SMOK RPM80 Pro Review + Setup Instructions

Last updated on December 12th, 2023

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Update: The SMOK RPM80 Pro is now the Smok RPM 2 80W Pod Mod Starter Kit!

What is the SMOK RPM80 Pro Starter Kit?

The SMOK RPM80 Pro is an easy-to-use, refillable Pod Vape Mod that has customizable settings. For example, you can adjust the wattage of your vape and change the screen design via a 1” OLED Screen. 

Designed primarily, but not exclusively for subohm vaping, the SMOK RPM80 Pro Vape Pod gives you huge vapor clouds and delivers a full and satisfying flavor.

Unlike most other POD Mods from SMOK, (including its predecessor, the SMOK RPM 40), the RPM 80 Pro Kit takes a powerful 18650 external, rechargeable battery. That means you can get up to 80 watts of power.

In This Post You’ll Discover:

  • What is included in the kit 
  • Reasons why you may like it or dislike it
  • Differences between the two Pods
  • Helpful set-up instructions


What’s In the SMOK RPM80 Pro Kit?


SMOK RPM 80Pro Kit in Box

This portable Pod Vape has relatively few parts. They all come packaged in a sealed, padded slide-open box. Some may find the slide box a bit difficult to open, but stronger, larger hands will have no trouble.

The only thing not included in the kit is the single 18650mAh battery, but you can purchase it easily when you place your order.

The Kit Comes With: 

  • The RPM80 Device
  • An RPM80 RPM Pod with a .4ohm mesh coil pre-installed
  • An RPM80 RGC Pod, with a 0.17ohm Conical Mesh Coil pre-installed. (This Pod is compatible with all RPM40 Coils).
  • Of course, you also get a USB Charger Cable and a User Manual.

The Pod Vape is very versatile. Having 2 Pods means you can easily switch to vaping a different e-liquid without having to refill the pod. 

The RPM 80 Pro At A Glance:

– You get two pods and two coils, both with magnetic connections
– The 80Pro gives you power as high as 80watts
– There’s no spit-back or leaking
– The device has lots of safety features

– Pods Are Not Compatible with Nic Salts.
– 50/50 VG/PG E-Liquids do not work with the coils included in the starter kit.
– The external battery needed for the RPM80 Pro is not included in the kit


RPM80 Pro Features Diagram

Less complicated than the SMOK Morph, sleeker than the SMOK MICO, the RPM 80Pro pod vape is a game-changer.

With a user-friendly OLED screen, this high-styled Mod is simple enough for even beginner vapers.

It was great to test the SMOK RMP80 Pro Starter Kit. (Many thanks to International Vapor for that). I found the customizing screen to be pretty simple, but this post’s step-by-step guide makes it even easier to set up and fine tune your vape. 

I’ve reviewed many of pod vapes, but I’m always excited to try out the latest from SMOKTECH. The company has been on the cutting edge of the vaping industry since 2010 and has always been focused on product quality and safety. Every new product introduces yet another vaping innovation, and the RPM80 Pro is right on track. One thing that’s consistent is that each new device is beautifully designed.

Knockout Design and Styling

SMOK has a great reputation for designing mods, but the RPM 80 Pro is not only sturdy, sleek and portable, it’s visually stunning.

The face of the mod is covered with SMOK’s signature smooth resin panels. Available in six colors –  some swirling, some subdued, they are all very attractive.

SMOK’s panel designs are now a company trademark. You’ll see similar choices on the NORD and NOVO pod vape.

Unique to the RPM80 Pro is that the kit includes 2 clearly visible, 5ml pods. This is currently the only slim-styled SMOK pod mod where the pod is not set into the battery, so you can always see how much e-liquid remains. 

The pods connect magnetically so it’s easy to load your e-juice and to change the coil when necessary.

The RPM 80 Pro has several built-in safety features, including:

  • Low Battery Protection
  • Short-Circuit Protection
  • 10S Cut-Off Protection
  • Over-heating Protection
  • Intelligent Atomizer Recognition


How Big is the Smok RPM 80 Pro?

The RPM80 Pro feels comfortable in your hand, but it is one of the largest Pod Vapes on the market to date.

Although it is relatively lightweight at 97.3 grams (3.4oz.) the dimensions are average size for this type of vape….  118mm (4″) high, 26mm (1″) wide, and 31.5mm (1.2 “) thick.

