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Innokin Proton Mini Review

Updated on: 2020-01-27

Introduction

What’s up, Insiders? This is DeucesJack, I’m at vaping insider.com. Today, we’re going to be going over the Innokin Proton Mini. Check that little guy out. Innokin had an awesome 2019. They knocked it out of the park with a lot of their stuff. Did they do it with the Proton Mini? 

Innokin Proton Mini

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What’s In The Box

I love the original Proton. Let’s check this thing out. Always like Innokin’s packaging. They do a great job. On this side, that’s where all your accessories are. We got a rather comprehensive QuickStart guide, get all your warnings and safety crap. Here is your micro USB cable and Innokin always uses nice ones. And here are all your spare gaskets and there’s a couple of spare screws in there. 

  • 1 Proton Mini Box Mod
  • 1 AJAX Sub-Ohm Tank
  • 1 User Manual
  • 1 Warranty Card
  • 1 MicroUSB Cable’

Innokin Proton Mini

The Tank

Let’s check out the star of the show. That is your Proton Mini. Check it out. Ajax tank looks like the same tank that came with that Ajax mod, that MVP5. Looks like the same exact tank. Probably takes the same exact coils as well. Of course, you get a spare bubble glass and there’s your spare coil.

Innokin Proton Mini

Here is the 0.35 ohm. This is the Ajax 3D coil, good for 30-55W. Same exact coils, both of them, that come in the MVP 5 kit that I just reviewed, they’re fantastic coils. They are so flavorful. I can’t say enough good things about the tank that comes in this kit and with the MVP 5, it is absolutely fantastic. One of the best flavor tanks, one of the best coil systems on the market as far as I’m concerned. It’s just a really great coil. 

The Mod

Here is the mod. We got a bunch of plastic on it. Let’s peel all this crap off. Check that out. That’s a little different for Innokin, putting a skull on their stuff. It’s a little loud for Innokin. I’m not used to that stuff being like that. Kind of cool looking, though. I like that it’s green. Awesome job on that.

Innokin Proton Mini

Here’s your fire button. You can tell this is your fire bar because it’s got the Innokin logo on it. You can press it well below 50% of the bar. It takes a little bit more to fire it here. Over here, and here, it’s easier but very clicky. You hear that? Nice and clicky. I do like that. This does look like a fire bar but it’s not. Obviously because it doesn’t have the Innokin emblem on it.

Proton Mini Review

On the bottom there, I’m not seeing any venting. You can see, 3400mAh battery and for some reason, Innokin does a great job with their internal batteries. They seem to last pretty long. The one company I don’t mind buying an internal battery mod from is Innokin. You have four star screws holding everything in place here. Gold-plated, spring-loaded 510 that I would say has a pretty, soft throw to it and a long throw, especially for the size of the mod. Stainless steel plate here, stainless steel threading inside. So you got this little joystick right here. It’s nice and sturdy. You also have very hard to see, almost. I almost missed it when I was doing it down low. That’s your charge port right there. It is a regular USB charge port. It’s not a type C but it’s located right at the bottom there. 

Innokin Proton Mini

Screen & Menu System

Here’s your screen right here. Here’s your joystick. You can see, if you hit the joystick like I just did, tells you three clicks to power it on. Three clicks right there, Innokin splash screen. Let’s get out of there.

Innokin Proton Mini

Let me just go to the regular screen. Here’s the regular screen. Time, battery meter, watts, puffs in seconds, voltage mode, resistance. Pretty easy, right? Scroll it, push the joystick up. Scrolls really, really fast in half watt increments, all the way up to 120W. 120W for this little guy is a great power-to-size. It does round-robin. As you can see, if you adjust it one click at a time, it adjusts in half watt increments. You can see my screen color is green. You can change that. Joystick is very solid. Feels great. Three clicks of the joystick, you can go into your coil there. You can go into wattage mode, stainless steel 316, titanium, Ni200 and back.

Let’s put it into stainless steel mode. You can see right there, I’m at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Once yougo into temperature control, you go to the right to put your temperature up in five degree increments. If you want to go down, you push it to the left, hold the joystick down. You see your wattage blinking right there. You can adjust your wattage all the way up to the full 120 degrees. Push it to the left to adjust it down. Three clicks brings you back to the main menu. We can go back into wattage right there. 

Three more clicks, there’s your TCR settings. Here are your curve modes right here. They have some preset curves. You 

can see right there or you can personalize them yourself. Whatever you feel more comfortable with. There’s your bypass mode, there’s your memory setting. You have three memory slots that you can pre-program. That’s kind of cool. There’s your back button. 

Innokin Proton Mini

Here’s your settings. You can do a lot here. Vape cutoff screen right there. You can adjust the dim time, the time out, the brightness, and then back. There’s where you can do Celsius and Fahrenheit. Let’s go back up to vape cutoff. You can adjust your vapor cutoff if you want to Celsius and Fahrenheit. Here’s your colors. You can adjust blue, pink, red, white, purple, green. Let’s put it into the purple for a second because I like purple and green. That’s kind of cool. Go back, back into the settings menu. There’s your puff counter, your time set, self-explanatory, date, set self-explanatory. 

