The Pico was simple and yet it provided all of the functions that I wanted from a variable mod. However, I got my Pico during the time when 22mm atomizers were starting to go out of style. As a result, the 24mm and the 25mm ones went in their place. Unfortunately, the battery cap on the top of the Pico, which was there so that Eleaf can make it look even more compact. This prevented any other atomizer that is bigger than a 22mm from ever fitting on top of it. I felt that I was missing out on so many wonderful new atomizers because of the limitations that the Pico had. This is why I am quite happy when Eleaf announced that they would be coming up with a bigger, better version of the Pico. Meet the Eleaf iStick Pico Dual.
When I first saw the Pico Dual, I honestly did not know what to think of it at first. Yes, it is still as tall as the original, and it still had the same battery bumps on top (which I was wary of at first). However, it was so much thicker and wider than before. It looked totally different from the mod that I had a year ago, and it no longer fit in my front pants pocket. On the other hand, after taking it for a spin, I found that the new Pico Dual fixed all of the problems I had with the original Pico. Also, it provided even more benefits.
Before I get too excited and start gushing about how I love it, let’s take a closer look at the Pico Mega. This way, you can see for yourself what I’m talking about.
What’s in the box?
- The Eleaf iStick Pico Dual 200W TC box mod (batteries not included)
- The Eleaf Melo III Mini sub-ohm tank with a 0.3-ohm coil head pre-installed
- An extra 0.5-ohm coil head
- A bag of extra O-rings
- A 2 amp USB cable that you can use for firmware upgrades and charge. You can use the USB to charge from the mod directly, but it is safer to use an external charger.
- Manuals for the Pico Dual and for the Melo III tank
- An adapter that turns the mod into a power bank
Specs and Features of the Pico Dual 200W TC box mod
- Uses 2 x 18650 batteries
- Can go up to 200 watts
- Has temperature control settings for Nickel (Ni200), Titanium, and Stainless Steel
- 22mm atomizers fit on the mod perfectly. Although 24mm and 25mm atomizers will fit on the mod, they will have quite a bit of overhang at the front
- In wattage mode, you can use builds as low as 0.1 ohms
Buttons and Shortcuts
You can find the fire button of the Eleaf iStick Pico Dual at the same spot as the original. It’s right on top of the sideways OLED screen. However, unlike the first Pico, you cannot thumb fire the Pico Dual. For this reason, the shape of the mod somehow forces you to hold it with the fire button at the front. Also, just like the original, the (+) and (-) buttons are on the bottom of the device. This is so you won’t accidentally be adjusting the wattage of the device.
Five quick clicks of the fire button turn the device on or off, which is the norm for most variable mods. If you want to access the menu system of the device, while the device is on press the fire button three times. In the menu system, you can cycle through different choices. They are temperature control settings, wattage mode, bypass mode, memory presets, and others. All of this using the (+) and (-) buttons at the bottom. When you want to make a selection, you just need to press the fire button once.
When the device is off, holding the (+) and the fire button together for a couple of seconds will bring you to yet another menu system. Here, you can adjust the memory presets, adjust the wattage for preheating the coils in temperature control. You will also have the option that will turn the mod into a power bank. This is when you screw in the adapter at the 510 connection. Another thing that you can do when the device is off is holding the (-) and the fire button at the same time. This will cause the screen to display the remaining voltages of the two batteries.
When the device is on, press the (+) and the fire button. This will allow users to change the information displayed on the OLED screen. You can choose to display some nice data. They include the puff counter, the (combined) voltage of the batteries, and the resistance of the coils you have installed, or the battery meter. Also, when you hold the (+) and (-) buttons together while the device is on will flip the orientation of the screen.
The Look and Feel of the Pico Dual box mod
You can look at the original Pico and the Eleaf iStick Pico Dual from the side, they are about the same height and width. However, try to look at the top, and at the way, they orient the batteries in the Pico Dual. You will find that it has a lot more girth to it. The shape of the Pico Dual is a little like that of the RX200. It has a triangular shape with rounded corners. However, the Pico Dual is much smaller and still somehow fits very well in the hand.
The Pico Dual still has that familiar Pico look because it retained the battery caps at the top of the mod. However, you no longer access the battery sled from the top, there is now a battery door at the bottom of the device. The bumps at the top are there so the 18650 batteries can still fit in the mod without adding any excess bulkiness.
