Review: iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro by Innokin

The iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro is a 60 w box mod that the can fire coils anywhere between  0.2 – 3.1 Ohm with a built-in 4500 mAh battery. Built like a tank, this thing can last all day long, as well as give you the ability to charge other USB devices off the built-in charge port.

Aesthetics/Build Quality:

I once read Innokin being compared to as the Nokia of the vape world, and I wholeheartedly agree. While not always the most aesthetically pleasing devices, it is built to last, and the iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro definitely follows that trend.
It’s full metal body, and solid construction makes it a great match for anyone who is less than gentle with their devices. That is, if you could get over the weight of the device. Weighing in at just under half a pound, it’s not exactly light. If you are a chain vaper like me, you’ll definitely notice the heft of the device pretty quickly.

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Textured Sides

The two longer sides have the device’s logo surrounded grid of dots. My concern that the texture would become a bother to hold ended up being unfounded. While you can feel the texture, the shallow depth of it makes it feel almost completely flat, and since it’s beveled in, within minutes of holding the device, you won’t feel it at all anymore.

The front of the device has 3 buttons, the micro USB charging port and a display that measures 1″L x 1/4″W, while the back of the device is completely clean except for CE logo, the don’t throw away your electronics logo, and the battery capacity. The logos are small, and generally invisible unless you are looking for them.

The top and bottom of the device is capped with a dark gray, almost gun steel color. This color stays the same no matter what color device you get, and matches well with all of them. The top specifically has a LED that will glow either Red, Yellow or Green depending on the battery status. And the bottom has a standard USB port, as well as a built-in Micro USB cable for charging an external device.

Functionality:

The iTaste MVP 3.0 Pro comes with all the functionality that you’d expect from a non-temperature controlled mod.

Voltage is adjustable from 3.0 to 9.0 volts in .1 increments, and wattage from 6.0 to 60.0 watts in .5 increments. One of the things I really enjoy about the device is its “memory” feature. When in either voltage or wattage mode, it remembers your last setting. So for instance, if you had it set to 4.0 volts, switched over to wattage mode, set it to 60w, then switched back to voltage mode, it will switch back to 4.0 volts. This is perfect for someone like me who switches between two different types of coils all the time. I could leave voltage mode at 4.4 (for my 1.8 Ohm coil) and wattage at 35w (for my .5 Ohm coil) and switch between them easily without having to adjust the voltage or wattage. Though, this doesn’t come without it’s drawbacks. This functionality isn’t really a feature as much as a side effect from how the device works. When in voltage mode, the device doesn’t calculate the wattage until you hit the fire button, and when in wattage mode, doesn’t calculate the voltage until you hit the fire button. What that means is, when in voltage mode, the wattage display always shows 0 until you hit the fire button and vice versa. While not a big deal, it’s worth mentioning.

Micro USB Cable

Micro USB Cable

Another huge feature of this device (and one that makes it stand out from other manufacturers) is its ability to charge an external device. At the bottom of the unit you’ll see a USB port, as well as a rubber piece. If you remove the rubber piece, you’ll discover a Micro USB cable. Using that USB port or Micro USB cable, you can plug it into your cell phone, tablet, or any device that uses USB power. The unfortunate part is it only outputs at DC 5V/1A meaning, it probably won’t have any issues charging your cell phone, it might have some issues charging a tablet (for instance, the iPad requires a 9V/2A charging port). It’s seems to be about on pair with any cheap USB power unit you could get at the local electronics store, but honestly, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. If it did do 9V/2A, the battery inside your iTaste would be dead pretty quickly. I also have a concern with the USB port on the bottom. Since it doesn’t come with any kind of cover, and being on the bottom of the device, I fear that over time, the port can get dirty or even broken. On top of that, since it’s on the bottom, you’d have to leave the unit on it’s side to use the USB port or Micro USB port. While again, a small thing, in the long run, it might make the actual use of this feature more of a hassle than it’s worth. Though, I do appreciate the attempt, and in a dire situation where your cell phone is dead, but you NEED to make a call, I could see this coming in pretty handy.

Besides that, the device provides all functions you’ll ever need. Battery Level Indicator, 15 Second Cutoff, Flip Screen Orientation, Short Circuit/Atomizer Protection, Pass-Through Vaping, Over-Heat/Discharge Protection, 510 Connector (with included Ego Threading Adapter), etc.

Operation:

IMG_1818On the front of the device you’ll see three buttons. A large fire button on the top that’s slightly protruded, as well as – and + buttons at the bottom below the screen. With these three buttons you have a whole host of functions.

I found using the device a bit complicated for a new user, but it gets the job done.

 

Setting the device into Wattage Mode Press and hold the + button first and then quickly press and hold the fire button. After about 3 seconds the screen will change to wattage mode and start blinking.
Setting the device into Voltage Mode Press and hold the – button first and then quickly press and hold the fire button. After about 3 seconds the screen will change to voltage mode and start blinking.
Increase/Decrease the Voltage/Wattage After setting the device into the mode you want, press and hold either the – or + button. After about 3 seconds the screen will start flashing, and you could decrease or increase it by hitting the – or + buttons respectively.
Turning the device on/off Press the fire button for 3 times. The device will either turn off, or turn on and show you the Innokin logo.
Checking Battery and Hit stats Press and hold both the – and + buttons and the display will switch to showing you the battery’s current voltage level, the attached coil’s resistance, and how many hits you’ve taken since the last time the device was powered on. Don’t hold it for too long though because…
Changing between left hand and right hand modes Press and hold both the – and + buttons for about 3 seconds. The screen will either flip left or right depending on how it’s currently set.

Summary:

Overall, I really like this device. I’ve been using it for about 2 weeks now and haven’t had any significant issues (besides any mentioned in this review).

So the question is, is it worth its price tag?

Because of the size/weight of the device, and the way the unit operates, I’m not sure I would recommend this device for a completely new user, but anyone who has owned a box mod in the past will feel right at home. It’s sharp edges and weight makes it less than ergonomic, and can get tiring to hold, especially for a chain vapor like myself. Though it’s feature set, and high build quality overall makes it up for it’s shortcomings.

If you are in the market for a non-temperature controlled box mod, with less than 100w, and built-in battery, this thing should be at the top of your list. The 4500 mAh battery will take about 4-5 hours to fully charge, but will easily last you all day.

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Specifications:

Battery 3.7V 4500mAh (voltage variable depending on battery charge)
Variable Wattage Yes
Variable Voltage Yes
Temperature Control No
Max Output Wattage 60w
Max Output Voltage 9v
Thread Size/Style 510
Built in Display Yes
Pass through Vaping Yes with Innokin’s ‘Vape while charging’ technology
Dimensions 4″L x 1-3/4″W x 7/8″D
Weight 212 grams
Colors Available Silver, Black, Pink, Blue, and a Premium Gold Edition
Charging Input Micro USB
External Charging Yes

(thanks to /u/EnoEK for pointing out my mistake with turning on and off the device. As he said “Press and hold the fire button for 3 seconds.” This would make vaping with it pretty.. difficult.)

Author: John

I've always been a huge tech junky. If there's a battery and some kind of silicon, I love tinkering with it. When it comes to my vapes, I prefer the hands off approach for my every day device. A nice tank, pre-made coil, and mod with battery built in is just too convenient. One day I'll build a coil. One day.

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