Temperature control, and then some
Innokin is back, this time with a diminutive sub ohm kit that fits in the palm of your hand – the itaste Kroma. The Kroma mod comes paired with the 2 mL slipstream tank which fits snugly into the tank’s recess, but don’t let that limit your options – it also comes with a screw-on tank adapter, which fits any 510 tank or RBA up to 24 mm.
The Kroma kit comes inbuilt with Innokin’s Aethon chipset, so you can switch between VW and TC modes with your common coil metal types. The Kroma also supports 2-Amp fast charging. Its internal 2000 mAh battery will support vaping up to 75 W, and 600°F / 415°C in TC mode. Add to that the ergonomic styling of the Kroma kit and we’ve got a package that looks pretty good on paper. Let’s take a closer look at the itaste Kroma kit and see how it plays…
I found the kit online for around $50.
Innokin itaste Kroma Gallery
Innokin itaste Kroma Kit Specs and Features
- Kroma mod
- Slipstream tank
- 1 x 0.5 ohm SS coil
- 1 x 0.8 ohm kanthal coil
- 1 x tank adapter (22 mm diameter)
- Micro USB charging cable
- User manual
- Quickstart guide by Jimmith
- 2 x drip tips (1 brushed stainless steel
- 1 delrin)
- Accessories – O-rings / Innokin stickers / unscrewing key for tank adapter
Specifications Kroma Mod
- Size: 22 x 45 x 77 mm
- 2000 mAh internal battery
- Aethon chipset
- Wattage range – 6 – 75 W in 0.5 W increments
- TC mode – Ni (0.1-0.2 ohm) / Ti (0.1-0.5 ohm) / SS (0.2-1.0 ohm)
- TC range – 300 – 600°F / 150 – 315°C (5°C / 5°F increments)
- Low Wattage temperature maintenance mode
- Atomizer resistance: 0.1 ohm minimum
- Dry hit detection and prevention
- Pass-through vaping
- Pre-boost ramp-up technology
- 15 second cutoff
- Available colors: red / black / blue / dark green / purple / silver / white
Specifications Slipstream tank
- Size: 20.5 mm diameter x 29 mm (37 mm including drip tip)
- Capacity: 2 mL
- 0.5 ohm SS coil temperature range – 320 – 446°F / 160 – 230°C
- 0.8 ohm kanthal coil wattage range – 20 – 35 W
- Available colors: white / black / silver
Innokin, the brand with the… swoosh?
Innokin rarely skimp when it comes to product presentation and the Kroma kit is no exception. On first impressions, the whole kit looks very nicely designed. Our sample came in a sporty white finish with an orange swoosh motif built into the glass housing of the OLED display. I was immediately reminded of another famous brand that uses a swoosh. Vaping and feeling sporty while doing it? A first, for me at least.
The paired slipstream tank offers a TPD-compliant 2 mL capacity and screws into the recess of the Kroma mod. This makes for a low profile – 96 mm in fact. The tank features a top-fill and coil system similar to the OSUB One Kit or the Helmet Nano from SMOK. I have my personal gripes with refilling, overflowing and general mess with this system. But, if you use the enclosed 0.8 ohm kanthal coilhead and stay with the range you won’t be going over 35 W so it’s not like you’ll be burning through the juice.
One complaint I have is that the e-liquid window on the slipstream tank doesn’t line up accurately with the window slot of the tank itself. The entire visual aesthetic is lost a bit when basic features like this don’t quite bring it home. I tried a second Slipstream tank and it also didn’t line up completely right. I guess we can put it down to inconsistent machining, which is a shame, because it spoils an otherwise beautiful little kit.
The other issue I have is with the tank adapter. The adapter is a great idea, since it extends what tank or RBA the mod can support. The enclosed key helps a lot with screwing and unscrewing the adapter, since the profile is so low. I found that the surface of the adapter doesn’t sit flush with the top of the mod, and you can see a gap in the tank window. First world problems, I know. Still, room for improvement.
