I’ve used a number of SMOK mods in the past, all of which featured magnetic switches and locking rings. From the Magneto to the Galileo to the Pioneer e-pipe, I’ve found them all to be… decent… but wanting in one small way or another.
Primarily, my big gripe with SMOK’s magnetic-firing mechanical mods has been that the retention ring in the firing assembly would loosen over time, due to use of the locking ring, and eventually drop the firing button right out of the mod, leading to the mod autofiring anything that was attached to it.
With the Pioneer e-pipe, my one gripe was that its battery accommodation is restricted to 18350, meaning that, much as you might like to, you simply can’t attach anything to it built for sub ohm vaping performance, as there just isn’t much point to an 18350 battery with 30 amp or higher output.
Today, we’re looking at a mod that has features from both types of device. Step right this way, Gentle Reader, and let’s explore the beast they call the Fury-S.
Specs & Features
Without opening the cap, you could easily be forgiven for thinking that the Fury-S hasn’t got a damned thing new going on. It’s when you get your hands on it — and again when you open her up — that you discover, to your surprise and your pleasure, just how wrong you were.
We start right up top with the standard SMOK rendition of the 510/eGo combination connection with a short floating center pin. We’re going to come back to that center pin, by the way. For now, moving down from there, we have a single 18650-loving battery tube.
At the bottom, we have the expected locking ring and firing button assembly — and yet, not exactly the way SMOK has ever executed a firing assembly before.
Rather than the traditional threaded ring that unscrews to lock the button in place and screws in to free its range of travel, the locking system on the Fury-S rotates 360 degrees through four detents. In the ‘open’ position, the button has a medium range and very smooth throw. But rotate the locking ring 90 degrees to either the left or to the right, and you’ll feel a solid and sure detent. The button will no longer fire in this position.
This is only the exterior difference in the firing assembly, however. To get to the really unusual new feature in the Fury-S, we unscrew that bottom cap, and discover that this is an entirely new magnetic system from SMOK.
In systems like the Magneto, Magneto II, and Galileo, a pair of magnets are fixed in place, one in the bottom half of the telescoping body, the other in the firing assembly. The firing button itself is contained within a magnetic “doughnut” and held in place by a delrin retention ring, relying on magnetic repulsion to prevent the closure of the electrical circuit until the user presses the button to overcome the magnetic repulsion and fire the mod.
In the Fury-S, however, the battery tube is a single piece with no fixed magnet installed in it. Instead, a magnet within a delrin insulator is magnetically attached to the negative end of the battery and then inserted into the battery tube, acting as a sort of drop-in module.
Smoke has also thoughtfully included not one but two such devices — one is electrically non-resistant, and the other has a 7 amp safety fuse built in.
The build quality of the Fury-S far exceeds that for a device in its sub-$60 price range, and rivals that of mechanical mods at far more premium price and prestige points.
The threads on the device are astonishingly smooth; the engraving is deep and sharply defined. I am disappointed to see that a device which seems so obviously aimed at dedicated drippers still includes a largely decorative rather than functional set of eGo connection threads without adequate (in my opinion) airflow provided to those threads.
There isn’t much more to say regarding build quality other than to wrap this section up by describing it this way: Absolutely top-notch for this price point.
Aesthetics & Ergonomics
The aesthetics of the Fury-S are largely derived from its ergonomics. The ergonomics, in turn, are a case of form strictly following function — maybe a little too strictly in one way.
There isn’t much to be seen on the single 18650 battery tube other than the SMOK branding on one side and, on the other, a stylized vampire skull. The problem with this is that, if your hands are sweaty, or if you over-drip even a little and get eliquid on your fingers or on the mod, the mod ends up being really difficult to keep secure in the hand, which can make it somewhat uncomfortable.
This isn’t something the user can’t deal with, of course, but it remains that a little more texturing would be a very welcome upgrade to a future version of the Fury-S.
On the other hand, where SMOK really nailed the “texture” question on the Fury-S is on the top cap and the locking mechanism. Both feature a deeply engraved “grid” texture which makes them both comfortable and secure in the fingers when turning them.
Also on the aesthetics front, you should find that any 22mm rebuildable dripper or rebuildable tank will fit flush on the connection and look perfectly gorgeous there. For example, my Fury-S is hosting an Infinite CLT (review on that coming soon!) and the combination looks just beautiful.
Real World Experience
My real world experience with the SMOK S, over the past couple of weeks, has been very satisfactory with just one minor exception. While my Sony VTC4 battery has the mod performing to really superior standards, my Vamped 40 amp battery practically refuses to fire the thing at all.
I really can’t say whether this is a problem with the battery, though, or with the Fury-S, because the Vamped will fire a Sigelei #13A. To a certain extent, then, I’m going to chalk it up to the combination of the Fury-S and the Vamped specifically. It may be that the Fury-S would do better with a button-top 18650 than with a flat-top — and bear this in mind, as occurred to me: Not every 18650 battery is exactly the same size as every other.
Outside of that one minor issue, the Fury-S is not just a solid performer but a heavy hitter. The magnetic switch is smooth, the locking feature is really a leap forward not just for SMOK but for the industry as a whole. The Fury-S feels more solid and compact than I’m used to, and this comes down to its solid 18650-only design, which I also suspect is the big reason why it hits so much harder than any telescopic mod I’ve ever used.
Recommendation & Conclusion
So let’s hit the pros and the cons:
- Single tube provides for greater continuity, meaning better performance and better looks
- 360 degree locking mechanism means no more firing button dropout/autofiring mod
- Excellently textured top cap/locking ring control
- Magnetic firing button is smooth and comfortable
- Sub-$60 price point
- Smooth battery tube body means unsure grip in some situations
- Magnets as drop-in-modules mean a small (but present) chance of loss
- Single fixed-size battery tube means some 18650s may not work consistently
Would I recommend the Fury-S, then? Yes, I absolutely would. Along with it, however, I would recommend button-top 18650 batteries be used for absolute certainty of the best performance.
You can get the SMOK Fury-S from Kidney Puncher for $59.99