Fans of the original iStick Pico from renowned manufacturer Eleaf will have something new to look forward to with the release of their new offering. The Eleaf iStick Pico Baby kit brings back the same portability that many have come to love about the original Pico and takes it to a higher level by integrating the tank assembly into the body of the mod. Powered by an internal battery of 1050mAh, this little kit delivers a max total output of 25 watts.
Let’s take a closer look at the features and performance of the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby and see if it’s worth picking up. Be sure to check the vape buyer’s guides for important information to take into consideration before making your purchase.
Review: Eleaf iStick Pico Baby
The Eleaf iStick Pico Baby shares a lot with its older and bigger brother in terms of shape and design. Slight changes have been made to the overall functionality of the mod but in regards to overall fit, finish, and durability, the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby does falter at all.
The area where the battery cap used to be on the original Pico is now occupied by a fancy little firing button which sits right next to the recessed tank. What sets this firing button apart from what’s being used on all other mods is that it uses a mechanical assembly to actuate the firing of the mod as well as a locking mechanism that doesn’t rely on the software or internal chip of the device.
To put it in another way, the firing button essentially becomes impossible to press down when properly set to the lock position which is a unique and much better option for battery and mod safety
Another change which has been made is that instead of using the standard 510 connection that sits flush on top of the mod, the 510 connection now sits at a recessed chamber which is designed to hold and protect the included GS Baby tank. The chassis has a small window on either side where you can view the contents of the tank.
Another innovation is that the 510 connection is locked in place with a new magnetic mechanism for even easier installation and removal of the atomizer.
While the internal battery cannot be removed, charging it through the mod is done easily enough with the accessible micro USB charging port. Eleaf doesn’t make any mention of a quick charging 2 amp charge rate, but regardless, the charging port does a decent job of getting your Eleaf iStick Pico Baby up and running in practically no time at all.
Eleaf’s coils have always been one of the more dependable and better-performing brands of stock coil heads in the market and the same can be said in the case of the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby. The kit includes two GS Air coils both rated at 0.75ohms with an optimal wattage range of 8-25 watts.
While the pairing of these coils with the relatively low output of the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby might not yield the best results in terms of vapor production, it does wonders for those who prefer flavor over cloud chasing.
Airflow is semi-restricted and while the GS Baby tank does have an adjustable airflow ring, even opening it up all the way will only result in a semi-restricted vape, so if you’re looking for a relaxed, loose, and airy vaping experience, the included tank might not be the best option for you. For fans of mouth to lung vaping, or tighter more restricted draws similar to that of a traditional method, then you’ll do well in choosing this kit.
Despite it’s close resemblance to the original Eleaf Pico kit, the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby doesn’t have any options for variable wattage or temperature control modes. Firing at a fixed output dictated by the voltage capable of being supplied by the battery, the kit works optimally when the battery is fully charged so you can expect vaping output to slowly taper off as the battery levels go down.
One notable feature of the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby is that you aren’t limited to using the included GS Baby tank. Any tank atomizer with a total diameter of 14mm or less should be able to fit inside the recessed atomizer chamber, giving you more freedom when it comes to possible vaping options down the line.
Ease of Use
One of the biggest shortcomings the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby kit has lies within the maintenance required to keep the GS Baby tank operational. Instead of using a convenient top fill method which has become prevalent in many modern atomizers released in the market, the GS Baby tank instead uses a bottom fill method.
While this might not sound like a big deal to the ears of beginners or newcomers to vaping, it can get rather tiresome to refill the tank since every refill necessitates completely removing the tank from the mod, unscrewing the base of the tank while holding it upside down, and filling the tank up from the bottom. Big points against this kit for such an archaic and outdated filling method.
In direct contrast to the tank, the mod itself is pretty straightforward when it comes to its operation. The firing button screws down and locks in place. When loosened, the firing button is, in turn, unlocked allowing for a very satisfying and tactile activation of the kit. There aren’t any auxiliary buttons to concern yourself with and getting a good vape out of the mod is as easy as pressing down the firing button.
With a total weight of 112.8 grams, the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby is one of the lighter mods in its category. While it definitely doesn’t come close to the lightness of ultra-compact mods such as the Juul, it certainly packs more punch in terms of vaping output and flavor.
The overall dimensions measuring out to 41mm * 23mm * 75mm make the mod satisfyingly compact and pocketable, so for vapers looking for a decently powerful device to keep in their pocket, the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby does well in that regard.
While the internal 1050mAh battery might not be the biggest and baddest in terms of overall capacity, it does a good enough job of providing an all day vape. The micro USB charging port charges the battery quick enough so that downtime in between battery cycles isn’t really an issue.
At the end of the day, the Eleaf iStick Pico Baby does an overall satisfactory job of providing a good and reliable vaping experience throughout the day. While the device itself is easy enough to setup and use, I cant say I’m the biggest fan of the GS Baby tank due to its old and outdated filling method, so if that’s an issue for you, it might be a good idea to consider another tank (or kit) altogether.