Review – Lil Plus

(1 customer review)

Description

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The Basics About This Device

The slogan for Korea Tobacco & Ginseng’s (KT&G) Lil is that ‘a Little Is a Lot.’ That is an understatement.

Few HnB devices on the market are manufactured by big tobacco companies. Currently, the most notable are Philip Morris’ IQOS, British American Tobacco’s GLO, Japan Tobacco’s Ploom S, and KT&G’s Lil.

There are several versions of Lil currently on the market; Lil (original), Lil Plus, and Lil Mini, as well as Lil Hybrid, which is a liquid cartridge HnB device. Lil Solid Plus was the second HnB device that Korea Ginseng & Tobacco unveiled and is an updated version of the original. While it is still somewhat similar to the original, it is more compact and a bit more efficient.

Lil Solid Plus is an integrated, multi-use device meaning you can use it approximately 38 times in a row before needing to charge. It also has a self cleaning function, which is rare for a big tobacco device. Unfortunately Lil Solid Plus doesn’t offer temperature adjustment. Charging takes approximately 2 hours and 3 minutes, but it is worth it for the extra uses you get from Lil.

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Our Thoughts on This Device

Naturally alot of people compare Lil Solid Plus to IQOS 3.0 Multi, since it is the next most similar device on the market. There are several big differences between Solid Plus and 3.0 Multi, with the biggest difference being number of cycles you get before needing to charge the device. IQOS 3.0 Multi allows approximately 10 HeatSticks before needing to charge. Lil Solid Plus gives you 38! This makes it so much more convenient for anyone who is on the go with work or school as you don’t have to lug around your charger, then wait to use your

The other big difference is that while Lil devices are compatible with HEETS, the brand also offers their own HeatSticks called Fiit. This means that you have double the flavor options available!

Aside from these differences alot of features are similar between Solid Plus and 3.0 Multi. Solid Plus offers a really good hit. It’s definitely comparable to IQOS, which is quite a feat, so good job Lil! The cycle length is a bit shorter for Lil (approximately 1 minute, 45 seconds shorter) and the charging time a big longer, but, as we said above, that can be forgiven when the device offers so many consecutive uses! Because of these things, our team members and test users ended up really liking Lil Solid Plus!

Our only complaint is that Lil devices are difficult to secure. There is no official worldwide KT&G website that sells these devices. That means is you live outside of regions where they are easily available (Korea basically) you will have to purchase through a third-party and will probably pay an inflated rate. We paid $190USD for this Lil guy. Prepare yourself. When we got the device the instructions were completely in Korean, so definitely not made with a global audience in mind. This makes us a bit nervous about what we would do if we ever needed technical support or maintenance. We don’t know for sure, but we think we’d probably be out of luck since we didn’t buy from the manufacturer or a licensed retailer. That would be alot of money to loose if anything did go wrong. Before deciding whether to buy this device, cost-benefit is definitely something you need to consider.

HIGHLIGHTS
Number of Cycles (aka number of HeatSticks before needing to recharge device)Our test users got 38
Charging Time2 hours, 3 minutes
PriceVaries, we paid $190USD
DurabilityGood, surprisingly scratch resistant
Life Expectancy1-1.5 years
MaintenanceGood
ColorsWhite, black, blue

Unboxing & How to Use

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In your Lil Solid Plus kit you will find the device, the manual, a quick user guide, a basic info sheet, a warning card(?), the USB cable, the USB adapter (usually this would be a bonus, but it is made for Korean outlets only *crying*), a cleaning brush, and cleaning sticks.

Once you get the device, charge it by connecting the USB cable to the USB port and then a power source. While charging the LED indicator light will flash and will then turn off once charged. The light color will indicate the level of charge with dark blue being 100%-60% charge remaining, light blue 60%-30% remaining, orange 30%-0%, and red is 0%.

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Once your device is charged you can begin using it by pressing and holding the control button until the device vibrates and the LED indicator light begins flashing. As you know, this means the device is heating. This will only take around 13 seconds. When heated, the device will vibrate again and the LED indicator light will turn solid. Your cycle will last approximately 4 minutes, and 14 seconds. Nearing the end there will be another vibration and the LED indicator light will start flashing again. Since this device is multi-use, you can always start the cycle again, once it’s over completely.

I will warn though, it does seem that the device has an automatic cool-down sensor that’s activated when the device gets too hot. It doesn’t seem to interfere with the cycle at all, but I had it activate twice during testing. I had done 4 or 5 continuous cycles when it activated. You’ll know that the device is in cool-down mode when you press and hold the control button and instead of starting the heating process, the LED indicator light just flashes yellow then turns off. This doesn’t seem to last for too long before Lil has cooled down enough to be used again. Honestly, I don’t think this would ever even interfere with usage, since I can’t see needing to use it five times in a row (What can I say, we do intense testing for these reviews!), but hey, it’s a nice feature to have for comfort of mind, as this should stop it from ever over-heating and causing damage to itself or anything around it.

