Geekvape Aegis Squonk Mod Review

The Aegis Squonk is one of the latest mods from popular vape manufacturer Geekvape. It is a single-18650 rugged squonk mod rated for 100 watts, and it is powered by Geekvape’s AS-100 chipset. And same as the rest of the Aegis line, the Squonk comes with an IP67 certification for dust and water-resistance.

Geekvape has a proven track record in mod manufacturing. The Aegis series includes some of the most reliable and rugged mods on the market, and the Nova was one of the best mods of 2018. The company has quietly become one of the top mod makers in vaping, so let’s see if the Aegis Squonk can live up to the standards set by previous Geekvape mods.

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First impressions

My first thought on the Aegis Squonk was that it stays loyal to the design of the series. I’ve used and reviewed the entire Aegis line and have always been a fan of their design. Outside of the fact that there is a squonk bottle in place of the usual leather cover, not much seems to have changed. I also like the screen size which is large, bright and the same we’ve previously seen on the Aegis Solo. Overall, if you’ve ever used an Aegis mod before you’ll know what to expect here.

From a size perspective, the Aegis Squonk feels just right—not too big nor too small. And while the Aegis mods are known for being quite heavy, the Squonk is surprisingly lightweight. One more thing I’d like to point out: I received just the mod for review, but it does also come in a kit version with their Tengu RDA. I’ve reviewed the Tengu RDA in the past and while it’s a good RDA, it’s not a suitable one for the kit. They should have included a single coil RDA instead.

Build quality and design

The Aegis Squonk is a nicely built and designed mod. It has the same tactical looks as the rest of the line and feels great in the hand. It features a front facing 0.96-inch rectangular black and white screen which is very clear and bright. You can also remove the bottle and back part and use it as a single battery mod, but it looks awkward without the back panel in my opinion.

I have the chameleon one, which looks pretty sleek and clean. Like all Aegis mods, the body of the mod is mostly black and has a thick rubber coating on most of it. The color option itself is only an accent panel around the side of the mod and the back where the bottle is. The panel for the chameleon one has a nice sparkle clear coat and the color itself is like “candy paint”. It changes from a hunter green to a purple color depending on how the light is hitting it. Really nice job there.

The mod features the same threaded battery cap as the Aegis and Aegis Solo. The cap is metal, and the threading is smooth. There is also a latch you can flip down and use for grip. It’s not my favorite style, but considering the IP67 certification, I can understand why they went with it. They also include a metal bar to make removing the cap easier.

There is no button rattle on this mod at all. The 510 pin is great but not centered due to the squonk bottle being removable. The diameter of the 510 assembly is 25 mm and there is still room left on both sides. I wouldn’t imagine using anything bigger on a single 18650 mod.

The USB port is stealthily hidden under a rubber plug at the side of the mod. They list 1.5-amp charging rate and, while I don’t recommend charging mods internally, I did test it just for informational purposes. I found the max charge rate to be 1.93 amps so a 2-amp rating would have been completely fair.

Features and functions

The Geekvape Aegis Squonk is packed with features and modes, just like most of their mods. You have Power mode (watts), Temp Control (SS, Ni200, Ti, and TCR), Watt Curve mode (VPC), and Bypass mode. It uses a standard TCR as well, which is fully adjustable in TCR mode but not adjustable in the presets. Overall, the mod has pretty much every mode a vaper would need without being overbearing.

Using the Geekvape Aegis Squonker

As far as the menu goes, it’s the typical Geekvape menu system. Here is a quick rundown.

  • Five clicks of the fire button to turn on and off.
  • Three clicks of the fire button to enter the menu mode.
  • Use up and down to scroll the mode and fire to accept.
  • Use up and down to adjust settings in the sub menu of each mode.
  • Hold fire to accept the mode and its settings.
  • Fire + up or down adjusts the screen brightness
  • Up + down to lock adjustment buttons but the mod can still be fired

Overall, very simple and easy to navigate—especially if you’ve used other Geekvape mods in the past.

Power mode performance

The Aegis Squonk features the Geekvape AS-100 chip. It’s the same chip used in the Aegis Solo and essentially a newer, higher power version of the AS chip used in the Aegis Mini. I do wish they would have limited it to 80 watts though, since both the Solo and the Squonk only take a single 18650 battery.

Testing on this mod was done with fully charged Sony VTC5A Batteries. They list the specs at 100 watts, 8 volts (the chip itself goes up to 8.2 volts on the screen) but don’t list an amp limit. I wish they listed all three.

