Getting to know your Eleaf iStick Pico - Instructions

Getting to know your Eleaf iStick Pico - Instructions

iStick Pico Tutorial

The iStick Pico – Get to know your new box mod!

The Eleaf iStick Pico is a box mod with 510 threading and a wattage range from 1 to 75W for compatibility with nearly every 510 attachment. It has temperature control modes for nichrome, titanium and stainless steel heating elements with a range of 200-600 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature information, battery life, resistance and wattage are all displayed on the Pico's crisp OLED screen along with other alerts. The Pico's body is built from corrosion resistant aluminum-zinc alloy and stainless steel to be durable and long lasting. The Pico is powered by a single 18650 battery and charges through standard micro-USB for convenience. Firmware upgrades are also available through Eleaf's website and add additional settings and allow changes to be made to the logo and display layout. We suggest pairing it with a Saionara Vaporizer or the Saionara Top Airflow Vaporizer for some awesome clouds and great flavor!

iStick Eleaf Pico Explained

Starting off with your iStick Pico!

You’ll need a high-amperage 18650 battery for your new iStick Pico! We recommend a Samsung 25R, but if you choose to pick out a different battery, you’ll want to be sure it has a flat top and not a button top so that it fits correctly. You’ll also want to make sure that the discharge current is above 20A (amps), and if it’s a previously used battery, make sure to check the wrap for tears or other damage! Once you’ve got a spiffy battery to use, you can get started! Simply remove the battery cap and pop your new battery into the iStick Pico with the positive (less exposed) terminal facing down into the device, and the negative end (more exposed) pointing out towards you! Screw on the battery cap and now you can power on the device by pressing the fire button 5 times. Before you start vaping, set your wattage within the range for the atomizer you’re using. If you purchased a Saionara Attachment from us, and you’re using Wattage mode, we recommend starting at 10 Watts and working your way up as needed (but not exceeding 20 Watts). Once you have it set, you’re good to hold down the fire button and take a draw. We recommend shorter three to five second button presses (also called “pulsing” the button) for the best experience! If you’d like to change your temperature display to Celsius from Fahrenheit, you can do so by lowering your temperature to 200 degrees F and continue holding the down button. The temperature display will then change to the highest Celsius temperature option. To switch back to Fahrenheit simply press the up button until you’ve gone beyond the highest Celsius temperature option and the display will switch back to the lowest Fahrenheit temperature option. 

iStick Eleaf Pico Box Mod and Attachment


Get to know some of the safety settings and alerts!

The Pico is built to protect your atomizer and will shut off output if a vaping time is longer than ten seconds. It will also display an alert on the screen to let you know! For Saionara atomizers, shorter button pulses will provide the tastiest clouds in our experience! If your coil’s resistance is lower than 0.1 ohm in VW or Bypass mode or lower than 0.05ohm in any of the TC modes the iStick Pico will let you know with an “Atomizer low” message. When an atomizer short-circuits, the Eleaf Pico will show an “Atomizer Short” message or “No Atomizer” if an atomizer isn’t connected. If you receive either of these errors, we recommend checking your coil’s connection, or trying out a new coil! When the voltage of the battery cell goes below 3.1 V the iStick Pico mod will show a “Battery Low” message, then a “lock” message and you will need to charge the 18650 cell to unlock it. In TC modes your Pico will show a “Temp Protection” alert to let you know that your coil has reached your set temperature. If the temperature of the devices goes over the alert temperature then the output will shut off automatically for safety and the Eleaf Pico will show “Device Too Hot” to let you know. You can go back to using it once it’s cooled off! In any mode when the iStick Pico is working with an atomizer and the voltage drops below 2.9V, the Pico will show “Weak Battery” and the output power will be reduced. We recommend trying a new 18650 battery to fix this error! 

Saionara Airflow Comparison


Don’t ever attempt to repair your iStick Pico by yourself! This not only voids your warranty, but also risks your personal safety! Don’t leave the Pico in high temperatures or damp areas. Don’t attempt to repair your iStick Pico or try to use parts for your Eleaf Pico that are from other brands. We also don’t recommend letting your kiddos play with it! We recommend inspecting your 18650 batteries often! If you notice any nicks, tears or other damage to the wrap, immediately discontinue use of that battery! Batteries can be rewrapped if their wraps are damaged, though we highly recommend researching the process beforehand, as it can be dangerous if performed incorrectly! Many local vape stores will also rewrap batteries as a service if needed!

