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The SMOK SLM Review, The Cigalike Queen/King

Simply The Best Cigalike On The Market. The Only One We Recommend For Now.

SMOK SLM Review | UPDATE: The SMOK SLM is NOT the best cigalike (tiny Pod System) on the market anymore. Check out what is and why.

UPDATE: The SMOK SLM is NOT the best Cigalike on the market anymore. The Innokin I.O is better in every way. Smaller, more battery, more powerful, more vapor… more everything. Check out our review of it.

Cigalikes are very simple objects very much like Pod systems but usually deliver less power, have smaller batteries and offer fewer options.

This is not the case with the SMOK SLM and that’s why we’re reviewing it.

Actually, unless there is some new cigalike device launched that can compete, The SLM is the best true e-cigarette on the market. So, this is the only cigalike we’re going to review. Other models don’t even compare to it in terms of power, style and value for money.

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It costs less than $20 and comes with 2 refillable pods!

$12 right now on SMOK Aliexpress store and it comes with 2 pods!

That’s a great price. Nothing to lose in trying it. Above all when you realize this thing can rival pod system and even beat some. The Juul, for example, is objectively inferior to it.

The Juul is a closed pod system (bad) with a proprietary and annoying charger (double bad), it only has a tiny 200mAh battery (the SMOK SLM is a cigalike and still has a 250mAh one) and yet is way more expensive (about $35 up to $50 vs about $20 for the SMOK SLM). And if you add the cost of the pods themselves plus the fact you have a very limited choice of flavors, well, there’s no comparison anymore. The SMOK SLM buries the Juul, plain and simple.

And yes, of course you can use nicotine salt e-liquids with the SLM. Way more than you ever could with the Juul since you can buy whichever brand or flavor you want. Not the case with the Juul.

Note to readers:

All numbers given below must be understood in relation to a device category. These numbers are thus relative. E.g. a 4 in vapor production for an All in One doesn’t mean that a Pod System which also received a 4 will produce as much vapor. We obviously don’t expect the same performance from each of these (categories of) devices. So, our scores reflect this.

4.6

4.6/5
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REVIEW BREAKDOWN

Aesthetics / Design*

4.5/5

Build Quality

4.5/5

Airflow (very tight, i.e. cigarette tight)

5/5

Vapor Production

5/5

Vapor Density

5/5

Vapor Temperature

5/5

Hit

4.5/5

Flavor

4/5

Battery Life

4/5

Ergonomics - Ease of Use

4/5
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At the moment of writing this review, the price on both store is less than $15 with free shipping in most countries. A very good price for such a pleasant device.

SMOK BuyBest Store has 98.5% Positive feedback and 1341 Followers

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AliExpress is a very serious market place. Number one in the world ahead of Amazon and very protective of buyers. (You can open what is called a dispute and get a 100% refund in the off-chance of a mishap).

I. Inside The Packaging + Specifications

1* SMOK SLM device

1* USB Cable

2* Pods/cartridges

1* Manual

1* Card with a reminder as to let the e-liquid sit for about 3mn before hitting on SLM

Dimensions – 112 x 12 x 9.5mm.

250mAh Battery.

Wattage Output Range: 10-16W (!)

Draw-Activated Firing Mechanism.

Ultra Slim

Weight – 18g

Coils – 1.8 Ohm

Refillable Pod System

0.8ml Juice Capacity.

II. Design / Build Quality
SMOK + SLM = S4

The SMOK SLM is a Simple, Solid, Sleek and Shiny (S4) Mouth To Lung (MTL) vaping device.

Simple because it’s a Cigalike/Pod System.Mouth-to-lung-vaping.com-MTL-vape-kit-Pod-System-cigalike-Smok-SLM

Solid because beside its great performance for a cigalike, it’s basically one metal (zinc alloy) tube with a battery inside. So, there’s little chance to break anything.

Sleek because its minimalist, slightly flatten design, its slim profile and its overall shape make it look good.

And Shiny, well… Because it’s shiny and that was another adjective starting with an “S” that applied perfectly to it. 😀

III. USP - Unique selling Propositions
250mAh Battery, 16W? This Tiny Thing?? WOW

The big selling points of this device are essentially its big battery, high power, and tight draw. We’ll talk about battery life and the way it vapes in the sections below. So, let’s see what else we can tell you.

