If you’ve been vaping for quite some time, then you probably know something about the famous vaping company E-leaf. Remember the iStick 60W which boasted of a convenient top fill system with great flavor and thick clouds, right? Well, E-leaf is back again with its latest iStick generation, the Pico 75W Starter Kit.
iStick Pico, as the name suggests, is a smaller, innovative, and more compact vape mod that provides an impressive 75W of maximum output. In this review post, we’re going to take you all that you need to know about this vaping device, and why it’s worth every penny, you’ll pay. Read on!
The New iStick Pico 75W Features
Here’re some of the features that should endear you to this sleek, powerful vape mode:
First forward, this product gets a straight A+ when it comes to design and size. Not only is this gadget easy to carry around thanks to its small size, but this it’s also amazing to look at. If you get to lay your hands on the white version, you’ll be amazed by its brushed metal top as well as the bottom frames, especially after fitting in the stainless-steel tank.
Quality Sub-Ohm Tank
iStick Pico comes with the 2ml Melo III 304 stainless steel vape tank measuring 22mm in diameter and 55mm in length. However, unlike other E-leaf mods such as Melo Line, the iStick Pico comes with two full-sized factory coil heads – EC 0.3 ohm head and EC 0.5 ohm head. The atomizer heads are cross-compatible using the Aspire Atlantis style endorsed by most sub-ohm tanks. This style is known to produce incredibly flavorful hits with thick clouds.
Let’s not forget that this unit also gives you an option for temperature control if you’re using compatible coils. This feature allows the user to set a specific temperature to vape at, thereby avoiding unwanted scenarios such as dry hits which may lead to burnt wicks and nasty tasting draw. However, even without temperature control, the iStick Pico can still produce extremely smooth and tasty vapor.
One of the reasons why you should definitely buy this new iStick product is because of its reduced size. At 70.5mm x 45mm x 23mm, the Pico is undoubtedly one of the smallest mods out there. So in terms of portability, this unit has you covered. But it doesn’t stop there – the Pico also comes with a slightly taller and interchangeable 18650 battery with an extension cap. This makes it easy for those on the go to change the cells seamlessly by simply removing the battery cap.
Unique Button Design
The unique placement of buttons is also another exciting feature of the Pico. The curved “fire button” sits right above the micro-USB charging port and the reasonably large LCD. Additionally, you’ll also get “+” and “-” buttons at the bottom of your device since this mod boasts of a temperature control system.
The Large and Clear LCD Display
Unless you have vision problems, seeing the information displayed on the large LCD screen is easy. When on standby mode, the LCD screen displays your set temperature or the wattage in large fonts, as well as the voltage and resistance in smaller characters. And if you press “fire button,” puff timer is displayed.
The Pico is the first upgradeable iStick firmware device. This feature allows the device to be updated by seamlessly connecting it to a computer via the USB charging port. Therefore, if iStick releases an upgrade – let’s say from the current 75w to 100W. Or they’d like to update the temperature control (TC) system, you can rest assured that you’ll not be left behind. All you have to do is to ensure that the correct USB cable is packaged along with the kit since not all of them can transfer data.
Plenty of Shortcuts
The Pico has a complex enough menu for such a small, basic-looking device. But as they put it, looks are deceiving. Why do we say this? There’s a bunch of exciting features to explore by using button combination shortcuts.
For instance, you can browse through the vast array of modes available by simply pressing the “fire button” three times in quick succession. You can then proceed to select your preferred temperature control (stainless steel, nickel, and titanium), wattage, and bypass (mech mode).
Furthermore, you’re offered three memory modes to pick from, with each one of them having its Temperature Coefficient of Resistance/TCR. You can set the TCR by pressing the “fire button” five times successively, and then press the +’ button and the fire button together for at least five seconds.
The LCD screen will then display “M1” along with other numeric values that can be changed using the +’ and – buttons to suit your preferred wire’s resistance coefficient. You can repeat the same procedure on both the M2 and M3. In short, this advanced feature just shows you how powerful this device is.
However, don’t be fooled by those complex procedures thinking that this mod is challenging to operate. There are other more straightforward features to play with such as pressing both the + and – buttons while the mode is turned off, to flip the LCD screen or to lock the device while in the pocket. You can press the same buttons again to unlock the device.
To put the device in stealth mode or turn off the screen, press the “fire button” at the same time with the “-” button. Just make sure the equipment is off as you do this. You can also view your battery voltage by simply pressing the device’s “fire button” with the “+” button while the unit is off. To make it even better, the mode comes with six different languages. All in all, there are lots of shortcuts to play with.
The iStick Pico boasts of a state-of-the-art temperature control system for a mid-priced chip. This is probably a similar proprietary chip to the one used by Joyetech in the Centurion, RX200, and Stout. The chip offers fixed settings for titanium, stainless steel wire, and nickel, adjustable temperature and wattage, and three user-programmable custom TCR settings. Besides, the temperature limiting on iStick Pico chip isn’t as complicated or sophisticated as those on high-end chips such as Yihi and Evolv. However, it makes up on that by being user-friendly and accurate enough.
So, does the TC system really work? Well, dry burn tests suggest so. To eliminate any doubts, try vaping at a temperature setting of between 400 and 500 degrees, and you’ll only notice light-brown marks on the wick. Now if you have some experience with TC, this performance is good enough to get you going. And yes, you can expect some firmware upgrade in case of any TC problems.
Easy to Use
Using this E-leaf unit is relatively straight forward. After purchasing the unit, the first thing to do is to install a new coil. To do this, you have to unscrew the tank’s bottom and then screw in the atomizer of your choice. After completing this procedure, proceed to screw back the vape tank’s bottom onto the unit. And you’re now ready to fill in your e-juice.
Speaking of filling your e-juice, the Melo III Mini 2ml top fill tank makes the whole process a whole lot easier. Start by unscrewing the top-most part of the tank to open the filling chamber and then proceed to load in your favorite e-juice. Once you’ve filled your tank to the recommended level, screw back the lid, and you’re now ready to enjoy your flavor.
In addition to that, controlling this device is also quite simple. As we had mentioned earlier, you can use the “+” or “-” buttons to adjust your wattage, which is usually pre-set when you make a purchase. Also, you can easily upgrade your firmware by connecting the provided USB cable to a computer. This is the surest way of ensuring your device is operating using the latest E-leaf firmware. In short, this unit is super-easy to use once you learn its quirks.
NOTE: Updating your unit will unlock the “Smart Mode” feature which comes in handy for those who like using multiple tanks. This feature remembers your set wattage for specific atomizer coil resistance. For instance, your mod can automatically switch between 1.2 ohm atomizer coil at 15W and 5 ohm at 30W whenever you decide to switch the two tanks. So, make sure you use this unique feature wisely.
Pros and Cons
- Easy to use a vape mod
- Great performance from such a small package
- Upgradeable firmware
- Great design – practical, compact, and outstanding (PICO)
- Accurate TC system
Of course, anything good must also have its downsides. With that in mind, here the few things that certainly need a bit of improvement:
- Extended battery cap
- + and – buttons are at the bottom
- Mere 2ml capacity means frequent refills
If you’re still shopping around for a portable, powerful mod vaporizer capable of exciting all the big boys out there, iStick Pico should undoubtedly be your go-to option. This device combines its sleek and compact looks with its amazing vapor output capabilities. In fact, we’re even short of right words to describe this vape. However, words only are not enough. This is the main reason why you should get one for yourself and enjoy the tremendous vaping experience.