Another Addition To The Cool Fire 4 Range – This Time With Replaceable 18650 Battery
The Innokin Cool Fire 4 TC 18650 is the latest of the Cool Fire 4 range of mods, and fourth in total. Oh…This isn’t including the Storm Edition! We can’t leave that one out.
I have been a huge fan of the Cool Fire 4 range and have used all of the devices on a regular basis. From the original Cool Fire 4, then onto the Cool Fire 4 Plus and the recent Cool Fire 4 TC100. The latter of which I use on a regular basis.
So what’s different with the new Innokin mod?
As the name suggests, this version offers a replaceable 18650 battery to power the mod. That’s the main difference, the rest we will cover in the review.
In The Box
There are two versions currently available. The Limited Edition Vape Travel Kit and the standard kit.
The Standard Kit Includes:
- 1 X Innokin Cool Fire 4 TC 18650 Mod (Batteries not included)
- 1 X 3ml iSub V Tank
- 1 X 0.5Ohm SS316L coil (Pre-installed)
- 1 X 0.5Ohm KAL BVC coil
- 1 X Spare iSub V Delrin Drip Tip
- 1 X Silicone battery case
- User manual
Limited Edition Vape Travel Kit Includes:
- 1 X Cool Fire 4 TC 18650 mod
- 1 X Zip travel case with inbuilt battery power checker
- 1 X Silicone 18650 battery case
- User manual
- Aethon Chipset
- Powered by replaceable 18650 battery
- Temp Control compatible with Ni200, Ti and SS
- 150-315˚C – 300-600˚F Temp range
- Atomizer Resistance: From 0.1 Ohm
- Temperature Control Mode: Ni (0.1‐0.2 Ohm), Ti (0.1‐0.5 Ohm), Stainless Steel 316L (0.2‐1.0 Ohm) coils are recommended.
- Ultra fast fire button reaction. Just 0.2 seconds.
- Gold plated, spring loaded pin
Build Quality and Design
For users of any of the Cool Fire 4 mods, the design will be very familiar.
If anything the quality of the TC 18650 is actually a step up. Innokin have tweaked certain elements, improving the fire and function buttons in particular.
I had no issue with these on the other versions but when sitting side by side the TC 18650 buttons have an even more solid, streamlined look.
Both buttons have a very satisfying click to them. On first use the fire button was a touch on the noisy side but this soon became an after thought the more I used it.
The +/- function buttons are actually one button. They are activated easily with the thumb by simply pressing to the left or the right. kind of a pivot motion if that’s the right way of describing it!
The other improvement are the venting holes, which have increased in size. There are twenty of these situated on the side of the device.
The mod, in the standard kit, is available in Black (Brushed finish), Brushed Steel and White.
In the Travel Kit, the TC18650 is offered in Black, Red, Blue and Silver. All in the brushed finish.
I had the brushed Steel for review and the finish is superb, a seriously classy looking bit of kit.
Size wise the Cool Fire 4 TC 18650 sits more in the original Cool Fire 4 range. It’s a fraction wider overall but also houses a larger OLED screen while housing Innokin’s new Aethon chipset found in the recent TC100 mod.
The micro USB port has been removed, which does, of course, mean no charging in the mod or pass through vaping.
I do like these features generally in my mods but with the TC 18650 having a removable battery it always makes sense to use a quality external charger.
So it goes without saying you will need to buy one of these if you haven’t already. Nitecore have quality chargers available.
I don’t have the biggest hands but it sits perfectly in my palm and with the 18650 battery and iSub V tank installed has a solid feel to it.
The only thing I found an issue with was some tanks didn’t fit flush and left a gap.
Base / 18650 Battery
The base of the mod features the battery cap. The battery is installed by way of a screw down cap. There is a latch that lifts from the cap, this is easily screwed in and out.
The threading here is excellent, buttery smooth. This section has been engineered well to sit flush with the base of the mod as well.
It has to be mentioned and is refreshing to see, the instruction manual that comes with the kit. Innokin have included a section in the manual that covers eleven points of battery safety. Something that too many manufacturers seem to bypass.
They also recommend using authentic Samsung, Sony or LG 18650 batteries.