Setting Up the RPM 80 Pro

The RPM 80 Pro takes a single 18650 battery. Slide open the battery door at the bottom of the vape and insert the battery, making sure the contact end goes in first. Close the door. As mentioned, you will need to purchase the battery when you place your order, as it is not included in the kit.

What’s the Main Difference Between the RPM Pod and the RGC Pod?  

RPM and RGC pods

RPM and RGC pods

The RPM Pod and the RGC pod both have a .4 oHm 5ml e-liquid capacity, but the RPM Pod is compatible with all of Smok’s RPM40 Coils. That’s helpful if you prefer a higher or lower oHm resistance. 

The RGC Pod has an adjustable airflow ring – a first for Smok! It’s the easiest way to recognize this pod, although both pods can also be distinguished by the raised lettering on the top of each one.

The RGC Pod comes with the RGC Conical Mesh 0.17ohm coil and supports power up to 80watts. This coil can give you a smoother, more flavorful vape. In addition, you’ll be able to vape longer before you need to buy additional coils.

All coils simply pop into the bottom of the Pod and are held magnetically.

Just lift the silicone stopper and drip your juice into the pod. The pod clicks onto the battery magnetically and securely.

What Kind of Juices Should You Use?

The type of e-liquid you use is directly related to the Pod you choose! This may be the most complicated thing about this RPM 80Pro.

Both the RGC and RPM Pod have subohm coils pre-loaded. That means you should use a high VG e-juice with these coils. I don’t recommend regular e-juices or CBD e-liquids using the pre-installed coils because subohm coils are made for high VG e-juice.

If you prefer nic salts, stick to SMOK’s NOVO  or NORD models.

If you want to use regular 50/50 PG/VG e-liquids, choose the RPM Pod. This pod is compatible with all Smok RPM coils.  

They range in resistance from 0.3 to 2.5ohm. Regular e-juices work best with an RPM coil that is above .0 ohm.

If you want to use High VG e-liquids, choose either Pod and use it with a Smok RPM subohm coil.

Check out Vaporfi’s safety-tested e-juices for both regular and high VG e-liquids.  

Once you’ve selected your preferred pod from the kit, open the silicone stopper and fill the tank with your e-liquid, making sure you do not overfill it. Close the stopper and connect the pod to the Mod. It will snap on magnetically.

Give the e-liquid a few minutes to absorb into the coil. When it’s ready, turn on the Mod by clicking the activation button 5 times. This will activate the OLED display so you can set your preferred wattage.

About the Touchscreen


SMOK RPM80 Pro Touchscreen

When you first start up the device, you’ll notice that the ability to adjust the wattage is locked. To unlock it, just press the power button 3 times. Wattage is adjusted using the UP and Down buttons just above the USB port. Nothing complicated in that regard.

Locking in Your Wattage + Final Adjustments

When you have set your preferred wattage, simply click 3 times on the Power Button. Most people prefer a wattage of around 60. I recommend starting at 40Ws and working your way up (or down) from there. 

If you are using the RGC pod, you can adjust the airflow ring at the base of the pod. This affects the coolness (and tightness) of the draw.

In any case, you can expect getting massive vapor clouds even at lower wattages.

Want to Change the Colors On the OLED Screen?

Just press the Power and Plus Button at the same time. You get 6 color choices, white, red, yellow, green, blue and purple.

Charging the Device

You don’t have to remove the battery to charge it. Just use the micro USB charger. Despite the small USB size, the battery charges quickly. 

How Does It Vape?

The battery has Dual airflow slots, giving you a smooth vape that’s never harsh.

When I tested the RPM Pod with the installed .17ohm coil at 60watts of power using a Vaporfi high VG e-juice, I got HUGE vapor clouds and rich flavor. Frankly, you really don’t need more power unless you like a very warm throat hit. The Mod can be cranked up to 80Watts without any dry hits. 

I also tested the RPM pod with a Smok RPM40 1.2ohm coil and a 50/50 PG/VG e-liquid. Although the vapor and flavor was not as intense, vapor was substantial and flavor was very satisfying. 


If you’re looking for a compact, easy-to-use yet Powerful Pod Vape with a refillable pod rather than a tank, you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t. If you love vaping flavored e-liquids and want the ease and portability of a pod vape, the SMOK’s RPM 80 Pro is a winner. It has loads of safety features and is also reasonably priced. What’s more, there are no FDA regulations on refillable pods, so no worries in that department.

The Kit comes with 2 pods and 2 sub ohm coils, but the pods are quite versatile. Between the two, you’ll get the option to use either RGC or RPM coils to fine-tune your vape.  

