What's the difference in the IQOS generations IQOS ILUMA and IQOS ORIGINALS?

IQOS News 11/05/2023

IQOS ILUMA is the latest generation of IQOS with innovative induction technology. Discover the differences with IQOS ORIGINALS and learn more about our best heated tobacco devices yet.

In the following video you can see the direct comparison between IQOS ILUMA and IQOS 3 DUO:


Heated tobacco devices from the IQOS ORIGINALS and IQOS 3 series, as well as older generations, are equipped with HEATCONTROL TECHNOLOGY. The tobacco is gently heated by a heating blade inside the device. The IQOS ILUMA generation, on the other hand, uses the new, innovative SMARTCORE INDUCTION SYSTEMTM, which heats the tobacco by means of induction.

This means that the IQOS ILUMA does not have the heating blade that our previous devices had. This has a decisive advantage: damage to the heating blade, which would render the device unusable, is ruled out. In direct comparison to the IQOS ORIGINALS DUO, the IQOS ILUMA PRIME and IQOS ILUMA are even easier and more intuitive to use, thanks to the intelligent autostart/stop function. This function means that the heated tobacco device automatically starts heating when the TEREA tobacco stick, specially developed for IQOS ILUMA, is inserted. When the stick is removed, the device automatically stops the process.

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TEREA tobacco sticks vs. HEETS tobacco sticks.

The new induction technology of IQOS ILUMA heated tobacco devices requires the development of new tobacco sticks. The result: TEREA. They are heated by induction via a metal heating element inside the TEREA tobacco stick.

The completely new TEREA tobacco sticks, developed especially for IQOS ILUMA, are sealed on both sides so that no tobacco can fall out. The advantage is that no tobacco residue can remain in the holder, so there is no need to clean it. TEREA tobacco sticks can only be used with IQOS ILUMA.

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Three models vs. two models.

Compared to IQOS ORIGINALS, the IQOS ILUMA range now has three models instead of two: IQOS ILUMA PRIME, IQOS ILUMA and IQOS ILUMA ONE.

The IQOS ILUMA models offer a variety of different colors and personalisation options, making it possible to customise the IQOS ILUMA heated tobacco devices. 

Compare ILUMA models


The benefits of IQOS ILUMA at a glance:

  • Real tobacco for real tobacco enjoyment
  • Innovative induction technology
  • No tobacco residue, so no cleaning required
  • Another model to choose from with IQOS ILUMA PRIME
  • Even more colors than before
  • An even wider range of accessories


IQOS ILUMA is now available in IQOS stores and on IQOS.com.

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