The Innokin Adept Zlide kit is one of the latest shockproof and waterproof vape mods to hit the market. A growing trend albeit not usually paired with a mouth to lung tank.
Being Adept basically means being good at something. Now imagine saying you’re good at something, but not actually being good at it..
What Can We Expect From the Adept by Innokin
On the face of it, this packs a number of features that really catch my eye. The Innokin Adept claims to be an IP67 rated, shock-proof, dust-proof mod. With a rubberised finish and LED bar-style display and they also throw in the Zlide Tank (the successor to the Zenith).
The Zlide tank itself has previously been reviewed by the legendary Neil Humber. You can check out his Innokin Zlide MTL Tank Review here.
Let’s Crack On and have a look at the Adept Kit by Innokin.
This item was sent to us for the purposes of review. As always, my views are my own.
See The Adept Kit In Action With My Video Review
What’s In The Box
- 1 x Adept Mod
- 1 x Zlide Tank
- 1 x PLEX3D 0.48Ω Coil
- 1 x Zenith 1.6Ω KAL Coil
- 1 x Spare Glass
- 1 x Micro USB Cable
- 1 x Spares Bag
- 1 x Quick Start Guide
- 1 x Warning Booklet
- 1 x QR Card
- Battery – 3000mAh
- Fast Charging via Micro USB 5v/2A
- IP67 Waterproof, Dust-proof, Shockproof
- Tri-Colour LED Display
- Resistance Range: 0.4-3.0Ω
- Maximum Voltage: 5.5v
- Automatic Coil Detection
- Over Discharge, Overcharge, Over Voltage, Short Circuit, Overheat
- Colours Available: Purple | Black | White | Ocean | Sky | Forest Camo
- ‘Easy Slide’ Top Fill
- Child Safe Drip-Tip?
- 2ml e-liquid capacity
- Z-Coil Line Compatible
- Bottom Adjustable 5-step Airflow
- Colours Available: Gunmetal | Stainless Steel | Blue | Black
- Height: 130mm
- Width: 43.5mm
- Depth: 30mm
Design and Build Quality
I received the Purple version of the Adept Kit, along with a lovely pink drip-tip. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve no problem wearing a pink shirt, playing with dolls and even slipping into a nice dress every now and then.
But the Purple Adept Mod along with the Pink Drip-Tip really doesn’t do my street cred any good. Not that I have any.
However some of the other styles look really eye catching, I quite like the look of the Camo version with a black tank on top – Definitely ideal for someone who loves the outdoors.
Standing 85mm tall, the mod is really nicely put together. Wrapped in a thick, squidgy purple rubber gives this device a solid, robust feel and at the top and bottom is a polished metal finish.
At the top-centre is your nicely spring mounted 510 threaded connection with plenty of play for your longer 510 pins.
The Adept mod is also able to take up to a 26mm tank before any overhang. On the side is the display, single clicky adjustment button and the fire button, which is shiny and nicely curved for your thumb.
At the base of the device is your Micro-USB charging port which is nicely hidden under a very snugly fitted silicon bung. Along with that the base of the mod shows the wattage settings for both >1.0Ω and <1.0Ω coils – Clever and handy.
The Zlide tank is Innokins successor to the Zenith, featuring a 2ml e-liquid capacity, nicely housed within a Stainless steel case, meaning breaking the glass is a lot harder than your usual Sub-Ohm tanks and RTA’s.
The Zlide comes with a ‘Child-Proof’ Drip-Tip, which is basically a normal 510 drip-tip but with an extended base which stops the top fill part from sliding open.
The tank is actually really nice looking, very simple but with nice angles and nice smooth airflow adjustment.
In The Hand
To hold, it’s a joy. This is due to the lovely comfortable rubber that surrounds the majority of the mod. It has a nice oval shape and is nice and weighty, but not too heavy at all.
Coil Options and Airflow
You have 2 coil options, Innokins new PLEX3D coil, which is a 0.48Ω Mesh Coil, and a 1.6Ω round wire coil which is the same that was used in the Zenith Tank.
