Innovation: Innokin iTaste VTR Review

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My last VV/VW device I purchased before the VTR was an SVD at the beginning of summer. It works OK, but is fairly underwhelming and I really don’t care for the look and feel of it.

After getting into mechs, there was a time when I actually didn’t know if I would ever go back to the world of variable voltage and variable wattage. That all changed when I finally caved in and picked up a VTR kit on Fasttech for around $70. At the time, I thought the price was fairly steep even though it was a good $20 – $30 cheaper than anywhere else, and in fact I think they have now dropped the price even more. So I wasn’t expecting a lot, but I really did like the appearance of it, and thought it would be a perfect gateway back into variable voltage and wattage devices.

What I DIDN’T like about the VTR

Probably the biggest issue with the VTR is the recessed atomizer deck. The VTR was basically designed to be used with iClears, and as a result, it has a sunken in deck meant to perfectly fit an iClear 30 or 30s.

That means, it isn’t going to perfectly fit every type of device. For example, most genesis atomizers are much bigger in diameter and won’t fit. The Chobra is actually a perfect match diameter-wise, but the top band covers the airhole meaning you would have to custom drill a separate airhole to accommodate, which probably isn’t worth it.

On the flip side, they do provide an extension that will let you screw in your atomizer on the very top, and thus will accommodate any size, however, I think that totally takes away the amazing form factor, rendering this no more than a heavier iTaste MVP.

So really for the correct experience with this device, you will need to find an atomizer that fits well – meaning it should be around the same size as an iClear 30.

Which brings me to the second thing I didn’t like about the VTR – it is really fucking heavy. Now that isn’t a huge deal for me personally, but I know there are a lot of vapers out there who don’t care for really heavy/bulky equipment, and this definitely falls in that category.

What I DID like about the VTR

I love the appearance. it is really an impressive looking device.  The dial on the top looks great, the LED looks great, and it looks really nice with a cool tank and drip tip setup. Overall, this is probably the coolest looking piece I own.

Performance wise, it is excellent. I have had absolutely no issues with it whatsoever. It is super fast and easy to change your voltage/wattage settings, and you can check your ohms in one click.

The firing button is on the side of the device, which seemed weird at first, but it is a million times better than the MVP button placement, and I got used to it really quickly.

Battery life seems to be amazing. The great thing about the VTR is that it takes 18650 batteries rather than using a built in battery like the MVP. I think this is a HUGE advantage. A lot of people love the battery life of the MVP, and I can admit that it is good, but I don’t like having my device tied to a built in battery because once the battery gets worn out, your device is useless. With the ability to run 18650s, you completely eliminate that risk, and can bring spare batteries so you’ll never get caught without power. My battery life also seems to be unbelievable with this thing. I have had it for over a month and have maybe changed the battery 3 times at most. There is a colored LED above the button that will indicate what stage your battery is at, so you will always know when you’re getting ready for a change.

Despite the size limitations of the atomizer deck, I have found that it fits a lot of different atomizers just fine. I have run a Protank with no problems at all (actuall a Unitank, but same size). My favorite setup is an 804 Dream Tank, which is a Kayfun style atomizer. It fits perfectly and gives me one of the best vapes of any device/atty combo I have EVER tried.  I think once you add your own tank/drip tip, you will see that the appearance gets even better. The only real negative about the appearance is that iClears don’t look that cool, so once you are able to use your own piece, it just looks that much better.

Of course, another great feature is the quality – this thing is built like a tank, and has the heft to prove it.

Who is it good for?

This is a device that clearly has mass appeal, and can be used by vapers at all different levels. For beginners, there is nothing easier than a VTR/iClear setup. Perfectly easy to set up, and just as easy to maintain. Absolutely no guess work, and you will run very little risk of dry hits and flooding.

For advanced users, it is just as good. I have been running the Dream tank with amazing success and rebuilt protanks work just as well.

The only people this device wouldn’t be that great for are those who primarily use genesis atomizers, as I think it would be tricky to find a gennie that would fit perfectly into the recessed deck.

Where to buy?

Pick up a VTR kit on Fasttech for around $70.

Do I use it?

Right now, I am using this thing a ton. It is one of my go-to devices. I can always count on this one when I’m on the go, as there are literally no problems with it EVER. I intend to keep using this for a very long time.

My Ideal Setup

The primary atomizer I am using on this is an 804 Dream Tank. It is a kayfun style tank, although more cheaply made. On any other device it wouldn’t be anything special, but it works so perfectly on the VTR, it’s like the two were meant to be together.

I run mine with a 1.7 ohm coil at 15 watts. I have been using Vanilla Dream from MOV at 24 mg, and this setup gives me probably the best overall vape I have ever had.

The only real downside is that Dream tanks aren’t that easy to find, even though they aren’t that expensive. I am really hoping that Fasttech gets a hold of something similar in the new year because it is the absolute perfect device for the VTR.

The Bottom Line

Quality. The quality of this thing is just unparalleled. Everything on it works perfectly, and it was built in such a way that everything is in the right place. This is a stark contrast to the SVD and iTastes, where buttons seemed oddly placed. In general, the quality of Innokin products is very good, and this is no exception.

Performance. The results I have had with the VTR are simply amazing. When combined with the right atomizer, I get one of the cleanest vapes I have had from any device out there, period.

Ease of Use. Right out of the box, the VTR + iClear 30s combo is about the easiest setup ever for a newer vaper. Switching tanks is super easy. Checking ohms takes only one click. Changing volts/watts has never been easier. The battery indicator tells you when your battery starts to get low. They really have left no stones unturned with this one, and it is truly one of the most user friendly devices you can possibly get.

