Review: Eleaf iCard
Upon first glance, the Eleaf iCard looks like a spitting image of its predecessor, the iCare. It uses the same rubberized finish that gives it a nice and grippy feel when held in hand, no doubt a big boon for those with clumsy or sweaty hands. Available in 5 colors (grey, blue, orange, green, and black) the Eleaf iCard offers a healthy selection of color options to suit any vapers preference.
Instead of glass, the tank is constructed from a sturdy and heat resistant polycarbonate making it even more durable and safe for vaping, with the added benefit of providing a comfortable vaping experience thanks to its heat insulating properties.
Just like the iCare, the all-new iCard also makes use of the protective top cap designed to keep your mouthpiece as clean and hygienic as possible, which is invaluable for vapers who are always on the go and tend to store their mod in bags or pockets which might have debris that might potentially dirty up the mod.
Similar to many starter mods, the Eleaf iCard uses a simple one-button operation in the form of a singular fire button. A micro USB port is located off to the side for easy and accessible quick charging of the device through any powered USB source. In addition, the part which acts as the mouthpiece can also be attached to the bottom of the mod for easy safekeeping when vaping, minimizing the chances of losing or misplacing the protective cover.
Another new innovation that the iCard has in its bag of tricks is a child locking system that prevents unwanted access to the e-liquid held in the tank. Simple rotate the tank/mouthpiece 180 degrees to lock the fill port, then turn it back for when refilling is required.
Thanks to the all-new ID coil heads designed by Eleaf, the Eleaf iCard outputs an extremely refined and smooth airflow. The airflow feels restricted, which makes it more suitable for those who’ve just begun their vaping journey or for those who prefer a true mouth to lung vaping experience.
While the Eleaf iCare only has a maximum output of 15 watts, that doesn’t mean that flavor density is negatively impacted in any way. Flavors come through clean and crisp, and while vapor production is far from the best, it’s around the ballpark with what can be expected from a mouth to lung device.
The new ID coils definitely feel more robust compared to previous iterations as coil durability is better than average, lasting around 7-9 days before requiring swapping.
Like most starter or all in one devices, the Eleaf iCard has the distinctive lack of alternative vaping modes. Variable wattage and temperature control are notably absent from this kit. While this is obviously a deal breaker for those who are looking for a full featured mod, the Eleaf iCard is geared towards newcomers or to those interested in getting a secondary backup device.
The mod despite its lack of features does have a form of current regulation. Specifically, protections against battery over-charging, over-current, and over-discharging are all hardwired onto the onboard chipset of the Eleaf iCard so newbie vapers can vape in peace knowing that safety isn’t an issue with this device.
Ease of Use
The one button operation of the Eleaf iCard makes it an absolute breeze for beginners to vaping to jump right in. After charging the mod with the included micro USB cable, simply click the firing button 5 times to turn it on. An LED indicator will light up to let you know that the device is primed and ready for vaping.
In lieu of the standard LED screen, the Eleaf iCare uses a 4-colour LED light to communicate the battery life. Green means that your device is around 90% upwards, followed by orange, blue, then finally red to indicate that the device is in immediate need of recharging.
Aside from the easy to use operation of the Eleaf iCare, it’s just as easy to maintain as well. When the time comes for a coil change, simply pull the mouthpiece off, thread off the old coil, screw in the new one by hand, refill the tank with e-liquid then you’re all set.
With a maximum thickness of 14mm and total height of 87mm, not many devices can match the Eleaf iCard in terms of overall compactness. While it may lose out to the Juul or Kandypens Rubi, it does a much better job of producing a good amount of flavor and vapor without losing too much portability.
The 50-gram weight also does this mod a world of good in making it an attractive candidate for outdoorsy types who like to vape when on the go as the minimal weight will hardly be a hindrance.
Based on the tiny frame of the Eleaf iCare, it’s easy to assume that battery life won’t be spectacular. That isn’t the case though as the internal 650mAh battery does a respectable job of providing an all day vaping experience even for the heavy chain vapers out there.
The Eleaf iCard brings a healthy slew of new features to a tried and test compact form factor. The child lock safety feature will no doubt prove to be invaluable. If you’re in the market for an easy to use, well performing, and highly compact device with a good amount of battery inside its tiny frame, it’s hard to go wrong with the Eleaf iCare.
Many newcomers will naturally gravitate towards it due to the simple and uncomplicated design, while veteran vapers will also appreciate the reliability and simplicity that this can deliver as a backup device.
If you are looking for the most portable and straightforward unit we would probably chalk that up to the Kandypens Rubi.
If you are looking for a mod-style vape to start with we suggest checking out the Vaporesso Swag.