Eleaf have just released a bunch of new mods and atomizers, and one of them is the iStick Pico X. This latest addition to the Pico family features a small and lightweight body. It uses a single 18650 battery, and will fire at up to 75W.
Included with the kit, you also get the MELO 4 sub-ohm tank. This tank takes mesh coils and looks to be pretty neat.
In this iStick Pico X review I’m going to go over everything that you need to know about this device. We’ll start with the box contents.
This kit was sent to us for the purpose of this review. However, this does not in any way affect our opinion or rating of the device.
Eleaf iStick Pico X Review — New Pico with 75W Output & MELO 4 Tank
What’s In The Box
Inside of the box, you’ll find the Pico X mod and MELO 4 tank. Pre-installed in the tank is a 0.15ohm coil, and you also get a spare in the box.
- 1× Eleaf iStick Pico X Mod
- 1× MELO 4 Sub-Ohm Tank
- 2× EC-M 0.15ohm Coils
- 1× USB Cable
- 2× User Manuals
- Spare Parts
Specifications — Eleaf iStick Pico X
- Powered by 18650 Battery
- Supports Variable Wattage, Bypass, Temperature Control, and TCR with Memory Modes
- Fires up to 75W
- 0.69 Inch Screen
- Firmware Upgradeable
Specifications — MELO 4 Sub-Ohm Tank
- 22mm Diameter
- 2ml Max Capacity
- Dual Adjustable Airflow Slots
- 510 Drip Tip
Design & Build Quality — Pico X
The first thing you notice when you take the Pico X out of the box is how absurdly light it is. The Pico X is made out of a strong but thin plastic, and weighs next to nothing. The body does not have any flex when you push on it, and appears to be strong and durable despite the light weight.
The device itself is quite small and compact. The rounded sides and slight indentations in the mod make it easier and more comfortable to hold.
The body of the Pico X is finished in a soft-touch rubber paint that feels very nice in your palm. This finish adds a bit more grip to the device, but it is still quite slippery. Due to this, I’ve almost dropped it a few times. The paint quality is very good, and I’ve had no chipping or flaking. Generally speaking, the finish of the device is good.
Because of the battery cap on the top of the device, the Pico X will only accommodate up to 22mm tanks. This is definitely something important to note before you pick up this kit. Once you unscrew the battery cap, you can simply drop in your battery. The positive terminal is clearly labeled inside of the compartment, and that’s always good to see so thumbs up to Eleaf here.
There are three buttons on the Pico X: one large fire button and two small adjustment buttons. The fire button is nice indented, and located on the front of the device. It takes very little pressure to push the button and works with a nice click. I would of preferred the button to be a little but stiffer, but it’s not a major issue at all.
As for the adjustment buttons, those are located on the bottom of the device. They are small and recessed to prevent them from being accidentally pushed, but this also makes them a little difficult to reach and use. Besides that, they have a nice click to them and work well.
The 0.69 inch screen is a tad bit small, but so is the device itself. For what it is, it works well. It’s surprisingly bright, as well as crisp and easy to read. By default, it will display your coil resistance, puff counter, wattage, and battery life. Just underneath the screen is a micro-USB port that can be used for charging and firmware updates.
Design & Build Quality — MELO 4 Tank
The MELO 4 tank is a sub-ohm tank and has a 22mm diameter. It’s the perfect size for the Pico X, as anything larger simply wouldn’t fit. The MELO 4 only comes in one color/finish and that’s stainless steel. And unlike most other sub-ohm tanks these days, the MELO 4 has a 510 drip tip.
Filling is really easy with this tank. It uses a slide to fill system, with an arrow to show you where to push the top cap open. It seems that slide to fill is becoming standard with sub-ohm tanks these days, and the MELO 4 has adapted to the changing times. It works well, and I had no issues with filling.
One downside to the MELO 4 is the tank capacity. It only comes with a straight glass that gives you a capacity of 2ml. This is honestly a little small and I think most people will find themselves filling up multiple times a day.
The airflow on the tank is dual slot and adjustable. The slots are quite wide, and so you have a lot of room to adjust and find what you like. I didn’t have any leaking from the airflow holes, and overall the tank itself was very leak free.
You get a pair of the same type of coil with the MELO 4: a 0.15ohm EC-M coil. This coil is a type of mesh coil, and is rated for 30-75W. This is great, because it means that you can test out more than half of the mods wattage range with the included coils. Whether you like to vape low and cool at 30W or want something more dense and warm at 75W, you have the option to do so.
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Features and Functions
The Pico X is a pretty robust mod in terms of features. You wouldn’t expect it from such a small device, but you get all the essentials and then some. The Pico X takes a single 18650 battery to function, and turns on or off with five presses of the fire button.
In terms of modes you get: Variable Wattage, Bypass, Temperature Control, and TCR with three memory modes. The Pico X will fire at up to 75W in wattage mode, and will do 200-600F in temperature control. With the memory modes you’re able to set the TCR for specific materials, as well as wattage and temperature.
By default, the screen will show your wattage, resistance, puff counter, and battery life. However, you can change the puff counter to display either your voltage, or the puff time. The Pico X already displays your puff time when you draw, so I chose to change it to the voltage setting.
The menu on the Pico X can be accessed by holding the + adjustment button and fire button. Here, you have the option of setting the last display option (puff, voltage, time), stealth mode, preheat settings, safety cutoff time, and hardware/firmware version.
Pico X Button Combinations
Lock Device: Hold the + and – adjustment buttons.
Flip Screen: While the device is off, hold the + and – adjustment buttons.
Change Modes: Press the fire button three times.
Access Menu: Hold the + adjustment button and fire button.
Temperature Control Button Combinations
Use these button combinations while in TC:
Lock Resistance: Hold the + adjustment button and fire button to enter the menu. The second option will be to lock or unlock the resistance of your coil.
Change Wattage: Press the fire button four times. You can now adjust your wattage.
The Pico X is built well and has a bunch of features. But just how is the performance of the Pico X kit?
As a whole, I had very good experiences using and testing this kit. The Pico X kit is best suited for low to mid wattage vapers because of the 75W max output. It fires nearly instantly, and has very good battery efficiency. As a single 18650 mod, the Pico X goes a long way at lower wattages.
In terms of flavor, the included MELO 4 is very good for a sub-ohm tank. The EC-M mesh coils produced dense and flavorful vapor, and I enjoyed it the most at 55-70W. This gave me smooth, thick clouds and good flavor too.
The fact that you’re stuck with a 510 drip tip might not be for everyone, and so you might want to find another tank. But keep in mind that with the battery cap position, you’re going to have to go with a very small atomizer. I wish they would have made it an 810 with a 510 drip tip adapter.
Final Verdict — Eleaf iStick Pico X Kit
As far as portability goes, the Pico X is very lightweight and is perfect daily driver. If you vape in the 40-70W range, I think that you’ll enjoy using this kit. The battery efficiency is good, and it performs great with the included MELO 4 tank. The mesh coils are very nice for their flavor and cloud density, and I didn’t have leaking or any other issues. It’s a solid tank, but the 510 drip tip should of been an 810.
The Pico X is great for what it is: a mid wattage single battery kit. If you’re looking for your first mod, or for a new one, that is ultra lightweight and portable, give the Pico X kit a look. Until next time — Stay Versed!
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