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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
Now it’s time to see this beauty in action, watch the video review to see the iStick 30W up close:
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.
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.
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 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.