Today we’ll be reviewing the Eleaf iStick Pico RDTA. This is an all-in-one (AIO) vape with a rebuildable dripping tank atomizer (RDTA). While all the names and acronyms may seem complicated, the device is anything but that. If you’re looking for a simple and affordable way to get into RDTAs, you’ll probably find this vape very attractive for multiple reasons. But before you rush out to buy it, let’s take a closer look at what you get and how it performs… Also be sure to check our vape buyer’s guides for important information to consider before making your first purchase.
Review: E-Leaf iStick Pico RDTA
The Pico RDTA is built well for the most part, featuring the basic iStick Pico design that is very easy to use. Beginning vapers and people who are new to rebuildables may really enjoy the simplicity of this. With that being said, there are several areas that I think leave room for improvement.
I’ll start on the cosmetic side of things. I usually don’t care that much about how a vape looks, but I’m not a big fan of the designs that come on this. They’re trying to brand it as stylish, but to me it seems like the designs are an attempt to cover up what would be an extremely plain mod without them. Eleaf describes the style as “punk”, which may or may not be appealing to you.
This also has an internal battery. That certainly isn’t a dealbreaker, but I’ve grown used to my e-juice vapes having removables. There are two main reasons people prefer removables for their vapes. The first is that it’s easier to prevent something terrible from happening or to fix it if it does. The second is that charging removeable batteries is more convenient.
Another small complaint I have is the button location. I’m not a big fan of buttons on the bottom of a unit to begin with, and in this case, I have a hard time pressing them because of how recessed they are.
The vapor quality of the Pico RDTA is good. Every draw is dense and flavorful, and I didn’t run into any problems with dry hits. I personally thought it performed best around 35-45 watts, but it can go up to 75.
Your results may vary based on how you set up your coils. These are just standard Clapton coils, but I know some people try to save space in their tank by limiting the amount of wick that sits inside them. While you will likely tilt it while using it, I still recommend getting the wick nice and deep in the tank if you want to make sure you avoid dry hits.
The power flexibility of the Pico RDTA is good. It has both wattage and temperature control modes. The wattage output is 1-75w, while the temperature range is 200-600F.
The resistance range in wattage mode is 0.1ohm to 3.5 ohm. In the TC modes, the resistance range is 0.05ohm to 1.5ohm. There are TC modes for nickel, titanium, and stainless steel.
This is very easy to use for the most part. The only thing that I have a hard time with are the up and down buttons on the bottom of the unit. Other than that, everything is simple and intuitive. The interface is basic, which is a good thing as far as ease of use goes. There’s not a whole lot going on, which means beginners won’t be overwhelmed.
The RDTA portion of this is also about as straightforward as you’re going to find. It’s easy to remove the tip, cover, base, and even the coil deck. Refilling the tank is also convenient thanks to the side-filling slot on the atomizer base.
The portability of the Pico RDTA is good. It has a small size and it doesn’t leak, which is more than most vapes can say. While this is an all-in-one (AIO) vape, it still has the same basic shape of most box mods, meaning part of the atomizer sticks up above the base.
You may have heard me saying that I prefer AIO vapes for portability’s sake in other reviews. I should have been more precise, because what I meant is that I prefer AIO vapes that don’t have anything protruding above the base because I find them more convenient to carry when not in use.
There’s one word that keeps coming to my mind about the Eleaf iStick Pico RDTA: average.
Average isn’t bad, but it isn’t must-buy either. I could see this being a good vape for certain people, but there isn’t anything in particular that compels me to recommend it.
The best features are the vapor quality, the rebuildable dripping tank atomizer, and its overall ease of use. On the other hand, my least favorite aspects are the design, the buttons on the bottom, and the internal battery.
At the end of the day, I could see this being a good vape for people who want to try RDTAs for the first time. With that being said, be very careful. Most people don’t take vapes seriously enough and take their safety for granted. These things can be very dangerous, especially when you start building your own components. Something as simple as a bad coil can cause big problems and be a huge safety concern, so be sure to read our Vape Safety Guide. Before getting into anything rebuildable, please do a lot of research and make sure it’s the right path for you.