I was a big fan of the iTaste VV by Innokin when we reviewed it a short while back, it was a solid device that was easy to use and offered some more advanced options when compared to your standard EGO type e cigarette.
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So we were definitely looking forward to trying out the latest iTaste VV V3 with the addition of a variable wattage function.
This was received free of charge for the purposes of this review but as always this will not sway our view and thoughts of this product!
In the box / Presentation
The iTaste VV/VW-V3 comes in a nice compact box, the clearomisers were packed separately.
In this kit you will find the following:
- 1 Manual 800 mAh Variable Voltage/Variable Wattage Battery
- 1 CE5 Clearomiser with 2 spare atomisers (There are several Clearomiser options available)
- 1 Instruction Manual
- USB Charger
As with its predecessor the iTaste V3 comes with an 800mAh battery with a 501 connection, the difference in the latest “Version 3” is that there is the added variable wattage function in addition to variable voltage, it gives you the option of using one or the other depending on your preferences.
Both of the VV and VW functions allow you to customise the flavour and vapour you will get from the juice you are using. It allows for a cooler or warmer vape. There are differences as to the functioning of each though which I will try to explain without getting too technical!
Variable Voltage Settings
The VV setting, if not already displayed on the digital display, is activated by pressing the “-” button (puff count will show) then holding the power button for 2 seconds.
The puff count will show then the ‘VW’ (P) setting and then it will switch to the ‘VV’ (V) setting. Of course if the VV seting is already activated then no need for this part!
Once the VV setting is on you can press the “-” or “+” button, this will show the puff count then the voltage. When the voltage shows on the display use the + or – buttons again to adjust to the required voltage setting. You will be able to choose between 3.3V and 5V.
The voltage you use will depend on the resistance (Ω or ohms) of the tank you are using as well as the juice you are vaping so will be different for most depending on your setup. Yes I know! Its starting to get a little complicated! I will however go into a little more detail on this in the Vapour/Flavour section.
Variable Wattage Settings
Again the same instructions as above, apart from the “+” button needs to be held for 2 seconds with the power button. This is displayed on the digital display as ‘P’ for power, that is until you reach double figures and a number is just shown.
Other Battery Features
Aside from the two main features mentioned above the iTaste VV/VW battery comes with the following:
- On/Off function – Pressing the button 3 times in quick succession will turn the battery on and the same will turn it off. The puff count is reset to zero when the device is turned off
- Pressing both the + and – buttons together and holding whilst in VV mode will display – Ohms reading (resistance of the tank/clearomiser attached) – Current voltage reading – Puff count reading – Last set voltage.
- Pressing both the + and – buttons together and holding whilst in VW mode will display – Ohms reading (resistance of the tank/clearomiser attached) – Current voltage (auto set depending on the tank/cartomiser resistance) – Puff count reading – Last set wattage.
- Automatic battery cut out after 10 seconds of the power button being pressed.
- Battery capacity display by way of green, yellow and red LED lights around the power button.
- Pass Through – The battery can used when charging by plugging into a laptop or anything that has a USB port.
So loads of features as you can see! Regarding the actual battery life I found, as a moderate vaper, I was getting a good 1.5 – 2 days worth of vaping time before a re-charge was necessary.
The other good thing about this particular electronic cigarette is that you can carry on vaping when it is charging.
Simply use the supplied USB charging cable supplied to begin charging the battery and carry on vaping.
One thing to note here that unlike many ‘Pass Through’ e cigs, as they are known, this doesn’t draw power from the power source, you are still drawing power from the battery itself so you will need to have a touch of charge in the battery to be able to vape.
The actual mod itself feels great in the hand, the square design of the iTaste range, to me, is one of the better looking e cigarettes available.
I had the white version but the other colours also look great especially the ‘Chameleon’ colour. The new micro USB port on the bottom of the device is definitely an improvement over the previous iTaste VV port.
The only thing that is a slight downside for me is the buttons still have a bit of ‘play’ in them and you can here them rattling when you move the e cig around.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not loud enough to draw attention to yourself, more of a slight background rattle. Not a big deal really but something I thought worth mentioning.
The iTaste VV/VW-V3 has all the features you would expect and has a very good quality feel in the hand. The 800 mAh battery life was good, only downside was rattling buttons but this does not affect performance. All good!
