Innokin Proton 235W Review

Innokin has long been among the top vape mod brands out there and a favourite of ours. The only problem is that they’ve generally only dealt in lower wattage devices. If you need a 75W vape mod, their iTaste Kromo TC for example, is among the best of the best. With the Proton 235W, Innokin is dipping their toes in the deep end. Are they able to swim at this depth? We’re itching to find out, and we’re sure you are too.

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Design/Build:

We’ve seen a lot of different approaches in terms of design for a box mod or vape mod. They can be flashy, subdued, bright, dark, brash, subtle, and just about every angle has been covered already. Even with all that, there is something that feels oh so right with the design of the Innokin Proton 235W. It is elegant, without feeling elitist. It’s sleek, without feeling gaudy. With its beautiful screen, curved edges, and touches of silver, it really has the appeal of a high-end electronic device, not just a high-end vape mod. It has that wow factor but without having to “show off” so to speak.

It further sets itself apart with the build quality, as Innokin focused on function in addition to design. The joystick in the center is a nice change from every other box mod on the market, yet it wasn’t done cheaply. There is nice give for whichever direction you move the joystick and it bounces back as it should. The one issue you could have is that the joystick protrudes out from the device, meaning it could get snagged with other items in your pocket. The fire button on the side has a nice click to it, and we should also mention that the Proton itself is rather slim and fits nicely in even smaller hands. It’s not a mini by any means, but it is far from cumbersome.


Performance:

After you’ve been making great box mods for as long as Innokin has, you tend to be judged a little more critically. Expectations are just that much higher, which means every new to device has to outdo the last. We set out again testing out an Innokin vape mod and, yet again, it did not disappoint. If there was any concern that the brand’s entry at this high of a wattage would falter, that was dashed very soon into our using it. Hit the fire button and it roars to life instantly, awakening power that has clearly been crafted with great care.

Of course this kit comes with the Innokin Scion 2 tank, which only added to the experience. It’s absolutely a great tank and one we have used before, so it made perfect sense that it would do the job. Except Innokin went a step further with this kit. They included their new Plexus coil. This is a mesh coil, which means it has a larger heating surface, and Innokin claims better flavours and a better throat hit because of it. We can’t speak to the latter, but certainly the flavours popped a little more.

The Plexus coil is also supposed to last three times as long as a regular coil due to how it is constructed, and amazingly it seems to stand up to this bold claim! We saw flavours lasting much longer than on a regular coil, and the wick and coil itself maintained their composure incredibly well.


Features:

The standard fare of features comes packed with the Innokin Proton 235W. You’ll get variable wattage of course, and temperature control for Ni200 Nickel, Titanium, and SS316L Stainless Steel. You also get an adjustable memory TCR mode, which is becoming more and more popular these days. There’s a preheat function that Innokin includes, as well as a very cool puff counter. This vape mod also has low resistance, dual circuit, and reverse polarity protections. As you can see, Innokin really didn’t leave anything out.

They also went with a dual battery design, yet somehow managed to keep this box mod really slim. As it is, you’ll be loading it with twin 18650 batteries to get that power cranked up. The Proton is firmware upgradable, which is important as we saw a dip in performance in SS mode that is attributable to the firmware alone.

Here’s a list of the main features:

  • 235W Power Output
  • VW/TC(Ni/Ti/SS)/TCR Output Modes
  • Resistance Range: 0.05-3.5ohm
  • Temperature Range: 150-315C/300-600F
  • 1.45” TFT Screen w/6 Color Themes
  • Individual Battery Life Indicator
  • Joystick Menu Button
  • 510 Threading
  • Size Specs: Depth 44.6mm/ Width 29.6mm/ Height 85mm

Kit Layout:

Innokin Proton 235W

Kit Contents:

  • Proton Vape Mod
  • Scion 2 Tank (0.36ohm coil pre-installed)
  • Plexus Coil 0.15ohm
  • Additional Drip Tip
  • Extra Glass Tube
  • USB Charging Cable
  • Set of Replacement O-Rings
  • Vape Band
  • User Manual


Ease of Use:

It was new for us to use a joystick to make our way through a vape mod menu, but somehow it was really intuitive too. Perhaps it’s due to all those years of video games? Nah, we think anyone would get the hang of this instantly. While there were a few moments when the joystick wouldn’t react as expected, overall it was a pleasure to use and helped make it easy to use of all the features the Proton is packed with.

Screwing on the Scion 2 tank was also easy, although with an off-center design was a little odd. We suppose it helps lend to the svelte waistline of the Proton, so it is a worthwhile trade off. The tank itself is user friendly as always. Filling it is a snap, just slide the drip tip to reveal the entry hole for e-liquid and drip away. The Plexus coil is also incredibly easy to wick, which is one of the traits that Innokin touts.


Price:

We expected with all of this, that the price for the Innokin Proton 235W Kit would be a good deal higher. The best vendor price we found was £64.99, which honestly seems like a steal. It may not be cheap, but the pound-to-value ratio is off the charts. You get one of the best dual battery vape mods on the market and a superb tank with a new coil that triples the life of regular coils. That is quite the bundle for this price and makes it an easy decision to pick one up if you’re looking for a premium vape kit.


The Verdict:

This won’t come as a shocker if you’ve been reading along. We love the Innokin Proton 235W! This is a wonderful vape mod from a great brand that has delivered once again. Pairing it with the Scion 2 tank was a brilliant idea by Innokin, as we were able to get great vapour even at over 100 watts with this combination. In almost every situation and mode, we achieved great vapour as well as great flavour.

There’s not much to say that we don’t like. The screen is nice and large, the box mod itself is designed to look elegant yet chic, and it simply does the job. The joystick control we also enjoyed, although it can catch on things while in your pocket, perhaps our only complaint about the Proton. Other than that, you should have no qualms at all about purchasing the Innokin Proton 235W Kit. It is hands down one of the best vape mods we have reviewed in 2018 and has become one of our absolute favourites overall.

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