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IStick Mini by Eleaf
IStick Mini by Eleaf

IStick Mini by Eleaf

Commercial characteristics

  • Sponsor who lent the product for the review: Tech Vapeur (http://tech-vapeur.fr)
  • Price of the tested product: 20 Euros
  • Product category according to its selling price: Entry level (from 1 to 40 euros)
  • Mod type: Variable voltage electronics
  • Is the mod telescopic? No
  • Maximum power: 10 watts
  • Maximum voltage: 5
  • Minimum value in Ohms resistance for a start: 1.0

Reviewer comments on business characteristics

If you were looking for a model to advise a novice friend in the vape, you found it!
If you were annoyed not to be able to take out your big mod because we look at you with a dirty eye in the office, do not panic anymore, the alternative exists!
For 20 € with the complete kit including an Ego adapter and a charging USB / USB Micro or 17.90 € the mod all alone without accessories (great idea for those who already have!), You have what you need for vape in all discretion.
Of course, the power is limited to 10W. It is a reasonable power to vapote in allday and leaving enough room for a beginner to progress and get rid of the cigarette. This restriction will not be unanimous but its price will cheer the most gloomy. Finally for the price of a Jurassic Ego, we can have a mini-mod!

Physical characteristics and felt quality

  • Width or Diameter of the product in mms: 33
  • Product Length or Height in mms: 52
  • Product weight in grams: 55
  • Material composing the product: 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? 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: 2
  • 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: 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: 3.6 / 5 3.6 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on physical characteristics and perceived quality

You read correctly, this mini box is 52x33x21 in size is about the size of a small matchbox! It is very simple, it is smaller than a bottle of e-liquid in 10mm, lighter than an atomizer, more compact than a lighter! When I saw it, I regretted that the mod was delivered in keychain ... 😉

The quality is similar to his big brother, the IStick in every way. So, it is ok in the absolute but impeccable in relation of the price displayed. It will be necessary to check in the long run the holding of the switch button but we have here a cute object, particularly compact and especially able to claim to render great services, not only to those who seek a light equipment to begin but also to vapers confirmed for practice in all discretion.

Nothing is comparable on the market so far at this mini-box that adds a nice aesthetic to an undeniable practical aspect.

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: Excellent, the chosen approach is very practical
  • Features offered by the mod: Battery charge display, Display of the current vape voltage, Display of the vape time of each puff
  • 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 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: 4.5 / 5 4.5 5 out of stars

Reviewer's comments on functional features

For 20 € the complete package, we will not ask him to serve as a toaster or to send SMS. This box does what it was created and does well. The manipulation of the switch displays in percentage the balance of charge remaining in the battery on a min screen round arranged above the mod. When we go, there is a counter in seconds that measures the duration of the puff. A bit gadget but can the most can the least, they say ... Interface buttons, triangular shape can lower or increase the voltage that is sent to the atomizer. This voltage is limited to 5V. And that's about it. And that's about what we ask him, which falls pretty well!

Measured at 4.95V output instead of 5V displayed, we can say that the mod sends what is asked, with a fairly negligible variation in this price range.

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 conditioning is largely up to the event! We would have even been much less given the price floor of the mini-box. But we are not kidding with the presentation at Eleaf and it is in a nice hard cardboard box that your object is delivered to you, on two floors a little like mobile phones. The second stage is dedicated to the packaging of the Usb cord, the Ego adapter and the instructions. No fault of taste. The record is in English but sufficiently illustrated to be understandable even to the most resistant to the language of Dickens even if I groan a little when a record is not in the language of Hugo ...

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? 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

On a relatively intensive use on 24 hours, the mod showed no signs of weakness. Of course, the autonomy, rather good in the absolute, will be a little fair for a big vapoteur but the possibility of continuing to vaper once the mod connected to a USB socket can compensate in some occasions. Let's be clear, this mod anyway has more autonomy than a mech mod equipped with 18350 even if I recognize that the comparison has no place to be. But this is said to indicate that we do not end up with a ridiculous autonomy compared to the (very) small size of the mod.

I was on the lookout for a missfire at the switch but at no point in the test period it will have flinched. Neither is there a drop in voltage or erratic behavior of the chipset. On this level, although less powerful, it seemed a little more credible than that of his big brother.

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 classic fiber - resistance greater than or equal to 1.7 Ohms, A low resistance fiber inf or equal to 1.5 ohms, Rebuildable Genesys type metal mesh, Rebuildable Genesys type mounting metal wick
  • With which model of atomizer is it advisable to use this product? I advise using it with a clearomiser like the mini Nautilus or others of the same type and size? Any rebuildable TOut whose diameter will be smaller than 20mm will be very good also provided that it does not go below 1Ω.
  • Description of the test configuration used: Mini Istick + Iclear 30S + E-liquids.
  • Description of the ideal configuration with this product: Mini Istick + Clearomizer Mini or RBA mini. (Avoid diameter greater than 19mm to not obscure part of the screen).

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

Unbelievable!!!! How such a device, so tiny, so cute can it be definitely able to ensure a vape of excellent quality? And at such a price ???

This is the miracle accomplished by Eleaf who, declining his best-seller from the bottom is much more than we lay an ersatz. On the contrary, by its tariff placement, its maximum voltage of 5V, its ability to collect quite low resistances (1Ω mini) and its good boiling key chain, the Mini Istick is even better than its big brother by offering a vape good quality to a beginner for less than an Ego pack! But also that will interest the confirmed vaper in search of a vape more than correct, not too powerful and discreet. In this respect, it's full carton! And no doubt we will see in the coming weeks to bloom mods similar to the competition.

It is forgiven for almost all these defects, a perfectible finish and a switch a little rattling, in respect of its tariff that reflects great respect for the consumer. It is forgiven all the more easily because it is a weapon of massive persuasion for those who are still hesitant to embark and who justify their non-passage by the usual tariffs required. Here, Eleaf offers us a very-mini-mod, at a very low price, in a packaging of excellent quality and perfectly usable. What more?

The vaping revolution is under way and, with devices of this type, it will spread even faster than we think.

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About the Author

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!