The Vape Pen 22 by Smok is one of our best selling vape pens, and it’s not hard to see why so many people love this kit when you look at its price and performance! As soon as you unbox it you’ll understand what the fuss is about – it’s simple 1-button style design and the simple, clean aesthetics make it one of the best looking vapes we offer.
So what’s in the box?
The box opens at the top and when you pull the packaging out you’ll see that the kit comes disassembled – this is a great opportunity to learn how to assemble your new kit. You’ll have the battery portion, the glass and the top of the kit on one side and two coils and the charging cable on the other side, along with a replacement O ring and rubber band to protect the glass from drops.
To assemble the kit, pull out the battery and a coil, then screw the coil into the battery. Take out the glass and the top of the vape pen and join them together – the rubber O rings make this a simple push fit. After that just screw it together. The kit’s held together by the coil – the top and bottom parts of the vape both screw into the coil which holds the vape together.
Here’s the exciting part. You get two coils in the box and they’re 0.3ohms. This stubby little pen style vape is sub ohm! 70VG/30PG juices are your friend for this kit and you can expect an experience closer to a fog machine than a cigarette.
70VG/30PG mixes will be the best option for a balance of flavour and clouds, but you’ll get away with 60VG/40PG or 80VG/20PG too. We recommend the Perfect Vape range, Dinner Lady juices and the Pacha Mama range, but any 70VG/30PG juice will be absolutely fine in this pen!
Changing the coil
To change the coil in the Vape Pen 22 it’s pretty much the same as any other vape – turn it upside down and unscrew the top part where the mouthpiece is. The glass may not come off with this piece, just gently grip the glass and pull that off too. It’s held in place with a rubber O ring so there’s no unscrewing to do. This does mean that you can only change the coil on an empty tank, or prepare to lose some juice.
When you’ve got the top and glass off, just unscrew the coil and replace it, then put it back together!
When you first use the kit, and with every coil change afterwards, add your juice by unscrewing the top where the mouthpiece is and pouring the juice up to the fill line. Screw the top back on and let it stand for 5 minutes for the cotton inside the coil to suck up the juice and replace the air. After this you’re good to go! Fill the tank up when the tank’s around halfway full to keep the coils sufficiently juicy.
The Vape Pen 22 Battery
The Vape Pen 22’s battery is 1650mAh which with a 0.3ohm coil can keep you going throughout the day. When it’s time to charge, the LED indicator will turn red, indicating there’s less than 30% battery life left. While the Vape Pen 22 features passthrough charging, meaning you can vape while the kits on charge but we’d try and stay away from doing this to keep the batteries lifespan as it’s max – if you’re not using the vape for a while just stick it on charge for a bit and you won’t be caught out without a vape. Alternatively just charge it back up on an evening!
The Vape Pen 22 features a safety cutoff for the fire button – it’ll cut out after 10 seconds if you hold down the fire button, though you’d probably not even need to hold it in for half of that time.
When charging the kit make sure you’re using a USB plug that only gives out 5V/1Amp as smartphone chargers could damage the battery. Alternatively, laptops, USB2.0 slots in computer towers and TVs are all fine to use!
We recommend changing the coil either after 14 days, or when the coil’s performance is lowered. This could be a lack of flavour or a burnt taste. If you’re using strong flavoured juices or a high nicotine strength you may not notice these changes, so a little past that and the kit will stop being able to fire the coil anyway. Your device might stop firing when the coil has degraded too far – when you push the button to use the Vape Pen 22, the light will just flash instead. This means the coil has degraded too far to use and the resistance is altered too much. This is the final step you can get to before changing the coil but it’s always best to swap it out before then.
You can make the coil last longer by waiting for the cotton to soak up juice every time you change the coil – this means it’s fully primed and there’s no dry cotton to burn. You can also get more life out of the coil by not using it as much – if you’re working from home then keep your vape in a different room and go there for “vape breaks” instead of having it around you constantly. When using the vape, wait at least 5 seconds between taking hits to give the coil a chance to fully soak up more juice ready for the next hit. Avoid using the Vape Pen 22 when the battery’s low – as soon as the red light comes on get it charged to keep it sending optimal power to the coil.
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