It’s the return of yet another almost legendary vaping name and in this case, it’s the Aspire Cleito Pro sub ohm tank.
Aspire has a pretty good track record when it comes to tanks and indeed mods with standouts such as the Nautilus and Nautilus 2 tanks – mods and kits including the SkyStar Revvo kit and the Aspire Speeder being particularly well received set-ups.
What Can We Expect From The Cleito Pro by Aspire
It’s fair to say the original Cleito was a bit of a game-changer, to say the least, and for many vapers – myself being one – it was the perfect introduction to the crazy world of big flavours and huge clouds.
Since then we saw the addition of the RBA deck for both the original and the Cleito 120 and the follow-up EXO, which I wasn’t that keen on, citing the lack of airflow and a restricted draw the problem for my style of vaping. Incidentally, keep an eye out for my review of the which should be up sometime next week.
The Pro tank is backward compatible with previous Cleito coils and features the latest 0.15 Mesh coil head. A new cleaner design, the Pro looks understated but keeps with Aspire’s high standards on build quality.
OK, we’ve set the stage and despite being rather late to the Cleito Pro party let’s see how this one vapes.
This was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of this review – thank you – and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own and unswayed by freebies.
Inside the Box
A no-frills rather smart box covered by a sleeve and inside you’ll find:
- Cleito Pro Tank.
- 0.15ohm Aspire Cleito Mesh Coil.
- 0.5ohm Aspire Cleito Pro Coil.
- 6 x 0-rings.
- User Manual.
- Warranty Card.
Aspire Cleito Specs
- 22mm wide
- 46.6mm height
- Capacity: 2ml / 3ml and 4.2ml
- Bottom airflow
- Top fill
Note: The TPD version has a 2ml capacity with the option of buying a 4.2ml bubble glass whilst the rest of the world has a 3ml capacity also with the optional extra of a bubble glass.
Aspire Cleito Pro Quick Start Guide
- Do prime your coils hard!
- Unscrew the base and screw in/out to swap coils
- Screw top cap on to secure coil
- To fill: locate the x3 tiny dots under the aspire logo and pull off the metal ring to expose fill port
- Vape after 10 minutes to allow the coil to saturate
This is a stock coil 24mm sub ohm tank and the new coils are cross compatible with both the original Cleito and indeed the Exo.
Speaking of coils inside the box there’s x2, one of which is regular wire at 0.5 ohms whilst the other is a 0.15 mesh. As to how these vape of course we shall be looking at later.
The Aspire Cleito Pro has a triple slot bottom airflow design and is a top fill – more on the fill later…it’s a niggle 😉
It’s topped with a proprietary drip tip that is most definitely wide-bore and comes in: Silver-grey, Black, Rainbow and Gold.
Design and Build Quality
It’s rare to find a poor build or indeed materials from Aspire products and the Cleito Pro certainly follows in that trend – it’s got a fair weight to it too.
Saying that, taking it apart straight out of the box and things were a little crunchy with stiff threads that have settled down a little. This included the drip tip on mine, with the plastic threads screwing into the metal coil…however, and even lubed up and after a couple of weeks of use, it’s still tight in there.
One wonders how long those threads will last with extended use – so be careful!
Design wise it looks like it’s part of the Cleito family – sadly I can’t show any comparison photos as mine have all gone to my brother and various bar staff…passing it forward so to speak.
I didn’t receive the bubble glass and mine is the TPD version, so again I can’t show you what the bubble glass looks like.
In general it looks a lot better than the original – man I hated that huge white O ring on the base – however, the Aspire logo is a little ‘in your face’ for my liking and the vase shaped drip tip may not be to everyone’s taste…comfortable in the mouth though.
How Does the Aspire Cleito Pro Perform?
As I’ve already mentioned the original Cleito was my first entry into sub ohm or Direct to Lung vaping [DTL] and was my go to tank for a long time.
Find out more about the differences between DTL and MTL styles of vaping.
I’ve also reviewed the Cleito Exo, which I felt was a little too restrictive for me, so what’s the Pro like?
For the testing I used one of my go to e-liquids, Puris from 12 Monkeys.
