Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Trick8
Review: The Innokin iTaste MVP 2.0
iTaste MVP 2.0
Summary: Innokin adds variable wattage to their popular box mod, but the gain in features comes with a small loss of usability.
With the iTaste MVP, Innokin had a big winner on its hands. The compact variable voltage box mod was a hit for a variety of reasons, ranging from its long battery life to its ease of use. With the new iTaste MVP 2.0, Innokin has updated the MVP to include variable wattage, and we just got our hands on one to try it out.
On the surface, it’s not easy to tell what’s changed. Visually, the iTaste MVP 2.0 is virtually identical to its predecessor. it has similar dimensions, at 107mm tall, 41mm wide, and 22mm deep, somewhat shorter than the original MVP but otherwise quite similar. The rectangular button and LED display mounted on the side will also look very familiar with users of the original MVP, although the button on the new version protrudes a bit more from the body of the mod under the revamp, and has a bit more resistance when pressed.
Unchanged is the battery voltage detection of the original MVP, with the button glowing when pressed to indicate remaining battery power: green, yellow or red, depending on remaining charge. The iTaste MVP 2.0 can also display the current battery voltage on the LCD display, along with an atomizer resistance reading and puff counter.
Innokin also didn’t mess with a lot of worked internally on the original iTaste MVP. The 2.0 version contains the same permanent 2600 mAh battery. The iTaste MVP also comes with the same four-way charging cable that can be used either to charge the battery of the MVP, or when connected to the bottom-mounted USB port on the mod, can be used to charge other USB-based devices via a mini or micro USB connector, or an iPhone/iPod-style connector — a feature we’ve found convenient on many occasions, such as when we’d forgotten to charge a cell phone before leaving the house. We did note, however, that the cable could have used an update as well, as it cannot be used with the new connector present on devices like the latest iPads and the iPhone 5. Charging with the cable that comes with the Apple device, though, does work.
The addition of variable wattage will be a welcome feature for many, though while it works well, we’re not particularly thrilled with the implementation. Prior to the addition of variable wattage, the iTaste MVP was very easy to use: taps of the “+” or “-” buttons located near the LCD screen would adjust voltage up or down. However, those buttons have been replaced with “U” and “P” keys on the iTaste MVP 2.0, with the “P” button adjusting wattage (or “P”ower), and the “U” button adjusting voltage (or, um, “U”oltage). Gone is the ability to adjust downward — now, to decrease voltage, it is necessary to adjust the setting upward in .1 volt increments past the 5.0 volt upper limit of the device to cycle back to 3.3 volts. Similarly, power must be adjusted in .5 watt increment past the MVP 2.0’s upper limit of 11 watts to cycle back to 6 watts. While switching modes is easy — adjusting voltage puts the MVP into variable voltage mode, and adjusting power enables variable wattage, the interface is, unfortunately, a bit clunkier than it was on the original iTaste MVP. This surprised us a bit after using the iTaste VV recently, which we think has a much friendlier interface for the same functions.
In our tests, we found that the iTaste MVP 2.0 retained the same impressive accuracy of the original version, with output exhibiting almost no deviation from the voltage or wattage setting.
The iTaste MVP 2.0 is just starting to show up at retailers, typically with a price tag around $65, with deep discounts available from offshore vendors like Fasttech. The kit comes with the iTaste MVP 2.0, an updated iClear 30 clearomizer, a beauty ring for use with atomizers with 510-style connectors, the four-way charging cable, and an instruction manual. That’s a small price bump from what the MVP 1.0 had been selling for recently, but those looking for variable wattage functionality will likely find the small premium worth it, particularly if they’re willing to overlook the small downgrade in usability.