The Eleaf iStick Pico is a small and compact box mod that comes with a wide range of quite advanced features. The “Pico” stands for preferable, innovative, compact and outstanding, and we can’t argue with that. It features innovative and compact design, fires up to 75W, does the temperature control, and is quite easy to use. If you are a beginner looking to upgrade from e-cigs or vape pens to more advanced device, but you still want a small and portable vape, the Pico TC mod might be exactly what you’re looking for.
- Power output: 1 – 75W
- TC mode (200 to 600F)
- Thread type: 510
- OLED Screen
- 3 button operation
- TC mode (200 to 600F)
- Powered by a single 18650 battery (not included)
- Tank capacity: 2ml
- 0.05ohm to 1.5ohm resistance
- Short-circuit protection
- Micro USB charging
- Upgradeable firmware
- Color: black / silver / grey / pink / white
Eleaf Pico 75W review
It seems that 2016 was the year when the market exploded with miniature “pocket” mods. The iStick Pico measures 45mm x 70.5mm x 23mm and it’s one of smallest (if not the smallest) box mods powered by an external 18650 battery. It’s comfortable to hold and fits in almost any pocket or purse. What’s interesting is the fact that this mod is actually smaller than a 18650 battery. The reason for that is a battery extension cap which allows the battery to protrude for about 5mm.
But despite its compact design, there’s nothing small when it comes to Pico’s performance. It does temperature control, bypass and wattage mode, can fire up to 75W and it comes with upgradeable firmware. Think about it as a pocket rocket and one of the best and most popular compact box mod of the 2016 because that’s what it really is.
We found the Pico quite easy to use, but a beginner in the vaping world might get overwhelmed with a large amount of different settings the Pico has to offer. There’s a main power button right next to the OLED screen, and two smaller + and – buttons on the bottom of the mod. Turning the Pico on and off requires five clicks on the main power button and adjusting the wattage and temperature is done by clicking on the two buttons on the bottom. Switching between TC, wattage, and other modes requires a combination of three clicks on the main power button, and the bottom two buttons. There are several shortcuts to play with, but you probably won’t need them most of the time. For instance, pressing and holding the main an the – button will put the device in a stealth mode and turn off the display.
The display is quite large for such a small mod and it always shows the temperature / wattage settings, battery level, and resistance of the coil head.
- Bypass mode (mech mode) – for advanced vapers, use it with caution.
- Wattage mode – setup the wattage and vape (1W to 75W).
- Temperature Control for nickel, stainless steel, and titanium coils (100-315°C / 200-600°F).
- Smart mode was added in the newer firmware versions and it’s designed for users who often switch between multiple atomizers. The Pico will remember the temperature and wattage settings of a specific atomizer, automatically recognize it in the future, and change the settings automatically.
Melo 3 Mini tank
Because the iStick Pico is so small, compromises in design were necessary. The Melo 3 Mini tank measures just 22mm in diameter and there’s barely any space between the tank and the battery cap. This means that even though the Pico has a spring loaded 510 threading, you won’t be able to fit any larger tank on it which might come as a downside for those of you who can’t stick around with the same tank setup long.
The Melo 3 Mini tank features a top-fill design. There’s enough room for refilling it, but it only holds up to 2ml of e-liquid. This means you will have to refill it more frequently, especially if you vape on the higher end of the 75W max output. It also has a hidden airflow control which gives it a cleaner look.
It uses the same full-sized factory Atlantis-style coil heads as other Melo tanks. There are two Kanthal EC coil heads included in the package (0.3 ohm and 0.5 ohm), but the Melo 3 Mini is also compatible with a wide range of Atlantis-style heads, so you can have a lot of fun exploring through different options.
Unfortunately the included coil heads don’t support temperature control which might come as a disappointment for TC enthusiasts. That’s why we have tested the Melo III with 0.3 ohm ECL coils which support Stainless Steel TC. The Pico easily passed the dry burn test and we were quite impressed with the accuracy of the TC mode. But we found that ECL coils don’t produce as much flavor as standard 0.3 ohm Kanthal coil heads. We suggest to look for other Atlantis-style coil heads for getting the maximum of the Pico in the TC mode.
What’s in the box?
- Eleaf iStick Pico Kit
- Melo 3 Mini tank
- 0.3 ohm Kanthal coil head
- 0.5 ohm Kanthal coil head
- Micro USB charging cable
- Rubber tank seal
- User guide
Overall the iStick Pico 75W is a great “pocket mod” starter kit compatible with desires of both; beginners looking for an easy to use sub-ohm mod, and advanced vapers who are looking for an advanced but still easy to use compact box mod. It is quite affordable and we believe that it’s the best single 18650 battery powered pocket box mod of the 2016.
Eleaf iStick Pico 75W