The iStick Pico 25 is one of the more recent versions of eLeaf’s already popular Pico line. This one being released in 2017, the gimmick being that it accepts up to 25mm tanks, compared to the original Pico’s 22mm. It’s mostly constructed of solid plastic and metal, it has a solid hand feel and comes in a few different colors. Pictured is silver/black. It’s one of the more “cloud chucking” vapes, in comparison to the pen style or cig-a-like models.
The device has a sufficiently large screen and a push button to fire. The screen keeps track of what wattage you’re vaping at with buttons to change it on the bottom of the device. It keeps track of other information such as puff count, voltage, ohms and more.
The Ello tank (which is the one eLeaf packages with it, although you can use any appropriate tank) can handle up to about 75% VG (Vegetable glycerin), pushing beyond this is likely to cause problems although you could get away with 80%. The tank comes with two sets of glass, one for 2ml and one for 4ml with an adaptor, after I put on the 4ml glass I never went back, although it’s nice to have the spare. The mechanism to fill the tank is the top of it sliding back to reveal a fill port, which is broad enough to allow air to escape even when filling with glass droppers (although I’ve found unicorn bottles/PET dropper bottles easier to use). Additional fluid can be dripped right onto the coil for extra vapor production and you can vary the air intake.
If you haven’t used a proper “mod” (larger more advanced e-cigarette) before I think the Pico 25 is a solid choice due to the fact that it’s still relatively small, using a single 18650 battery, it’s like a taller thinner cigarette pack. Quite sturdy (have dropped it many times onto concrete at this point and it continues to function fine) and can handle most of the ejuice you’ll come across.
Although these are sort of side benefits to my primary point that most cigarette smokers who try to vape use gas station cig-a-likes or cheap pens which don’t offer the same nicotine delivery profile as more advanced mods (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24569565/). The Pico 25 allows a fast delivery of a high volume of vapor and thus nicotine, mirroring the nicotine profile of cigarettes more closely than older ecigs. Similar to other mods like the Smok Alien (although the Alien breaks more easily IMHO). It’s important to keep in mind the level of nicotine in the juice, as older pen and cigalikes could comfortable use even up to 24mg, models which produce this level of vapor usually encourage people to stop at about 6mg, although nothing prohibits you from putting higher concentrations in.
The mod has a built in battery charger although it’s not recommended to use it; an external battery charger is safest and will give your batteries the longest life.
If you’re coming from cigarette smoking, there is still a learning curve. As this study indicates, experienced “vapers” end up with higher blood concentrations of nicotine compared to non-vapers (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4469966/).
I contrast my use of this vape with cigarettes. Since switching my asthma is far less irritated and my breathing is overall better. My voice recovered. If you’re a cigarette smoker it’s a solid first choice. If you’re a casual nicotine user of any type it’s a solid device to use at lower nicotine levels to pair with many other substances (especially if you’re a “only smokes while drinking” person).
iStick Pico 25
- 4/5, 4 from 1 review
Pocket-size E-Cig for High Volume Vaping
Solid Vape for Tobacco Cessation & Recreational Use
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jan 27, 2018
- + Vapor production is large enough to swiftly satisfy nicotine cravings
- + Fill port on the Ello is convenient and easy to use
- + Size of the mod makes it easy to slip into a pocket (try breast pocket on a jacket)
- + Very study device, has survived multiple drops onto concrete
- + Easy to use for non-techies
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- - Tank size of 2/4ml is limited for big vapers
- - Single battery means you end up just carrying an extra with you
- - The Ello tank can't handle 100% VG
"Powered by single 18650 battery, it is capable of outputting a maximum power of 85W. The iStick Pico 25 can handle various tanks up to 25mm diameter. All parts of the ELLO tank can be detached and reassembled. Preheat function allows the device to quickly heat up the coil at a higher wattage. The firmware is upgradeable. The circuit protection system has both software and hardware battery protections of over-charging, over-current and over-discharging.
To fill the ELLO tank, you slide the drip tip back and it reveals the fill port. The iStick Pico 25 has a 0.91-inch screen, there are three switchable interfaces for you to choose the one you’re most accustomed to."
Firmware upgrading: the firmware can be upgraded by connecting the device with a computer through the USB port via a micro USB cable
Charging: the 18650 battery can be charged in the iStick Pico 25 @2A through the side USB port via wall adapter or computer or charged with an external battery charger [recommended].
E-liquid capacity: 2ml [4ml with included adapter]
Output wattage: 1-85W
Maximum charging current: 2A
Maximum output current: 50A
Thread type: 510 thread
Battery type: high-rate 18650 battery
(Continuous discharge current should be above 25A)
Output mode: VW/Bypass/TC(Ni,Ti,SS,TCR-M1,M2,M3) mode
Resistance range: 0.05-1.5ohm (TC modes)
0.1-3.5ohm (VW mode)
1×iStick Pico 25 (without battery) 1×ELLO Atomizer
1×HW1 Single-Cylinder 0.2ohm Head 1×HW2 Dual-Cylinder 0.3ohm Head
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