Eleaf iStick 50w Review & Giveaway

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.

Build Quality

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.

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…

Review Overview

Build Quality

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.

User Rating: 4.45 ( 1 votes)


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.

Eleaf iStick 50w & Aspire Atlantis Sub-ohm Tank

  • Matt Dyer

    Thanks for sharing your opinion, and for organizing a giveaway. This has become the go to recommendation to people looking toi get off of ego batteries.

    • Not a problem Matt. Its a pretty nice mod despite its issues. Especially considering the price point.

  • I haven’t experienced those other problems. The battery issue is my most annoying issue with this vape mod. I wonder if it would be covered by their 1 year warranty. I would guess not unless they fixed this issue with the most recent version (if there is one).

  • Ben Michael

    I have tried 4 different sub-ohm tanks, and for some reason the Atlantis is at the top of my favorites at #2 on my list, #1 is the Artic tank.

    • The Atlantis is def one of my favorites as well. Especially after I rebuild it with 9 wraps 24awg kanthal and some oc. I haven’t tried the arctic yet. Thats next on my list. I will probably break it out when I do the review on the IPV Mini 2 or IPV4.

      • TicTocDoc

        I agree. AND I use the same build. I actually keep a spare coil in my briefcase, another in my car and another in my desk at work. Do you remove the “I guess it’s wick” from around the outside of the atty head? I pull it out and modify it so there are two holes open,and two blocked. I find that is prone to flooding and some tongue blistering spit-back.

  • Lisa


    • Slipped it in before we changed the comment option . =)

  • Michael Hames

    My fave subohm tank is the Kanger with the RBA but now that you can get one for the Atlantis that may be a game changer. Honestly I have both and use them equally just keep them filled with different juice.

    • Subtank?

      • Michael Hames

        Oh yeah Kanger Subtank – should have been more specific!! lol

      • I love my subtank mini.

      • its all good. kept the suspense going. lol

  • nick

    You ever use your thumb to fire the mod? I never have the mid vape cut out and the screen points out…

    • Couple times. While not bad…. I just prefer to fire the I stick 50w with my trigger finger. It is nice that you can flip the orientation of the screen though.

  • Evilbeast

    Thanks for the chance! Vape.Deals,Gearbest,andCentral Vapors,You guys rock for putting such a great giveaway together!! I’ve been wanting to get the 50watt Istick since I’ve first heard of about it. It’s awesome that company actually listened to what we want in a mod (Affordablity,Good wattage range,and great battery life) and gave us we wanted! I really can’t wait to see what else Eleaf comes out with next.

    • Can’t forget wakeandvape. =) agreed about the eleaf I stick line. Awesome bang for your buck mods.

  • Cosmia

    Great giveaway, guys! I’d love to get the new Kanger subtank plus! I definitely prefer my original subtank over the Atlantis anyday, never liked the way that one spits hot juice in my mouth, and the subtank occ coilhead just gives better taste. The Joyetech Delta would probably be nice if it wasn’t for their over-priced $22.00 a five-pack of coils….I think that’s asking a little too much.

    • i agree that the subtank occ has better taste. I just don’t like how it’s maxing out at 25 watts (at least for me).

  • Jason Zastrow

    I have an Alexander, 7ml extended Atlantis clone, Subtank Mini and an Arctic. Who could pick a favorite? They’re all fantastic!

  • Bootyclapthunder

    The Subtank Mini would be my choice.

  • Mike Hammer

    Out of the ones which I have tried, Sub Tank mini, Delta II, and the Atlantis, I choose the Kanger, with the RBA deck.

    • I like how you can almost drain your tank dry using the RBA deck. =)

  • cheekymonkey

    Great review ~I find the same/similar issue w the battery on the istick 30w when using subohm coils. Not as bad over 1.2ish, but from go from 50% to dead in 5-10min is frustrating! First time I noticed it, I was in the car ~ NOT the place for a chain vaper’s vape to die on her! Now I carry a backup for “longer” days (2.5+h), and make sure it’s charged or charging if it isn’t fully charged when I get in the car… really need the battery life of the 50w!
    On that note, I’m trying to sign up for the give away, but the form isn’t accepting my DOB… I’m 36, So pretty sure I’m legal to vape anywhere in the world :-p help!

    • thanks. =) Yeah… they definitely need to fix the battery meter issue. Can be very frustrating.

  • Heden Aklowd

    I like the Kanger Subtank

  • I’m really enjoying the Delta II right now.

  • Michael

    I’ve only used the Subtanks and the Atlantis, and I really prefer the Subtank, mostly because I think the OCC coil head is a better design and easier to rebuild. The RBA deck leaves a lot to be desired, but I’ll eventually find a way to wick it.

    • Cosmia

      I agree Michael, subtank is awesome over the Atlantis except for that RBA. I really got aggravated trying to install a twisted 26 gauge coil. The damn screws are so short it wouldn’t fit. Fortunately, it looks as if Kanger improved the deck on the new subtank plus.

