- Sponsor having loaned the product for the magazine: The Little Vapoteur
- Price of the tested product: 55.90 €
- Product category according to its selling price: Mid-range (from 41 € to 80 €)
- Mod type: Variable power electronics and temperature control
- Is the mod telescopic? No
- Maximum power: 60W
- Maximum voltage: Not applicable
- Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: Less than 0.1
Reviewer comments on business characteristics
It never goes long between two releases at the number one discount vape, Eleaf. The line of Istick never stops receiving new references.
The newcomer is named Melo 60W, a compact box capable of reaching the 60W, as its name suggests and which has a load capacity of 4400mah.
In this kit, it is accompanied by a Melo 4 D22, the 4th version of the flagship sub-ohm clearomizer of the Chinese brand.
In the idea, I have the impression that this box could be the worthy descendant of the Istick 40TC which is to date, for me, the best declination of this range.
So let's see if my intuition is confirmed.
Physical characteristics and felt quality
- Width or Diameter of the product in mm: 22
- Product Length or Height in mm: 83
- Product weight in grams: 182
- Material composing the product: Stainless steel, Aluminum
- Type of Form Factor: Box mini - IStick type
- Decorative style: Classic
- Quality of decoration: Good
- Is the coating of the mod sensitive to fingerprints? No
- All the components of this mod seem well assembled? Yes
- Fire button position: Lateral near the top-cap
- Fire button type: Mechanical metal on contact rubber
- Number of buttons in the interface, including touch areas if they are present: 1
- Type of user interface buttons: Mechanical plastic on contact rubber
- Quality of the interface button (s): Very good, the button is responsive and does not make any noise
- Number of parts in the product: 6
- Number of threads: 3
- Quality of the threads: Good
- Overall, do you appreciate the quality of manufacture of this product with regard to its price? Yes
Rating of the vapelier as to feelings quality: 3.9 / 5
Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality
At first glance, we immediately recognize which series belongs our box, its coating, its basic forms, finally, it is impossible to be wrong on the filiation of this box.
Our Istick Melo is part of a certain verticality. Indeed, the screen is directly on the top cap and the USB port on a small chrome advance that extends on the top of one of the slices.
As often, the slices are rounded. If, as we have seen, the USB port occupies the top of one of them, the other hosts the switch that takes a rectangular ovoid shape and which marries the curvature of this "small side".
The +/- bar, it, finds its place right next to that of the screen. If the switch is, as often, moderately adjusted, the adjustment control, it is perfectly in line with the quality standards in vogue.
As always, we are entitled to anodized surface treatment and it goes without saying that you will have a certain choice of colors.
The dimensions are quite compact for a box that still has a reserve of 4400mAh.
The 510 port mounted spring can receive the atomizers of 22mm maximum, it may be a small brake given the number of atomizers that come out in 24mm today.
The Melo 4 is, as its name suggests, the 4st version of the Eleaf sub-ohm clearomizer. We already had the opportunity to meet him in the Ikunn i80 kit. It sports a more worked design than its predecessors, the Melo 4 is less "smooth". In this version 22mm, his tank will contain 2ml, the top-cap is slippery, the airflow is wide ... in short, it has what to theoretically satisfy fans of sub-ohmic air vape.
This kit is part of a kind of continuity for this range. No stylistic revolution, we know where we put our feet and the overall quality is quite in the usual standards of the Chinese brand that perfectly match what is expected for this price level.
- Type of chipset used: Owner
- Connection type: 510, Ego - via an adapter
- Adjustable positive plot? Yes, through a spring.
- Lock system ? Electronic
- Quality of the locking system: Good, the function does what it is for
- Features offered by the mod: Switching to mechanical mode, Display of the charge of the batteries, Display of the value of the resistance, Protection against short circuits from the atomizer, Display of the current voltage of vape, Display of the power of the current vape, Display of the vape time of each puff, Variable protection against overheating of the atomizer resistors, Temperature control of the resistors of the atomizer, Supports the update of its firmware, Diagnostic messages clear
- Accu Compatibility: Proprietary Accus
- Does the mod support stacking? No
- Number of used batteries: The batteries are owners / Not applicable
- Does the mod retain its configuration without batteries? Not applicable
- Does the mod offer a recharge feature? Charging function possible via Micro-USB
- Is the recharge function pass-through? Yes
- Does the mode offer a Power Bank function? No power bank function offered by the mod
- Does the mode offer other functions? No other function offered by the mod
- Presence of a regulation of the flow of air? Yes
- Maximum diameter in mm of compatibility with an atomizer: 22
- Accuracy of the output power at full charge of the battery: Good, there is a tiny difference between the power demanded and the real power
- Accuracy of the output voltage at full charge of the battery: Good, there is a tiny difference between the requested voltage and the actual voltage
Vapelier's note regarding functional characteristics: 4.3 / 5
Reviewer's comments on functional features
Our new Istick has most of the existing features. Thus, we find a variable power mode, conventional temperature control modes and TCR and a By-pass mode.
