Eleaf’s role in the box mod revolution has been prominent in the last several years, ever since the company launched the well-regarded iStick 20W in 2014. Mods have only gotten more advanced in the time since that offering hit the scene, as things like temperature control and higher wattage capacity have become mainstay staples. Eleaf itself has worked to keep pace with these developments, producing progressively more advanced mods on a regular basis, while still maintaining the company’s commitment to producing affordable and user-friendly vaping tools. With the release of the Eleaf iStick 200W Mod, it is only natural to wonder whether the company has managed to achieve that once again.
Hint: it does.
Let’s be clear, right off the bat; the iStick is not really a departure from the current trends in the industry. Like many other new entries into this marketplace, it is a box mod that offers a great deal more power than most casual vaping enthusiasts will even think about needing. Of course, with three 18650 batteries incorporated into its design, it makes sense that this would be far more device than most people really need. That is actually a good thing, since it ensures that the unit can handle just about anything any vaper deigns to throw at it.
As is typical with Eleaf, the design is functional and basic. The device screen and buttons are all on the wide front face of the unit, a choice that has already led some reviewers to suggest that the 200W Mod is unattractive. However, use of the device reveals that the placement of these features actually contributes to the overall ergonomics of the iStick 200W, as it can be easily held in the hand for simple thumb-firing during vaping. That too makes sense, since we know Eleaf is too good at what they do to have just randomly placed its outer shell features. Obviously, this is a device that was built for ease of use, rather than just sitting on a shelf for display purposes.
Even with that, however, I find the device’s design to be elegantly simple and its symmetrical beauty tends to grow on you over time. Coupled with its superior comfort during use, that makes the iStick 200W a true thing of beauty in this reviewer’s book.
The device comes with a wonderful battery cover that has a switch to snap in place during closure, without any serious need to press it firmly to keep it from coming open. This is a design that is really superior to that used with some Joyetech products – Eleaf’s parent company, mind you – and demonstrates that even simple things like battery covers are still open to scrutiny and ongoing improvement.
The device offers some wonderful features that users are sure to love. Its wattage range varies from 1 W to 200 W, and the user gets the kind of temperature control most of the best vapers can only dream about. The range can be adjusted for temps between 100 and 600 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on whether you choose the nickel or titanium coils. As noted above, the iStick offers triple 18650 battery power.
Sub-ohm vaping is possible with ohm resistance as low as .05 ohms. That’s great news for cloud lovers who have been looking for a new box mod to help them generate those room-filling vapor clouds that sub-ohm enthusiasts are always seeking.
The mod is also surprisingly packed on the technological side, offering not only a gorgeous OLED display screen for tracking your settings, but upgradable firmware and a host of safety features. In addition to dual circuit safeguards, there are protections to guard against short-circuits in your atomizer, provide temperature protection and alerts, and notify you when the battery is weak, the device becomes unbalanced in some wat, or when there are problems with the charging process.
Of course, the real questions that need to be answered involve the actual usefulness of the device and whether it’s worth the price you’re being asked to pay. Make no mistake, the iStick 200W easily passes that first test. This is truly a powerful, full-featured vaping mod that has everything you need to manage your vaping habit and enjoy your favorite e-juices.
As for the price, it is currently listed at just under $50 on some sires, making it easily one of the most affordable and user-friendly mods available today. So, is it worth the price? Absolutely. The key is to make sure that you get an authentic version of the device and not one of the cheap clones that are sure to pop up. Success does breed copycats, after all.
The bottom line is simple to understand. At less than $50, you’ll struggle to find a comparable box mod that can do everything the eLeaf iStick 200W box mod can accomplish. If you’re in the market for a new box mod and want to enjoy the ultimate fusion of user-friendliness and high-octane vaping, then this mod is the one for you.