Eleaf iStick 50W from Canvape
Highly anticipated and finally here. We were pleased to receive this unit from Canvape.
Eleaf defined a new category with the release of the original iStick. The picture at the right shows the three versions available starting with the original on the left (the iStick), and the iStick 30W in the center. The 30W added stainless steel 510 connector threads and floating pin connector with the obvious 30 watt power output. And at the far right is the brand new iStick 50W, a 50 watt powerhouse with an incredible 4400 mAh battery.
The 50W has the stainless steel threaded connector with the spring-loaded pin. The fire button is rectangular and quite easy to find, even in the dark. The voltage/wattage increment buttons are near the top and conveniently placed for quick adjustments with slight movement of the device. The iStick 50W adds an entirely new level of features in this device size and price range.
The iStick 50W is available in the same colors as the rest of the iStick family. That is Black, Silver, Blue, and Red ... quite frankly, Eleaf should change that last one to Pink (it's not red, it's PINK!)
The unit we received for testing and review is the silver, as shown second from the right.
The top has two generous indentations at the 510 connector for those clearomizers that have airflow through the 510 connector. There are fewer and fewer of those available ... and the iStick 50W is optimized for the newer style tanks. The iStick 50W depth is 23 mm – perfect for even the larger size sub-ohm tanks available today. Plus, it handled sub-ohm coils as low in resistance as 0.2 ohms and regular high resistance as high as 5.0 ohms.
Eleaf has even designed the iStick 50W for a feature requested by many users – a micro USB port on the side of the unit. Users have been pointing out for quite some time that devices with USB charge ports at the bottom have to be laid down to recharge ... if using RBA dripper atomizers or genesis style RTA atomizers, the liquid will leak out. It takes some fiddling to recharge when using these types of tanks. Thanks Eleaf for addressing a concern many of us had prior to the iStick 50W.
You can see the micro USB charge port in the picture at the left ... and you can also see the fire button. That is a realistic image and shows the fire button protruding by a bit more than 1 mm – it's perfect and easy to find.
The Eleaf iStick not only defined a new category of personal vaporizers, it is quickly capturing the bulk of the market and replacing eGo and EVOD style batteries. The Eleaf iStick family of devices range from 1050 mAh to 4400 mAh ... all of these well within the range of all day vaping. These are at a size and form factor that fit the "stealth" style that many vapers are looking for, all fitting well within the hand with very little other than the clearomizer visible.
The Eleaf iStick 50W fits into this same "stealth" form factor. It's convenient, it's light, it's easy to hold.
In practical use, it far exceeds the iStick 20W and 30W ... the iStick 50W is DC (direct current). Some users of the 20W found the Pulse Mode Modulation (PMM) to be harsh. Eleaf addressed that – in part – by providing the choice between PMM and DC in the 30W. Now with the expanded capacity of the 4400 mAh battery of the iStick 50W, PMM is really not necessary to extend battery life – we get a very nice and smooth vape as a result.
The Eleaf 50W is a practical device at a price that is hard to pass up. The flexibility in the feature set is difficult to match in devices costing almost twice as much. This suits everyone from beginners to advanced vapers – even powerful enough for hobbyist cloud-chuckers.
So, what's the verdict? Is it worth it? Darn straight ... this is the real deal. Features and functionality in a form factor that is comfortable and convenient. Four colors available that pretty much covers the needs of vapers everywhere. With this battery capacity, it's a vape that will last through a full waking day. Charge it overnight and you cover the drive to and from work, plus the entire work day – and every second before you plug it back in to recharge for the next day. About the only possible down side I can think of is an issue common to all fixed battery systems. This has a range of recharge cycles between 300 and 500 times. Once you reach the point where the battery can no longer hold a charge, you'll have to get an entirely new unit (the batteries are not replaceable).