Pen kit with a great tank
SMOK Stick X8 is one of the best vape pens we tested in 2017. It delivers amazing clouds and flavor and the battery packs enough power to last you a full day. If you also consider the affordable price tag, it’s definitely a best buy in this category.
The SMOK Stick X8 is like a breath of fresh air in an industry flooded with vape pens. This high power device is specifically designed for clouds and the new X-Baby sub ohm tank is a great improvement over its predecessor. Packed with a 3000mAh battery this bad boy is bound to give you an incredible vaping experience and no matter where you go.
WHAT YOU GET INSIDE THE BOX
Available in six different color the SMOK Stick X8 comes packed in a volcano themed cardboard presentation box. Inside you will find the battery, the X-Baby tank with an M2 0.25 Ohm coil already fitted, a spare X4 0.13 Ohm coil, a micro-USB charging cable, a bag of spares, a vape band and the user manual.
DESIGN AND MAIN FEATURES
With a height of 85mm and a diameter of 24.5mm the battery is very portable. It’s powered by an internal 3000mAh cell and it gets fully charged in less than 4h. With a single button to operate the SMOK Stick X8 is very easy to use and it’s intended mainly for beginners looking to sub ohm. An LED indicator light surrounding the fire button will also tell you when it’s time to recharge the battery or when there’s a problem with the atomizer.
Power output depends on the coil you’re using and it ranges between 30W – 45W. That’s more than enough for big flavorful clouds and it also ensures the battery will last you a full day. As always, battery life tends to get better depending on the resistance of the coil you’re using. For instance we noticed more than 1h extra when using the 0.25 Ohm coil, as opposed to the 0.13 Ohm version.
The spring loaded 510 connector is plated with 24K gold and the battery also comes with several safety features such as low resistance protection, short circuit protection and low voltage protection.
THE ALL NEW X-BABY TANK
The X-Baby tank you get with the SMOK Stick X8 kit is a big improvement over the V8 Baby and it has top airflow and top fill. Total capacity if 4.0ml and it comes with a wide bore Delrin mouthpiece measuring 8.5mm. This prevents your lips from getting hot and it feels very comfortable. SMOK has even included a spare fill gasket as well as spare O-rings for the tank but no extra glass tube.
The 0.25 Ohm coil gives good flavor and a cooler vape, while the 0.13 Ohm coil is intended for max clouds. We didn’t notice any flooding or dry hits and we mostly used high VG juices during our tests. We do recommend the 0.25 Ohm coils for first timers though.
PERFORMANCE AND FINAL WORDS
In terms of performance the SMOK Stick X8 is one of the best vape pens we tested in 2017. It delivers amazing clouds and flavor and the battery packs enough power to last you a full day. If you also consider the affordable price tag, it’s definitely a best buy in this category.
Designed to be small, sleek yet immensely powerful thanks to its max output of 220 watts, the H-PRIV is a new kit from SMOK featuring the SMOK H-PRIV 220W TC box mod and the SMOK Micro TFV4, a smaller version of the outstanding TFV4 that was first found as part of the SMOK Micro One Kit.
It has been built to fit ergonomically in hand, with a large red trigger style fire button at the side that is easy to locate and operate. A clear OLED screen is located at the top of the unit, and a magnetic battery door cover is used, combined with a solid zinc alloy construction to make for a small, robust and very powerful unit. Let’s see how the H-PRIV stacks up…
SMOK H-PRIV 220w TC:
91mm x 55mm x 25mm dimensions
6w-220w wattage range
Resistance range 0.1ohm-3.0ohm (wattage mode)
Resistance range 0.06ohm-3ohm (temperature control mode)
The SMOK H-PRIV Kit consists of the SMOK H-PRIV 220W TC box mod, and the SMOK Micro TFV4 sub ohm tank. That’s not all that is included in the kit however, as the kit is full of extras!