Here’s something interesting. You have a screen saver. You can activate it, you can make it go up, and there’s the Innokin logo. I believe, if you go to Innokin’s website, you can load your own logo if you want to. I didn’t bother. Back to settings, all the way down, screensaver, and there’s your update. And that’s it. That’s really the whole menu system. Really, really simple, simple menu system. 

 

I don’t know of any way to lock the wattage in or anything like that. It’s only three clicks on and off so if you want to put this in a pocket, just click it three times. That’s what I would say because I don’t know any way to lock the mod if that’s what you want to do. 

Size Comparison

Wanted to give you a quick size comparison. This is, of course, the Proton Mini. This is the Aspire Reax Mini. It’s an internal battery mod, no screen. This is the Vaporesso Tarot Baby. That’s what the Proton Mini kind of reminded me of when I first put it in my hand. There it is next to the Reax. You can see, the Reax is much simpler mod, much smaller. Probably about half the size, almost. When you compare it next to the Tarot Baby, pretty close. Not bad, as far as the size goes.

Innokin Proton Mini

By the way, this one will fit 28mm on it without any overhang. I don’t think the Baby will do that, but pretty close in the footprint. This was a popular mod. I wanted to show it to you so you’d have a good idea of how big the Mini is. 

Innokin Proton Mini

Adding Juice

We’re going to be real quick about the tank because I already went over this tank. I know it vapes great. I already went over it when I did my MVP 5 review. 510 drip tip right there, slider cap with a really nice resistance to it, but no locking feature. Bubble glass, pre-installed. Bottom airflow with stoppers on both ends. On the bottom, there it is, your 510 which is attached to the coil. I’m going to show you that right now. You unscrew the base. The base comes out. There’s a hole in the middle of the base because the 510 is attached to the coil. Plug-and-play style coil. These are those Plexus mesh coils, 3d mesh coils, they are phenomenal. I vaped on all of them and they’re just fantastic. This one’s good for 50-80W. 

Innokin Proton Mini

We’re going to juice this up right now. Juice we’re going to be using today is Freeman’s Cherry Express. This one’s pretty unique. It’s a cherry pie custard. Really, really good juice. Great in the fall time. 

Now we’re going to take our Plexus coil. We’re going to get some juice in there. Just get it around the edges, get it in there, get it nice and soaked up. That’s what you want to do. Get it around the sides there. Get some more juice right on the top there and now you’re good to go. Now you want to take your juiced up coil. You want to make sure you line up the flat sides. Make sure it pops in there, just like so. Let me show it to you. Again, see those flat sides? How they line up? That’s how you want it to line up. Take your base, give it a little reverse thread, screw it on there. There’s your mark right there. Pop that top cap open, stick that juice bottle in there and give it a squeeze. Let’s fill it up with some cherry pie custard goodness. There you go, all filled up. So let’s put this right on the mod. 

Check that out. That’s why I screwed it on on screen. See that? Now it’s asking you what you got here. So let’s say I want to run it in wattage. There you go, boom. It’s in wattage mode. 0.18 coil, we’re at the 60W. Let me show it to you all put together. Check that bad boy out. It’s a bit of a fingerprint magnet but it is a nice-looking little kit. 

Cons

Let’s get into those cons and pros and on this video, I’m going to introduce you to my new 5 star rating system. 

First con’s going to be, and I said it on the MVP 5, this one hasn’t been as bad but I still got to bring it up. As the tank gets low on liquid, this thing tends to leak a little bit. The tank’s fantastic, the flavor is great, but I got to point out that it’s a very wet tank. 

Always an inherent con on internal battery mods, this one’s no different. Sooner or later, you’re going to cycle through that battery and you’re going to have to throw the mod out. The good news is you got a great tank to keep for another mod. 

The tank. No slide or lock on the tank. It’s got a nice resistance, but on slider top caps, I want to see a locking system. I’m always putting mods in my pocket, in my bag, especially something this small. I want to lock on it. I don’t want to be spilling a couple of mils of juice into my pocket so that’s a con. 

I really wish Innokin and a lot of the major manufacturers would start going with Type C charging. I’m going to start handing out cons for that. 

And the last con’s going to be the screen. While the screen is bright and beautiful indoors, take it outside and it’s freaking useless. You can’t see that thing. You gotta cover your hand over it like that in order to see what wattage you’re at. It’s a con. 

But that’s it, Insiders. Nothing that’s really a deal-breaker. Let’s move on to the pros.

Pros

First pro’s going to be that power-to-size ratio on this thing. This little guy does 120W. Awesome, awesome job, Innokin. 

This thing fires fast. 

It’s got great battery life. 

It’s got a nice capacity. 

Easy carry. 

