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Eleaf iStick from Canvape

The Eleaf iStick isn't a stick, it's a small (or stealth) box mod. And, it's quite the advanced personal vaporizer. It is a powerful performer in a small form factor. Once I held the iStick and weighed it, it became apparent this is the shape of things to come.

Features:

    2200mAh Li-Ion Battery
    VV/VW – 4.7 to 20 watts and 3.0 to 5.5 volts
    OLED display
    510 Threaded
    Power on/off: Press the button five times to power on and off.
    10-sec Protection: Maximum of 10 seconds per drag.
    Atomizer Short-Circuit Protection: If atomizer short-circuits, the OLED screen show “Atomizer Short”.
    Low-Voltage Protection: Once the battery is below 3.3 volts the OLED screen will show “Lock” – time to recharge.
    Unlock the Low-voltage Protection: The iStick begins working again once it reaches 3.65V.
    Low power Alert: If the battery’s power is lower than 10%, the power symbol on the screen will flash.
    Atomizers from 1 ohm to 3 ohms
    Accurate Metering
    Pass-Thru charging (vape while you charge)

The iStick is available in four colors: Black, Silver, Red (they call it red, but it is pink), and Blue. The OLED display is bright, easy to read, and shows the voltage, wattage, battery charge, and atomizer resistance in blue OLED. The plus and minus adjustment buttons and a very nice size firing button are on the same side of the display.

The buttons are slightly raised and easy to find, even in the dark. Using the iStick is quite familiar and function pretty much the same way that an eGo battery does. This is a perfect upgrade coming from eGo or EVOD style batteries. The power on/off functionality is identical: five clicks to power on and five clicks to power off.

The iStick supports both variable voltage and variable wattage. It is simple to choose: click the fire button three times rapidly and you alternate between variable voltage and variable wattage. The plus/minus buttons will act on whatever choice you have made.

Adjusting variable voltage or variable wattage works a bit different than many other variable devices. With others, it's either a 0.1 adjustment or 0.5. With the iStick, increments can be 0.1, 0.2 or 0.5 (volts or watts). If you press the adjustment buttons just once, you get 0.1 increment adjustment. If you press and hold it down, and release, the increments are 0.1 but it automatically increases. Press quickly one more time and it changes to 0.2 increments. Press quickly a third time and it changes to 0.5 increments. A nice way to implement this. When you are in auto increments, press the opposing adjustment and it stops.

I personally prefer box mox. When I was using eGo and EVOD batteries, the height when combined with a clearomizer was towering and became quite conspicuous. I don't like conspicuous. Many of the early box mods I tried out were quite heavy. They were made solid, many of out billet aluminum or stainless steel. While they were in a size range I found comfortable, the weight got to be a bit much. The Eleaf iStick is an ideal size.

It has one feature that I particularly like and expect most will too. Many clearomizers are available with either a 510 thread or an eGo thread. 510 threaded clearomizers are more common and abundant. The Eleaf iStick has a 510 connector ... but many still have eGo threaded clearomizers too. You can buy the Eleaf iStick in two configurations: one is the battery by itself, the second is with an adapter to accommodate eGo clearomizers. Both include a USB charge cable. I received the version with the eGo adapter. The extra cost makes this worthwhile ...

The iStick is smaller than other box mods – that alone make it appealing. The iStick fits easily in the palm of the hand, providing a long-lasting stealth mod loaded with features. As a main vape, it's quite good. I have a variety of vape devices and the iStick will be with me all the time. It's small enough to slip into a coat pocket and have handy.

The OLED display shows remaining battery capacity in a visual representation, coil ohm resistance (and it's accurate), voltage output, and a larger numeric display for either volts or wattage (as you selected).

So, what's the verdict. Is it worth it? In my testing, the iStick provided accurate metering and a consistently good vape. If you want a small pocket-sized mod and the latest features with safety precautions, you can’t go wrong with with the Eleaf iStick. Your decision will likely be the size and color of the iStick. There are many other box mods that offer variable voltage and variable wattage, Only the eLeaf iStick offers all that – plus a 2200 mAh battery. 2200 mAh should get you approximately 18 to 22 hours of use before needing a recharge.

