The difference between IQOS ORIGINALS DUO and IQOS ILUMA

How advanced is the new IQOS ILUMA? Well, it’s got all the features you know from IQOS ORIGINALS DUO, such as:


  • 2 consecutive uses
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  • A fast-charging Holder
  • Pocket Chargers with 20 uses


But what are the differences? Well, IQOS ILUMA and IQOS ORIGINALS DUO have unique features.

IQOS ILUMA unique features
IQOS ILUMA Pocket Chargers have new colours and there are new accessories for them. New tobacco sticks have been designed for IQOS ILUMA with improved draw and generous vapour. 
But the biggest difference? It’s inside.
IQOS ILUMA’s SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEMTM heats tobacco from within with a sealed stick with no blade. And no blade means:

  • No cleaning 
  • No tobacco residue
    No more broken blades
  • Easy insertion and extraction of tobacco sticks

But that’s not all. We’ve added advanced features.
·      Autostart preheating as soon as you insert the tobacco stick
·      Smart gestures  enabled by the IQOS app
   o   Double tap to feel how much of the experience is left
   o   Lift the holder to check battery status


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IQOS 3 DUO unique features
IQOS 3 DUO has unique colours and unique accessories. But those aren’t the only unique things about IQOS 3 DUO.
·      It uses HEATCONTROLTM technology with blade heating. 
·      Compact tobacco sticks with visible tobacco part. 
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IQOS ILUMA vs IQOS 3 DUO technology

The IQOS 3 DUO holder contains a special coated heating foil with state-of-the-art electronics that regulate the heat for a consistent experience: HeatControl™ technology heats the specially designed tobacco sticks instead of burning them.


The SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEM™ by IQOS ILUMA, on the other hand, heats tobacco by induction thanks to a heating element inside the SMARTCORE STICKS.™ IQOS ILUMA therefore does not have a foil inside the device and is more reliable when compared to previous IQOS models**. The SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEM™ and the SMARTCORE STICKS™ combine innovative technology, true tobacco taste and have been designed to guarantee a superior taste experience.


**Based on verification tests, March 2021 Based on studies conducted in Italy and Japan on a total of 714 IQOS users, Nov2020-Mar2021



IQOS ILUMA vs IQOS 3 DUO tobacco sticks

Different devices, different tobacco sticks: the IQOS ILUMA line has been designed to be used exclusively with SMARTCORE STICKS, which have an innovative stainless steel-coated metal heating element inserted directly inside the sticks™. SMARTCORE STICKS™ are not compatible with IQOS 3 DUO or earlier IQOS models.


Unlike the tobacco sticks compatible with previous IQOS models, the new SMARTCORE STICKS are sealed at the ends™, so when used with ILUMA IQOS devices they leave no residue inside the holder.


The size of IQOS ILUMA vs IQOS 3 DUO

Compared to IQOS 3 DUO, IQOS ILUMA devices are slightly larger. To accommodate the new SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEM™ heating technology, a larger and more robust device has been designed.


IQOS ILUMA vs IQOS 3 DUO accessories

With IQOS ILUMA devices, the range of accessories for personalization becomes the widest ever. New colors, different materials and finishes with which you can make your device unique down to the last detail.


Holder Charging Dock

The Holder Charging Dock charges the IQOS ILUMA and IQOS ILUMA PRIME Holders. Allows for an easy access to the Holder in a stationary place. It’s easy and quick to use thanks to its magnetic connector. And it charges the Holder as fast as the Pocket Charger.


Charging Dock

The IQOS Charging Dock has an elegant and intuitive design. It charges your IQOS Pocket Charger and you can use the Holder while you wait. The IQOS Charging Dock is compatible with IQOS ILUMA, IQOS 3 DUO and IQOS 3.


IQOS ILUMA ONE Charging Dock

The IQOS ILUMA ONE Charging Dock charges the device while beautifully displaying it and allowing easy access while charging. The IQOS Charging Dock is only compatible with IQOS ILUMA ONE.


Ring Sets

Switch your device’s look as often as you want with our range of textured rings. Exclusively for IQOS ILUMA PRIME and IQOS ILUMA, they're small changes that may make a big difference.



From iridescent sheens and leather-like materials to soft-touch microfibre and fabrics with multicolor effect, all our new Wraps for IQOS ILUMA PRIME come in a variety of colours and materials that feel as good as they look. Your device also has a choice of full Wraps that replace the core device wrap and offer full coverage without compromising your experience.


Door Covers

To create a look that’s truly yours, take your pick from our new range of easily interchangeable Door Covers for IQOS ILUMA. With 3 different finishes and a choice of colours, let the collection inspire you to create a device more personal to you.



Cover your IQOS ILUMA with the silicone Sleeve. It’s designed to help keep the device safe, looking good, and is available in multiple colorways. Easy to slip on, it protects your device from scratches and dents while providing an anti-slip grip for your comfort.


IQOS ILUMATM is designed to be used only with tobacco sticks specially designed for IQOS ILUMATM. Do not use IQOS ILUMATM and tobacco sticks specially designed for IQOS ILUMATM with previous IQOSTM generations, as this may cause damage to your device.
Do not ingest or disassemble tobacco sticks specially designed for IQOS ILUMATM. This product contains a sharp metal part which can cause serious injury if swallowed. Keep out of reach of children.
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