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BY SP013 - INNOKIN I.O KIT 'The Mighty Mini Pod'

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  1. SP013

    SP013 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 14, 2019
    Warsaw, Poland
    Hello fellow vapers,

    Here I am once again with a review for the ECF community, this time the I.O kit, which is a freshly released pod device by the well-known brand Innokin. I’ve won this kit on this forum through a giveaway and received the rainbow color.

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    The company itself uses the slogan ‘The Mighty Mini Pod’, let’s bring it to the test and see if it is that Mighty :) Right out of the box I can straight away agree with the Mini part of that slogan, because wow it is TINY!

    The I.O is a draw-activated device that at this moment has 2 coil options, a kanthal and ceramic coil both at 1.4 ohm, both refillable. The device does not have a magnetic connection system, but it clicks well in to place. The device does not have any buttons, the only thing it has is a USB port on the bottom, an indicator light on the body, and the connection for the pods on top.

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    Below is a screenshot of the specifications of the I.O kit, I took it from the official Innokin website:

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    Packaging and contents:

    The packaging is what you’d expect from Innokin, simple with a nice design, all information you’ll need is written on the back of the case.

    One thing of the contents is kind of unusual, they decided to include tip adapters to make filling a bit easier, especially with those bigger bottle tips. Nice little touch, and also useful for other pods or tanks, thanks for that Innokin

    Inside the package you will find:

    · 1x Innokin I.O. Pod System

    · 2x Tip adapters

    · 1x 1.4ohm Ceramic Coil

    · Usermanual

    · 1x 1.4ohm Kanthal Coil

    · Warning booklet

    · 1x MicroUSB Cable

    · Filling manual

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    Experiences:

    First thing that stood out to me when opening the box and sliding out the I.O, its size. I myself have never handled a pod so tiny, the smallest I had was the Vladdin RE, but this one is quite much smaller. After doing a bit of research, it is very similar in size to the JUUL pod, but the I.O. is slightly shorter and thinner than the JUUL. Below a size comparison with what I had on hand and everyone has at home, an 18650 battery and a standard BIC lighter:

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    Started off with the ceramic pod as this one was already pre-installed on the I.O, as a lazy person as I am, I didn’t feel the need to exchange it. This was also the first time I had to fill up the pod, which can be a pain sometimes to be honest even with the tip adapters. To fill simply pull open the rubber plug and get your bottle in there. The problem is not that the adapter doesn’t fit or fill, the problem is that the pods are so tiny that liquid does not flow very freely through the pod no matter how I tilt it. Often, I ended up with only one side of the pod fully filled, after some time of vaping it equals out though.

    The vape on the ceramic pod is very satisfying and smooth, the device reacts well to each draw, and the airflow is spot on for me, ciggy-like I would say. Flavor wise it is good, but there is for sure pods that deliver better flavor, but then again, they are 3 or 4 times bigger than this little fellow.

    After a week or so I thought it would be time to try out the Kanthal pod. The vape and draw are very similar to the ceramic one, the flavor, throat hit, and vaper production is slightly better on the kanthal coil, but there is a slight issue which I did not experience with the ceramic coil…

    Liquid seems to build up in small amounts above the coil and in the bottom of the valve connecting it to the mouthpiece, this causes that from time to time a drop or 2 of e-liquid might get into your mouth while vaping, see the left picture below on how that valve looks like, on the right you will see the issue I described earlier about liquid not equally flowing through the pod.

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    Even though the Kanthal coil delivers better flavor and throat hit, the ceramic coil is more stable in delivering that smooth inhale without getting a drop of e-liquid in your mouth from time to time, I vape 18mg/ml freebase liquid so its not the end of the world, but I can imagine when people vape at 30+ mg/ml salts it might get nasty.

    But overall it does deliver a very pleasant draw, flavor and throath hit on both.

    The coils from the side look pretty much identical, the only way to differentiate the coils are by looking at the color of the rubber seal on the bottom, I like that Innokin thought about that.

    Also, I did not experience any bottom leak issues, which I am often a bit worried about with bottom fill pods, but 0 issues with that which is great.

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    The battery lasts me often more than a whole day, and it takes about 50 minutes to fully charge using a 2A charger, Innokin did a good job on the efficiency of the device. It’s a pity there is no battery indication light that tells the battery is about to die, it just flashes 10 times and that’s it, time to charge, would have liked to see an under 30% battery light.

    The pods click nicely into place and do not rattle, did not have any issues with pods to unwittingly come out of the device

    Overall verdict

    Would I agree with the word ‘Mighty’ in the slogan of Innokin of this device?

    Yes, in its ‘weight-class’ it is mighty. And here is why:

    1. The overall flavor, vaper production and throat hit is impressive for such tiny device

    2. The battery lasts for more than a day for me, something I did not expect for a 310 mAh device.

    3. Refillable pods, which is mighty good for our wallets!

    This is a pod that would easily fit into anyone’s pod collection. The vape on this tiny device is pleasant, smooth and delivers the nicotine well with a lovely throat hit. Simple to operate and maintain, a good starters device for those who want to give up smoking and start vaping, if they feel like they can even hold it like a cigarette as it’s not much bigger.

    The tininess does have its disadvantages such as the liquid not flowing equally through the pod and getting a drop of e-liquid into your mouth on the Kanthal pods. Especially the issue with the Kanthal pods, its not massive, but it is one for those who vape 30+ mg/ml liquids, hope that Innokin will improve something about it. For now I will vape mostly on the Ceramics.

    Anyways, this device will stay with me, as I love to take it with me when I go outside. It allows me to carry it with me in anything and not disturb people on the street with massive clouds of my Sub Ohm tanks.

    Thank you I.O for meeting me, you will always have a special place in my heart.

    Hope you had a good read, feel free to ask any questions or to discuss this device here.

    Take care, SP013
     
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  2. hittman

    hittman ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Nice review. I won one also and experienced the liquid in the mouth thing you mentioned. That turned me off to it immediately. I did try a second pod and it’s better but just not that satisfying to me. I’ve got other pod devices that I really like but this one just didn’t make the list for me.
     
  3. FranC

    FranC TWR Co-Moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Oct 1, 2010
    New Hampshire
    Very nice review
     
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  4. SP013

    SP013 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 14, 2019
    Warsaw, Poland
    Thank you @hittman :)
    As we all know everybody has its own style of vaping and one might not like something the other does, I agree it is not the best pod on the market, but if we look at the size/performance ratio it is quite an impressive little vape. Hope Innokin will solve the liquid coming through the mouthpiece though.
     
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  5. SP013

    SP013 Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 14, 2019
    Warsaw, Poland
    Thank you @FranC :) Still learning to write reviews, but more to come soon!
     
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