Innokin Tidy Clearomizer Preview
After entering the industry with classic products such as the Leo and Lea e-cigarettes, Innokin has enhanced its reputation as an innovator with the release of the extremely stylish variable-voltage iTaste VV. Impressed with the appearance of the iTaste, I got in touch with Innokin and requested a sample. Watch for my iTaste review soon. In the meantime, though, I wanted to write about another product that Innokin was kind enough to include with the review kit: their new Tidy Clearomizer.
The design of the Tidy Clearomizer is similar to that of the G4 cartomizer in that it doesn’t require a syringe or needle tip for filling — you can simply remove the cap and fill the reservoir directly from a bottle. However, while I found the G4 cartomizer mediocre at best, the Tidy Clearomizer is an enormous improvement on this design concept and looks like it will be a real winner for people who find the traditional Boge cartomizer design too complicated to fill.
Bear in mind that this is a preview; the Tidy Clearomizer I discuss in this article is an engineering sample and the final design may differ. The cartomizer’s problems may also be corrected in the final version.
As I mentioned above, the Tidy Clearomizer looks very similar to the G4 cartomizer. The soft cap that seals the liquid reservoir also holds the air tube in place. The air tube leads to the Tidy Clearomizer’s bottom chamber, which contains the heating coil. Here’s the really interesting part of the design; the outer wall is only slightly larger in diameter than the heating coil chamber, and rather than having a hole in the bottom of the reservoir for e-liquid to drip through, the liquid actually flows down the outside of the chamber like a waterfall, entering the chamber through holes in the side. It’s an innovative design that has remained completely leak-free in my testing, whether the Tidy Clearomizer is held horizontally or vertically.
With gravity-fed cartomizers, condensation is always a concern. When e-liquid collects on the inside of the air tube, vapor production is severely decreased and the cartomizer begins to gurgle. I found that this was particularly likely to happen when I carried the Tidy Clearomizer in my pocket. You can sometimes clear the air tube by blowing gently through the mouthpiece, but if that doesn’t work, you have no choice but to continue vaping through it, wait until the reservoir is empty and blow the rest out.
In terms of vapor production and flavor, the performance of my Tidy Clearomizer engineering samples varied quite a bit. Some were among the best cartomizers I’ve ever used, but a couple didn’t manage to feed e-liquid into the bottom chamber reliably. In these cases, I would get a burned taste that would overpower everything else and I’d have to discontinue using the clearomizer.
Although the Tidy Clearomizer currently has a couple of problems, Innokin has assured me that additional improvements will be made before the final version is released. Assuming Innokin is able to correct the few issues I’ve noticed, I really think this will be a cartomizer worth trying. At its best, the Tidy Clearomizer is nearly as good as the Boge cartomizer while being far easier to fill.