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Innokin Z Pod Nano

Satisfying looks and good performance, Innokin have managed both with their new Z Pod Nano kit

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Innokin are one of the oldest names in the vaping industry, and they’ve teamed up with their frequent collaborators Phil Busardo and the Vapingreek once again to bring us another mouth to lung focused starter kit, the Z Pod Nano. This is based around their popular platform series coils, but now with replaceable pods rather than coils and a simple to operate auto draw system meant to tempt in beginners and disposable pod users alike, so let’s take a look at how well this performs.

Specifications

  • 26.5 x 21.5 .82.25 mm 
  • 46.5 Grams
  • Output power 6~15 watts
  • Internal 700mAh battery
  • USB-C 5Volt/1Amp charging
  • 0.8 and 1.2Ohm pods 
  • 2 ml capacity

The Innokin Z Pod Nano is available in six fun colours which you can see in the photo at the top of this page, each comes in a matching colour box so you can see which one you’re getting, and these open like a book to reveal your device. As with all of Innokin’s releases in recent years, these come ethically packaged in all card/paper including the replacement pods so that it can all go into recycling if that’s an important consideration for you.

Inside the box, you’ll find the Z Pod Nano with a 0.8ohm pod installed, a second 1.2ohm pod, UAB-C charge cable, and an instruction leaflet. The instruction leaflet is up to Innokin’s usual standards, and is clear and easy to follow for a beginner so bonus points there.

I have to say that all the colour options are great, and I took a particular shine to the white and blue version right out of the box for its standout looks. During testing I was taking two of these to work with me, and I was frequently asked by work colleagues what these were thanks to the compact form factor and eye catching colour combinations, and on two occasions, I only went home with one kit in tow as someone had managed to convince me to part with a kit they’d taken a liking to as well. I think it’s fair to say these have made an impact on looks alone, especially as one of these went to a current smoker and he’s still using it.

These are dinky little devices, but their compact boxy design with softly rounded edges makes them perfectly comfortable in the hand, these are so small even I can hide one in my unusually small hands. The coloured top cap lifts away to reveal the pod, and both the pod and top cap are held in place by magnets. I did have one of the magnets holding the top caps come loose during testing, but this was easily pressed back into place and hasn’t come loose again since. 

There’s a convenient viewing window which goes through to both sides and means this is actually a practical and easy way to monitor your e-liquid levels without having to constantly take the lid off to see what’s going on. One downside with this design is that I did tend to get a bit of condensation build up, this was under the top cap itself and around the side of the pod rather than under the pod, so it’s more of an annoyance than anything and can make things a bit messy when it comes time to refill your pod.

Whilst there is a small power button on the face of the Innokin Z Pod Nano, this is a purely auto draw device and the button is there to allow you to turn it on/off and make adjustments to your wattage in 0.5 watt increments. The Z Pod Nano will automatically set the default power for your chosen pod and limit the maximum power as appropriate.

At the base of the unit, you’ll find a USB-C charge port for the built in 700mAh battery. In my charge test, this had a peak charge rate of 0.98 Amps with a final recorded capacity of 694mAh reached in 59 minutes which is quite good for this class of device.

Additional Z Pod Nano Pods come in packs of two, with each individual pod sealed in a paper packet. These are refillable pods based on Innokin’s platform series of coils, but once the coil burns out here, you have to replace the whole pod. I found that these seemed to have a slight break in period of about a half tank (2ml capacity) before the flavour really started to shine, but they were pretty consistent past this point, lasting around a week to ten days, although I did need to drop the wattage a little on the final day or two.

The pods are marked on the underside although this can be a bit difficult to read unless you catch them just right under a light. You’ll also find a small slider here to open up the airflow for a looser draw, but I found that this just drowned out the flavour on both the 0.8 and 1.2ohm pods. One option here would be to bump up the power to compensate, but with the 0.8ohm pod, it was running at the default 14 watts and you can only go up to 15 watts which made no appreciable difference, so I simply kept this closed at all times.

These are kanthal based coils which means they’re suitable for anyone with nickel sensitivity problems like me, and I really enjoyed the flavour from both pods, but my choice would be the 0.8ohm pod for its slightly looser draw. However, even the 0.8ohm pod is fairly tight by modern standards so I would definitely class this as a strictly mouth to lung device.

Conclusion

Based on looks alone, which has led to me giving away two of these kits at work already, I think Innokin is onto a winner here. Performance has been pretty solid, and I used these almost exclusively for two weeks which also speaks volumes. I haven’t been able to find any pricing as yet, but I’m sure this is likely to be pretty competitive with other kits of this nature.

Many thanks to Innokin for sending the Z Pod Nano out for review.

Pros
  • Compact eye catching design
  • Good flavour from the pods
  • Easy auto draw activation
Cons
  • Some condensation build up under the top cap
  • Optional extra airflow drowns out the flavour
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Antony Lord

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I was a twenty a day smoker for 25 years and like most smokers I was always going to quit "next week". Having hit my mid forties and having the usual smokers cough and difficulty with anything more than moderate exercise it was obviously time to give up the cancer sticks. I bought my first e-cigarette in 2013 when they were expensive, difficult to find and quite frankly... crap. I used it for about a week then went back to the roll ups, mark up another failed quit attempt. The fact that I had just changed jobs and was under quite a lot of stress probably didn't help. Move on to 2016 and whilst I was browsing eBay I noticed that one of the suggested items that would occasionally pop up was for a cheap e-cigarette. It looked similar to the one I'd bought 3 years earlier but it was only £5 (about 8 times cheaper than before) so I decided to give it another go on a whim. Once the kit arrived I managed to gradually replace the cigarettes with my new kit over a two month period and got into watching YouTube reviews for newer kit. My cheap and cheerful kit was replaced by a more upmarket affair, and being a noob I made a mistake once it arrived... I put in the supplied direct lung coil, this was of course a complete revelation and I haven't touched a cigarette since. Oh and I no longer spend the first five minutes of every day having a coughing fit either.

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