Vapor Storm has released the ECO 90W kit. It consists of a 90-watt lightweight plastic mod and an unattended tank of 2 milliliters.
On June 6, Vapor Storm presented the ECO 90W Kit on its website. BoxMod performed in three bright patterns, as well as in black and blue colors. Ergonomic body with rounded edges made of light ABS plastic. The front side decided not to overload the display and control keys. Only the fire button and USB port were placed on it. The removable back panel supplemented the ventilation slots and hid the battery compartment under it.
The device is not burdened with any adjustment and is capable of delivering up to 90 watts of power. Power is provided by one 18650 battery. You can charge it via USB-port with a current of up to 0.75A. Time of continuous soaring can reach 10 seconds.
The complete tank has a traditional design, works with replaceable evaporators with a resistance of 0.3 Ohm and holds up to 2 milliliters of liquid. Filling – top, the stopper is fixed on the thread. A ring is provided for adjusting the torque.
The package includes two evaporators, a spare flask, an additional drip tip, a USB cable and instructions.
The Active mod and Armor NS Plus tank is certainly an interesting and innovative kit from Wismec.
A vape device that can also act as a Bluetooth speaker, with both shock and water resistant capabilities.
The Active sports a complete chunky rubber sleeve that runs across the entire edges of the device. Then on either side are two metal housings for the speakers. The metal has a powder coat paint finish to it, which further adds to the whole rugged feel of the device.
The fire button and +/- buttons are on the front of the device and are rubber pressing through onto plastic underneath. The micro USB charge port is located just beneath these and has a rubber plug which slots into the port to cover and keep it water resistant.
The screen, also located on the front side of the device is a perfect size and nice and bright. It’s quite a basic display but does show all the necessary info from wattage, ohms to battery life.
At the top of the Wismec Active is the 510 connector which is offset towards the front side. It has a stainless steel surround and a gold-plated, spring-loaded positive pin.
On the top backside of the device, there’s a plastic hook which protrudes from the mod. This is to be used with the included carabiner clip so you can attach the device to a strap or belt loop.
While I’m a little disappointed at how large and cumbersome the Active Kit is, I don’t actually mind the styling of it.
It’s perfectly in keeping with the audience it’s aimed for. The rugged rubber bumpers give you a sense of stability, and it’s still comfortable to hold. The buttons are still fine to press, although a little mushy, but that’s to be expected.
The grated panels for the speakers also suit the device, and all of the available colors look good. The mod comes in 3 different color options which are Solid Black, Black and Silver, and Black and Orange.
However, you also have the option to add a rubber outer protective sleeve which comes in the following colors; Blue Camo, Orange Camo, and Green Camo. All add a nice finishing touch. Personally, I prefer the black standard outer rubber.
Everything about the Wismec Active Kit is sturdy and rugged, from the 510 connection to the acrylic chamber of the Armor NS Pus tank.
I have no issues with any of the individual components of the mod or tank and think it has very good build quality for the style of device that it is.
However the same can’t be said for the build quality of the board inside, and it’s firing ability which I’ll discuss later.
It certainly is innovative to have Bluetooth speaker incorporated into a vaping device.
While I’m not sure it’s ultimately something vapers have been screaming out for, I commend Wismec for trying something new.
For an Active kit with only a 2100mAh battery, the Wismec Active is not exactly portable and pocket-friendly.
The mod measures in at 94.5 x 55.6 x 26.6mm without the tank and weighs 166g.
Wismec goes someway to negate the portability issue with including a carabiner clip that attached to the plastic hook on the device. Personally, I don’t think I’d be comfortable hanging the Active Kit from my built loop, but then I’m not the target market.
The Active Mod has a range of 5-80w and a 2100mAh internal battery.
It has all the standard features expected and can work in VW, Bypass, TC-Ni, TC-Ti, TC-SS, and TCR modes.
Clicking the fire button three times enables you to scroll through each setting.
The Wismec Active has designated Bluetooth controls on the back side of the mod, much like the other buttons these are mushy rubber buttons but are clearly labeled.
There’s a play/pause, volume +/-, skip track and power button.
To enter Bluetooth mode, you need to hold down the power button, and it will chime and say ‘Bluetooth Mode.’
Once you’ve paired with your device, which is a relatively simple process the controls can be used, but don’t expect them to work flawlessly with every device and application. I had a few issues trying to pause and resume music playing from Spotify on my Android device.
How does it sound?
Actually a lot better than I expected. Now I’m no audiophile, but I have used plenty of Bluetooth speakers in the past, and while I think the clarity is a little lacking compared to well-known brands, it’s perfectly acceptable.
The speaker does actually get incredibly loud, which is good and doesn’t distort too much at it’s loudest setting.
To be honest, I think it’s a better Bluetooth speaker than it is a vaping device, and that’s solely what I use mine for now…which is a real shame.
The Armor NS Plus tank comes in either a 4.5ml or 2ml (TPD compliant) setup.
Instead of having a glass tube Wismec have gone with Acrylic to help protect against drops. The acrylic seems thick and strong, and I’ve not had any issues using very citrus juices.
The tank has an easy to use slide top fill system. There’s a small indicating arrow on the top of the tank, and it’s easy to slide open and close, with a large fill port.
The AFC control of the tank has chunky knurling making it easy to adjust, and it rotates smoothly with a stopper at each end. There are three air holes on either side of the tank; two are cyclops style holes and the other a small circular hole for MTL.
This is where the Amor Plus tank differs from a lot included with these style of devices, as it truly has designated airflow and coils for either direct to lung or mouth to lung style vaping.
The tank comes with both 0.2Ohm (DTL) and 1.3Ohm (MTL) coils.
WS01 Triple 0.2Ohm Coil (40-80w)
This is the direct-lung coil which I found works well at around 50W, but it will depend on the type of juice you are using.
Both vapor and flavor production is good with these coils, definitely acceptable for an included tank. However, I did notice the coil performance dropping off after a weeks use.
WS04 MTL 1.3Ohm Coil (8-14w)
This is the mouth-to-lung coil, which seemed to work well between 10 and 12W. It’s best to use less viscose juices with this type of coil, so I kept it at 50/50.
