|Vaping on Innokin’s iTaste SVD sets the standard for middle range variable voltage devices. The voltage range, power, and durability are unquestionably all of superior quality. And the thing looks and feels like a lightsaber. This is an awesome attribute, but is also a little impractical. To begin with it’s hefty, but it waves around its bulk proudly. Porting this around with you on a daily basis may raise some complications, but for a stable at-home vape it is perfect. The materials are sturdy and all seem well crafted; namely, the threading for the telescopic tube attachments is superb.|
In the Box
The kit comes with a pair of iClear 30 tank atomizers (they look similar to the Vivi Nova tanks), which are functional and hold 3mL of e-juice. I can’t say that I adore these tanks though. The wicking system requires you to tilt the device horizontally every time you vape or you could end up with an unsavory burnt taste in your mouth. Additionally, the kit came with five replacement atomizers (prebuilt) so replacement won’t be an issue were I actually to burn through the current one. Replacing the atomizer is simple; empty the tank, unscrew the old one, and screw in the new one. A neat feature of the tank is that they come with metal swivel tips that you can adjust to just about 35° in any direction. Neat, but also just a bit of a novelty, and eventually I ended up just wishing it would stay straight. Also worth knowing is that the tank and tip have threading to connect so your typical drip tips won’t work with it without a 510 adapter.
It also comes with a pair of telescopic tubes which can house 18350, 18500, and 18650 size batteries. The threading on the tubes and device are of an applaudable grade; I have not had issues with removing or replacing the tubes; adjusting them is smooth work, no jams or grinding the threading so far.
Just as important as what is in the box is what’s not in there: batteries. Here you are with a device that can take basically any 18mm diameter battery, and there isn’t a single one in the box. If you already have batteries this is obviously of no concern, but if you are looking to upgrade from you eGo or packet of Blu cigs, the fact that you’ll have to buy not only a battery (or two) as well as a charger could be a significant deterrent to obtaining this device.
As for the body of the device, it is made of sturdy stainless steel with no loose pieces or jiggling parts; something that always is a must for me. Devices that have loose parts just immediately feel cheaper and offset my interest in them from the onset so it’s a relief that this one holds together well. The firing/power button is a transparent plastic that glows when pressed; the color it glows tells how much battery life you have left: green-lots, yellow-medium, red-low, no light-dead. The buttons to control the voltage/wattage are both metal and have yet to jam.
What throws off the otherwise modern appearance is that the display is raised and there is a frame around it that is bolted in, quite unlike the display on the eVic which is situated within a plastic compartment. Operating the display to change the wattage/power or view the resistance is rather straightforward. Modes are switch by holding a pair of designated buttons down for five seconds. The body of the SVD itself has inscriptions on it that act as a quick reference to show which pairs of buttons to hold for each mode.
A point of visual incongruence is that the cap which screws onto the bottom of the telescopic tubes is a different metallic finish than the rest of the body, which throws off the feel of uniformity. It does not look bad, just a tad off. However, it does redeem itself by having some ventilation holes perforating it to keep your battery cool. The rest of the body is designed nicely as well.
Firing it Up
Performance-wise, the SVD is beastly. With the option of blasting 6V of energy into the atomizer, you can get some seriously milky vapors. For a milder vape, turn down the volts and you can still get some good output. Using an 18650 size battery, the device managed to provide some solid steady vaping for about two and a half days. Unfortunately, it does not feature pass-through charging; unless you have an extra battery ready, when it’s dead you will be vapeless until recharged. And that takes an unholy amount of time. Worthy of note is that the kit does not come with a battery.
I briefly mentioned the controls for navigating the settings earlier, that they are controlled by pressing combinations of the three buttons. Overall, cycling through settings is easy, after all you really only have three options: VV, VW, and an ohm checker. Alternating between them is easy an intuitive. However, every time you take out a battery and replace it, the device will lock. In order to unlock, and thereby change your voltage or wattage, you have to go through a process of holding down some buttons for just over ten seconds: something that could be quite frustrating for some when you just want to get right to vaping. However, the device does still fire when locked; the only inconvenience comes when you want to use the VV or VW features.
Another feature of the SVD computer system is that it has a few safety features: which really translates to “settings that limit your vape experience…in a safe way.” First of there’s a ten-second cutoff when holding down the battery in order to prevent it firing for too long in your purse or pocket. In practice, all this really does for me is limit how long of a puff I get to take.
A second feature is that the device will refuse to fire if you have an atomizer with too low a resistance. Trying to run anything below about 1.2 ohm will be impossible and the only response you’ll get is a glaring red button stubbornly refusing to cooperate. But, this is something you’ll find on nearly any VV device so it’s really a bit inescapable. This is something you will have to deal with, even when using something as sophisticated as the Provari Mini. Using the SVD with a rebuildable atomizer can be frustrating if you want to use a lo-res setup. I’d say just play it safe and build something with at least 1.5 ohm.
All Said and Done
Quite the Herculean powerhouse, the device is overall impressive and is a great PV. If you’re all for an upper-end variable voltage device and a sturdy at home vape, try out the Innokin iTaste SVD. It’s not for everyone, but if you’ve ever dreamed of vaping with a lightsaber, look no further.
- Fits 18350, 18500, and 18650 size batteries
- Variable Voltage 3.0-6.0V by 0.1V increments
- Variable Wattage 3.0-15.0 watts by 0.5w increments
- 510/eGo Threading
- Digital Display: battery, power, voltage, resistance