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March 16, 2015

Eleaf iStick 30W Review

Eleaf iStick 30W Intro

Eleaf’s iStick 20W was insanely popular when it launched onto the market last year, however there were lots of areas for improvement. Eleaf have listened to their

customers and have released a much improved and more powerful version which is still the same tiny size.

In this article we look at how the Eleaf iStick 30W is improved over the 20W and what its stand out features are.

Check out our coupon code below to save yourself some money if you want to purchasethe Eleaf iStick 30W.

If you have any questions at all on the Eleaf 30W, don’t hesitate to drop us a comment below.

Eleaf iStick 30W Specs and Features

Kit Content

  • 1 x iStick 30W Box Mod
  • 1 x 510/Ego Adapter
  • 1 x Micro USB to USB Charging Cable
  • 1 x USB Wall Adapter


  • Size: 77mm x 23mm x 32.5mm
  • Color: Black Silver Fuchsia Blue
  • Voltage output: 2.0V – 8.0V
  • Wattage output: 5W – 30W
  • Threading: 510 spring loaded connection with stainless steel threading
  • 4-5.0 ohm
  • 2200mAh battery

Notable Remarks

Improvements on the iStick 30W over the old 20W

Eleaf iStick 30W/iStick 20W
Eleaf iStick 30W/iStick 20W
  • Increased voltage Range: 2 – 8V
  • Increased wattage: 5 – 30W
  • Spring loaded 510 pin and stainless steel threading
  • Wattage locking function
  • Capable of sub ohm vaping: 0.4 – 5.0ohm
  • Wider base at the top to cater for 23mm tanks (no overlap)


The Eleaf iStick 30W is priced around $35-40, depending on where you get it from. You can save 10% on your purchase with our coupon code at the bottom of the page.

At $35 I think the Eleaf iStick 30W is an absolute bargain. It probably isn’t quite as high quality as the Innokin MVP 3.0, but it is absolutely tiny and works really well. I also like the fact that Eleaf have listened to feedback on the 20W device and have incorporated that into the iStick 30W, which is a much improved device. It’s a really impressive super tiny box mod that has the capability of using the latest sub ohm tanks that everyone is going crazy for.

Sub Ohm Capability and More Power

Eleaf iStick 30W/Kanger Subtank Mini Handcheck
Eleaf iStick 30W/Kanger Subtank Mini Handcheck

So I mentioned above that the Eleaf iStick 30W can use the latest sub ohm tanks. The iStick can fire down to 0.4 ohms and all the way up to 5ohm. It also now fires up to 30W which is 10W more than the older 20W model. The iStick 30W will therefore work with almost any tank and will work well for the majority of the sub ohm tanks. If you are looking for a sub ohm tank for the iStick 3W I would recommend the Subtank Mini, Nano, Eleaf Melo, Smoktech VCT or Aspire Atlantis. The Joyetech Delta 2 fires best over 30W so I would opt for the Eleaf iStick 50W if you want that tank. The Artic by Horizon Tech will also need power.

If you don’t want a sub ohm tank I would recommend the Nautilus Mini, Kanger Aerotank or the Eleaf GS Air.

Size and Aestetics

Eleaf iStick 30W Micro USB Port
Eleaf iStick 30W Micro USB Port

The iStick 30W boasts a lot of improvements over the 20W model, so you would forgive Eleaf if the 30W version was bigger. However they have managed to keep it almost exactly the same size. Check out the pics below to get a feeling for just how tiny it is. It is really good for slipping in your pocket and taking out with you. My brother and I just love its tiny size, which makes it so convenient and great for a little stealth vape!

The one thing that is slightly larger is the top cap which has been extended slightly. They did this so 23mm tanks will sit flush without any overhang. The sub ohm tanks which are mostly 22mm, all fit flush with no overhang.

Overall I think the iStick 30W looks really great. We love our pink colored one and it sits incredibly well in your hand when vaping. I would also recommend getting a silicon sleeve for it, which protects it a bit and improves grip.

Better 510 Pin and Stainless Steel Threading

The pin and threading was one area a lot of people complained about on the 20W model. Eleaf listened and added a nice spring loaded 510 connector, with improved stainless steel threading. The threading is now better quality and we haven’t had any threading issues so far. The spring loaded pin means that fitting any tank onto the device is a piece a cake and all the tanks and clearomizers sit nice and flush!

Improved Buttons and Screen

Eleaf iStick 30W Screen/Buttons
Eleaf iStick 30W Screen/Buttons

The buttons seem to rattle less on the 30W than the 20W, which is nice. The screen also now features a wattage lock feature. If you want to lock the wattage or voltage you are vaping at, you can do so by holding down the plus and minus buttons. This means it will lock and you can’t accidently change the wattage or voltage when vaping. The screen also has an improved accelerometer for scrolling up and down between wattages more easily.

