Review – iBuddy i1


Number of Cycles (aka number of HeatSticks before needing to recharge device)Our test users got 21
Cycle Length5 minutes, 30 seconds OR 16 puffs
Charging Time2 hours, 40 minutes
FeaturesLocking mechanism
Life Expectancy1.5 years
WarrantyTerms unknown
ColorsRed, black, white


iBuddy i1 is a simple and inexpensive device. I’m not sure it would be my first pick from the iBuddy brand (I still like iBuddy Se more) but it’s okay. I do like that it offers 21 continuous cycles. And the price is quite reasonable.

FEATURES: Locking mechanism.

QUALITY: Seems like pretty good quality.

DESIGN: It’s nothing flashy. Kind of boxy, but it’s so small that it’s not uncomfortable to hold. I like the finish on the device. It’s soft and smooth.

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In your iBuddy i1 kit you will find; the device, the manual, a USB cable, a cleaning brush, and cleaning sticks.


Before using your kit make sure to check the charge by clicking on the control button once. The number of LED indicator lights that light up when you do this will show what percent charge the device is currently at. 3 lights mean >80%, 2 lights mean >50%, 1 light means >25%. If the device is not fully charged, plug it into a power source via the USB cable. It will take approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes to charge.

Once the device is fully charged you can unlock it by clicking the control button 5 times. When the device is unlocked the LED indicator lights will turn on one-by-one. Alternatively, when you lock the device, they will turn of one-by-one. Now you can insert a HeatStick then press and hold the control button until one LED indicator light flashes red. This means that the device is heating. Heating will take 18 seconds. When the heating process is over the one LED indicator light will stop flashing.

One thing that I really don’t like about iBuddy i1 is that the device does not vibrate. This means that you constantly need to check the LED indicator lights to know what’s happening. If you’re not paying attention your cycle can end without you even knowing.

Your cycle will last 5 minutes, 30 seconds or 16 puffs, whichever comes first. When the cycle is over the LED indicator lights will all flash, then turn off.


If you are satisfied with your experience you can take the HeatStick out by pressing up on the HeatStick Eject Button, then you can lock the device by clicking the control button 5 times. However, since this device is multi-use you can also change your HeatStick and begin another cycle.

Unfortunately, iBuddy i1 doesn’t have a self-cleaning feature so you will have to manually clean the device with the cleaning brush and the cleaning sticks. Just push up on the HeatSticks eject button and take the heating chamber insert out, then insert either the brush or the cleaning sticks and use them to clean away any grime or tobacco buildup. The cleaning brush is best for large pieces of debris, whereas the cleaning sticks are best for small debris.

How To Turn ONPress and hold control button
Temperature Adjustment?No
Heating Time?18 seconds
Indication that the Heating Process has StartedLED light near control button flashes red
Indication that Device is Ready to UseLED light near control button turns solid red
Length of Cycle5 minutes, 30 seconds OR 16 puffs
Indication that Device is Powering OffLED lights flash, turn green, then turn off
How to Shut Off DevicePress and hold control button
Number of Cycles (aka number of HeatSticks before needing to recharge device)Our test users got 21
How to Check Battery StatusClick control button

3 lights on = >80%

2 lights on = >50%

1 light on = >25%
Locking featureYes - click control button 5 times
Locking feature indicationLED indicator lights will power on or power off one-by-one
Indicate when Device Needs Cleaning?No
How Often Should You Clean the Device?Once per week
Self-Cleaning FunctionNo
Length of Self-CleaningN/A
How to Manually Clean DeviceRemove cap and heating chamber insert, insert cleaning brush or cleaning sticks and wipe away grime
TroubleshootingSee 'iBuddy i1 Manual' button below


The iBuddy brand does not product their own HeatSticks. Instead, their devices are designed to work with other branded HeatSticks, such as HEETS and Marlboro for IQOS HeatSticks.



iBuddy does not disclose their warranty terms. Instead, the company recommends that you contact them if you have technical issues with your device or are not satisfied up to 14 days after receiving your iBuddy device, but only if it was purchased from iBuddy directly. It appears that if you purchased the device from an alternative distributor (for example, an unauthorized Aliexpress store), your device will not be covered by a warranty in any way.

Kit Price$25USD
Diameters80 x 44 x 23mm
Weight with Packaging275g
Battery TypeLi-ion 1800mAh
Power InputUSB Cable
Charging Time2 hours, 40 minutes
Time it Takes for Device to Heat18 seconds
Maximum Blade Temperature204°C/399°F
Temperature AdjustmentNo
How Many Cycles Before Device Needs ChargingOur test users got 21
How Long Does a Cycle Last5 minutes, 30 seconds OR 16 puffs
HeatSticksHEETS, Marlboro for IQOS
Built-In Cleaning MechanismNo
Can Kit Accessories be Purchased SeparatelyNo
Colors AvailableRed, black, white
Comparable ToN/A
In the KitDevice
USB Cable
Cleaning Brush
Cleaning Sticks
Manual LanguagesEN, ZHO, JA, KO, IT, RU
Warranty TermsTerms unknown
How Does It Look?Boxy but compact
How Does It Feel?Solid, nice soft finish
Easy To Use?Very
Easy To Clean?Somewhat
Release DateUnknown
ManufacturerShenzhen Buddy Technology Co. Ltd.
Location of ManufacturerShenzhen, China
Year in Business2015
Manufacturer WebsiteHere
Impression of Manufacturer's WebsiteEasy to navigate
Manufacturer Contact Information for Customer Serviceemail:
Manufacturer Contact Information for WholesalersSkype: +86-755-6155-2385
Countries the Manufacturer is Wholesaling toUnknown
Countries the Manufacturer Would Like to Wholesale toUnknown
Full Product Line that the Manufacturer OffersiBuddy i1, iBuddy Se, iBuddy iS
Where to Buy iBuddy i1 and other iBuddy products?Online
Shipping and delivery timeVaries based on region

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