The Stick V9 kit from SMOK is a UK TPD compliant pen-style vaping kit. If it looks familiar it’s because it’s a slightly smaller and slimmer version of the SMOK Stick V9 Max. The tube shaped V9 Stick battery is complimented with the 2ml SMOK TFV Baby V2 Tank. This can be increased to 5ml with the addition of a larger capacity bubble shaped glass that’s available but not included. There’s a wide range of stunning colours to choose from, so there’s something to suit everyone. It’s a simple device aimed at direct to lung vapers that want something small and pocket friendly to carry around.
Inside the box we get the tank and stick mod, a USB cable for charging, a spare parts bag and an instruction manual. There’s 2 different Baby V2 coils supplied, both are 0.15 ohms but there’s a mesh coil and a quad coil version. The whole set up including the tank is around 14cm tall, so it’s not a large set up at all. With a 24.5mm diameter it’s small enough to easily slip in your pocket and the weight is light compared to a lot of box mods. It’s constructed mainly from stainless steel so should prove to be robust and hard-wearing in normal use.
It’s equipped with a powerful built-in 3000mAh battery, which is more than up to the job. If you vape often and all day then it’s not going to last you until bedtime. For a night out on the town or to use on breaks at work it’s perfectly adequate. The battery life indicator will show clearly when the battery is running low. It will display three different colours depending on your remaining battery life. Green for more than 70%, orange until you are down to 30%, then red for the remainder. When the voltage is lower than 3.3V it will blink rapidly indicating you need to charge the device.
While it may appear a very simple device on the outside, it does have all the protections of a more complex mod. Low voltage protection, short circuit protection, low resistance protection and an 8 second cut off are all present and correct, so it’s far safer than using a mechanical type tube.
Filling the tank you just simply push the button on the top edge of the tank to slide the top over, there’s some nice sized fill ports that make filling a breeze. Flavour is very similar on both coils, although I preferred the 0.15ohm quadruple coil just a little. I think the vapour was just a little thicker and the flavour a bit more rounded out. There’s nothing to complain about with either though, my favourite liquids tasted excellent and both coils have decent life overall. The vapour from the V9 is quite cool and I enjoyed the tank best with the airflow cut down a bit. As you can’t adjust the power on these types of stick mods, then that’s going to be the only way to get it vaping how you like it. Thankfully the airflow adjustment works well and has a stopper at each end. If there’s a downside to this tank it’s that the airflow can be a little noisy, it’s nothing that’s going to be a deal breaker but in quiet surroundings it can be a bit off putting, so it’s worth bearing that in mind. Overall though, the performance of the tank is very good and better than some other similar offerings from other companies.
There’s clearly a big market for these kind of kits, they are an ideal option for vapers just stepping into direct to lung vaping and for those who want something powerful and portable on the go. The S1 and S2 coils have been designed specifically to use with the V9 Stick giving you a satisfying vape without needing the kind of power that would kill the battery life. I think they’ve achieved that and it does give a surprisingly decent battery life overall. The airflow feels well matched to the coils and power, especially when reduced a little. On top of that, the leak-proof, locking top fill system works perfectly. The wide-bore Delrin tip is comfortable and helps keep it cool on your lips. At around £39 it’s a cheap way to get into the wonders of DTL sub-ohm vaping. For vape satisfaction it does a pretty good job of holding its own against much more expensive and bulkier set ups too. If you can live without (or prefer not to have power adjustment) then the Smok Stick V9 is a great choice. It’s simple, fun and performs really well overall.