To switch between wattage and voltage just click the fire button 3 times. To turn off the device fully hit the fire button 5 times.

USB Pass-through Charging

The iStick 30W can be charged through USB and has a pass through charging technology, which means you can vape whilst charging. My only slight annoyance is that the charging port is on the bottom and not on the side, which means you can’t sit it upright when charging. To charge the device fully it took around 2 and a half hours.

Battery Life

The Li-Po battery is the same power battery as on the 20W device (2200mAh). If you are vaping on and off at a lower wattage, you can expect to get a couple of days’ worth of vaping with one charge. However, if you are sub ohm vaping at 30W on 0.5ohm coils quite heavily, you can get through one battery in 4-5 hours. The battery life should last most vapers a day, but it will depend on your usage.

I would have liked to have seen a slightly more powerful battery that lasts a little bit longer, but it isn’t a deal breaker at all. That would probably be one and only little gripe about the iStick 30W. If you want more battery life then I would consider the Eleaf 50W or the Innokin MVP 3.0.


Overall I think the iStick 30W is an extremely affordable, tiny, multi-functional box mod that will be the perfect device for a lot of vapers. It gives you a lot of flexibility with its capability of firing down to 0.4ohm, as well as being a tiny device that looks great, all at a very affordable price.

I think in terms of quality, the iStick 30W seems to be built a lot better than the 20W, but it isn’t by any means a high end device. It still feels a little plasticky and doesn’t have that same solid feel like the Innokin 3.0 has. I have read one or two people saying that they have had some electrical issues, such as the iStick not holding its charge after a couple of weeks , which would indicate to me that it won’t be the kind of device that will last a very long time and that can be thrown around. But at its price point and for what it does, I am not expecting it to last forever. Nothing really compares to the iStick 30W in terms of size at the moment apart from maybe the Cloupor Mini, which really makes it a stand out device. We have been using it for 2 weeks now on different sub ohm tanks and we haven’t has a single issue, and my brother and I both absolutely love it!

If you want a tiny sized box mod capable of 30W and of firing down to 0.4ohm at an amazing price, then the Eleaf iStick 30W is a fantastic choice. The iStick 30W is a fantastic choice for all levels of vapers, from beginners to those who sub ohm vape. If you want more power take a look at the iStick 50W.

Let us know what you think of the iStick 30W and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop us a comment below and we will get back to you ASAP.

Chris Kendell is the co-founder of Vaping360. He started the website with his brother and co-founder Alex in 2014, after Alex introduced him to vaping. Chris was immediately won over by the revolutionary and potentially lifesaving impacts that vaping can have on our society. In his minuscule spare time, you can find Chris travelling and exploring new places from his base in Germany, eating delicious food and enjoying a range of different sports.

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Can you use a Protank II on this device?


I had mine no more than 2 days and mine just stopped working. I can’t turn it on or anything. Is there any reason behind this.


My battery will not charge more than 50%. I charge it all night and it still only charges to 50%.
Anyone else have this problem? Or solutions to fix this?


I have a question. I am wondering how long does theEleaf iStick 30W battery last before giving up and having to replace it?.

Alex Kendell

Have had mine for 1 and 1/2 a year and still going strong. Battery life goes down after long term use. Basically just means you have to charge it more often. Still works fine though! 🙂


Ok because mine actually would not charge anymore and had for little over a year (I was told I was lucky that it usually only last around 6 months before battery actually just dies) I do not use it all the time either just started using it more often than usual. I was a bit disappointed for the price of them and only lasting a year 🙁

Alex Kendell

The iStick 30W is actually quite cheap comapred to other mid to high-end mods. I have seen far worse in the higher end of the market. Be sure to check out our best box mods article:


I just purchased an Eleaf iStick 30W sub ohm. The user manual states that the variable voltage range is between 2.0-8.0 volts, but I can only go up to 3.8 volts with mine. Has anyone else had this problem and, if so, what can be done to remedy the situation? Thanx in advance.

Tom-André Larsen

The voltage will be limited by the wattage anyway. It’s ohms law. At 3,8V and 0,5 ohms you’ll hit close to 30 watts, which is maximum power output.


I just purchased an Eleaf iStick 30W and the user manual states that the VV range is 2.0-8.0 volts. However, mine will only go up to 3.8 volts. Has anyone else experienced this situation and, if so, what can be done to correct it? Thanx for you help in advance.

Becca Sanchez Martin

Hey! Just bought this, but it didn’t come with coils. Can anyone point me in the right direction for what type to buy? Thanks!


Hey there! Just wondering if you had any suggestions for a loose leaf cartridge for this! Thanks!

