Cutting-edge technology is what Smok offers through its all new G-Priv 220W that features an amazing touch screen with advanced display. That is the first impression I got after opening the box in which this device was delivered. Moving on, the next thing I noticed is that the G-Priv 220W works on two 18650 batteries, and you can use it in Temperature Control and Variable Wattage Modes that come with complete support for all types of firmware and wire type upgradability.
Exellent Quality Build- As mentioned earlier, the first thing that will strike you is that the Smok G-Priv 220W comes with an awesome build quality, which makes this device way superior than any other device I’ve tried so far. The G-Priv 220W also features excellent robustness as well as weight (but not uncomfortably weighty). You don’t feel that the creators have cut corners in any of the departments.
Astonishing Overall Finish – It has an immaculate overall finish, and the color scheme of red and black appears extremely attractive when combined with silver accents along with a fiber pattern on the lid of the battery compartment.
The 510 Connector- This connector is made using Stainless Steel that ensures you of its durability. The Gold-plated pin is spring-loaded so that your atomizers can sit flush without any inconvenience on the G-Priv 220W. Moreover, this device does not have heavily rounded edges, and that’s why it retains a predominant boxy shape with the edges properly chamfered.
The Touch Screen- The amazing touch screen is a beauty in itself and when you power it for the very first time you will be greeted with the Smok logo and a beautiful lens flare touch to give a dramatic effect. Also, the display is unbelievably crisp and offers perfect responsiveness when you touch the screen. However, you need to make sure that you are not careless with the device otherwise the touch screen will lose its smooth functionality and once the touch screen lose its original functionality then you will find it a bit tough to use. So better use it carefully to enjoy it the most for a long period of time.
Elegant Locking Solution- While vaping for the first time I knocked it on accidentally. As a result, my vape started getting hotter and I noticed that it had reached 80 watts above my intended 14 watts. But the best part is that I could finally manage to overcome this issue with the help of Smok, as it incorporates a refined solution so that you can unlock or lock the screen simply by holding the button right above the trigger down.
Moreover, if you are worried that the large display will drain your batteries that you can press the same button once followed by turning off the display so that the stealth mode of this device turns on. The best part is that I did not turn off the display and kept it illuminated all the time without facing any battery draining issue (it may not be the same in your case, but you have the option of turning the stealth mode on).
The Temperature Control- This feature is amazing as you can adjust the temperature within 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The Temperature Coefficient of Resistance or TCR adjustments on this device are also impressive. Since I mainly use stainless steel wire, the convenience of adjusting the TCR was a great relief for me. In fact, you have the option of heating the atomizer using the following settings- Hard, Normal, Soft, Max and Min.
The Magnets- One interesting thing about this device is its magnets. You may have faced problems with other devices whose magnets are either shoddy or start getting weak within the first few weeks. But that is not the case with Smok G-Priv 220W because it comes with 4 powerful magnets. You will also notice that the lid of the battery compartment does not wobble easily and you can easily remove the lid to place your batteries as it is held in position by the magnets. You will also find a small that that will assist you while removing the battery compartment lid, and you will get your money’ worth as this lid remains secured in its position rather than flying off without any notice.
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The Battery Compartment- This part comes with appropriate battery orientation that is clearly marked, and you will also find a ribbon that will help you with the removal of the batteries. Venting is plentiful in this device as it features 6 large air slots at the base. The base also includes The Micro USB port that allows you to keep charging the batteries through connection of the device with your PC using the connecting cable, or to receive any firmware upgrades.
Other Beneficial Functions- You will also find that the display features all the typical information that you might be looking for including Resistance, Battery Life, Wattage, etc. These are clearly displayed on the touch screen and you can access these functions quickly without any inconvenience. Although, the touch screen is not completely scratch resistant but it is not prone to any kind of scratching as it features a shatter-resistant glass.
