Today Aspire beam me into the future for a taste of their latest release, the Aspire Cyber S pod kit.
Aspire are well known for their pod kits and have been for quite a few years. A quick glance at their website tells us all we need to know. The Breeze, Minican, RIIL X and Flexus Q are but some of the ones we’ve scrutinised here at Ecigclick.
I know quite a few folks that have used these devices as a way of ditching the cigs, and for the most part have succeeded.
That’s because Aspire listen to customer feedback, something they’ve been doing for around a decade now. As a leading vaping manufacturer they integrate R&D with strong marketing while bringing technological innovation to the industry we know and love.
And it definitely shows in some of those pod kits. They range in design from traditional to tubular or box style devices. All with one thing in common.
Ease of use.
It seems today’s current trends call for complete transparency – quite literally.
Again, Aspire have listened and here we are today with the release of the Cyber S pod kit.
What Can We Expect From the Aspire Cyber S Pod Kit?
Ease of use once again.
With a very simple user friendly approach to vaping with the new and casual vaper very much in mind.
The next generation of vape pods is ushered in with a very stylish and futuristic look with the Aspire Cyber S pod kit. Yes, that means the battery and circuit board are entirely visible through a transparent outer shell.
..It does look very futuristic, I must admit.
Forget display or menu buttons. A single fire button is used to activate one of three available modes. More on that shortly.
The Cyber S pod kit incorporates a 700mAh integrated battery that should last the newer vaper an entire day. Even if you get caught short, fast type C charging will have you up and vaping again in no time at all.
Two Aspire TSX pods have been specifically designed for use, containing the same sealed mesh coils found in the Cyber X and Cyber G pod kits.
By removing and flipping the pods 180 degrees expect either a MTL (Mouth To Lung) or RDL (Restrictive Direct Lung) vape.
The TSX pods are available with a simple side fill arrangement or as an easy top filling mechanic with the black CRC (Child Resistant Cap) version.
The Cyber S pod kit is available with a 3ml pod in the standard version or 2ml for those in the UK or EU TPD regions. You can pick it up in five simple colour schemes.
Choose from Gunmetal, Black, Red, Royal Blue or Hunter green (under review).
Inside the Box
- Aspire Cyber S device
- TSX pod 2ml (0.8ohm)
- TSX pod 2ml (1ohm) installed
- Type C charging cable
- User manual
Aspire Cyber S Pod Kit Specifications
- Dimensions: 115.7 x 24 x 16mm (TPD/CRC version) 118 x 24 x 16mm (standard version)
- Weight: 54.5g
- Material: Zinc alloy / PC / PCTG
- Pod capacity: 2ml (TPD)/ 3ml (standard)
- Coil resistance: 0.8ohm Kanthal mesh / 1ohm Kanthal mesh – non replaceable coils
- Battery capacity: 700mAh
- Charging: Type C / 2A
- Output: 3.4V constant
- Activation: Auto Draw, Button activated or both
Design and Build Quality
The shape, size and weight of the Cyber S reminds me very much of a disposable vape. At first glance, the only thing that gives it away as a pod kit is the fire or activation button.
The entire front half is comprised of a crystal clear plastic exposing the inner workings of the device. There are four tiny star drive screws placed in the corners. Usually these would be an unsightly addition but are somehow suited to the cyber theme employed.
Returning to the Aspire branded fire button. It’s raised enough to easily find in gloomy lighting conditions, feels suitably clicky and shows no signs of rattling in its housing.
A heavily recessed type C USB charging port is positioned on the base of the device.
Just as well in this case because you’ll have trouble standing it in a vertical position anyway.
Turn the Cyber S over and it’s like peering at a completely different product. Your colour scheme of choice is shown here along with further Aspire branding.
I actually like the stark contrast between the front and back. It certainly works for me and the colour has a nice consistently smooth matt finish.
TSX Pod Section
The pod is made from a tough PCTG plastic but what were Aspire thinking? The actual E-liquid viewing window has been frosted out! Surely it would have made more sense to retain that transparent theme?
As a consequence, the visually impaired among us may have trouble seeing how much E-liquid is left in the pod.
An odd decision, exasperated by the fact the mouthpiece is crystal clear.
It’s the usual duck bill shape and feels very comfortable when vaping.
The TPD version I received includes the side filling pod. These are OK but once again it’s difficult for my sausage fingers to work the stopper!
The opening is around 5mm in diameter so I would suggest using smaller 10ml bottles and their nozzles.
If possible, track down the black CRC TPD version. Top filling is so much easier and definitely quicker, in my opinion.
The two tiny connecting magnets on the base are stronger than they look, instantly drawing the pod inside the battery. So no complaints here!
As previously mentioned the pods are reversible. The two airflow slots on the base are clearly different in size and shape to suit either a MTL or RDL vape.
Aspire Cyber S Pod Kit Quick Start Guide
The pod kit comes with the 1ohm TSX mesh pod already installed. Just remember to remove the sticker from the base after filling. You’re going to look a bit silly if you don’t!
How To Fill the Pod
- Remove the pod from the battery section
- Locate the Black silicone stopper on the side of the pod and lift open
- Insert the bottle nozzle into the fill port opening and gently pour E-liquid into the pod chamber
- Once you’ve filled the pod, push the silicone stopper back into place ensuring a firm seal
- Drop the pod back into the battery section
TIP! Tilt the pod at an angle of 45 degrees to help prevent spillage.
