The SMOK Resa Prince in Detail
The Resa Prince is truly one magnificent subohm tank. Having said that, there is a mystery that I cannot unravel. Even after using mine for 10 days, I’m baffled as to why my preinstalled 0.4ohm V12 Prince-Q4 Quadruple Coil is STILL delivering superb performance. This is NOT the coil that drives the TFV12 Baby Prince, it’s the same coil that drives the full-size Prince. In fact, the preinstalled Q4 coil in the Resa Prince is identical to the preinstalled Q4 of the TFV12 Prince. I’ve never gotten more than 7 days from a full-size Prince Q4 or X6, yet when it sits in the Resa Prince, I’m 10 days out and running strong. Why?
I’ve decided it is either my imagination, or that the Coils that come with the Resa Prince are somehow different than their official replacement coils, which are the same replacement coils for the TFV12 Prince. Or, the design of the airflow slots delivers the air over the coils in a way that extends the life and performance of the Prince Coils. That said, I do have a theory, one I will share with you at the end of this long review.
What I do know as a cold hard fact: the Resa Prince is a far better performer than the TFV12 BABY Prince, which use the older V8 Baby Coils.
Using the same e-liquid I always use (Elysian Labs Nilla Cake), I have been using the same preinstalled Coil for 10 solid days with less than a 1% drop in performance. After all this time, I’m getting the same awesome flavor fidelity, the same huge clouds of vapor, every time I use it. It’s as though I’m (almost) using a fresh Coil every day. But, that’s impossible, right?
The TFV12 Resa Prince – Inside and Out
The SMOK Resa Prince Subohm Tank is a subohm tank that is similar to the full-size TFV12 Prince, and yet different at the same time. While both subohm tanks use the same TFV12 Coils; the Prince Q4, X6 and T10, though the T10 is called the V12 Prince-T10 Red Light Coil because it emits a fairly powerful red light while you vape.
In a couple of ways I find the TFV12 Resa Prince confusing. I can’t quite decide why SMOK executives believed the Resa Prince needed to come into existence, other than the fact that SMOK could do it.
There seems to be two game plans at work here. In one SMOK uses the same playbook it has used since the TFV8 Cloud Beast, meaning that there was the Cloud Beast, then the Baby Beast, then the Big Baby Beast.
After the V8 Big Baby Beast, SMOK seemed to do a one-off with the TFV12 Cloud Beast King, a monster of the tank that was so powerful many people believed it to be so high-performance that it couldn’t be used as an every-day-all-day subohm Tank. And they were right, for the majority anyway. So, the next move for SMOK was to take the same TFV12 moniker and build a NEW tank that required less than half the power to deliver exquisite flavor and humungous clouds of vapor, yet with a totally new design, and that could be used as an all-day-ever-day tank… the TFV12 Prince.
The TFV12 Prince seemed to reset the first Playbook. After wide acceptance and positive reviews from many reviewers, SMOK followed the V8 playbook using the Prince as the new TFV12 Flagship, basically leaving the Cloud Beast King hanging out to dry.
The playbook called for SMOK to release a Baby version, and they did… the TFV12 Baby Prince, but they cheated. The TFV12 Coils, even the Prince Coils that required so little power to produce incredible performance, were just too large to fit into a “baby sized” tank. So the TFV12 Baby Prince was born. But instead of TFV12 Coils, SMOK reverted to the V8 Coil line. If you own a TFV8 Big Baby Beast, or any other V8 Tank, feel free to use those coils in the TFV12 Baby Prince.
Then the Big Baby Prince was born. The TFV12 Big Baby Prince looks a lot like the Prince, and the Baby Prince, but holds more e-liquid, and yet uses the same V8-Baby Coils.
With the birth of the Big Baby Prince comes the simultaneous release of another tank… The Resa Prince.
This will undoubtedly reset the playbook again.
The Resa Prince looks nothing like the Prince, the Baby Prince, or the Big Baby Prince. It uses the full-size Prince Coils and holds 7.5mL of e-liquid (just .5mL less than the full-size Prince’s 8mL). Despite using the same Coils as the full-sized Prince, it is designated at a brand-new tank design.
Just How the TFV12 Resa Prince Differs
Briefly; the Resa Prince uses a new top-fill system, gone is swing away hinge cap. The 810 Cobra Resin Drip Tip is shorter, the concave-convex glass tube is wider and shorter than the Prince, and the body is all magnificent Cobra Resin Design.
The Resa Prince uses a simple twist off top cap that reveals two semi-large fill slots for e-liquid. The top cap threading is smooth, but I wouldn’t describe it as silky smooth. Its shorter drip tip is threaded, and fits snugly into the top cap. The Resa Prince also handle heat dissipation better than the Prince, and certainly better than the Baby Prince.
Vaping at the highest wattages (120W) possible for the coil I noticed the heat dissipation of the glass, drip tip, and chassis are extraordinarily cool to the touch, more so than the original Prince.
