The Latest MVP in the Innokin Range, The MVP 3. Is This The Best of the Lot?
The Innokin MVP2 is well known by thousands, being voted the best APV in the E Cigclick E Cig Awards for the second year running and is still, today, many vapers ‘go to’ e cig device.
It took a while for Innokin to release a new model but late 2013/early 2014 saw the release of two new MVP’s. The first was the MVP 20W that was basically an upgrade of power and the second the MVP 3 which is a different beast altogether.
It has to be said after using the different Eleaf iStick devices and being very impressed not only by the design but by the small size I was thinking this could be the beginning of the end for the MVP.
After using the MVP 3 though for a couple of days my first impressions are that I may have jumped the gun a little.
Lets take a closer look at the eagerly awaited MVP 3 from Innokin.
This product was purchased by myself for the purposes of this review.
In the box / Presentation
The MVP 3 comes in the standard Innokin perspex case and outer sleeve and includes the following.
- 1 X MVP 3 (3800 mAh)
- 1 X EGO Adapter
- USB Charging Cable
For any vapers out there familiar with the MVP 2 then the form factor of the MVP 3 will be instantly recognisable. Even so, the upgraded MVP looks tonnes better in my eye in terms of quality and design.
Available in four colours – black, stainless, blue and pink – I decided to move away from the black and go for the stainless steel.
I’m glad I did, it’s a beautiful looking device. Yes it is heavier and bigger than previous models and in essence is just a box but the weight and solid build feels superb in the hand.
Add to this the change in power button placement which is set on the side, upgraded screen and built in charging output cable and all is looking golden.So with the initial – out of the box – aesthetics and first impressions for my tastes are superb but lets take a closer look at these changes.
Innokin MVP 3 – The Details
The first and most notable changes with the MVP3 come of course in the battery size and voltage/power output. The new battery has a capacity of 3800 mAh, a considerable jump from the previous 2600 mAh in the ‘MVP2’.
The voltage also sees an increased range of 3.0V to 9.0V, adjustable in 0.1 increments and an increased Wattage range of 6.0W to 30.0W adjustable in 0.5W increments.
The second most noticeable change and a huge improvement is the OLED screen. I had previously used this on the new iTaste VV 4 and not only is it nice and clear but it is super easy to use.
On pressing any button the screen shows the following:
- Top left – Resistance of tank/clearomiser attached
- Bottom left – Power output of device when vaping
- Main display – Current Volts/Watts setting
- Right side – Battery indicator
Holding both the ‘+’ and ‘-‘ button together shows the following
- Top left – Resistance of attached clearomiser/tank
- Bottom Left – Current battery voltage
- Main display – Puff count (This is reset when device is turned off/on)
The wattage voltage is easy to select, this is done by holding the power button and ‘+’ for wattage and power button and ‘-‘ for voltage.
When your preferred function is selected you can scroll up and down through the settings until you reach the volts/watts you want to vape at. I found this easy to use, you can press the button to step up through settings or you can keep the button pressed flying quickly through the settings.
There is a slight delay in activating the voltage to choose your setting but it’s only something that would bother the most impatient of vapers!
Turning the device on is a case of clicking three times, the display will tell you if the device is off which is a good thing.
Another new feature is a small light on top of the box just below where your clearomiser will sit. This is another battery indicator that lights when taking a drag so you can immediately see the state of your battery. Green for pretty much full charge, orange for 50% power ad red for ‘charge me now’!
Another familiar feature that MVP 2 owners will know is the ability to charge external devices, mainly your mobile phone. The MVP 3 has a built in charging cable that is coated in rubber and slots into the base of the e cig.
This for me worked really well and has in fact boosted my phone already when I was out recently. No carrying around a long external cable, just pull the short cable out and pop it back in as needed. It also fit back in flush every time so no problems there.
The only thing I will say is this won’t fit iPhones, micro USB only! You will need to use your charging cable in the output slot on the base.
MVP 3 Features at a glance
- 510 Thread (comes supplied with EGO adapter)
- 3.0V-9.0v in 0.1 increments.
- 6W – 30W in 0.5 increments
- Can be used with 2.5 – 0.4 oHm atomiser
- On/Off function. 3 Quick clicks
- Battery level indicator on top and on display
- Can vape while on charge
- 10 Second cut off
- Puff Counter
- Atomiser short circuit protection
- Low Voltage Warning
- Over discharge protection
- Charges external devices
The Innokin MVP 3 is built like a brick! It’s one solid, quality device. I personally also thing the design is excellent I love the industrial look. On top of this the screen is excellent and although there are a couple of instances when I would have liked things to move a little quicker in terms of the selections everything worked well. Last but not least the internal charging cable I think is a great addition.
The MVP 3 has a depth of approximately 23mm, I tried the Kanger subtank, the Nano and Mini as well as the Aspire Atlantis. The only tank that overhung slightly was the Subtank. The Best looking for me were the Subtank Mini and the Atlantis. Both sat perfectly on top and looked the doggies.
The MVP 3 will vape down to 0.4 Ohms so while this for me is more than enough it may not suit everybody. I was using the Kanger Subtank with a 0.5 ohm coil which worked a treat. I found my sweet spot at 21W, the Passion Fruit juice flavour I am using has loads of flavour and a warmth that was spot on. For a more subtle yet still impressive flavour then around the 13W mark was also good.
The flavour only really started deteriorating for me at around 28W although I must say with my personal vaping habits I won’t get near the top end of the 30W maximum. Other vapers will of course have different preferences that depend on the coils and juice used, these of course will be reached by having a play around.
In terms of battery life the huge 3800 mAh battery lasted me an impressive 3 days of moderate vaping at 21W. Again this will be different for you but I can’t see any vapers having issues with life, even the heaviest of vapers should be happy with what the MVP 3 has to offer.
I found the performance for my needs was very good. I used a number of different tanks/resistances and the MVP 3 had no problems and worked well with all, the Aspire Atlantis and Kanger Subtank Mini both looked great.
Overall – Final Thoughts
Before using this I thought the size and weight may be an issue especially having used the 50W iStick which is a fair bit smaller. But I personally think the build quality and feel is excellent, I like the robust design as well as the much improved looks. The MVP 2 has without doubt been improved.
Here are the good and not so good that I found:
- Superb battery life (3800 mAh) that will suit all levels of vaper
- Excellent build quality and industrial design is one I personally like.
- Upto 30W/9V that for me personally is more than enough.
- Use coil heads down to 0.4 Ohm
- OLED Screen very clear and easy to use.
- Works well with a variety of tanks that I used.
- 510 & EGO compatible, the latter by way of adapter.
- Built in charging cable functions well and has already come in use when I was out and about.
The Not So Good:
- There is a slight delay when selecting what voltage/wattage you want, may be a bit of a pain for some.
- The size and weight may not be for everyone and portability not as good as some other box mods.
- 30W and a minimum 0.4 oHm resistance may not be enough for more advanced users.