Appearance. By far, this is the best looking VV/VW mod out there. One of the big turnoffs for me with APVs like the SVD and even the Provari, is that they get to be very big once you attach a tank. A provari in 18650 mode with a protank or a Vivi Nova attached is going to look big and clunky. An SVD with the same setup is going to be bordering on ridiculous. The VTR has answered that problem in a HUGE way, and made using big tanks actually look cool.

Price. I was kind of put off by the price of this thing at first, but in the $60 – $75 range, this has turned out to be a hell of a steal. The build quality combined with the performance and ease of use make this a no-brainer in this price range. I have seen a lot worse quality APVs sell for more, and there is really no comparison.

Overall. I really love the VTR and I can’t recommend it enough. I love finding new types of tanks to use with it. When I first tried it with the Dream tank I was absolutely blown away by the synergy between the two devices. The Protank is nearly as good, and I have been loving using my recoiled protanks on the VTR.

There is very little negative to say about it. Generally I don’t love paying a ton for my mods because good clones are so cheap these days, but this is one that is really worth treating yourself to. I’ve owned an MVP in the past, and while I think it is a serviceable and practical device, the VTR only costs slightly more and is miles ahead of the MVP.

This is a must buy.

Pick up a VTR kit on Fasttech for around $70.

Innovation: Innokin iTaste VTR Review
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Performance
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Ease of Use
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Appearance
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Price
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Overall
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9 comments on “Innovation: Innokin iTaste VTR Review

  1. Anthony says:

    I’m new to this vtr and I need help setting up the “v” (voltage) and all that good stuff

    • sam says:

      That’s a great question. The voltage level you want to use is going to be in direct correlation to the Ohms your atomizer is. If you’re using an iClear – one of the atomizers that came with the VTR, it is most likely 2.2 ohms or 1.8 ohms.

      For 2.2 ohms, you can run as high as 5 volts, although you might find it better in the 4.6-4.8 range. For 1.8 ohms, you might want something more in the 4.4-4.6 range.

      Then you will also want to adjust your wattage accordingly. I wouldn’t ever go below 10 watts, although higher wattage may mean that you will need to lower the voltage a little bit.

      The key is really just playing around with it and finding a sweet spot. There is no right or wrong answer. If the vape starts getting too hot or tasting burned, then you know you’ve got it cranked up too high, so lower it a little bit until it starts to taste normal again.

      Hopefully that helps!

  2. Technohydra says:

    @Sam,

    The voltage and wattage setting do not work together. You are either vaping in voltage mode which only takes the voltage setting into consideration, or wattage mode, which only takes the wattage setting into consideration. Setting the volts to a different setting and then switching back to power mode does not change the vape.

    This seems to be a common misconception, that the volts and watts settings work together somehow, and that is not al all true. The two cannot work together, if you know how electricity works at all. Volts hit the ohms (resistance), and the rate of flow of those volts is the current (amps). Power (watts) is determined by multiplying the volts times the amps, resulting in watts. If you would be to set things as you claim, set the volts, then set the watts, and presumably be getting, say 12 watts at 4 volts, the formula indicates that the only way to do this would be if the device was somehow changing the resistance of the coil, and barring some pretty advanced reactive resistance paralleling, that can’t happen.

    Sorry for the novel, and I am not meaning to rip on you, but the settings are not related, and this seems to be a common misconception. If you are set to power mode at 12 watts, you will be getting 12 watts (within the current limit of the device, anyways) no matter what the voltage setting is set to, because they do not affect each other.

  3. Hobert Keaton says:

    I’ve seen the same mistake elsewhere. you can not adjust the voltage and wattage independent of each other. Given a specific ohm value. When you set a specific wattage, the device will set a specific voltage. By varying either you will change the other.

    That is why I like VW over VV. With VW you Set the wattage and the device adjust the voltage to whatever Atty you’re using regardless of the ohms. At that point you need only worry about what the juice needs.

    I’ve found that 8 watts is a good average setting. Some need more and a very few need less.

    Just MHO, YMMV, and Stowe ABV.

    Hobert

  4. John D Knighton says:

    You state your battery has lasted over a month with three charges; can you give details of what batteries you are using?
    I have had my VTR from Fasttech for about a month I also purchased two Panasonic NCR18650PD 18650 3.6V 2900mAH to go with the machine, I find I get about a days use out of one battery, I vape quite a lot but I do not feel to excess.
    For you to only have charged the batteries three time in a month leads me to believe you cannot vape that often or my batteries are faulty.
    I am running the Iclear 30 on the VTR I cannot see why the batteries do not last longer?
    John

    • sam says:

      Well it is important to note that I use more than one device, so my battery life is going to be different than someone who is exclusively using the VTR. You can really use just about any kind of battery in the VTR. If you want something that lasts long, I would look for a battery with over 3000 mah, and make sure it is accurate. Sometimes the mah listed on batteries is not always accurate.

  5. tracy says:

    I’m a little confused I just bought my vtr. If I’m getting a burn should I turn down the voltage mode or the wattage mode . What settings produces the most vapor. Obviously I’m new to this.

    • sam says:

      Hey Tracy, to make it easy, I would suggest ignoring the voltage mode altogether and using it only in variable wattage mode. Basically, if you are getting a hit that is too hot or tasting burned, you will want to reduce your wattage. If you’re using a pre-fab atty rather than a rebuildable – like the iClear 30s that typically comes with the VTR, I would suggest starting at 10 watts and adjusting from there based on how it is vaping for you.

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