Innokin Zlide 16W Tube Review – Wow. We’re never going to complain about not getting Innokin products again. In the last month, we’ve received no fewer than five brand-new kits to review [ED: With another one coming!] and suddenly, Spinfuel VAPE looks like an Innokin catalog. (just kidding)
But we’re not complaining — if Innokin was putting out junk, we’d let them know it. But everything has been great so far, including this righteous beginner rig here, the Innokin Zlide 16W MTL kit.
Let’s see the deets.
The Official Product Description
Presenting the Innokin ZLIDE TUBE 16W Starter Kit. Incorporating a 3000mAh rechargeable battery, compatibility with the Innokin Z-Coil Line, and is paired with the Innokin ZLIDE MTL Tank to create a vaping pen that will satisfy the needs of beginner and advanced vapers alike.
Constructed from zinc-alloy, the chassis of the Innokin ZLIDE Tube is sturdy and impact resistant, protecting the integrated 3000mAh rechargeable battery within. Paired with the Innokin ZLIDE MTL Tank, the ZLIDE Tube Kit can utilize coils from the Z-Coil series to create deliciously flavored clouds of vapor. Featuring a sliding top refill system, the ZLIDE MTL Tank can hold up to 2mL of today’s most popular eJuice or nicotine salts within the confines of the pyrex glass.
Innokin ZLIDE TUBE 16W Vape Pen Mod Features:
- Integrated 3000mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Max Wattage Output: 16W
- Voltage Output Range: 3.3-4.2V
- Resistance Range: 0.13-3.5ohms
- Zinc-Alloy Chassis Construction
- Single Button Operation
- LED Battery Life Indicator Light
- Threaded 510 Connection
- 10S Cut-Off Protection
Available in Blue Black, Pink Black, Yellow Black, Black Gold, Full Black
Innokin ZLIDE MTL Tank Features:
- Collaboration with Phil Busardo, Dimitris Agrafiotis, and Innokin
- 22mm Diameter
- 4mL Juice Capacity
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- Superior Stainless Steel Construction
- Top Refill System – Sliding Top Cap
- Removable Sliding Top Cap
- Innokin Z-Coil Line
- 48ohm Kanthal 3D Mesh Coil – rated for 13-16W
- 2ohm Kanthal Coil – rated for 10-14W
- Compatible with entire Z-Coil Line
- Detachable Structure
- Locking 510 Proprietary Drip Tip
- 510 Connection
Available in Black, Stainless Steel, Blue, and Bronze
Innokin ZLIDE TUBE 16W Vape Pen Starter Kit :Includes:
- 1 Innokin ZLIDE Tube 16W Mod
- 1 Innokin ZLIDE MTL Tank
- 1 MicroUSB Cable
- 2 User Manuals
If I decided to write one solitary bullet point here, it would be more words than I’d probably need. The Zlide Tube is just that — a zinc alloy tube. It has one button. It has some lights to indicate battery life and potential problems. It has a “Zlide Tube” logo.
Initial Impressions and Aesthetics
Yeah, that’s it. Even the companion (and namesake) Zlide tank is a relatively simple affair that looks right at home atop this unadorned tube mod.
Since I’m not getting paid for writing stories a picture can tell, I’ll add that the hexagonal fire key is extremely stiff and durable, with no signs of rattle or play. It fires immediately, with surprisingly fast response time, even though the direct-voltage Zlide Tube maxes out at 16 watts.
If simplicity is what you seek in an MTL vape kit, this is about as basic a setup as you can find in 2019.
Like we’ve mentioned before, the 22mm Zlide D22 tank is a real winner for MTL vapers. While it seems like more and more atomizers are coming to market with multiple uses for a wider range of users, the Zlide honors its famous endorsers by staying true to the mouth-to-lung style of vaping.
Vaping the Innokin Zlide Tube Kit
Since Innokin intended to make this kit as a “one stop” setup, I made the decision to only test it with the companion tank. And that’s probably for the best, since the limited power output would probably struggle to fire most modern atomizers. But, since this is a dedicated MTL rig, 16 watts was more than enough to get the most out of the Z-Coils.
Technically, the kit comes with a “sub-ohm” coil, reading at 0.48 ohms. But don’t be fooled into thinking the Zlide Tube is gonna be cloud-chucking monster. With the lower-resistance coil installed, the direct-wattage tube automatically sets the power to the 16-watt max, while the other 1.2-ohm head tells the Zlide to stay in the 11-13 watt range.
Amazingly, the power difference is noticeable. I suppose with such low overhead, every watt matters. But I can’t remember the last time three watts made such a difference in vape quality. While the higher-resistance coil SHOULD be where this MTL kit shone, it was actually the “sub-ohm” coil that provided the better MTL experience.
With the 0.48-ohm head attached, the Zlide Tube produced surprisingly thick, flavorful vapor. We’ve been vocal proponents of the Z-Coil series before, loving their versatility and cross-compatible nature, but it’s never been more clear that MTL is where these coils sing best.
What we love more is how long the heads last with such moderate, reserved power levels. More than THREE weeks after first receiving the Zlide Tube kit, both of the included heads are still performing like they’re brand new. And believe me, they’ve gotten some use. But no matter how we try to trip them up and find some fault, we can’t. Mouth-to-lung vapers, this is the current gold standard for flavor and durability — don’t let these pass you by.
If there’s ANY complaints to make about such a beginner-friendly rig, it’s that the Zlide Tube’s purported 3,000mAh battery capacity seemed more like 1,000. With only 16 watts of power output, that’s still going to give you a decent stretch of use. But after using the MVP 5’s amazing cell power, I was a little surprised by the relatively weak performance on the Zlide Tube.
- Simple, unadorned exterior
- Fast ramping
- Outstanding companion tank and coils
- Battery life is weak
- No adjustments to be had
- Might be TOO simple and “hands off”
Our Bottom Line on the Innokin Zlide MTL Vape Pen
What can we say? Innokin has cornered the market on beginner-minded, MTL vape devices, and the Zlide Tube doesn’t do anything to change that reputation. While the lack of adjustments and power might turn off more-experienced vapers, there’s no denying that new users making the leap from pod mods will find a lot of value and performance in this kit.