Both coils feature a clever little mesh ring at the top that will limit any spit back. Another clever touch by Innokin.
How Does the Innokin Adept Slide Kit perform?
This device couldn’t be simpler to adjust the settings and power is pre-set depending on your coil. There is only the one adjustment button, and the screen is bright and clear and displays between 1-4 bright bars depending on your desired wattage setting.
3 clicks will turn your device on/off
There is a battery icon at the top of the screen which will glow:
- Green when between 60 and 100%
- Orange between 20 and 40%
- Red when below 20%.
Another nice feature is the funny looking >] and <] symbols at the bottom of the display.
In essence this icon will be displayed if your coil resistance is above, or below 1.0Ω
Heres how it works.
Quite simply, the mod will automatically detect the recommended minimum and maximum power ranges depending on the resistance of your coil. Then all you do from there is select which power level you prefer.
- The 4-steps to choose from with coil resistance above 1.0Ω are 11w, 12w, 13w and 14w
- The 4-steps to choose from with coil resistance below 1.0Ω are 14w, 15w, 16w, 17w.
These power levels are also cleverly displayed on the base of the Innokin Adept mod. But its a shame to see there is no way to adjust this any further – So don’t expect to throw an RDA on here with a 0.12Ω coil in. Because it won’t fire unless you want the coolest and most lacklustre vape of your life.
In all honesty, anything below 0.80Ω and you might as well not bother. This is a true mouth to lung (MTL) mod. No scrap that, it’s a true High Coil resistance mod.
I also gave this mod a go with the EHPro True Tank, which is an RTA designed for Mouth-To Lung vaping, with a 1.07Ω coil it vapes perfectly. Another reason to call this a ‘True’ MTL Mod.
How to fill
If you’re using the ‘Child-Proof’ 510 drip-tip, be sure to remove this first, however the spare black drip-tip that comes in the accessories box doesn’t have the child-proof feature so you won’t have to worry about removing it from the tank.
Once thats done, very very simply slide the top section across which will expose there large filling slot, then fill with your desired e-liquid. You can check out some of our best rated e juice here.
As always give your coils chance to saturate, I advise around 5 minutes minimum before you start vaping. Also, be sure to start on the lower wattages to allow the coil and cotton to break in.
Flavour and Clouds
For the Innokin Adept review I’ve been vaping on Nature Vapes – Peach, Papaya & Mango.
And it seems fitting as Mark (From Nature Vape) is a Mouth-To-Lung vaper and I know he likes this e-liquid. So it seems fitting to see if the Zlide tank can bring out the best from an E-Liquid created by a Mouth-To-Lung Vaper.
The 0.48Ω PLEX3D Mesh Coil
I wasn’t overly impressed with the flavour from this coil, the vapour production is good for a small coil, even on the lowest wattage setting (14w) its produces a nice little cloud.
At its maximum (17w) with the airflow holes all open flavour is OK, but not great. But I really don’t feel like the wattage available is enough for this coil. Ideally this coil requires a little more airflow, and a little more power to be enjoyable.
The 1.6Ω Zenith coil
A tried and tested coil, and it shows. The flavour is noticeably better, but still not excellent for a tank and coil designed for MTL vaping. Don’t get me wrong, its good but I think my expectations were just a little higher than what it actually delivers.
At the 12w setting, with the airflow on one hole only, you get a reasonably tight draw and a nice little cloud.
The Zlide isn’t the worst MTL tank, but its certainly not the best. However I do think it’ll do the job if you’re looking for a MTL tank with replaceable coils.
The Airflow adjustment at the bottom of the tank has 4 small holes so setting to your desired airflow is simple enough.
However, I found the airflow is a little too loose even set to only 1 hole open for the nice tight draw that a MTL Vaper is looking for.
I practically have to close the airflow all the way shut to get the restriction I like.
For a tank that offers limited airflow, it is a little noisy but not turbulent and doesn’t whistle.