Samsung 25r 18650 Battery


Your Pico has a stealth mode that you can turn on or off by pressing the fire button and the down button at the same time while your unit is turned on. Stealth mode allows you to vape with the LED screen off. If you want to check your screen in stealth mode, just press the fire button once. Your Pico also allows you to lock and unlock your adjustment buttons to avoid unintentional button pushing and to help keep your iStick Pico lasting for even longer. You can do this by pressing up and down at the same time for about 2 seconds while the unit is on. The screen will display the words “lock” or “unlock” to show you’ve done it correctly. We recommend locking the device before you toss it in your pocket or bag! Need to flip your screen to see it better? Press the up and down buttons together while the device is off and the display will flip 180 degrees. 

Eleaf iStick Pico Lock Mode and Stealth Mode

Vaping Modes

Your iStick Pico has a few vaping modes to choose from. You can see your current mode by pressing the fire button 3 times quickly while the device is on and swap between the modes by pressing the up or down buttons to scroll through and then press the fire button to confirm your mode. The mode options are VW, Bypass, TC-Ni, TC-Ti, TC-SS, TCR-M1, TCR-M2, and TCR-M3. The M1, M2 and M3 modes are user-adjustable temperature control profiles, which you can set up to fit the coil you’re using! 

iStick Eleaf Pico Wattage Mode

VW Mode - Variable Wattage in your cottage!

VW mode allows you to use a coil that has a resistance within a range of 0.1ohm-3.5ohm. You can adjust the output wattage from 1W to 75W using the up and down buttons. If you hold either button you can increase or decrease the wattage mode more quickly. 

iStick Eleaf Pico Variable Wattage Mode

Bypass Mode

Bypass Mode also allows you to use a coil that has a resistance within a range of 0.1ohm-3.5ohm but direct output voltage system is applied. The more charged the battery is, the higher the output voltage will be. 18650 battery cells start off around 4.2V and they lose power around 3.4V. 

iStick Eleaf Pico Bypass Mode


When you’re using any of these modes your device can separately support Nickel 200, Titanium, and Stainless Steel 316 coils. In TCR mode, your unit supports different temperature control coils within different TCR value ranges. You can set the TCR at different values within a resistance range of 0.05ohm-1.5ohm.

iStick Eleaf Pico Temperature Control Modes

TCR Mode (M1, M2, and M3) - Temperature Control!

When your Pico is turned off, press the fire button and up button together to enter the TCR menu. You can press the up or down button to choose between M1, M2, and M3 modes and select one by pressing the fire button a single time. Once you’ve selected your mode, push the up or down buttons to increase or decrease the TCR values depending on your coil’s material and then press the fire button to confirm the value. These modes are 3 custom temperature control modes that can store your favorite 3 settings. TCR values are dependent on the coils you use. Nickel coils have a range of 600-700. Titanium coils have a range of 300-400. A nickel and iron alloy will have a range of 300-400 and a Stainless Steel 303, 304, 316, or 317 coil will have a range of 80-200. If you’re using the default titanium bucket coil with your Top Airflow Saionara, we recommend a TCR of 166, and for quartz bucket coils, we recommend a TCR value of 200! If you ever need a reference, we have our recommended settings for each coil on their respective listings!


Adjusting the Istick PICO Wattage

You can adjust your wattage in this mode from 1w to 75w by pressing the fire button 4 times to enter the menu, then using the up and down buttons to select your wattage level. You may also adjust your temperature from 200 degrees Fahrenheit to 600 degrees Fahrenheit by using the up and down buttons to move in ten-degree increments. If you hold either the up and down button, you can scroll through these temperatures more quickly. In this mode you can lock and unlock your resistance when the Pico is on by pressing the fire button and up button at the same time for a couple of seconds. This will lock or unlock the atomizer base resistance. If your resistance is locked, a lock sign will be displayed and an ohm symbol will be displayed when it is unlocked. You’ll want to lock the resistance when your coil is at room temperature for the best results. If you take your coil out and replace it or place a new one, the Eleaf Pico may maintain the same base resistance even if the coil resistance has increased from a rise in temperature. When you take your coil out in unlock mode and then replace it you may see a message saying “New coil up, same down” since coil resistance can increase within a certain range. If you’re using the same coil, you’ll want to press the down button or press the up button if it’s a new coil. Always unlock the resistance if you’re changing an atomizer or swapping a coil out for one of a different resistance. If you use a common coil or a coil with a resistance above 1.5 ohm in this mode by accident, your iStick Pico will switch back to VW mode automatically. 

Changing Saionara Coil Top Airflow

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