SMOK Big Baby Beast Review
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The SMOK Big Baby Beast is the newest addition to the popular TFV8 family of tanks. It’s very similar in design and functionality to the TFV8 Cloud Beast and the Baby Beast, which comes included in the Alien 220W kit, and size-wise it’s smaller than the original TFV8 tank and larger than the Baby Beast. SMOK loves to offer all these different versions of their tanks, they’ve done the same thing with the TFV4, and now they’re doing it with the newer TFV8 series.
A Look at the Contents
The SMOK Big Baby Beast tank comes in the usual SMOK packaging – a rectangular cardboard box with an orange and black paper wrapper. On the front we have a clear picture of the tank, so you know exactly what you’re buying, and on the back we have a flattering description of the device, a list of the items included in the kit and all the required warnings and legal disclaimers.
In the box we have the Big Baby Beast tank with a pre-installed coil-head, and underneath its foam holder, we have the generous collection of included accessories we’ve come to expect from SMOK – a second coil-head, an RBA base, two spare glass tubes (one for use with the coil-heads and one design specifically for the RBA), a 510 drip tip, a bag of spare parts (gaskets, o-rings, grub screws,) and Allen key, a SMOK vape band and a user manual.
The tank itself is basically a larger version of the Baby Beast. It has a noticeably larger wide bore drip tip, a wider chimney and bigger airflow slots on the base, but other than that, everything is pretty much the same. In fact, the Big Baby Beast is actually compatible with Baby Beast coil heads, so if you’re not satisfied with the the Ω0.15 quadruple coil or the Ω0.2 sextuple coil included in the kit, you have a wider range of coil-heads to choose from.
If you have a problem with the wide bore Delrin drip tip of the Big Baby Beast, you can easily replace it with your favorite 510 drip tip by using the included adapter.
Since the Big Baby Beast is so similar to the TFV8 Cloud Beast and Baby Beast tanks, both of which I’ve reviewed in great detail, I’ve decided not to dwell too much on the design features of this tank. If you’re interested to learn more about this, feel free to check out either of my previous reviews of TFV8 tanks. What’s important is that the machining is as impeccable as always, which, again, is something we’ve come to expect from SMOK.
After taking apart the Big Baby Beast and rinsing it to remove any leftover machining oil, dry them with a paper towel, and install one of the coil-heads by screwing it on the base of the tank. Then add the glass tank by gently pressing it down onto the base, and finally, screw on the top cap. The chimney screws on directly to the top of the coil head, so make sure they are properly aligned. Once that’s done with, just slide the hinged top cap counterclockwise to reveal the fill port and add juice using a dropper or unicorn bottle. Now all you have to do is wait for the cotton wick to soak some juice, and you’re ready to vape. To make sure you don’t get any nasty dry hits, you can also drip a bit of e-liquid directly onto the coils prior to putting the tank back together.
Setting up the RBA base is a bit more complicated for inexperienced vapers, but if you’ve ever used a rebuildable atomizer before it should be pretty straightforward. Luckily the Big Baby Beast RBA comes with two preinstalled Clapton coils, so all you have to do is insert the cotton wicks. What you want to pay close attention to is the length and thickness of your cotton leads. Make sure they seal off the four wicking ports directly under the coils, but stuff them in there too hard and the e-liquid is going to have a hard time reaching the coils, which may cause dry hits, especially when chain vaping.
There is an art to wicking RBAs, and you’re probably not going to do an outstanding job of it the first time. But that’s ok, I still mess up the wicking sometimes, and I’ve done it hundreds of times. The important thing is to keep at it, eventually you’ll get it right. If you feel you need some help, there are many helpful video tutorials on YouTube.
How It Vapes
After having such positive experiences with both the SMOK TFV8 and the Baby Beast tanks, I was sure that the Big Baby Beast would be just as good. After all it is pretty much the same tank, the only thing that differs is the size. However, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Instead of beating around the bush, I’m just going to come right out and say it – the Big Baby Beast tank leaks, badly. With the pre-installed coil, juice started dripping through the bottom airflow slots and down on my iJoy MAXO mod in just a few minutes. And it wasn’t just a few drops of it, there was a lot of it and wiping it off didn’t fix the problem. As soon as the bottom of the tank filled up, it started pouring down again. It was horrible.
I thought it was a coil problem so I just drained the Big Baby Beast tank and replaced the first coil with the spare that came in the kit. About 20 minutes after refilling the tank, I could see juice building up in the base once again, but about an hour later, it still hadn’t dripped through the air slots. I was beginning to hope that I had just imagined those droplets of e-liquid on the bottom of the coil, but when I woke up the next morning, the tank was empty and all the juice was on my mod and on the table around it.
This could still be a coil-head issue, but it seems unlikely that both coils had the exact same flaw. My guess is that it has something to do with the insulation, and changing the o-rings may fix the problem, but you shouldn’t have to. Those spare o-rings are intended for wear-and-tear issues, not replacing perfectly new o-rings. I’ll confess that I didn’t even attempt to change mine. I was just too frustrated with this tank, and it wouldn’t have changed my review anyway.
After checking for similar leaking complaints online, I was surprised that pretty much all other reviewers were very happy with the Big Baby Beast, so I guess it’s not a general problem. But it still hints to an inconsistency on SMOK’s part. You shouldn’t have to buy a tank and hope that your lucky enough to get one that doesn’t leak.
I’m really sad to be doing this negative review, I really am. I’ve had mostly positive experiences with SMOK tanks, especially newer models, like the Brit tanks, Baby Beast and TFV8 Cloud Beast, and I honestly hope this Big Baby Beast problem is only an accident.
I could tell you about the monster clouds you get from this tank (when it’s not leaking), or the beautiful RBA base that makes replacing coils and wicking a breeze, but the issue described above just overshadows these aspects. What’s the point of blowing plumes of vapor if it means having to waste most of your liquid in the process?