The variable power mode allows you to vary the watts on a scale from 1 to 60 with resistors whose value must be between 0.1 and 3.5Ω. This range of values for the coils is the same for the bypass mode which, I remind you, makes the box adopt a mechanical mod behavior, that is to say that the power of vape depends directly on the level of the coils. batteries.
The CT modes can be used with montages whose value will be between 0.05 and 1.5Ω. The temperature control is compatible with different wires: Ni200, SS316, and Titanium. The temperature of 100 ° can be varied to 315 ° C.
We have 4400Mah, which suggests a good autonomy. The built-in rechargeable battery is charged using the USB port, the box can support a charge current of up to 2A intensity and there is a special protection ENU which, according to what is said in the manual, protects the box during recharging against ambient temperatures too high or too low (loading possible between -5 ° C and 50 ° C).
To finish on the chipset part, we will announce the presence of the puff timer, the possibility to switch to stealth mode (screen off) to save the battery. You can also change the orientation of the screen and lock the controls. We can regret the lack of a booster.
As for the Melo 4, we are on a classic, we fill it from the top thanks to the sliding top-cap. Sub-ohm resistors are made to mount in generous turns and airholes are adjustable. In this version 22mm, the tank welcomes 2 ml. The drip-tip is quite wide but it is 510 type.
So much for the functional features of our kit, it looks good in all respects.
Now let's go to tests.
Evaluation of the packaging
- Presence of a box accompanying the product: Yes
- Would you say that the packaging is up to the price of the product? Yes
- Presence of a user manual? Yes
- Is the manual understandable for a non-English speaker? Yes
- Does the manual explain ALL features? Yes
Vapelier's note on packaging: 5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on conditioning
We are facing a type of conditioning that regulars familiar with the brand. A rigid cardboard box of the "pavé" type. As always, the picture of our product is on the face of the top. Eleaf logos on the right and left sides adorn the flanks of the pack and, on the back, we find the content and mandatory legal inscriptions.
In our box, we discover our box and its clearomiser, two resistors, a spare pyrex tank, seals and the USB cord.
Two notices, one for the box and one for the atomizer, are translated into French.
A presentation certainly a little bland but effective and in total adequacy with the tariff positioning.
Appreciations in use
- Easy transportation with the test atomizer: Ok for an external jacket pocket (no deformations)
- Disassembly and cleaning facilities: Easy, even standing on the street, with a simple Kleenex
- Easy to change the batteries: Not applicable, the battery is only rechargeable
- Did the mod heat up? No
- Has there been erratic behavior after one day of use? No
- Description of situations in which the product has experienced erratic behavior
Vapelier's note in terms of usability: 4.5 / 5
Reviewer's comments on the use of the product
Our Melo is a very reasonable size, it will be ideal to accompany you in your daily life and, with 4400mAh, no concern for autonomy.
The piloting of our new Istick is also very classic for the aficionados of the brand. 5 clicks on the switch to turn off or start the box. Then 3 will be pressed on the same button to enter the mode selection menu, which will move with the +/- button. To validate his choices, press the fire button.
Some other more secondary manipulation will be found in the manual but do not worry, there is nothing difficult and it will only take a few minutes to assimilate them all.
The charging of the battery is done by the micro USB port, the box can support a current up to 2A to allow a fast charge.
The chipset behaves well and does not suffer from major flaws, the box is sufficiently responsive, even if we are below the chipsets offered on boxes of the upper class.
As for the Melo, here too everything is very simple. Filling it is child's play thanks to the sliding top-cap that reveals a comfortable opening.
The establishment of the resistance poses no particular difficulty. We screw it on the base and that's all. Just remember not to neglect the priming phase because otherwise your taste buds will remember.
A perfectly homogeneous kit well suited to his favorite use: everyday life.
Recommendations for use
- Type of battery used during the tests: The batteries are owners on this mod
- Number of batteries used during the tests: The batteries are owners / Not applicable
- With which type of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? Dripper, A Classical Fiber, In Sub-ohm Mount, Genesis Rebuildable
- With which model of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? The atomizer that will please you in 22mm
- Description of the test configuration used: The kit as it stands
- Description of the ideal configuration with this product: It is a question of taste to you to see but anyway with an atomizer of 22mm max.
was the product liked by the reviewer: Yes
Overall average of the Vapelier for this product: 4.4 / 5
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The mood ticket of the reviewer
Eleaf maintains a very steady pace of output, for good results, see very good or worse ;-).
This Melo, with its skills and overall design, seems to be a worthy heiress. It adopts a very versatile chipset thanks to all the modes it offers.
Yesterday, the power of 40W of the Istick of the same name represented somehow a certain summit but, after the breakthrough of the vape in sub-ohm air, this average power increased and the newcomer seems better adapted to this state of fact.
With 60W and 4400mAh, we can say that it has good assets to become a new reference, especially given the very reasonable price of the beautiful.
It is true that it does not bring anything really new, but it has what it is there where it is necessary.
But there is a little "but", finally for me ... I do not quite find the quality and the new appearance that the TC40 (first affordable box that used this technology) owned and our kit seems to want replace.
Anyway, a new Istick better than that which, I think, should meet its audience without much concern.
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