Review: Eleaf Pico Squeeze 2
The first major difference between the Eleaf Pico Squeeze 2 and its predecessor is the overall finish. The original Squeeze used minimalist flat tones to create a stealthier nondescript look whereas the new Squeeze 2 is going for a brighter and flashier aesthetic designed to catch the eye. Available in 5 colorways consisting of Purple, Dazzling Rainbow, Red, Black, and a shimmery silver, the new Squeeze definitely adds a bit of spice to the design especially thanks to the chrome accents highlighting the top, bottom, and center of the mod.
Another welcome change is the inclusion of a 0.49-inch screen located dead center. While lacking the flashiness of larger color screens with their detailed and almost Android-like user interface, the Eleaf Pico Squeeze 2’s screen still manages to display all the important information that you’ll need for a proper vape such as current wattage/temperature, current resistance, and voltage/amp output.
It also seems like that Eleaf is learning from its mistakes as the new version of the Squeeze has now relocated the previously elusive up/down buttons from the bottom of the device where they were frustratingly difficult for some users to access. Now located right underneath the display, they’re easily within reach. A very curious design decision though is placing the firing button at the back of the mod. It’s not the most ergonomic position and the flat and plain looking firing button doesn’t help alleviate that problem and feels like a step backwards in terms of good design.
The characteristic top battery cap of the Pico series is still prevalent here in the Eleaf Pico Squeeze 2. Eleaf has fortunately managed to keep up the improved quality on machining the threads on these things. Screwing the battery cap on feels buttery smooth with any scratchiness or burrs on the metal that might cause the cap to snag or seize up. The battery chamber fits both 18650 and 21700 batteries with the help of an adapter, giving you the option of using a heavier kit with more lasting power or sacrificing some battery life for a slightly lighter mod.
I’ve always preferred RDAs due to the much better flavor and vapor quality these things offer, but the major caveat is that they require continuous dripping from your bottle which can feel tiresome after awhile. While tanks are a good solution to this problem, they probably offer only around 90% of the maximum vapor quality you’d get from an RDA. The good news is that squonking kits that use BF (bottom feed) atomizers essentially take the best of both worlds without having any of the negatives.
This rings especially true for the Coral 2 BF RDA. Airflow is wonderfully smooth and you can really feel that through the lack of turbulence and whistling that some atomizes generate when adjusting the airflow settings. The single airflow hole on the side of the outer barrel channels the air directly to the coil in the chamber resulting in a smooth, warm, and dense vaping experience that is neither lacking in flavor or cloud production.
The deck on Coral 2 isn’t your average cookie cutter design as well. It’s quite brilliant in fact as it’s just a single coil velocity deck tilted at a slight angle to allow for easier installation and positioning of the coil. The juice well on the Coral 2 is hella deep so you won’t have to worry about oversquonking and leaking e-liquid all over the place.
The Pico Squeeze 2 packs some surprising punch despite its tiny size. In variable wattage mode, it can fire up to a 100 watts in total. But to realistically reach this output it’s pretty much a must that you use a 21700 battery as a single 18650 simply won’t have enough amps to drive the mod at high wattages in the long run.
The Pico Squeeze 2 also uses the highly advanced Avatar chipset which gives it frighteningly accurate temperature control as well as adjustable TCR settings that can be changed on the fly. Stainless steel, nickel, and titanium are all supported in temperature control mode and the Squeeze 2 doesn’t have any trouble of doing its job regardless of how low the coil resistance is.
Ease of Use
Granted there is a learning curve involved when it comes to knowing how to properly install your coils on an RDA. Unlike most sub-ohm tanks which just involved threading off the old coil head and screwing on the new one, installing a barebones coil on an RDA takes a bit of finesse. It’s nothing too difficult that a little bit of YouTubing and practice won’t fix so don’t let that scare you away of potentially getting one.
Refilling the soft silicone squonk bottle is a breeze as well. Simply pull off the front protective cover, pull the squonk bottle down, fill it up, then push it back up and you’re good to go. Squeezing the bottle feeds e-liquid up to the bottom of the Coral 2 RDA where your wick and coil is located, instantly saturating the wick with e-liquid.[ /column]
In true Pico fashion, the Pico Squeeze 2 is a tiny little performer measuring out to a mere 56mm*28mm*97mm. With the Avatar 21700 battery installed it weighs in at 304 g which is pretty hefty for such a small mod. Another point in the favor of the Pico Squeeze 2 is the large e-liquid capacity of the bottle which can hold up to 8 whopping milliliters of e-liquid. This completely eliminates the need for you to bring your e-liquid bottles along for the ride which is something not all tanks can do.
Battery life on the Pico Squeeze can range from decent to good depending on the battery installed. Using a 18650 cell will give you roughly a days use with moderate vaping at around 30-40 watts. Using the much larger 21700 cell, however, can last you almost 2 full days worth or just a single day of high powered vaping.
The loud and bright design might not appeal to some, but for those willing to look past the surface, the Eleaf Pico Squeeze 2 is more than an upgrade to its predecessor. They might look similar but when it comes to performance they are worlds apart. The smooth airflow, excellent flavor and production cement this kit as one of the strongest performers in its power and size category. If you’re looking for a high powered, portable, and easy to use squonking kit, this is it, folks.