This one’s got all the bells and whistles. You got TC mode, power mode, curve mode, bypass mode. It’s got everything you’d expect on a new mod. 

I do like the screen. it’s nice and colorful indoors so I’m going to give it a pro for that. But it is useless outdoors. I already pointed that out. 

Centered 510 on this one. 28mm fit without any overhang. 

2 amp charging on deck so this baby charges fast. 

No rattle. Solid build quality, this thing. You don’t hear nothing. It’s beautiful. What I expect from Innokin. It’s a pro. 

I like that screen saver feature where you can load your own screensaver. I haven’t done it yet but I know people out there are going to like that. 

Super easy menu system. 

That joystick. that little joystick right there, nice and solid, no issues with it, pro. 

The coils. First they’re rated very accurately, they wick well, and they have nice longevity. That’s all a pro. 

That’s it, Insiders. Those are my pros and cons.

Five-Star Rating System

We’re going to do something a little different on this video. I’ve instituted a 5 star rating system. We’re going to go over it. I’ll average it out at the end and I’ll tell you how many stars it gets. So we got four categories. We’re going to be doing the looks, form factor, performance, and value. In the looks category, I’m going to give it a 3.5, three-and-a-half stars out of five because it’s nice and tiny but looks-wise, it’s nothing like ‘Oh my god’. As far as form factor goes, I’m going to give it four and a half stars because I love the power-to-size ratio on this thing. As far as performance goes, I’m going to give it a four because I love the way this thing perform. As far as value goes, I’m going to give it a three and a half because, wow, this is a little kit and it’s 60 bucks. You got to look at it this way. The tank alone costs $20 so for $40, you’re getting the mod. Throw in the extra 20, you’re getting an awesome tank. One of the best tanks of the year. 

So there you have it, Insiders. You see the star rating right here. This Innokin Proton Mini achieved a total score of a 4 out of 5. Hopefully, you like the new rating system. Hit me up in the comments down below. Let me know what you think of it. Let me know if you got any other ideas. We’ll try to tweak it going forward. 

Specs

Let’s go over some of the specs on the Proton Mini kit. It measures in at 120mm x 45mm x 30mm. It has a 3400mAh battery. It has a maximum output of 120W and it will fire down to 0.1 ohm. Modes include power, TC, TCR, bypass, and curved mode. There are also three memory slots. It has a 1.45 inch color TFT display .The tank in the kit is the Ajax tank. It is 24mm in diameter. You get 5mls with the bubble, 2mls with the straight. It has a slider top fill. The coils are a plug-and-play coil system. In the kit, you get a 0.16ohm mesh coil, good for 50-80W and you get a 0.35ohm mesh coil, good for 30-55W. 

Innokin PROTON MINI Ajax 120W Starter Kit Features

  • Dimensions – 120mm by 45mm by 30mm
  • Integrated 3400mAh
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Wattage Output Range: 6-120W
  • Max. Voltage Output: 7.5V
  • Resistance Range: 0.1
  • 3.5ohms
  • Power Mode
  • TC Mode
  • TCR Mode
  • BYPASS Mode
  • Curve Mode
  • 3 Memory Settings
  • Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel Wire Compatibility
  • Zinc-Alloy Chassis Construction
  • Intuitve Firing Side Bar
  • Joystick Selection Knob
  • 1.45″ TFT Color Screen
  • Overheat Protection
  • Over-Discharge Protection
  • Short-Circuit Protection
  • Threaded 510 Connection
  • MicroUSB Port
  • Available in Pink, White, Black, Blue, Tiff Blue, and Green

Innokin AJAX Sub-Ohm Tank Features:

  • 24mm Diameter
  • 5mL Bubble Glass Capacity
  • 2mL Standard Glass Capacity
  • Quartz Glass Reinforcement
  • 304 Superior Stainless Steel
  • Tank Construction
  • Swivel Top Refill System
  • Innokin AJAX Coil Series
  • 0.16ohm PLEX3D Matrix Coils – rated for 50-80W
  • 0.35ohm PLEX3D Coils -rated for 30-55W
  • Plug ‘n’ Play Coil Installation
  • Dual Slotted Bottom Airflow
  • Control Ring
  • Threaded 510 Connection
  • 510 Widebore Resin Drip Tip
  • Available in Black or Silver

Outro

Want to give a huge shout out to Innokin and Element Vape. Both companies sent this to me at the same time. Definitely appreciate the support of this channel. 

That’s it, Insiders! That’s all I got for you today. You got to make sure, now, more than ever, it’s more important now than ever that you keep living that vape life. We’re out. Deuces. 

Pros
  • power-to-size ratio
  • fires fast
  • great battery life
  • nice capacity
  • lots of mods
  • Easy carry
  • screen
  • centered 510
  • 2 amp charging
  • Solid build quality
  • screen saver feature
  • easy menu system
  • joystick
  • coils
Cons
  • leaks a little bit
  • internal battery mod
  • No slide or lock on the tank
  • Not using Type C charging
  • screen is useless when you're outdoors

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