The Squeeze Trigger- Frankly speaking, squeeze trigger fire buttons are not my thing and I was definitely not impressed when Smok features this in the X-Cube II. When I first held the G-Priv 220W in my hands, I found out that unlike most 18650 devices, this one is a bit deeper so that its sides appear to somewhat protrude, and this made me feel weird initially while using the device. The first day this problem persisted so much that I was tempted to use the thumb-activated fire button, however, with time, I got used to the device and its functions. You may feel conscious of using the squeeze trigger initially rather than pressing your thumb naturally down on the button, but over time, it will not matter anymore.
Detailed Manual- The advantage of buying the G-Priv 220W is that it comes with a detailed manual that covers each and every function in full depth. But you will find that the touch screen itself makes it convenient for you to use the functions quickly and with great ease. In fact if your grow bored of the 5 clicks, then you get the basic job done by combining the 3 click menu with minus and plus buttons along with the fire button confirmation.
The Lock Function- However, you must not forget that the lock button has to be used while setting up the device as the touch screen happens to be very sensitive and it is possible that you will be accidentally vaping at a higher wattage than you require in case you are not careful enough.
The Puff Counter- You will come across all the modern device whistles and bells in the G-Priv 220W and that includes support for all leading wire types, Temperature Control, Lock and Resistance along with the advantage of easily switching between each function. You will also find that the display shows a Puff Counter for those that are conscious of the length of toke they are taking and the frequency of the toke.
Having spent a number of days with this device, I discovered that the G-Priv 220W is excellent in its functionality and offers consistent quality performance. The resistance readings appear to be accurate and there was no problem in vaping variable wattage modes, whether I used the Kayfun5, or the GP Heron V2; even in Temperature Control Mode I found vaping to be easy while using Freemax Scylla.
The ease in using this device is its most appealing attribute and you have the advantage of swapping between functions effortlessly and quickly without facing any hassles. The initial and pre-heat resistance of this device can also be easily adjusted using the menu if you want to, and this device supports all leading wire types for your convenience.
The squeeze trigger did feel a bit uncomfortable and weird at first, but now I am used to the thumb-activated fire buttons, and it feels like second nature to me. Also, the battery life of the Smok G-Priv 220W is highly impressive as I feel that I get extra vape time using this device, something that my older 18560 dual mods were unable to offer. Because of the fact that I prefer vaping at lower wattages, it did not surprise me when I saw that the battery lasted 2 full days before I had to replace them with new ones. In fact, using the device in Temperature Control Mode made me feel that I was not draining the batteries at all.
I have been waiting for something like the G-Priv for a long time, and this device has mightily impressed me. It not only works perfectly but I feel that I cannot do without this device. I don’t have much hope in what the future mods will turn out to be, because for now, this is the only mod that I will be using for a very long time.
There is no doubt that the Smok G-Priv 220W is one of the most awesome devices that offers easy use smartphone use combines with high Temperature Control, Wattage as well as support for all leading wire types. You will find the touch screen to be incredibly useful (so is the switch enabling the lock), and operating this device will be as smooth as butter. You may feel that you are paying a little more for this device but eventually when you get this mod in your hand, you will know that it is worth the price you pay. Although, the price of this device might differ in some places, but if you take into consideration the excellent quality of this device, especially its overall build, then you will be tempted to believe that you have got your money’s worth.
A huge advantage when using this device is that its touch screen makes it easy for you to use even with shaky hands (mostly arthritis patients), and with only a few touches on the screen rather than having to press buttons constantly, you can get your job done with great ease. You might need to get used to the squeeze trigger, especially if you use thumb-activated fire buttons, however, if you are used to devices such as Smok X-Cube II then using this device will be no big deal.
The truth is that if this device was all about fancy screen then I would not recommend it to you, but Smok G-Priv 220W performs its functions flawlessly no matter which mode it is made to run on, plus you get the advantage of easy handling and usage on this stylish, well-built device. For those requiring high wattage, this device offers power range up to 220 W, which is way too high for an average individual’s requirement. If you are a modest vape user needing longer vape time then this is the ideal device for your use. The batteries tend to last as long as 2 days (full) when using a vape at 14 watts.
Finally, I believe that Smok has reached new levels with its latest product, the G-Priv 220W as it offers outstanding functions that will appeal most users. You will definitely not be disappointed if you invest in this product.
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