Big battery in a small box
Our Review On The Eleaf iPower 80W TC
I’ve recently reviewed some pretty impressive 18650 box mods and kits from Eleaf like the iStick 200W and the tiny Pico, but now the Chinese company released a brand new 80W device that’s powered by a massive internal battery. It’s called the Eleaf iPower 80W TC and it’s one of those mods that has all the characteristics of becoming the next best seller.
Details and packaging
It is available in four standard colors – silver, bronze, grey and white – as well as a very chic looking “wood grain” version that I absolutely love. The Eleaf iPower 80W TC comes packed in a standard white cardboard box and inside you will find the device itself, a user manual, and a charging cable (also used for firmware upgrades). The device feels very well built, has no rattle and the finish on it is simply marvelous. It measures 84 x 50 x 23.5 mm so you won’t be able to use it with 25mm atties without overhang but in the case of usual 22-23mm tanks or RDAs you won’t have any problems.
The outer shell is made from aluminum and it makes the device quite lite despite the big capacity LiPo on the inside. On the top we have a spring loaded 510 connector, then going down the main side we can spot the fire button, the display and the adjustment buttons with the micro-USB port and venting holes for the cell on the base. The buttons are very clicky, they offer a great tactile feedback and the board feels very responsive every time you press the fire button. It’s a device that goes from 1W all the way up to 80W, fires down to 0.1 Ohms in variable wattage mode and down to 0.05 in temperature control mode, and has support for Ni, Ti, SS as well as three TCR modes.
Now I know this might be a con for many of you reading this review, but at the same time a pro for all the others – the Eleaf iPower 80W TC is powered by a non-removable LiPo battery that’s rated at 5,000mAh. And to be honest I know there are people out there who don’t want to buy their 18650 separately, who don’t want to spend extra on desktop chargers and who want a plain and simple device that does everything without any hassle. Well, this is where the iPower absolutely shines and it’s clearly the type of mod that can get you through a whole day even if you’re vaping sub ohm tanks at over 60W. Use it at 20-25W and you’re looking at two full days of vaping, which to me seems quite nice, especially when you’re on vacation or traveling a lot.
You will need to press the fire button five consecutive times to turn the device on, use the two up/down buttons to increase or decrease the wattage (or temperature) and change between modes with the middle button. You can also download a software to make your own custom logo and you can choose to display it by clicking the fire button two times after you upload it to the mod (via the micro-USB cable). Another thing that I like about the Eleaf iPower 80W TC is that it comes with a reset button in
case something goes wrong when you’re updating the firmware. One simple long press on that and you’re back to the factory settings in no time.
Conclusion and final thoughts
Performance wise, the Eleaf iPower 80W TC does everything it promises and without any flaws. It has no lags, it looks nice, it’s not too big and it packs a lot of battery life. I’ve used with together with the Cleito from Aspire at 40W for a whole day and still had about 40% of the battery left at around 10:30 in the evening, so you’re looking at a pretty solid deal. The only con for me is the fact that it doesn’t come with fast charging (2A) because it takes around 5h, even a bit longer to get the battery to 100% again.
Conclusion | Eleaf iPower 80W TC
Big battery in a small box
Performance wise, the Eleaf iPower 80W TC does everything it promises and without any flaws. It has no lags, it looks nice, it’s not too big and it packs a lot of battery life. I’ve used with together with the Cleito from Aspire at 40W for a whole day and still had about 40% of the battery left at around 10:30 in the evening, so you’re looking at a pretty solid deal. The only con for me is the fact that it doesn’t come with fast charging (2A) because it takes around 5h, even a bit longer to get the battery to 100% agai