I had no issues with the wicking, again the flavor and vapor production were ok, but nothing too special. I do however feel these coils are far better suited to the tank and device, due to the low capacity and small 2100mAh battery.
It’s a standard Wismec board which should be more than fine for this type of mod. It doesn’t require any fancy bells and whistles; it just needs to work.
Unfortunately, Wismec hasn’t even managed to get that right with this device.
Basically, the device doesn’t fire everytime you hit the fire button. Sometimes it works fine, others it stops halfway through the vape leaving you with a frustrating choppy experience.
At first, I thought maybe it was the fire button needing to held hard to activate, but it’s not. Even pressing the ‘reset’ button didn’t correct any firing issues.
It may just be something with the early releases, or the device we have and maybe can be rectified with a firmware update. I really hope so because in its current state it’s barely usable without you getting frustrated and throwing it against a wall….but hey at least it’s shock resistant and won’t break when you do.
It must be noted that the tank and coil performance is fine and I’ve tested it on other devices and had no any complaints there. It’s not the best tank in the world, but fine for this device and good to have the options of a high and low ohm coil.
If you were solely going to use this a vaping device and with the MTL style coil, then battery life is fine.
However, if you plan on using it as both a Bluetooth speaker and vaping device, there is no way the battery will see you through a full day.
If you go with the low ohm coil at high wattage, then forget about using the Bluetooth functionality alongside it, as the 2100mAh battery will barely see you through a few hours.
It’s not good for such a large device to have such a small and insufficient battery.
Easy to use
Changeable rubber covers
Decent Bluetooth speaker
Poor battery life
I have to take a step back and commend Wismec for trying something innovative for a vaping device.
While I’m not the perfect demographic for this type of device, I’m sure there are a few users out there that would like the ability to pump out tunes from their mod.
Still, I can’t help but think you are just better off purchasing a small budget Bluetooth speaker and a far better device for the same price.
The Wismec Active is aimed at those that are well…’Active’ with it’s waterproof and rugged shockproof design being good positives.
However, when it comes to its vaping abilities, it really is disappointing.
The constant non-firing has left me in a position where I really can not recommend this device, even if you are the type of vaper it’s aimed at.
But keep your eyes out on forums, maybe these issues will be rectified in future releases – we will update this review if that’s the case.
The Advken Manta RTA is the latest atomizer from one of the lesser known Shenzen based companies.
Dual Coil Design
Velocity Style Deck with Staggered Posts
2 Glass Tank Options
Excellent Flavor Production
Advken may not be a name that all vapers are familiar with, but they have made quite a few devices and tanks ranging from the AYANA 60w and Qiangba 200W box mods to the Ziggs 24 RDA.
I’ve personally used and sung the praises of their Mad Hatter RDA to the rest of the team in the past, so I’m looking forward to seeing how good the Manta RTA is.
2Specs & Features
Dual Coil Design with Staggered Posts
Top Refill System with big refill holes
810 Ultem drip tip
Gold Plated Positive and Negative Posts
3 Adjustable Air Flow Holes in the deck, and 1 Hole in the Positive Post
5ml for Normal Glass Tube and 5ml for Chubby Glass Tube
In The Box
Spare glass (bubble shaped)
Spare parts bag
Vape and share card
3Design & Build Quality
The Manta RTA from Advken is a stainless steel, and both the black and silver versions have quite a glossy finish to them. It is compatible with most 810 drip-tips, and overall the build and design quality is excellent.
The tank also comes with two Pyrex tank options; the usual straight tube which will hold 3.5ml of liquid, and then a bubble tank allowing up to 5ml of e-liquid.
The top cap of the Manta features a cutout style pattern that helps with the grip when removing for refilling it. The airflow is fully adjustable, and all threads of the tank are smooth and easy to use.
The Ultem 810 drip tip sports a branded band, which look great and actually makes the drip tip appear smaller than it actually is. In my use, it seemed to fit nice and tight into the drip tip hole – no excess wiggling.
I am really impressed with the overall look and feel of this RTA; it has a sleek, compact look about it especially with the 3.5ml tank, the larger bubble glass does make it look a little awkward in my opinion.
The Manta’s build deck is made of gold plated stainless steel and features a staggered two post design. On the positive post, there is an internal airflow hole that sits on a peek insulator.
The base has a fully adjustable bottom airflow ring, with 3 large air holes on either side. The internal airflow is managed by 2 holes on either side of the base of build deck, where you coils will sit above.
To round it off you have the 4 corner sections to allow the placing of your wicks and juice intake.
Like a lot of newer RTAs you do not need to empty the tank to change your wicks or coils, simply turn it upside down and unscrew the base.
The staggered post build deck makes for easy placement with coils; it is the wicking of those coils that might need a little attention.
A lot of vapers get put off from using RTA’s because some can be unforgiving if you don’t wick them correctly, and then you may get leaking issues. It’s a trial and error process, and with the Manta RTA it is no different.
I suggest with the Manta that you use enough cotton that when you pull it through you coil it is slightly restricted and even moves the coil a little. If you are using large diameter coils and have a lot of cotton for wicks, I’d also advise separating your cotton tail into two. Place one half to cover the liquid intake and the other to fill the wick space.
I was testing the Manta RTA on a VooPoo Drag in wattage mode, with 2 Clapton coils coming in at 0.16 Ohms.
I did attempt to get a mouth to lung draw with the air hole set to only one open, but to be honest, the Manta is just too airy for an MTL style vape. However, I was getting a good restricted lung hit with plenty of flavor and good vapor production. One two air holes open, it was far too airy.
I tried it at 80 watts with both one and two air holes again. It was far too hot a vape with just one open, and with two air holes open I was getting closer to my ideal vape, if still a little too airy. But the flavor and vapor production was starting to come through.
This is where the Manta really started to shine on the vapor production front. I set the airflow to wide open and the vapor produced was immense. But it wasn’t quite as flavorful as at 80 watts.
