Innokin iTaste Kroma-A Kit review by

Review Date: 
15.02.2018

Innokin iTaste Kroma-A Kit

The Innokin iTaste Kroma-A Kit offers a 75W TC capable device and also includes the Axiom M21 Sub-Ohm Tank. It is extremely compact just like the original Kroma which I reviewed.

Featuring Innokin's reliable and accurate Aethon chipset the Kroma-A is supports all major wire types. So let’s take a good look and see what it has to offer!

Innokin iTaste Kroma-A Kit features

  • Zinc Alloy Construction.
  • Innokin Aethon Chipset.
  • Battery: 2000mAh Built-in.
  • Maximum Output: 75W.
  • Charging: Micro USB 2A.
  • TC Mode: with Ni, Ti, SS316L.
  • Ultra Compact Design.
  • Numerous Safety Features.

Innokin Axiom Tank

  • 2ml Capacity.
  • Fully Adjustable Airflow.
  • Top Filling Design.
  • Pyrex Glass.
  • Stainless Steel Construction.

What’s in the box?

  • 1 x iTaste Kroma-A 75W TC Mod.
  • 1 x Innokin Axiom M21 Tank.
  • 1 x 0.8 Ohm Kanthal BVC (pre-installed).
  • 1 x 0.5 Ohm SS316L Coil (Spare).
  • 1 x Micro USB Charging Cable.
  • Spare O-rings.
  • Spare Tank Glass.
  • 510 Drip Tip Adapter.
  • Vape Band.
  • Stickers.
  • Warranty Card.
  • Battery Safety Card.
  • User Manual.

The packaging is really well done and the box opens into two compartments, one holding the mod and tank, with the other including all the accessories.

Innokin iTaste Kroma-A Kit styling and build quality

The overall design of the Kroma-A is highly compact and very much like the original Kroma device I covered. One major difference is that the tank now sits on top of the device itself and is no longer housed in a recess and loses the old 510 connector adapter. This means that the Kroma-A is now far more compatible with other atomizers you might want to use from your collection. Anything up to 24mm diameter will tend to look good but be aware that 25mm will result in some slight overhang.

Another difference is that the paint scheme is done in one primary colour (red, blue and black) and features black inlays. While it does look good I actually prefer the original Kroma’s look because the white, black and red scheme seemed far more modern and striking, but personal taste varies greatly amongst users.

What is nice is the lovely textured grip which means you the device is highly unlikely to ever slip out of you hand. Ergonomically the Kroma-A feels extremely comfortable, lightweight but also quite robust and well balanced.

The 510 connector is made from Stainless Steel so it should last a good amount of time. The 510 pin is springy, has a nice amount of travel to it, feels well fitted and the various atomizers I tried from my collection all fitted flush.

Just like the original Kroma the display features a dark screen protector, which unfortunately dims the information to such a degree that it can be tricky to read in bright light. All of the typical things you’d expect to see are shown including Resistance, Wattage, Temperature; as well as Voltage and the current battery life.

There are three buttons on the device and all of them are well fitted and thankfully rattle free. In addition they are all highly responsive and have a good feel to them.

The device comes fully charged up and is fitted with a 2000mAh capacity internal battery. This should last you a fairly good amount of vape time between charges.

Like other Innokin devices the main fire button has an LED positioned behind it which changes colour according to the current charge of the battery. It starts at green, changes to orange and when it glows red it’s time to recharge.

There is no venting on the device, but since it only goes up to 75W maximum output and is loaded with safety features it isn’t really a concern. The Micro USB port is fitted horizontally nicely below the minus adjustment button, which means you can stand the device upright while charging.

Included in the box is the Axiom M21 Tank which is pre-fitted with a 0.8ohm Kanthal coil. In addition the spare Stainless Steel 316 coil can be used in Variable Wattage or Temperature Control Mode. The tank is extremely compact has fully adjustable airflow and a top filling design. It features two thick O-rings to keep the glass in place. The Delrin drip tip/top cap is tapered and feels comfortable on the lips, but if you don’t want to use it a 510 drip tip adapter is included in the box, as is spare glass for the tank.

If you don’t live in the EU or if you decide to order from elsewhere, keep in mind the kit includes the Crios Tank instead of the Axiom.

Ease of use

The Kroma-A works just like most Innokin devices. The manual is very well set out and everything is explained in an easy to understand way.

  • Three clicks switches the device on/off. The LED positioned behind the fire button lights up and also alerts you to the current level of the battery.
  • To change the Wattage or Temperature hold down the plus button for 2 seconds until the display flashes, then adjust the setting with the plus or minus buttons.

As far as the Axiom Tank goes I didn’t really enjoy priming the coil, or even filling the tank. While it is nice that the whole device and tank are highly compact, the atomizer itself is incredibly small and feels really fiddly if you have average sized fingers. You also need to make sure it’s fully tightened up too or you will get juice leaking down the side of the mod. The filling ports aren’t particular large and another inconvenience is that it is really difficult to adjust the airflow when the tank is fitted to the device.

Given that the tank features two very thick O-rings it can be difficult to gauge the fill level and on occasions it’s very easy to overdo it. These are of course things you will get used to with frequent use but it does feel a little less user friendly as a result.

Innokin iTaste Kroma-A Kit performance

The Kroma-A is fitted with the very accurate and superb Aethon chipset so you are unlikely to encounter any problems with Variable Wattage or Temperature Control Modes.

Now while the Axiom Tank is a bit fiddly, the flavour I got from the pre-fitted 0.8ohm Kanthal coil was excellent. I had filled the tank with some Manabush Omusa and while vaping I could easily pick out the deliciously rich notes in the juice. Vapour production was also incredibly good for such a tiny little tank and even when using 50PG/50VG Manabush I got a decent amount of vapour.

The major downside is that the tank is 2ml capacity and vaping at a modest 30 Watts it does drain very quickly, of course this is not really a surprise considering the size of the wicking slots on the coils. To an extent I wish Innokin had gone for smaller less juice guzzling coils. Nevertheless the tank can be quickly refilled.

In terms of the draw it is suited to a slightly restricted direct lung inhale and this can be closed down for an even more restrictive vape. To a degree it might even be suitable as a loose mouth to lung vape, but your particular mileage in that department may vary.

Switching the Kanthal coil out for the included Stainless Steel one the Kroma-A offered an excellent vape in Temperature Control. There was absolutely no heat spiking or Resistance fluctuations. Flavour wise it was certainly somewhat crisper than the Kanthal one and puts out more vapour, but being lower Resistance drains the juice much faster.

Battery life on the whole is typical of a 2000mAh device. An average vaper should get a full day’s of modest use out of it before having to recharge. The device does feature 2A charging and takes about 2.5-3.0 hours.

Conclusion

The Kroma-A is a great little device, ideal for a newcomer, or just for an existing vaper who prefers something more stealthy and lightweight. It performs extremely well and is definitely up to Innokin’s typical high standards of production!

There are a couple of minor issues such as the dark screen protector. The Axiom M21 Tank can feel somewhat fiddly to work with and is also a bit too juice hungry. Yet despite that it does offer a truly lovely vape and as a whole this is really attractive kit! What is also good value to the potential customer is that it comes with two coils allowing a new user to try out both Variable Wattage and Temperature Control.

If you’re looking for a compact little set up or if you are thinking of making the switch to vaping this kit is certainly well worth checking out!

Many thanks to Innokin who kindly sent this kit to Planet of the Vapes for us to review. You can purchase this device from a variety of stockists.

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