BTW I highly recommend priming these coils hard – they are rather large and there’s a lot of cotton in there. Simply drizzle a bit of e-liquid onto all the exposed cotton and once the tank is filled leave to stand for at least 10minutes.
Aspire makes great claims that these coils wick incredibly well…I did chain vape hard on both and we’ll see if they can cope now.
0.5ohm Wire Coil 60/80w
As you can see this is a regular wire ‘n cotton coil and after a good soaking – I waited 15 minutes – I started off at just 60w.
The vape was on the cool side of warm and the flavour was reasonable – nothing to write home about let’s put it that way, however as seems to be the case with the Cleito range, the vapour was incredible.
The flavour improved somewhat as I bumped the wattage up and found a happy medium at 75w with good flavour and awesome cloudage – both these coils are fog machines.
If I’m honest and given I tend to vape on re-buildables these days, the flavour was good but not amazing.
2 weeks in and after 2 or 3 hours use per day the coil is slightly brown however the flavour is still coming through so I guess you could say it has decent longevity.
As to wicking? No issues at all with the coil handling the 70/30 VG/PG mix without a stutter.
0.15ohm Mesh Coil 60/75w
I really left this one to soak up all the juice – the last thing I wanted was a dry hit.
I needn’t have worried, this coil is very very good indeed.
It wicked like an absolute champ with a stream of bubbles and again not a stutter even after half a dozen plus deep draws.
As to the flavour?
Wow is the word!
60w was a marked difference to the wire coil with a real crispness coming through. However, bumped up to 70w and with the airflow half closed – this was a flavour and fog machine simple as that.
I did push this one up to 85w and whilst the vape was becoming slightly too warm I felt it could just about handle it.
I’m very impressed with this Cleito mesh coil, to say the least. And again after 2 weeks of use a couple of hours per day it’s showing no signs of failing, so again good longevity.
Airflow on the Cleito Pro
The main criticism I had of the Aspire Exo tank was the lack of airflow options.
It was almost too restrictive for my vaping taste, Aspire has added the option to the Pro and that makes this one a sub ohm tank for all.
Fully open it’s just airy enough without washing away the flavour and I found a little over half open was perfect.
BTW fully open and it is quite a noisy tank, obviously closing off the airflow means it quietens a little…
How To Fill The Cleito Pro
- Remove the collar at the top of the tank
- Tilt the tank horizontally – I’ve found coming in at an angle with the tip of the e-liquid bottle against the coil works best
- As you fill bring the tank upright
- Be gentle and fill slowly!
- Replace collar
- Great flavour off the mesh coil
- Decent flavour off the wire coil
- Incredible cloud production if that’s your thing
- Coils compatible with original and the EXO
- Decent price – especially now it’s been out a while!
- Awful and I mean AWFUL fill system [see below!]
- Drip tip: plastic threads on metal not a good idea
- Bubble glass has to be bought separately
- Drinks e-liquid by the gallon!
Final Review Verdict
I can’t knock the flavour or vapour production off either of the coils with the mesh a real stand-out and it’s the same with clouds off both – wow clouds for months lol.
It looks OK, if a little dated, but I don’t like the Aspire logo on the front. I think the vase-shaped proprietary drip tip looks a little clunky however it is comfortable on the lips. I do worry about those plastic on metal threads though – if they cross thread you’ll need a new tank so be careful.
It’s good to see airflow options and for once there really is a palpable difference between wide open and half shut if that makes sense.
Flawed Fill System?
And so to the elephant in the room…filling the Aspire Cleito Pro.
For me, this is the biggest letdown and to say it’s old school is doing the phrase old school an injustice.
You have to pull off the metal ring which exposes a tiny and I mean tiny fill port.
It’s clumsy and means if your nozzle is too big – you run the risk of spillage. I have absolutely no idea why they went down this route and if I’m honest filling straight down the sides of the wide open tank would have been more acceptable.
Taking off that ring and every single time a bubble of juice has popped and drizzled down the side of the tank…a right pain in the proverbial!
Is that a deal breaker?
Almost, however, the vape off that mesh coil saves it but do buy the extension glass because trust me otherwise you’ll be filling this thirsty little bugger every 20minutes or so…thanks TRPR!
Have you used the Aspire Cleito Pro? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!