Alex Kendell

Yes I do! We just tested the MigVapor Sub-Herb:


I have been using the 30w eleaf istick for about 6 months and love it. However, I have a question, I’ve noticed recently my voltage climbs and the down arrow will not lower lower. I even locked it and suddenly it is higher. It now will now go below 4.1v and I used to keep it at 3.8. Still goes up to 8. Any idea what might cause this?


Hello, love the review. I’m currently using the 20w one branded by totally wicked. I love it apart from sometimes a leaks a little, some times it doesn’t. I also agree it feels a bit plasticy. I’m wondering whether to upgrade to this 30W model as I had no other complaints or try that Innokin MVP 3.0. I’m relatively new to this so don’t even know what sub OHM is, I just used the kit as sold by totally wicked. Any advice much appreciated. Cheers

Alex Kendell

Hey Jez, can you let me know what tank/clearomizer you are using on the iStick 30W?

Here are a few guides that might help you out:

Subohm Vaping:

Battery Safety:

Vaping and Inhaling:



Thanks Alex, really appreciate your response. As I say, I’m relatively new to vaping. I started with cigalikes last year, then a blu pro. I saw others using the mod boxes and tried this 20w eleaf re-branded by totally wicked.

It comes with a CS tank, not sure if that is a TW product. I find it leaks a bit and wouldn’t mind moving up to something a bit more sturdy and maybe learning a couple bits more about vaping.

Been put off by the scare stories on sub OHM but like the thought of bigger clouds and more taste. However, most of what I’ve found from research, including your article, is on importance on educating about OHM law which seems to be aimed at people building their own devices, how much of a concern is this if buying say the immokin 3 pro?

Alex Kendell

Ohms law is important especially for battery use on sub ohm coils/tanks. This is not much of a concern with the Innokin MVP 3.0 Pro as it is regulated using a LiPo battery. It all comes down to what tank you use. Please inform yourself about battery safety before going into subohm.


Thanks Alex, appreciate all the advice and reading through the very informative battery guides you linked above.

Last question, really sorry. I vape quite a lot now. Probably more than I smoked. The sub OHM sounds quite strong on the lungs as no longer mtl. Would I need to cut down a bit or keep a standard OHM for general nicotine cravings?

Alex Kendell

No problem at all. That is normal to vape more than you smoke, I did the same. Subohm tanks use a lot of eliquid and produce a lot more vapor than MTL devices. Due to the amount of vapor being produced you cannot use the same amount of nicotine as you use in MTL devices, it will give you too much nicotine and you will start to cough and get really dizzy. Whilst using sub ohm tanks you need to use a higher VG amount (because PG gives you too much of a throat hit) and a lower nic amount as well. I use 1.2mg nic on MTL devices and 0.3mg on sub ohm devices. All in all I do not get the same nicotine satisfaction from sub ohm tanks than I do from a Nautilus Mini using 1.2mg nic and high PG. It all comes down to personal preference, I know people who use a slightly lower VG liquid with 0.6mg and they really get their nic satisfaction, but for me 0.6 is just way too much on a sub ohm tank. I guess sub ohm tanks are mainly for flavor and cloud production and if you can get a small nic hit from it as well then that is good.


Hey there I’m new to this just got my istick today. I was wondering if it matters if you lie on your back in bed and smoke the istick with it pretty much flat in comparison to smoking while standing. Does this cause damage? Thank you.

Alex Kendell

I have no idea, I have done it before and nothing happened but I was not using the istick.


I figured as much but wanted to double check. I’d imagine if I was about to run outta juice it might not run well.


Hi guys I have an eleaf istick 30w and using an eleaf GS tank with standard .15omh coil. For some reason I keep getting atomiser short. Any ideas ?

Alex Kendell

Do you have any e-liquid in or on the pin of the tank or battery? Is the pin of the tank stuck? Could be that you have flooded the pin of the tank or battery thus the chip of the iStick 30W cannot read what resistance the coil is running at.


Hi Alex both ends are dry, I’ve checked the spring on the istick and its fine. Atomiser short is on but if I losen the GS tank and find the sweet spot it works, I then re tighten the tank down then it works for awhile, but any length of time off, it goes back to atomiser short, its so frustrating

Alex Kendell

I feel you. I had the same issue on a few other mods, I could not find a solution, like you said making it less tight seemed to do the trick, but on the long run especially if you put it into your pocket, it just doesn’t work. I think it has to do with the pin of the tank and the pin on the mod, I can’t figure out why that would be an issue on the GS tank seeming as it is from the same company and manufacturer. Normally I have the issue when I mix and match different mods with different tanks, never had that issue on the iStick 30W though. I would suggest you contact your vape shop you brought it from, maybe they will be able to supply you with a new mod.


i have an eleaf istick 30w, whats the highest w i should use on my nautilus mini tank

Alex Kendell

10-15W was the best for me, I really enjoyed using the Nautilus mini, good pick!


what is the protection mode that keeps popping up on my 30W eleaf?

