I do like this kit, in fact, I like it a lot. I like using it when I know I’m going to be out of the house for a short time and I don’t feel like carrying a lot of big cumbersome mod with me. If I take this mod out with a full charge and two fully charged batteries in a case, I’m pretty good for the day. Of course, that’s if I am vaping the mod at under 60 watts. Vape the Pico 25 higher than 60 watts and it will just rip through batteries. You have to remember, it’s a single 18650 battery mod so it’s really not meant to be vaped in the 70 to 80 watt range. That’s not saying you can’t vape it at that wattage but you will fly through batteries.
If TC is not important to you and you do regularly vape under 60 watts, then the Pico 25 would be a very good choice. Also, if you need a very pocketable mod, the Pico 25 fits that bill as well. Or maybe you’re a beginner and you’re looking for a very effective, simple kit. If that’s the case, then the Pico 25 will serve you well. Maybe, you’re just like me and you just like having a bunch of new mods that you can use in different situations. The Pico 25 would be a worthy addition to your collection in that case as well. Overall, it’s just a solid, simple kit with a proven board and form factor.
How Does It Vape?
Overall, this is a nice little setup. The kit does vape very well in power mode and I do find myself using it a lot. I do find myself gravitating towards the higher wattage coil and when I do buy more coils for this tank, those are the ones that I am going to buy. I juiced up a brand new coil with some French Custard in it and I have to say I am getting an extremely satisfying vape at 50 Watts. The clouds are really good and the flavor is pretty on point.
First Impression Out of the Box
The Pico 25 comes packaged in a typical two-tiered box. Open the box and you will see the mod with the 2 ml tank pre-installed along with the 4 ml glass and the coil. Pull the ribbon and on the bottom tier of the box, we have a 2 Amp USB cable, chimney extender, spare chuff cap, all of the manuals, and some spare parts. I have no problem saying early on in this review that the Pico 25 is a good looking little mod. I definitely like the two-tone black and red color scheme. Love the fact that they matched up the tank to the color of the mod.
What’s in the Box
- 1 x Eleaf iStick Pico 25
- 1 x Eleaf ELLO
- 1 x Eleaf HW1 Single Cylinder 0.2ohm Atomizer Head (Pre-installed)
- 1 x Eleaf HW2 Dual Cylinder 0.3ohm Atomizer Head
- 1 x Ultra Wide Delrin Drip Tip
From Top to Bottom
The Pico 25 comes with a gold plated 510 pin. It is firm and it does have a short throw to it. Threading on the 510 pin is stainless steel. Right next to the 510, we have a color coordinated metal battery cap. The Pico 25 has just enough room between the tank and the battery cap for you to be able to fit a 25mm tank. The battery cap is threaded nicely and it does go on and off with little effort. There is clear battery orientation markings inside the tube and on the inside of the cap.
The body of the mod is plastic and Eleaf says it is made of acrylic and aluminum. This definitely makes the weight of the mod rather light. Even though the mod does feel light, it does not feel cheap. The texture and the curves on the mod are very comfortable and smooth.
The fire button is on the small side and it does have a curve to it. This is something you’d expect because the mod is very small so the button they decided to use with it does fit very well with the overall look. The button feels like it’s made out of aluminum and it looks to be the same material Eleaf used for the metal part of the body.
For a mod of this size, the screen is actually on the big side. It is nice and bright and you will be able to see it in any lighting condition including outdoors in direct sunlight. It does seem to have some sort of hard plastic clear cover but it definitely does not hinder the readability of the screen. The screen is big, bright, and it does display all of the information a vaper needs. On the screen, you will be able to see resistance, puffs, voltage, temperature, wattage, and the material you are using.
Right below the screen, there is a horizontally mounted USB charge and update Port. The Pico 25 is capable of 2 amp charging and they do include a 2 amp cable in the kit as well. The Pico 25 is firmware upgradeable.
When you turn the mod over and look at the bottom of the mod, you will see some black Eleaf branding, venting, and the plus minus buttons. The buttons are an oval shaped rocker style of button and they are recessed. They are responsive and clicky but I have never been a fan of putting buttons on the bottom of a mod. One thing I did have to change was the orientation of the screen. My Pico 25 came out of the box with the screen on the wrong side. What I mean by that is when I looked at the screen, the plus button was on the bottom. I had to switch that out because it was just not good for my OCD.
This is a beautiful little color-matched tank that comes with the Pico 25. It is the Ello tank and I absolutely love the red that they used on it. It just pops and looks fantastic. The Ello tank does have a very comfortable curved drip tip that is reminiscent of the drip tip that was on the original Augvape Merlin. It is not 510 compatible and Eleaf definitely should have included an adapter. They did include a wide bore chuff cap for this tank but with a tank of this diminutive size, it’s really not my style.
There is a slider-style top cap with a small arrow that you need to locate and push forward in order to open it up. Once it is open, you will see two kidney bean-shaped fill ports that will accommodate most bottles on the market today. Bullnose tips can be a pain but if you apply a little pressure when filling, they will work. The actual slider part will not separate from the actual top cap.
This tank comes pre-installed with a 2ml glass section but Eleaf also gives you a 4ml glass section. It would have been nice of Eleaf to include a spare glass in at least one of those sizes. Personally, because of the size of the mod and the coils, I do enjoy running and prefer 4 ml mode better than 2 ml mode.
In order to switch the tank from 2 ml mode to 4 ml mode, all you need to do is install the included chimney extension. It is very easy to do and for a small tank, this chimney does have a very wide bore to it. I just like the look of this whole kit in 4 ml mode better. To me, it just gives it a much more substantial look.
