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November 12, 2016

Eleaf iCare Mini Review [Important Update]

Eleaf iCare Intro

Following on the heels of the iCare, Eleaf released the iCare Mini. With a similar form factor to many of these pod vapes out now (Juul, Cync, Von Erl, etc.), the iCare Mini has one huge advantage over them: it is not a closed system!

The iCare Mini has a lot going for it, and not just with it being an open system. What really matters, though, is the consistency of performance and how it fares under normal usage.

Let’s get into the review and see what’s up with the iCare Mini.

Eleaf iCare Mini Specs and Features

iCare Mini Kit Content

  • Kit Contents:
  • 1 x iCare Mini
  • 1 x IC 1.1ohm Coil
  • 1 x Eleaf PCC
  • 1 x USB Cable
  • 1 x User Manual


  • Specs:
  • 24.5 mm * 12 mm * 75 mm
  • E-liquid capacity: 1.3 mL
  • Battery capacity: 320 mAh
  • Output wattage: 15 watts max
  • Colors:
  • black
  • white
  • cyan
  • red
  • gold

PCC specs

  • PCC Specs:
  • PCC battery capacity: 2300 mAh
  • Dimensions : 28.5 mm * 35.5 mm * 71.5 mm
  • In black or white

Notable Remarks

Rundown of the iCare Mini


On board the iCare Mini is a 1.3 mL tank to be used with the iCare Mini’s 1.1-ohm coil heads, where the user decides what e-juice is being vaped (though not all liquids will be as suitable as others. More on that later.)

The iCare Mini is based on a platform similar to the Kanger Cupti: a power source (mod) with an integrated tank that utilizes a long chimney attached to a Cubis-like coil, just miniaturized and draw-activated (no button-pressing here!).

Lastly, while the form factor is conducive to being a faithful back-up, or just more of an on-the-go vape, the iCare Mini comes with a PCC (portable charging case) that enables the iCare Mini to charge, and be vaped, while out and about. And even in it’s PCC, it’s still small.

How to use the iCare Mini

  1. Take out an iCare coil head and drip a couple drops of liquid down the center of the coil (we recommend a 50/50 blend). Set coil aside.
  2. Pull off the mouthpiece of the iCare (grab the tip between your index finger and thumb).
  3. Use the rectangular cutout on the bottom of the mouthpiece as a tool to unscrew the chimney (or use your fingers, if you are nimble enough).
  4. The tank window has a fill-limit line that is hard to see; hold it up to the light to see and add e-juice (stop no higher than the fill-limit line). Set iCare aside.
  5. Screw coil onto the bottom of Chimney.
  6. Adjust airflow by turning the five-hole ring near the top of the chimney. You can remove the ring entirely for the most open setting, or close it off completely for tight draw (enough air can still come through to work as the tightest setting, though it will appear to be “off”. You can check the type of draw by drawing on the tip of the chimney, but the coil must be on to determine how the draw will be.
  7. Insert chimney into tank and screw in the way you took it off (either with the mouthpiece or with your fingers).
  8. Put mouthpiece back on (big hole over silicon-covered actuator)
  9. vape

Note: On the deck of the mod where you fill the tank, you will see a rubber cover over the actuator (it looks like a small little button) with a note that says “Don't touch”. At some point, the mouthpiece will touch it (especially if you accidentally put the mouthpiece on backwards, which will happen at some point), so my guess is that it’s most important to not fiddle with the button versus not touching it.

Performance of the iCare Mini


The performance of the iCare Mini is good–just keep your expectations in check. This is not meant to be a cloud device, though it puts out a nice amount of vapor and is pretty quick on the ramp. It is tiny, so the e-juice capacity is pretty low (you may want to get some unicorn bottles and keep on hand). And, luckily, the low capacity of the battery should not be an issue, as long as you keep the PCC handy (plus, you can always just use the iCare Mini itself as a pass-thru.)

