Eleaf iPower Introduction
The iPower mod is one of the latest innovations to come out of the Eleaf camp. Since 2008 they’ve produced a wide variety of vaping products both for themselves and OEM producers.
This review is all about the Eleaf iPower mod though. A mod that comes complete with one of the largest capacity integrated batteries we have come across in a mod.
Let’s find out how it performed.
Inside the Box
The Eleaf iPower packaging is simple and effective.
Opening the box, we find the following:
- iPower Mod
- Instruction manual
- Micro USB cable
Main Specs and Features
- Dimensions: Size: 49.5mm x 23.5mm x 83.5mm
- 5000 mAh lipo battery
- Resistance TC Mode – 0.05-1.5ohm
- Resistance TC Mode – 0.1-3.5ohm
- Modes – VW / Smart / Bypass / Temp Control (Ni,Ti,SS,TCR-M1,M2,M3)
- 510 Spring connection
- Over-charging, over current, over discharge, device over-temperature and short circuit protection.
Build Quality & Design
The Eleaf iPower looks quite smart in its mid-woodgrain finish with black upper, lower and control panels and curved case.
It stands 83.5mm high, 49.5mm wide and 23.5mm deep. This is very close to the dimensions of the Joyetech Evic VT although it weighs in at only 161g versus the VT at 228g.
The iPower features a (claimed) 5000mAh battery of undeclared chemistry although this is very likely to be a Li-Po pack.
On top we have a sprung 510 connector that has airflow cuts however these do not extend beyond the connector itself so should you have an atomiser requiring base airflow you may have issues.
On one edge we find the firing button, OLED display, recessed reset switch and the up/function/down switches.
At the bottom we find the safety venting holes and micro usb port used for charging and firmware upgrades.
The USB support will allow features to be changed/added with newer firmware as well as offering the user the opportunity to customise the logo shown on the OLED screen.
How Does The Eleaf iPower Perform?
The curved sides of the iPower make it feel slightly smaller in the hand than the VT despite it actually being a few mm wider.
The firing switch sits nicely under the index finger or indeed thumb is raised slightly from the body of the mod and has a short, quiet action.
The OLED screen is relatively small compared to other mods but is clear and bright.
Overall the build quality seems solid, with no odd rattles or squeaks, the torx screws were well tightened down.
- Five clicks bring the device to life
- Starting initially in VW (power) mode.
- The up/down buttons scroll the power setting from 1W to 80W in 0.1W increments.
- Holding the buttons down result in the change being accelerated after a couple of Watts, quickly reaching either end of the range.
- Holding down both the up and down buttons locks/unlocks the adjustments.
- To change mode, we hold down the smaller function button.
- Each press & hold steps us though the modes in turn. This is maybe a little slower than the methods used in other mods but not painfully slow.
- In TC modes pressing the function and either up/down button increases or decreases the maximum power level.
- The TCR M-values can be set by turning off the mod, then pressing the fire and up buttons.
- Removing/replacing an atomiser in TC modes presents the user with a “new coil up, same coil down” check screen.
The device accepts a 1A USB supply for charging and it completed easily over a few hours. The mod never became more than lukewarm to touch.
In use both with VW and TC coils I found the 5000mAh battery to be more than up to the job of keeping up with my relatively high usage, again the mod never seemed to get particularly warm.
It easily got me through a full day and I’m a heavy user in terms of power.
The USB connector also works in pass-through mode allowing the device to be used whilst charging, however the port being on the bottom makes this a little tricky with atomisers that may leak.
The firmware/logo update software is very similar to that used by Joyetech/Wismec and just as quick to download and use.
Re-installing the existing firmware was a snap and it was nice to see the device shipped with the most up to date already in place.
Final Review Verdict
The iPower is a competent, neat and seemingly well-constructed mod. The finish is not ground-breaking but it’s smart and the reasonable weight lends it to purse/jacket pocket use where its capable VW and TC modes, not to mention good battery life.
There’s nothing to scream “new feature” and certainly little to differentiate it from many other spookily similar mods.
But that said there’s also nothing missing to spoil the party for most vapers.
In fact, at the price point I’ve seen online and in B&M stores this is a bargain for beginners/intermediates as well as experienced vapers who might want a secondary or backup mod, especially given the generous 5000mAh battery.
Would I buy one? Actually, yes I probably would and I think if I were to lose this one I’d certainly give replacing it serious thought.
- Very good battery life with the 5000mAh capacity
- Good selection of operating modes
- Good TC modes
- Light weight
- Smart, subtle finish
- Small OLED display
- Bottom mounted micro USB port