I do like the fact that you can see how much juice is left in the pods. Many pod vapes, even SMOK’s NOVO 2 is a bit hard to read.

Small downsides are the external battery that must be purchased separately. Also, if you prefer higher ohm vaping, you’ll have to purchase Smok RPM40 Replacement Vape Coils.

I found the flavor and vapor production to be excellent; in fact, it’s on par with several more advanced devices, yet this device is sold at a lower cost.

Have you tried the RPM80 Pro? We’d love to post your review, so feel free to comment below!

BECG Rating for the SMOK RPM 2 80W Pod Mod Starter Kit


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    • Chris on March 6, 2022 at 11:33 am
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    my SMOK RPM80 light up indicating the battery was drained, i plugged it into the charger and when i went back to it the screen was black, i am unable to turn on, the coil is new, there were no previous problems.

    please advise

    1. Hi Chris,

      Sorry to hear your RPM80 stopped working. The RPM80 battery is built into the device. When it dies after a period of time, (as do all batteries that can’t be recharged), you have to replace the entire device. You may want to buy a new one, or try SMOK’s newer model, the RPM 2 80W.
      This is a very portable vape. There are also many built-in safety features.

    • John K on December 21, 2021 at 7:28 am
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    I got 12mg 70/30 vg/pg e liquid but I don’t know what if I can use it with rpm 80 any advice ?

    1. Hi John,

      I’m assuming you have the original SMOK RPM 80W Device, and not the newer RPM 2 80W Device.

      The original RPM 80 Comes with an RGC and an RPM Pod. They both have subohm coils preloaded into the pods. You use a high VG e-juice with these coils. Since you have 70/30 vg/pg e-liquid, it should work fine. Remember, these pods are not compatible with Nic Salts.

      If you have the RPM 2 80W device, it takes both high VG e-liquids, and Nic Salts.

    • louise on July 14, 2021 at 9:24 pm
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    hi i put replacement pod in that came with it but it keeps saying no pod it wont work any tips thanks

    1. Hi Louise,

      That’s unusual. Both pods that came with your kit should work. I suggest you contact the seller and describe your problem. If they confirm that you are doing everything correctly, you should get a replacement. Good Luck! Let me know how it goes.

    • Russell DeMoss on May 4, 2021 at 11:47 pm
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    My rpm 80 pro keeps saying ” atomizer short” and won’t work. Do I need to get a new one or what?

    1. Hi Russell,

      There are a few reasons why you are getting the “atomizer short” message.
      1- First check whether you are using the correct battery. The RPM Pro takes one 18650 battery. You have to buy it, as the battery is not included in the kit.

      If you are using a 18650 battery, make sure you are inserting the battery with the contact end going in first.

      2- Also check your coil. Make sure that it is not loose and that it is properly connected to the base of the tank. Also, check to see that you are using the correct coil for each pod. The RPM Pod is compatible with SMOK RPM40 coils,
      while the RGC Pod uses a Conical Mesh 0.17 coil.

      If you are using the correct coil for each pod, they simply may be defective. Hope this helps!

    • Ben on August 17, 2020 at 1:09 am
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    My ohm for some reasons is at 0.19 while using an RGC pod. I know it’s advertised as 0.17 why is that? Also does it really matter?

    1. Hi Ben,
      That’s an interesting question. Are you saying that even though your installed coil says 0.17 on the coil, your screen read-out says the ohms are at 0.19?

      That’s odd. Are you using the correct e-liquid? Since all coils are subohm you should be using a high VG e-liquid.

      Does it still show 0.19 if you make adjustments (up or down) to the voltage? If so, I’m stumped! I checked the SMOKTEC website and tried Googling your problem for similar issues without success. Still, 0.19 is not much different from 0.17 so as long as you are not experiencing any problems, it should not make a difference.

    • sofia on July 26, 2020 at 3:01 am
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    My RPM80 Pro won’t turn on. Most likely because of abnormal shutdowns. Do you know what could help me fix it?

    1. Hi Sophia,

      Sorry you having trouble with your SMOK RPM80 Pro! Here’s a suggestion. If you have tried turning on your SMOK by clicking the activation button FIVE TIMES and the screen remains black, you may have accidentally put it on “stealth mode” when you last used it. Try to turn it on again, then press the fire button three times quickly.

      If this doesn’t work, try Updating the Firmware. Plug the device into you computer and go to the upgrade tool list on the SMOK website.

