Eleaf iKonn 220 review by

Review Date: 
18.01.2018

Eleaf iKonn 220

Eleaf's iKonn 220 is one of the most powerful box mods to have come out of the Eleaf stable, it's a dual 18650 battery device that packs a hell of a lot of power! It also has comprehensive temperature control support for Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel coils, with a custom TCR input. It's also been designed to be as ergonomic as possible, with a very comfortable form factor.

Eleaf have had some big successes recently with the Pico Squeeze and the iStick Pico 25, is the iKonn 220 another quality release? Let's have a look...

Specs

  • 44mm x 28mm x 126mm
  • 1-220W output power
  • 0.1-3.5ohm variable wattage mode resistance range 
  • Takes two 18650 batteries
  • Temperature control support for Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel
  • 0.05-1.5ohm temperature control resistance range
  • Custom TCR input
  • 100-315C/ 200-600F temperature control range
  • Firmware upgradeable chip
  • Large OLED screen
  • USB charging port
  • 510 threading
  • 10 second cut off
  • Low resistance protection
  • Atomiser short protection
  • Low voltage protection
  • Reverse polarity protection

What's in the box?

Inside the box you get the Eleaf iKonn 220 mod, a USB cable and a user manual.

Design and Build Quality

For a dual 18650 battery device, the Eleaf iKonn 220 is nicely sized and very comfortable to use, it measures in at 44mm x 28mm x 126mm making it pretty comfortable to carry around in your pocket as well. The rounded edges of the mod sit in your hand very nicely, meaning that no sharp edges dig into your palm, and a spring loaded 510 means you get no gaps between mod and atty, with it able to take atomisers up to 28mm in width without overhang. Looks wise, there definitely seems to be a small nod towards the popular Smok Alien.

A side mounted firing bar is present, similar to the one found on the Wismec Predator 228. It is clicky and very responsive, I found it preferable to the firing button found on the Predator, as I felt that it had the perfect resistance and responsiveness for my own usage.

At the front of the device, there is a 0.91 inch OLED screen, which has a very clear display when used indoors- I did find the display to be a little dim when outside in bright light conditions. The screen displays current wattage output, resistance, voltage and the individual status of each battery. Amps is also displayed as standard, however this can be changed to a puff count or puff second timer by holding both the power and plus buttons down.

Underneath the screen is the power and plus buttons, along with a USB port which can be used for upgrading the firmware and for charging your batteries- the Eleaf iKonn 220 has a balance charging board and supports 2A fast charging, however it is still recommended that you remove the batteries through the hinged battery door at the base and charge your batteries with an external charger.

Using the Eleaf iKonn 220

  • 5 clicks of the power button turn the device on and off
  • Holding down the fire and minus buttons will activate stealth mode
  • Holding plus and minus down will lock the up and down buttons
  • Pressing plus and minus simultaneously for two seconds whilst the device is off will rotate the screen 180 degrees
  • Whilst the device is powered off, holding the power and plus buttons down will allow you to change the preheat function
  • Quick pressing the fire button will allow you to switch between variable wattage, TC-Ni200, TC-Ti, TC-SS, TCR-M1, TCR-M2 and TCR-M3
  • TCR values are 600-700 for Nickel, 300-400 for Titanium, 300-400 for NiFe and 80-200 for Stainless Steel 303, 304, 316 and 317
  • An RC adaptor can be used via the 510 connector to charge other devices via USB
  • Custom logos and firmware updates can be uploaded via USB from your computer

Performance

Capable of handling atomisers up to 28mm in width, firing resistances down to 0.1ohm in wattage mode whilst being able to output up to 220W means that the Eleaf iKonn 220 is a very good choice for those that like a cloudy and warm vape! In wattage mode, I have found that the Eleaf iKonn 220W reads resistance accurately and is very responsive when fired, with no noticeable delay between pressing the power button and the device firing. With the ample amount of venting holes present I had no issues with the iKonn 220 getting hot during sustained usage either.

For those that enjoy using temperature controlled coils, the iKonn 220 supports Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel wires right out of the box, with individual presets for each of those coil types. There are also three TCR memory settings, meaning that you can input and save three of your preferred co-efficient settings for different coil types to use in temperature control.

Battery life with the Eleaf iKonn 220 has been excellent, I get well over a days use from two LG HG2 batteries, averaging a day and a half when I use it with my Eden Mods Trillium with Eleaf EC2 0.5ohm coil heads in the 55-70W region. You should always remove your batteries from your device and use an external charger where possible, however if you do get caught short then the iKonn 220 supports charging via USB at up to 2A.

Conclusion

Eleaf's iKonn 220 is a solid little performer, it packs plenty of power and battery life with a comprehensive temperature control mode into it's aesthetically pleasing body. This was one of the more comfortable dual 18650 battery devices I have used, with a lovely side mounted firing bar, and it's a device I've been happily using on a daily basis over the past couple of weeks. Well worth a look if you are after a powerful dual 18650 mod!

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 Dan Willis
Article by Dan Willis
Dan was an early adopter of vaping as a way to quit smoking and has seen and done pretty much all there is to see and do in the vaping world! From Ego batteries to mechs and from rebuildables to pods there isn't much that Dan hasn't tried.