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:
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.
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.
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