Having recently tried a Smok mod for the very first time I thought I may as well give one of Smok’s tanks ago too, so I picked up a SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank from Vapour Shack and what a beast it was,?it was giving me endless dense clouds from the extremely high wattage, a warm to hot vape and all this while getting strange looks from a few of my fellow anglers.
The SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank was on my radar as I am an avid tank user, but I had never been interested in using one as the word cloud tends to put me off, you see! in the world of vaping there tends to be two narrow minded trains of thought as to which vaping style you adopt, your either a cloud chaser or a flavour chaser, I am the latter and I always have been, it’s all about the?flavour for me, I like to taste my e-liquid and always choose a tank that is known to have coils that help bring out the flavour and is built in a way that helps the flavour get to your mouth in a better more efficient way, so usually when I see the word Cloud as in The Cloud Beast Tank, then this type of tank would not peek my interest, why we have?this mass of clouds?vaping style I will never know, “I don’t remember standing in the fag hut at work having cloud chasing competitions with my co-workers when we were all smoking Marlboro Reds“.
In the Box we get :
The SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank
A V8-T8 Octuple Coil Head at 0.15 ohm
A V8-Q4 Quadruple Coil Head at 0.15 ohm
A V8 Exclusive Turbo RBA Head at 0.28 ohm
A 510 RDA Drip Tip Adapter
A Replacement Glass Tube
The User Manual
And there are some spare parts including cotton and tool for the RBA, spare O-rings and spare screws.
The TFV8 is titled as the ultimate sub ohm atomizer and I was pretty sure that would be the case as you don’t often come across packaging with a picture of a violently erupting volcano on the front of the box, so the first thing that struck me when unpacking the SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank was not the size of the fantastic 6ml capacity tank or even all the spare parts you get, it was seeing by far the largest coil heads that I have ever seen, I guess if you are going to use such low resistance coils in a tank your going to need a large housing to keep them in and Smok have certainly not shied away from using metal here, the first coil I looked at also blew my mind in the sense that this thing had four coils inside it and packed with lots of fluffy white cotton, at this point while looking I could only imagine the vapour that would come out of this beast but knew two things at this point, the chimney in the tank was going to have to be huge to carry all the vapour up to your mouth and I was going to need a mod with a power output of at least 100 watts just to get anywhere near the best the Cloud Beast Tank was offering me.
The TFV8 tank has a diameter at the base of around 24mm but does get a little wider at the glass to hold the 6ml of e-liquid stated, and the lid has a pretty neat way of opening so that you can fill the tank easily, SMOK has developed there own style of swivel cap that can be pushed to the side to reveal a silicone gasket with a large fill hole, once the tank is full you just snap the lid closed again, we get a nice wide bore style chuff cap drip tip made of Delrin and the tank has two of the largest bottom airflow holes I’ve seen in ages that can be opened and closed by rotating a metal ring at the base, the stainless steel chimney of the TFV8 is large and will do a good job of channelling the vapour from the coils to the mouth efficiently, lastly the tanks construction is shiny stainless steel and there are some bright orange o-rings that make the tank stand out but whose colour ultimately reminded me of that erupting volcano, “should I take the chance to evacuate or stick around to see what happens“.
The tank is pre-installed with a 1.5 ohm quadruple coil head and this is the one I had primed and planned to use, so I filled the SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank and put it in my vape bag with a bottle of juice and took myself off fishing for a couple of days along with my regular vape gear and another Smok product I was testing, I have a Cuboid 200 watt device that I had recently updated so decided to pair this up nicely with the Cloud Beast tank as they are both an incredibly shiny stainless steel colour they matched very well in deed.
So I’m sitting at my peg fishing away vaping on my usual DNA 75 device that I take with me and using a Kanger Subtank and enjoying the sunshine when it was time for lunch and I remembered the TFV8, so I poured a coffee and fired up the Cuboid and took my first lung hit, on exhaling the vapour you would of thought there was a bush fire near by, The last time I’d seen this much vapour I was at Vapefest, I tend to vape a 70PG / 30VG blend of DIY e-liquid and the clouds are usually ok but flavour is my goal, but this tank absolutely chucks out the vapour, admittedly there was only a fraction of my favourite flavours that I could taste in this tank but this is promoted as a cloud tank and not a flavour tank, I was kind of enjoying the cloudiness haze I was giving off but it was starting to get the attention of my fellow anglers, I swear I could see one of them sending Indian smoke signals back to me hahaha, the vapour was also warm to hot in the mouth?and I tend to prefer a cooler type vape at around 30 watts.
I was running this quadruple coil at 150 watts where it is recommended to be at between 120 and 180 watts but I don’t believe in maxing out nearly a full 200 watts on a tank, I think it’s over kill to be honest, no?one needs a coil so powerful mainly because your twin 18650 battery device will not last very long at all until it is drained of all power, I can see the reason why cloud chasers want a tank like this and the coils that Smok produce, but I can honestly say that the flavour of the juice that I know very well was pretty much non existent in the Smok TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank, after all it’s not a flavour tank and it was never designed to be.
I have not used the RBA deck as yet but do plan to soon and will be interested to see what build I can fit in there to give me a few extra clouds but the flavour that I so much enjoy with my style of vaping.
If you are in to the high wattage style of vaping and you like to chase clouds, then this SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank should be at the top of your vape mail shopping list, you just won’t get any better style of tank for the price that it is, this package not only gives you two coil heads but also gives you an RBA deck ready to go. Vapour Shack stocks the SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast Tank HERE.