The day my e-pipe fried, I decided to make myself feel better by ordering an iTaste SVD. I knew after owning two iTaste MVP's that Innokin's quality is top notch and that I'd be pleased with the SVD. I wasn't wrong. I've been using it for a solid couple of days now and I can honestly say that it is my favorite device that I own.
I won't bore anyone with a bunch of technical specs that you can easily find on 100 reviews elsewhere, but instead offer just my thoughts on it. What I have found is that it is just a tad too big with an 18650 battery in it for me to want to carry it anywhere. It isn't exactly portable. But for sitting on the couch while watching TV, I find myself a lot more likely to grab it than my MVP.
It feels exceptionally good in the hand. I really like the tactile feel of the buttons. I like the features on it. The screen is bright and blue and I LOVE the aesthetics of the device. I don't think there is another device on the market today that looks more like a small Star Wars lightsaber. As such, I have decided that start referring to myself as "Darth Vaper" while carrying it. And my wife has decided to start uttering the phrase "what the Hell did I marry" every time I mention it. That said, if you are a Star Wars fan, this is THE device to own. It's just seriously cool.
I've watched a number of reviews that periodically complain about the sharpness of the metal features on the SVD and I agree that there are some hard edges that are not at all smooth. But I've never felt that one would cut or irritate me. I actually kind of like the edginess of it as I personally think it adds to the unique qualities of the design.
As the only device that I own that can crank all the way up to 15 watts, it works incredibly well with the IGO-W dripping atomizer on it. Turned all the way up, that thing puts out even bigger clouds than I was getting on the MVP. I still don't get the whole RBA movement, but a buddy of mine just bought a Russian 91% RBA and says it'll change my life a bit when I try his. So we'll see.
Back to the SVD, I really do love this thing. I've had a couple times when I've pressed the button and it didn't fire, but haven't ascertained whether I'm just not using enough pressure or it has the occasional misfire (a complaint that I've read about some). That little quirk doesn't really bother me though. If Provari made a variable wattage device, I'm certain that I'd be in line to buy one, but in my personal opinion, given that they don't, I think the SVD may be one of the nicest China-produced variable wattage devices on the market. I like it far better than my friend's VAMO.
I still contend that for the money, the MVP is a much better value. At about $69 without batteries, it is more than double the price of the MVP once you are all set up. Is it worth it? To me, I'd say wholeheartedly yes. Would I recommend it in place of the MVP? No. Nor would I recommend it to a buddy just making the jump up from an EGO battery. That all said, I just don't think that Darth Vaper would use a square box device, even if it was a better value and more portable. I just wish the LCD screen were red instead of blue. Luke Skywalker is a whiny little girl. Though now that I'm thinking about it. I wonder what kind of vape you could get off a Tatooine moisture vaporator.