The max wattage I got in my testing was 111, so their 100-watt rating is great. The amp limit I got was 34, which is above average for a single 18650 battery mod these days (the average is around 25-30). The volt limit I got with a 0.62-ohm coil was 8.31 volts, which is above their listed spec and shows that it does have a boost circuit (which is important to have for a single 18650 mod), and more than enough volts for anyone. The mod adjusts in 0.1-watt increments, but you can also hold the button to scroll quickly by one watt.

During my testing, the mod did a great job of not getting hot. It never struggled and was usually pretty accurate to about 10% high, so I’d suggest starting a few watts lower than you normally would. It’s pretty common for mods these days to hit a little high, so no big deal. You can see the full test results in the chart above.

Temperature control performance

Using SS316L wire in SS mode, I tested 4 builds.

One simple round single-coil build
One simple round dual-coil build
One fancy wire single-coil build
One SS316 mesh build

The Aegis Squonk has the full 100-watt limit available in temperature control. I was able to get a warm vape around the 430-440 F range, so it hits a little high (around 10-20 degrees). You can adjust for taste with plenty of wiggle room. It also throttles smoothly and has good dry hit protection. I get a consistent vape each time and the power lets you adjust the ramp up.

Technically, the TCR should be 92 for SS316 wire (88-92) but as with the other Geekvape mods, the default for SS mode is 105 (which is the TCR for SS304 wire). Still, the fact you can just use the default SS mode for the most common SS wire used in vaping without adjustment is a good thing, regardless of the TCR figure. Overall, it’s a very good performer in TC mode, which comes as no surprise considering Geekvape’s recent track record.

Squonk system

Let’s go over the squonk system itself now. I’ll start with how it works—and it works really well. The bottle has a nice firmness to it, but it still is soft enough. Just how you want a squonk bottle to be. You can easily see your juice level since most of the bottle is exposed on the back. It doesn’t need much pressure and it squonks down to the last drop. I really like the bottles, but note that they are proprietary, and you won’t be able to carry full spare bottles with you either because they have no cap.

The squonk 510 positive pin on the mod is unique. It is not hollow and there is a Phillips head shape channel carved into it. The liquid comes from around the sides of the pin and fills up its channels. It then enters the atomizer through the middle part of the pin. I thought it was a pretty cool idea. The squonk system is also completely cut off from the rest of the mod so you’ll never have an issue with an internal leak. Really smart design.

Now let’s talk about the not so good parts of the squonk system. There is a sliding cover on the top that exposes a fill hole with a rubber gasket. So, you can fill from the top like the Topside which is great. But you’ll need to use a thin nozzle bottle to pierce the gasket—you can’t just pour in liquid from a glass bottle or use a twist top. It also means you need to remove your atomizer since it’ll stand in the way, unless the fill bottle is really thin. A 120 mL bottle won’t fit at all and a 60 mL is a struggle. Having to remove the atomizer or worry about bottle types is a con to me. Not a major one, but it’s certainly an inconvenience that’s unique to the Aegis Squonk.

The other con has to do with removing the bottle, which is quite the chore. You have to remove the two top screws on the side of the mod and pull the whole squonk system, then slide back the fill port, remove two rubber pieces from the top which exposes two more screws, and unscrew those to take the top part of the bottle off. Then you can pull the bottle out to clean it or replace it. You’ll only need to remove the bottle once in a while to clean it or replace it, but I wish it was easier than that.

Overall, it’s a good squonk system that works well, but comes with some inconveniences which may turn some vapers off.

Pros / Cons

  • Great build quality
  • Nice rubber coating
  • IP67 rated
  • Six color options
  • Accurately rated for watts
  • Good power mode overall performance
  • Handles 25 mm+ atomizers without overhang
  • Very lightweight
  • Affordable price tag
  • High amp Limit
  • Watt curve mode available
  • Good TC performance
  • Easy to use menu system
  • Large and clear screen
  • Squonk system works great
  • No chance of internal leaking
  • Spare bottle included
  • No listing for max amps
  • Not a fan of the battery cap
  • Have to remove atomizer to fill squonk bottle
  • Squonk bottle takes a lot of work to remove
  • Proprietary squonk bottle

Verdict

Overall, Geekvape did a great job with this mod. I’ve always been a fan of the Aegis line of mods for the design and performance and the Aegis Squonk lives up to the expectations. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s one of very few (if not the only one) affordable non-DNA single-battery squonk mods that do a good temp control. I was very happy to see that.

I do have some nagging cons, but they aren’t major and have nothing to do with build quality or performance. In fact, all of them are related one way or another with what they had to do to make it modular and IP67. They aren’t dealbreakers to me, and I’ll still happily use mine after the review. If you don’t mind the extra work to fill or clean the bottle, the Aegis is easily one of the best squonk mods on the market.

Let me know what you think in the comments and thanks for reading!

