A little something from SMOK to whet your appetite and keep you tanked up all day long!
Always looking to keep vapers vaping and, in style I might add, the R&D team have built on the successful launch of the Alien and included a very cleverly designed RDTA that gives you 9ml of E-liquid with superb flavour, with only a slight increase in the overall height too.
So, if you’re wondering how then take a look at their latest innovation, the SKYHOOK. With a great deal of panache and built to last, this will be another welcome addition to anyone’s collection especially when you are away from home for long periods and require plenty of juice in the tank!
In a choice of six colour schemes and operating in both variable wattage mode with a maximum of up to 220W and temperature control mode, this is yet another first class kit from SMOK that’s going to grab your attention very quickly for the experience vaper.
The SMOK Skyhook kit comes in its usual smart packaging displaying the actual colour of the six available options on the front cover of each box. Also on the exterior, you will find a sticker with the barcode, Serial No, colour, plus a scratch to remove strip that shows the products authenticity.
On the sides of the box are the QR codes for the App Store and Google Play plus, the SMOK App.
On the base of the box, you will find a full description of its contents and a brief description of the device plus the tank and disclaimers.
In The Box
Skyhook 220W Box Mod
Pre-Installed Skyhook RDTA Tank
Extra Atomizer Tube for Middle Airflow
Micro USB Cable
Battery Warning Card
SKYHOOK 220W Mod Specifications
Colours: Silver, Black, Blue, Red, Gold and White
Material: Zinc Alloy
Spring Loaded 510 Connector
Size: 85mm x 44mm x 28.4mm
9ml Built-In Tank Capacity
Pyrex Glass View Port
Power Range: Max. 220W
Resistance Range: 0.1Ω-3Ω (VW) / 0.06Ω-2Ω (TC)
Temperature Range: 200℉–600℉/100℃–315℃
Adjustable Initial Resistance Technology
Intelligent Atomizer Recognition
Dual Adjustment Buttons
Puff Monitoring System
12 Seconds Cut-Off
Low Battery Warning
Micro USB Port – Firmware Upgradeable
USB Cable for Charging/Upgrading
SKYHOOK RDTA TANK
Delrin Wide Bore Drip Tip
Multiple Airflow System
Bottom-Middle Slotted Airflow Tube Sleeve
Middle Slotted Airflow Tube Sleeve
9mL Juice Capacity
Superior Stainless Steel Construction
Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
Enlarged 23.2mm Build Deck
Floating Velocity-Style Design – Two-Post Dual Terminal
2.5mm Diameter Terminal Posts
Single Coil or Dual Coil Build Configurations (Adaptor Included)
In this review I have used a selection of E-Liquids from Mighty Vapours mightily impressive range of assorted flavours. UK retailers can purchase these exquisite E-liquids and other current Premium US lines from Virtual Vapours Here
E-Liquids may contain Diacetyl (DA) and Acetyl Propionyl (AP) or other carcinogenic ingredients or disease-causing substances, so please be aware of this and seek medical advice before using any of the products used in my reviews.
People can suffer from allergies to chemicals that may be present in the makeup of certain types of E-liquids or produced in their vapour. People can become sensitive to, or even allergic to Nickel or Titanium used in Temperature Controlled designed coils.
Once Again, please be aware of this and seek medical advice before using any of the products used in my reviews. Also, check with your E-liquid supplier or the equipment manufacturers directly before purchase and use.
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Make sure you are using the recommended batteries for this device and remember SAFETY FIRST.
The SKYHOOK has been thoroughly tested in Temperature mode as well as Variable Wattage mode, for its performance, features, and any potential dry burning issues.
The model sent to me directly from SMOK is not the final production model, so please take this into account when evaluating my comments in the conclusion section at the end of this review.
Before proceeding make sure you have filled the tank and primed the coils thoroughly before use. See the section on the RDTA below for a better understanding of what is required to do this. Also, make sure you are using the correct batteries (run in series) for this kit that have been recommended by the manufacture.
SMOK have included what appears to be a delrin adaptor plug for single coil builds as well.
Press the power button five times in quick succession to turn the device on. You will see the current firmware version that is installed (V1.0.4) in this instance followed by the SKYHOOK logo.
A message on the OLED will appear asking you if this is a new coil that has been attached. Select Yes if it is, or No if you have not changed it from the last time you used it.