      Still having problems? Contact customer support where you made your purchase. Your device may still under warranty.

      No luck yet? Your device may have been damaged and it’s just time to get a new mod. We regularly update our “best vape mods” post which can be very helpful. Good luck!

    • Natasha on July 15, 2020 at 9:51 am
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    Hi, i have the Smok RPM 80 Pro, the RGC pod keeps on leaking, i guess it’s the wrong juice, it is a Unicorn Frappe juice with 6mg of Nicotine.

    1. Hi Natasha,

      If your Unicorn e-juice is a 50/50 PG/VG blend it won’t work well using the pre-installed subohm coil. Both the RGC and RPM Pod have subohm coils pre-loaded. If you want to use regular 50/50 PG/VG e-liquids, choose the RPM Pod. This pod is compatible with all Smok RPM coils so install a regular coil that is not subohm. They are available here.

      Hope this helps!

    • Jessica on July 4, 2020 at 12:30 am
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    I just bought the SMOK RPM80 pro what would be best juice use I was using CBD hemp oil. It don’t seem to taste great just burnt. I was thinking of 50/50

    1. Hi Jessisa,

      My review gives you the best suggestions. Just refer to the paragraph name What Kind of Juices Should You Use? Your CBD hemp oil is probably a 50/50 PG/VG blend. Don’t use the pre-installed subohm coil and make sure your wattage is set not set too high. Thanks for leaving a comment!

    • Johanna on June 26, 2020 at 2:41 am
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    I have experience terrible spitting from this pod. It’s gross. So much juice in my mouth! I’m not sure how to fix that!

    1. Hi Johanna,

      Sorry you are having this problem with the RPM80. Here are some suggestions.

      First make sure you are using the right type of e-liquid. The RPM80 uses subohm coils which require a higher VG e-liquid with at least 70% VG.

      If you’re using the right e-juice, perhaps your coils have flooded. This can happen if you put too many drops onto the coil when you prime it, or if you don’t wait until it is fully saturated.

      You can also try a lighter inhalation, or if you are using the RGC Pod, you can lessen the airflow using the airflow ring.

      I hope this helps!

        • Dan on June 26, 2020 at 1:05 pm
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        Try taking the pod out I find juice builds up under it and when I clean it it stops spitting when it does spit on me. Or just blow in the drip tip n it will all come out the vents if there’s any there

    • Joe on June 16, 2020 at 4:32 pm
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    I bought this along with a salt juice. The juice seems to be fine, but I keep reading not to use with this vape. What is the reason for this? I have no noticed any bad taste or malfunction.

    1. Hi Joe. Great question. Both the RGC and RPM Pod have SUB OHM coils PRE-LOADED. That means you should use a HIGH VG e-juice with these coils. Salt Nicotine e-liquids are not made to work with sub ohm coils.

      If you want to use regular 50/50 PG/VG e-liquids, choose the RPM Pod. This pod is compatible with all Smok RPM coils.

      You Can use NIC SALT E-JUICE, But you have to use the RPM POD and you have to buy a SMOK RPM Coil that is “ABOVE OHM”.

      SMOK Has just recently started selling an RPM COIL that is ABOVE SUBOHM. It’s the RPM SC 1.0ohm Coil. If you choose to use it, Do NOT set the wattage above 14Watts. I know that kind of defeats the purpose of using it with a 40Watt vaporizer, but setting it higher than 14W it is not recommended by Smoketech.

    • Daniel on February 26, 2020 at 11:17 pm
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    I like it but is there any option on the Rpm80pro to change the max puff because it’s kinda sad to see it reset after 999 instead of going into the big 1k that everyone would like to see

    1. Hi Daniel,

      Thanks for you interesting comment!

      The reasons why you can’t reset the max puff counter to anything higher than 999 is that this SMOK model’s OLED screen only shows 3 digits in the puff counter window.

      See the new reply from cinan.

        • cinan on April 7, 2020 at 1:50 pm
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        RPM40 has puff counter with 4 digits

        here is the link
        RPM40 Vape Pod Kit

    • Ezra Lubow on February 15, 2020 at 9:52 am
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    The RCG Coils 0.17 are a disaster, so many dry hits, they simply don’t stay wet no matter how much you prime and at temp ranges from 35w-75w

    1. Hi Ezra,
      Sorry you are having problems with the RCG 0.17 coils. This is the first time I’ve heard of this. Are you using high VG e-liquid?

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