  • Nelson Past

    I would prefer the Maganus. 150 watts, woot…

    • you just like being different huh? =)

  • foolkillersrfancy

    If I could choose, Kanger Subtank Mini. I already have the Subtank Nano which I won, so yeah..Mini.

    • nice tank indeed. can be a little leaky though. At least in comparison to the atlantis

  • BellaVapes

    I have a few Kanger Subtanks, the Subtank Nano, the Atlantis and the Melo tank. I like them all. Can’t pick a favorite 🙂

  • ann canfield

    I lke the kanger subtank mini

  • nikki burch

    I only have one set up it is my mvp 3.0 really like to try something more power and small enough to take along with me

    • looks like this would be a nice upgrade for you. =)

  • lovintexasbaby

    I’ve only tried the Subtank Mini and the Atlantis, but I have a Matrix on it’s way to my mailbox 🙂 I think out of the two that I currently have, the Atlantis blows away the Subtank Mini with the stock OCC coils. Can’t wait to try the Matrix..(*stalking the USPS*)

    • blows it away? how so? just want to know your opinion.

      • nikki burch

        Yes it would be very nice i use it well

      • lovintexasbaby

        I have an iStick 30W that I use for these tanks and the 0.5Ω Subtank coils can’t seem to handle chain vaping at 30W without getting a burnt taste very quickly whereas the Atlantis 0.5Ω coils keep on chuckin’ all day long for a couple of weeks before needing a new coil, and it has a little bit better airflow. IMO 🙂

      • cant argue with that… I experienced the same thing. I think it has to do with wicking materials used.

    • alantoo

      Did you get your Matrix? How do you like it and how does it compare to the other sub ohm tanks you have used?

      • lovintexasbaby

        There’s really no comparison lol the Matrix is a BEAST and I love it, but it’s meant for higher power (30W+) whereas the Atlantis v1 and Subtanks are meant for lower power (~30W or less). I wouldn’t recommend using the Matrix at less than 30W – the vapor production is pretty anemic at low power. The Subtanks/Atlantis V1 have great flavor and good vapor production and are probably more than adequate for most vapers, but if you want a cloud chasing, juice guzzling sub ohm tank the Matrix is surely a top contender for that spot :o)

  • TracyBean

    I would love to win an istick 50! My 30 is glitching :o(

  • EJLEE072006

    I never like the 50 watt, for the price of this box id rather get me SIG 150 to cover all bases…

    • Sig 150 is a very nice device. But, the price point is about double of the istick 50w. Can’t really compare the two.

      • EJLEE072006

        Agreed, but if you let me win,I will greatly appreciate it..lol

      • the winner is always random. but, gluck my man. =)

  • Robert Dawson

    I think the Artic because it has the most airflow, I entend to buy one very soon. I have an Atlantis and get a scratchy throat from the wicking, but otherwise I like it. Also have a subtank nano, like the juice capacity, and the flavor. The RBA portion is fragile, and I broke the cylinder wall on the second rebuild, which it was tougher.

    • how did you break the RBA cylinder wall?

      • Robert Dawson

        I was rebuilding it and it gets stuck easily. Twisting it off bent it slightly now it will not thread back in. From what I have read it is a frequently occurring issue with people. Once fasttech has replacement rba sections for nano I’ll be picking up a couple.

      • Dang… I would be livid if that happened to me.

  • cant go wrong with the atlantis

  • Jason Webber

    I would love a Matrix .2 sub ohm tank

  • ian gunn

    realy want to try this whole e cig vap thing cant realy afford to do it if its not worth it but i dont wanna miss out on it buy not trying it ,,,,,, any suggestions

  • Bill

    The only one of the sub ohm tanks i’ve tried so far is the subtank mini,so i’ll go with that with the rba head in it.Kinda hard to pick a favorite when you’ve only tried one haha.

  • jefflbs

    subtank mini

  • Amy Hedrick

    Awesome review! I have an eleaf istick 20wt and absolutely love its durability. Mine to quickly became my favorite. Have been wanting to step it up to a 30-50 just because of reviews like this! Eleaf definitely has some great products!

  • Kream

    Nice review on the 50w iStick.
    My fav subtank is the Kanger Nano.

  • Phil Galbreath

    the plus because it would fit on my k-box so nice

  • MomSho

    I used the Eleaf iStick 20w when I first started vaping and loved everything about it!! Now I need to upgrade and start my nice collection of vaping stuffz like all my friends have! I’m currently using the eGo ONE and have been pretty satisfied with it regardless of the few complaints I have about the product… until now!! I simply must have this new iStick!! Thanks for the giveaway!! I check your site evryday for awesome deals 😀

    • ubersole

      thanks for the love… and good luck!

      • MomSho

        Thank you 🙂

  • Djweir83

    i never win these giveaways!!! might get lucky this time lol

  • n2sooners

    Still prefer my Subtank Mini. It’s a good size and a great value with the extra glass and rebuild deck. It also has great flavor.


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