However, the Eleaf iStick Pico Dual had to sacrifice compact design for more battery life and power. It is no longer feasible to place the bulky Pico in your pocket as it will bulge out. As a result, it will be very uncomfortable. On the other hand (pun not intended), the Pico Dual still maintained its ergonomic design. The rounded edges of the mod make it easy to hold in the hand. In fact, it is smaller and lighter. As a result, it is more comfortable to use the Eleaf iStick Pico Dual than the RX200 or even the RX2/3 in dual battery mode.
The Pico Dual also has more color options. You can now choose from black, gray, cyan, silver, white, and red color options. These added colors are quite a nice touch. For this reason, most people, including me, are getting tired of the usual black and white choices.
Of all the vape mod manufacturers, Eleaf stands out because they are famous for making robust and well-built devices. They range from atomizers to mods. The Eleaf iStick Pico Dual is not an exception. They made it entirely from aluminum and feels really solid when you hold it in your hand. Even the paint and finish on the mod is quite tough. You really need to put some effort into it if you want to scratch the paint off any of the mods that they make. There isn’t even any battery or button rattle when you shake the mod vigorously.
A Quick Look at the Melo III Mini Sub-ohm Tank
The Eleaf iStick Pico Dual comes with the Melo III Mini, a 22mm sub-ohm tank that uses the proprietary Melo coils. The tank, although quite basic, does do a good job. It has a convenient top fill design, dual bottom airflow, and holds 2ml of juice. The Melo III Mini comes with two coil heads, a 0.5 ohm and a 0.3 ohm.
The tank comes completely apart for easy cleaning and maintenance. However, do take care because the kit does not come with an extra glass tank.
My Experience Using the Pico Dual box mod
As I mentioned earlier, the original Pico holds a special place in my heart. However, even though I dearly loved that tiny little mod, my vaping needs evolved. I found it did not have the form factor and the power to keep up. For one thing, the battery cap of the original Pico prevented any atomizers above 22mm in diameter from fitting properly. In addition, the Pico is a single 18650 device. This meant let’s say I was using a dual coil build on my atomizer and set the wattage at around 60 watts. Then, battery would run out of juice after just a couple of hours of regular vaping. Speaking of power, the original Pico can only go up to 75 watts, even the Pico Mega (the one that uses a 26650 battery) can only pump out 80 watts. This is because they are both single battery devices.
The problems that I had with the original Pico were somehow fixed in the Eleaf iStick Pico Dual. Thanks to the dual 18650 batteries, a single charge can last me an entire day. Also, because there are now two batteries, the mod can now go up to 200 watts. This means it can now accommodate the high-powered atomizers like the Smok Cloud Beast and the Melo 300.
However, even though the Eleaf iStick Pico Dual can fit larger atomizers now, they will still hang a bit over at the front edge of the device. Atomizers that have 22mm diameter bases will sit flush. Any larger than that and you will clearly see some overhang along the edge.
I also liked the fact that Eleaf still used the same board that they used for the Pico in the Pico Dual. I am not really into the large screens that display all sorts of information on them. Furthermore, large OLED screens and all the unnecessary bells and whistles would just make the batteries drain faster. I love large screens on smartphones and tablets. However, on mods, I only need to see the wattage and the amount of battery charge I have left.
Pros and Cons of the Eleaf iStick Pico Dual 200W
- The temperature controls work as advertised, the device can detect the coils as it should
- Nice form factor and fits comfortably in the hand
- Easy to use, no complicated menu system to navigate
- Larger diameter atomizers will overhang from the front
- The fire button rattles a bit
Final Thoughts on the Pico Dual 200W TC Box Mod
Yes, the Eleaf iStick Pico Dual is far from perfect. Otherwise, it is good enough for vapers who want a mod that does not come with a lot of bells and whistles. I can say it does its job well. Yes, larger diameter atomizers will have a slight overhang when you screw it onto the mod. The mod itself got a bit on the bulky side, but it does retain the small form factor and ergonomics that made the original Pico great. Now, would I recommend the Pico Dual 200W TC box mod? If you’re a bit more experienced, even though you might still find the Pico Dual useful, you might grow tired of it in the long run. This is because it is quite bulky and the overhang issue does get tiring after some time. On the other hand, if you’re a newcomer to the vaping scene then yes, you would definitely have a blast using this.
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Eleaf iStick Pico Dual 200W TC Box MOD
Vape Rating: 82/100 by Vaping Daily