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IQOS 3 DUO review: How does it feel like to recharge in 30 seconds?

IQOS 3 is being developed as we speak. Innovation for 2019 has brought us the option to enjoy two HEETS - one after another and smart recharge, allowing you to be fully ready for the first HEET in just 30 seconds.

IQOS is pretty new invention and it is being worked on ever since its creation whilst heated tobacco technology is coming trough progressive evolution, the device itself is changing in its function and looks. Autumns of 2019 had brought us a revolutionary change and trust us every passionate smoker will appreciate.

Model comparison of all IQOS devices


It all started with IQOS 2.4+. The significant function was Bluetooth with its automatic cleaning of the heating blade, continuing with last year`s IQOS 3 - remarkable due to its design and user-friendly attitude. Lastly the IQOS 3 Multi was released (sold as supplementary product to the main devices) for 10 HEETS in a row. Unfortunately due to its size and low endurance Multi didn’t get as popular as the other two models.


IQOS 3 DUO is the result of hybridization of all the significant functions of past models by turning them into one device. Looks the same as IQOS 3, charges the same, the usage is the same but it can hold up to two HEETS one after another! Does it than get heavier? No, even the weight stays the same. This is due to the battery innovation, which got smarter and uses the capacity better.

IQOS 3 DUO Copper

How does the charging works for IQOS 3 DUO

After charging the DUO holder your battery allows you to enjoy – but not necessarily - one HEET after another. You can also notice two lights on your holder: each representing one HEET. The second HEET can be put in to the holder right after finishing the fist one or if desired, you can return to the charger and let it recharge for both.


This innovation will come handy to all those users who likes to enjoy their coffee/tea moment with two HEETS, those who always hurry back to work while trying to get as much nicotine as possible or those of us – forgetful ones who doesn’t return the holder back to the charger and later regret that decision while hypnotizing the charging controller hoping it will get ready faster.

Last user group will appreciate the extra function of IQOS 3 DUO even more – smarter charging. The holder gets ready for the first HEET in maximum of 1:50 min. Why maximum? As mentioned before, the smart charging changes a lot. According to the battery status of the charger, holder charging time varies. The video shows recharge in 30 seconds only, but to be honest our record was even 15 seconds.


Charging time comparison with older models:

IQOS 3 DUO - 1:50 min

IQOS 3 - 3:30 min

IQOS 2.4+ - 4:10 min


It does not stop with charging novelties at the shorter recharge time. The charger for IQOS 3 DUO should be able to support up to 35 HEETS. This changes a lot for those of us who use to smoke a lot trough the day. No more charging cables in your purse or backpack or looking for a socket while in need.


New limited colour: Copper

IQOS 3 DUO will be available in all four current color options: gold, blue, white and grey. With the release of the DUO, limited Copper color will be available too. This color is already know to us from the IQOS 3 exchangeable covers. As far as we can see, this version looks just great and it might compete with the most selling gold one.

IQOS 3 DUO Gold a Copper

Personal experience with IQOS 3 duo

The end of the review should summarize my personal feelings about the new device. I got lucky enough and was given the device one week prior the release in order to try it out and review it for you guys. As I am aware, Phillip Morris never admitted so, but with every single device I am getting that feeling that the technology is still being developed. When comparing IQOS 3 DUO over the IQOS 3 I came to the conclusion that the opening of a top cover gets easier with DUO. Ever since I unpacked the IQOS 3 I was complaining over that issue over and over. The cap is still not being removed as smoothly as with IQOS 2.4, but the nasty feeling of plastic being scuffed is at least gone.


I have reasons to believe that the heating blade is supplying the heat more evenly; the experience of the taste is somehow better. Some might say that it is due to the fact it is a new piece, but I don’t share such opinion. I have unpacked and tried a lot, I have tried new models, new devices with different designs, but I still feel that the new IQOS needs to get bit used to be enjoyed properly. Therefore the theory about IQOS 3 DUO being better with the fullness of the experience seems improbable.


Got that crazy idea as I did and you would like to try if the HEET you have used previously can be enjoyed again? Don’t! The tobacco stick has precisely counted service life. Hay, that’s what you get after third puff.


The holder and the charger for IQOS 3 DUO are reversibly compatible with IQOS 3, the holder of IQOS 3 DUO is being charged less effectively in the charger of the previous model, but it still gets charged for both HEETS.


Smoking as a chimney? Than be careful not to smoke too much in one row. It gets tempting. Trust me I’ve been there since the holder is ready once you are done with the first HEET, but spinning head from nicotine “overdose” is really no joke.


Sales for IQOS 3 DUO starts globally on 4th of November 2019. Price for this novelty is set up for 100 €.


Technical parameters


  Buy IQOS 3 DUO
Actual price 99 €
Final Price

90 €

Main features

2x HEETS in e row
luxury design

Dimensions 115 × 46 × 23 mm
Weight 121 g
Replaceable covers

heater top cover
charger side door

Color variant  
Operating temperatures aprox. 0-50°C
Bluetooth yes
  1. launch
  2. warming up
  3. 30s before the end
  4. after completion (optional)
Battery Li-On 2900 mAh
Battery life - charger aprox. 35 HEETS
Battery life - holder 2 HEETS
Charging time 75 minutes
Charging time - holder 1:50 minutes
Life battery 14 700 cycles
Charging connector USB-C
Commissioning november 2019
Articles, photo gallery Our articles
Our review Experience with IQOS 3 DUO
Limited editions



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