Disclosure: The Eleaf iStick 40w TC in this review was provided by ave40.com. You can find the item here for $34.50.
The original iStick was one of my most favorite mods at the time. It was easy to use. It was tiny/compact. And it just worked. But over time… it started to show it’s age. Primarily in the fact that it doesn’t support sub-ohm tanks. And, the wattage was a little lacking. Both of which the iStick 30w and 50w solved. So… how could you step it up even more? Enter the Eleaf iStick 40w TC Mod.
Eleaf iStick 40w TC Main Features
- 510 Threaded
- Dimensions: 3-1/16″L x 1-3/8″W x 7/8″D
- Size: 36.2mm*22.3mm*77.3mm
- Capacity: 2600mAh
- Rated output wattage: 1-40W
- Rated resistance range: 0.05-1ohm (TC mode), 0.15-3.5ohm (VW mode)
- Temperature range: 100－315℃/200－600℉ (TC mode)
- Clear OLED display
- Accurate reading of resistance: The reading of resistance becomes more accurate with the number down to the second decimal point.
- Stainless steel threads and spring connector
- Micro USB Charging Port
The Eleaf iStick 40w TC Mod comes in the standard cardboard clam shell box. Fairly similar to the iStick 50w’s packaging. And, the only thing (besides the actual mod) that was included in the box was the instruction manual, eGo adapter & the USB charging cable. With that said… nothing else to see here so lets move on.
The Eleaf iStick 40w TC feels a lot like the original iStick. But, there are some differences. One of the main differences is that the Eleaf iStick 40w TC has stainless steel 510 threads. A very welcomed upgrade to the plated brass threads found on the original iStick. And, instead of a square fire button, it now features a big round fire button. Other than than… there is one extra button found in between the up and down buttons that changes the mod from wattage to tc mode. And, the final difference I see is the there is a lanyard slot found on the top of the mod. One upgrade that they didn’t include was a spring loaded 510. That would have been very welcomed. Overall, I like the build quality of the iStick 40w TC. But then again, I was fond of the original iStick as well. And you will too if you liked the original iStick as much as I did.
Function and Performance
When I first opened up the box and pulled the Eleaf iStick 40w TC out… the first thing that came into my mind was that it was a lot like the original iStick. I then threw on my Subtank Mini with a Ni200 build and started pressing the buttons. Who needs to read instructions right? =) Seriously though, I pretty much found out how to use the mod within 1 minute without having to read the instruction manual. Its that easy to use. The only thing I had to look up was how to lock the atomizer resistance (press fire + up button for two seconds). I set the temp to 450 and took my first hit. Nice with no dry hits. With that said… I switched from my IPV4 set to 450F 40J and the Eleaf iStick 40w TC felt kinda weak in comparison. Not weak overall. Just in comparison. I don’t know if that makes any sense. But best way I can describe it is that the IPV4 tastes warm and full. While the Eleaf iStick 40w TC felt slightly cooler. Now I gotta ask myself… would I be able to tell the difference if I wasn’t comparing the two mods. Probably not. But, that really depends on what type of vaper you are. If your main mods are the IPV4, Jellyfish or Snowwolf 200w TC… you’ll be able to tell the difference. But, if your main mods are something like a iStick 50w or Smok Xpro M80 Plus… you probably won’t be able to tell the difference.
Do I think the Eleaf iStick 40W TC Mod is worth picking up? That’s a pretty interesting question. There’s no doubt that it’s a compact mod that supports sub ohm atomizers, has a 2600mAh capacity and does its thing well enough. And, it’s price point of $34.50 is a nice price to be at. With that said, when you consider that the iStick 100w can be found at just $5 more (even though the Eleaf iStick 40w TC has temp control) it would be nice if it had more wattage. 50 to 60 watts would have been a great sweet spot for this mod. But, I might just be getting a little too spoiled with all the new mods hitting the market. Now, with all that said… I do think that 40 watts makes this mod a nice match for a sub-ohm tank like the Subtank Mini. In fact, those two together make for a great stealth setup worth looking into. So, lets get back to the question… is the Eleaf iStick 40w TC Mod worth picking up. My answer… yes. If you want a compact mod to make a compact setup that doesn’t break the bank… this mod does the job quite well.