1-    A Big Battery For Such A Small Device

Before using the SLM, you need to charge it. So, let’s talk about the charging port first. It’s placed at the bottom of the cigalike. Thus, it doesn’t disrupt the design with a hole for the USB plug. Plus, it’s very convenient when you want to vape on it while charging it. Yes, you can do that since the SMOK SLM has the pass-through feature which makes it possible.And not to spoil the picture, the SMOK SLM has good battery life too. With the energy-efficient 1.8 Ohm coils inside the pods, one charge should last you almost a day. It should be comparable to a Juul or similar devices since the Juul has a 200mAh battery and, if we’re not mistaken, a 1.6 Ohm coil but a low power out put of 6 to 9W. So bigger battery and higher resistance coil but way higher power output. That should result in more or less the same battery life. We say should because there’s no way we would buy a close Pod System. Obviously, the more you drag on it, the less it will last. It should go without saying but we’re saying nonetheless.

Now, the battery. Sporting a 250mAh battery is impressive for a device this size. It’s the same battery size or bigger than most stick kits/Pod Systems. So, the SMOK SLM punches way above its category.

This battery size allows for quite a bit of energy through the SLM circuit.

2-    16W max? WOW

The power output on the SMOK SLM is measured at 10 to 16W. That’s quite a lot and around double what a Juul can muster (6 to 9W). Though you won’t make bigger clouds with all this power (relative to the size and to other little devices  sticks Pods Systems) because of the very restrictive draw and therefore lack of air(flow) that could contribute to the vapor production.

So, the high amount of power is there to compensate the lack of air. But the good news is that the vapor produced is actual vapor with little air. Why is it a good thing?

– Because, cigarette-like pull nonwithstanding, it means better flavor reproduction. You simply get proportionnally more e-juice in your vapor compared to a pod system that visually (seems to) produce(s) the same amount but does it thanks to a looser airflow (more air instead of more e-liquid flumes).

– This also means, better vapor density. More e-liquid flumes and less air = thicker vapor. It results in a more satisfying, richer vapor and a better MTL experience.

“If you’re looking for something with a similar draw to a cigarette, this is the closest you gonna get.”

IV. How Does It Vape?
This Is The Epitome of MTL vaping.

We don’t mean it’s the best device for Mouth To Lung vaping since there isn’t only one kind of MTL vaping. Nor, and for the same reason, do we say it will offer the best MTL vaping experience.

But, if you’re looking for or would like to try out something with a similar draw to a cigarette, this is the closest you gonna get. And the good thing is… it’s not a cigarette.

The tight airflow, beside the form factor reminiscent of a cigarette, is one of the main reasons we like this device so much. It’s tight. But not so tight as it hurts to pull on it. There’s still a bit of air passing through. You can verify that by listening to the distinctive crackling sound it makes. Not, it’s not an annoying noise, it’s a pleasant sound, actually. Don’t ask us why but we like it. Honestly.

So, simply put and as long as you like a restrictive cigarette-like draw, it vapes real good.

Also, and as mentioned earlier, despite the tight airflow, it produces a decent amount of vapor. Again, comparable to a small Pod System.

Same for flavor, it’s pretty good.

The hit? Better, not comparable, better than the devices we’ve been comparing it too since the beginning of this review. 10 to 16W remember? That helps.

BUT we still wouldn’t recommend it for someone wanting to quit smoking.

To know what we would recommend, why and to get loads of tips and advice on how to stack the odds in your favor to quit smoking by Mouth To Lung Vaping, Read our Ultimate Guide To Quit Smoking And Begin Vaping Successfully.

After reading our review, you can get a better idea of how the SMOK SLM vapes by seeing it with your own eyes. The videos below are here for that (and to watch and listen to various experienced vapers and great Youtubers’ opinions).