Alongside the SMOK H-PRIV 220w TC and the Micro TFV4 you also get a 0.3ohm Micro Fused Clapton core (pre installed with the Micro TFV4), a 0.25ohm Micro Stainless Steel Dual Core, a replacement XL glass tank section, tank extension adaptor, micro USB cable, user manual and finally a SMOK vape band. There’s an awesome amount of kit there, and easily enough to get you started off. You will however need to ensure you have two paired 18650 batteries that have a minimum continuous discharge rating of 25A.
The SMOK H-PRIV 220w TC is the latest box mod from SMOK, following on from the X Cube series. Design wise, it does bear a resemblance to the X Cube, but it is smaller and features a large trigger style fire button, with thankfully no gimmicky LED this time around! It’s the perfect size to fit in your hand, and it has a clear OLED screen at the top of the unit along with the up and down buttons, and the spring loaded 510 connector. There is a new sliding magnetic battery cover found at the bottom of the unit, with 24K gold plated contacts, and this works like a dream.
Looks wise, I think it’s a big improvement on the bulky and unwieldy SMOK X Cube. The finish is far more attractive, and it’s also a more ergonomic device too, whilst being relatively light and very well made.
The OLED screen at the top of the unit features information such as current power output, battery level, resistance, puffs, voltage output and the current power boost setting. The power boost setting is a cool little feature that allows you to customize the ramp up time of your coil slightly, from soft, normal, hard, minimum and maximum. One odd thing I did find was a slight, but noticeable delay when pushing the power button to firing itself, even with the power boost setting at maximum!
There are tons of features present within the mod, accessible and adjustable through the deep menu system, which although feature rich can be a little confusing to use at first. You need to press the power button three times quickly then wait five seconds above the option you wish to select. You are presented with four options initially, mode enables you to switch between wattage, temperature control and memory mode followed by puffs which enables you to set a puff limit if you wish. You can also switch quickly between TC and VW by pressing power and up simultaneously, and holding down both up and down locks the device. The settings menu allows a huge wealth of customization, right down to setting the individual TCR for your preferred temperature control wire if you so wish. Finally, the final option is power which allows you to turn the mod on and off.
As with the name, you have 220W at your disposal, and a fully functional TC mode supporting the most popular wires such as Ni200, Titanium and Stainless Steel. A user customizable TCR is present to input the TCR of specific wires, and you can save a massive 16 power presents into the memory of the chip! You are able to fire resistances down to 0.1ohm in wattage mode and 0.06ohm in temperature control.
Safety features are built into the device. Alongside intelligent atomiser recognition, there is also a puff monitoring system, 12 second cut off, short circuit protection, overheating protection and low battery warning.
SMOK Micro TFV4
Included alongside the SMOK H-PRIV 220w TC is the SMOK TFV4 Micro. This is a micro version of the best selling TFV4 tank, manufactured from stainless steel with a Pyrex glass tank section and has a 2.5ml capacity as standard, or 3.5ml when you use the tank extension kit included within the box. You are able to fully strip down the Micro TFV4 for cleaning.
The swivel hinge and fill system that made the TFV4 such an easy tank to fill is present here. Simply slide the top cap open to reveal the filling ports, and it audibly clicks shut when you are done. There’s also a double layered drip tip present that protects against heat.
Airflow is adjusted via a smooth AFC ring at the base of the tank, whereby you can open up or close down four separate airflow holes. For such a small tank there is a ton of airflow present here, this is a very airy tank indeed.
You have two coils included with the Micro TFV4 tank. The Micro CLP2 Coil Core comes pre installed with the tank, and this is a 0.3ohm dual fused Clapton core with a recommended wattage range of 30-60w. Included as a spare in the kit is the Micro STC2 Coil Core, which is a 0.25ohm Stainless Steel dual core with a recommended wattage range of 30-60w. The Micro STC2 Coil Core can also be used in Temperature Control mode with the SMOK H-PRIV 220W TC. Other coils including an RBA coil are available to purchase separately.
I’ve already come across the Micro TFV4 tank, when I reviewed the SMOK Micro One kit, and the Micro TFV4 tank found here is exactly the same and supplied with the same coils. This is a very good little tank, and I prefer to run both the Micro CLP2 coil and Micro STC2 coils at the 50W mark. This gives me a lovely, warm vape with plenty of flavour, and coupled with the large airflow vapour production is outstanding. These micro coils may be small but they have absolutely no issues at all wicking high VG and thick juices, with no hint of a dry hit in sight.
