Eleaf iStick Mix Starter Kit
The iStick Mix Starter Kit is surely an interesting-looking system. With mismatched panels on each side, the Mix may not be the device for those with certain fixations, but for others, it could be a great starter system. Featuring the Ello Pop Tank and the iStick Mix mod, you get some real legacy features from Eleaf, including their swirly rubber tank band to keep your tank safe. But let’s all face it, Eleaf haven’t exactly been on a roll lately. Their iSticks, in particularly, have been defined recently by a series of “misses”. On the other hand, maybe Eleaf is ready for a bit of a comeback? Let’s see what the verdict is….
- Dimensions: 78 x 52 x 27 mm
- Juice Capacity:5mL
- Batteries: Dual 18650
- Max Wattage: 160W
- Coil Ratings:2ohm HW-N2 (rated for 40 – 90W), 0.2ohm HW-M2 (rated for 40 – 90W)
- Child-Locking Top-Fill (Pull and Slide)
- Eleaf Ello Pop Coil Family
- Leak-Proof, Self-Cleaning Technology
- Dual Slotted Adjustable Airflow
- 810 Widebore Resin Drip Tip
- OLED Display Screen
- Much mpore well-bulit than typical Eleaf
- Very small for dual 18650
- USB-C charging
- Balanced & quick charging
- Simple, stripped down menu
- 1W increments & 0.1W between 1 – 20W
- No rattle or wobble
- Nice fit & finish
- Flavor is amazing
- Nice, secure top-fil
- Big juice capacity
- Smooth airflow
- Removing tank resets the mod to 30W, which can sometimes happen of its own accord
- Mismatched panels may be a “con” to some.
- Much higher quality than typical Eleaf products
- Quiet airflow for most part
- Super close flavor to Falcon
- Small & comfortable, super ergonomic.
- Incredibly fast firing speed
- Centered 510
- USB Type-C charging & fast, balanced charging
- Battery markings in black
- Reads resistances higher than they are
- Rather underpowered wattage mode
- Temperature control isn’t great, not reliable
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- Good flavor
- Great locking top-fill system
- Excellent temperature control
- Wattage feels accurate
- Super easy to use menu
- Centered 510
- Mixed panels could be a con for some people.
Much to everyone’s surprise, the Eleaf iStick Mix is… not bad! By no means is this the premier starter kit on the market today, but you could do a hell of a lot worse for your money. In fact, the list of cons is incredibly short and will only really be disqualifying for a very specific kind of person. So, without further ado…
The panels are arguably the biggest issue here. They don’t match. It’s pretty clear from looking at the kit whether or not this is going to drive you insane. One side has a resin swirly bit going on, while the other panel is a shiny hard plastic with a totally different design on it. For some people, this’ll be a fun and quirky change from the standard, for other people it’s likely to be as maddening as a dripping faucet in the background. You know who you are. Decide accordingly.
Next, there’s some technical issues, but it wouldn’t be Eleaf without them. For one thing, the temperature control is either terrible or quite good, depending upon which reviewer you have more faith in. For purposes of this review, we’re going to go with the guy known for using meticulous charts and data analysis in his reviews, i.e. Daniel from DJLsb Vapes. In his review, he points out that the temperature control is woefully unreliable. Probably related to this, the device seems to have trouble reading resistances and putting out accurate wattage as well. This is definitely annoying, but, according to the same review, didn’t make the system unusable at all. Just expect the unexpected with this thing. After all, it’s the Mix! You never know what you’re gonna get!
Finally, the device has a feature which resets the wattage to 30W if you remove the tank. In and of itself, this is not a problem and is quite understandable. On the other hand, reviewers reported the Mix doing this on its own without having removed the tank. Again, not the end of the world and possibly fixable via firmware updates, but definitely kind of annoying.
Other than the temp control/wattage issues, the Mix is actually pretty damn good. You know how most Eleaf products feel a little cheap and undercooked? Not this one. Each reviewer mentioned their own surprise at unboxing this system to find a product which felt well-built, solid, and heavy in the hand. There’s no question that, of Eleaf’s current lineup, the Mix is miles ahead – and this is a good sign for a company like Eleaf.
You also get really, really good flavor. Again, nobody comes to Eleaf for their exceptional flavor production. Certainly, their tanks have a better reputation than their other products, but they’ve never really been in the same conversation as other flavor heavyweights, namely FreeMax, HorizonTech, and Uwell. Now, they’ve gotten closer than ever. The Ello Pop tank really shines with the power found in this mod, which boosts the flavor to levels you didn’t get from other systems using the same tank and coils.
It also looks pretty cool, if you can survive the whole mismatching vibe. It’s got a nicely centered 510 and the panels are vibrant and well-crafted. It’s also very small and portable for a dual-battery 18650 mod. In fact, it’s one of the smallest out there and it’s super ergonomic, fitting beautifully in the hand. The top-fill is also great, with a nice locking feature to prevent children from accessing it and, more importantly, preventing it from opening up in your pocket.
I mean, what else is there to say – Eleaf really came through on this one. Sure, there were some technical difficulties and the style is a very specific kind of jarring, but kind of cool at the same time. If you can tolerate some minor shortcomings and aren’t a big TC devotee, you may very well find yourself in the market for the Eleaf iStick Mix Starter Kit. It’s honestly pretty damn good, and it’s exciting to see a venerable company like Eleaf start to turn around its losing streak.