In Review: The itaste MVP
Anyone that is familiar with the itaste probably expects, like I did, the itaste MVP to be something very similar. It’s not! What the MVP is has some similarity in the VV function but it’s a lot like the Wink.. just without the drama or the massive battery life. It’s a slim box-type variable voltage device with digital display, a large built in battery and charging circuit that also carries a USB-out port for charging other mobile devices. Let’s put it through the works:
In the box you get the actual device, 2 ce4 type dual coil cartomizers with 4 incredibly thick wicks (which I’ll be reviewing on their own) and a multi-face USB charging cable along with what looks like an eGo tank plinth. Something resembling instructions and a battery disposal warning. Basically a simple kit without too much bloatware.
Construction feels surprisingly solid. I was expecting el-cheapo plastic much like the Gripper (or Gripper VV) and I was very pleasantly surprised with this, it’s molded aluminium with polished metal end plates and even has quite a bit of weight to it, I often pray at the altar of Provari and the weight of the MVP still threw me.
Gone is the magnetic connector of the itaste. Let’s be honest, magnets are fun but the itaste was wobbly and often lost connection with the little magnetic adapters, so this is quite a nice change. In it’s place we find a connector that Innokin calls “myriad compatible”. I like Innokin, not only do they come up with their own stuff often instead of just copying everyone else but I also see something in their products that makes me feel like they really try; I simply don’t see much difference between this myriad compatible connection and a standard eGo except from the half-missing outer eGo threads, making it even less compatible than an eGo.. any eGo atomizer with the double threading will not fit!. The tank skirt looks pretty standard and made to fit the half threaded eGo, I’ve tried a regular tank skirt and it wouldn’t fit because of the eGo threading I just mentioned.
Battery is a Li-Ion chemistry cell rated at 2600mah. Same safety concerns as with the twist, spinner and itaste but they are so popular I’m starting to believe I’m being paranoid, you make up your own mind. Sadly, the battery is fixed. It is a custom battery so it would be impossible to find spares but I still would like the option of owning a second and being able to swap the batteries. I am a huge fan of replaceable batteries and hence disappointed in this. Never-the-less I was able to get almost 2 full days moderate vaping before getting to the “red” status, could of gotten even more if I plugged the device to a usb port while I was vaping. As far as the voltage-out function.. I couldn’t care less for it! Don’t get me wrong, i don’t dislike it.. i just want my PV‘s to vape, not to charge my idiotic phone that won’t stop fucking ringing.
The button is a bit small but has a nice resistance to it and it even has a three colored LED to indicate battery level, not the best illumination job I’ve seen tbh. It does the job pretty well without feeling cheap. I’m a bit of a button-ist (yes it’s a thing!). It’s location looks uncomfortable in the photos but the box is just over 4cm on the wide side so reaching for the button is not hard at all.
Now to more important things: the Variable Voltage. The system boosts and regulates within 3.5-5V through some simple +/- buttons (0.1V increments) making the voltage selection as easy as can be. The range is somewhat limited but considering the battery chemistry used it is actually quite pleasant that they didn’t just go for a big number with all sorts of limitations. Vaping the itaste MVP feels exactly the same as the itaste vv, the monitor looks a bit different and the V+ and V- buttons are round this time. It’s neither anemic nor overcompensating in the selected voltage as I’ve found some other VV devices to feel. Thankfully the voltage range suggestion is gone, I don’t see what use it was and even more-so I cannot understand why there was a voltage range suggestion instead of a simple ohm meter since the device clearly uses the function to determine the voltage suggestion itself. Unfortunately the “puffer accounter” is still there. I still have not found a use for it.
It’s $60. A bit higher than entry level VV mods (gripper VV, lavatube) but with the battery build in and no need for a charger the price is definitively comparable, if not slightly less, to the competition.
There’s some things I’m not thrilled with (the button) some things I’m concerned about (VV from a non High-Drain battery) and some things I love (build quality) but overall I have to admit that while I usually can’t wait for a testing period to end so i can go back to my customary setup this time around I stuck with it. I’m still vaping it right now even with some long proven devices, like my provari, sitting within arms reach. To me that’s a big win.
“At a Glance”
- Well Made
- 2600mah Battery Capacity
- Variable Voltage
- Power-Out Function
- Passthrough Function
- Non-Replaceable Battery
- Limited Voltage Range (3.5-5V)
- eGo-ish Connector
- $60ish pricetag
- LED color battery status indication