The Ello tank is a dual bottom airflow tank. The AFC has a smooth action to it and there are stoppers present on both ends. This is a screw-in coil system. The bottom of your coil screws into the base and the top of your coil screws into the chimney. It’s a very simple design that we have all seen before.
With the tank, you get two coils:
- (1) Eleaf ELLO Mini HW1 Single Cylinder SS316L 0.2ohm Atomizer Head for Variable Wattage or SS316L TC Mode (Recommended: 50 – 65W)
- (1) Eleaf ELLO Mini HW2 Dual Cylinder Kanthal 0.3ohm Atomizer Head for Variable Wattage (Recommended: 45 – 60W)
The first coil I used was the HW1. To be perfectly honest, I think Eleaf overrated this coil a bit. Whenever I push this coil above 50 Watts, I got a distinctive burnt taste. At 40 Watts, the flavor was on point. My best advice concerning this coil would be to ignore the ratings on the coils and just vape it where you think it tastes good. The other possibility is I could have just gotten a bad coil, it does happen. I do like the fact that Eleaf included a TC coil in this kit since I am a TC vaper. Hopefully, we will see a lot more companies develop coils that can be used in TC in the sub ohm category.
The next coil I tried was the HW2 coil. I have to admit that I did like the flavor and vapor production much better on this coil than the HW1. Eleaf seems to have rated this one properly. Both coils seem to have had that funky cotton taste for the first 10 or 12 pulls. The good news is, once the coil is broken in the flavors very good and that taste goes away quickly. I am a little disappointed that Eleaf did not include a single coil RBA base for a tank like this. I think it would be a great addition to the kit and it probably would have worked really well.
The Look, Feel, and General Aesthetics of the Mod
I do love the look and feel of this little mod. I like what Eleaf did with the two-tone colors and I love the fact that they match up the tank to the mod perfectly. This is a very light mod and it will feel great in your hand. Yes, it’s not as stealthy as some other mods but it is a very easy carry. It does seem to be well built and the paint has been holding up just fine. While it is not a purely stealthy mod you will have no problem carrying this setup in a shirt pocket or front jeans pocket. Use this mod in 2 ml mode and it just becomes even stealthier.
The Eleaf board is a very popular board that we have all seen before. Nothing has really changed. This mod does work well in power mode. However, like with most Eleaf boards, TC is another story. The TC on the Pico 25 is very finicky. Sometimes you can get it to run smooth and it will give you a great vape. Other times, it will kick you out of TC and into wattage mode for no apparent reason. It really is kind of a shame that Eleaf does not step up its TC game because when it does work, it actually works very well. It just needs to be a lot more consistent.
As with all Eleaf boards, this little mod does have a full temperature control suite as well as a TCR function. It has three memory slots and a bypass mode as well. The TCR memory slots will allow you to store 3 custom TCR values. The bypass mode basically makes the Pico 25 run like a mechanical mod. It does have a preheat function that you can access when the mod is powered off.
The Menu System
Again no big changes here. If you have owned an Eleaf mod before, this menu system will be very familiar to you.
- 5 clicks on/off
- – button and fire button together for stealth mode
- 3 clicks to change modes
- In TC mode, 4 clicks to change wattage
- +/- button for 2 seconds for keylock
While the mod is off:
- +/- button for 2 seconds to flip the screen
- + button and fire button to access preheat functions
Pico 25 Mod
- Dimensions: 2-3/4″ x 1-7/8″ x 15/16″ (Including Battery Cap)
- 510 Threaded
- Comfortably Fits 25mm and Smaller Tanks
- Operating Wattage: 1.0 – 85.0 W
- Temperature Control: Nickel 200 (Ni200), Titanium (Ti), Stainless Steel 316 (SS316), TCR Modes
- Temperature Control: 100 – 315C / 220 – 600 F
- Bypass (Direct Output Voltage) Mode
- Resistance: 0.1 – 3.5 ohm in Variable Wattage/Bypass Mode
- Resistance: 0.05 – 1.5 ohm in Temperature Control mode
- Preheat Functionality
- Stealth Functionality
- Hidden Adjustment Buttons located on the Bottom of the Device
- 0.91″ OLED Display Screen
- Requires (1) High Amp 18650 Battery (Sold separately)
- Side Micro USB Charging Port
- Maximum Charging Current: 2A
- Firmware Upgradeable
- Dual Circuit Protection
- Dimensions: 1-3/4″ x 15/16″ (Including Drip Tip and Threads)
- 25mm Diameter
- 510 Threaded
- 2.0ml e-Liquid Capacity (4.0ml Capacity with Expansion Glass)
- Retractable Top Fill Design for Easy Refills
- Glass Tank
- Dual Airflow Slots
- Adjustable Airflow Control Valve
- Utilizes Eleaf ELLO Mini HW Atomizer Heads for Balanced Flavor and Vapor Production
- Includes (1) Eleaf ELLO Mini HW1 Single Cylinder SS316L 0.2ohm Atomizer Head for Variable Wattage or SS316L TC Mode (Recommended: 50 – 65W)
- Includes (1) Eleaf ELLO Mini HW2 Dual Cylinder Kanthal 0.3ohm Atomizer Head for Variable Wattage (Recommended: 45 – 60W)
- Includes Ultra Wide Delrin Drip Tip
- Complete kit (just need a quality 18650 battery)
- 2 amp internal charging
- Good looking
- Bright screen
- Clicky buttons
- Fits 25mm tanks
- Form factor
- Very pocketable
- Bottom airflow
- Smooth airflow
- Easy top fill design
- Slider top cap
- Color coordinated to mod
- Tank is extendable
- Good machining
- Good flavor
- Nice clouds
- Two drip tips
- +/- buttons on the bottom of the mod
- TC could be better
- No RBA section
- No 510 drip tip adapter
- Rating on the HW1 coil is questionable