The Aspire Breeze 2 has been out for a while now and it’s a device we never covered at time of release.
It’s been highly rated (voted, by readers, as the best pod mod of 2018 in the Ecigclick Vape Awards) in the past so will be interesting to see how it fares against the current influx of pod mods.
As for the company themselves, Aspire have been making vape devices for a long time now, I was recently really impressed with their K1 Stealth. The pod market is a crowded one though, and Aspire themselves have made a number of really impressive systems. The AVP and the Nautilus AIO, to name just a couple.
What Can We Expect From The Breeze 2 by Aspire?
The Aspire Breeze 2 actually came out last year, and aside from a changed fill method, at least on the TPD version, nothing much is different.
They have launched some new colour ways of Camo, Rainbow and Gold to add to their more restrained Grey, Black, Blue and Red however. So in a world where there’s a new pod system almost every week, can the ageing Breeze 2 still do enough to compete?
This item was sent over free of charge for the purposes of this review. As always, this in no way changes my opinion, and I shall report back honestly with what I find.
In The Box
- Aspire Breeze 2 Battery
- Aspire Breeze 2 Pod with cap
- 1x 0.6Ω Coil
- 1x 1.0Ω Coil
- USB Cable
- Spares Bag including o-rings and spare stopper
- Warranty Card and Instructions
- 96mm x 35mm x 19mm
- 1000mAh Battery
- Aluminium Alloy
- 3ml Capacity (2ml TPD)
- Multiple Protections (10 sec auto cutoff, short circuit, low voltage, overcharge)
Design and Build Quality
Aspire usually knock it out of the park with their packaging, and the Breeze 2 is no exception. This feels like the sort of packaging you would get on a far more expensive device.
Sliding off the outer sleeve you’re presented with a nice little box of some sort of high density cardboard (I think), the lid hinges back and everything is beautifully laid out inside.
The moment you pick it up you can definitely tell why they went for aluminium, it is so lightweight it’s almost imperceptible. Even with a full pod of eliquid mine is only weighing 75g. It still feels really rigid though, with none of the flex you would get if it were plastic.
The the battery section has nicely rounded corners, and with it’s rectangular shape, it will fit nicely into a pocket. Branding is minimal with “aspire” at the bottom on the same side as your fire button, and “Breeze 2” higher up on the opposite side.
There’s not much in the way of controls on the device as there’s no wattage adjustment, you have your fire button which is satisfyingly clicky, 5 clicks on, fire clicks off.
On the thin edges you have your pod release buttons.
Push both of these in and your pod unclips and springs out a little to allow you to remove it. Your USB port sits below one of the release buttons. At the base of the battery are 4 vent holes, always nice to see even on a little pod mod. So props to Aspire for including them.
Clipping the pod in an out is really satisfying, but just occasionally I found that one of the pod release buttons would get jammed inside the housing.
It wasn’t ever much of a bother, as it quickly came loose again after pushing the pod back in and wiggling the button, but it wasn’t as smooth as I would like.
On the pod you have a light-weight plastic dust cap protecting your drip tip. I like the idea of this, especially as the drip tip collects dust and fingerprints really easily, but as there’s no place to stow it when you’re vaping, I can see this being the sort of thing that will quickly get lost.
It also doesn’t take much to get it to pop off, so I’ve often taken the Breeze out of my bag and found that the cap has come off with the day to day jostling.
The drip tip is a bit of an unusual design, because of how it sits right over the top of the coil it should be good for flavour, and it extends out to cover almost all of the top of the pod.
It’s a surprisingly wide bore for a pod kit, a rounded rectangle measuring about 12mm x 4mm internally. It’s also made of the same slightly cheap feeling plastic as the dust cap, and quickly coats itself in fluff if you leave it in a pocket. On either side of the drip tip is the air intake for the coil, 5 little circular holes in the plastic.
To adjust your airflow or change your coil, you first have to remove the drip tip. This was far harder than I was expecting, as it felt like it was glued on there to begin with!
