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Review of the eleaf istick 30W

If you are an e-cig die-hard, then Eleaf is not an alien brand to you. If it is, then you need to head to your local e-cigarette store and try out one of the brand’s products; most preferably the iStick 30W.

Eleaf is known for its range of great-performance low-end e-cigs, most notably the iStick 20W, iStick mini and Eleaf 50. iStick 30W, the latest installment and the point of focus for this review, is an improvement of the iStick 20W. After receiving several complaints from its esteemed customers about the iStick 20W, Eleaf went back to the drawing board and made appropriate adjustments to the rather defunct iStick 20W (not that it was really that bad), thus it launched the 30W version. And going by the performance of this latest vaping gadget, excellent job was done.


Battery and power

The iStick 30W is a major improvement from the 20W version in terms of power output. The iStick 30W is capable of producing up to 30W of electricity emanating from a 2200mAh battery. Seemingly, this battery is of similar capacity to the one in iStick 20W, but with the higher power output, there are extra goodies that the 30W version enjoys. To start with, this e-cigarette is capable of sub-ohm vaping, between 0.4 ohms to 5.0 ohms. This means that the latest sub-ohm tanks can easily fit and run in this baby, with most of the tanks from major brands being compatible with it.

Furthermore, the voltage and wattage are variable. Voltage can be adjusted from 2V to 8V while wattage can be set from 5W to 30W.

iStick 30W product review

More power might consequently mean shorter battery life. Surprisingly, Eleaf has kept this version’s power consumption at per. If you are continuously sub-ohm vaping at 30watts, using a 5.0 ohm coil, the battery can last you for 4-5 hours(not so short a time considering the amount of vaping you are doing). If you set the device to low wattage and do some on and off vaping, the battery can last you at least two days, on a single charge!


Body build

Eleaf was keen on keeping this e-cigarette less bulky despite adding some one and twos on it. The dimensions still hold, compared to the predecessor, despite some few minor changes (nothing your eye can visibly notice). The iStick 30W will comfortably fit in your palm, allowing you some stealth vaping. What brings in some changes in this e-cigarette, size-wise, is the broader top cap. The reason behind this is? Well, to accommodate bigger sub-ohm tanks, the top cap had to be extended for the 23mm tanks, apart from the common 22mm tanks. So apart from getting a slight expansion at the top, you get rewarded with more versatility in terms of compatible tanks. Still, you can slip this e-cigarette in your pocket and carry it wherever you go.

There are 4 colors available depending on your taste and liking. You can choose from either Blue, Black, Fuchsia or Silver.

Button mapping and screen

An e-cigarette should be simple on the keys, 100% avoiding the complexity of a computer keyboard. iStick 30W adamantly follows this rule and with only three buttons to worry about, using an e-cigarette is as simple as it gets. iStick 30W is a very functional e-cigarette that can be controlled in several ways. Let’s look at the exact button mapping of this device:

  • Switch on/off- to carry out this function, you simply press the fire button five times.
  • Lock buttons- just like phones, e-cigarettes need a button lock (to avoid accidental operations such as power alteration). To lock the buttons, the up and down arrow are held simultaneously.
  • Go through voltage and wattage settings- this is done by the up arrow. It allows you to go through the various wattage and voltage settings.
  • Select voltage or wattage- this is done by hitting the fire button thrice. It allows for selection between voltage and wattage.

An OLED screen has been etched to the side of this e-cigarette; sandwiched between the up-arrow button and the fire button. This screen basically displays the remaining charge level, the wattage, volts and current resistance.

Improved 510 pin and better stainless steel threading

The major headache that made a considerate number of clients to complain about iStick 20W was the poor and unreliable pin and threading. Eleaf has ingeniously applied a spring-loaded 510 connector with better stainless steel threading that ensures all sub-ohm tanks and clearomizers fit tightly and nicely.


Pass-through charging

Once you start vaping, the last thing you want to cut your fun is low charge coupled with prolonged charging hours. iStick 30W is different. The pass-through charging technology allows some of the charge to be used by the battery while some is diverted to allow for uninterrupted vaping. With only two and a half hours to spare before the charge completely tops up, this feature is a great plus since it allows vaping to be an uninterrupted process. The only low here is that the charging port is positioned at the bottom of the device, thus charging while the device is held upright is hard.

Eleaf istick 30W size

The features granted to iStick 30W are, simply put, “awesome”. However, not every product in the market is flawless. Here are some attracting and repulsive things about the Eleaf iStick 30W e-cigarette.

Attractive features and facts

  • The palm of your hand is the perfect size for this device; they will blend perfectly. It fits nicely and carrying it around does not need an extra means of transport.
  • The phrase “simple to use” is apt for iStick 30W. The three buttons reduce button complexity to a couple of clicks that don’t need a rocket scientist to master.
  • The 2200mAh battery is no disappointment. You can vape confidently with the assurance that low-charge warning will not pop up soon.
  • The lock function is a clever addition considering how often buttons are accidentally pressed when held in the hand or placed in the pocket.
  • The versatility in terms of compatible tanks is a big plus. 22mm to 23mm fit nicely without a struggle or any loose fitting.


Downside of iStick 30W

Placing the charging port at the bottom was a bad idea. It makes handling of the e-cigarette during charging tedious and almost hell, (especially for those who do not love wires tangling around them from the bottom).
iStick 30W Display


iStick 30W may not be a high-end e-cig, but for its class; it is top class. The improvements from iStick 20W are considerate and the e-cig does well in many areas such as battery life, sub-ohm tanks compatibility and user friendliness. Going for just $35-$40, Eleaf’s iStick 30W is an e-cigarette you should place your money on if you want some good old vaping at lower pocket demand.


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Nicholas King
Nicholas King

Hi! I’m Nicholas King, the founder, and Chief Editor at SmokeTastic. As an ex-smoker and now vaping enthusiast for over 13 years myself, I understand the transition between smoking and vaping. My aim is to share useful information about all the different vape and e-cig products on the market, self-help tips, and detailed reviews.

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