Smok X Cube II
Wattage Mode - 8
Temperature Control - 8.6
Bluetooth - 9
OLED Display and Buttons - 8.3
Design - 8.8
Before we take a close look at this massive box mod, let me start by saying this is not a box mod recommend for beginners or people looking for a simple device to get their nicotine fix. This box mod is packed with features and needs some learning and attention.
I got this box mod looking for a good looking device with Temperature Control and the ability to dish out a massive amount of power and I got exactly what I was looking for. This box mod is capable of 160W, goes to 180W with the new firmware version, and has a temperature range of 200ºF-600ºF (100ºC-315ºC).
In Wattage Mode, ranging from 6W-160W, supporting resistances from 0.1Ω to 3.0Ω, you’ll have more than enough power to use any sub-ohm tank and most builds on a RDA.
The +/- on top of the device allows you to scroll up and down the wattage in a very easy and intuitive way. A short press for increments of 0.1 and long press for increments of 1.0, keep the button pressed and it will increase the scroll speed.
Temperature Control ranges from 200ºF-600ºF (100ºC-315ºC) and supporting resistances from 0.06Ω to 3.0Ω. It supports Nickel 200, Titanium and Stainless Steel coils. The default coil material is Nickel 200 and the other two need to purchased trough the mobile application.
There are two features that come with temperature control. One is the Adjustable Temperature Coefficient of Resistance feature, allowing you to adjust it for an improved vaping experience. Nickel wire is 0.006, you can adjust it to your preferences. Adjustable Initial Resistance feature, because knowing even a 0.01Ω measurement error can lead to almost 10ºC difference, and measurement error can easily occur, you will be able to adjust the initial resistance if an error occurs. I’ve only used Ni200 coils so far on this device and it works perfectly.
This device comes with Bluetooth 4.0 technology, allowing you to connect your device to your mobile phone, controlling the device with the SMOK application available on iOS or Android, you’ll need iOS 7 or Android 4.3 and above.
The application has a clean and simple user interface so even the least tech savvy can enjoy all it’s features and options, from real-time vaping data, like wattage, voltage, temperature, puff duration, puff counter, to changing the LED colors on the fire button and charts with all your vaping info are stored for future consultation. The application is a nice complementary feature to the device and have been using it to change some of the settings, since the menu navigation on the device itself is a bit frustrating at times.
OLED DISPLAY & BUTTONS
The OLED display is placed on top of the device, which doesn’t hurt the design of the device but gets a little big foggy and cleaning it up is a constant when vaping with the device.
The +/- are also placed on top of the device, next to screen, and they are pretty solid. You get a nice sound when pressing them, and they don’t wobble, which is a must for me and means they won’t probably get dirt, liquid or any kind of substance inside the device from there.
The fire button or fire bar, probably the coolest and unique feature in the design of this device, is built into the device and runs down through one of the sides of the device. Pretty intuitive, after holding it in your hand, just needs to be squeezed to fire. The fire button allied with RGB LED lights integrated into it, customizable in the device although I find it easier to change via mobile application, makes it an amazing feature and a good ice breaker into a awkward conversation.
Made from Zinc and Stainless Steel with 10 centimeters in height, 6in width and 2.45in depth and weighing at 238.6 grams, you will notice it’s a rather big and heavy device, although necessary to support two 18650 batteries. It’s a stunning looking device, with a very clean and sober design and rounded edges. Allied with it’s unique fire bar and RGB LED came out one of the most beautiful device in the market. With the large battery venting holes and USB port (not for charging) located at the bottom of the device, the best place for them on this device, they don’t affect the overall design of the device. One downside to the design and construction of the device is it’s too easy to remove battery magnetic cover, I feel it gives little protection for the most important part of any electronic device.
Overall the X Cube II is a amazing device. Works amazing well in either Wattage Mode or Temperature Control Mode and this combined with a great looking design, packed with features. Has some downsides to it, like the size and weight, the frustrating menu navigation in the device itself and the too easy to remove magnetic panel. For it’s price range, it’s one of the best box mods available in the market and give a nice value for its price.