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Innokin ArcFire Pod System Review: Better Than the Klypse?

Innokin ArcFire

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The bottom line

The Innokin ArcFire is (in my opinion) the best device that Innokin has released since the Klypse, which itself is still highly rated. 

It’s so easy to use that even a complete novice to vaping will have no trouble operating it, and the flavor and performance put it squarely among some of the best pod vapes that I’ve tried recently. The 30 minute fast-charging to 75% battery life is super convenient too, especially if you live a busy lifestyle.

Like with any device, I have my complaints, but they’re minor. I could live without the frosted and tinted pods, including the 0.8Ω pod would have been nice, and having some level of airflow control would have made the ArcFire better. But all things considered, there’s a lot more good things to say about the ArcFire than bad.

If you’re going to purchase the ArcFire, I highly recommend purchasing the 0.8Ω pod as well so that you can truly experience the most out of this device.

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The Innokin ArcFire is one of the latest pod systems from the brand. It’s a beginner-friendly and simple pod vape that, like other devices from Innokin, offers good flavor, long-lasting pods, and ample battery life. Some of Innokin’s other recent devices include the Klypse Zip and Endura S1.

The ArcFire does not offer adjustable airflow or adjustable wattage so it’s extremely easy to use. It has a 650mAh battery that recharges with Type-C charging, and it comes with a 1.2Ω pod that will fire at up to 10W, making it perfect for nicotine salt ejuices. There are four pods available.

Using the ArcFire is barely more complicated than using a disposable vape; the only difference is that you have to fill it up with your own ejuice. Using a refillable pod system opens up a world of possibilities for what flavors you can use, so filling up your own device is worth doing.

If you’re looking to get into vaping, should you consider the Innokin ArcFire?


Box Contents

  • 1 x Innokin ArcFire Pod System
  • 1 x ArcFire KS212 Refillable Pod (1.2Ω)
  • 1 x Quick Guide
  • 1 x Warning Booklet

Specifications

  • 112.9mm x 22.5mm x 18.2mm
  • Pod Capacity: 3ml or 2ml
  • Draw activated
  • MTL draw
  • Battery Capacity: 650mAh
  • Charging: Type-C
  • Fixed airflow
  • Uses ArcFire Pods

Design & Build Quality

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As a whole, the ArcFire is very sleek and stylish. It’s tall and well-proportioned with a slender, pen-like shape that is practical and attractive. It’s 112.9mm tall, 22.5mm wide, and 18.2mm deep, so it’s large enough to be comfortable to grip but still small and slim enough overall.

I can’t find the materials listed on Innokin’s website but it looks like the ArcFire is made of an aluminum alloy shell and some type of plastic. The aluminum alloy shell makes up the majority of the body. It’s designed in a way that the shell envelops and wraps around the plastic inner body, so it looks very neat and futuristic.

There are six colors available which are Stellar Black, Nebula Gray, Galactic Silver, Cosmic Pink, Green Forest, and Ocean Horizon. These are all satin-metallic colors and the finish is really something. They look and feel great, although they make the shell a little bit slippery.

The branding on the ArcFire is minimal, with INNOKIN engraved on one side and ArcFire engraved on the other. It’s all around just a really clean and sleek looking pod vape, both in appearance and feel.

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On one side of the ArcFire there is a shiny plastic bezel that holds a button and three LED lights. These LED lights are the battery indicator and the button is for turning the device on or off. The ArcFire is a draw-activated device, so holding the button does not do anything. The base of the ArcFire features an LED ring that lights up whenever you draw on the device.

The top of the ArcFire is where you insert the pod. Because of the “wrapping” design of the aluminum shell, there’s a space on the side of the ArcFire (where the plastic bezel is) that allows you to see into the pod. What’s neat is that the entire pod is frosted, except for the side that remains visible when the pod is inserted.

Since the pod is tinted, it’s not all that easy to see your remaining ejuice level, but it can be done. Also, since the pod is contained inside of the shell, you can’t just hold it up to the light while it’s still inserted. The easiest way to check your ejuice level is by removing the pod, which kind of defeats this design aspect of the ArcFire.


Pods

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Included with the ArcFire is a single pod, which is a KS212 pod with a 2ml capacity and a 1.2Ω coil inside. However, there are a total of four pods available for the ArcFire:

  • 2ml ArcFire KS212 Refillable Pod (1.2Ω)
  • 2ml ArcFire KS208 Refillable Pod (0.8Ω)
  • 3ml ArcFire KS312 Refillable Pod (1.2Ω)
  • 3ml ArcFire KS308 Refillable Pod (0.8Ω)

As you may notice from the pods, there are only two resistances available, but the difference is in the capacity of the pods. Since I’m located in Canada, I received the UK/CA version of this device which comes with the 2ml pod, but if you’re located in the United States then you can expect to receive the 3ml capacity pod with the ArcFire. 

