Review: Eleaf iStick Pico Resin
Form factor wise, absolutely nothing has changed with the Eleaf iStick Pico Resin. Everything from the button layout down to the LED screen remains practically identical to the original Pico. This may be good or bad news depending on how much of a fan you were of the original design. It’s safe to say that not everyone dug the placement of the up/down wattage buttons directly underneath the device.
While hard to reach for the less dexterous vaper, there are those who appreciated this layout as it effectively placed the buttons out of sight not to mention made accidental button presses difficult if not impossible.
As for the quality of the resin, it’s decent, with a honeycomb pattern etched throughout the entire surface of the resin which covers everything but the top and bottom of the mod. The kit is available in 5 colorways: amber, blue, black, purple, and red which are all available in the glossy variant but I can’t help but wish for a matte version of these colors as well. The top and the bottom portion of the Eleaf iStick Pico Resin is topped off with a chrome finish very much like the first Pico.
The battery chamber can be accessed through the top of the device and is kept in place with the classic threaded and slightly knurled battery cap. Unlike the first version of the Pico, this new model has fortunately improved on the quality of the threading. The battery cap now threads in smooth as butter, unlike the rough and scratchy experience we used to get with the OG Pico.
The firing button and the LED display remain unchanged and I don’t really have any complaints with that as these function just fine. Some might feel that the button is a bit outdated though and would prefer a larger sculpted design for even better ergonomics. Nevertheless, you’ll still have the nice click of the firing button whenever it’s pressed.
One of the bigger changes with this kit aesthetics aside is the inclusion of the Melo 4 tank. The Melo lineup has undergone multiple revisions since the first Melo tank which was included with the OG Pico.
It’s pretty much a given that the coil design has vastly improved since then and that’s very evident with the EC-N and EC-M coil heads which are included in this kit.
Both coils use a mesh coil system with the N variant having a much more restricted airflow thanks to the finer mesh used which stands in contrast with the M variant that uses a mesh coil with larger holes for more potential airflow.
Both coils work great straight out of the box and flavor and vapor production are worthy of only praise. The dual airflow system works just fine with any noticeable whistling which is commonly seen in lower quality atomizers. It doesn’t hurt as well that the tank hasn’t leaked one bit since I’ve been using it which is always welcome news for any vaper.
Despite its tiny size, the Eleaf iStick Pico Resin is jam-packed with features. Aside from the basic variable wattage, the mod also supports vaping in temperature control mode with support for all types (stainless steel, nickel, and titanium).
Customizable TCR values are also an option just in case you’re interested but preheat isn’t an option as the Pico Resin doesn’t really have enough horsepower to drive heavier or bigger coil builds.
As for atomizer compatibility, the Eleaf iStick Pico Resin can only accommodate tanks or RDAs up to 22mm in diameter. Anything bigger won’t fit due to physical restrictions in place thanks to the adjacent battery cap.
It seems even at this point, Eleaf still hasn’t figured out a way to expand the atomizer compatibility of the Pico without increasing the size of the mod itself which is mildly disappointing but not a total dealbreaker where this kit is concerned.
Ease of Use
The Eleaf iStick Pico Resin operates similarly to your basic variable wattage device. 5 clicks on the firing button turn the mod on or off while 3 clicks give you access to the menu and selection of available vaping modes.
It can be expected that navigating the menu does require a certain learning curve thanks to the small and outdated screen, but this should only be an issue for power users who intend to tinker with their mod a lot.
Another weakness of the kit is due to the size restrictions placed on the atomizer, the kit includes the D22 version of the Melo 4 which can only hold up to 2ml of e-liquid. That’s pretty small considering this is a relatively high-powered mod we’re talking about here.
So don’t be surprised if you find yourself refilling the tank multiple times in one day. Thankfully, refilling the tank isn’t a problem thanks to the push to slide mechanism on the top cap which doesn’t require any threading at all, making quick refills on the go an easy affair.
The shining pride of the Pico lineup is its sheer portability and this version doesn’t disappoint in this regard. With dimensions measuring out to a mere 45mm*23mm*111.5 mm, its one of those mods that easily slips into your pocket almost as if it belongs there.
Ergonomics are on point as well thanks to the smooth and rounded shape which makes the device a joy to hold in the palm of your hand.
While battery life can be limited depending on your preferred wattage setting, a fresh 18650 battery can easily last you for a day before requiring a recharge. A micro USB port is also available for firmware updates or charging on the go when required making Eleaf iStick Pico Resin a compelling choice for who consider portability a major concern.
While definitely not without flaws, the new Eleaf iStick Pico Resin kit does offer a breath of fresh air to an already well-loved and established form factor. You get all of the portability and power of a single 18650 device, not to mention the wow factor that resin adds to the package.
Atomizer compatibility might be an issue if you ever decide on swapping the Melo 4 out for another tank or RDA, but given how well the Pico has performed, its a con I’m willing to overlook.