Vapour / Flavour
E-liquid will need to be purchased separately but the Innokin iTaste VV/VW kit does come with a few options when it comes to the tanks.
If you happen to have your own ‘501 compatible’ tank then you can choose just to buy the electronic cigarette battery. If however you do not have a tank/clearomiser then you have the option to add either a CE4 Plus clearomiser + 2 atomisers, CE5 clearomiser + 2 atomisers or a Vivi Nova tank with plinth.
I received the CE5 which is a rebuild-able 1.6ml clearomiser, it comes with 2 spare atomisers so you can change these out without the need for disposing of the whole unit. Definitely another cost saver in the long run!
The tanks are simple to fill, it’s just a case of dripping the juice down the inside of the tank wall.
Moving back to the main features of the iTaste, the variable voltage and the variable wattage, I will go over these separately again to highlight the uses for each option. I was using the Halo Vapour Co 12mg VG Menthol juice.
When using the VV mode it does make a difference what resistance (Ohm) your clearomiser is. In my case I am using a 2.4 Ohm CE5 mouth to lung vape tank.
Using different ‘Ohm’ clearos will affect how you vape the iTaste using the VV settings.
Another thing that will make a difference is the type of e-liquid you are using, even the flavour you vape will determine what the voltage is set at.
So…. What I generally do is start at the lowest voltage setting, in this case 3.3v, and work my way up until I find my preferred setting.
The lower voltage settings will produce a cooler vape, the higher you go the the ‘warmer’ the vape gets. In this case I found that around the 3.8v mark was good for me and gave me a good flavour and throat hit without making the juice taste nasty.
The thing with menthol as well is that I want to have that cool mint taste so the lower volt settings work for me. Getting over 4.2v and I found the taste to drop off with the burnt taste coming through.
Again if I was to play around with different resistance clearos and e-liquids the settings would differ .
Variable Wattage Setting
The variable wattage (power) setting was my ‘variable’ of choice when using the iTaste.
With this setting it doesn’t matter what resistance your clearomiser is, you can add any 501 compatible clearomiser and the e cig will adjust the volts automatically to the correct level for that particular accessory. So a little more straight forward for sure!
I still applied the same principle of starting on the lowest setting 6 watts and then adjust until the taste hits that sweet spot for me.
That spot with the VG Menthol e-liquid I was vaping was 6.5w, this gave me a cool vape with plenty of vapour and a good throat hit.
The iTaste allows for .5 increments from 6w all the way upto 11w, if I wanted a slightly warmer vape I would click up the wattage, for a cooler vape I would stick to the lower end of the scale. Having said that, anything over 8w on this particular setup I found the e-liquid to have a burnt side.
If you are new to this kind of electronic cigarette then this can all sound very complicated, like I mentioned above I found myself just using the VW function as I don’t need to worry about what resistance (Ohm) the clearomiser is.
The only thing I need to do is adjust the settings to my preferred wattage. This doesn’t mean to say this will be right for you, its all about playing around until the setting produces a great vape for you.
Lots to get your head around initially but once you have played around with the settings and maybe even different clearomisers you will soon find the right setup to get the best flavour out of your e-liquid.
The vapour volume wasn’t really touched on much above but rest assured you will get some great clouds of vapour from this.
The VW function for me was preferable over the VV as it adjusts the voltage automatically no matter what resistance your clearomiser is. In short it performed very well once I found my sweet spot!
I was very impressed overall with the iTaste VV/VW-V3, for the amount of features it packs in it is still a great sized device as well. The 800mAh battery was plenty enough to get me through a full day vaping plus some more.
I personally settled on using the variable wattage function exclusively after a short while, this mode adjusts the voltage automatically to the correct level no matter what resistance your clearomiser is.
If you are just starting out vaping the iTaste is going to be overkill, that is unless you like jumping in at the deep end of course! Just be prepared for a bit of a learning curve.
If you have been vaping Ego type electronic cigarettes for a while and want to get the best out of your accessories and e-liquids then I can highly recommend this device!
Final iTaste V3 Review Verdict:
Excellent: Highly Recommended By www.ecigclick.co.uk