Smok Stick V9 Max Kit | Review

A not quite so 'Max' vape experience.

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Smok Stick V9 Max Kit Review

Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

SMOK Stick V9 Max is the newest addition to the ever-present and very popular SMOK Stick line.

It features a 4,000 mAh battery – which is huge for a vape pen. It also comes with a versatile sub-ohm tank which can hold up to 8.5 ml of juice and is compatible with a variety of coil-heads.

The Smok Stick V9 Max Kit is available in 6 colors – Black, Gold, Stainless Steel, Red, Blue, and 7 Color.

The Good

Good build quality, easy to use, large battery capacity, an option of coils.

The Bad

The bubble glass is too wide (and ugly), the S1 mesh coils are too airy, and there’s a noticeable drop in voltage when the battery is >70%.

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for a tube kit that has an extensive juice and battery capacity that uses mesh coils, the SMOK V9 is not a terrible kit. However, it is somewhat let down by its hideous bubble glass, and overly airy coils.

7.1

Disclosure: This product was sent to us by Vapesourcing for the purpose of this review.

Stick V9 Max Battery Specs

  • Size: 87.8 x 28mm
  • Weight: 133.5g
  • Battery Capacity: 4000mAh
  • Voltage Range: 3.3V – 4.2V
  • Output Voltage: 2.5V – 4.1V
  • Output Power: 60W (Coil Resistance – 0.15ohm)
  • Resistance Range: 0.13ohm – 2.5ohm
  • Charger Output: DC 5V 1A
  • Charging Voltage: 5V
  • Charging Current: 0.66A
  • Fire Button
  • LED Indicator Light for Battery Percentage

Stick V9 Max Tank Specs

  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Size: 35 x 54mm
  • Weight: 88.5g
  • Capacity: 8.5ml
  • Thread: 510
  • Locking top fill
  • Sliding top fill
  • Adjustable bottom airflow

Stick V9 Max Kit Contents

    • 1 x Stick V9 Max Battery
    • 1 x Stick V9 Max Tank
    • 1 x Baby V2 S1 0.15ohm Single Mesh Coil (Pre-installed)
    • 1 x Baby V2 S2 0.15ohm Quadruple Coil
    • 1 x USB Cable
    • 1 x User Manual
    • 1 x Spare Parts
Design7.0
Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

The SMOK V9 Max battery has quite an understated design for SMOK, and it’s similar to the Stick Prince in its styling. It has the same flared bottom for stability and a diamond-shaped fire button.

However, the SMOK V9 Max is a damn sight larger in size, living up to its name. It has a 28mm diameter and is 88mm in length, but a massive 4,000mAh capacity battery justifies those whopping measurements.

Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

The Stick V9 Max also has the LED indicator embedded in the fire button, which will light up every time you press the button, and also acts as a battery gauge (more on this later).

As for the tank that’s included in the V9 Max kit, it also has a remarkable resemblance to a previous SMOK; it’s basically a larger version of the TFV8 Baby V2. Actually ‘larger’ is probably underestimating it a bit, this thing is gigantic. It obviously has the same 28mm diameter to match up to the battery but is also 35mm in length. However, all that size brings a whopping 8.5ml juice capacity! That’s the largest I’ve come across in a sub-ohm tank.

Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

That capacity is aided somewhat by the quite absurdly bulging bubble glass. I’m all for bubble glasses in tanks, they add extra capacity and most don’t look out of place, but this one is like some kind of goldfish bowl. It also protrudes so much from the device, which is a tube mod not offering the most stable protection – it’s just an accident waiting to happen.

Overall it would be a nice looking kit if it wasn’t for the excessive bubble glass bulge.

Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

Build Quality

There’s not much to complain about with regards to build quality (which isn’t always the case with SMOK).

Not just due to size and weight, but this whole device feels sturdy. The fire button has decent responsiveness to it.

The only real issue I have with it, as mentioned above is the fact it might be too easy to damage the bubble glass.

Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

Portability

You already know what I’m going to say…right?

