Congrats Dan G for winning the Eleaf iStick 50W & Aspire Atlantis
Congrats John B for winning the iStick 20W & Aspire Nautilus Mini
Congrats Mike H for winning the iStick 20W & Aspire Nautilus Mini
Congrats Ken M for winning the iStick 20W & Aspire Nautilus Mini
I have been a big proponent of the original Eleaf iStick since its release. Its compact, easy to use, easy to charge and easily the best “bang for your buck” mod of 2014. The only issue that I have with it is that it can’t fire sub-ohm atomizers. So when I heard about the Eleaf iStick 50w mod (with its sub-ohm capabilities) I knew I had to get my hands on one sooner rather than later. Well finally the stars aligned and I was able to purchase one through one of my VAPE DEALS. Was it worth the $50 I paid? Before I answer that question… let’s start out with its specifications.
Eleaf iStick 50w Specification:
- Size: 23.0mm * 45.0mm * 83.0mm
- Color: black, silver, red, blue
- Capacity: 4400mAh
- Thread Type: 510
- Rated output voltage: 2.0V-10.0V
- Rated output wattage: 5W-50W
- Rated resistance range: 0.2Ω-5Ω
The main features of the Eleaf iStick 50w that interested me in was its rated resistance range of 0.2Ω-5Ω, rated wattage output of 5W-50W and battery capacity of 4400mAh (in that order).
I purchased the Eleaf iStick 50w full kit for $51.99 + tax + shipping charges through one of my vape deals. I really didn’t need the included 510 to eGo adapter, USB wall charger & USB to micro-USB cable. But the deal for the entire kit was pretty good (at the time) so that’s what I went with. When it finally arrived, I ripped open the vape mail and was greeted with very Apple-like box. And while I appreciate nice packaging… I’m sure you’re not reading this review to hear about the box. =) So, let’s get to the Eleaf iStick 50w mod itself.
Overall I’m pretty satisfied with the build quality of the Eleaf iStick 50w mod. When I first held it… I instantly noticed that it had some heft to it. It’s not heavy by any means. But, it is noticeably heavier than the original 20w Eleaf iStick. The matte black finish on the main body is nice. But, I do wish that they used brushed or media blasted stainless steel end caps instead of the chrome plated material that they opted for. Even taking it a step further… it would have been really nice if they ditched the chrome all together and finished the end caps with the same finish as the main body. I think that would give this mod a very nice minimalist look. And, it would get rid of the fingerprint magnets that they call end caps. Additionally, a stainless steel firing button would go a long way in giving the Eleaf iStick 50w a premium feel. With all that said… the Eleaf iStick 50w does feel just right in my hand. It’s not too big, not too small, not too heavy or not too light. And the fire button placement is pretty much perfect. And, you really can’t expect a premium product for $50 can you?
I’m not going to concentrate on what this mod does right because it works exactly as you would expect it to. But, there are two things I’ve noticed while using it for the last week. First off… it might just be me but the firing button sometimes stops firing mid vape. It’s not that it’s not working. It’s more like I’m not providing enough pressure to it. I found that kind of weird since this has never happened to me with the original iStick. And it doesn’t even bother me that much. Not like my issue with its battery meter. To make a long story short… the battery meter is not accurate at all. It can take me a long time for it to go down to 50%. Then out of no where… the mod just stops working. Honestly… it’s like the 50% level should be treated more like it’s the 10% level. You might not even notice this if you charge the Eleaf iStick 50w every night. Since this mod will last all day and then some for most vapers. But this is very annoying if you forgot to charge it at night, pick it up in the morning, look at the battery meter and it says it has more than 50% and it dies 30 mins later. Grrr.
Another thing to note (more of a personal preference)… I wish they placed the fire button on the other side of the mod. Where it’s currently located… the screen faces towards your palm if your right handed. If they switched the fire button to the other side… the screen would face out if your right handed. This is not a big deal but it’s worth it to note.
The one thing I do want to positively point out is where they have the micro-USB. Having it on the top side of the mod makes it very easy to take advantage of the pass through capabilities of the mod. And, it makes it especially easy to stand it up while charging it. Kudos to the person on the design team that pushed for this change.
Never once did I feel that the Eleaf iStick 50w didn’t put out 50 watts. It performs very well firing my Aspire Atlantis, Kanger Subtank Mini & Doge RDA with a 0.4 ohm build. You will notice that the vape does get weak at the lower end of the battery capacity. Even if the battery meter still shows 40-50%.
Overall I’m very happy with my purchase. And, the Eleaf iStick 50w has quickly become one of my most favorite mods in my collection. Its sub-ohm capabilities allows me to take advantage of all the new sub-ohm tanks that have been hitting the market lately. And, the 4400mAh battery capacity has turned out to be a huge plus in my book. I never knew how much of a difference 4400mAh makes over the standard 2000-2500mAh 18650 battery capacity. But not needing to change batteries throughout the day shines a light on what I’ve been missing this whole time. And I still can’t get over how many features Eleaf was able to stuff in such a compact and affordable package. Would I buy it again if I had to? Hell yeah… no questions asked.
I purchased the iStick 50w that I used for this review. But, I liked it so much that I reached out to a few vendors to see if I can get one to sponsor a giveaway. Well, Gearbest was more than happy to step up to the plate. They happily provided a silver Eleaf iStick 50w to be given away to one lucky member of the VAPE DEALS community. For everyone else… you can pick one up at a decent discount here. Just use the coupon code “iStick50W” at checkout and you can pick one up for just $45.49.
But, what good is a brand new Eleaf iStick 50w if your don’t have a sub-ohm tank to run on it? Well, WakeAndVape provided a Aspire Atlantis Sub-ohm Tank that I’m throwing in to make this a complete setup.
You can pick one up for $27.00 here.
But that’s not it. Our friends at CentralVapors provided (3) iStick 20 watt mods and (3) Aspire Nautilus Mini tanks that we are going to give away as combos to (3) winners.
1St Place Price – iStick 50w & Aspire Atlantis
2nd, 3rd and 4th Place Price – iStick 20w & Aspire Nautilus Mini
Total of 4 winners. Giveaway total: $255.00
Please show some love to all the vendors that happily sponsored this giveaway.