Everyone is happy with the IQOS 2.4 tobacco heating system, except for one thing - there is no notification of the holder's readiness to smoke. I still decided to upgrade to the trade-in version of iQOS 3 DUOS.
The trade-in at the original point of sale went smoothly - you hand over the old device and get a new one.
However, it should be borne in mind that for example, in Ukraine, the old device can not be handed over and, given that the previous version is better in quality and design, it is very good. Can be used as a second device while charging the main one. You can also trade-in online.
As is customary at Philip Morris points of sale, you get the goods in a high-quality paper bag - a trifle, but nice.
I could not open the sticker with step-by-step instructions - two sheets of paper are glued to each other tightly. I didn't need it, so I didn't pay attention to it, however, after a while, I understand that the quality of iQOS 3 DUOS began with this sticker - everything will not be quite as expected.
The film is soldered perfectly and you can only sin on the crooked hands of the manufacturer.
The design of the box has changed.
However, the design of the box has become simpler in comparison with iQOS 2.4 Plus - there is no embossing, a look like rice paper, etc., but the design of the box itself has become more interesting.
The color of the cardboard cap indicates the color of the device.
Like iQOS 2.4, the device is manufactured in Malaysia.
Strange, somehow I don't feel any urge to urinate, which happens when Vilsacom opens the iPhone box.
The lid of the box is attached with magnets.
The presence of NFC is stated, but there is no mobile application in Google Play for Russia, which is not good.
As in the previous version, there are: Safety instructions, Warranty card and Instructions for quick launch of iQOS 3 DUOS.
When replacing, the choice was from: White, Black, Blue and Gold. White and black are nothing, so the choice fell on gold, but blue is also not bad.
The kit includes a cleaning device and cotton swabs for cleaning.
The reduction in price is visible in everything: even on the strap of the cleaning device there is no logo.
It is in this version of iQOS that the cleaning device is very useful, since you have to clean it almost after every smoking, if you are unlucky to buy sticks with a production date older than six months - tobacco is poured constantly.
The box with cotton swabs contains instructions for their use.
Cotton swabs are good, but I get by with hygienic cotton swabs dipped in alcohol.
I am glad that the bundle continues to include a charging and firmware cable and a power supply.
The power supply is of high quality: the input voltage is universal from 100 Volts to 240, the input current is 0.3 Ampere; output voltage of 5 volts, output current of 2 amperes, similar to the power supply unit from iQOS 2.4 Plus.
The connector on the USB A power supply is neither good nor bad - it fits most computer cables.
The charging cable is of high quality, long and pleasant to the touch.
One of the most significant differences is that the charger has a modern Type-C connector, and not microUSB, as in the iQOS 2.4 Plus model.
The power supply has become more convenient to use with all modern devices. This did not affect the charging speed in any way - all the same 120 minutes.
The iQOS 3 DUOS device has a completely different body. In my opinion, the charm was lost, the device became completely utilitarian.
Computer application for iQOS 3 DUOS can be downloaded here, using it, you can flash the device to a new firmware version, and so on.
At the top of the charger are indicators for charging the holder and charger. The LEDs are bright and well visible. The brightness of the LEDs can be adjusted from the application on the computer.
Agree, a charger is like a clothespin or a sperm whale.
At the bottom of the holder are gold-plated contact pads for charging the holder. Unlike version 2.4, the holder in iQOS 3 DUOS can be inserted into the charger with either side vertically, not just one side. The contact pad has become reinforced, and not just contact pads on a piece of PCB.
The stick holder has one button on which there are two ready indicators. You even need to turn on bluetooth through this single button.
The iQOS 3 DUOS version differs from other versions in that you can smoke two sticks in a row.
The holder charging time is 1 minute 50 seconds.
Unlike the iQOS 2.4 Plus version, there is a vibration notification about the holder's readiness for the smoking process, which is very convenient - you don't have to intuitively start smoking, because you don't have to constantly look at the LEDs to wait for readiness.
Despite the fact that the holder can be inserted either side into the charger, the iQOS 3 DUOS holder retains an attavism - a beveled side. When inserted with the beveled side into the back, the holder button will not rub off.
One of the drawbacks of the new model is that the cap has weak stops and is involuntarily removed from the holder.
Another disadvantage: the blade is much smaller than the slot in the cap and the tobacco remains on the sides of the blade when the cap is lifted. It is necessary to clean the holder almost every time you smoke.
In version 2.4, I did not see this.
As I already wrote, iQOS has a short smoking time, then actually three puffs, and then you draw in air.
What are the benefits of iQOS? The most important advantage that overcomes all the shortcomings is the natural noble tobacco taste, which no tobacco heating device will give you!
Also, the steam suction force is as close as possible to cigarettes.
The device has its advantages and disadvantages compared to the previous version.
In general, if I knew all the shortcomings of iQOS version 3 DUOS, I would not trade-in.