Battery life is very good, however this is also dependent on the batteries that you choose to use, as the H-PRIV 220W TC does not come supplied with batteries. Running the Micro TFV4 with the Micro CLP2 at 50W with paired Sony VTC4’s easily gets me through a full day of heavy use, at higher wattages the battery life is shortened, however it still gives very decent lifespan.
You can even pair the new SMOK TFV8 with the SMOK H-PRIV 220W TC, if you really want to take advantage of the H-PRIV’s high wattage capabilities. As the H-PRIV is able to output up to 220W and fire resistances down to 0.1ohm in wattage mode, it’s perfectly compatible with SMOK’s latest cloud machine.
It’s a small kit, with big performance. The SMOK H-PRIV Kit is able to mix it with the best of them, being able to fire resistances down to 0.1ohm and output up to 220W, but it also offers great battery life too from the dual 18650 batteries, making it an ideal choice to take away on holiday or even to use as your main mod.
Not only is it powerful, it has great temperature control functionality too, which will please TC fans, and it’s a great little unit in hand that looks good and also offers pretty much everything you could need!
New vape pen introductions seem to be limited at the moment, which is a shame for all those vapers who love the ease and convenience of these types of e-cigs. But thankfully SMOK have not given up on these products just yet with the release of the SMOK Stick Prince! Featuring a 3000mAh battery and their new Prince tank this vape pen is nothing short of awesome, producing some of the best clouds we’ve seen and a matching smooth flavor. But is this one of the best vape pens on the market, or should we look elsewhere? We take a look to see.
All vape pens are very similar in design, especially those produced by SMOK, it’s basically just a battery shaft with one button. Everything is automatic, so no setting voltage, wattage, resistance etc. Just fill your tank up and you’re all set to go! SMOK, however, have introduced their new flagship Prince tank to the product set, with a bulb look, and an intelligent led battery indicator, this pen looks slightly different.
The Stick Prince pens, as you would expect come in a variety of colors, and knowing SMOK, they will probably introduce much more over the coming months. Currently, you have the choice of black, red, blue, gold, purple, rainbow, green and of course stainless silver, but don’t expect your local vape shop to hold all the colors, it’s just not practical!
The Prince Tank
The full name is the TFV12 Prince Tank, which is an addition to their popular and top-selling TFV range.
The standard version holds 8ml and measures 63mm tall with a diameter of 28mm, making it a pretty big tank, at least with the amount of e-liquid it holds. This is thanks to the unique convex, bulb shape they have incorporated in the glass.
The EU version, however, had to remove this due to the TPD regulations limiting tanks to holding just 2ml.
The tank is a top fill device, incorporating they’re loved and patented locking system to avoid any accidental spills. The Prince tank is marketed as the baby of the famous Cloud Beast King, one of the best vapor producing tanks on the market.
SMOK have been clever here and basically designed the whole Stick Prince around this tank, meaning you get a beautifully made pen that was just meant to be, as opposed to a battery with a weird looking tank plopped on top!
Now we all know vape pens are not going to perform as well as box mods where you can adjust the wattage as the coil slowly wares away, but for a simple to use e cig this pen is one of the best e-cigarette devices on the market.
With the 3000mAh battery, it pretty much lasts the day for a full-on vaper like us, it also features an intelligent LED light indicator system that informs you of the battery life. One big thing to note though, as you can’t adjust the voltage it’s probably best to stick with the M4 quad coils. Any coil with more would significantly reduce the amount of vapor due to the lack of power the SMOK Prince Stick has.
That aside, the performance is awesome, it just works really well. Beautiful flavor with huge amounts of clouds. Granted it’s not as good as the newer Smok Resa Stick vape pen, but it’s a close competitor!
If you like the look and simplicity of vape pens, then your simply going to love the Smok Stick Prince vape pen, it is one of the best e-cigs to quit smoking with and one that experts and intermediate vapers will also love for the convenience.
