Eleaf iStick Amnis Kit
Eleaf is renowned for making affordable starter kits that perform above their price point. Recently we were impressed with their answer to the pod mod trend with the Iwu pod mod. This time they are taking a more traditional route with the iStick Amnis Kit.
The Amnis is 900mAh direct output device, which comes paired with the GS Drive tank.
On the face if it, it’s a simple device. However, Eleaf has kept on point with current trends and created a mesh coil for an MTL device, which promises a more flavorful vape experience.
Amnis is Latin for ‘stream,’ and right now Eleaf has a great stream of starter kits dominating the market, will this be another?
Looks great, ergonomic, decent battery life excellent performance and flavor from coils.
Direct output, proprietary drip tip, no replaceable glass for GS tank.
The Bottom Line
There are so many excellent choices for starter kits on the market, and the Amnis Kit from Eleaf is right up there as one of the best. It comes down to whether you like the form factor of this style device. One thing you won’t be disappointed with is the performance from the GS coils, especially the M coil. Highly recommended.
- Size: 24 x 18 x 122mm
- Battery Capacity: Built-in 900mAh
- Weight: 63g
- Max Wattage: 30W
- E-juice Capacity: 2ml
- Coil: GS Air M 0.35ohm Head, GS Air 0.75ohm Head
- Output Mode: Direct Output Mode
- Resistance range: 0.15-3.0ohm
- Charging Port: Micro USB
- Compact design for portable carrying
- Top slide filling system
- New GS Air coil head
- Adjustable bottom airflow
- Available colors: Black, Green, Purple, Red, Silver, and Blue
In the Box
- 1 × iStick Amnis
- 1 × GS Drive Atomizer
- 1 × GS Air M 0.35ohm Head
- 1 × GS Air 0.75ohm Head
- 1 × QC USB Cable
- 1 × User Manual
- Spare Parts
The Amnis mod is a super compact pen-style mod that’s curved on one side to fit the shape of the hand ergonomically.
It’s mostly made of plastic with a rubberized coating which leaves a smooth, comfortable finish which is a delight to hold.
The Amnis can only fit an 18mm diameter tank, like the GS Drive that comes with it, but it does sit perfectly flush. The 510 connection is stainless steel with a gold plated spring loaded 510 center pin and seems solid.
The fire button is located on the front face, at the top of the device. It’s a decent sized button which curves along with the body shape, and although it is only made of plastic, it feels solid and has a nice tactile response, with zero rattles.
Due to the slim profile and body shape of the Amnis, it’s comfortable in either orientation, and you can trigger the fire button with either your index finger or thumb.
There is a small LED Indicator located towards the bottom of the face of the device, which indicates when the device is being fired and battery status.
The micro USB charge port is located at the base of the device, which I’m not a huge fan of, but it does keep the Amnis looking clutter free.
I’m really happy with the design of the Amnis mod. It has an excellent finish and attractive curved body which feels great in the hand.
It’s like a cross between a standard box mod and vape pen with a more contemporary style to it, which I think would appeal to both men and women.
That’s helped by the choice of available colors: Black, Green, Purple, Red, Silver, and Blue.
The one thing I’m not so keen on is with the GS Drive tank attached it looks a little too slim and tall. But maybe that’s just because I’m so used to dual battery mods with 25mm atomizers.
As far as build quality goes the mod itself is great.
There’s no rattles or creaks. Both the fire button and 510 connection are good, and the overall rubberized finish is excellent.
The GS Drive tank for the most part also has very good build quality, except on the one we have for review the top locking mechanism is a little shaky. I wouldn’t say it’s fragile and you barely notice it while using the atomizer.
Hopefully, it’s not a common thing with all of the GS Drive tanks, because I like what they have done with the fill mechanism (more on this later).
The Amnis stands at 122mm tall, 24mm long and 18mm wide, and only weighs 63g.
It’s incredibly lightweight and exceptionally pocket-friendly, you barely feel like you are carrying it.
However, as I mentioned before it is a little taller than some other mods of this style, so may protrude a little from smaller pockets.
The Amnis mod is like most starter kits, void of many unnecessary features for its style of users.
It features an internal 900mAh battery and is a direct output device, so there’s no control of wattage, but there’s also very little that can go wrong with it.
However that does mean as the battery charge decreases, so will the output. See the battery life section below for more details.
It’s charged via a micro USB port on the bottom, there’s no mention of a quick charge feature, but being such a small battery, it does charge reasonably quickly.
It also supports pass-through vaping if you just can’t wait for it to charge up.
The GS Drive tank has a 2ml capacity (inline with TPD regulations), which seems to be more than ample for this type of kit.
The tank features a new top fill method, with a child safety button.
Just press the button and push the top cap in the direction of the arrow and the cap will slide to reveal an adequately sized fill hole.