As always, clean your device often for good health. Luckily, Solid Plus has a self-cleaning feature. To use it, click the control button 5 times in rapid succession until the LED indicator light turns orange. This will help burn away any build-up. We recommend using the self-clean function daily since it’s so easy, but do make sure to also clean manually about once per week or as needed. To do so, just take the cap off and use the cleaning brush and/or cleaning sticks to wipe away grime.

HOW TO USE
How To Turn ON/OffPress and hold control button
Temperature Adjustment?No
Heating Time?13 seconds
Indication that the Heating Process has StartedVibration and LED flashes
Indication that Device is Ready to UseVibration and LED turns solid
Length of Cycle4 minutes, 14 seconds
Indication that Device is Powering OffVibration and LED flashes
How to Shut Off DevicePress and hold control button
Number of Cycles (aka number of HeatSticks before needing to recharge device)Our test users got 38
How to Check Battery StatusClick control button
Locking featureNo
Locking feature indicationN/A
Indicate when Device Needs Cleaning?No
How Often Should You Clean the Device?Daily
Self-Cleaning FunctionYes - click control button 5 times in rapid succession, until LED indicator light turns orange
Length of Self-Cleaning
How to Manually Clean DeviceRemove cap, use cleaning brush and cleaning sticks to clear away any residue and debris
TroubleshootingSee 'Lil Solid Plus+ Manual' button below

HeatSticks Overview

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Korea Tobacco & Ginseng have their own brand of HeatSticks designed to work with Lil products. These HeatSticks are called Fiit. Their design and diameters are pretty similar to IQOS HEETS. This means that you can use Fiit in almost any device you use HEETS in. Unfortunately, the ingredient list for Fiit does not appear to be public nor does the percentage of nicotine in each stick. 


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Warranty

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The 12-month warranty included in your Lil Solid Plus kit covers the device for manufacturer defect only. If any damage is caused as a result of incorrect usage, the device will not be covered. If the device is defective, you will need to send if back to the manufacturer for repair. After repair the warranty will be extended for another 6 months.

We aren’t entirely sure if this is correct or not as none of us here at Heat180 read Korean, but our Google translate results seem to indicate that there is a clause in the warranty that states that the device will be covered for 12 months OR for 15 months from the date of manufacture. We think that means that if you buy the device 3 months after it was manufactured, you have a 12 month warranty remaining, but if you buy it 10 months after it was manufactured, you only have a 5 month warranty remaining. If any of our community members can read Korea, please let us know if this assumption is correct!

SPECS
DeviceLil Solid Plus+
Kit PriceVaries, we paid $190USD
Diameters107 x 30 x 21mm
Weight83g
Weight with Packaging328g
MaterialUnknown
Battery TypeUnknown
Power InputUSB Cable
Charging Time2 hours, 3 minutes
Time it Takes for Device to Heat13 seconds
Maximum Blade Temperature194°C/ 381°F
Temperature AdjustmentNo
How Many Cycles Before Device Needs ChargingOur test users got 38
How Long Does a Cycle Last4 minutes, 14 seconds
HeatSticksFiit, HEETS
Built-In Cleaning MechanismYes
Can Kit Accessories be Purchased SeparatelyNo
Colors AvailableWhite, black, blue
Comparable ToN/A
UNBOXING
In the KitDevice
Manual
Quick user guide/basic device info
USB Cable
USB Adapter
Cleaning Brush
Cleaning Sticks
Manual LanguagesKO
Warranty Terms1 year warranty and/or 15 month warranty from the date of manufacture
FIRST IMPRESSION
How Does It Look?Minimalist and sleek
How Does It Feel?Soft
Easy To Use?Yes
Easy To Clean?Yes
MANUFACTURER OVERVIEW
Release Date2018
ManufacturerKorea Tobacco & Ginseng
Location of ManufacturerDaejeon, South Korea
Year in Business1989
Manufacturer WebsiteHere

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Impression of Manufacturer's WebsiteGreat
Manufacturer Contact Information for Customer ServicePhone: 080-931-0399

Contact Form: Here
Manufacturer Contact Information for WholesalersN/A
Countries the Manufacturer is Wholesaling toN/A
Countries the Manufacturer Would Like to Wholesale toN/A
Full Product Line that the Manufacturer OffersLil Solid Plus+, Lil Mini, Lil Hybrid
Where to Buy Lil Solid Plus+ and other Lil products?Online retailers or forward services
Shipping and delivery timeVaries based on region

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1 review for Review – Lil Plus

  1. George from the heat180 community

    If IQOS Multi and GLO were combined you’d get Lil. Offers a good number of uses, good hit, if you can get your hands on it, it’s fantastic!

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