I eventually managed it be getting a nail between the plastic of the drip tip and slowly wiggling it, but I went back and checked the manual as I was worried I was doing something wrong. This does get easier once you’ve taken it off a few times, and now I can just grip the area with the air intake and pull it off.
Under the drip tip you have your airflow adjustment ring. The benefit is that it won’t get accidentally knocked in your pocket, but it does add an extra step if you want to change your airflow on the fly.
The AFC ring unscrews from the pod, and you fit your coil by screwing it onto the ring, and then screwing the whole thing back in. If you’re binning a coil, don’t forget to remove the AFC ring first!
How To Fill The Aspire Breeze 2 Pod
Flipping the pod over we can see the contacts for the battery in the middle and the fill port. Mine is the American/older version with the orange stopper you need to remove to fill.
I’ve been informed that on newer models, at least in the TPD markets, this has been replaced by a self sealing gasket like we’ve been seeing on some of their tanks.
Either way though it is a really easy pod to fill, on mine you just do the following:
- Remove the whole stopper
- Use the generous sized fill port to fit the tip of your bottle in.
On the TPD version, the stopper is no longer there, and you have a gasket that you just push the tip of your bottle through to fill.
Once you’ve filled it up, remember to let it sit for 10 minutes to give your coil enough time to become to fully saturated.
How does the Aspire Breeze 2 perform?
With the combination of a 0.6Ω coil and a fairly wide-bore drip tip, I was expecting to be able to get a decent lung hit from this device. Even fully open though I could only just about manage it by slipstreaming.
Dialling down the airflow however I was able to get a really tight and satisfying MTL draw. Definitely one for the stealth vape!
I started off using the 0.6Ω coil loaded up with some 50 Large Berry N’ Ice, a 70/30 e-liquid.
Unfortunately the flavour was incredibly muted, with not even a hint of the cooling that I expect from this liquid. It also didn’t handle chain vaping on it very well, quickly starting to lose flavour and tasting a little dry. If you run higher VG liquids in this, be prepared to allow it to sit for a bit between vapes.
I decided to switch over to my 50/50 Berry Ice from Vape Simple, and although it was now wicking fine, the flavour was still really quite muted. It’s possible I just have a duff coil here, it’s happened before, but there was nothing like the flavour I’ve experienced from other Aspire stock coils in the past.
Moving on to the 1.0Ω coil and things instantly improved, this one has the green rings Aspire uses to denote being good with nic salts, but any 50/50 e-liquid works well in here.
I continued on with my Berry Ice and was rewarded with a great tasting vape. Cloud production on both coils is decent for a pod system, but you’re certainly not going to be fogging out any rooms!
With a 1000mAh battery I was expecting this to perform decently, and it quite happily got me a day and half of pretty heavy vaping before it started telling me it needed to be recharged.
The way the battery life is communicated isn’t great though, there are two little LED’s that sit under your pod, and shine through it.
When you take a vape they light up (confusingly)
- Blue and Orange, above 3.8 volts
- Blue only, 3.5 – 3.8 volts
- Orange only, below 3.5 volts. Time to charge!
Unfortunately these are not the brightest LEDs in the world, and while the idea of them defracting through your eliquid and making the whole pod light up is good in theory. In practise I found myself holding it up to my eye to see them light up.
At night time, in a dark room, they do pretty well, but you can forget about easily glancing at them on a sunny day!
- Super easy fill
- Great battery life
- Discrete little device
- Good build quality
- Dust cap, easily lost, easily knocked off
- Muted flavour on 0.6Ω coil
- Dim LEDs
Final Review Verdict
I really wanted to love this, as I’ve been a bit of an Aspire fanboy for while, despite me not having much to do with stock coils anymore.
However, I can only review what’s in front of me, and the world of pod systems is moving so fast with new innovations all the time, that I don’t think this can stand up against some of the other ones out there.
Indeed Aspire themselves make better pod systems and starter kits that I would recommend much more highly. Is it bad? No. But it’s just not that good either.
Have you used the Breeze 2? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.