Like I mentioned in the intro, the first thing I noticed when I saw this was that it seems like a cross between SMOK’s popular Alien mod and the iJoy RDTA Box. After spending some time using it, I still have that opinion. For the most part, that’s a good thing, but there is also plenty of room for improvement. I’ll try to cover both the good and the bad now.
When compared to the iJoy RDTA Box, the most significant improvement may be ergonomics. This has rounded edges and is a little bit smaller, plus it has SMOK’s classic side-fire trigger design. This all combines to make it very comfortable in the hand and pleasant to use.
It’s also capable of delivering a little more wattage, although I can’t comment on this much because I don’t get anywhere near using 200W, meaning the iJoy was plenty for me to begin with. If you like very high wattage vaping, you may appreciate the extra 20W.
The screen and menu setup on the Skyhook is on the front. It may be a little different than it was on the Alien, but the difference is negligible. For the most part, this is the classic SMOK menu – meaning reasonably easy to navigate and containing all the settings you’ll likely want to adjust.
The coil deck is nice. There is only the velocity style setup option with this though, whereas the iJoy RDTA has the option of using several different deck styles. They include a silicone cap if you only want to use one coil in your setup.
So more deck options is one area they could improve, but the big one is the plastic tank. I personally have not run into problems, but the plastic tank on the iJoy RDTA caused a lot of problems for people. This seems like a pretty easy place to improve, but the Skyhook has one as well. I could be mistaken, but I think the plastic problems may have something to do with the type of juice you use.
The vapor quality of this is very good. While you only of the one deck style, the ability to cap one of the ports is nice.
I personally don’t notice any difference between the flavor of this and the iJoy RDTA box, but that isn’t a bad thing because it performs great as well.
Whether you’re after big clouds, great flavor, or both, this should do the trick.
The power flexibility of this is great as well. The dual 18650s let your drive up to 220W of power, plus there are also temperature control modes.
Ease of Use
This is easy to use for an RDTA setup, but that doesn’t mean anyone can go out and buy one. The RDTA setup means you’ll be building your own coils and setting them up on the deck. This isn’t rocket science, but it’s not something to take lightly either. You should make absolutely sure that you fully understand what you are doing before trying your hand at coil building.
As far as using the mod goes, this is as simple as using any other SMOK mod. If you’ve never used one, it should still only take a few minutes to get the hand of.
The portability of this is decent. It certainly can’t compare to the many, much-smaller mods that are out there, but it does have its fair share of strengths.
For example, the 9ml capacity will last you a very long time, and the dual 18650s should keep you powered up for extended periods if you aren’t vaping at high wattages.
This is also more comfortable to carry in your hand than the iJoy RDTA box, which is the only other vape like this that I know of to compare it to.
I like the SMOK Skyhook RDTA Box.
I think it is a pretty even tossup when it comes to choosing between this and the iJoy RDTA Box though. Had SMOK included a glass tank, I would have definitely prefered it. As it stands these are both plagued by the same main problem.
The strengths of the SMOK are the ergonomic design and potentially the color options, which is something I didn’t actually go over in the main review.
The main advantage of the iJoy RDTA would be the deck options.
So if you are looking for an RDTA and box mod all in one, I think the SMOK Skyhook is a good option. The one thing to be wary of is the plastic tank, so you may want to check out what causes those problems before buying one.