With the kit, you get the M4 Quad coils which work really well with the battery. If you want to try other coils bare in mind that the power produced by this pen might not match the same performance levels. Basically, stick with no more than quad coils!
Overall a great easy to use pen producing some of the best-tasting vapor available on the market, a strong recommendation from us!
When it comes to the Espion kit by Joyetech, we have some of their typical packaging here. Open the box and in a foam insert, you will find the mod sitting on top. Pull out the foam insert and underneath all of the paperwork, there will be a separate white Joyetech box with a spare coil as well as a spare parts bag. Next to that white box, there is a nicely sized USB cable.
I have to admit that when I first saw this mod, I thought that it had an extremely generic look to it. I noticed that Joyetech was marketing it as a businessman sort of mod. Once I looked at it in that context, I can understand where they were going with that type of marketing. It does look like something that a guy in a suit would carry. I should know, for 25 years, I was one of those guys in a suit. It’s a good looking mod and it has a very subtle, understated, no nonsense look to it. Let’s load this thing up with some batteries, put some juice in the tank, and see how it actually performs.
The Espion is square in shape with rounded corners. It has a centered 510 that is spring loaded and gold plated. There is no real top plate to the 510 but it does have a bit of a recession going around the 510 itself. There are also four cutouts along the raised portion of the recession that provide some air flow to the bottom of your atomizer. The 510 has a really springy, long throw to it. The Espion mod will hold a 25mm atomizer with no overhang. You can also run a 28 mm atomizer on it but there will be some very slight overhang on the front and the back of the mod. It doesn’t look bad with 28’s but it definitely looks better with 25’s.
With the mod facing you, on the left side of the mod is where the fire button is located. The fire button has some Joyetech branding on it and it is rectangular in shape. The edges of it kind of wrap around the corners of the mod and the corners of the fire button are rounded off. The button is stainless steel and it does look good against a black mod. It is a clicky and tactile fire button with a really fast response time. Overall, it’s a very comfortable fire button that is easy to find and use. It is very comfortable firing this button with your thumb or finger.
The whole mod is made out of metal and it has some sort of straight grooves that go around the whole surface of the mod. The grooves definitely give it a nice texture and a sleek look. There is really no other branding on the mod except for the fire button and the backplate, where there is some Espion branding but it is done in black lettering on a black mod, so it is very subtle. I thought the name of the kit was a little weird, so I did Google it. I found out that the word Espion is actually French for spy.
The battery door is located on the bottom of the mod and it is the push-down, push-out sort of door. There is some texture on the back of the battery door that allows you to get a grip when you are opening it. The door is attached with a hinge system and it is very solid. When you close it, it does give you a satisfying click to let you know that it is shut. On the inside of the battery door, there are positive and negative battery indicator markings as well as A and B markings. On the inside of the battery door, there are two button style, gold-plated, battery contacts. The battery tubes are made out of plastic and on the interior, you will see a plus and minus button done in red and blue. The contacts on the bottom of the tube are spring loaded and gold plated. So far, every battery that I have put into this mod has fit in there nice and snug with no movement at all. There’s also no battery or door rattle.
Front and center on the Joyetech Espion, we have a 1.45-inch TFT color display with the screen lay out in a vertical arrangement. The Espion screen is very bright and you will be able to view it in all lighting conditions, including direct sunlight. On the screen, you will be able to see the time of day, a dual-battery meter, mode, wattage, temperature, volts, resistance, and a puff counter. The background of the screen has the ability to change color. There are four background color choices that include black, gray, green, blue, and brown. I love the fact that you can see the time on the main screen. Every mod should have this feature.
Located below the screen is the select button and the up & down buttons. The select button is square in shape and it is kind of small for a mod of this size. The select button enables you to select menu choices but on the main screen, it doubles as a stealth button. On the main screen, all you do is hit the select button to shut the screen off, and then you hit the select button to turn the screen on again, if you wish. The up and down button is one solid button with each side being very responsive. The button is rectangular in shape and the same width as the select button. The mod does scroll in .1 ohm increments but once it gets going, it does scroll rather fast. All the interface buttons are very tactile with a nice click to them. Below the buttons, there is a USB charge update port. This mod is firmware upgradeable and it does charge at 2 amps.
