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Innokin Zyon

Along with the new Kroma Nova, Innokin have just released the Zyon kit, the perfect pocket companion to keep you going all day long (and then some)

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Last week we took a look at the new Innokin Kroma Nova, one of the new breed of pod kits to use the latest PZP coil series, and today we are looking at its little bro, the Innokin Zyon. The Zyon is a stripped down, user friendly powerhouse with a small form factor and a big heart, so buckle up as we take a closer look.

Innokin Zyon boxed

Unboxing and Specs

As with everything that comes from Innokin these days, all of the packaging is either card or paper and is 100% recyclable. Even the seal on the box is just a thick paper wrap which you need to tear to access your new kit. Where other brands use foam to support their mods in transit, Innokin use specially shaped folded box inserts which fit together like a jigsaw, and everything is kept safe and secure thanks to some brilliant design ideas. I wish more companies would take a leaf out of Innokin’s book as they really do lead the way when it comes to innovative and thoughtful packaging.

When you open the box, you get your first look at the new Zyon with the pod and a 0.6ohm PZP coil installed, and under that you will find the rest of the kit which include a USB-C charging cable, a 1.2ohm PZP coil, and the manual and paperwork. It is a comprehensive kit which gives you everything you need to get up and running apart from the e-liquid.

Innokin Zyon contents

I really do love the choice of coils Innokin include with the kit, not only does it mean that you won't be left hanging in the very unlikely event that you get a dud coil, but it also means you get to try out two different styles to see which you prefer so you know what you’d like to buy moving forward. There is also a 1.0ohm coil available to buy separately, but I think most people will be happy with the included options.

  • Battery Capacity: 1300mAh
  • Wattage Range: 6-25W
  • Resistance Range: 0.6-1.2Ohm
  • Chassis Material: Zinc-Alloy
  • Display Screen: LED
  • Charging: USB Type-C
  • Pod Connection: Magnetic
  • Pod Material: PCTG
  • Fill System: Bottom-Fill
  • Coil Support: PZP Series
     

Innokin Zyon pink and white

First Impressions

I love a nice tube mod, there is something inexplicably satisfying about the shape, so I was delighted by the feel when I first held the Zyon. It is just such a solid shape and always makes things feel right somehow. Add in the feel of the Zinc Alloy, and the Zyon just feels much more expensive than it is. In fact, throughout my time with the Zyon, I kept forgetting that this is a really budget friendly kit, nothing feels cheap anywhere. I was sent two variants, white and pink, both just single colours, but when you look closely, there are two subtly different finishes going on, the bottom half is almost pearlescent, and the top is more matte. It is such a subtle detail, but it adds to the feeling that love went into the design.

Running up the middle of the main body, there is a fire button pad which also doubles up as the screen which helps with the minimalist style, and under that is the USB-C charging port so everything can be accessed whilst keeping your kit stood upright.

The screen is very basic, but it tells you exactly what you need to know. You can clearly see how much battery you have left, and it tells you the power. As you take a puff, it times how long you inhale for which I found surprisingly interesting. It turns out that I take shorter puffs that I realised! The screen turns off pretty quickly, so you need to catch things fast if you want to check anything, but this also helps with the impressive battery performance. I think it also uses some sort of pulsing output too as try as I might, I couldn’t actually get a photo with the screen properly lit, it seems to flash superfast so you can read it fine, but my camera could only catch it frame by frame.

Innokin Zyon airflow

On the reverse side, you will find the airflow intake which is basically just a slotted cut out. You need to line up the airholes which run around the bottom of the pod with this slot and then to set the airflow, you simply twist the pod until it feels right for you. There are a lot of micro holes to choose from too so you can go from a pretty tight MTL to restricted DTL. Personally, I liked to keep things fully open as it also kept the vape a little cooler whilst still getting maximum flavour without having to change the wattage. My only slight complaint would be the position of the slot as when I thumb fire the Zyon, I found I frequently accidentally covered the airflow. To avoid this happening, index finger firing is the better choice, as you hand will naturally wrap around the body without accidentally covering anything up.

The battery life is just fantastic, it goes on and on and on. I was actually surprised that it is just 1300mAh as fully charged, I was getting nearly two days before I needed to plug it in again. It also charges fast so downtime in minimal, but it did get slightly warm, not worryingly so but enough to warrant a quick mention.

Innokin Zyon parts

Controls

The Zyon has limited options when it comes to personalising the vape. In fact, really all you can do is turn it on and off with three clicks, and you can change the power by clicking the button twice until the display flashes, and then you hold the fire button down until you get to what you want. There is no up and down option, but it will round robin. To be fair, you really don’t need it to do any more than that, and even that wasn’t really needed as the Zyon selects the optimum wattage depending on the coil selected, and it always felt right with the default settings.

Innokin Zyon screen

The Pod and Coils

The pod is held in place with magnets, and they hold well. Whilst the pod will fit any way you drop it in, the magnets pull tighter when the pod is in the right place for the airflow, and it snaps in place. The shake test proved that the magnets do a very good job too, so you shouldn’t find things coming apart without a fight. Around the upper edge of the pod, there is a removable ring which is partly cosmetic but also gives a bit of drop protection. It looks good, but I found it tended to twist round when I was setting the airflow.

Innokin Zyon pod fitting

Fitting the coil is very simple, you just push it in. You don’t have to line anything up, they fit in every orientation.

I covered the coils in the Kroma Nova review, but I think I preferred the flavour with them in the Zyon tank for some reason. I think because the coil fits centrally this time, the wicking performance better and I found the vape was much more satisfying and consistent. The flavour is rich and full from start to finish, and I can’t fault the performance at all.

Innokin Zyon coil fitting

In a slightly unusual move these days, the Zyon pod is bottom fill, so you need to remove it to top up your juice. On the bottom of the pod, you will find a rubber bung which needs to be flipped out. The bung moves to the side to allow full access to the fill port which is quite generously sized so you shouldn’t have any trouble with fatter e-liquid bottle tips. One quirk I did find was that it didn’t like me putting the tip all the way in, for some reason it backed the juice back out and I made a right mess of my trousers! I pulled the tip halfway out again, and the problem went away but it is worth a mention to save anyone else from having any embarrasing accidents. I also found the bung was a little fiddly to put back in place, you kind of need to angle the front in first to get things lined up before press sealing the rest of it. You get used to it pretty quickly, but initially it was slightly frustrating.

Innokin Zyon filling

Once fitted and filled though, I had zero problems. You will initially want to leave things for a good few minutes to let the juice really soak in to the wicking material, but you will be rewarded with an incredibly tasty vape.

The pod also includes an integrated mouthpiece which is just a circular, medium wide bore hole. It is nothing special, but I found it was comfortable to use. It suited the vape style of the kit too so it is very much function over form.

Innokin Zyon top and bottom

Final Thoughts

The Innokin Zyon is a great kit if you want something that is easy to use, super tasty, and will last ages between charges. It looks good and performs even better. What really makes it stand out though is that Innokin have done all this in what is basically a cheap as chips kit. I have seen it up for preorder for $16 or about 12 quid. To put that in perspective, for the price of two disposables, you can pick up a Zyon kit with two coils included, and the Zyon will last longer than any legal disposable just on its first charge. To get this kind of performance and build at that price point is just insane!

Pros

  • Great build quality
  • Two great coil options included
  • Impressive battery life
  • Superb flavour
  • Easy to use
  • Insanely good value for money

Cons

  • Fiddly fill port
  • Limited user customisable options and controls

8.5/10 – Very solid performance for a crazily impressive price

Many thanks to Innokin for sending the Zyon in for review.

Innokin Zyon handcheck

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