Personally, i ended up settling at 80 watts with two ar holes open; it gave me the best of both worlds. The Manta is a great tank for those that like high wattage and big airflow. It’s not always my style of vaping, but I was certainly impressed with the flavor and vapor production of this RTA.
What I Like
There’s no doubting this RTA produces good flavor. It has an easy deck to build on (like most Velocity style decks), the staggered posts make it even easier.
I also like the fact that Advken included a coil tool which doubles as an Allen key and a vape cloth which you don’t usually see in a kit.
What I Didn’t Like
On the flip side, they included a vape cloth but didn’t include a spare drip tip or adapter, which irks me slightly.
Getting the wicking right with this RTA can take a little practice, it’s not as forgiving as some other RTAs.
On a personal note; it was just a little too much airflow for me. I tend to prefer a more restrictive lung hit style vape. That’s not to say it produces a bad vape, not at all. It just might be suited to those that prefer high wattage and direct to lung style vaping.
Good flavor/ vapor production
Easy to coil
Easy to fill
2 glass tank options
Excellent design and build quality
Good looking tank
Not for restricted lung hitters
Wicking can take some practice
No spare drip tip or adaptor
The included larger bubble tank might not be to everyone’s liking
The Manta RTA by Advken is an excellent tank. It looks great on any device; it is sleek and compact. It vapes well at medium wattages and even better and high wattages, producing tons of vapor and really great flavor.
The draw is however on the airy side. So if you like a dual coil RTA that is easy to build on (although a little challenging to wick properly), that has an airy draw, and produces great flavor, then this might be the tank for you.
Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review: Bottom LineFrom the original version of Eleaf iStick Pico box mod series, now comes this newest version which caters a single external 21700 battery that can be a big support for its maximum output of 100 watts. It has a temperature control that supports Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless steel. A Bypass Mode that can provide a similar power to a full mechanical box mod.
Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review: Background
The Eleaf Pico iStick Pico is one of the best-regulated box mod I have ever owned, I got mine with the original version which houses external 18650 Battery , I got it over a year ago and still using it now for my rotation of my different vaping devices. It has served me well and still working 100% until now.
Now, the Eleaf Company has release this newest version of their ever famous box mod, the iStick Pico 21700 . This is a single battery box mod that houses an external 21700 battery, a maximum output of 100 watts. I am expecting a good performance with this new version and probably be included with our Best Vape Mod of 2018.
What’s in the Box?
What will you get on Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Package?
1x Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Box Mod
Key Features: Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review
What are the key features of Eleaf iStick Pico 21700?
Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Box Mod
21700 Battery – From the original version with 18650 Battery and now, the newest version of Eleaf’s iStick Pico houses an external 21700 Battery for a longer battery life for extended vaping sessions, this battery can also support a higher wattage for a single battery box mod.
Portable – The Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 is probably the smallest and most portable vaping device that supports 21700 battery, with only 77 mm in total height and a slim body of 25.5 mm x 51 mm. This is a true definition of a compact vaping device.
Temperature Control – The Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 has a temperature control mode that supports Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel resistance wires.
100 Watts – It has a maximum output of 100 watts, for a single battery box mod this is very powerful. It can fire up any possible and safe Sub-Ohm resistance builds that is good for a huge amount of vapor productions.
Ergonomic Design – The Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 is very comfortable in users hands, with a slim dimension of 25.5mm x 52mm and a smooth curve edges, gripping this box mod with comfort is a big plus for all vapers.
Design: Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review
The Eleaf iStick Pico is known for its minimalistic design, focusing more on what it can provide over what should it look. It has an extended battery cap with a lower 510 connector. As far as I know, Eleaf iStick Pico is the first one who integrated this kind of design, in this way extending the battery cap will minimize the overall height even if an Atomizer is connected in this device.
This is a very portable Vaping Device, with an overall height of 77 mm just a little bit over with the height of 21700 battery. This is the best thing that I love about Eleaf iStick Pico, using a portable device with such a good performance.
Performance: Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review
This newest version of Eleaf iStick Pico has a maximum output of 100 watts, which is way stronger from the original version. A good maximum output should be paired with a good performing battery, this is paired with 21700 battery that will be a good support with the 100 watts of output.
It has a feature of Temperature control, but what I like more is its included Bypass Mode, this allows me to have a similar power to a full mechanical device which its power depends on the battery life’s current state.
Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 VS Similar Mods
What is the key difference of Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 to other Starter Mods?
I picked the iJoy Capo 100w and the Aspire Cygnet Box Mod as they have a similar design with Eleaf iStick Pico, which is the extended battery cap to minimize the overall height.
iJoy CAPO 100w vs Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 – Both of these box mod can perform really well with both of them having 100 watts of maximum power. But I am more confident that Eleaf iStick Pico will have a better performance based on my experience.
Aspire Cygnet Box Mod vs Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 – The Eleaf iStick Pico will have an advantage in terms of performance with its maximum output of 100 watts compared to Cygnet box mod with only 80 watts of max power. Also the Eleaf iStick Pico is way lighter in weight.
Final Thoughts: Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 Review
I’ve been waiting for Eleaf to release a version of iStick Pico with a higher power of battery, they have been creating different versions and now a 21700 battery. The Eleaf iStick Pico 21700 is one of the best choices for a regulated vaping device with a good performance and portable size.
I will definitely recommend to everyone getting this new version of Eleaf iStick Pico and I’ll be voting this to be included in our Best Vape Mod list, because of its good performance and probably because of its durability over time. It can last you years of vaping and using this box mod.
Our Eleaf iStick Pico review takes a look at the TC-equipped, portable powerhouse of a mod: has Eleaf put together the ultimate device for new vapers looking for top-notch performance?
Up to 75 W of power.
TC with nickel, titanium, stainless steel and a TCR setting.
Compact, portable and comfortable design.
Runs on a single 18650 battery.
Excellent performance in both modes.
A 2 ml capacity, sub ohm Melo 3 Mini tank included.
Simple, clear display screen.
A great price – $52 for the kit.
Perfect for new vapers or anyone looking for a mod to take out of the house.
Fixed ramp-up voltage in TC mode.