Aethon, the reliable
In Greek mythology, Aethon was the name of the eagle that would torment Prometheus by eating his kidney alive out of his body, every day. I’m not sure why Innokin decided to name their chipset after such a gory character, but like its namesake, the Aethon chipset is fast, accurate, and reliable. It’s cool that Innokin has included the same chipset in a small kit like the Kroma as they have in the MVP4 box mod.
For vapers this means that a variety of different coilheads are supported, in variable wattage and temperature control mode. Aethon also allows for 2-amp fast charging. I drained the Kroma kit’s 2000 mAh battery entirely and connected it via the micro USB charger to the PC. It was fully charged in just over 90 minutes.
If you’ve ever used an Innokin device, then menu functions will be familiar using the Kroma. Innokin are sticking to their usual “three clicks” on and off function. All functions are spelled out in the extensive user manual, but to briefly recap:
- Pressing power + up buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds toggles between W and various TC modes.
- Pressing power + down buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds in TC mode enables pre-boost ramp-up, allowing you to select your output wattage between 25 – 75 W.
- Pressing up + down buttons simultaneously displays puff counter (which is reset when unscrewing atomizer) and ohm reading accurate to 5 decimal places, as well as the current battery voltage reading.
- Pressing up + down buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds flips the orientation of the menu for left/right handed users.
- To change wattage, hold up or down button for 3 seconds, after which the wattage number flashes, then press up or down again to adjust.
- To switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit in TC mode, cycle above or below the respective maximum temperatures and the temperature reading switches over automatically.
- When you screw in a new tank or replace the coil, the Kroma automatically prompts you to select the coil type you’re using. I like this “safety first” feature, but make sure you’re aware of this and select the right type of coil.
How it performs
I tried the itaste Kroma kit in VW mode between 20 – 35 W with the 0.8 ohm kanthal coil, in TC mode between 320 – 446°F / 160 – 230°C with the 0.5 ohm SS coil, and also attached a variety of MTL and sub ohm tanks via the adapter.
My first impressions of the Slipstream tank are that it is quite spitty and crackly. The amount of vapor you get is comparable to the Tarot Nano or the OSUB One kit, but my impression is that the flavor is kinda thin. I feel like the Aethon chip ramps up extremely quickly, but the Slipstream tank is only enjoyable pushing the upper reaches of the recommended wattage and temperature ranges. Having tried out two slipstream tanks and three different coils, I’d say the experience was consistent throughout.
In TC mode, I vaped the tank down to the last drops of juice, and the device went into Low Wattage temperature maintenance mode as described in the manual. I checked the OLED display and noticed the wattage drop from 10 down to 1 W on the empty tank. From that I can say you won’t get a dry hit if you’re using the Kroma correctly.
Although I don’t love the Slipstream tank, a whole new world of possibilities opened up when I attached other tanks to the Kroma mod. Whether vaping MTL on the Nautilus X at 20 W, or even chasing some mid-range clouds with the Veco One Plus tank at 50 W, the Kroma was reliable. I even tried the Scion tank with 0.5 ohm coils on it at 75 W and that worked out fine too. And for the form factor, any attomizer or tank up to 24 mm will fit nicely on the device
- Aethon chipset – fast ramp-up time and great functionality
- Safety-first features typical for Innokin
- Palm-sized mod
- Tank adapter
- Charges faster than some vape pens with half the battery capacity
- Slipstream tank is thin on flavor and annoying to refill
- Minor button rattle
- Tank adapter doesn’t sit flush with the mod housing
- Slipstream tank fill window doesn’t line up with mod window slot
The Kroma kit is a diminutive sub ohm kit with the same functionality as a much bigger box mod. The user experience is fully customizable and offers an experience on par with similar offerings like Vaporesso’s Tarot series. The advantage here is the tank adapter – pair this with the included slipstream tank, or expand your options and use any 22 mm or 24 mm tank or RBA/RDA that you like.
The Slipstream tank is a miss for me. Flavor is thin and the tank crackles and pops too much. However, both wattage and TC coils work as described.
Most importantly, with this device, you are not stuck with the tank. The sky is practically the limit – for those into low to mid-range sub ohm vaping. And it’s a good thing you don’t have to be tethered to this tank.
One thumb up for the mod and a thumb down for the tank.