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SMOK TFV16 Tank Review

By now, we all know who SMOK are. The vaping giants from Shenzen in China have been around since 2010 and I’ve lost count of how many iterations of the TFV line we’ve already seen, the latest being the SMOK TFV16 sub ohm tank on review today.

smok tfv16 sub ohm vape tank

SMOK doesn’t have the greatest reputation with atomisers with coil life being a bit rubbish and leaking has certainly been a pain in the rear for a lot of vapers in the past. But with millions of sales worldwide, there must be something that keeps us vapers coming back for more.

As of recent they have also been releasing some great products such as the SMOK Morph mod, the Nord pod system and the Infinix 2.

What Can We Expect From The TFV16 by SMOK?

The SMOK TFV16 tank is an absolute monster at 64.5mm tall and 28mm in diameter. It holds a massive 9mm of e-liquid and has 3 brand new mesh coils.

SMOK say they have changed the top filling system, meaning no more leaks and they’ve changed the airflow system to allow for even more airflow!

Will the TFV16 transport me back to the days of the original Cloud Beast TFV8 that I adored and truly be the return of the king as SMOK claim? Let’s find out!

Thank you to SMOK who sent the TFV16 over for the review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are from my own testing of the tank.

What’s in the Box?

  • 1 x TFV16 Tank (9ml)
  • 1 x TFV16 Mesh 0.17ohm Coil (pre installed)
  • 1 x TFV16 Dual Mesh 0.12ohm Coil
  • 1 x Bulb Glass Protective Silicone Sleeve
  • 1 x Glass Tube Replacement
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Spare Parts

Kit Contents

SMOK TFV16 Tank Specs

  • Base Diameter: 28mm
  • Dimensions: 32 X 64.5mm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 94g
  • Capacity: 9ml
  • Threads: 510

tfv16 by smoktech specs

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Features

Firstly, juice capacity is a massive 9ml! Great if you don’t like having to fill up too often but not so great if you happen to spring a leak.smok tfv16 handcheck

SMOK have changed up the gasket in the button locking, swing open top fill which they say will not only prevent leaking but makes the top of the tank look cleaner.

We also have a raised tank base which is much higher than what was seen on the previous TFV12 sub ohm tank.

They’ve also widened the airflow intakes. SMOK say this will provide even more space for airflow and flavour.

The TFV16 also features a 16mm resin, sleeve style mouthpiece and 3 brand new coils – two of which you get in the box.

The tank is available in 6 colours – Black Plating, Red, Blue, Gold, Stainless Steel and 7 Colour. We’ll be taking a look at the Blue version today.smok tfv16 sub tank colours

Design and Build Quality

Everything I’ve had from SMOK lately has been great quality, I found the SMOK Morph was a great example of this. The TFV16 is no exception.smok tfv16 on a mod

The airflow control ring is silky smooth without being slack enough to move by itself or if it’s nudged.

Top Fill

The swinging top fill feels really sturdy and locks with a gentle push. It also takes a fair bit of pressure to open once you’ve pushed the button so no fears that the TFV16 will spring open in your pocket and bathe you in 9ml of e-liquid.

Paint Finish

The paint finish on the tank is gorgeous and I love the deep blue colour, especially with the brushed stainless steel effect. You also get a matchy matchy resin drip tip but unfortunately it is a sleeve style tip and your normal 810 or 50 tips won’t fit.smok tfv16 drip tip

Bubble Glass and Protector

The 9ml bubble glass is absolutely massive but weirdly isn’t to obnoxious on this huge tank.

You also get a handy, yet ugly, silicone bubble glass protector in the box which I have been using as I’m clumsy and would’ve no doubt broken before I’d even finished testing the tank.smok tfv16 silicone protector

I have knocked it over a couple of times but I’m yet to see any chips or scratches appear.

I really like the overall look and feel of the TFV16. Nothing feels cheap or badly put together, in fact it has a really high quality feel to it.

My only suggestion would be to maybe make those silicone protectors in the same colour as the tank, just to take the edge off how awful it looks.

How To Change The SMOK TFV16 Coil

  • Unscrew the base then unscrew your used coil
  • Screw your new coil into the base and prime with a few drops of e-liquid
  • Screw the tank back together and fill
  • Leave to stand for 5 minutes to ensure the cotton is fully saturated

How To Fill the SMOK TFV16 Tank

  • Press the button and push the top cap open counter clockwise

How To Fill The SMOK TFV16 tank

  • Using the kidney shaped fill port, fill the tank with your chosen e-liquid

Fill TFV16 with vape juice

  • Close the cap firmly ensuring it locks into place

How Does the SMOK TFV16 Tank Perform?