The SMOK V9 Max is not built for portability, and it’s certainly one of the largest and heaviest vape pens on the market. There’s no slipping this device directly into your pocket unless you really want people to think you’re overly pleased to see them.

Features7.5
Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

The SMOK V9 is direct output device capable of powering up to 60W on a full battery.

It has a 4,000mAh capacity battery, but sadly only has a charging input of 0.66A, so it’s not the fastest to recharge.

It has built-in safety features with an 8-second cut-off, Low voltage protection, Lithium battery protection, and short circuit protection.

The LED indicator light on the device which goes around the fire button acts as a battery gauge, with three simple colors:

  • Green = 70%
  • Orange = 30%–70%
  • Red = <30%
Tank7.0
Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

The V9 Max tank has triple bottom airflow and an 8.5ml capacity.

It comes with a proprietary Delrin drip tip which is like a sleeve that slots over slips the extended metal chimney of the atomizer. So, unfortunately, there’s no using your own.

The filling mechanism is the same as we’ve seen on past SMOK tanks, with a swivel-style top cap. There’s a small button you need to press to unlock the top cap and push it open. It does seem to feel more secure and function better than the one on the SMOK TFV4.

Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

Coils

The V9 Max tank comes with two different coil-heads called the S1 and S2.

The first is a single mesh coil which has masses of airflow. The second is a quadruple coil-head, which means it’s a dual parallel wrap coil.

Of the two coils, the mesh is the better performer, but it’s far from amazing (more in the performance section below)

Both coils are rated at 0.15ohm, which is the lowest resistance the V9 Max battery supports.

Performance7.0
Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

There’s not much to fault with the performance of the SMOK V9 battery; it does exactly what you’d expect of a tube mod. It’s easy to use and has decent power.

However, because the mod is a direct output device and the tank utilities low ohm coils I do feel a slight noticeable drop in performance when the battery enters the 70-30% range.

As for the V9 Max, it does deliver on the vapor and flavor front, particularly with the S1 mesh coil head. However, I’d put this down to it it just being a mesh coil, and certainly wouldn’t class it close to the likes of the Freemax Mesh Pro coils.

Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

Part of the reason may be that the coils are just far too airy. You really have to close down the airflow to get a warm, flavorful vape, which you can do with the tank, but it’s not ideal. If SMOK released it with a dual mesh coil that wasn’t so open, I think it would perform far better.

The S2 coil-head has abetter draw as it is more on the restrictive side, but sadly the quadruple coil head just doesn’t match up to a mesh coil when it comes to flavor. It’s not a bad vape, but nowadays there are so many excellent mesh sub-ohm tanks and coils on the market, that just perform better.

Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

As for the 8.5ml capacity, well the V9 tank really needs it. It’s undoubtedly a thirsty tank, and to be honest, I was getting through juice at the same rate as an average sized sub-ohm tank with the S1 coil.

Overall I think the tank lets the V9 Max kit down a little bit, at the moment I believe SMOK is a bit off the pace when it comes Mesh coils. However, it’s still not a bad vape experience.

Good Vibes

  • Great sized battery
  • Easy to use
  • Good build quality
  • Feels solid in the hand
  • Easy top fill system
  • Large juice capacity
  • Smooth airflow

Bad Vibes

  • Bubble glass is too wide
  • Performance drops at >70% battery
  • Too much airflow
  • Drinks juice
Smok Stick V9 Max Kit

Verdict

The Smok Stick V9 Max Kit did provide consistent vaping experience, but sadly it was not one that blew me away.

I would’ve really liked the whole design of the kit if it wasn’t for the hideously oversized bubble glass.

Even though it comes with an impressive 4,000mAh battery capacity, I was disappointed that the performance dropped as soon as you hit the amber light at 70%.

It can certainly pump out the clouds with either coil, but I feel it’s at the expense of flavor — especially when compared to other mesh sub-ohm tanks on the market.

The V9 Stick may be ‘Max’ in size, but unfortunately, it isn’t ‘Max’ when it comes to vape experience.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
7.0
Features
7.5
Tank
7.0
Performance
7.0
Cost
7.0
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