The vaping industry introduces new products at an amazing pace. Over the last year or so, many of the most popular new products have spawned follow up versions or extensions of a product line. Eleaf has done that with its iStick line, Kangertech has done it with both the Subtank and KBOX lines, and Innokin has as well, with their MVP family of mods. The extension of successful brands has become a normal marketing strategy.
So when Innokin released the Disrupter this past summer the fact that it wasn’t an updated version of an existing product was almost as newsworthy as the product itself and the innovative InnokinCell technology. One of the legacy names in the vape industry had actually introduced a truly new product.
The Disrupter is actually sold as two products, though neither one is complete without the other and neither will work with any other product, at least not as of this writing. The Disrupter is the mod and the InnokinCell is the battery. But to reiterate, the Disrupter can only be powered by the InnokinCell and the InnokinCell won’t power anything other than the Disrupter.
One possible reason for marketing them separately is to make it easier for retailers to stock all of the different colors more easily. The Disrupter is available in black, gold and silver and the InnokinCell comes in red, black, purple, aquamarine, emerald green, pink and blue. That’s 10 unique packages taking up shelf space as opposed to the 21 that it would take to package all of the possible color combinations. Another reason is to make it easier for vapers to pick up an extra InnokinCell or two to have a spare or different colors to suit their fashion needs.
Even though they’re packaged separately, since one is virtually useless without the other, I’ll be reviewing and referring to them together simply as “the Disrupter,” unless there’s a pressing need to differentiate.
You connect the Disrupter to the InnokinCell by sliding them together along the groove and rails along the back of each component, what Innokin refers to as the “Slide ‘n’ Click system”. Turn the Disrupter on or off with three clicks of the fire button. The Disrupter has a spring loaded 510 connector.
There’s a micro USB charging port on the back of the unit but Innokin does not include a USB charging cable. You can charge the InnokinCell while it’s attached to the Disrupter and you can vape while the unit is charging. The InnokinCell has a capacity of 2000 mAh.
The Disrupter is a variable voltage (VV), variable wattage (VW) mod with a voltage range of 3.0 – 7.5 volts and a wattage range of 6.0 – 50.0 watts. It will fire coils with a resistance as low as 0.2 ohm and, the manual claims, is capable of reaching a full 50 watts with coils of up to 3.1 ohm.
There are three buttons on the Disrupter, the fire button and the “<” (increase) and “>” (decrease) buttons. To enter variable wattage mode, hold down the fire button and the “<” button simultaneously. To enter variable voltage mode hold down the fire button and the “>” button simultaneously. Voltage can be adjusted in 0.1 volt increments and the wattage adjustment is in 0.5 watt increments.
The Disrupter is in power lock mode by default. To change either the voltage or wattage you need to hold in the increase or decrease button for a second until the power display flashes. Then you can adjust the power with the increase or decrease buttons.
The OLED display is bright, crisp and easy to read. It shows resistance of the attached coil to two decimal places, wattage or voltage under the resistance (whichever mode you’re NOT in). The output of your selected mode is shown in larger font, next to the battery level indicator.
When you press the fire button the display shows puff timer. Hold in both the increase and decrease buttons simultaneously for a second to display the puff counter. That counter automatically resets to “0” when the unit is turned off. You can flip the orientation of the OLED display by 180° by holding in the “<” and “>” buttons simultaneously for three seconds.
What’s In The Box(es)
- 1 X Disrupter body
- 1 X User’s manual
- 1 X InnokinCell
Performance: The Disrupter performs well. Innokin is no newcomer to the vape industry and they’re known for their solid performing mods. The buttons function easily and do what they’re supposed to do, this mod fires every time you hit the fire button. The default lock mode on the power change buttons is a bit of an inconvenience at first, but one that’s relatively minor.
I’ve been getting the better part of a long day of vaping out of the unit, which is pretty impressive given the 2000 mAh capacity of the InnokinCell. That “vape while you charge” pass through feature has come in pretty handy though.
Features: This mod isn’t overloaded with features, but the ones it does have make it highly functional and easy to use. It seems that many of the newer non-temperature control mods on the market are not both variable wattage and variable voltage. I like having both options. While it seems like a bit of an inconvenience at first, the default power lock setting ensures that you’re not going to inadvertently change your power setting if you put the Disrupter in your pocket or purse.
The OLED display is bright and easy to read, and it’s two decimal place ohms meter is a definite plus. And the ability to flip the display makes it easy to read no matter which hand you use.
The amazing amount of potential color combinations is also a nice feature, especially for vapers who like to be color coordinated at all times. The fairly neutral color options of the Disrupter should go nicely with any of the brighter colors available with the InnokinCell.
What’s missing from the Disrupter is a micro USB charging cable. Another feature not included in the Disrupter that was a big deal on Innokin’s MVP line of mods is the ability to use the mod to charge other devices.
The Disrupter does include all of the standard safety features, like overheat,short circuit and overcharge protection, auto shutoff and low atomizer protection.
Quality: Innokin makes quality devices and the Disrupter is no exception. I really like the feel and function of the buttons, they’re solid. Innokin says they’re “ultra-durable Japanese buttons.” The Disrupter and InnokinCell fit together easily and securely.
The materials seem substantial and the finish seems durable. Though it does feel surprisingly light, especially for its size. The OLED is big, bright and easy to read.
There is one little quality issue that I’m not exactly sure about. For some reason the Disrupter continues to misread one of the tanks I’ve tried to use on it. When I attached the Youde Zephrus tank with a 0.3 ohm coil installed the Disrupter gave me a “Low Resistance” error and then displayed the resistance as 0.09 ohm.
Looks: This is a boxy looking box mod. But that’s part of its appeal. With all of those potential color combinations, there has to be at least one to please just about every vaper. The colors are bright and vibrant and the logo on the InnokinCell really pops while the one on the Disrupter body is more subdued. The buttons not only function well, they look great too.
If there’s anything lacking in the looks department it’s the top and bottom of the unit. Innokin decided to not color those parts and there are little screws visible there.
Price/Value: American eLiquid Store lists the Disrupter for $39.99 and the InnokinCell for $19.99, so the full device is going to run you about $60. For a 50 watt box mod that’s both variable voltage and wattage, will fire coils down to 0.2 ohm and actually reach 50 watts on those higher resistance coils, that’s a pretty good deal. Add to the that the wide variety of colors available and the list of features packed into the Disrupter and this little unit becomes a sweetheart deal.
I’ve been using the Disrupter for about a week now and I’m really enjoying it. It fits nicely in my hand, even with its squared sides. It’s small enough and light enough to be really comfortable. And I really like those buttons, they’re some of the highest quality ones I’ve encountered. And since the buttons are the main interface with the device, that’s a big deal for me.
I can’t see any reason not to recommend the Disrupter, especially if you’re a vaper who is ready to move up to a unit that’s capable of firing those sub ohm tanks. And with Christmas right around the corner, this would make a great and affordable gift for that smoker in your life who’s been toying with the idea of vaping.
I tested the Disrupter with the VaporFi Volt Hybrid Tank and the Kangertech Subtank Nano. American eLiquid Store provided the Disrupter and InnokinCell for the purpose of this review.
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