This is a welcome addition from Eleaf and seems to work well. However, as I mentioned previously, I’m not entirely sold on the quality of the whole mechanism, as ours is a little wobbly.
There is an airflow adjuster on the bottom of the tank. Fully open is far too much air for this style tank (even with the 0.35 Ohm coil), but it can closed down fairly tight.
The GS Drive tank, unfortunately, comes with a proprietary mouthpiece. It actually slots over a raised 510 section on the tank. It’s not a deal breaker for me though, as the mouthpiece feels fine in the mouth and I’m certain that most users of this style starter kit will not be too fussed about using their own drip tips.
The Amnis and GS Drive come with two coils in the kit.
The first is a 0.75ohm GS Air coil which we have seen and used before with the iStick Pico Baby.
It’s a really good performing coil which is suited to high nicotine liquids, it produces good flavor and is not too thirsty with the juice and battery life.
The second coil (and one which comes pre-installed) is Eleaf’s new 0.35 GS Air M coil – the ‘M’ standing for mesh.
Yep, that’s right a mesh coil for an MTL style starter kit.
This diminutive little mesh coil is fantastic, producing amazing flavor and vapor for such a small coil.
The performance is not too bad at sapping juice levels either, although it obviously will go through more than the 0.75ohm coil.
The one thing to note is the draw on the Mesh coil is a lot looser, so if you like a tight mouth to lung vape, it might be a bit overpowered. However, if you like a draw that sits between loose MTL and direct-to-lung, then it’s great.
Coil life ultimately depends on the type of juice used and personal vaping habits. But i’m quite impressed with both of the GS coils having run the M coil through 15ml of juice, and it’s still going strong and performing like new.
I genuinely wasn’t expecting the Amnis to perform as well as it does – I’ve been overly impressed with it.
It’s ergonomic and easy to use and produces excellent flavor and vape quality for a starter kit.
Fundamentally it comes down to how you vape as to just how good the Amnis will be for you.
I think the 0.35ohm M coils are outstanding, producing some of the best flavor I’ve had from a device of this type. However, that will come at the expense of higher battery and juice drain, and it’s also best suited to a looser draw.
However, the 0.75ohm coils are no slouches either, and I think they are better coils for new vapers. You can get a more traditional MTL experience with them, and they will consume less juice and battery – which ultimately makes it a more attractive package.
Battery life of the Amnis is very good.
The 900mAh was lasting a full day when used with the 0.75ohm coil, and just over half a day with the 0.35ohm coil.
Remember though this is a direct output device, so as the battery level decreases so does the wattage.
The battery level indicators display as follows:
- Green: 60-100%
- Orange: 30-59%
- Blue: 10-29%
- Red: 0-9%
I found that even though both coils vape well even towards the lower end of the wattage ranges (10-25W). You do notice the drop off in performance when you get below 60%, and it’s even more apparent with the 0.35ohm coil below 30%.
However the Amnis can be fully charged from dead in about an hour, and there’s pass-through vaping.
- Compact and ergonomic
- Ease of use
- Great battery life
- Perfect MTL Airflow
- Feels great in the hand
- Outstanding flavor and vapor from the mesh coil
- Unique locking top-fill
- Pass-through charging
- Proprietary drip tip
- Non-replaceable glass
- No fast-charge
- Direct output (wattage diminishes with battery life)
Don’t be fooled by the number of dislikes listed above for the iStick Amnis. Most of those are relatively minor things and ones which you’d expect with this style of device.
This is, in fact, an excellent device and one which has taken me by surprise.
The one thing that’s hard to demonstrate in a review is just how good these GS mesh coils are. Not only because they produce fantastic flavor, and have a good lifespan, but because they pair so well with the device.
My initial thoughts were 0.35 or 0.75 Ohm coils on a 900mAh battery, and a 2ml capacity tank is just going to drain juice and battery. However, these coils create quite the opposite experience. I’d go as far as saying they produce some of the best flavors from a starter kit.
3 years ago I managed to convince my 70-year-old father to start vaping. He’s not one for fussy devices, having tried many of my excess starter kits over the years, from a plethora of vape pens to pod systems. But he always stuck to his old faithful iStick Mini and Nautilus tank.
His words on the Amnis Kit ‘it’s a perfect size, hassle-free, the flavor beats anything I’ve tried before, and it’s a smooth draw.’
That tells you exactly what the iStick brand is about. Eleaf has taken what’s trending and working in the market (mesh coils) and managed to apply it to the Amnis in an effective and purposeful way, to produce an excellent starter kit.
While this kit isn’t going to suit everyone, I know one ex-smoker that thinks it’s great….and I’m sure there will be many others to follow.
While Eleaf and the iStick brand are still around, I’m sure there will be many more people finding the perfect device to help them stay off of cigarettes….and that’s what it’s all about.