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IQOS Vape Review: The Future of Smoking or Just Another Gimmick

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IQOS, short for “I Quit Ordinary Smoking,” is a groundbreaking device that aims to provide an alternative for traditional cigarette smokers. Designed by Philip Morris International, this heat-not-burn technology is engineered to give the same satisfaction as smoking, but with reduced harmful effects. Here’s a detailed breakdown of what IQOS is and why it has garnered attention.

IQOS is not your average electronic cigarette. It doesn’t vaporize liquid; it heats up real tobacco. The technology behind it is called HeatControl, which ensures that the tobacco heats up to a precise temperature, usually not exceeding 350°C. This approach avoids combustion, which is the primary source of the harmful chemicals produced by traditional cigarettes. When the tobacco heats up, it releases a vapor that contains nicotine and natural tobacco flavors.


When it comes to pricing, IQOS positions itself at a premium tier. A starter kit, which includes the IQOS device and a pack of 200 HeatSticks, will set you back about $80. Now, that’s not pocket change, but let’s put it into perspective. The IQOS system promises a less harmful way of consuming tobacco through its ‘heat-not-burn’ technology. So, while you’re shelling out a fair amount upfront, you could be making a long-term investment in a healthier lifestyle.

Pros and Cons

In my time with the IQOS device, I found a lot to appreciate. Right from the unboxing, the device screams simplicity and ease of use. You don’t need a manual to get started—just insert a HEETS stick and you’re good to go. The Pocket Charger is another highlight. With solid battery life, it keeps the IQOS device juiced up for extended periods, freeing you from the constant worry of recharging. The compact, pocket-friendly design further enhances its portability, making it an ideal choice for those on the move. In terms of experience, IQOS provides a satisfying and authentic tobacco flavor without the harmful byproducts of combustion, thanks to its ‘heat-not-burn’ technology.

However, it’s not all smooth sailing. One of the downsides is the limited range of HEETS flavors. While the flavors are enjoyable, the lack of variety can be a letdown for those who like to switch things up. The Pocket Charger, although efficient, seems to have compatibility issues with other plugs, which can be a slight inconvenience. Lastly, IQOS is not a risk-free alternative; it still contains real tobacco, which means it’s not the best option if you’re looking to quit tobacco altogether.

Design and Build Quality

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As someone who reviews vaping devices regularly, the design and build quality of a product are paramount factors for me. When I first got my hands on the IQOS, I was immediately struck by its sleek and modern aesthetic. It feels like a device that belongs in the year 2023—a far cry from the cumbersome, clunky designs we often associate with smoking paraphernalia.

The IQOS system consists of two primary components: the Pocket Charger and the IQOS device itself. 

The Pocket Charger:The Pocket Charger is your IQOS’ home when it’s not in use. The matte finish and minimalist design give it an air of understated elegance. It’s not just about looks, though. The Charger feels sturdy and well-constructed, reassuring you that it’s designed for the long haul. Its compact size means it fits snugly in your pocket or bag, making it incredibly portable.

The IQOS Device:As for the IQOS device, it carries the same premium vibe as the Pocket Charger. It feels substantial in your hand, yet not overly heavy—striking the right balance between durability and portability. The materials used feel high-grade, possibly a combination of metal and heat-resistant plastic. It’s clearly engineered to withstand the rigors of daily use without sacrificing style.

Both components mesh seamlessly, not just functionally but also aesthetically. When docked, the IQOS device and Pocket Charger look like a single, unified piece of tech hardware, exuding a sense of coherence and thoughtfulness in design. 

IQOS Device

  1. Holder: This is the part you hold and draw from, similar to a cigarette. It houses a ceramic blade that heats the tobacco stick.
  2. Pocket Charger: This acts like a portable power bank for the holder, ensuring that you can recharge the device when not in use.
  3. Tobacco Stick (HEET): These are specially designed mini-cigarettes that contain tobacco and are inserted into the holder.

It’s important to clarify that IQOS is not 100% safe; it is a reduced-risk alternative. The device heats the tobacco to release nicotine, which is addictive. Plus, long-term studies on the health impact of IQOS are still ongoing.


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IQOS doesn’t just rely on its sleek design and ‘heat-not-burn’ technology to impress. The device comes fitted with an array of LED indicators that serve as your interactive guide, adding another layer of convenience and sophistication. Trust me, you won’t need a manual to understand what’s going on with your device.

  1. Blinking Green LED: This means your IQOS device is charging. You’ll see this often as you dock your device into the Pocket Charger.
  2. Solid Green LED: Good news! Your IQOS device is fully charged and ready for use.
  3. Blinking Orange LED: Watch out for this one. It signifies a poor connection while charging, usually requiring some adjustment to set things right.
  4. Blinking Red LED: This is a red flag, indicating a malfunction in the charging process. If you encounter this, consult the customer service right away.

Besides these, there are four small individual LEDs that indicate the charge status of the Pocket Charger. Four LEDs signify a 100% charge, three for 75%, two for 50%, and one for 25%. It’s as straightforward as it sounds.

But what caught my eye was the automatic cleaning feature—talk about low maintenance! The device kicks into cleaning mode after every 20 HEETS, ensuring optimal performance and longevity. The Heater Cleaning status LED will turn solid orange to alert you that cleaning will commence shortly. You can also manually trigger this process by holding down the dedicated button for about 3 seconds.


1.What is the difference between electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco?

Electronic cigarettes are products that do not use tobacco leaves, but instead generate vapor by electrically heating the liquid inside the device or a special cartridge. Heated tobacco, on the other hand, uses real tobacco leaves.

2.How does IQOS Irma heat tobacco?

The pioneering Smart Core Induction System® in IQOS Irma and IQOS Irma Tobacco Sticks completely revolutionizes the way tobacco is heated.Inside each tobacco stick is an innovative metal dielectric coated with stainless steel that heats the tobacco from the core.IQOS Irma cigarette sticks contain sharp metal pieces that can cause serious injury if swallowed, so please do not swallow or disassemble them, and keep them out of the reach of children.

3.What is IQOS firmware?

IQOS firmware is control software built into the IQOS main unit. Please update the firmware regularly to optimize the performance of your IQOS. By updating to the latest IQOS firmware, you can improve the stability of your IQOS device by fixing issues with your device, extending battery life, etc.Please use the IQOS app to update firmware. 

4.Is Lil Hybrid™ an electronic cigarette?​

lil HYBRID™ uses e-liquid, but it is not an e-cigarette. This is a heated tobacco product that uses a combination of liquid and special tobacco.

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