The Oceanus is Innokin’s new flagship box mod. This single battery 20700 mod is only marginally larger than many 18650 devices, yet delivers up to 110 W of output. It is available in two separate kits: paired with the Scion tank, which comes with a new dual post velocity-style RBA core, and in the EU with the iSub VE tank, with a 2 mL capacity.
Innokin has dialed down some features for the Oceanus, removing temperature control and memory settings. The result is a back-to-basics box mod that is designed to work best for mid wattage vaping. The kit ships with two 20700 batteries, and in a move we’ve come to expect from Innokin, you can fast-charge them via USB.
The Oceanus Scion kit is currently selling for between $70 and $80 online in the US, with the TPD iSub VE tank compliant version retailing for around £70 in the UK. Let’s take a closer look at this latest offering from Innokin and see what we can get out of a single 20700 cell.
Disclaimer: We received the Innokin Oceanus Kit from Innokin for the purpose of this review.
Innokin have gone the way of Apple – or perhaps Vaporesso? – in their packaging for this latest outfit. Pulling the sleeve reveals a flip top box with two compartments. “Accessories” opens to reveal the quickstart guide, information and extras, while the other, entitled “Innovation Inside” is where the hardware is housed.
Innokin has chosen 20700 batteries for the Oceanus, and the kit ships with two of them, wrapped in silicon sleeves. The batteries don’t ship with a full charge, although they do fit most external chargers. You can also charge the 20700s internally via USB. Our sample went from empty to fully charged in 2 hours and 20 minutes.
If you’re buying the Oceanus Scion kit, you’ll receive the standard Scion tank, with the glass bulb adapter, which expands capacity to just under 6 mL. An added plus this time around is the new RBA section, which features a dual post, velocity-style deck secured by Allen grub screws. You also get some cotton and a couple of Clapton wires to start you off. Ours came to 0.45 ohm.
I’ve reviewed the Scion tank before – this review deals mainly with the Oceanus mod. However, I think the RBA section may just be the saving grace for the Scion tank – especially for those who were dissatisfied with the performance of the pre-built coils.
The Oceanus mod has a spring loaded, gold-plated 510 pin – which should eliminate the gap problem we’ve experienced with some Innokin mods in the past. Certainly, with all the atomizers and sub tanks I’ve put on the mod I get a flush fit. The mod maintains the wedge-like form of the previous Coolfire mods and loses some unnecessary bulk. Up top, it’s 24.5 mm wide – eliminating the overhang that the Scion tank suffered on the Coolfire Ultra 150 TC mod – but your 25 mm attys will still sit a bit large on top.
The Oceanus mod has the fire and up/down buttons located on the side facing the atomizer, making the whole device easy to operate with your thumb. The three buttons are clicky, with a short throw to them. The buttons sit flush with the mod, but the beveled profiles around them make them easy to locate. There’s no button rattle to the Oceanus, although the fire button has a slight sideways travel to it. The micro USB port is located just below the up/down buttons.
The battery door snaps magnetically into place and has five venting holes, each 2 mm in diameter, running along the length of the battery compartment. Battery contacts are gold-plated and the negative pole is spring-loaded.
The OLED display runs along the flank of the mod, and displays your vaping stats over two lines. The interface looks identical to the Coolfire Ultra’s although functionality has been stripped back to basics.
Our sample has a matte black finish to it. It’s narrow enough to be comfortable in most hands. Weighing in at 255 grams with the Scion tank installed, it has heft – without being heavy. Even though it can fit attys up to 24.5 mm, it’s narrower than some single 18650 mods – the iStick Pico 75 W included. The only visible signs of construction are the torx screws on the base, and hidden away inside the battery compartment.
The Oceanus has done away with much of the feature set we have come to expect from recent box mods. This device offers no temperature control, TCR profiles, wattage curves, or memory settings. In that sense, it’s a return to the form of earlier Innokin products – the non-TC Coolfire mods, and the MVP3.
This limited feature set leads me to think that Innokin designed the Oceanus with ease-of-use in mind – someone who is happy to vape in straight wattage mode, looking for a flavorful sub tank and a bit of cloudage too.
That makes sense, considering the tanks paired with the Oceanus. The Scion tank’s pre-made coils are Kanthal only and you get a single 0.5 ohm coil, rated between 70 – 110 W, with the Oceanus. The 2 mL iSub V.E. tank has been made with the TPD regulations in mind, and also comes paired with 0.5 ohm coils.
According to Innokin, part of the decision to leave out TC mode is that fewer vapers are using it. In this case the selling points are Bypass and pre-boost functionality. This should satisfy advanced users, while being simple and straightforward to use.
Operating the Oceanus is about as simple as a box mod gets.
It’s taken some trial and error, but Innokin have finally nailed a mod that fits well to the Scion tank. Pesky, annoying factors like atomizer overhang and gaps have been resolved. The Scion tank looks proportional to the mod it’s sitting on, and coil resistance matches the output range.
It’s not flashy, nor is it extravagant – but if you like a cool, understated look, Innokin does it well.
I tested the Oceanus mod and the Scion tank with the RBA section and in Clapton coils that came in the kit. A build on the velocity-style deck came to 0.45 ohm – so we’re still in that mid wattage territory that Innokin is aiming for. I’ve used different e-liquids, ranging from 60% – 80% VG.
I think the RBA section makes the Scion tank. From the pre-mades, I preferred the 0.28 ohm coils, but they’re not really suited for the output wattage of this mod. The 0.5 ohm coils always felt a bit shallow to me, and had a tendency to burn out quickly.
The deck is easy to build on, although chunkier wires will be tricky to secure in. The juice inlets are large enough to wick max VG juices. So far, I’ve had no dry hits, no leakage and no worries.
Although the Oceanus is sold as a single battery mod that fires up to 110 W, I think it’s better suited to mid-wattage vaping, around 50 watts or so. I can almost get a whole day’s use on a single battery. However, if you’re into cloudchasing builds or more demanding tanks, you might want to look for a mod with more headroom. Performance decreases as battery output drops.
It’s as if Innokin had this thought in mind, and supplied an extra 20700 battery in the kit. The fact you can charge them internally (under 2.5 hours) as well as externally gives you some extra flexibility. The batteries are Ampking 3000 mAh 20700s, rated between 30 – 40 A according to the manufacturer. Battery authority Mooch rated it as a 30 A battery in his bench test results.
On one hand, Innokin has its sights firmly set on the beginner end of the vaping market. The Oceanus kit is a great match for someone just getting into sub ohm vaping, who doesn’t need a DNA mod or a technicolor brick. On the other, the build quality and attention to detail is classic Innokin, and is sure to satisfy more experienced vapers who are more into flavor than cloudchasing. There’s some important things you can’t do with Oceanus kit, but what it does, it does well.
One of the reasons I like the kit so much is because it finally makes the Scion tank rebuildable. If you favor builds around 0.5 ohm and don’t see yourself pushing 70 W, then the Oceanus could be a very decent option for you. And even if you do plan to go higher, you get two good 20700 batteries in the kit, which you can charge in-device.
Even with some big caveats for TC users, I would still recommend the Oceanus.
What do you think about the Oceanus kit? Is temperature control overrated? Share your thoughts in the comments below.