I didn’t tend to chain-vape on this device, mainly due to using higher nicotine e-liquids. So I treated this device like my ‘Break-Time-Vape’ So the battery life I experienced is based on using this device daily but not too frequently.
If you’re planning on using the 0.48Ω coil – You’ll happily get 2 days out of this mod, even on the highest wattage setting.
Pop in the 1.6Ω Zenith coil, at the 12w setting and the device will give you more than 4 days battery life.
Charging the device takes around 1 hour thanks to its fast 2Amp charging. But you won’t be charging this very often, especially when using the higher resistance coils.
It’s clear just by looking at the Innokin Adept mod it’s built to be bullied. So that’s exactly what I did, with the help of my football loving 5yr old.
We took the Adept Mod (Not the tank) to our local playing fields on a wet and muddy day and gave the Adept a darn good kicking.
Needless to say – there’s barely a scratch on the mod – The rubber hasn’t been affected at all, and there is only the smallest of chips on the top, and bottom metal section.
After that I sunk the mod into a large glass of water and let it enjoy a little bath for a while…
After taking the mod out, drying it off, the mod worked perfectly and inside the USB port was bone dry.
Im really impressed that not only does this device cope with water, but it copes amazingly with being thrown and kicked around and there is literally not a scratch on the device.
- Comfortable to hold and use
- Extremely durable and long lasting
- Excellent battery life
- Easy to use and adjust settings
- Clear bright screen
- Well built
- Nicely styled
- Slide-Top Fill works great
- 1.6Ω Coil is proven to be long lasting
- No option to use higher wattages
- Favour is average with both coils
- Airflow is a little wishy washy
Final Review Verdict
As a kit, I’m really impressed with the build quality, feel and operation of the Adept and Zlide Tank. Everything has been nicely put together and Ive had no issues carrying the Adept around with me, regardless of its colour.
Its a shame the coils for the tank let the mod down so much because for something so well made, it deserved to perform as good as it looks.
The mod is more bulletproof than any other vape mod I’ve smashed around, yes mores than the Aegis Legend by GeekVape. So if you’re looking for a tough Mod to use with your favourite MTL tank, this is the one and only option in my opinion.
But then they go and limit your wattage to a maximum of 17w when using a coil below 1.0Ω – A bit of a shame if you ask me and I think they missed a trick here.
Its very simple indeed, so this will certainly suit someone looking for a MTL vape with no fuss.
At the end of the day, Vaping products are primarily designed to be aids to quitting smoking, however not all are truly designed for someone looking to quit the stinkies.
The important factors are: will this device/kit suit someone new to vaping, will it help them quit and will it last. So I ask a number of basic questions from the products I review and in order to score highly, they need to reach a certain standard.
‘Would this device be long lasting and still work 3, 6 or even 12 months from now?’
I’d be surprised if this kit doesn’t last 2 years! Its superbly built and designed and although the flavour from the coils isn’t the best, they are durable and long lasting.
Does this device deliver the flavour, vapour and general experience I require, in order to be enjoyed?
I suppose for someone who has quit cigarettes, and picked up the Adept Kit, they may say the flavour is spot on, and they’ll keep saying that for a couple of weeks until their taste buds come back to life. At which point they may start to question themselves, but hopefully they’ll realise its the flavour from the coils that is the issue.
As a general vaping experience, the Zlide does a good job, especially when limiting the airflow to almost nothing – you do get a tight enough draw to be enjoyed and you don’t have to pull for too long to get the throat hit you are looking for.
Is the Innokin Adept Kit versatile enough to suit a new vaper, and an experienced one alike?
Due to its simplicity, its definitely a good option for a new vaper, but many will be drawn into the pod mod market. I can’t see this kit being appealing to the masses, however for those out there who enjoy a nice MTL vape on their favourite MTL RTA, but require a more robust mod to take out and about with them – The Adept is in my opinion the best option.
Did you buy the Innokin Adept Zlide kit? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!