The Resa Prince has an all Stainless-Steel body that is covered in a beautiful resin-dyed material that forms the look of an “all Cobra Resin” subohm tank. Each “finish” is said to be unique, though the two “7-color” Resa Prince tanks we have on hand are at least 99.99% identical (I couldn’t find a difference).
The default glass tube is a bulb-shaped tube that provides the 7.5mL juice capacity, while the spare glass tube is straight and has a maximum capacity of 5mL. Seeing both glass tubes I can’t imagine anyone wanting to remove the bulb-shaped tube for the straight glass tube. I would have rather SMOK inserted a second bulb-shaped 7.5mL glass tube.
The Resa Prince is also the only Prince to offer the LED light-up coil with the above-mentioned new 0.12ohm V12 Prince-T10 Red Light Coil. It has a range of 60 to 120W. I found the optimal range for this Coil to be between 70-78W, but I only used it for a few hours.
The 0.4ohm V12 Prince-Q4 Quadruple Coil (preinstalled) is rated for 40 to 100W and a 0.15Ω V12 Prince X-6 Sextuple Coil rated for 50-120W. The Resa Prince also offers an optional RBA Head. So far, I give the flavor and vapor to the Q4, with the X6 a close second. The V10 is a cloud chucker, with good, but not the best flavor Coil of the bunch.
Vaping with (and Expectations of) the Resa Prince
Finding just the right mod to use with the Resa Prince was a task I was not ready for when it arrived. Honestly, I thought the Resa Stick would release first. The Resa Stick is the Resa version of the Stick Prince, and from what I understood, this would be our first exposure to the Resa Tank. The Stick battery is identical to the Resa Prince, so the tank and battery match. Since the Resa Prince came first, choosing a mod that would complement the SMOK Resa Prince subohm tank took some trial and error.
I wound up splitting the past 10 days of vaping the Resa Prince with the Pioneer4You Trantor Mod (equipped with the YiHi SX520 chipset), and the SMOK H-PRIV 2. The Kit version ships with the TFV12 Big Baby Prince, which uses the V8 Baby Coils.
That said, the H-PRIV 2 has the same Resa “Cobra Resin” “honeycomb” design throughout its exterior and matches the Resa Prince nearly perfectly. In fact, I believe it would have been a better move to ship the H-PRIV 2 with a Resa Prince instead of the Big Baby Prince.
Wrapping Up and the Score
If you’ve been vaping with a full-size Prince, you know what a great job these full-size Prince Coils can do. The Resa Prince produces a fuller, somewhat thicker mouthful of vapor, and about equally awesome flavor as the Prince. I won’t choose between the full-size Prince and the Resa Prince in performance, though I admit the Resa Prince is ever so slightly more attractive than the Prince… it’s like deciding which actress, Odette Anabelle or Evangeline Lily, is the more attractive. For me, it depends on the day, the weather, how busy I am, and my general mood… it changes from day to day, moment to moment…
Once More about the TFV12 Coils – A Theory
If the coils in the Resa Prince kit are indeed just the same V12 coils that are in the Prince Kit, and replacement packs, then I have no idea why these coils are lasting as long as they are. But perhaps, just perhaps, SMOK has improved the standard TFV12 Prince Coils and are using them in the Resa Prince … and will be rolling them out as the old TFV12 Coil inventory dwindles down. Now wouldn’t that be fantastic?
SMOK Resa Prince subohm Tank Features:
- 26mm Base Diameter
- 30mm Diameter at Widest Points
- 7.5mL Maximum Juice Capacity – Bulb Glass Extension
- Superior Stainless Steel & Resin Construction
- High-Grade Glass Reinforcement
- High-Temperature Resistant
- Convenient Top-Fill Rotary Design – Lock Button Mechanism
- Massive Dual Adjustable Airflow Control at Base
- 810 Cobra Resin Ultra-Wide Drip Tip
- Performance-Grade V12 Prince Coil Structure
- 0.12ohm V12 Prince-T10 Decuple Coils – rated for 60-120W
- 0.15ohm V12 Prince-X6 Sextuple Coils – rated for 50-120W
- 0.4ohm V12 Prince-Q4 Quadruple Coils – rated for 40-100W
- 510 Connection
- Colors – Black, Yellow, Purple, Blue, Green, Red, Pink, White, Rainbow
SMOK Resa Prince subohm Tank Includes:
- 1 SMOK Resa Prince Tank
- 1 0.4ohm V12 Prince-Q4 Quadruple Coil
- 1 0.15ohm V12 Prince-X6 Sextuple Coil
- 1 0.12ohm V12 Prince-T10 Red Light Coil
- 1 Preinstalled Bulb Glass Tube – 7.5mL
- 1 Spare Glass Tube
- Spare Parts & O-Rings
- Instructional Manual
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