Istick by Eleaf
Istick by Eleaf

Istick by Eleaf

Commercial characteristics

  • Sponsor who loaned the product for the magazine: Acquired on our own funds
  • Price of the tested product: 39 Euros
  • Product category according to its selling price: Entry level (from 1 to 40 euros)
  • Mod type: Electronics with voltage and variable power
  • Is the mod telescopic? No
  • Maximum power: 20 watts
  • Maximum voltage: 5.5
  • Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: 1.0

Reviewer comments on business characteristics

This is the star product of this end of the year 2014. A mod / box that has all the characteristics of the big, in a mini size and for a price content. The Istick offers the luxury of accepting quite low resistances (without crossing the wall of the sub-ohmming, however), to have an internal battery of 2200mah and to be rechargeable by USB cable, including vaping.

What more can you ask for than its ramage refers to its plumage?

Physical characteristics and felt quality

  • Width or Diameter of the product in mms: 21
  • Product Length or Height in mms: 75
  • Product weight in grams: 90
  • Material composing the product: Steel, Aluminum, PMMA
  • 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 components of this mod seem well assembled? Can do better and I'll tell you why
  • Fire button position: Lateral near the top cap
  • Fire button type: Mechanical plastic on contact rubber
  • Number of buttons in the interface, including touch areas if they are present: 2
  • Type of user interface buttons: Mechanical plastic on contact rubber
  • Quality of the interface button (s): Medium, the button makes noise within its enclave
  • Number of parts in the product: 1
  • Number of threads: 1
  • 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: 2.8 / 5 2.8 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality

The main advantage of this box is its size that is largely school at this time as it was surprising by its compactness. It's an unstoppable argument for who needs a vape material easy to take in any move. One can also be sensitive, even as a confirmed vaper, to the cute appearance of the object, even if this opinion is largely subjective.

The second argument in favor of the Istick is its price which is very well located. It is found between 36 and 45 €, which is not a deterrent. This price, not content to seduce veteran vapers, could also attract many novice vapoteurs who thus could access the vape in a comfort still ignored in this segment a few months ago.

Alas, any medal having its reverse, the finish of the product is not up to its laudable commercial ambitions. The buttons make noise, the switch is sometimes hard to fire and the adjustment is worthy of an Ego, correct but without brio. All this is obviously not catastrophic and given the tariff, we do not expect a miracle but we remain wary about the reliability of the Istick ...

Functional features

  • Type of chipset used: Owner
  • Connection type: 510, Ego - via an adapter
  • Adjustable positive plot? No, a flush mount can only be guaranteed through an adjustment of the positive atomizer pad if it allows it
  • Lock system ? Electronic
  • Quality of the locking system: Good, the function does what it is for
  • Features offered by mod: Battery charge display, Resistance value display, Short circuit protection from atomizer, Display of current vape voltage, Display of current vape power , Display of the vape time of each puff, Fixed protection against overheating of the atomizer resistors, Luminous indicators of operation
  • 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 mms of compatibility with an atomizer: 21
  • Accuracy of the fully charged output power of the battery: Medium, because there is a noticeable difference depending on the value of the atomizer resistance
  • Accuracy the output voltage at full charge of the battery: Medium, because there is a noticeable difference depending on the value of the resistance of the atomizer

Vapelier's note regarding functional characteristics: 3.3 / 5 3.3 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on functional features

Equipped with the full functionality that is expected today, especially in terms of security, the Istick clearly displays the necessary information on a well-read OLED screen. The chipset owner promises a vape smooth, which seems to be the case in test but has some anomalies, not unacceptable but obvious all the same.

Indeed, the mod behaves very well as soon as the resistance of the atomizer is between 1Ω and 1.4Ω. In this resistance range, the mod seems to send the power displayed on the screen. Beyond this limit, the behavior becomes more erratic and the mod sends too much compared to the displayed power. For example, mounted from an Iclear 30S with a resistance to 2.1Ω, it sends for 9W displayed almost as much power as another smooth vape mod at 12W.

So, it seems that the chipset does not regulate the same way depending on the resistance of your atomizer. This is not a big problem for use as soon as we know it but it is sufficiently obvious to take it into account.

Autonomy is good and promised 2200mah really seem to be at the rendezvous.

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? No
  • Does the manual explain ALL features? Yes

Vapelier's note on packaging: 4 / 5 4 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on conditioning

The packaging is complete and very well presented in this tariff sector. I found the user manual quite complete and explicit even if I continue to think that manufacturers should know that we vape in France since they sell us their devices .... A translation would therefore be welcome for vapers who do not master the language of Shakespeare.

But do not sulk our pleasure, the packaging is largely up to the competition.

Appreciations in use

  • Easy transportation with the test atomizer: Ok for an inside jacket pocket (no deformations)
  • Disassembly and cleaning facilities: Super simple, even blind in the dark!
  • 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? Yes
  • Description of situations in which the product has experienced erratic behavior

In use, it is found that the mediocre finishing of the buttons presents a real problem. In particular at the switch, frequently solicited and therefore more sensitive to early wear. After a few days of use, we realize a few failures in the firing. Nothing fundamentally serious but worrying enough to have doubts about the daily use a few months after the purchase.

Vapelier's note in terms of usability: 4 / 5 4 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on the use of the product

The Istick is practical. The mod sends well, seems stable in the rendering on the length of the load and its compactness and weight make it a treat to use. It is therefore all the more unfortunate that Eleaf has not done enough to finish the interface buttons. Clinking and missfire are on the program and it is unfortunate because the rest is no problem in operation.

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? A low resistance fiber inf or equal to 1.5 ohms
  • With which model of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? A good clearomizer or a rebuildable, with a resistance around 1.2Ω and a diameter less than 21mm will be the ideal companion of the Istick.
  • Description of the test configuration used: Istick + various atomizers: Iclear 30s, Kayfun Lite, igo-L
  • Description of the ideal configuration with this product: Any evaporation system with a resistance between 1 and 1.4Ω to better overcome the defects of the product.

was the product liked by the reviewer: Bof, this is not the craze

Overall average of the Vapelier for this product: 3.2 / 5 3.2 5 out of stars

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The mood ticket of the reviewer

True precursor in terms of quality / price / size, the Istick lacks very little to create the revolution in our steam engines. Best seller this end of the year, he already knows a family expansion with the release of a mini Istick 1050mah, making half of its size. This rapid reproduction makes me say that sales of L'Istick have been up to the expectations of the manufacturer, which is good for him.

What is less good however, and for us this time, it is that the finish is not up to the event. If we can override a problem of computing the chipset by adapting its power, it is less obvious to make a reason on the problems related to the malfunctions of the switch which, logically, should not improve over time .

Already the competition sharpens its weapons for the riposte and new mini-box out of their burrows every day. If the Istick keeps a train in advance thanks to its anteriority, I can not really advise you to look carefully at other proposals before making your purchase.

But, in view of its very low price and its ease of implementation, we can not pretend that the Istick is a bad deal. The quality of vape is very correct and the defects evoked are not really serious. But because the battery is proprietary and the mediocre finishing interface buttons, we already know that it is not an object that will keep for life.

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54 years, 32 years of cigarettes, 8 years of vape and more happy than ever! I live in Gironde, I have three children I'm gaga and I like roast chicken, Pessac-Léognan, good e-liquids and I'm a geek of the vape that assumes!