Review: Innokin EQ
Innokin really isn’t breaking out of their safe zone and it’s pretty evident with the Innokin EQ. The device doesn’t do anything new in regards to aesthetics but the bold minimalism can be a hit or miss thing depending on personal preference. Those looking for a more discreet stealth vaping experience should find lots to like about this device with its clean simplistic design that doesn’t do much to stand out from the crowd.
As for build quality, the Innokin EQ uses a smooth plastic shell finished with a satin texture that feels soft to the touch and gives us the impression that the paint won’t be chipping or flaking off anytime soon with regular use.
Just like the Aspire Breeze, the Innokin EQ doesn’t opt for a draw-activated firing sensor and instead uses a singular button found on the front of the device to turn on and fire up the device. The firing button feels sufficiently sturdy and gives off a crisp click when pressed signaling when the button has been fully depressed.
Each pod attaches to the body of the Innokin EQ with a plug-and-play magnetic assembly making replacement of pods quick and seamless. Contact points on both the pod and device are well made to the point we didn’t experience any issues in connectivity between the two. A micro USB port can also be located at the bottom of the device for access to easy charging when required.
Out of all the pod-style devices we’ve reviewed so far, we can confidently say that the Innokin outstrips the competition in terms of overall flavor production and quality by far. The reason for this stems from the Innokin EQ’s relatively stronger wattage output in comparison to the rest of the devices on the market.
Innokin’s Plexus mesh coils also play a big part in this as the increased surface area for vaporizing e-liquid means more e-liquid vaporized and more flavor.
Vapor production on the Innokin EQ also trumps devices such as the Aspire Breeze, potentially placing the EQ into the radars of cloudchasers looking for a more portable device to play around with. Take note that the Innokin EQ doesn’t offer any sort of pre-filled pods and instead opts for a refillable pod design greatly extending the range of available flavors you can vape with, nic salts included.
A feature unique to the Innokin EQ within the realm of pod-style devices is its inclusion of a boost mode which effectively ups the wattage output of the device from a base value of 13.5 watts to a maximum of 15.5 watts in boost mode. While this might not sound like much when compared to the hundred watt monstrosities in the world of box mods, it goes a pretty long way considering the Innokin EQ is still a mouth to lung device.
Aside from the boost mode though, there isn’t a variable wattage feature available wherein you can manually select a precise wattage. Given the absence of this feature, its also to be expected that the Innokin EQ also doesn’t support any form of temperature control, something which has become the standard for most if not all pod-style devices available right now.
Ease of Use
Unlike most pod-style devices such as the Juul or the Bo One, the Innokin EQ doesn’t employ a draw-activated sensor and instead makes use of a single button interface which functions as the firing mechanism for the device.
Again, this is mostly left up to personal preference, while many newbies might prefer automated firing as it closely emulates the feel of a traditional tobacco cigarette, there are those who also prefer to have more direct control over their device. The inclusion of a physical firing button also means that the device can be locked for safe storage,
Locking and unlocking the Innokin is easily done with a quick three clicks on the firing button. An LED also highlights the firing button easily notifying you of the devices current battery life. Like most pod-style devices, setting up the Innokin is a breeze; simply charge the device up with the included micro USB cable, fill up the pod via the fill port located at the bottom of the pod, plug the pod into the base and you’re ready to vape!
When it comes to the dimensions of the Innokin EQ, it comes close to the size of its competition, the Aspire Breeze. Just like the Breeze, the Innokin EQ also comes with a protective cap for a more hygienic vaping experience especially for those who normally store their devices in messy pockets or bags where dust or lint might otherwise enter the mouthpiece.
With an integrated battery rated at 800mAh, you’d think that the Innokin EQ shouldn’t have a problem serving as an all day vape. Think again though since the Innokin definitely needs some recharging especially if you’re a frequent vaper as the wattage output on the EQ easily outpaces those found on similar devices such as the Breeze, meaning the battery will deplete a lot more quickly, especially when used in boost mode.
The Innokin EQ definitely gets top marks for delivering some of the best performance we’ve seen as of yet in terms of flavor and vapor production in the pod-style category.
The elegant yet simplistic design is something we can definitely get behind, and while the battery life might not be the best amongst its peers, we found that with a conservative use or a handy power bank, the Innokin EQ ranks among the top devices in its size class.