The new Innokin EQ FLTR vape kit looks to all intents and purposes like a heat not burn set-up, however, a closer look shows us it really isn’t.
The key here is that biodegradable FLTR soft tip that’s designed to replicate the feel, and experience, of having a filtered lit cigarette between your lips.
As to if it works or is just a gimmick I shall of course be tackling in this vape review.
Innokin is without doubt one, if not the most established vape company in the world.
It’s rare they send out a bad piece of vape gear and it’s fair to say millions of smokers around the world have quit smoking thanks to the company’s vast array of near perfect vaping starter kits.
Innokin’s Excellent Track Record
The list is too long to mention here in full, but standouts for me and other reviewers have been: the JEM / Goby – the dinky little Pocket Box and of course, the bloody brilliant EZ Watt kit – a tiny stealthy set-up I still use today.
Special mention to Innokin’s pod kits too – again there’s too many to list, however the one we’re reviewing, the Innokin EQ FLTR, uses the coils from the very much loved Sceptre series.
So a fantastic track record – let’s hope this one continues the trend!
What Can We Expect From the Innokin EQ FLTR?
As I always say – I’m looking for good flavour and given this is a vape starter kit – ease of use.
The latter looks to be the case, with no fire button or airflow, with simple filling and coil swaps.
Of course, the main unique selling point [USP] will be those biodegradable FLTR soft tips.
It’s not only those tips that are environmentally friendly either – the box is made from recycled carboard and looking at the kit as a whole – most or all of it can be recycled safely.
OK, scene set…
This was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of this review direct from Innokin – thank you.
As always my thoughts and opinions are not swayed by freebies.
So…let’s see why I reckon this is one, if not the best starter kit I’ve ever used…
Yeah – I really did say that 😉
Inside the Box
- 1 x EQ FLTR Device
- 1 x EQ FLTR Pod (Sceptre 1.2 Ω coil installed)
- 1 x Sceptre 1.2 Ω Coil
- 1 x EQ FLTR Pod Cap
- 5 x Biodegradable FLTR Soft Tips
- 1 x Inner Drip Tip
- 1 x Standard Drip Tip
- 1 x Micro USB Charging Cable
- 1 x Quick Start Guide
Innokin EQ FLTR Kit Specs and Features
- Size: 78.1×16.8mm (without pod) / 90.9×16.8mm (including pod)
- Output: 7-9.5W (1.2ohm coil)
- Battery: 400mAh (internal)
- Display: LED
- E-liquid capacity: 2ml
- Pods: Refillable, removable coil pods available
- Coils: Sceptre 1.2ohm coil (for RC pod)
- Micro USB Port
- Auto draw activation
- Soft filter style drip tip
- Mouthpiece cover cap
The Innokin EQ FLTR vape kit is about as simple as vaping gets and is meant to replicate smoking an actual lit cigarette.
The elephant in the room is of course the inclusion of the biodegradable filters that to all intents and purpose, replicate a filter tip on a cigarette, there’s a regular drip tip included too.
As to how the 100% biodegradable FLTRs work and feel – I’ll be talking about that a little later in the review.
The rest of the kit is your typical pen shaped pod set-up, with a removable refillable pod – a couple of Innokin Sceptre 1.2ohm coils, and auto draw rather than fire button.
There’s no wattage control – instead the device sets the power automatically.
There’s a tiny 400mAH internal battery and the kit can be topped with the dust cover – useful for keeping gunk and fluff out of whatever mouthpiece you choose to use.
There is a tiny vape juice level viewing window, however with my poor eye sight it’s hard to see…I simply tip it on its side to check or pop out the pod.
The Innokin EQ FLTR vape kit comes in x5 colours: the two I received, Stealth Black and Ruby Red plus Rose Gold – Azure Blue and Storm Grey.
Design and Build Quality
Innokin is known for solid builds and the EQ FLTR is no exception – kind of and I’ll explain more on that in the performance section.
There’s nothing eye catching about the design – apart from when using the filters which makes it look like a Heat Not Burn device.
It’s a pen style with one squared off side – useful as it means it doesn’t roll away when laid on its side.
There’s a vape juice level viewing window, a USB port, a charge light and you can barely make out the EQ FLTR logo.
The dust cap can be slotted onto the bottom of the device, and I found this gave it a little bit more stability when standing on its end. The added length with the dust cap fitted on the base, also makes it a little more comfortable to hold and vape on.
I’m guessing the main body is zinc alloy and is pretty tough too, after using both kits for a few weeks, there’s no scratches or dents, and both kits have been in and out of my pockets and rucksack often.
So, a good build quality, understated design and the option of those FLTR tips…
The most important question as always is of course, what’s it like to vape on?
But first a very quick start guide:
Innokin EQ FLTR Quick Start Guide
- Coil screws into coil base and then press fit into the pod
- Open silicone gasket on the pod to fill
- Let kit sit for 5 minutes + to soak the coil to the core
- Insert filter or plastic mouthpiece into the pod
- Suck to vape – there’s no fire button
- Change filter as and when required
- LED is solid when charging and goes out when fully charged
How Does the Innokin EQ FLTR Perform?