For this review I’ve been using my favourite Apple Jam e-liquid which is 70/30 VG/PG and 3mg in nicotine strength.

There are three coils currently available for this tank, two of which are included in the kit. The TFV16 Triple Mesh coil is available separately.

smok tfv16 coils

TFV16 Mesh – 0.17ohm

The new TFV16 single mesh coil is 0.17ohm and rated best at 120w.
smok tfv16 single mesh coil insideI started this one off low at 80w and found it was extremely cold, even with the airflow closed right down.

Slowly but surely I worked my way up 5 watts at a time (being super careful as I know SMOK coils can be temperamental) to 120 watts and I have to say that’s definitely where I found the best flavour and cloud production.

Sure you can push it higher if you’re after a really hot vape but 120 watts was just about perfect for me.

Flavour and Clouds

Flavour was there for me instantly with this big single coil. Even with that huge airflow wide open, my juice tasted spot on.

With the TFV16 mesh coil, you do get rather a noisy vape but you can quieten it a little if you close the airflow down a bit and you’ll only intensify the flavour if you do.

Clouds are big and dense, almost ridiculously so.

Coil Life

This was the one point that disappointed me with this coil. On day 3 I knew we were nearing the end of the journey. That intermittent but all too familiar burnt taste was appearing throughout the day and by day 4 I knew I had to give in and change it.

Sure enough when I removed the coil from the tank, you could clearly see the cotton and mesh were toasted and crispy.

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TFV16 Dual Mesh Coil – 0.12oHm

The TFV16 Dual Mesh Coil is a completely different vaping experience.
smok tfv16 dual mesh coil insideIt’s rated from 80 – 160 watts but SMOK say it’s best at 120 watts.

The Dual Mesh coil has two smaller and more enclosed coils. This massively reduces the amount of airflow you get and really intensifies the flavour and saturation of the vapour.

I started out at 80 watts and again worked my way up to the recommended 120 watts. For me 120 watts is fine if you close down the airflow a little but the perfect temperature vape was 130 watts.

You can push it to 160 watts but things really heat up and I’m not sure how long you’d get from your coil at that temperature.

Flavour and Clouds

The SMOK TFV16 Dual Mesh Coil has been my favourite of the two. The more restricted airflow and the saturation of the vapour it produces really knocks it out the park where flavour is concerned. Definitely the best flavour I’ve had from any SMOK tank I’ve tried this year!

Clouds are, again, large and foreboding. You can easily cloud out a room if you chain vape for a couple of minutes. But, you can’t expect anything less from the successor to the Cloud Beast King!

Coil Life

The TFV16 Dual Mesh seems to lasting a bit longer than the single mesh coil. I’m now onto day 7 of pretty constant use and no burning taste just yet. Flavour and clouds are just as good as day one.

I’ve really enjoyed using the TFV16 as my all day tank.

Flavour is great and the clouds are really good too. I’ve had no issues other than the first coil burning out too quickly. There hasn’t been a single bit of leaking. Not even one drop!

Maybe the slight change to that gasket in the top fill system has really fixed the problem.

Something worth mentioning though, when you’re installing the coil into the tank it can be a little tricky to catch the threading at first. You need to put quite a bit of pressure onto the coil to get it to catch the threading on the bottom of the tank.

Once it catches it’s not a problem but just a little something to take note of.

Also! Just because you have a 9ml juice capacity doesn’t mean you’ll be filling up any less.

This is a crazy thirsty tank. I can empty the tank in half an hour to an hour with ease. If you plan on buying one, stock up on e juice first!

Pros

  • Big juice capacity
  • Great flavour
  • Great clouds
  • Good Quality
  • Nice colours and paint finish
  • Silicon protector included
  • No leaking

Cons

  • Hit and miss coil life
  • 28mm size will overhang on some mods
  • Sleeve style drip tip so can’t use your own

Final Review Verdict

The SMOK TFV16 is a massive tank with great clouds and flavour that is only really let down by its hit or miss coil life.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using this as my every day tank since it arrived. Although it guzzles e-liquid like there’s no tomorrow, it’s worth it for the great flavour the TFV16 puts out.

The fit and finish on the tank is absolutely spot on and the colours are gorgeous, especially with the matchy drip tips. (Even if I do wish SMOK would make their tips 810 fitting.)

My only real disappointment has been that single mesh coil. If it had lasted as long as the dual mesh coil has then I’d really be struggling to complain at all.

Overall, the SMOK TFV16 is a great stock coil sub ohm tank that can rival any other stock coiler on the market right now for flavour and clouds!

Maybe come up with a new name next time though eh SMOK? Before we’re all vaping the SMOK TFV234…

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