Alex Kendell

It is to keep the LiPo safe, it normally occurs if you fire under the minimum ohm resistance.


Will a mini kanger tank pro 3 fit this using the adapter and can I just normal vape with this and what would be the ohm and power set up to just normal vape like I do now with Mini pro tank and stick battery ego type one.

Alex Kendell

You will be able to use the Kanger Protank 3 with the iStick 30W without the adapter. The adapter is only for eGo 510 threads. What coils (ohm) you buy is up to you, I would not use the iStick 30W higher than 12W on the Protank 3.


would it be possible to use the suntans mini 0.5 new vertical could on an eleaf I stick 30w? if so what wattage should I be smoking it at

Alex Kendell

Yes you will be able to use the vertical 0.5 coils, I would recommend you vape it at 30W maybe even 25W whatever suits you more.


I haven’t had any problems with my eLeaf 30. Works great and it is very portable. On the road all the time so it’s perfect. Been using mine for the past 6 months or so.

Some females were shopping for a small box mod at a local vape shop I go to. I showed them mine, which they really liked. The sales guy was a real d***. Trying to sell them huge high end mods and insulted me telling them mine was garbage. Truth is that he didn’t sell these mods and just wanted to sell his overpriced mods.

Don’t listen to that kinda BS folks. These mods are fine. Hopefully those females saw through his BS.

Alex Kendell

Hey Stephan, thanks for the heads up. The iStick 30W is fantastic and we have had zero issues with it. That is sadly the case with brick and mortar shops and some of the owners aren’t exactly trying to sell the “low-end” products. they rather sell the high end to get a bit of extra profit. I always tell newbie vapers to look online first and fetch some information on new products before they go to a B&M, otherwise things like this tend to happen.


Yes i have had two in the past 8 months 30 watt e stick, the charge port on both of them have become so lose that i can no longer use them because i cant charge them any more it seems they only last 4 months…


I love love love my eleaf I stick 30w. I vape honey dew. Which taste five hundred thousand times better now. I originally picked up vaping to quit smoking??? I just traded the habit. Oh well. Anyways. Thanks for the info though.

Chris Kendell

Glad you are enjoying it Ariel.


Hi i just got a istick eleaf 30W mod and i was told for the first charge to charge it for ten hours and no puff on it. Im wondering why that is, and if thats true?

Chris Kendell

Hi Chelsea. You can use it straight away, but it wont be fully charged. We used ours out the box briefly. Give it a full charge for it to perform at it’s best.


I bought my second eLeaf iStick 30w after I somehow managed to cross-thread my first one, resulting in it being useless. The same thing has now happened to my second one. No, this isn’t a personal issue, I haven’t had any problem at all with my iStick 50w, which I have had throughout this ordeal. I think the threads on the 30w are too soft or something to that effect. Very unhappy to now have two useless iStick 30w’s just because of threads. 🙁

Chris Kendell

Thanks for the heads up they have changed their pricing since we wrote that! Will update that now.


so if i was to vape at 30 watts with a 0.4 ohm coil , what voltage do i need to select with the Eleaf 30 watt mod ? . Any advice would be appreciated as im a noob vaper 🙂

Chris Kendell

Hi Natho. I’d advise to use the iStick in wattage mode and then you don’t need to do any conversions! I think most people use it in wattage mode and it makes things easier.


Why does mine say no atomizer


hi, friend, i know istick 30w is hot now , but i perfect to istick 50w , and it has many color can be choose , and i like the bule color.


Question: How do you turn on when it says lock?

Alex Kendell

Hi Tina, hold down the plus (+) and minus (-) arrows (buttons) at the same time. Vape on!


Definitely one of the better reviews of the iStick I’ve seen… great job. It’s interesting you notice an improvement in the button rattle over the 20w version. I’ve only noticed people saying that there is *more* button rattle. There must be some variation in batches or maybe they fixed the issue early on.

Either way, keep up the great work!

Alex Kendell

@slugbutts:disqus Thanks for the kind words, means allot! Well we have all of the iSticks ranging from the Mini 10W to the iStick 50W and the newer models such as the 50W and 30W both have better buttons. Not sure if this is a batch thing, but ours seem to be great. Still running like a madman on the LiPo batterys. Got to love that constant power even if the battery is low it still gives out it’s full power. We always try to give you an honest opinion about the products we try, and unlike allot of other review sites we actually buy/get the products ourselves and test them in every way possible. Have a great week and vape on!

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