SMOK T-PRIV 3 300W TC Starter Kit w/Prince Tank Review

By | September 29, 2018

SMOK has plunged back into the triple-18650 Mod category with the introduction of the SMOK T-PRIV 3. This 300W, Temperature Controlled Box Mod is nothing if not BOLD. The Kit version, which includes the SMOK Prince 8mL capacity Sub-Ohm Tank (and Spinfuel VAPE’s Product of the Year 2017), at first glance makes sense. But, considering the top wattage range of the Prince’s Proprietary Coil System is a mere 120W, there is a lot of wasted power inside the T-PRIV 3 if using the included Tank.

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First Impressions of the SMOK T-PRIV 3 Mod

Honestly, the SMOK T-PRIV 3 is a BIG Box Mod. However, it feels good in the hand, so it is ergonomically sound. I know that word, ‘ergonomic’, is tossed around in almost all official mod descriptions even when it shouldn’t, but here the word fits. It was lighter than it looks when I first picked it up, but adding 3x hi-amp 18650 cells I begin to feel the heft of the Mod.

The T-PRIV 3 Box Mod is  tall, with a horizontal oval shape and a hard-shell exterior with ‘slats’ that are actual cutouts that reveal a 9-Color LED lit-up strips. Turning the unit on, the 9 colors cycle through one by one on start up.The T-PRIV 3 is an exceptionally crafted Mod with a sort of ultramodern design that is also found on the original T-PRIV.  It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, if you like the design of previous T-PRIV, you’ll like the 3rditeration.

That topside OLED display is not unique to SMOK Mods. My first experience with it was the old, no defunct SMOK X-Cube  for one, and it is a design feature that must be used to accommodate the overall design of the Mod, and if you’re not used to glancing at a display to see the settings from on the top of a Mod, it won’t take long to get used it. In fact, it is actually a faster way to see the setting while vaping with it.

I was disappointed to learn that SMOK decided to make the OLED display monochrome and not follow through with a color display recently being used in just about every new SMOK Mod for the past several months.

In conclusion, my first impression of the SMOK T-PRIV 3 Mod was apprehensive at first, then turning somewhat positive once I set it up to my preferred settings. It’s hefty, but I like that in a powerful 300W Mod.

The SMOK T-PRIV 3 Specs at a Glance

The T-PRIV 3 is powered by 3x hi-amp 18650 batteries (we recommend the Nitecore 3100mAh 35A 18650 cells). SMOK is using its latest chipset for utilizing the power of the 3x cells to achieve the 300W maximum output, as well as an accurate full spectrum temperature control suite.

The Adjustment Buttons are placed beneath the display, directly onto the oval exterior body. The Fire Panel goes the length of the Mod, on the only flat side of the egg-shaped Mod, directly opposite the Adjustment Buttons. Holding the T-PRIV 3 properly allows you to press the fire panel with your index and middle finger while looking at the display as you pull the Mod away from your mouth. It is a natural and comfortable process.The topside display is 0.96 Inch, using a monochrome OLED matrix, and like all modern Mods, it provides all the essential information at a glance.

The SMOK TFV12 Prince

Like several other new models of older Mods coming from SMOK, the T-PRIV 3 is equipped with the TFV12 Prince. This 8mL capacity Sub-Ohm is truly a wonderful Tank .

The T-PRIV 3 Starter Kit includes one 0.12ohm V12 Prince-T10 Decuple Coil with a wattage range of 60-120W, though the optimal range is 80-100W, and one 0.4ohm V12 Prince-Q4Quadruple Coils which is rated at 40-100W, with an optimal range of 60-80W. There is a small voice in my head telling me that SMOK should have included a new Coil capable of at least 250W, but it’s a small voice and probably not a good idea.

The TFV12 Prince RBA

And optional, but important role in a 300W Mod

Note*For advanced coil builders, the TFV12 Prince does have an RBA head as an optional and additional purchase. This RBA will allow for higher wattage ceilings, but because none of the current LUXE or Prince-equipped Mod Kits include this RBA Head, its existence in this review isn’t reflected in any decisions or recommendations.

Considering the SMOK T-PRIV 3 Starter Kit

The Starter Kit version is roughly about $20 more than buying the T-PRIV 3 Modalone, so whether the user winds up using the SMOK Princeon the T-PRIV 3, or not, it’s a terrific price for the tank, a tank that can and should be used on another Mod. So, if you’re going to buy the T-PRIV 3 I recommend the Starter Kit version easily.

Does the SMOK lineup of Box Mods need a new 300W Mod in 2018? There are plenty of Mods on the market that reach up and beyond the 300W range, even SMOK does so with its 4x 18650 “GX 350”, the SMOKMarshall 320, or its SMOK Kooper Primus 300W(all “end-of-lifed” at this time).But, there are a couple of things I can’t shake about the T-PRIV 3. I wonder why SMOK decided to bring out another 300W+, a triple-18650 cell Mod now, and not something a bit more modern, like say a Dual-21700 Mod instead.

The SMOK Marshall Kitcame with the SMOK Big Baby Sub-Ohm, which offered the 0.15ohmV8 Baby-T8 Octuplet Coil, rated for 50-100W, which in my opinion makes even less sense the new T-PRIVwith the Prince Tank. At least the SMOK GX350 Kitoffered the TFV8 Cloud Beast with a 0.15ohm V8-T8 Octuplet Coil(6.6T) that is rated for 50W-260W, which made more sense than the Marshall’s pairing.

If these Mods and their respective Starter Kits were still being manufactured instead of vendors selling off their remaining stock, it would indicate a steady market for super high-wattage SMOK Box Mods. However, in 2017 and 2018, SMOK has been pairing lower wattage Mods and a proper Sub-Ohm Tank, Kits like the S-PRIV, the X-PRIVG-PRIV, and the Majesty, all with 220-230W with Tanks that came close to maximizing the performance of the Mods without having to go outside the SMOK line for a high-performance Tank.

I don’t begrudge SMOK for attempting another 300W Mod, it just doesn’t fit the current model of providing truly great sub-ohm tank experience with coils that rarely need more than 80W of power.

Wrapping Up

This review might sound more critical than I mean it to be. I like the SMOK T-PRIV 3, but because most of my vaping is done with the Prince tank and the Uwell Valyrian Sub-Ohm, I certainly don’t need 300W at my disposal, nor do I need to set up 3 more 18650 cells into a marriage.

Given the choice, I would stick with my T-PRIV 220W with my preferred Tanks, or even my new favorite, the SMOK Majesty LUXE Edition (A SMOK Majesty with the Prince Tank).

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