The Smok H-Priv 2 is arguably the best box mod of 2018. It’s gone through various issues over the last few years, but Smok has finally managed to bring it back to the masses. The Smok H-Priv 2 makes a number of bold promises when it is presented to the world, but does it manage to live up to those promises?
I’ve run the rule over this device to find out if Smok have really allowed for the triumphant return of a hero or if they’ve fooled you all and are just blowing smoke. This Smok H-Priv 2 review will let you know all there is to know about this box mod.
Most importantly does it offer a useful start kit for those who are dipping their toes into the world of box mods?
Before You Buy A Box Mod
Before I delve into the important aspects of this Smok vape mod, I need to just cover a few things first. First question is…Who should be buying a box mod?
Box mods tend to be aimed towards slightly more experienced vapers. If you’re only just getting into the vaping scene, then it might be more beneficial to use a simpler device, such as the Smok Rolo Badge before trying a more complicated and higher performance device like the Smok H-Priv 220w.
In addition, it’s important to consider exactly what you want from your vape. If you’re looking for a no-frills easy-to-use device to help you quit smoking without having to worry about much device maintenance, then it might be better to look for a simple vape pen starter kit.
However, if you are not a novice vaper then a high-tech box mod like the Smok H-Priv 2 225W might be just the kind of device you require to facilitate your vaping needs.
The Smok H-Priv 2 225W
[Updated from 220W]
The H-Priv 2 225W is the followup to the original Smok H-Priv 220W. Offering the ability to choose between 1W and 225W for the power output it gives you the opportunity to customize your vaping experience. It also has a temperature of 200° F and 600° F, you have plenty of options available to cater to your vaping desires.
The H-Priv 2 225W is designed for people who are new to box mods but still want a high-performance device with plenty of options. If you’ve never used a box mod before but want to experience a superior vaping device then the H-Priv 2 might be the device for you.
- The ability to customize power output
- The ability to customize the temperature
- It comes supplied with a tank
- It has a number of safety features installed
- Fire button could be a bit bigger
- Firmware may require updating before you start using it
Smok H Priv 2 Specifications
The Smok H-Priv 2 225W has a set of specifications that can stand up to a lot of other devices on the market, even those near the top of the range. This is what it has to offer you, the user:
- A power output of between 1W and 225W
- A temperature range of between 200° F and 600°F
- A resistance range of 0.1ohm to 2.5ohm
- Powered by two 18650 batteries
The features that are included with the H-Priv 2 225W are extensive. For a starter kit it offers you an excellent range of features to really get the most out of your vaping and while the initial set up can be a little bit daunting, once you have got used to using the device it does become a very easy device to use.
Before we get into customizing your vaping experience, we’d like to mention that the Smok H-Priv 2 has 9 amazing colors and styles to choose from. From subtle low key colors to vibrant loud colorways, it’s your choice!
The H-Priv 2 allows for a good amount of customization. The power output can be set to any value between 1W and 225W. This allows you to find the level that you feel most comfortable with and you can then vape however you feel most comfortable. This should provide enough of a range for most people and as it is a starter kit then it should offer more than enough for beginners.
The temperature is a similar story to the power output. With the ability to set the temperature between 200° F and 600°F it gives you the chance to find what temperature you’re comfortable with and then you can get exactly the vaping experience you want.
The power and temperature customization features are extensive and in line with most other devices on the market, with the upper limit of the power output being one of the highest on the market. There are other devices that increase on this by 100W and above, but they tend to be specialized devices for vapers who have specific desires.
General Usage Features
The fire button on the Smok H-Priv 2 225W is large and easy to get to. There is no worries about missing the button on this device. It has been created large specifically to ensure that you won’t miss the firing button when vaping and can easily use the device without having to watch what you’re doing the whole time.
It also has an OLED display located on the top of the device. This is vital due to the level of customization that is on offer. Without a display it would be difficult for you to tell what power level and temperature you had the device set at and could get a burnt taste if you have it set too high. The display itself is clear and easy to read and it will help you to keep the device set at the right level for you.
The device is powered by two 18650 batteries that offer an excellent battery life. More so when the device is being used at lower power levels, it can provide a battery life of up to 12 hours on higher power levels. This means you can take your device out of the house with you without having to worry about bringing extra batteries or finding somewhere to charge it in the middle of the day.
The included Big Baby Prince tank also has a capacity of 6ml, or if you are inside the EU then the device complies with TPD regulations and offers a 2ml tank.
First up are the safety features that the H-Priv 2 offers. The most technologically advanced feature that is included in this part is the intelligent atomizer recognition. This will ensure that a safe power output is set as standard to help ensure you don’t put yourself in harm’s way when vaping.
Following up from this is the puff monitoring system. This allows you to know exactly how many puffs you have left in your device. There is also the short circuit protection which as the name suggests ensures that there are no bad circuits within the device.
The final three features all work hand in hand to ensure that you don’t damage the device or yourself with your usage. The 10 second shut off, overheating protection and over discharge protection are all self explanatory. They all work together to make sure the device isn’t being damaged due to constant use.
If you have a tendency to use your vape to the extreme and end up going through a lot of replacements, then the H-Priv 2 might be the device to help your devices last a little bit longer.
We’re Not The Only Ones That Love This Smok Vape Mod
The H-Priv is one of the most well reviewed devices on the internet. Most reviewers out there give it a good review, but perhaps most importantly people who have bought the device feel that it provides a above average performance and vaping experience.
Other Box Mods To Consider
In terms of alternative devices there are a lot of others on the market. I’ve chosen three for you to look at that offer similar and in some aspects superior performances to the H-Priv 2.
Venvii Baby Ness Box Mod
The Venvii is priced at a similar level to the Smok H-Priv 2. It offers a smaller maximum output than the H-Priv 2 but to compensate for this it is much simpler to use. It also has an ergonomic design so it will fit into your hand quite comfortably.
If you’re used to using an easy to use an easy to hold device, then the Venvii Baby Ness will probably offer a smoother transition than the H-Priv 2 would. It probably won’t offer you as much scope for customization as the H-Priv 2 will.
SMOANT BATTLESTAR 200W TC BOX MOD
The Battlestar offers almost exactly what the H-Priv 2 does in terms of features and specifications. With a variety of safety features, customizable power levels and customizable temperature levels, the Battlestar does seem very similar to the H-Priv.
The biggest difference is that the Battlestar is priced at a much lower level than the H-Priv 2. While it is cheaper, the maximum power output only goes up to 200W and the build quality in general for the Battlestar doesn’t feel as good as with the H-Priv 2. For a vaper on a budget though, the Battlestar might be the choice for you.
Smok X-Priv Baby Kit
The Priv Baby is the smaller version of the H-Priv 2 in many ways. It offers the same features as the H-Priv 2, but scaled down. The power output is fully customizable but only goes to a maximum of 80W.
It does excell over the H-Priv in one specific way though, the display on the Priv Baby is significantly larger and in HD. This means that the settings are much clearer on this device than on the H-Priv 2.
The H-Priv 2 220W is a respectable device that offers everything you need to to get into box mod game. Coming supplied with both the mod box and the tank, it’s ready for you to get vaping right out of the box.
If you are new to using mod boxes and want a device that will give you the opportunity, then it is a great choice for that. It offers the ability to customize it to a level you will feel comfortable with and there are a great number of safety features included.
This all comes together to make the Smok H-Priv 2 a device that will suit you if you are just starting to take an interest in box mods and it will grow with you as you become more comfortable with the device.