The Espion comes with a Pro Core X tank and two coils. The X tank is a Pro Core tank and I have used a lot of Pro Core tanks in the past. The top fill actually reminds me a lot of the sense Blazer top cap. It has what I call a toilet seat type of top cap, because when you flip it open, it looks like an open toilet seat. The X has two juice fill ports on either side and a gasket around them. The juice fill ports look like two little curved slots and they will accommodate most juice bottles on the market today.
The drip tip on the Pro Core X has a metal interior but the exterior is made of Delrin. Unfortunately, as with most Pro Core tanks, you cannot use your own drip tip on this tank. I would really like to see Joyetech correct that and find a way to make a Pro Core tank with a removable drip tip. In order to open the tank, you have to locate the drop symbol and push forward. Once you push forward, the top cap will flip open and reveal the juice fill ports.
The Pro Core tank does use Pyrex glass and it has a 4.5 ml capacity. It has a conically designed chimney that screws right into the top of your coil. The bottom of your coil screws into the base and all of this holds the glass in place via the tension created when screwing both ends of the coil into the tank. There is a thick o’ring at the base that will definitely guard against leaks. I have vaped this tank a lot and it does not leak. On the base, we have dual adjustable airflow so whatever you adjust on one side will happen on the other side as well. The action on the AFC is smooth but there are no click positions on it. It does have stoppers on both ends. Threading on the 510 pin is smooth and the 510 pin itself looks to be made out of stainless steel. Overall, it’s a decently machined tank that vapes pretty well.
The kit also comes with a 2 ml glass to make it TPD compliant. I have to be totally honest, I have never used that glass and I really have no need to use it in the future. Whenever I get a kit like this, I automatically install the chimney extension and put the larger glass on. I know that companies have to make things that are TPD compliant for our European brethren but I wish they wouldn’t include us when they make up these kits. I would love to see them make a kit for the Europeans and then one for the rest of the world.
Included in your Espion kit from Joyetech, you will get two coils. One is the Pro C1 .4 ohm atomizer head and the other is the Pro C1S .25 ohm atomizer head. One is for direct lung vaping and the other is for MTL vaping. I really would not call the C1S coil a true MTL coil, it is more of a lower wattage flavor coil. I will go over both of them in detail now.
The first coil I used was the .4 ohm coil. It has a rating of 40 to 80 watts and a best recommended wattage of 55 to 65 watts. That best rating is actually pretty accurate because I really do enjoy running this coil right in the middle at around 60 watts. I get very good flavor from the coil and the cloud production is excellent as well. I normally like to vape right around 80 watts, so this is just a little bit below what I usually enjoy. It is actually a very good coil and you do get excellent flavor and very good cloud production. It will keep up at 80 watts and still maintain good flavor. It’s just a little bit more flavorful at around 60 watts as opposed to 80 watts.
The second coil I tried was the .25 ohm coil. Joyetech has it rated from 25 to 55 watts with a best range of 30 to 40 watts. I did enjoy running this coil on the lower end of the spectrum. I did find that when I pushed this coil past 40 watts, it had a hard time keeping up. The juice would taste slightly burnt above 40 watts and it just was not pleasant in that range. For me, 30 watts is the sweet spot where I did get a very nice, flavorful yet cool vape. Really, not my type of vape but I know there are people out there that enjoy vaping like this. For those that like to be under the 40 watt range, this is a pretty good coil but I would not recommend pushing it past 30 watts.
THE LOOK, FEEL, AND GENERAL AESTHETICS OF THE MOD:
I have to admit, for a 2 battery mod, the Espion has a pretty small form factor, even by today’s standards. When I first received this mod, the look of it was very bland to me but I have to be totally honest and admit that the look of it has really grown on me. For some reason, the more I look at this mod, the more I like the aesthetics of it. The Espion has a comfortable form factor to it and it does feel really good in the hand. It is also very pocketable, especially for a dual 18650 mod. I do like the no-nonsense look of it and it does have a business-like appeal, as far as the looks go. Joyetech has been kind of absent from the dual 18650 market and this is a good looking mod that they have put forth, to compete in a very competitive sub category. If you like that very understated type of look, then you are definitely going to love the Espion.