Some features won’t be useful very often.
The Eleaf iStick Pico is a solid mod, especially for newer vapers looking for an upgrade in terms of performance. The device is compact and comfortable, full-featured and a great performer, coming with a very capable sub-ohm, top-filling tank for just over $50. It’s a fantastic and affordable device from Eleaf.
Eleaf iStick Pico 75W TC Mod Review
The Eleaf iStick series is beloved by new vapers and many long-term vapers alike, offering excellent performance in compact and generally beginner-friendly packages. The Eleaf iStick Pico 75W is the latest addition to the family, offering up to 75W of power and temperature control in a compact, user-friendly package.
So how does the device stand up to the day-to-day needs of vapers? Is it a great device for a just-switching smoker looking for better performance? Is it the perfect mod for travelling? Our Eleaf iStick Pico review takes a look at what the device has to offer to find out.
What You Get
The Eleaf iStick Pico 75w kit comes in a white cardboard box with an image of the device on the front and a scratch-off authentication sticker on the back, along with all of the key information about the device and what’s included in the kit. The foam insert on the upper level contains your mod and the Melo 3 Mini tank, each in individual slots. Underneath the foam layer, there’s a cardboard cover hiding four spare O-rings (for various spots on the tank), a USB charging cable, a spare 0.5 ohm coil (along with the 0.3 ohm one pre-installed in the tank) and manuals for both the mod and the tank. There are no complaints here – this is all you need apart from an 18650 battery and some juice to start vaping.
iStick Pico Design
The iStick Pico’s main design feature is the fact that it’s impressively small. The curved edges and the small stature of the device – which measures just 70.5 mm (about 2 and 3/4 inches) tall and 45 mm (1 and 3/4 inches) wide – means it fits comfortably into your hand, in a pocket or in a bag. Even with the Melo 3 Mini attached the whole thing is less than 5 inches tall. You can pick up the mod in black, white, silver, grey and hot pink, with my version being the latter.
The mod itself has a traditional boxy shape (albeit with curved edges), with a section for the battery at the back and an OLED screen, fire button and micro-USB port on the front edge. The cap for the battery section protrudes from the top of the mod at the back end, which ruins the uniform appearance of the device when the tank isn’t attached but fits in much better when you have the Melo or another atomizer screwed in place.
The adjustment buttons are actually located on the bottom end of the device, with a little two-section rocker button marked “+” and “−” on the opposite side to a circle of vent-holes under the battery section. The metallic fire button is above the OLED display, and it follows the curve of the device, making for comfortable operation.
Thread Type: The 510 connection is in the center of a ring-shaped trench, and has a spring-loaded contact pin to minimize any connection issues. The threading is high-quality, and you’re unlikely to run into any problems with it at all. The top of the device is a little crowded because of the small distance between the 510 connection and the battery cap, but you can still unscrew everything easily, and it helps to keep the device as compact as possible.
Melo 3 Tank: The Melo 3 Mini has a fairly standard sub-ohm tank design, with a wide-bore chimney section, bottom-coil design, wide-bore drip tip and an airflow control ring at the bottom. The tank is top-filling, with grooves cut out of the edges of the top cap so you can easily grip it and unscrew to reveal two sizeable slots for refilling. The airflow control is a little unique in that the slots are covered by an outer ring, so it adjusts in the same way as most other tanks (just turn it to your desired setting), but you can only see how far open it is if you look down at an angle. This isn’t as annoying as it may sound, though, and it contributes to the professional appearance of the tank.
Coils: The coils have a vertical alignment and are surrounded by cotton, with a ring of gauze visible from the top (like on the Aspire Atlantis coils, for example). They simply screw into the bottom base, and the open-top design makes it easy to drop a bit of juice in there directly to prime your coil before you fill up.
Overall, both the Eleaf iStick Pico and the Melo tank are excellently-designed, and they pair together beautifully, especially with the O-ring color on the tank matching the mod – it looks like they’re meant to be together.
Variable Wattage: The iStick Pico 75W mod has a solid feature-set, despite being a very beginner-friendly device. The most basic feature is the variable wattage you expect on any device, with the power being directly adjustable from 1 W to 75 W. Why modern devices include 1 W still baffles me, but the range of powers covered is more than enough for most vapers’ purposes.
Bypass Mode: You can also set the Pico in Bypass mode, which gives you the raw battery voltage without any adjustments so you’re operating at a specific wattage. I personally don’t find this feature especially useful, but if you’re looking for mechanical mod-like operation, then the option is there.
TC-SS and TCR Mode: The temperature control on the iStick Pico covers nickel, titanium, stainless steel and offers temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) mode. The latter mode means you can adjust how the device interprets the changes in resistance that accompany increasing or decreasing temperature, and effectively allows you to set the device up to suit even more wire types or adjust the responsiveness to suit your preferences. The TCR mode is accessed through the M1, M2 and M3 options that appear when you hit the fire button three times to enter the mode menu. You can lock the room temperature resistance of the atomizer by pressing and holding both the fire and “+” buttons for two seconds. Your temperature can be set in the standard range of between 100 and 315 °C or 200 and 600 °F.
Safety Features: The Eleaf Pico also comes with the expected set of safety features, including 10 second cutoff, short circuit, low voltage and high temperature protection, and it also limits the minimum resistance of your atomizer to 0.1 ohms in standard or bypass mode and 0.05 ohms in TC mode. This is plenty of protection to ensure you stay safe when you’re vaping, although you’ll need to ensure you use a high-amp drain 18650 battery with the device.
Stealth Mode: The device also has a few more useful features. Pressing the fire and “–” buttons together for two seconds toggles stealth mode on and off, which means you can vape without the device lighting up, but still see your settings by pressing the fire button once. The device can also be turned off with five quick presses of the fire button, and you can lock the adjustment buttons by holding them both down together for two seconds, which is handy given their location. If you press both the adjustment buttons for two seconds while the device is powered off, the display will be flipped when you power back up.