The pods are side-filled and throughout my time using them, I haven’t had any problems with filling or leaking from the fill hole. The hole is more than large enough for most bottle nozzles, but be careful when removing the plug/replacing it. The anchor that keeps the plug held to the pod comes out quite a bit, so make sure to push the whole plug flat when you’re done filling.

The pod is only supposed to be inserted one way, which is with the non-frosted portion of the pod visible. However, it’s possible (although difficult) to insert the pod in the wrong way. If you do manage to insert the pod incorrectly, the magnets will not hold the pod properly and you’ll get inconsistent firing (or the ArcFire may not fire at all). If you’re having issues, make sure that the pod is in the correct orientation.


Features

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The ArcFire isn’t complicated to use at all and that’s definitely a selling point of this device. You fill it up with your preferred ejuice, wait for 10 minutes for the cotton inside of the pod to saturate, and then draw on the mouthpiece to vape. 

There’s no adjustable airflow or wattage on the ArcFire. Each pod delivers a different draw, with the 1.2Ω pod being a tighter draw than the 0.8Ω pod. The ArcFire automatically sets the appropriate wattage output for each pod; the 0.8Ω pod will fire at 14.5W, and the 1.2Ω pod will fire at 10W.

The ArcFire turns on or off by pressing the button three times. Otherwise, there are no other features of functions to be aware of.


Battery & Charging

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This device has a 650mAh built-in battery which recharges with Type-C charging. A neat feature of this device is that it can recharge up to 75% battery capacity in just 30 minutes, making it ideal for anyone who is always on the go.

The 3 LED lights on the bezel of the ArcFire light up to indicate your battery charge level as follows:

  • 3 Lights: 65-100% Battery
  • 2 Lights: 15-65% Battery
  • 1 Light: Less than 15%

The battery life from this unit is pretty good, lasting me for close to two full days of vaping from a single charge. Being able to recharge it back to 75% in 30 minutes is also really convenient, especially when the device died and I needed to leave the house again shortly.


Performance

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It’s disappointing that the ArcFire only comes with a single pod. Seeing as there are two different resistances available, I expected Innokin to at least include both with the ArcFire but unfortunately that’s not the case.

However, while it may not come included, Innokin did send me the 0.8Ω pod to test out for this review. In this section, I’ll go over the included 1.2Ω pod as well as the 0.8Ω pod so that you can decide if you should get the ArcFire at all and if so, if you should pick up a pack of the 0.8Ω pods.

Starting with the pod that you get included in the box, the 1.2Ω pod delivers a tight MTL draw with warm vapor and a mellow draw. This pod doesn’t do too well with higher VG ejuices, so sticking with something close to 50/50 is your best bet to get the most out of this pod. Flavor from this pod is okay, but not nearly as good as the 0.8Ω pod. But for higher nicotine salt ejuices and tight MTL vapers, this pod is the one to use.

The 0.8Ω pod is my favorite of the two available pod options. This pod fires at 14.5W and delivers a strong, loose MTL draw. This pod fared better with 60VG+ ejuices than the other pod and didn’t give me any trouble with wicking. It can handle long draws without an issue and delivers flavor that is a bit better than the 1.2Ω pod. This pod can be used for mid to high strength nicotine salt ejuices or freebase ejuices alike and you’ll have similar performance with either. 

The leak resistance of the ArcFire is one of its strong points. I’ve refilled the pod multiple times, left it on its side with the pod inserted while charging, inserted the pod the wrong way, and even dropped the thing. But throughout all of this, the connection for the pod remained dry and I didn’t have any leaked or wasted ejuice.


Verdict

The Innokin ArcFire is (in my opinion) the best device that they’ve released since the Klypse, which itself is still highly rated. 

It’s so easy to use that even a complete novice to vaping will have no trouble operating it, and the flavor and performance put it squarely among some of the best pod vapes that I’ve tried recently. The 30 minute fast-charging to 75% battery life is super convenient too, especially if you live a busy lifestyle.

Like with any device, I have my complaints, but they’re minor. I could live without the frosted and tinted pods, including the 0.8Ω pod would have been nice, and having some level of airflow control would have made the ArcFire better. But all things considered, there’s a lot more good things to say about the ArcFire than bad.

If you’re going to purchase the ArcFire, I highly recommend purchasing the 0.8Ω pod as well so that you can truly experience the most out of this device.

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Robert Barnes

Robert is the Senior Editor for News and Reviews here at Versed Vaper. Robert previously worked in tech journalism and even wrote commercials. Initially, he joined our team to cover important vaping industry news. Now, he oversees and produces news, reviews, and deals content across a wide variety of topics ranging from law and policy changes, ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) products and Cannabis and CBD vaping products. When he’s not keeping track of all the latest vaping trends, he can most likely be found marathoning television series or playing with his awesome dog, Lupa.

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