Introduction: The Much Anticipated Coolfire Mini From Innokin
The Innokin Cool Fire mini looks set to add to the rise of the ‘mini mods’. Or so it appears judging from the sheer amount of tiny stealth vaping nano mods currently on the market.
As a long time user of Innokin’s Coolfire series – to get my hands on the much awaited Innokin Coolfire Mini 40W with the Slipstream tank – was I have to say exciting.
For our American friends I’m pretty sure the Coolfire Mini is known as the Coolfire Ace – anyway that’s what Google tells me 😉
Ok given I have relegated my Coolfire IV TC 100 to my desk mod [the Pebble has taken over as my out and about mod] – could the Mini and Slipstream prize the Pebble from my pocket?
Let’s take a good look under the Mini – as we used to say in the sixties.
In The Box
First glance and I thought this was a multipack of cigarettes – particularly as a third of the front is taken up with the dire warning – ‘This Product Contains Nicotine Which is a Highly Addictive Substance’.
I could argue that [a] no it doesn’t until it’s filled [b] and anyway some folks might use 0mg nicotine…but I won’t. Instead I’ll just carry on muttering lines such as ‘the world’s gone mad’ – ‘nanny state’ and such like whilst I write – a kind of mild Tourette’s review if you like.
Anyway – the rest of the packing is functional with the contents and scratch n sniff code on the back – and just to add one of my own warnings – the edges of the cardboard are extremely smooth so no chance of paper-cuts…but if at all concerned at such danger wear protective gloves and goggles… ‘nanny state’…mutters….
Inside you’ll find:
- X1 Coolfire Mini Battery
- X1 Slipstream Tank
- X1 Extra coil [0.8 Kal]
- X1 Micro USB charging cable
- X1 User manual
- X1 replaceable stainless steel drip-tip
- X2 Innokin stickers
Coolfire Mini/Ace Specs
- 63mm tall [without the Slipstream tank]
- 42mm wide
- 510 gold plated spring loaded connection
- Voltage range of 3.0 to 7.5 volts
- Variable wattage range of 6.0 to 40 watts – adjustable in .5 watt increments
- Can pass-through vape – vaping whilst charging
Regular users of the Coolfire series will already be familiar with the key features – and the Mini is pretty much identical in every aspect.
Let’s run through a few.
First up is its size – the Mini is exactly that it’s tiny and about 2/3rds the size of the Coolfire TC 100.
It’s considerably lighter too despite having a 1300mAh internal battery.
The Innokin Coolfire Mini can be operated in both variable voltage and wattage mode each of which allows you to set your preferred vape settings to the ‘unth degree.
Once set the chip recognizes and remembers your settings.
Innokin has packed in a whole host of safety features too including low voltage warning – short circuit protection – overheat protection and over discharge protection.
The device also cuts out if the fire button is held down for longer than 15 seconds – handy if it’s in your bag or pocket.
Though on a serious note – for a change – when not in use and particularly in your pocket or bag – DO turn any vaping device OFF for obvious reasons.
Operating the Coolfire Mini
- X3 clicks turns you on and off
- Hold + & fire button for two seconds to enter variable wattage mode
- Hold – & fire button for 2 seconds to enter variable voltage mode
- Both settings can be increased and decreased using the + & – buttons
- Hold = & – buttons for 3 seconds to flip the screen
- The Coolfire Mini OLED screen also displays the battery reading
- Green = almost fully charged
- Yellow = Half power
- Red = Low power
Innokin say if the Coolfire Mini is reading below two bars on the battery indicator re-charge immediately – it could screw up your device and possibly void your 90 day warranty.
The Slipstream Tank
We’ve pretty much covered the Slipstream tank a couple of times – suffice it to say it is not only a nice looking piece of kit – it performs well too.
I have to say it does look like it was made for the Coolfire Mini looking fantastic together.
Of course the Mini can take over tanks thanks to the 510 connection so if 2mls is too little for you then a larger tank fits with no issues.
Checkout our reviews which include the Slipstream here:
Design and Build Quality
I received the stainless steel and black version – the Coolfire Mini is also available in pink – purple and blue.
The build is first rate with that brushed metal look. The fire button curves over the top of the mod which is a nice design touch.
The screen though tiny is crystal clear and all three buttons are responsive with no annoying rattle.
The usb is on the side – which of course means it stands up whilst charging and you can vape whilst it’s powering up – though the lead is a little small lol.
Of the two I received I felt the black was a lovely thing to handle – however for me anyway the stainless steel version felt a little lightweight – I dunno just a personal thing but the stainless steel version felt a little ‘cheaper’ than the black one.
The battery venting comes in three varying sized cut-outs on the top and bottom – they stand out far more on the lighter models adding both a safety and nice looking design touch.
All in all it’s the Coolfire shrunk down with a few little touches such as the fire buttons curve and the + and – buttons horizontal rather than vertical.
Funnily enough I just read Kevin’s excellent review of the Smokjoy Air 50s Micro – and they do look very similar…very similar 😉
How Does The Innokin Coolfire Mini and Slipstream Perform?
I’ve already said the Slipstream is a great little tank and pairing it with the cute little Coolfire Mini is an inspired move – they do look bloody good together.
The fire button is extremely responsive with not even the slightest gap between hitting the fire button and getting the vape.
Altering your settings is a doddle and is lightening quick – there’s no ‘round robin’ so you need to be a little gentle.
If you’ve used any of the Coolfire mods then operating the Mini will be second nature. If you’re new to the range then there’s nothing here that will faze you.
What I like
Being a fan of all things Coolfire it goes without saying I like the Mini – especially paired up with the Slipstream tank.
It fits beautifully in your hand – seems to have a battery life that lasts forever and is compatible with all the 510 connection tanks out there.
It is – what it is – a mini version of the Coolfires…
What I Don’t Like
There’s really not a lot to dislike – but I think you might have detected a kind of ‘shrug’ coming from me…
I’ll explain below…but let’s put it this way – despite being more powerful it hasn’t replaced the Pebble as my ‘out and about’ kit.
Final Review Verdict
I was of course excited to hear Innokin were adding a nano/mini version to their superb Coolfire series so it might sound daft – but that is exactly what it is!!!
Yeah the Innokin Coolfire Mini is a cute – good looking – reasonably powerful device that does all you ask of it.
I’m not even sure why I’m kinda flat after using it for a few days – it IS a Coolfire and it Is smaller – and…
Well – that’s it really.
Not sure what I was expecting if I’m honest – so putting my reviewers cap on rather than a Coolfire fanboy vest and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending the Coolfire Mini.
I just kinda shrug when I look at it – it is was it is and does it quite beautifully if that makes any kind of sense!!!
If you have a Coolfire and want a smaller 40watt version then don’t hesitate – buy it!
If I was taking the big end off my Austin Mini engine and the Coolfire Mini dropped into the oil sump [as you can see I have no concept of car engines] would I replace it?
Yes I would – then call a mechanic.
- Great design
- Variable wattage and voltage
- Comes with the Slipstream tank
- Battery lasts an age
- I’ve scratched my head and can’t find any if I’m honest.
- Some might wish it had a little more ‘ooomph’ than 40 watts maybe…