Firmware: The device also has upgradable firmware, which is a great feature that allows you to take advantage of any updates to its offerings in the future. The micro-USB port can also be used for charging your battery, and you can vape as you charge too – both of which are very useful features for vapers who don’t have multiple batteries or a dedicated 18650 charger.
Overall, the Eleaf iStick Pico TC mod is pretty rich in features, with all the safety features you need, a very capable temperature control system and several handy extras.
iStick Pico Vaping Experience
The Eleaf iStick Pico 75W has a solid design and an impressive feature-set, but does it all translate to an enjoyable vaping experience?
On the whole, the Pico does a great job in use. Once you’ve primed your coil and filled up the tank, the device works just as you want it to, powering the Melo 3 Mini tank efficiently and providing excellent vapor production and flavor. Making adjustments is a little unusual due to the position of the buttons, but once you get used to it there’s no problem at all. The recommended settings are also printed on the coils, so if you’re unsure of what the best wattage is for your coil there’s a handy guide for you.
Compact Size: Probably the biggest benefit of the Pico in use is its size. It packs as much power as much larger devices, but thanks to the compact size it makes an excellent device for carrying around with you out of the house. It easily slips into a pocket or bag, and it also fits nicely in your hand. When you grip the device, your index finger falls naturally on the fire button too, so using it is about as comfortable as possible.
Display Screen: The display screen offers all of the key information you need in a simple format, with a two-decimal-point reading for the resistance and applied voltage, and the wattage shown on the right of the screen. In TC mode, your temperature setting takes the spot of the wattage, the wattage is shown instead of the voltage on the left and your wire material is also displayed on the top right of the screen. It has a battery icon on the far left to show your remaining charge level – I generally don’t like this approach because it lacks precision, but it gives you enough of an idea to determine when you should recharge.
TC Mode: The temperature control is also well-executed. Although the ramp-up voltage is fixed at 75 W, the device performs solidly in TC mode. We only tested it with nickel coils, but the result was great – it still offers a consistent vape even with the almost uncomfortably quick ramp-up, providing a continuous trickle of power as you hold down the fire button and periodically flashing up “temp protection” as you reach your designated limit. You can toggle between Celsius and Fahrenheit by going to the top or bottom of the allowed range.
The lack of the option to adjust the ramp-up wattage was a little disappointing, but this will hopefully be addressed with a firmware update in future. As it stands, there doesn’t appear to be an upgrade available, so unfortunately I can’t evaluate the process as of yet.
As with many mods, for the most part you won’t use many of the additional features. Although stealth mode is a nice feature to include, for instance, the times when the tiny amount of light from the screen will cause a problem for you are very limited, so most vapers probably won’t use it.
Similarly, it’s handy to be able to adjust the TCR setting, but most vapers using TC will have nickel, titanium or stainless steel coils anyway, so most users won’t need it. To change the setting, you press and hold the fire button and the “+” button with the power turned off. This brings you into a simple menu where you can select the option you want (from M1, M2 and M3) and then adjust the coefficient to whatever you like. There are suggested values in the manual if you want to play around.
Built-In Battery: Newer vapers may be concerned about using a device without an in-built battery, but it’s really very straightforward. The inside of the cap has a minus sign to show the orientation of the battery, and there’s a “+” at the bottom in red tape too. All you have to do is drop your battery in – negative (flat) side up – screw on the cap and you’re good to go. If you’re really concerned about doing this, you can charge up using the device’s USB port (and vape while you’re doing it!) so you won’t need to deal with it after your first installation.
Melo Tank: Finally, the Melo III Mini sub-ohm tank is part of the package, so it’s worth dedicating a bit of time to it here. The tank is a solid performer, working well with anything from the standard 50/50 PG/VG mixes to higher-VG blends, and the flavor and vapor production is brilliant. The top-filling design makes filling up a breeze, and the wide range of airflow settings means it can be easily adjusted to suit mouth-to-lung or direct lung inhalation styles. I’m undecided as to whether the benefits to its appearance from the hidden slot are worth the awkwardness of working out how open it is by looking down into the tiny visible slither, but as mentioned earlier, you do get used to it.
Everything the iStick Pico and Melo offer combine to provide a very enjoyable vaping experience. It’s easy enough to get to grips with for newer vapers, but the rich selection of features makes it a rewarding option for longer-term vapers too. The device isn’t perfect, but the limitations are very minor and pale in comparison to the benefits of the combination.
Eleaf doesn’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to quality control, but this largely comes down to the in-built batteries on devices like the 50 W iStick, so the external battery approach of the iStick Pico sidesteps these potential issues nicely. The device itself seems very well-made, with no problems whatsoever emerging through my testing.
The Eleaf iStick Pico 75W TC mod does exactly what it sets out to. If you’re looking for a capable, portable and dependable mod to take with you out of the house, or a device that’s simple enough for a new user that doesn’t compromise when it comes to performance, the Pico is a stand-out option. The kit is competitively-priced, and you get a solid sub-ohm tank thrown in for good measure too. While the option to adjust the ramp up voltage for TC mode would have been handy, and the device includes some features most vapers probably won’t use, there are no serious complaints about the device at all. Many vapers have given up on Eleaf recently, but the iStick Pico is the sort of device that could bring them back in droves.
Today on the agenda of the new representative of the fashionable nowadays “his lads” – disposable Liip Pod-system from the Chinese company Digiflavor.
It is impossible to deny the fact that the Pod-systems today are pretty well entrenched in the vaping industry and do not seem to be going to lose ground. More and more companies are trying to join this new trend, releasing something of their own.
However, most of these devices simply copy each other, without bringing anything new to their constructive. But there are not many disposable Pod devices on the market yet, although this type of electronic cigarettes has been invented for quite some time.
And in this article we will just look at a similar device in the face of Liif Disposable Pod from Digiflavor.
The novelty is a one-time maintenance-free “slyshku” in a plastic case, which has a stylish design and bright colors. With the latter, by the way, is another interesting point, which we will talk about later.
Dimensions Liip Disposable Pod can be called modest. So, a smoker switching to steam is unlikely to experience discomfort on the size of this device, because it looks more like a cigarette lighter than any kind of vip thing.
