Table of Contents
- Specs and Features
- First Impressions
- Pros and Cons
- Professional Opinions
Here we have your typical starter kit. It’s one of those devices touted as an ideal vape for the smoker in transition. It’s incredibly cheap and delivers great features. It delivers EXACTLY what is promised.
This kit is the second iteration of the iCare series with a user-friendly design. It is an upgrade from its predecessor as it improves upon what made the original great. With a 650mAh battery and a 2mL e-liquid reservoir, you can shoot cloud after cloud of delicious vapor before recharging your battery.
Below, you can find a gathering of pros and cons from across the internet. But before we go there, let’s tear the iCare 2 apart, analyze each organ, and try it out:
- Dimensions: 86 x 31 x 13 mm
- Juice Capacity: 2.0mL
- Coil Rating: 1.3ohm IC Coil (rated 5 – 15W)
- Battery: Integrated 650mAh Rechargeable Battery
- Maximum Wattage Output: 15W
- Minimum Atomizer Resistance: 0.06
- Charging Current: 1A
- All-in-One Design
- Voltage-Based Output
- Oversized Firing Button
- Colorful LED Light Battery Indicator
- Top-Fill System
- Eleaf IC Coil Technology
- MicroUSB Charging Port
Grey, Black, Red, White, Gold, and Green
First off, the packaging gives you everything you need. Also, you receive a spare coil, which is neat.
Four shimmering LED colors will flash to indicate different battery levels: Green (100% - 60%), Orange (59% - 30%), Blue (29% - 10%), and Red (<9%).
Speaking of its battery, it charges quickly via USB by plugging it into a laptop or any USB port. The 650mAh battery provides an output wattage of 15W. For being a tiny cheap device, the vapor is quite robust. Personally, I’d prefer a better battery (at least 1000mAh), and a higher wattage output. Honestly, if I’m craving more power, I’d just get my mod and sub-ohm tank, but that’s not the point here. This is an affordable system accessible to anyone. I am failing to manage my expectations here (I’m trying!).
The 2mL e-Liquid reservoir would run out a lot quicker if the device was high-powered, so, I’ll pick my battles from now on. I promise. The coils are pretty good and provide an MTL experience. I wish it were on the looser side, but for a 1.3ohm resistance, I can’t complain.
Filling is quick and easy – simply remove the mouthpiece and pour your favorite e-liquid via one of the filling ports. I experienced minimal leaking or dripping from this. I must admit, I let a couple of drops go thanks to me not paying attention. None of that is the device’s fault!
There isn’t much else to say about the iCare. After unpacking, everything is straightforward and user-friendly. I’m having some trouble being impressed by this Eleaf iCare 2. It’s mediocre at best, but it’s not bad. For the same amount of money, you could purchase something a lot better. That would be my subjective preference.
Pros & Cons:
PRO: Incredibly cheap and accessible to anyone
PRO: Ergonomic, comfortable, and user-friendly
PRO: Long-lasting battery
PRO: Great coil performance
CON: Can’t do more than MTL that isn’t too restrictive
CON: Coil is annoying to unscrew
Other Professional Opinions:
Don’t just take my word for it. I scouted the vast plains of the internet looking for other Eleaf iCare 2 Starter Kit users and gathered a consensus that will, hopefully, shed an unbiased light on the pros and cons.
Let’s take a look:
- Super user-friendly
- Rubberized finish – pleasant at the touch
- Top-fill design is convenient and simple
- Perfect device for the beginner vaper or those trying to quit smoking
- Great for stealth vaping
- Good vapor production
- Perfect for MTL (not DTL)
- Perfect for high nicotine juices / nicotine salt formulation
- When removing mouthpiece and refilling, you will experience some spitback
- Not the greatest flavor in the world
- Buttons are clicky
- Useful battery LED indicators
- Same exact coils as the previous Eleaf
- Good MTL experience
- Ideal with high nicotine vape juices (8mg or higher)
- Small device and portable
- Ergonomic design – device sits at perfect angle to hit the fire button
- Having to empty the tank before refilling
- No extra cartridge included
- A little bit hard to unscrew the coil from the cartridge
- Ideal for high nicotine
- Good for stealth vaping
- 650mAh lasts a long time
- Comfortable mouthpiece
- Comfortable build and ergonomic buttons sit nicely when you hit it
- No spare cartridge included
As far as these starter kits go, this one is quite boring. It looks like an abandoned piece of technology from the 90’s and performs like the lesser version of “okay” products. If it were free, and I had nothing else to vape with, I would use it. But if I had $20 to purchase this or ANYTHING else, I’d purchase anything else.
Now, my personal opinion differs from other professional reviewers. The gathering of pros and cons above provides a glimpse into an objective consensus that will shed a light on where this product falls short. That being said, finding a lame feature on this device is the opposite of finding Waldo.
Let’s take a look at the cons.
Nobody liked that no spare cartridge was included. I thought the spare coil was enough. An annoying trait of the cartridge is the coil – unscrewing it is difficult and annoying. You also must empty the tank before refilling. These are all small nitpicks and personal preferences, and nothing I’d consider a deal-breaker.
Let’s take a look at the positives.
All reviewers agreed that this is a good smoking cessation device (probably paid by Eleaf to push that piece of copy, but hey! That’s how promotions work.) It receives many compliments from across the board: it’s comfortable, user-friendly, and feels good at the touch. It’s ideal for taking MTL high nicotine hits and stealth vaping.
Overall, this kit receives great marks. The other reviewers gave it a positive grade and recommend purchasing. The catch, for me, is that it’s past its prime. Since then, we’ve had better devices for cheaper price points and if I had to recommend a starter kit for the smoker in transition, I wouldn’t recommend this one.