The Aspire Breeze NXT is the latest in this range of vapes with the original Breeze landing back in 2017 and followed up with the Breeze 2 in 2018.
What Can We Expect From The Breeze NXT by Aspire?
It seems like only yesterday I was reviewing the Aspire Breeze 2 pod kit. As an older AIO system, it had a number of points that resulted in me feeling it couldn’t quite go toe-to-toe with some of the best on the market.
The Breeze NXT is therefore going to have to show some progress from what came before. It looks like they’ve done some serious alterations to how the kit functions, whilst keeping the same general style as previously.
Like the previous Breeze and Breeze 2, this is more of an AIO than a true pod based system.
You can refill it with your own e-liquid, and when the coil burns out you can also replace the coil.
Have they done enough to improve things? Let’s find out below.
This product was sent over free of charge for the purposes of this review. As always, my thoughts are my own, and I’m not swayed by freebies.
In The Box
- Aspire Breeze NXT Battery
- Aspire Breeze NX Pod with cap
- 2x 0.8Ω Kanthal Mesh Coils
- Warranty Card and Instructions
- 96mm x 35mm x 20.5
- 1000mAh Battery
- Aluminium Alloy
- 5.4ml Capacity (2ml TPD)
- Easy Side Refill
- Side Airflow Adjustment
Draw Activated AndButton Activated
- Multiple Protections (10 sec auto cutoff, short circuit, low voltage, overcharge)
Design and Build Quality
The packaging for the Breeze NXT is almost exactly the same as it was for the Breeze 2. Very understated and classy. One difference is that you get two of the same coil this time, a newly designed 0.8Ω mesh with a press-fit, rather than two different ones.
The body of the kit is made out of aluminium, and it’s definitely light weight! I received mine in black, but they also come in white and red. It’s finished in a high gloss, and although it’s not too much of a fingerprint magnet, it was still quite a challenge taking photos of it!
On the front you have the “aspire” logo, with the fire button below that in a slight dip that feels really comfortable in the hand. On the reverse you have “Breeze NXT” in that same dip.
Also in these dips you have the USB port (still micro USB sadly, I wish companies would switch to USB-C) on one of the thin edges, on the other you have your metal wheel that is is your airflow control. More on the AFC in a moment.
At the base of the of the battery you have 4 venting holes, and the regulatory marks moulded into the plastic.
Flipping it over to look into where the pod fits, you can see the pins that make contact with your coil, and also where the airflow comes up. Happily the pod will go in either way round.
Unlike on the Breeze 2, there’s no release buttons for the pod. It just clips down into place and you pull it out when you need to change your coil. There’s less moving parts to go wrong with this method, and I was very satisfied with how the pod snapped into place, as well as the amount of force needed to pull it out.
The pod itself is where you can most obviously see the differences from the Breeze 2. It’s no longer made of a really dark smoked plastic, this time the pod is made of clear PCTG, which makes checking your eliquid level a breeze!
Checking your eliquid level is most easily done on one of the thin sides, where you have a section of the clear pod that you can easily look through, on the other side is the fill port. Above these you have a nicely grippy section that helps with removing your pod.
I have a non-TPD version of the pod which holds a whopping 5.4ml of e-liquid.
At the base of the pod you have your hole to install your coil, and also your two air intakes, I believe these are mirrored so only one is actually in use, depending on which way you put your pod into the body.
Installing Your Coil
- Take your coil and line it up with the hole in the base of pod
- Orientate it so that the base of the coil will fit into the cut out
- Push the coil into place
It’s important that the base of the coil is flush with the base of the pod, although it might feel like you’ve put it in all the way, if it’s still sitting proud, push a little bit harder and the final o-ring will seal into place. You can tell as the rounded rectangle on the base of the pod will only fit into the plastic cut out in one orientation.
Also I did hear that you could change your coil without emptying your tank, and this is true up to a point. The tank doesn’t need to be completely empty, a little less than half full is fine. However anything more than that and you will end up with e-liquid escaping.
The mouthpiece is once again covered by a smoked plastic dust cap like they used on the Breeze 2.
However I’m pleased to say that this time the cap feels a bit more secure, and I haven’t had it popping off on it’s own. Unfortunately there’s still no place to store it when you’re vaping, I really wish I could put it on the other end of the body like a pen cap!
As you no longer need to remove the mouthpiece (like you had to on the Breeze 2) it feels considerably more substantial and of better quality. It’s got quite a wide bore on the mouthpiece, but this means that a DTL draw is a little easier than it would otherwise be.
Of course to get a DTL draw, you need a good amount of airflow, and this is where the airflow control ring on the side of the body comes in.
You have a metal ring that has a cyclops style airflow on the side of the battery. You can rotate this about a quarter turn to go from a very restrictive MTL style vape, to a pretty restrictive DTL.
This is one of the single best things about their new design, as I quite like to vary my airflow if I have the option.
Having to remove your pod from the battery to do so is a pain, and one that I am pleased to see disappear.
How To Fill The Aspire Breeze NXT Pod
In another change from the Breeze 2, the liquid fill port has moved from the bottom of the pod to the side. Whereas previously you had to take your pod out to fill, now you can do it whilst it’s still in the body. This is a so much easier and great for when you’re on the go!