Inside the device there is a 240 mAh battery. Such a capacity should be enough to evaporate the liquid poured in the “slyshka”, but to recharge the battery does not work in mind, again, the features and purpose of Liip Disposable Pod.
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Returning to the colors of the new product, it should be said that depending on the color of the case, the taste of the filled fluid will also vary. In total, the future owner will be able to choose from four options: tobacco, orange, berries, and the so-called Reddy.
The latter, by the way, is filled with nicotine-free liquid; for tobacco taste, the nicotine content will be 4.8%, and for orange and berries – 3.6%. In the box with the Liip Disposable Pod there will be three “one-time” items if you choose a device with nicotine and two pieces each in zero.
The OBS Bat Mod is the first mod from atomizer manufacturer OBS, most well known for their Engine RTA. The Bat is a dual-18650 mod with a centered 510 pin that claims to have maximum 218-watt power output. It has customizable LED’s on the front, and in keeping with the superhero theme we’ve seen lately (like the Vaptio Wall Crawler), it boasts a Batman aesthetic, even showing a similar logo on power-up.
The Bat Mod is impressively solid and well-built — a little heavy, but not too heavy. The LED’s are two arrow-shaped cutouts that look like they’re pointing at the screen from above and below it. Of course, you can use the settings to turn them off if you want.
The mod itself is 32 mm at its widest point, but due to the design of the platform even a 28 mm atomizer overhangs ever so slightly (but still doesn’t look too bad). Anything under that won’t overhang. I would’ve preferred the ability to handle 30 mm atomizers without overhang.
Wattage mode performance
This mod performs well! It’s usually within a few watts of the displayed settings. The output is always smooth and consistent, and the mod never gets hot or warm in my stress testing.
The voltage output also fell a little short of the stated spec. Usually when mods list 8.4 as their max voltage it’s a theoretical number rather than a real one, because 8.4 is about the input voltage of fully charged batteries which also indicates that the mod has no boost circuit. Due to battery sag under load, no mod can put out full battery voltage without a boost circuit. Still I got 7.258 volts with a 0.5-ohm coil, which is right in line with most dual battery mods that don’t have boost circuits.
The OBS Bat measured a 42-amp max, which is above average for a dual battery mod. The average these days is 40. Overall I find this to be an excellent performer that is average or above for a dual battery mod in all three tests and gets close enough to its listed specs that I’d describe it as accurate.
Temperature control performance
There is no TCR mode per se, but you can set TCR values after selecting your choice of Ni, Ti, or SS modes. I used SS316 wire with the default SS mode set to a TCR value of 00092. I tested six builds, ranging from single round round wire in spaced single and dual coils to fancy single- and dual-coil builds. Overall I was pretty impressed with the performance of this mod.
In 2017 we saw a lot of good temperature control mods that don’t cost an arm and a leg, and the OBS Bat is right there with them. It’s been smooth and consistent and has great ramp up. Even switching between builds I didn’t have to adjust any settings. Wattage can be set in TC mode all the way up to the full 218 watts. There is no limit on power in temp control. It throttles back nicely and is never “pulsey.”
The mod does tend to hit a little on the low side. I like a warm vape, and every build I’ve used has worked well in the 460-480° F range, so I recommend starting off around 430° F then working your way up until you get the vape you want. It has good dry hit protection under 500° F. Beyond that point, you might get a dry hit. I think most will find the vape they like in the 430-480° F range, which is pretty much the way it should be. Overall, I find the OBS Bat Mod to be a solid performer in temp control.
Features and other information
I’ve tested ten different atomizers on this mod with no issues at all. Pulling and wiggling the 510 connection causes no problems or drops in performance. The mod is solid with no button rattle at all. The fire button is large and clicky and has a nice texture — similar to the Vaporesso Switcher button’s texture. The screen is large and bright with all the info you’d want, including individual battery monitors.
The battery door is a standard magnetic back plate, and locks into place without any gaps. The battery tray allows for easy exchange of batteries and shouldn’t damage your battery wraps. The LED’s are programmable with different colors and options and can also be completely turned off.
Anyone who has used a SMOK mod in the past will learn this one easily. Due to SMOK’s popularity, it’s no surprise OBS modeled the menu after theirs. It’s nearly identical to the SMOK Alien Mod.
Clicking five times locks and unlocks the device. Three clicks enters the menu. Once in the menu, you can click Fire or use the up and down buttons to scroll. To enter a sub menu, hold Fire. When you select power mode you have the option of a soft, normal, or hard preheat.
When you select Temperature mode you have to select wire type (Ni, Ti, or SS), then set your wattage, then set the TCR. Above 100 watts, the Bat adjusts in 1.0-watt increments. Below 100 watts, it has 0.1-watt increments. When you hit the maximum or minimum, it round robins back to the opposite end of the settings. The Bat is very straightforward and simple to use.
The Geekvape Blade mod is the latest from a brand that has released some great products as of late. This young brand has been making waves and innovating with every single release, building a huge base of vape fans along the way, fans like me who eagerly await the announcement of every new bit of gear they release.
From the indestructible Aegis mod, to the wildly popular Ammit RTA, the Zeus RTA and the new, out of this world original Loop RDA which I cannot wait to get my grubby paws on. Geekvape doesn’t only produce winners in the performance field, their gear is uber sexy looking too, with sleek lines, great balance and top quality finishes.
The subject of today’s review is a symphony of hard hitting dual 21700 performance and trippy, eyecatching looks: it’s the GeekVape Blade 235W kit, complete with the smooth hitting Aero Tank and Blade Mod…let’s take a closer look.
Supports dual 18650 (with adaptor), 20700s or 21700s
Resistance: 0.05-0.3 Ohm
Wattage: 5 -235 Ohm
Modes: Power/TC/TCR/VPC and Bypass
0.015S Fire speed
Dimensions: 25 x 45mm
4 ml Capacity
IM1 Coil, 0.4 Ohm (40-60W)
IM4 Coil. 0.15 Ohm (60-80W)
Bottom adjustable airflow
Build Quality & Design
On opening the high quality black and orange, GeekVape box packaging, well…I almost cried, so beautiful was my one-of-a-kind StarryNight mod…the mod is also available in Crytal Sand, Black and a very cool pink and purple cartoon colour, lovingly named “Poppy”.
