Innokin Cool Fire 1 Review
The Innokin Cool Fire I an 18350 microprocessor controlled non-variable wattage APV with an included iClear 30S clearomizer as a standard kit. When the Innokin Cool fire I was released approximately one year ago the kit initially included an iClear 30B clearomizer, and there are still Cool Fire I kits in circulation that include the iClear 30B clearomizer as well. The Innokin Cool Fire I retails for 29.71-54.99 USD at select online retailers.
The Innokin Cool Fire I kit featured in this review came from Cigabuy.com, and it retails for $33.78USD. For a limited time you can use Coupon code S76617FRm3 for an additional 34% off ($22.22 after coupon).This coupon code will expire on January 1, 2015.
The Innokin Cool Fire 1 with iClear 30S is packaged in a hard clear gift box. There is also a security scratch off sticker which is used to verify authenticity on Innokin.com, and the Cool Fire I kit that I received has been verified as an authentic Innokin product.
COOL FIRE I SPECIFICATIONS:
- Brand: Innokin
- Type: regulated APV and clearomizer kit (non-variable, steady 8.5W output)
- Material: cast metal alloy and polycarbonate (iClear 30S has a stainless steel drip tip)
- Connection threading: 510/Ego
- Battery configuration: 18350 standard (18650 extension tube available separately)
- Clearomizer style: dual top coil (replaceable ?)
- Diameter: 21mm
- Height: 153mm ( mod and clearo)
- Weight: 128g
- Supports 18350 batteries (18650 with extension)
- Rated power of 8.5W, which is perfectly suitable for 2.1 ohm iClear dual coil clearomizers.
- Reverse Battery Protection Circuit. Built in 7A fuse for protection and stability.
- Short Circuit Protection.
- ON/OFF battery switch.
- LED Battery Power Display.
- Low Voltage Warning: Overtime Vaping Warning (10 second switch cutoff).
- Battery safety protection (Vent holes).
- High compatibility 510 connector:
- Will fit iClear10, iClear16, and iClear30 clearomizers, as well as standard 510 Accessories
The Innokin Cool Fire I is made of metal alloy, and like most other Innokin products it has a solid feel in spite of its lightweight. Being that the Cool Fire I has a constant, non-adjustable wattage output of 8.5 watts, there are no wattage dials or up/down buttons. This makes for a really streamlined appearance that is similar to a mechanical mod even as the Cool Fire is a regulated device.
The fire button style is very much like the switch found on the Vapor Shark rDNA 40 that I just reviewed, in both its construction and feel. There is power symbol etched on the body above the fire button, and the Cool Fire I logo is etched along the side of the body. The APV breaks down into three basic parts which are the main control, the removable atomizer ring, and the bottom battery cap. All of the threads are clean, and each movable part of the device threads easily on and off of the main body.
The Cool Fire I is 510/Ego threaded and so it is compatible with other 510 and/or Ego threaded atomizers.
The threaded removable atomizer ring has two 2mm air holes drilled into either side of the ring, which allows for air flow into the 510 connection. The remaining dimples around the atomizer ring are purely for style/appearance. The bottom battery cap is male threaded, and has 6 battery vent holes drilled into the bottom. There is also a gold plated negative battery contact surrounded by a black delrin insulator inside the battery cap. The negative battery contact is non adjustable.
As indicated in the device specifications, while the Cool Fire I is a 18350 battery device, there is also the option to purchase the 18650 battery tube extension which is sold separately. I purchased the 18650 battery extension from vaporbeast.com for a very reasonable price of $4.59 USD plus shipping. Sadly, I have seen some vendors charging as much $20.00 for this small extension tube, so buyers beware.
The 18650 extension tube is made of the same metal alloy as the main device, and it is male threaded at the top of the tube, and female threaded on the bottom. I do wish that Innokin had not etched the words â18650 adapterâ on the tube, which does take away from the overall aesthetic a bit.
The Cool Fire I is powered on and off by three clicks of the fire button once a battery is installed. The fire switch does illuminate when pressed/fired, and there are three different illuminated colors which correspond to the battery level. Green = 3.75v or higher, yellow = 3.6-3.74v, and red = lower than 3.6v.
Battery cut off happens at 3.3v, and the fire button will blink for 8 seconds with the red LED once the battery has been drained to 3.3v. There is also a 10 second firing cut off, and the device will stop firing after the button has been depressed more than 10 seconds.
This Cool Fire kit comes with an iClear 30S dual top coil clearomizer which has a 3ml e-liquid capacity which is measured on the body of the clearomizer. While this clearo is marked as a 30S, I do notice that it does not have the same rotatable drip tip that comes with individually sold iClear 30S. The drip tip on this clearomizer is stainless steel however, it is not removable. This clearomizer is rated for 2.1 ohm, and when I checked the resistance on my ohm meter the clearomizer read 2.0 ohm.
While I have read on the internet that the individually sold iClear 30S with rotatable drip tip uses replacement coils, I am not so sure that the 30S that came with this kit is replaceable. In the photos below you will see the extent to which I was able to dissemble the included clearomizer. I was not able to remove the polycarbonate tank from the base of the atomizer even as I had no problem unscrewing the top cap.
This clearomizer does receive its air from the 510 connection via two air holes drilled on either side of the 510 connection, which appear to be approximately 1-1.2mm in size. I do like that this is a top filling clearomizer because it means that you will not need to remove it from your mod in order to refill it.
After the clearomizer is filled to the 3.0ml mark, I recommend that you allow the clearomizer to sit for about 10 minutes to allow the e-liquid to soak into the wicks. If you look at the first photo below you will see that after I allowed the clearomizer to sit, that the wicks absorbed approximately .5ml of e-liquid. At this point you can top the clearomizer off with more e-liquid if you wish.
While I have long since passed the days of the being a clearomizer user, I must say that I much preferred the iClear 30S over the 16B that I reviewed with the Innokin DRV a few months ago. The air flow, and overall vapor production of the iClear 30S is a lot better than the 16B clearo. The flavor production is about the same as what you would get from most good quality clearomizers of a similar style.
The Cool Fire I and the 30S clearomizer worked well together in both the 18350 and 18650 battery configurations. If there was anything that I wanted more of, it was throat hit. I feel that the 8.5W output limit had everything to do with the less intense throat hit that I experienced. Personally I would love to see Innokin revamp this the Cool Fire I concept and increase the constant wattage output to 10-12W.
I was happy that I had the Aqua V1 RBA to pair with the Cool Fire since they are both 21mm in diameter, and actually look quite nice together. While the Cool Fire I is limited to a 8.5W output, it does have a 7A limit. I could not find any specs for the Cool Fire I which indicated its minimum firing resistance however, I doubt that his device would fire anything lower than 1.2 ohms. I did use the Cool Fire with a 1.2 ohm rebuildable atomizer and it did fire, although I found that I experienced a better vape with the iClear 30S.
When the Innokin Cool Fire I was released this time last year I really wanted this device. I was very attracted to the smaller 18350 battery configuration, and the constant 8.5 watt power output which was perfect for how I was vaping a year ago. Today I do prefer a slightly more powerful vape than what the Cool Fire I can offer me however, I would still use the Cool Fire I as an âout and aboutâ device.
I feel that the constant 8.5W output of the Cool Fire I makes for a very good starter kit for beginner vapers, and is adequate for anyone who needs an inexpensive pocketable device to get them through a work day, or a weekend of running errands.