen Sub-Ohm vaper - because of the fast ramp-up time and frequent top-up of vape juice to satisfy cloud enthusiasts and vapers seeking plenty of flavours. With either the SMOK Vape Pen V2 or the Vape Pen 22, both vape pens perform excellently on the go, creating a convenient experience for all levels. These long-lasting coils, providing you take care of them and don’t chain vape, are best vaped between 30 and 50 watts.
7. SMOK TFV Mini V2
Once again we’re back with the spotlight on Sub-Ohm vaping as SMOK do what they do best - producing stand out coils which hit the sweet spot with flavour and cloud fanatics. The SMOK TFV Mini V2 Coils in the single or dual mesh are available at low resistance levels; A1-0.17 Ohm, A2 - 0.2 Ohm and S1 - 0.15 Ohm. SMOK recommend vaping between 90-140W, 85-105W and 40-80W respectively. So whether you’re after increased airflow with the A2 or insane flavour with the S1 or A1 coils, SMOK spoils you for choice.
8. SMOK TFV12 Prince
Compatible with the TFV12 Prince Tank, TFV12 Prince Cobra Editon and Resa Prince Tank, the TFV12 Prince coils at 0.12 Ohms (V12 - T10) and the 0.4 Ohms option (V12 - Q4) provide plenty of cloud and vaper to advanced vapers.
When you combine any of these SMOK tanks with a low resistance coil, expect big results. The best coil for the TFV12 Prince Tank depends on what you’re after from your vaping journey. This is because they provide different properties due to the resistance and structure of each coil. The Q4 boasting a quadruple core and the T10 with five Kanthal coils installed demonstrates the subtle differences SMOK make.
As you can see from the range of coil options, SMOK annually creates Sub-Ohm and mouth to lung coils with intelligent technology, which produce quick ramp-up times for large clouds of and tasty vapourised e-liquid. Which coil best suits you depends on your journey into vaping and your level of discovery to date. If you’re only recently fresh from quitting smoking, it’s more than likely you’re seeking a generous amount of vaper and a more restrictive throat hit that requires you to change coils less often. SMOK coils are relatively easy to replace, with this guide explaining how to change vape coils frequently as and when needed with minimal fuss. Another top tip - always prime your SMOK coils carefully and allow them to sit for at least ten minutes before vaping to ensure they’re fully saturated, which will help to reduce the chances of a burnt taste when vaping.
Overall, SMOK coils will last anywhere from a few days up to a couple of weeks. The dates vary because people vape at different levels of resistance and frequency daily, meaning the amount of e-liquid you inhale alters based on your vape kit performance. SMOK do their best to offer coils which comfortably fit with selected vape devices.