Of course, the names of this collection are somewhat reminiscent of Van Gogh paintings, we’ll leave that there.
What I love about the Starry Night is that every one printed is different, with unique rainbow swirls that bring to mind distant galaxies, carpets in Vegas and just about anything that might have killed our braincells back in the 90’s…or 2000’s for that matter.
The mod is by no means small, it is, however…extremely light weight, made with aircraft grade PPS, an organic polymer that’s battle tested and stands up like a champion to all kinds of heat and chemical bombardments…in other words, this Geekvape Blade ought to be a durable bugger!
From the top, where a deep, springy 510 connect sits in a disk like SS, tank seating…the Blade is the shape of a somewhat squat shield, 6 sided, with the bottom of the shield being the top of the side that is home to the fire button, screen, adjustment buttons and micro USB port, all in a line, in that order from top to bottom and all on a shiny black, plastic panel.. with top and bottom shaped into points so that the panel is also 6 sided.
The fire button, round and featuring that concentric ring texturing that we all love so much, is surrounded by an LED ring, which will light up slime GREEN around the button when clicked…and it is clicky.
The adjustment buttons, which are just below the 1 inch OLED screen, are hexagonal and have a clear + and – marked on them.
The base has very light silver print branding on it.
The mod is entirely unadorned, except of course for the magnificent print finish, which feels like the softest velvet and brings tears to your easily pleased eyes.
The top three sides of that shield extend to form the battery cover, which sits inside your palm and is easy to remove with the help of near invisible tabs halfway down the mods length, on either side the door.
The top third of the door has six elongated holes in it, backed with metal, with holes drilled in so that every elongated hole has three holes visible inside it, so there are, essentially 18 small battery ventilation holes.
Inside the battery chamber, which takes dual cells, you’ll find the plastic 18650 adaptor already fitted, take it out and you’ll see the where dual 21700s or 20700s can fit nice and snug.
The mod is beautifully ergonomic, if a little on the wide side, in order to make space for those large 21700 cells, side by side. It does, on the bright side, take even the chunkiest 25mm tank with ease.
Geekvape Aero Tank
The Aero tank is black and quite beautiful too, very sleek and minimalist, with no knurling on the bottom airflow adjustment ring…where two massive 15mm slots give this tank its breezy name. They are easy to adjust even without knurling so some good machining from GeekVape, as per usual.
Knurling on the tapered top cap gives away the top fill system, just one small twist to the left and the cap pops off, revealing two huge fill slots. The cap replaces just as easily.
The thick cast, black delrin 810 drip tip sits on a 2mm raised ring, for comfort and heat protection and I had no trouble fitting my other 810 tips, those without 0-rings.
The stainless steel tank breaks down with absolute ease and is excellently machined.
How Does The GeekVape Blade Perform?
The Geekvape Blade mod is not only a looker, it performs like a champion too. I used it with a few of my heavy-loaded RTA’s to test the upper wattage arena and was impressed by the heat distribution and the coolness of this PPS material, even when the mod was being drilled to the max.
With the help of a user manual that’s been printed with rare finesse, I was able to navigate my modes with ease, try out the VPC (variable power curve) mode and navigate the menu system with little confusion.
I found the Temp Control for Ni and SS to be effective and easy to master, as with the VPC mode, which I always like to fiddle with.
I found the compatibility of the mod to be a huge plus, where battery types are concerned. The fact that you can pop in your 20700s when your 21700s go flat, and your 18650s after that, made for some protracted and very enjoyable vaping on this psychedelic setup.
I really like the fire button, for texture, click and effectiveness and while there’s nothing groundbreaking or different in this mod’s full length list of features, the fact that all features work a charm, the ramp is ultra-fast and the mod insanely gorgeous and rugged at the same time, well…these things are enough to make me a happy reviewer.
I really LOVED the Geekvape Aero tank for the first week, until one of the included coils revealed its low lifespan. The tank has such a smooth airflow, is so easy to open and fill and really, I felt the smoothness of the airflow, even when very restricted, the smooth sound and feel, to be very agreeable.
Flavour was excellent, as was cloud but I’ll cover that in more detail in the coils section.
My first taste on the installed IM1 coil, even at a conservative 40W was mmmmhhmmmm, freaking delicious. Both coils deliver exceptional flavour and only slightly less exceptional vapour within their given ranges but sadly I found the lifespan of the IM4 coil, the higher wattage coil, to be less than satisfactory, which is a pity.
To be fair though, I would buy these coils again, in spite of the 10 day lifespan, because I know I gave them a run for their money and the flavour was just so excellent!
I later noticed that the IM4 is Ni80, where as the IM1 is Kanthal, so maybe a Kanthal IM4 would have been a better idea, since Ni80 tends to have a slightly diminished lifespan.
While using the IM1- my sweet spot sat around 50W, a rich and flavourful vape with the excellent airflow system on the AERO.
For the IM4, I vaped at a constant 75W…also profound flavour and vapour until, after just more than a week, I started to taste a burn. I intend to give these a thorough rinse and dry, as that often takes care of the burn taste, who knows, maybe I’ll enjoy another week on this IM4 yet.
How To Operate the Menu System
5 Clicks on or off
3 Clicks to access mode system
+/- To scroll
Hold fire to select
Press and hold fire and + or – to adjust brightness
How To Replace The batteries
Pop off the battery cover
If using 18650s be sure to use the adaptor
Insert batteries according to the mnarkers in the chamber
The green LED on that fire button, and the screen, which is fairly simple, take very little power and I found the battery life to be excellent for 18650s, 20700s and 21700s.
On a high wattage use, say 80-140W, intermittent, dual 2500’s ran for 7 hours, my 3000mAh 20700s, approximately 1.5 hours more and 4000mAh 21700s, just over 2.5 hours more than that. Not too shabby!
