Innokin iTaste 134 MINI – Official
This morning your favorite vendor awoke to an email from Innokin announcing that they are now able to place pre-orders for the new Innokin 134 MINI, and that deliveries should arrive by the end of the month (January) with an MSRP of $159.99. This is good news, well, except for the price.
The biggest surprise for the iTaste 134 MINI is that it will ship with a Pyrex Glass iClear X.I. It looks more like a ProTank by Kanger than an Innokin iClear 30, in that it is a high polish stainless steel, with more precise lines and ‘spit n polish‘ than previous iClear clearomizers.
The new iClear X.I is a dual coil/bottom coil 3ML clearomizer with a non-rotating drip tip. (Don’t tell me that the Chinese haven’t learned how to take full advantage of progressive incremental upgrades.). Finally, the new iClear X.I will offer a minimum resistance of 1.2ohm. It is going to be one powerful clearomizer.
The iTaste 134 Mini Starter Kit
The Starter Kit ($159.99 MSRP) will come in a metal box like its older sibling. From the looks of it the box is going to be the same size as the standard 134 box. The reason is that the 134 Mini comes with Two (2) metal tubes. One tube for 18500 batteries and one tube for the 18350 batteries. The specs for the batteries are; IMR high-drain18350/18500 (without protection, maximum current output is more than 5000mA.)
As you can see from the photo the box contains two tubes; one for the 18350 and one for the 18500 battery size, the iTaste 134 head and the iClear X I.
The (now) Official Feature Specs are:
Scale Display Wattage- Scale display wattage improves intuitive control and provides more accurate performance.
Variable Wattage: The rotational wheel adjusts wattage in the following increments:
7.0, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 9.5, 10.5, 11.0, 12.0, 12.5.
Battery Level Indicator:
The battery capacity is displayed via green, yellow, and red LED lights. Green = Fully Charged Yellow = Half Discharged Red = Charge Needed
Reverse Battery Protection Circuit.
Built in 7A fuse for protection and stability.
Short Circuit Protection. (0.6 +/-0.2 ohm)
ON/OFF battery switch.
LED Battery Power Display.
Low Voltage Warning.
Overtime Vaping Warning (10 seconds switch cutoff).
Battery safety protection (Vent holes).
High compatibility 510 connector: Will fit iClear16, iClear30 and other dual coil clearomizers,
as well as standard 510 accessories
We finally have the Technical Specs as well:
The standby current：150uA maximum
Maximum output voltage：6.0V (unloaded)
Maximum output current：5.0A（Built in 7A fuse for protection and stability.）
Maximum output wattage ：12.5W (Watts mode)
Resistance of clearomizer：1.2 ohm (minimum)
What Does It All Mean?
The three major differences between the older iTaste 134 and the Mini version is the battery, 18650 vs. 18350/18500, two tubes instead of one, and a brand new iClear, the X.I
While there are small differences in the specs, both Feature and Technical, they are for all intent and purposes the same APV. Same color indicator, same rotational wheel to dial in your wattage, same compatibilities with 510 devices, and so on. The only thing we don’t have information on yet is the dimension. I’m certain that the only difference will be the height of each tube.
I think the main reason for the 134 Mini is to respond to the critics, and consumers, who have called the original a behemoth. In our own review we compared it to Doctor Who’s Sonic Screwdriver. The Mini is somewhat less intimidating in physical size, but it looks very much the same.
The ideal candidate for the iTaste 134 Mini are those Vapers that took a liking to the original but bowed out at the last minute because it was so huge. The Mini will have a similar footprint (handprint?) of a normal full-size APV.
The Spinfuel Excitement Meter = HIGH
And here’s why; a couple of us own, and use, the original iTaste 134, but we do not take it out in public much. This newer, smaller, unit will be easier to cart around, and less daunting for non-Vapers to accept in their presence.
The other reason to be excited about it is the new Pyrex iClear, although this seems to be the first 3ML iClear to use a Kanger-type coil head. Let’s hope they too have solved the metallic taste issue that has plagued the earlier Kanger ProTank/EVOD coils. Of course, if the new iClear X.I. does have a metallic taste we/you can always use an Aspire Vivi Nova in its place.
So, now that the word is official and there are photos and specs, where to you sit on wanting to own one? Will you wait to see what the reaction is from the review staff, or your favorite video reviewer, or will you jump early and pre-order it from your favorite vendor?