What are the differences between IQOS ILUMA ONE and IQOS 3 MULTI?

The new IQOS ILUMA ONE also offers superior performance, always without foil and no cleaning. Let's discover together the differences of two practical and compact products, apparently similar but with distinct characteristics.

*Based on studies conducted in Italy and Japan on a total of 714 IQOS users, Nov2020-Mar2021.


How the new IQOS ILUMA ONE works

IQOS ILUMA ONE is the new device from IQOS ILUMA line, with a practical and compact design, designed for 20 consecutive uses without the need for charging.

Renewed in technology and design compared to the models of the previous lines, it has an aluminum body with a rubber handle at the bottom of the device and is available in 5 colors: Pebble Beige, Pebble Grey, Moss Green, Sunset Red and Azure Blue.


The functionalities and features of IQOS ILUMA are:

  • Without foil
  • No cleaning
  • Up to 20 consecutive uses on a single charge
  • SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEM™ induction technology
  • Customizable with Plus Cover and Silicone Cover

How IQOS 3 MULTI works

Comfortable and pocket-sized, IQOS 3 MULTI was the compact, all-in-one device in the IQOS range, offering up to 10 consecutive uses without the need to recharge it. A versatile and ready-to-use device, IQOS 3 MULTI was one of the devices in the IQOS line with foil, impact resistant and available in 4 colors: Warm White, Velvet Grey, Stellar Blue and Brilliant Gold.

The functionalities and features of IQOS 3 MULTI are:

  • 10 consecutive uses per full charge
  • Integrated design
  • HeatControl™ technology with blade

IQOS ILUMA ONE vs IQOS 3 MULTI: the differences

Technology Comparison

Although the two devices may seem apparently similar, the main difference between IQOS ILUMA ONE and previous generation devices, such as IQOS 3 MULTI, lies inside: what changes is the system that allows you to heat tobacco without burning it and therefore offering advantages such as no smoke, no ash and no more cigarette smell. Let's find out in detail.

IQOS 3 MULTI's HeatControl™ technology regulates heat through a special foil in the device and heats the specially designed tobacco sticks instead of burning them, allowing you to deliver a consistent, combustion-free experience.

The SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEM™ by IQOS ILUMA ONE - present on all models of the IQOS ILUMA line - instead, heats the tobacco by induction thanks to a metal heating element present inside the SMARTCORE STICKS™. The absence of foil in the device means that no cleaning is required and ensures a more reliable mode of use when compared to previous IQOS models**.

**Based on verification tests, March 2021


IQOS ILUMA ONE vs IQOS 3 MULTI tobacco sticks

Different technologies and therefore different tobacco sticks: IQOS ILUMA ONE is designed to be used exclusively with SMARTCORE STICKS, which thanks to an innovative metal heating element coated in stainless steel and inserted directly inside the sticks, heat the tobacco by induction and without leaving residues™. SMARTCORE STICKS™ are also not compatible with IQOS 3 MULTI or earlier IQOS models.


The IQOS ILUMA line offers the widest range of accessories ever. Also with IQOS ILUMA ONE you will have different accessories to choose from, new colors, materials and finishes with which to make the device unique down to the last detail.

Accessories to customize IQOS ILUMA ONE are silicone covers, which offer a non-slip grip and protect it from dirt and scratches and Cover Plus, elegant fabric accessories available in 3 colors that in addition to protecting the device offer ease of use, as they are equipped with an external lanyard for greater handling.

Instead, IQOS 3 MULTI can be customized with colorful caps, cases and other original IQOS accessories to protect and personalize your device on every occasion.

Consecutive uses of IQOS ILUMA ONE vs IQOS 3 MULTI

Another important difference lies in the uses available: IQOS ILUMA ONE offers you a superior experience and up to 20 consecutive uses with a full charge, IQOS 3 MULTI instead you have up to 10 consecutive uses.


For a full charge of IQOS ILUMA ONE you need about 90 minutes, while for IQOS 3 MULTI you will have to wait about 75 minutes.


Both practical and compact and with an all-in-one design, however different from each other: IQOS ILUMA ONE is 121.6 mm high, 30.6 mm wide, has a diameter of 16.4 mm and weighs 68.5g while IQOS 3 MULTI, is 119.25 mm high, 25.42 mm wide has a diameter of 15.1 mm and weighs 50 g. So IQOS ILUMA ONE is slightly larger in size, precisely because of the new heating technology. To offer IQOS users the latest technology and a new taste experience, slightly larger and more robust devices have been designed that do not require cleaning.

Other features of IQOS ILUMA ONE vs IQOS 3 MULTI

Both have the USB Type-C charging port and the operating temperature is approximately between 0 ° C and 50 ° C but have batteries with different capacities: for IQOS ILUMA ONE 1728mAh nominal and for IQOS 3 MULTI 830 mAh nominal.
 Both can be connected via bluetooth and their warranty is 24 months.

And that's not all. With ILUMA IQOS devices, advanced features are added:

  • the absence of foil in the device and the innovative design take the experience to a higher level;
  • Check the battery status simply by lifting the IQOS ILUMA PRIME and IQOS ILUMA holder towards the user, while for IQOS ILUMA ONE you can check it directly with the button located on the device.

If you need an overview of the features of each device and the differences between the IQOS ILUMA ONE and IQOS 3 MULTI, take a look at the infographic below.

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