The new SMOK Mico Kit is one of a new wave of tiny, lightweight vaping devices. The Mico pod kit is simple to use and light enough to wear around your neck on the supplied lanyard. There’s many times when carrying a large box mod around isn’t convenient, so there’s an obvious appeal, but is the performance really good enough to replace your larger mods and tanks?
The SMOK Mico Kit is available in seven swirly colours, I have the Prism Chrome version and it’s a lovely teal and dark red colour on the sides with a chrome finish around the edge. As far as looks go, it’s a big thumbs up from me. You get two pods supplied, a 1.0 ohm standard coil and a 0.8 ohm mesh coil. Both pods hold 1.7ml of e-liquid. They have the mouth pieces built into the top, so there’s no standard drip tip. There’s a USB cable for charging and the lanyard to hang your Mico around your neck. You can of course just put it in your pocket if you don’t like this idea.
To turn the device on you just move the switch to the on position, the Mico is an automatic draw activated device, there’s no fire button to do the 5 clicks that you do on most devices to turn them on. Inside there’s a 700mAh battery, which honestly isn’t much, but in a device this small is what you might expect. Build quality overall is fine, it’s functional and works as it should. It’s really nice to hold, all the edges feel smooth and it’s small enough to hide inside your palm if some discretion is needed when vaping.
The Mico is an open system meaning you can use any of your favourite liquids, but I would recommend a 50/50 high nicotine salt liquid to get the best out of it. I’m using the Pacha Mama Salts which work really well in these pods. To fill the pod you just remove the little bung and put the tip of the bottle in there. The pods hold 1.7ml of liquid which should last most, if not all, of the day with a 20mg liquid.
I took the Mico out and about for a few days and the flavour was really good and impressive for such a small device, all the different flavour notes were there. While it’s a slightly different vaping experience to using one of my favourite tanks, it’s really not far off in terms of the quality of the flavour. I tried out the 1.0 ohm coil first and the vapour production was surprisingly high and very satisfying. Switching to a lower mg liquid and using the 0.8 ohm mesh coil for DTL, again the flavour and vapour production was impressive, but I found the lifespan on these was not as good and seemed to burn out fairly quickly.
With the 1.0 ohm coil and a high nicotine liquid, I think the performance of the Mico is very good. It’s a very satisfying vape from just a few puffs and that’s a big plus as it will save both your liquid and battery life during the day. While you can use it for a restricted DTL vape, for me it just doesn’t really work for that. The mesh coils aren’t that great and I was burning through battery life and e-liquid more quickly than the 1.0ohm counterpart. If you need to keep charging and refilling during the day, it takes away a lot of the positives of the device.
For under £25 it’s a bit of a bargain and as a MTL stealthy vape with a high nicotine, it works brilliantly. My e-liquid was lasting all day and I only had to give the device a quick charge up in the evening. There’s also a 1.4 ohm coil available separately. It isn’t included in the kit which is a shame, because I think that might be the best coil to use as it should give you even better battery life. I’m not sure I could use the Smok Mico as my only all day device though. It could suit someone new to vaping, but for me it would work best as a second set up for walking the dog, popping to the shops and things like that. It’s easy to grab and just chuck around your neck and for the low cost it’s perfect for those times you don’t want to carry a larger set up.