Eleaf iStick Pico 2 Kit – The Flavourist review
One of the most successful box mods in the vaping world, was undoubtedly, and still is, the iStick Pico manufactured by Eleaf in the year 2016 and subsequently imitated by many other Asian manufacturers. Eleaf’s iStick Pico is a device that has made the recent history of this sector. Today after about five years Eleaf, after having proposed the Pico 21700 and the iStick Pico 25, launches on the market the iStick Pico 2, and in this article we are going to test it for you in the kit that also includes the GZeno S Tank atomizer.
Before starting with our review, let’s look as always at the main features of the product and the contents of the package.
ISTICK PICO 2 FEATURES AND BOX
- Name: iStick Pico 2 (Eleaf) – Kit with GZeno S tank
- Format: Box Mod with 18650 battery
- Max Power: 75 Watt
- Colors: Silver, Rose Gold, Matte Gunmetal
- Price: ~ € 50
- 1 x iStick Pico 2 Mod
- 1 x GZeno S Tank
- 1 x GZ coil 0.4 ohm
- 1 x GZ coil 0.8 ohm
- 1 x USB Type C cable
- 1 x Glass tube
- 1 x Glass tube tool
- 2 x User Manual
- 1 x Warranty card
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
If the iStick Pico impressed and established itself for its battery compartment with characteristic screw cap, as well as for its compactness and aesthetic simplicity, the iStick Pico 2 impresses with its more impressive and certainly more showy appearance. The iStick Pico 2 certainly does not go unnoticed and honestly, although the aesthetic taste is always a purely subjective factor, we must admit that the design of the mod is not really to our liking; in this case the geometric motif in relief on the two mod faces, which should increase the grip of the same, is in our view, not very elegant and all too aggressive.
We cannot say the same thing for the design of the GZeno S Tank, which unlike the Pico 2 mod, we particularly liked, with its clean, essential and very modern lines.
Regarding the build quality of this Kit, it must be said that both the mod and the atomizer are in our opinion both of good quality; the iStick Pico 2 entirely made of stainless steel is as just mentioned rather massive and also quite heavy, which contributes to transferring a sense of great robustness to the user. We did not notice manufacturing imperfections and perhaps the only relief to make on the box concerns the fire button, which is a bit too danceable and with a fairly evident lateral “play”. On the other hand, there is no note on the GZeno S Tank which impressed us not only for its aesthetics but also for its building perfection.
ERGONOMICS AND PORTABILITY
The iStick Pico 2 Kit with GZeno S Tank is 108.5 mm high, 50 mm wide and has a thickness of 27.5 mm (allows you to house atomizers up to 26 mm in diameter). The Kit has been designed with a focus on vaper lovers of direct to lung vape and in this sense it can be considered to be equipped with more than sufficient portability, although it is not a very light product (235 grams with battery). It is from an ergonomic point of view, however, that the iStick Pico 2 shows some limitations, as the polished steel finish on the sides of the box, despite the presence of the geometric texture in relief to increase the grip, does not help the grip of the device, and in your hand you always have the feeling of having an object that can easily slip despite its compactness.
ISTICK PICO 2 FUNCTIONS AND PERFORMANCES
The iStick Pico 2 is managed by a Eleaf chipset which can express a maximum power of 75 watts (powered by external 18650 battery). The mod is also equipped with a USB type-C port with a 2A recharge which greatly reduces battery charging times, although as always we recommend that you prefer an external charger to recharge your battery. Leaving aside the usual and numerous protection systems that the mod is equipped with, let’s now look at the rich range of functions on the Pico 2:
- Power Mode (regulation of watts with resistances between 0.1 and 3.5 ohm);
- Temperature Ni – Ti – SS (temperature control with nickel, titanium and stainless steel in a range between 100 and 315 ° C and resistances between 0.05 and 1.5 ohm);
- Temperature M1 (adjustment of the TCR temperature coefficient of the resistance based on the coil material);
- Screen On / Off (you can choose whether to keep the display on or off during the vape);
- Pre Heat (increases the vape power by 35% in the first 3 seconds of vape);
- Over Time (possibility of setting the maximum duration of a single puff 5, 10 or 15 seconds, or whether to keep this setting disabled);
- WPM setting (allows you to establish which info to show on the display between volts, graphs and puffs in addition to the state of charge of the battery, the watts and the value of the coil).
To access the functions of the Pico 2, you simply have to press the fire button 3 times quickly, move between the different options with the “+” and “-” buttons and confirm the selection again with the fire button. The same fire button allows you to turn on/off the box with the canonical sequence of five close clicks. Finally, remember that it is possible to lock the box (you can vape) by simultaneously pressing the two function buttons.
