Published on May 2nd, 2013 | by Trick11
Innokin iClear 30
Summary: A high-capacity clearo with good performance, but leaking dampens our enthusiasm for the iClear 30.
Clearomizers have a lot going for them. As a general rule they’re easy to fill and use, performance is fairly predictable, and you can stick one in your pocket without worrying about embarrassing wet spots.
Not that clearomizers don’t have their drawbacks. Other than the fact that they tend to mute flavor a bit, one of the big ones is capacity. A lot of clearos are small, and if you’re a heavy vaper you may find them going dry before the end of the day. One solution to that particular problem is the obvious one: a bigger clearo, like the Innokin iClear 30.
The iClear 30 is a large, dual-coil clearomizer for larger PVs with a 510 connector. Its signature feature is the built-in swiveling mouth piece. Built into a large ball joint, the iClear 30’s mouthpiece can be angled at up to about 30 degrees in any direction you prefer. While it’s an interesting feature, in practice we’re not sure it really adds much to the vaping experience, as we’ve found a mouthpiece bent at 30 degrees really isn’t much more comfortable use than one that’s straight. Thankfully, although the extra joint seems like it could increase the chance for leaks, we haven’t had a problem with it. Not through the mouthpiece, anyway.
Where we have had leaking issues is through the bottom of the iClear 30. For reasons we really haven’t been able to pinpoint, we’re had frequent issues with juice draining from the iClear 30 through the connector down into the 510 connection. It’ll work just fine for extended periods, and then the gurgling starts. When that happens, we’ve had to disconnect the iClear 30 and get out the paper towels to clean the juice of the bottom of the clearo, and inside the mod’s connector. If it had only happened once or twice we’d probably overlook it, but it’s happened several times, with multiple iClear 30’s.
Other than the leaks, the iClear 30’s been a good atomizer. Vapor production has been very good (when it’s not flooded), and flavor has also been quite good. It’s also one of the easiest clearos to fill that we’ve used: you just unscrew the top cap and pour juice in. A drip spout isn’t really necessary on the juice bottle, and the whole process is hassle and mess-free.
While the iClear 30 isn’t a particularly attractive clearo, it compensates quite handily by being pretty darned big. The polycarbonate tank has a 3.0ml capacity (or more, if you push it — which we thought was the reason for the leaks, until it continued to do it long after we’d vaped past the “MAX” line), making it great for carrying around your all-day vape. The iClear 30’s eight wicks do a respectable job of keeping the coils wet until the last of the juice is drained from the tank.
The iClear 30 retails for around $15 at most retailers, with replacement coils running about $3 each.