Innokin iClear 16: Dual-Coil Clearomizer Goodness
Clearomizers are my preferred atomizing device when it comes to vaping. Less fiddly than cartomizer tanks, easier to manage juice levels in than cartomizers and with more on-the-go capacity than dripping systems. That said, most of my experience with clearos has come from using KangerTech’s offerings: the M3, T3 and most recently the Protank. I like KangerTech’s devices, with the exception of the M3, and will probably find myself telling you about their EVOD at some point in the future.
But today it’s all about the Innokin iClear 16.
What makes it different:
Dual coils, baby. They say two heads are better than one, and when it comes to cartomizers and clearomizers, that’s just a solid fact. The iClear 16 brings that two-headed mutant freaky goodness to you with 4 ~3mm wicks tucked into 1.6ml of juice capacity.
This clearo uses your standard eGo threading, meaning that it’ll work on damn near any battery or mod you’ve got or would care to get.
Now for the important part…
Because of its dual coils, the iClear 16 delivers a full vape with plenty of throat hit (depending on your juice, of course.) That warmer vape comes with a flavor that isn’t as muted as you would expect from a clearomizer, especially from a clearomizer of this size.
The draw is about middle of the road — not too tight, like the Kanger M3, nor too airy, as some people have described with the Protank. Baby bear says it’s juuuuuust right.
The iClear 16 generally runs in the neighborhood of six bucks per unit. For the level of performance you get from this device, that’s not unreasonable at all.
But then figure this into the calculator: as with more expensive devices like the Protank and the EVOD, the iClear 16 uses replaceable heads, meaning that the tank itself is reusable and should last you a good, long while, only needing a regular, sensible schedule of cleaning — every 3 or 4 refills should be about right — and then occasional replacement of the heads, which run somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.50-$3.00 per head.
Potential down sides:
Just to be fair, there are two possible drawbacks I can see with the iClear 16: First would be that, because it uses plastic for the tank wall material, there are some juices you may not want to run through it for long term use — these would be the hardcore citrus and cinnamon juices, as they have been known, with certain clearos, to eventually break down the polycarbonate material some manufacturers use. I don’t know if that would be the case with this particular unit, but let the buyer beware.
The second potential drawback would be in the smaller capacity of the unit. If you’re going to be vaping at work, for example, a 1.6ml clearomizer probably won’t last you through a full 8 hour work day. In that scenario, I’d advise either taking a higher-capacity device like a Protank or, if you don’t mind filling and taking 2 or 3 iClear units with you, you could do it that way. Or just take a 15ml bottle of your juice with you and refill while you’re away from home. However you prefer to do it.
The final verdict:
For its place in Innokin’s clearomizer lineup, I give the iClear 16 a solid thumbs up. It’s not the biggest clearo out there; it’s not made of stainless steel and pyrex glass. It’s not the bells and whistles — but it’s not placed or priced to be any of those things. It’s a reasonably priced, easy to use, easy to maintain compact performer. I like it. I think you might like it, too.
You can get it from lots of different places, but the prices I described were found at AltSmoke.com.