Even with mobile phones and laptops being omnipresent today, wall-mounted clocks have a lot of takers. These have not still lost their charm and are liked by people as an item of necessity. There are even automatic wall clocks that are electronic in operations and run on battery power. Find out about the different types of modern wall clock that you can consider choosing from.
Such types of clocks are designed in keeping with a specific theme. These can be in animal shapes, such as those of butterflies, lions or bears. You can also find them in Steering Wheel shapes or Food shapes, as well as Sport theme clocks that can help you to show your love for the sports teams of your choice. It is possible to find wall clocks in historic themes, such as those inspired by the popular Victoria station or Paddington themes. You may also find wall clocks with a children theme, such as teaching dial wall clocks. No matter what the theme is, it is fun as well as amusing to collect such clocks and use them in your home or give as gifts to a loved one.
Ornamental / Decorative Wall Clocks
These are stylish in form, and appeal to people who are design conscious in nature and are concerned with the practicality of such clocks as well. You can find modern wall clock in many varieties. These are not limited only to glass case wall clocks having an elegant cut and coming with gold rotating pendulum, glass pendulum etc and the ability to also work as calendars. Such types of clocks should not be ignored during home decoration.
Spiritual / religious wall clocks
Wall clocks of this variety generally have inspirational poems or quotes in the backdrop, wonderful images of religious figures, small quartz elements and more. The most famous modern wall clock models have Roman or Arabic numerals. These can have religious motifs or common spiritual symbols such as stars, cross or doves.
These come in simple, minimalistic designs and shapes, which can be ideal for homes with basic decor items and furniture. Despite having simple designs, these clocks can look fetching and add to the overall aesthetics of your home space. It is possible to get this type of modern wall clock in classy as well as contemporary themes. Choose one that runs on batteries, so that you do not have to waste time in winding the clock again and again.
Commercial wall clocks
Such clocks are designed and created particularly for practical usage, and come with strong and robust features – such as 24 hours display, metal case and more. These are mainly ideal for professional or office spaces. You can find many Commercial wall clocks, known better as ‘Corporate wall clocks’ in many countries, and usually have a steel or expensive exotic wood finish. Designers across the globe are experimenting with unconventional materials and new ideas, in order to create modern wall clock in sleek corporate designs.
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To prevent repetition on aesthetics – the CoilArt Mage RTA V2 is identical to the stock coil version in look and build – please check out my previous review here.As stated there, I’m a fan of the appearance and there’s no reason to say differently here, other than to comment that the V2 also comes in gun-metal grey. I think this colour slightly edges the black in terms of my preference but that’s entirely subjective.
Disclaimer: I received the CoilArt Mage RTA V2 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are based on my own experience.
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Let’s just dive straight in; the Mage V2 comes neatly packaged and includes;
1 x Coilart Mage RTA V2
1 x extra Bubble glass
1 x bag of spare parts
User manual & Warranty
Quality Certificate Card
Specs and features
Diameter: 24 mm
Capacity with rubber seal removed: 3.5ml
Capacity with bubble glass: 5.5ml
Drip Tip: 810 & a 510 drip tip adaptor
24K gold plated stainless steel postless deck for dual or single coil build
29 x 1mm diameter honey comb airholes
Adjustable bottom airflow – triple slots
Unscrew top fill
Threading: gold-plated non-adjustable 510 pin
Available colors: black golden | black red | black rosegolden |gun metal | golden | SS
Design and Build Quality
For all the reasons I liked the Mage subtank – the design, knurling, airflow and ease of refilling – I equally like the Mage RTA V2. There’s nothing further to add, it looks great and feels high quality.
I’m going to focus this review on the deck. It’s very similar in style to the Vandy Vape Kylin Mini with that honeycomb airflow. The Kylin was extremely easy to build on, so I had high hopes, but I was left very disappointed.
Personally, I found the Mage RTA V2 to be a bit of a nightmare. Everything about it is fiddly, from trying to fit two coils in without them touching, to the poor-quality grub screws that stripped on the slightest impact and the difficulty in getting the coil legs to connect to the screws and stay in place. This tank is not for the faint-hearted, it requires patience, skill and time.
Perhaps if you’re a seasoned builder this tank doesn’t present the list of challengers that it will for others but I struggled with it immensely.
Let me break-down why:
The post screws hit the coil the wrong way. If you have a flat coil the screw pushes up against it and bends the coil all out of shape. This impacts on positioning. You get the coil in place but the stress that the screws put on the coil legs means that the coil will twist.
It’s extremely difficult to clamp down the coils correctly and even harder getting a second coil in the right position and preventing it from hitting the first.
On the CoilArt website it looks easy.
The reality is different!
There’s very little space for two coils, meaning you need the exact right number of wraps, and for the coils to be small in diameter. If you make your own coils maybe this is less of an issue, but if you buy pre-made coils you’ll have to be very particular about what you get.
Trying to get the coils in place and sit straight without touching anything is very difficult. These coils were only 2.5mm in diameter.
If you nail the build stage exactly right this is a great vape. The vapour production is insane and the flavour superb. The way the airflow hits the coils is perfect and the design of the chimney means the overall result is an incredibly smooth and flavourful warm vape.
I didn’t experience any leaking and refilling was a breeze. It’s a standout RTA and gives better flavour than others I’ve tried.
Easy to unscrew topfill due to grippy knurling
Large juice holes
Good eliquid capacity
Looks good and nice build quality
Bubble glass to increase capacity provided
Tricky to build – do not underestimate just how tricky!
Recommend for advanced builders only
This is a great looking tank at an affordable price but I really can’t recommend it to anyone who doesn’t have the time, patience, and tools to get it up and running. This tank boils down to one question, is it worth the effort?
For you it might well be, for me it most certainly isn’t. Yes it edges on flavour but not enough for the sheer amount of frustration that goes into installing the coils and this is all down to the screw placement. Had CoilArt taken a leaf out of the Vandy Vape Kylin Mini and designed the screws to come in from the ends rather than the sides it would have made coiling the tank so much easier and, as a result, this would have been a knock-out winner.