Apart from one little niggle, more on that in a moment – I have to say, and when using the disposable FLTR – this is probably the best stop smoking vape starter kit I’ve ever used.
If you can’t quit using this – with of course the right e-liquid – then I’d be very very surprised.
Yeah I know, not like this old fart to get so excited ha!
However, credit where credit is due. That FLTR takes the vape experience for brand new [and established vapers] to a whole new level – in fact it’s genius!
There – I’ve said it lol.
BIG Flavour Coil
We already know the Innokin Sceptre 1.2 ohm coils are packed with flavour and deliver an awesome MTL [mouth to lung vape].
Add the feeling of a filtered lit cigarette and no matter what flavour you’re pushing through your coil – the taste is incredible.
As you can see from the Quick Start Guide using it is dead simple with even the most nontechnical minded person [including me] being able to get up and vaping in seconds.
Not ALL Perfect!
So what’s the niggle that’s stopping me from giving the Innokin EQ FLTR vape kit perfect tens across the board?
Sadly it’s the coil to battery connection – now it might just be the two kits I’ve received – but far too often you find yourself puffing on fresh air.
As you can see from the Quick Start Guide, you need to push the pod onto the battery and give a little twist to get it seated.
It is very tight [on both of mine] and it kind of feels like it isn’t making a connection.
The annoying thing is – sometimes even if you haven’t made that little twist, it fires, and sometimes even if you have, it doesn’t!
It has happened multiple times with the two I have, and occurs with the disposable filter, the regular drip tip and even without either…so it must be the pod/battery not connecting at times…
It’s not a deal breaker as all you need to do is wiggle and twist lol – but annoying can become frustrating pretty quickly….indeed I’ve just took a long deep puff and it’s happened again…bloody thing!
As I said, it might just be on my x2 reviewer samples but has to be pointed out…I am a vape reviewer after all – allegedly lol.
Apart from that – it’s an awesome piece of kit for smokers looking to quit or those MTL-ers such as myself that enjoy bloody good old school style vape.
Nope – there’s no airflow control – which is a shame and again would push me to be giving it a full house of 10 out of 10s.
I’m guessing if Innokin does bring out a MK2 version of the EQ FLTR vape kit – there’s plenty of room on the pod or device to add even the most simple of air flow control.
As it stands – and without the plastic reducer in the filter, its a loose-ish MTL vape with 10 being airy this is around a 3.5 to 4 – bang on my preferred draw.
Add the reducer and it becomes a tad tighter and that’s how I’ve been using it.
It also keeps the soft tip erect…OK fill in your own jokes lol…though to be honest, I’ve never had it droop on me – even when wet [true story bro]…ahem…moving swiftly on lol.
BTW if you do use the reducer – remember to take it out before chucking the filter into the recycling bin…yeah I have been that vaper many times lol.
Innokin EQ FLTR – Biodegradable Filter
Innokin says it should last for 2 or 3 refills of the pod before needing to be replaced.
To be honest the first one I used lasted much longer than that, though at times it did seem to attract mouth gunk lol.
It has a clear covering and I found my tongue wiped off any debris – eeeww yeah disgusting lol.
Those Sceptre coils seem to last a bloody age BTW and a little over 3 weeks in and I’ve only had to change the one with nic salts…so longevity is excellent.
Innokin EQ Filter – Battery Life
Another reason why it’s not getting top marks across the board.
The internal battery is tiny at just 400mAh – yes it’s a low powered device and coil – but 400 mAH just doesn’t cut it.
I’m glad I had two kits to take out and about with me as the battery life is dire.
The flip side is of course, it charges quickly even without Type C – but 400mAH gives me under 2 hours of use and for me that’s just plain daft.
The Innokin EQ FLTR vape kit can be used whilst charging [pass thru] so if you have a long enough cable that shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Any future kits and Innokin needs to look at how they can bump up the battery, it’s that simple.
- The filter is genius!
- Great flavour
- Decent vapour
- Dead simple to use
- Good design
- Dust cover
- Coil longevity is excellent
- Pod to battery connection issues
- Lack of airflow
- Battery longevity poor
Final Review Verdict
I can’t tell you how close the Innokin EQ FLTR vape kit came to getting full marks across the board.
I’ve never given anything a full set of 10/10 but it’s a case of almost with this one.
This is the best starter vape kit I’ve ever used and trust me I’ve used loads.
Even with the typical plastic drip tip it would get high marks – but that very clever filter pushed this one into a new level.
Smokers will instantly enjoy the feel on their lips and the draw is akin to a lit cigarette – regular or roll-up.
And with that amazing Sceptre coil – the flavour is wondrous.
Easy to use – good in the hand and cheap as chips – it’s almost perfect.
Sort out the connection issues and beef up the battery and this will be one of the best starter vape kits and simple MTL set-ups out there.
BTW, the soft tips are available to be bought separately – as are the pods. And given the way the vaping industry likes to ‘replicate’ – I’m expecting to see a few more starter kits pop up with those soft tips lol.
HIGHLY recommended to give to the smoker in your life…or to use as your regular MTL set-up.