For me, the iCare is working well. I have found that I like various airflow settings, it just depends on the day or the nic strength I am using (high nic isn’t too pleasant as a direct-lung hit, so I use that setting to achieve a hefty throat-hit with high nic). The vapor is pretty good with the iCare Mini, better than the Juul, and about the same as the Cync.

I’d be remiss to not point out that the flavor is pretty lackluster, though (but I am used to more intense setups). No matter how open or closed off, on a scale of 1-10 (where 1 is no flavor and 10 is full flavor) the iCare Mini doesn’t get much better than a 5 (IME). I am cool with it though. I know what to grab for flavor chasing, and I know what to grab for cloudage. I grab this when I want simplicity (which seems to be the main thing I want these days).



As a unit, I love the way the device looks and feels (plus, it has a nice little heft for such a tiny unit). It’s simple, clean, interesting, and sturdy. But… my appreciation for those kind of attributes of the mod do not quite extend to what is under the hood, erm, mouthpiece.

Why the actuator is left basically exposed with a note that says “don’t touch” is just odd. My only guess is that Eleaf was–like everyone else–scrambling to get new products to the market before 8/8. And while I hate the whole idea of 8/8 and what it did to innovation and product design, I have to mention oddities. Like, the airflow controller.

I love that there is an airflow controller, especially with a nice range of settings, but to adjust it you have to take off the mouthpiece and unscrew the chimney–a simple task, but a couple too many fiddly steps to be something that you will want to do often.

In a similar vein, the iCare is super simple to fill, until you are trying to spot the fill-limit line. There are any number of ways that this could’ve been handled differently to give the user a better indication of the “stop” point.

iCare coil heads


The coil heads have been doing fine. Nothing super positive or negative. They work fine. No “bad coils” so far, though it may be a good idea to keep your e-juice ratios under 70 percent VG. The coil-heads wick well, especially since they have alternating (up and down) wick holes–the issue is that the wick holes are tiny. That is good for keeping the top and bottom portions of the wick saturated, but the viscosity of the liquid needs to have some free flow to it, which is why I am sticking with a 50/50 blend as a recommendation.


  • Aesthetics
  • Responsive draw/fast heat-up
  • Multiple airflow settings
  • Included PCC
  • Coils compatible with regular iCare
  • Inexpensive
  • Good amount of vapor


  • Fiddly to change airflow/take out chimeny and coil
  • the iCare Mini isn’t held in the PCC as strgonly as I would like
  • Not all that good for flavor
  • Exposed actuator

Updated verdict

I no longer recommend this product. Here's why:

  • My iCare mini dropped from about desk-height and the tank window cracked. No way to replace but to buy a new one. Be careful if you drop yours -- check the window.
  • In my regular-sized iCare, I left liquid in the tank without the chimney screwed all the way on (for several days). The liquid leaked out of the USB port. Had to toss. Do not leave liquid in the tank without a chimney for extended periods.
  • The MAIN issue: My iCare started auto-firing. And it's not easy to stop it based on the design. This is not a one-off thing with me. Many people are reporting that and I have had it happen with more than one iCare. We recommend NOT buying.
I'm the chief editor here at Vaping360 and I reside in southeast Michigan. I've been vaping since my first ecig purchase in 2010. For more reasons than I can list, vaping has been a lifesaver for me. Now, my goal is to help other smokers make the switch.

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My Eleaf Icare Mini, the rubber peice gets stuck in the mouth peace and it will not allow anything to happen. And I’m unsure when it is completely charged.. can I get some help???


My issue is that, after I charge the PCC (there’s only a red light that comes on and it apparently never goes off) for an extended period, the PCC unit apparently discharges itself completely.

This exasperating.

Have misplaced the instructions and cannot find them online. Has anyone else encountered this issue? Is there an optimal charging time for the unit, or any way to know if it is fully charged?

Jeremy Mann

I finally tossed my PCC because I broke the Mini and refused to buy another (having already bought several).

I would recommend looking into the MyVapor MyMini or the Vaporshark Minnow. Their both built on the iCare platform, but both are better for various reasons.