Use the +/- buttons to select either YES or No and press the fire bar to confirm
The screen will automatically enter wattage mode with a pre-set value of 6W, being the lowest value that the device will fire down to.
This is a positive step as other devices are initially set to the maximum output value when they are activated for the first time with the potential of frying the coil should you activate the fire bar accidentally.
The OLED screen will display all of the current parameters that the device is currently set to, and the current wattage can be adjusted by using either of the two input keys (Plus+ & Minus-) situated just below the screen itself.
Three presses of the fire bar in quick succession gives you immediate access to the main menu and the four available menus and sub-menus:
Select which one you wish to access and wait four seconds, the sub menu for each one will appear. This is the same process to gain access to any of the available menu choices and make your desired adjustments. To action any changes, simply press the Fire Bar.
POWER: Allows you to turn the device Off or On
MODE: Has a sub-menu set of additional functions: Wattage-Temperature and Memory mode (22).
PUFFS: Will allow you to set/reset the puff counter.
SETTING: Gives you access to the Screen Time-Screen Lock-Contrast-Adjust Ohm and Download functions.
You also have a locking function which only requires five presses of the fire bar to activate it or deactivate it when the device is switched on.
For a more detailed description of the menu functions and vaping options available with the SKYHOOK Kit please consult the included user manual. The menu structure itself is very straightforward and easy to navigate around.
The RDTA Deck
I’ve used the RDTA with the included build and between the optimum ranges suggested by SMOK without any sign of a dry hit so far, which is quite impressive considering this is an RDTA and not a RDA.
SMOK have preinstalled two coils already (0.3ohm) so you will only need to add some Organic Cotton and apply your preferred E-Liquid to both, fill the tank from the top by unscrewing the cap. You will also need to set the airflow controls (Side & Bottom) to obtain the best results for wicking, depending on the PG/VG balance of your liquid and the output voltage being applied to both installed coils.
The floating velocity style deck is very spacious and a pleasure to build on. The two posts are of ample size allowing you to insert your coils, make any necessary adjustments to them, and add your cotton quite easily.
The two pre-installed Dual Fused Clapton coils with a resistance of 0.3Ωs are very impressive too and a very nice addition allowing you to get started that much quicker. Situated beneath the deck itself is the main contact pin which supplies the power to heat the coils.
Check your resistances and make sure there are no signs of any hotspots that may require adjusting with ceramic tweezers on each of the attached coils. Pulse them and look for an even glow across the surface area of each one and tweak them if necessary.
Check for shorts with your Ohm’s metre (I use the Coil Master 521 Tab) before adding any Organic Cotton and juice to the coils. Once you are happy with your build place just enough cotton through each of the coils allowing you to insert it into the juice reservoir situated underneath.
Paint both the coils and the cotton with a sufficient amount of E juice once all of the checks have been completed, and don’t forget to fill the 9ml capacity tank!
To use the temperature control feature, it requires the use of nickel or titanium coils that must be built with non-resistant wire.
Do not use Ni200, Titanium, and Stainless Steel with non-temperature control devices/mods. There is a real risk of the batteries venting on you! Please make sure that the devices you are using are capable of controlling coil temperature.
For once I have little to say other than this is an excellent box mod that performs extremely well.
I think SMOK have used a different type of paint on this model compared with the Alien, so, this will help to protect it against scratches depending how you use it. After all, nothing stays the same over time.
It has a solid feel to it and sits perfectly in the hand with a fire bar that you are going to love.
With a 9ml juice capacity, RDA style deck included, and a full range of vaping options available to you as well, this is a perfect choice for people who spend time away from the home environment and a godsend for those who drive for a living that require a high performance device with minimum interaction on the move.
Cloud production is immense and excellent flavour can be experienced too. I would suggest a reduction in the height of the chuff cap as I have done on previous occasions, closing the distance between the mouth and the coils for an even more intense flavoursome vaping experience.
I’ve not encountered any spitback so far, and it’s giving me a very smooth vaping experience although wicking on occasions has left the cotton dry so be aware of this. Tilting the tank helps to solve the problem and not using to much cotton will also improve the wicking of your E-Liquids.
Another thing that may be obvious to some is that you cannot interchange tanks with this model as there is no 510 connector so please be aware of this. Maybe an adaptor could be an option here with a choice of decks as well, or ideally both could be made available in the future?
Very well specked for the price £60.00 $70.00 So be sure to check out your local B&M store to try out this latest design from SMOK.
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