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Istick Pico Mega by Eleaf
Istick Pico Mega by Eleaf

Istick Pico Mega by Eleaf

Commercial characteristics

  • Sponsor having loaned the product for the magazine: The Little Vapoteur
  • Price of the tested product: 43.90 Euros
  • Product category according to its selling price: Mid-range (from 41 to 80 euros)
  • Mod type: Variable power electronics and temperature control
  • Is the mod telescopic? No
  • Maximum power: 80 watts
  • Maximum voltage: Not applicable
  • Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: Less than 0.1

Reviewer comments on business characteristics

Eleaf is no longer to present, we propose a larger and more powerful version of its Pico Istick, sailing on the mode of embedded 26650 batteries. Two types of rechargeable batteries, 18650 or 26650 for a little more autonomy.
Another novelty if your choice is focused on the kit with the Melo 3, you will find a NotchCoil resistance for a high reactivity in the heating.
This box is available in three colors, Black, Silver or Anthracite Gray. The price of the kit is 58,90 euros.

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Physical characteristics and felt quality

  • Width or Diameter of the product in mms: 31.5
  • Product Length or Height in mms: 73.5
  • Product weight in grams: 202 with 1 26650 battery
  • Material composing the product: Aluminum
  • Form Factor Type: Classic Box - VaporShark 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? Yes
  • 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: 1
  • Type of user interface buttons: Mechanical plastic on contact rubber
  • Quality of the interface button (s): Good, not the button is very responsive
  • Number of parts in the product: 2
  • Number of threads: 2
  • 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: 3.6 / 5 3.6 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality

To my surprise, this Pico Mega is not that time. I explain, its very ergonomic shape helps the box to blend in the hand. No problem to access his switch because it is well positioned and relatively wide. On the other hand, for buttons [+] or [-] it gets a bit complicated because they are below the box. We must return to see what we do.

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Its pin spring and thread appear good quality and thanks to this catch-up function, you will be flush with most clearomizers or drippers on the market.

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Another peculiarity of the box, it is that you can board an 26650 battery and thus to take advantage of more autonomy and a maximum power of 80 W. Another option: thanks to its adapter a battery 18650 can be housed, but the maximum power will be reduced to 75 W max and decreased battery life.

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The batteries are lodged at the top by unscrewing a cap on the bottom-cap which, it seems fragile and may warp in case of a fall. The positive pole of the battery is directed to the bottom of the box.

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Functional features

  • Type of chipset used: Owner
  • Connection type: 510, Ego - via an adapter
  • Adjustable positive plot? Yes, through a thread adjustment.
  • Lock system ? Electronic
  • Quality of the locking system: Good, the function does what it is for
  • Features offered by the mod: None / Mod Mech, Switching to mechanical mode, Display of the charge of the batteries, Display of the value of the resistance, Protection against short circuits coming from the atomizer, Protection against the reversal of polarity of the accumulators, Display of the vape time of each puff, Variable protection against overheating of the atomizer resistors, Temperature control of the atomizer resistors, Connection BlueTooth, Connection TCP / IP, Supports the update of its firmware, Supports the customization of its behavior by external software, Adjusting the display brightness, Clear diagnostic messages, Diagnostic messages by alphanumeric codes
  • Accusability: 18650, 26650
  • Does the mod support stacking? No
  • Number of batteries supported: 1
  • Does the mod retain its configuration without batteries? Yes
  • 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: 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 4.3 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on functional features

The box offers six modes of operation:
-Watage mode (VW) usable from 1 W to 80 W with the 26650 battery and up to 75 W with the 18650.
-Temperature Control (TC) mode supporting the, NI, TI, SS able to vape with resistors ranging from 0,05 Ω to 1,5 Ω.
-Bypass mode that will automatically regulate the power in W depending on the resistance used and the remaining charge in the battery. It works like a mechanical Mod, protected by the electronic security of the box.
- Smart mode that will memorize your favorite vape power for up to six different resistors.
-Mode temperature control memory (TCR: NI, TI, SS) to allow you to use the selected powers up to three different clearomizers.
To change the mode, nothing more simple, three presses on the switch and the [+] button navigate to the desired mode and validate by pressing the switch.