Bought two of these, but for some reason the device always auto-fire for some reason. I don’t recommend. Spent like $50 and was not satisfied.

Jeremy Mann

You see my update? It’s been there awhile. I don’t recommend this product.


I have had this Eleaf iCare since December of last year and I fine that I only get good flavor for about one good drag. Then the taste is muted. I am going to try another device.


After a few removing and installing back the top cap, I can’t get it perfectly tight again. What seems to be the problem ? And how to fix this ?


so, I opened the package, Didn’t have my glasses on, removed the rubber thing which I later saw says Do not touch. I shoved it back in with some pliers later on, but I cant get the device to work. anyone have any advice? Or should I just buy a new one?


My advice is do NOT prime the coil manually as the instructions say.. I put 2 drops of Tobacco Halo juice on the coil and it gurgled for half the tank (indoor smokers review noticed the same thing). With a new coil, just fill the tank and let it sit for 15 minutes and soak.
My icare mini puts juice in my mouth for puffs longer than a second. I am getting tired of drinking e juice. The PCC idea and the whole concept is so brilliant, and i am a mouth to lung guy, but this device is very poor. I just took a puff now and the taste in my mouth is just gross. I have taken the mouthpiece off an rinsed it, blown through it, cleaned the device, changed the coil.. to no avail. it leaks e juice in the mouth for medium length and above puffing. I decided to do a search and it seems I am not alone. If anyone has had the same issue and knows a fix/workaround, please write here as i’d love to be able to enjoy the device. It doesn’t seem I am having much luck with eleaf, as i also bought an inano for another small MTL device, and the battery lasts 20 puffs, sigh. The icare puts out 2x or more vapour than the inano as well as a much stronger throat hit. If it wasn’t for the juice in mouth i’d buy another one for spare.


I bought 3 of these devices, and all of them leak! Some days I’ll have better luck with no ejuice in my mouth, but it never lasts long. I clean the hell out of everything and try to keep the device upright as much as possible, but I’m starting to lose faith. Such a great concept but has some flaws, I agree with you 100%!


How did they release this with the RDA’s new regs?


Only issue I have had “with both models” is that they auto fire occasionally. ..weird and I can’t figure it out. Never happens while in pocket or on a table…but while holding it, usually after having used it a bit. I still use them daily. Awesome tiny device overall.

Jeremy Mann

Yeah, this happened to me the other day. I am going to amend the review soon. Not sure why it does that. It is a problem though because the only way to stop it is to unscrew the chimney, something NOT easy to do quickly in this situation.


I get great flavor from these… Nice little device.

Jeremy Mann

Cool! I have gotten much better flavor from these since I changed my juice. Still not like the flavor i am used to, but those are more complex devices.

Thanks for reading and commenting.


Hi Jeremy, thanks for reviewing this product, I have a question for you. I am a new vaper (doctor said I must quit cigarettes immediately because of ill health) and this is the second product I am using (my first vaporizer broke and leaked). I too have noticed, compared to the first vaperizor I had, that the flavor is lacking with this product (iCare Mini). When I first purchased it, the flavor was good and strong, but after just a few weeks I noticed that the flavor lacked. It isn’t due to me not changing the heads or keeping the unit clean, as I keep up on doing that. So, you said you changed your juice; what juice did you start with (when you had lack of flavor) and what juice did you change to (with better flavor)? Any response would be appreciated, although I see that this is a fairly old comment (4 months) that I’m responding to. Thanks for your time.


With a unit as small as the Eleaf iCare, it is recommended to use juice that is higher in PG (propylene glycol) than in VG (vegetable glycerine).

Whereas the VG content of juice is what causes the “clouds” so many are curiously so fond of, it is the PG that is largely responsible for the transmission of flavor.

Hope this helps.


Jeremy Mann, good review. But unfortunately, the image on this post is iCare. Not the iCare Mini.

Alex Kendell

Images have been changed. Must have been a mix-up on the backend. Thanks for the headsup!

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