EASE OF USE
The function park of the iSticK Pico 2 is undoubtedly rich yet this mod is not at all complicated and difficult to use; and the same goes for the ease of use of the GZeno S Tank. In short, Eleaf was able to create a Kit capable of satisfying both the needs of vapers with a good vaping experience, and also those of entry level users to whom right from the start of the box it will be sufficient to adjust the power with the buttons “+” and “-” according to the range of values indicated on the coil that has been chosen to use.
GZENO S TANK – AROMA
In this chapter we will dedicate ourselves to analyzing in detail the new GZeno S Tank atomizer combined with the iStick Pico 2. The Gzeno S Tank is a pre-made coil atomizer with a diameter of 24.5 mm, a height of 54 mm and a capacity of 2 ml or 4 ml depending on the tank glass used. For the record, it must be said that there is also a TPD version with the same capacity but with a top cap equipped with a childproof closure.
The exploded view of the GZeno S Tank allows us to understand the few pieces that compose it. From top to bottom we have: the ultem drip tip with 510 connection, the top cap, the glass tube with vaporization chamber (the two elements can be disassembled with the tool supplied) and finally the base of the atom with the airflow adjustment ring.
The atomizer is refilled from the top thanks to two large slots (diameter 3.5 mm) by simply unscrewing the top cap with bayonet coupling. The airflow ring on the base has two 8.5×2.5 mm slots, or from 1 to 5 small holes with a diameter of 0.8 mm . In this sense, the GZeno S Tank must be attributed great flexibility of use, even if from our tests it turned out to be more oriented to a flavor chasing vape. Let’s be clear, we are not saying that this atomizer is not usable in MTL, but its draw even with the airflow completely closed (yes, it is possible to do this), will always be slightly airy.
The coils made for the GZeno S Tank are the GZ coils in Kanthal that Eleaf has produced in four different values: 0.2 – 0.4 – 0.8 and 1.2 ohm. However, as the manufacturer’s official website suggests, the 0.2 ohm coil is not recommended for the GZeno S Tank. The GZ coils are inserted inside the base of the tank with the classic “plug & play” system, or simply by pressure. Nothing easier.
Here are in detail the vaping ranges for the three GZ coils intended to be used on this tank:
- GZ coil 0.4 ohm (included in the kit) – vaping range 20-35 watts;
- GZ coil 0.8 ohm (included in the kit) – range 12-18 watts;
- GZ coil 1.2 ohm (sold separately) – vaping range 7-13 watts.
For the vape test we used the two coils in the package, namely the GZ coil 0.4 ohm and the GZ coil 0.8 ohm. We did not notice any aromatic difference between the two coils, whose behavior was certainly good but in our opinion not too exciting. The GZeno S Tank with its GZ coils clearly prefers creamy and fatty e-liquids or sweet fruity e-juices, while it did not appear to be at ease with tobaccos (except for some praiseworthy exceptions with some sweet flavored tobaccos).
Unlike what is often noted in kits of other manufacturers, characterized by the presence of very simple and poorly maintained atomizers but with good aromatic performances, in the case of the iStick Pico 2 kit, we found ourselves in front of an aesthetically, qualitatively and technically perfect atomizer, but with an aromatic yield all in all not up to its constructive goodness. Ultimately, Eleaf’s GZ coils didn’t seem to us to be the best coils currently on the market.
ELEAF ISTICK PICO 2 FINAL VERDICT
How do we ultimately evaluate the Eleaf iStick Pico 2 Kit? The iStick Pico 2 mod works very well but has not completely convinced us the aesthetic aspect and its handling. The GZeno S Tank atomizer is a product of excellent workmanship but the GZ coils in our opinion are not able to guarantee the aromatic performance it deserves. We would like to suggest to the manufacturer the implementation of a new series of coils that can guarantee better aromatic performance, so that you can fully enjoy your favorite e-liquid on this kit, such as THIS E-LIQUID highly recommended by The Flavourist …
COUPON CODE “PICO2”
Recommended to: Newbies and Skilled vapers.
THE FLAVOURIST RESPONSE
- Features & Box - 8/108/10
- Design & Build Quality - 7.5/107.5/10
- Ergonomics & Portability - 8/108/10
- Functions & Performances - 8.5/108.5/10
- Ease of use - 8.5/108.5/10
- GZeno S Tank & Flavor - 7.5/107.5/10