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In the temperature control mode everything is adjustable, power and degree of 100 ° to 315 ° C, and by pressing the switch four times in succession, you can set W from 1 W to 80 W.

Another strong point, using the micro USB port you can perform updates to take advantage of the improvements made by Eleaf and thus do not make your box obsolete in 2 months ^^. Recharging the batteries can be done through the same port, but it is better to recharge them via a conventional battery charger so that they are recharged under optimal conditions. The same for reloading by car, it is not good because the current is not stable and the electronics of your box, as well as your batteries can suffer.

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The eight holes provided for heat dissipation can be seen on this map. In case of degassing of the battery it will prevent the heat from stagnating and the compressed gases causing the explosion of the box or the battery.

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Like the first one of the name, one remains stuck to install an ato of more than 22mm, on a diameter of top-cap in 22 mm 🙁 because of the positioning of the cap of housing of the battery. Too bad for a box that says mega.

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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 5 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on conditioning

It is very complete and well protected, as a trademark, the box comes in a fairly rigid cardboard box and is placed in a pro-shaped foam to protect it from shocks. When the kit is chosen, above the box is the clearomizer Melo 3 and its spares with:
-2 pairs of spare seals
-1 resistance in 0,3Ω
-1 resistance in 0,5Ω
-and a notchcoil in 0,25Ω
Its manual is in 6 languages, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian and Italian, that is a strong point. Finally a manual understandable by many people !!!!

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Appreciations in use

  • Easy transportation with the test atomizer: Ok for an inside jacket pocket (no deformations)
  • Disassembly and cleaning facilities: Easy, even standing on the street, with a simple Kleenex
  • Easy to change the batteries: Easy, even standing in the street
  • 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: 5 / 5 5 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on the use of the product

For a good use of the product, make sure you have selected the right mode of use ^^. Take the time to read the manual or ask for the different modes of operation in your shop. Although the box is able to shoot at 0,10 ohm, try to be more in the 0,25 / 0,30 ohm in order to enjoy a perfect use and autonomy. Below this value you have to increase the power, and your box can heat up despite the holes of heat dissipation located on the bottom.
Of course, do not leave your box in the car in direct sunlight or even close to a heat source.

Recommendations for use

  • Type of batteries used during the tests: 26650
  • Number of batteries used during testing: 1
  • With which type of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? Dripper, A Classical Fiber, Sub-ohm Mount, Genesis Rebuildable
  • With which model of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? Melo 3 Clearomizer, dripper, rebuildable. See you ^^
  • Description of the test configuration used: Conqueror
  • Description of the ideal configuration with this product: can we talk about ideal when we can not put what we want?

was the product liked by the reviewer: Yes

Overall average of the Vapelier for this product: 4.5 / 5 4.5 5 out of stars

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The mood ticket of the reviewer

It is a mega box versatile (for types of batteries) and priced rikiki. It's very complete, all modes of operation are embedded in this box, ranging from classic wattage, through the various modes of TC, not to mention the bypass mode which is super convenient if you do not want to bother with them. power settings.
Eleaf is hot again by presenting us with a scalable model because the chipset can be updated, and having the choice of two types of batteries. We can even customize the screen with small drawings. My little finger tells me that some of you will be delighted.
One of my regrets is that at the time of clearomizers in 24 or 25 mm, we can not put them on this Pico "Mega". The box remains clamped models in 22 mm and it's a shame, at least in my opinion.

Good vape, Fredo

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About the Author

Hello everyone, so I'm Fredo, 36 years, 3 children ^^. I fell in the vape 4 years ago now, and it did not take me long to switch to the dark side of the vape lol !!! I am a geek of hardware and coil of all kinds. Feel free to comment on my reviews whether it is good or bad comment, everything is good to take to evolve. I am here to bring you my opinion on the material and the e-liquids taking into account that all this is only subjective