Not only this, Innokin have provided, as standard, a silicone battery case to carry around one 18650 battery. Please use this! It will stop the battery coming into contact with any metal objects and shorting.
TC-1850 Hard Sided Zip Travel Case
To state the obvious, the travel case is only available with the Innokin Cool Fire 4 TC 18650 Limited Edition Travel kit.
It’s a quality case although not dissimilar in looks to other cases I have seen.
The hard case finish is nice on the Innokin case with the addition of a battery checker built in. This gives you an idea of your remaining battery life by way of 5 lights. Just place the magnetic connections on each end of your 18650 battery.
There is plenty of room inside for your mod, tank, spare battery and a few spare coils.
How Does The Innokin Cool Fire 4 TC 18650 Perform?
Before we get into the actual performance of the mod, let’s take a look at the functions and how they work.
If you have used the Cool Fire 4 TC100 mod, the functions and workings are the same.
There are just 3 buttons to deal with. The power and two function buttons (+ and -)
- 3 Click on/off
- Press Power and +/- buttons together: Changes mod between W / Ni / SS / Ti
- Press +\- buttons separately to cycle through preferred wattage temperature setting
- Press power and ‘-‘ button to select ramp up wattage (25-75W)
- Press +/- together to see exact coil resistance, voltage and puff counter
- Keep pressing +/- buttons together to flip the screen
- Battery level indicator lights when pressing the power button or powering off. Red, yellow and green. These colors give an idea of battery life.
In addition to the above, the TC18650 has the same coil recognition as the Cool Fire TC100. Not surprising as they are booth powered by the Aethon chipset.
It makes the mod pretty much fool proof when it comes to choosing between temp control and wattage mode.
Every time you remove and replace your tank the mod will ‘ask’ you if you have the ‘Same Coil’, ‘Ni’, ‘Ti’, ‘SS’ or ‘W’.
If you have been vaping and remove the tank, you will need to wait for the coil / vape juice to cool and reach room temperature before re-attaching or the mod will not calibrate your coil correctly.
Everything is super simple to use and one of the simplest temp control mods to get to grips with.
The only issue I had was the indicator lights on the power button that give an idea of battery life remaining. I could barely make it through the power button itself. Instead, I had to look through the side vent holes to see the color.
Not a big deal but worth mentioning.
The battery life was good and as expected from my 18650. I mainly vaped around the 40-50W range for this review.
iSub V Tank Performance
The performance of the mod, paired with the iSub V ‘E’ tank is very good. Pressing the fire button provides an almost instant vape, or 0.2 seconds to be exact according to Innokin!
The temp control worked very well, as would be expected.
I personally preferred the flavor from the stainless steel coils other the Ni200 and Titanium.
Cloud production was good with all coils.
The new iSub V ‘E’ tank which has been produced with the TPD regulations in mind in the UK/Europe.
It goes without saying the juice in this tank doesn’t last long, the Cool Fire 4 TC 18650 kit does come with the 3ml version so a touch better. This is no fault of Innokin’s, it’s due to be law come May next year.
I also used the Aspire Nautilus X tank with the TC18650, which offers a great mouth to lung vape. The battery life with this tank and the 1.5Ohm coils was excellent, unsurprisingly.
What I Like
I’m a big fan of the Cool Fire 4 form factor as a whole. The great thing here is that Innokin have tweaked the TC 18650 to make it a touch better. A solid mod, well engineered, that looks great in the brushed Steel and feels good in the hand.
The Aethon chip performs well and handles temp control no problem. The click to vape time is super quick.
Menu and temp control selection is simple to use, even for vapers new to temperature control.
What I don’t Like
Not a huge amount here! The only real thing that didn’t work out for me was the battery indicator lights. I could only make these out through the vent holes on the mod.
The only other thing I picked up on is that the power button ‘click’ is quite loud. I did get used to this, however.
Final Innokin Cool Fire 4 TC 18650 Review Verdict
- Excellent build quality and finish
- Menu system simple to use
- Very good performance
- Takes a removable 18650 battery
- Could not see battery indicator lights on the power button
- The ‘Click’ of the power button is quite loud. Doesn’t bother me but may some vapers.