- Lift the rubber cover on the side marked with as droplet, it pulls from the top down
- Place the tip of your bottle in the generously sized fill port and fill your pod
- Push the rubber seal back in again to seal
- Leave to stand for 5-10 minutes to fully saturate
It’s hard to show in the photos, but between the mouth piece and the body, you have a thin line of the pod’s clear PCTG showing.
Indicated by the arrow above. With a little light behind this, it’s really easy to use this line to keep an eye on your e-liquid level as you fill it up. It’s a subtle, but really useful inclusion.
There’s exactly one button and it has the normal five clicks on/five clicks off. Nothing more to it in terms of controls. It’s either draw activated, or press the button to fire.
Strangely this is an option that was available on the original Breeze, but they removed it for the Breeze 2, leaving you with just the button. Now it’s back, and I have to say I like having the choice.
Update Due to problems with auto firing when the draw activation switch got e-liquid in it. Aspire have since removed the draw activation feature from the Breeze NXT, and all new models are manual fire only.
This is surrounded by an LED that lights when the system fires and lets you know your battery life.
- Green – Over 3.8V
- Blue – 3.5 – 3.8V
- Red – Below 3.5V
How does the Aspire Breeze NXT perform?
For these tests I used two e-liquids.
Berry Ice by Vape Simple at 50/50 PG/VG and Bozo by Chemical Clown at 70/30. I didn’t experience any dry hits using a slightly thicker liquid, and with the ability to do a restricted DTL draw, it’s nice to have the option of 70/30 liquid.
As I said earlier, the airflow ring here is a great addition to this system. It’s surprising how much variety you can get on the draw with just the quarter turn that it does.
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being a super tight draw and 10 being so open you could breathe normally through it, I would say this ranges from a 1 to a 6.
Fully open, and you can get a restrictive lung hit from the kit. Something I was never able to manage with the Breeze 2.
On the other side of the coin you can close it right down to get a really tight MTL draw. Slightly adjusting the wheel, and you have anything in between. There’s a good amount of resistance though, so it doesn’t feel like something you’ll knock out of place.
Although if you hold it in a certain way it is possible to cover it up, so watch out for that.
If you ever do need to change it, it’s really quick to do so because of the way it falls under your thumb. Kinda reminds me of the jog wheels you got on some some early smartphones (showing my age there!).
For the first half of a tank I wasn’t sure whether these new coils were going to hold up to the BVC style coils I’ve been used to from Aspire in the past. It didn’t feel like I was getting the full flavour.
Happily it just took a little while to break in, and within about 2-3ml the flavour was easily matching Aspire’s BVC coils.
It’s a relatively warm vape, especially with a fresh charge, and I hope that Aspire offers some more coils in the new press-to-fit Breeze NXT design.
Sadly there’s no way of using the older coils, so for the time being you’re limited to the 0.8Ω mesh. So it’s a good thing they’re so versatile and give such good flavour.
First thing to note is that you don’t have any adjustable power on this.
Some people will miss this, but I’ve found that on a few AIO/Pod systems the difference can be fairly negligible, so I’m not too worried. The other thing to be aware of is that this is operating in bypass mode, it’s not a fixed voltage.
What this means is that as your battery level drops, the power going to your coil will also drop.
This equates to a difference of 22W when fully charged, dropping down to as low as 12.8 when the battery is almost empty. Although this sounds like quite a big change, I’ve found that in use it’s only really noticeable when the LED starts to show Red, indicating that the voltage is below 3.5V, this would be a wattage of 15.3W.
I do wish it had a constant output, not necessarily for myself, because I understand what’s going on.
But if you’re coming off the smokes, and want to get a simple to use pod system, you might well end up thinking something is wrong if you can feel the vapour production starting to die as you drain the battery.
It’s not a massive deal, but it’s something I would like to see in the future.
Battery life has generally been about a day and a half of use for me, and I have used this as my main device for most of my time testing it. Charging time is just over an hour.
- Great Flavour
- Being able to fill the pod in place
- Airflow control on the outside
- Really comfortable
- Still nowhere to put the dust cap
- No constant output
Final Review Verdict
I was hoping that the Breeze NXT would show some progression from the Breeze 2, and I’m really pleased to see just how much thought has gone into the changes. Being able to fill your pod in place, combined with the little strip of the pod to check your level as you fill it, is just one example of several where they’ve not just fixed a problem, they’ve improved the overall experience by some way.
The airflow control being on the side is another great innovation, and something I hope we see more of in the future. I know I’m going to sulk whenever I have a pod kit to review that requires me taking it to pieces to change the airflow in the future. What can I say? I’ve been spoiled by Aspire!
This is easily one of the best Pod system vapes I’ve tested in a long time.
It’s really good to see companies not just sit on their laurels, continuously releasing things that are only slight tweaks on what came before.
There’s enough of that in the industry already. Aspire has taken a well respected kit in the Breeze 2, and improved on it in almost every way. I would not be at all surprised to see Aspire sell a lot of these!
Did you buy the Aspire Breeze NXT? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.