The iStick by Eleaf is a tiny little box mod that comes in 3 different models, a 30 watt, 20 watt and an ultra mini-sized 10 watt. In this review we’ll go over all the features of this ultra-mini box mod and why this is one is a must have for any vaper!
Which one is right for me?
Eleaf have offered 3 models to cover a variety of needs. I have to say I’m very impressed with this lineup – these are all very solid mods, they are tiny and they are very affordable.
One thing you need to understand is the limitations of each. The 30 watt will let you sub-ohm vape down to .4 ohm builds. This means it will indeed work with the Aspire Atlantis and the Kanger Sub Tank. It will also work with anything you build yourself as long as its above .4 ohms.
The 20 watt and the 10 watt mini will work with anything over 1 ohm.
You also need to understand that these are tiny. 22mm diameter tanks and atomizers will look really big on these devices.
Personally my favorite pairing is the 20 watt model paired with the Aspire Nautilus Mini. My sweet spot is the 1.8 ohm coil at 15 watts. This is a very nice vape and is my official travel rig now. It just works – the battery life is outstanding and there’s no fiddling around with anything.
The iStick is tiny. I mean really tiny! At only 72mm tall, this thing is a beast performer delivering up to 20 watts of power and features a built in, 2200 mAH battery. This makes it absolutely essential for travel, work, driving or any other situation where you want a simple box mod. And this one is better than the others in that it delivers more power in a smaller size.
The iStick features a 510 connection and includes an ego adapter. Its not built for sub-ohm builds, which isn’t really a deal breaker. There’s still plenty of power, you just can’t go throw your sub-ohm coiled favorite RDA on here. But that’s really not the point. I travel quite a bit and honestly I get tired of mech mods and juice when dealing with airports or when driving a rental car. With the iStick I can carry a few tanks, throw one on the iStick and get a very good vape when I don’t want to fool around with anything else.
The eleaf iStick features 3 buttons and a nicely readable display. You’ve got the fire button and 2 smaller “up and down” buttons for adjusting the amount of wattage or voltage depending on what mode you’re in.
Press the fire button 5 times consecutively to turn on and off the device. Press it 3 times consecutively to switch between variable voltage and variable wattage. I prefer wattage personally on this type of device as the chip will automatically calculate the voltage. Variable voltage is an older mode that mods originally worked with – its there if you want it, but the much preferable mode of variable wattage is probably what you want to be in.
The LCD display is beautiful. When you turn the device on, you’ll see the ohm reading for your atomizer, voltage, wattage and remaining battery life. As you’re firing you see a timer counting the seconds that have passed. If you get to 10 the unit stops firing. This is essentially a built in safety to keep it from burning up if you forget to lock the device after you’ve put it in your pocket.
In addition, the iStick also features low voltage protection, low battery protection, and atomizer short protection. This is a very well thought out device.
The performance is excellent. I’ve not tested this scientifically, but I’ve got several other variable wattage mods. With my Aspire Nautilus I like to keep the wattage at 15 or so. I’m using the 1.9 ohm coils. The iStick performs as well as any other device I’ve compared it to and is a LOT cheaper!
Obviously as you can see from this site I’ve got a lot of vaping gear. But there are times where I want something really simple that just works. In fact, at this price point I might pick up a second so I’ve got a spare if I forget to charge or something. I use this non-stop while I’m traveling because its just so simple and easy to use. There’s nothing to fiddle with which makes it perfect for vaping in the car as well. I really like this device.
This mod is not only great for seasoned vaper’s but I think its perfect for beginners. I used to recommend the iTaste MVP over any starter kit, but the iStick now blows the doors off of the MVP. This little mod is a game changer and I highly recommend getting yours today!