Note: I detest specifications from manufacturers that do not include limitations built into the device. The Eleaf iStick specifications state that the range of voltage is 3.0 to 5.5 volts and the range of wattage is 4.7 to 20 watts. I noticed when using a clearomizer with a 2.0 ohm coil that I could not increase the wattage past 15.1 watts and when using a 1.9 ohm coil could not increase the wattage past 15.9 watts. Be aware that the variable ranges will vary depending on the coil resistance. I suspect the same holds at the low end of the resistance scale. (This tends to indicate that battery is not high-drain). Here's a rough range of wattages:

  • 1.0 ohm coils: 18 to 20 watts (3.0 to 4.1 volts)
  • 1.1 ohm coils: 16 to 20 watts (3.2 to 4.1 volts)
  • 1.2 ohm cols: 15 to 20 watts (3.1 to 4.1 volts)
  • 1.3 ohm coils: 14 to 20 watts (3.0 to 4.1 volts)
  • 1.4 ohm coils: 13 to 20 watts (3.0 to 4.1 volts)
  • 1.5 ohm coils: 12 to 20 watts (3.0 to 4.1 volts)
  • 1.6 ohm coils: 11 to 18 watts (3.1 to 4.1 volts)
  • 1.7 ohm coils: 11 to 17 watts (3.2 to 4.1 volts)
  • 1.8 ohm coils: 10 to 16 watts (3.0 to 4.1 volts)
  • 1.9 ohm coils: 10 to 15 watts (3.1 to 4.1 volts)
  • 2.0 ohm coils: 9 to 15 watts (3.2 to 4.0 volts)
  • 2.1 ohm coils: 9 to 14 watts (3.2 to 4.1 volts)
  • 2.2 ohm coils: 8 to 13 watts (3.3 to 3.9 volts)
  • 2.3 ohm coils: 8 to 13 watts (3.0 to 4.0 volts)
  • 2.4 ohm coils: 8 to 12 watts (3.1 to 4.1 volts)
  • 2.5 ohm coils: 8 to 12 watts (3.2 to 4.2 volts)
  • 2.6 ohm coils: 7 to 11 watts (3.2 to 4.0 volts)
  • 2.7 ohm coils: 7 to 11 watts (3.3 to 4.0 volts)
  • 2.8 ohm coils: 7 to 10 watts (3.4 to 4.1 volts)
  • 2.9 ohm coils: 7 to 10 watts (3.4 to 4.2 volts)
  • 3.0 ohm coils: 6 to 10 watts (3.0 to 3.9 volts)

Comments

  • Posted by Teresa T on January 12, 2015, 4:32 pm

    Tell y'all what - I depend on my little eLeaf daily...it outperforms batteries I have paid twice as much for @ half the size and I love the fact it tells me the ohm of the coil that is on it. I have tested it against my little tester and its spot on. Smooth, rich, great flavor and cloud production from this little mod. My aspire sub Ohm doesnt touch it.

  • Posted by Eduard Radakovics on January 11, 2015, 10:59 am

    And in all your tests you didn't checked that the Wattage and Voltage you select are not correct?

    Its working in MEAN - mode and not in RMS as it should!

    ANDY>> They are correct. What you mean is as YOU think it should be. The manufacturer has decided to use "mean" mode instead of RMS and that's the way it should be ... it's their decision on how to build their own device based on what they believe the market wants and the price they want to charge. If we, as buyers, don't like it -- don't buy it. That being said, the iStick can deliver a harsh vape and I really don't think that has anything to do with "mean" vs RMS. That has more to do with poor pulse mode modulation to get the battery to last longer.

  • Posted by Linda Erickson on October 17, 2014, 11:08 pm

    It's a wolf, in sheep's clothing! Oh, and it's cute.

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