This is a new proprietary board for Joyetech. I review most of their products and I have never seen this one before. It has a different menu system and a totally different screen to it than anything that I reviewed in the past. The Espion actually has a 4-button interface, which is definitely new for Joyetech. While it is nice to see a fourth button on this mod, I do think the Joyetech could have done a better job of making more use of it. All they really did was add a select button. You still have to click the fire button 3 times in order to get into the main menu. I would have rather have seen them use this as a menu button as opposed to a select button that they decided to go with.
The Espion does have a full temperature control suite that has the ability to TC and Ni, Ti, and SS. It also has a TCR function with three memory slots for your custom wires as well as a preheat function. In TC mode, the mod is capable of firing as low as .05 ohms and in power mode, it will fire as low as .1 ohm. It has a temperature range of 200 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.
THE MENU SYSTEM:
This is a brand new menu system for Joyetech but it is definitely easy to learn.
Click the fire button 5 times to turn the mod on and off.
With the screen on, click the fire button 3 times to enter the main menu screen.
Once in the main menu screen, use the up and down button to scroll through your choices and use the select button to select your choices.
To change your wattage in TC mode, you have to go into the set sub menu and change your wattage there.
My only real complaint about the menu system is that you kind of have to jump through hoops in order to change your wattage in TC mode. I’m sure that can easily be fixed with a firmware update. There should be some sort of shortcut when you are in TC mode that enables you to change your wattage in a much easier manner.
HOW DOES IT VAPE?
I have enjoyed my time with the Espion kit. The one thing you notice right away, when you start using this mod, is that it fires right away. There is virtually no lag time from when you hit the button and the vapor starts coming out of your atomizer. This thing fires really quick. As far as the accuracy goes, I doubt it does the full 200 watts. I’m sure it’s coming close enough at around 175 or 180 watts but it’s definitely not doing the full 200 watts. I did vape it next to my 3 battery DNA and that’s exactly what it felt like, around 175 watts.
As far as the TC goes, Joyetech just continues to frustrate me with their janky TC. The thing that’s so frustrating about it is that sometimes the TC works and sometimes, it doesn’t. This has been an issue with more than one Joyetech mod. This mod seems to do better with a single coil in TC mode. When it works in that mode, with a single coil, the TC is actually really good. For some reason unbeknownst to me, I run into trouble when I run a dual coil tank on this mod in TC mode. No matter what tank I put on, if it has dual coils in it, I am constantly getting kicked out of TC. I just don’t understand that and I don’t know why Joyetech can’t make it a priority to nail down their TC. The shame of it is, when it does work, the TC is actually really good.
WHAT WOULD MAKE IT BETTER:
Enough Already! Fix The TC!
I don’t know any other way to explain this. It’s getting to the point of ridiculousness already. I can’t understand why Joyetech does not make a concerted effort to fix their TC. People want TC, people like TC, if you are not going to do it properly, then why even offer it on your mods. Just make it a power mode only mod and let’s just stop this ridiculous dance already.
When you think about it, it’s really kind of ridiculous that this tank does not have a replaceable drip tip. Nobody wants a drip tip that they can’t replace. What if it’s just not comfortable to me? What am I supposed to do? Just live with it? Even though it is a comfortable drip tip, I want the ability to be able to replace it.
This is a very generic, no-nonsense looking kit. I could actually see how it would appeal to a business person and why Joyetech is marketing it that way. It’s a good looking, business-like mod with clean lines and a good performing tank. I like the screen, I like the fire button, and I like the way it vapes in power mode. The TC unfortunately is a total fail. Joyetech really has to get their act together and start nailing their TC down. If you guys are reading this, please take these comments to heart and do something about the TC because it’s been an ongoing problem for a long time now. Other than that, if you’re not a TC vaper, then you’ll probably enjoy this kit a lot. It has a great form factor and it is definitely on the small side as far as dual 18650 mods go.
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.