V. Ergonomics + Ease of Use
You Can’t Get Much Simpler Than That Except Maybe For…

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… The hole to refill it. It’s on the side of the pod and outside of the casing. So, it’s always accessible and you don’t even have to take out the pod to refill it. That’s very convenient. But, yes, here comes the but… It’s tiny. And I mean tiny. You’d better use a bottle with a (blunt tip) syringe-like filling tube (see picture above). You can load it with a more ordinary e-liquid bottle but be precise and cautious.

It’s not that annoying, difficult or time consuming, but it just requires a bit of technique or the right e-liquid bottle.

VI. Battery Life: About Half A Day With Moderate Use

 

And not to spoil the picture, the SMOK SLM has a relatively good battery life too.

With the energy-efficient 1.8 Ohm coils inside the pods and a 250mAh battery capacity, one charge should last you half a day. It should be comparable to a Juul or similar devices since the Juul has a 200mAh battery and, if we’re not mistaken, a 1.6 Ohm coil but a low power output of 6 to 9W.

So bigger battery and higher resistance coil but way higher power output. That should result in more or less the same battery life. We say should because there’s no way we would buy a closed Pod System like the Juul. So, we cannot really compare.

Obviously, the more you drag on it, the less it will last. It should go without saying but we’re saying it nonetheless.

VII. Pros & Cons

PROS

  • Great Build Quality
  • Refillable pods with the juice you like
  • Optimal ergonomics and ease of use
  • Tight draw similar to a cigarette
  • Good flavor
  • Good vapor production
  • Great vapor density and temperature
  • Stronger hit than most pod systems
  • Good battery life
  • Passthrough feature
  • Looks like a cigarette… But is not.
  • Sleek sexy device
  • Super slim
  • Super slim
  • Did we mention super slim?

CONS

  • Need to be careful when refilling
  • 0.8 ml Pods capacity (really because we need to find some cons as it’s 0.1ml more than a Juul)
  • Almost there but not sufficient, in our opinion, to quit smoking

If you want a small device that could, by itself, make you forget all about cigarettes, maybe you’ll be interested in the OneVape Lambo II (link to our review of the little beast). And thanks to their low price, you can always get both.

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That’s it for the main content of this review.

We let you with Mister MTL’s opinion on the SMOK SLM cigalike, a great Mouth To Lung device.

VIII. Mister MTL's Thoughts/Opinion

Mister MTL Avatar - Mouth to lung vaping.com - MTL vapeThis section reflects my opinion and thoughts only. It doesn’t express what MTLvaping.com is thinking as a whole. Also, it is not meant to insult or degrade your preferences in any way.

For this SMOK SLM review I don’t have much of anything of value to add. Everything has been said on the SMOK SLM in the body of the review and I agree with it.

It’s a great secondary, more like “tertiary” device. You put in your pocket or in a bag. You may forget it since it’s so small but it’s there, ready to serve when needed or when you feel like taking a puff or two on it.

Actually, there’s a point I need to clarify or add, though.

I think it may be a good object for those of you who want to quit smoking.

Not THE device for the job but, as I said, a secondary device.

Its purpose would be to help you when you’d feel like smoking a cigarette or just would want to hold one in your hand.

As it’s similar to one (a bit longer and heavier sure, but close enough) and it vapes a lot like a cigarette (just better), you would take this out instead and… voila, no need to touch a cigarette.

But beyond these moments and despite its great performance for a cigalike and even compared to what should be more powerfull devices, this cannot compete with a Pod System or AIO with a bigger battery and similar or higher power output.

That’s what you’ll need to kick your smoking addiction (for me, it’s not simply about nicotine, it’s having something in your hand, the gesture, the feeling of the smoke/vape passing by your mouth and then filling your lungs etc…). But this SMOK SLM could help for sure.

Plus, you may end up really liking it and vaping on it more than you thought you would.

IX. Best Video Reviews Of The SMOK SLM

Vaping With Thesis' Review.

He’s a trucker and doesn’t mince his words. No BS, just his truth.

Vaping Insider's Review

One of the most experienced in the vaping community. Has been making (good) Youtube video reviews for years.

NO BS either.

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The SMOK SLM Review, The Cigalike Queen/King

SMOK SLM Review | UPDATE: The SMOK SLM is NOT the best cigalike (tiny Pod System) on the market anymore. Check out what is and why.

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Editor's Rating:
4.6