Introduction – Innokin iTaste SD20 Ltd Edition
OK everyone, I need to share. Sometimes, well, I err… Mouth to Lung. There, I said it! No group hug?
But seriously, for many vapers and especially new switchers mouth to lung is their preferred style.
And for me it is too from time to time, either because I need to vape more stealthily or I want to try the flavour of a juice that’s a bit stronger in PG or nicotine than I would normally use.
It’s definitely a skill worth keeping. Luckily I had a nice bottle of 50/50 juice stashed for just such an eventuality!
So when this understated black box from Innokin arrived I was quite intrigued. The iTaste SD20 kit comprises the Prism T22 tank (as found on the Endura T22 kit reviewed here) and a mod based on the Evolv DNA20 chipset.
The DNA20 first appeared in mods early in 2013, in both tube and box format devices and has a reputation for being a solid chip.
The box is nicely finished in matt black with a silver “Limited edition” flash.
On the side are check boxes for silver/black (we’ve got the silver version here) and on the rear we have the description, content listing and authenticity scratch label.
We also find the annoying, needless FDA and California warnings for nicotine containing products (hint, no nicotine guys!).
In the box
Lifting the magnetic flap, we find the mod and tank nestled in a black foam tray with a ribbon loop to help lifting it out.
Underneath we find a single 1.5 Ohm coil (only the one, no spare), manual, USB cable, an alternative black Delrin drip tip, spare seals, replacement side plates (see later) and some Innokin stickers.
- 75 x 35 x 23mm
- 2000mAh LiPo
- 0.5 – 3.0 Ohm resistance range
- 5.0 – 20.0 W power range
- Short circuit, Low battery, overheat protection, 25 second cut-off
Build Quality and Design
The first things that his you about the SD20 Limited Edition when you pick it up are its small size, the finish quality and its quite reasonable heft.
And of course the skulls!
The SD20 features removable, magnetically secured side panels so if the dead don’t fit your mood you can swap them for the sleek plan ones supplied in the kit.
The case screws are cleverly hidden under these panels.
The weight of 166g is accounted for by the all-round alloy construction and the 2000mAh LiPo that’s been squeezed inside the 75x35x23mm body.
Up top we have the 510 connector which does have some give but I wouldn’t say it was sprung.
Air flow slots are cut across from either side of the 510.
On the front edge we have a diamond shaped fire button with a blue LED backlight. The switch sits proud of the surface a little and has a nice faint click and mid-firm action.
The clear, bright standard Evolv DNA display sits within a cast rim, below which we find the power up/down buttons, charging indicator and micro usb charging port.
This is purely for charging not firmware updates but does support pass-through.
On the base is an embossed Innokin logo.
No temperature control or other trickery here. Three clicks to unlock/lock the mod, up down for power and press both up & down buttons together to lock/unlock the power. Simples.
The Endura Tank
It’s a good, capable MTL tank, no fuss, no drama. The top fill is easy to use and the draw is just about spot on for the style.
A spare coil would have been nice as with newer users a burnt coil is an inevitable first mistake.
How Does The Innokin SD20 Perform?
The Tank is very easy to use, simple to fill and swap coils.
The draw is nicely tight but smooth and throughout use I didn’t have any issues with gurgling or burnt tastes.
One thing to be aware of is this tank uses an airflow through the 510 connector so be aware it may not suit some mods and care should be taken to avoid over tightening the tank to a mod as the air holes can be a weak point on this type of tank.
The SD20 mod barely gets warm in use or when charging, partly due to the solid casting around the device. I like the feel of the shot blasted finish, the weight makes it feel reassuringly robust and the small size makes it a great device for out and about.
The bright display is easily read even in quite bright light.
Battery life is good, with the 1.5 Ohm coil it easily saw me through the day. Charging is also pretty quick, zipping up to full in a couple of hours.
The buttons felt comfortable in use and the fire button fits easily under the thumb or forefinger.
- Small, solid build
- Nice styling options
- Good battery life
- Good MTL airflow
- No spare coil
- No Temperature control option
- 0.5 Ohm lower limit and low power might limit user growth
Final Review Verdict
The Innokin SD20 Limited Edition is not intended to be part of the vaping “weapons race” and as such it lacks things such as temperature control, high power, huge clouds and trick software.
What it does is present a straightforward, effective, enjoyable Mouth to Lung vape with a reliable solid device.
And that’s something that has often been overlooked by manufacturers trying to constantly outdo each other with features.
What would have been interesting would be to see this with a DNA30 or DNA40 mini chip just to up the power/resistance bandwidth to give it a little more flexibility for those switching.
But at the price I’ve seen online this is a steal for someone just switching or wanting to keep their MTL credentials up to date.