Let the E-liquid soak into the cotton for around 5 minutes before vaping for the first time.
The Cyber S pod kit draws a constant 3.4V at all times so there’s no need to worry about power output. But you may want the choice of using auto draw, the fire button or even both while vaping.
How do we do this?
First we need to turn the device on. Press the fire button five times rapidly to do this. Repeat the process whenever you want to switch it off. The perimeter of the fire button flashes white 3 times.
- Press the fire button three times. Two White LED’s will illuminate beneath the fire button
While both LED’s are illuminated, press the fire button a single time to:
- Auto draw (mode A) – Left hand LED illuminates
- Fire button activation (mode B)- Right hand LED illuminates
- Auto draw & Fire button activation (mode AB) – Both LED’s illuminate
You can check current battery status by simply pressing the fire button or auto drawing.
The perimeter of the fire button displays current battery charge remaining during use.
- Green LED – 100% – 60%
- Blue LED – 60% – 30%
- Red LED – 30% – 0%
The LED will also flash White whenever the pod is attached or removed.
The Aspire Cyber S pod kit also includes built-in safety features.
- Over vaping – LED flashes Red & Blue ten times before switching the device off
- Short circuit – LED flashes Red & Blue three times and output is stopped
- Overheat – LED turns a solid Yellow for three seconds before the device switches off
- Low voltage – LED flashes Red fifteen times
- Overcharge – Once fully charged the LED flashes Green twenty times and charging stops
- Over discharge – When charging is abnormal the device stops working
How To Charge the Aspire Cyber S Pod Kit
- Connect the smaller end of the supplied type C USB cable into the bottom of the battery section
- Connect the larger end of the cable into a suitable USB outlet
- The LED will pulse through Red, Blue and Green as it passes through various stages of charge.
- Once the device is fully charged the LED will blink Green twenty times
- The LED will flash Green three times when removing the USB cable
How Does the Aspire Cyber S Pod Kit Perform?
1ohm TSX Mesh Pod
The pod was flipped into the more restrictive MTL airflow position inside the battery section. I have to say I was rather amazed at the results.
The restriction was bob on and instantly what I would class a classic MTL experience. Not too tight and certainly not too loose. Somewhere in between which makes it ideal, in my opinion.
The inhale was silky smooth with no turbulence or ‘wetness’ as I describe it. Wetness sometimes occurs if the coil isn’t quite up to handling a thinner E-liquid.
Flavour was really impressive and way beyond what I was expecting given the category I’d chosen. Dessert profiles aren’t always up to task with lower powered pod kits but that’s why I tend to use them.
To see what they’re made of! And the 1ohm TXS mesh coil is more than capable of the task.
The fried, doughy, sweet and bakery notes were all there in super sharp focus. All these attributes coming through beneath a rich Vanilla back drop.
Along with a very satisfying level of vapour production during the exhale.
Flipping the Pod
To be completely honest I couldn’t make out much of a difference.
Let’s put it this way.
I wouldn’t consider using this pod for anything other than a MTL vape. An RDL vape is possible but just a tad too tight for even an RDL enthusiast like me.
That’s not to say flavour suffers as a consequence. It’s just as impressive either way of vaping. If you do decide to RDL just don’t expect much in the way of vapour production.
That’s just not the way the pod has been set up.
0.8ohm TSX Mesh Pod
I used another Re-Salt flavour to test the 0.8ohm pod in the form of Fruit Salad. As before it’s a 50VG/50PG blend with 20mg salt nicotine included.
When using the RDL side of the pod there’s definitely less restriction than the 1.0ohm pod. It’s without doubt what I would class a restrictive lung hit and one that I very much enjoyed.
I will admit that flavour quality does diminish a touch when attempting a MTL draw. It’s also a little too loose for that style, although it is still a possibility.
As for that all important taste test? It’s bloody incredible!
This is the equivalent of a Fruit Salad chew in a vape. All the rich, tropical flavour explodes on the exhale and is incredibly consistent throughout the duration of the vape.
I’m mightily impressed!
I will say that the mesh coil does also produce a tad more warmth but never to the restriction of burning the lips with longer RDL pulls. Great stuff..
Flipping the Pod
The MTL attempt with increased restriction is better. It still doesn’t quite measure up to the 1ohm mesh pod but flavour is improved, marginally.
I say marginally because it still doesn’t reach full potential and I noticed it was sweet heavy towards the end of the exhale.
I was left feeling a bit disappointed with the MTL draw – It wasn’t quite tight enough to deliver the full impact this E-liquid flavour can provide.
It’s a different story, flavour-wise if you go for a RDL vape. Again, it’s a flavour fest from start to end and the sweetness works with the fruit as opposed to playing on its own.
Knock out flavour!
And for a 0.8ohm mesh coil, vapour production equals the quality of the vape. That’s to say, awesome!
Charging, Battery Life and Performance
Unfortunately this seems to be the Achilles heel of the device, or at least the review model.
I noticed various irregularities when charging from flat. The Red LED behaved erratically with odd blinking and flashing routines. After around ten minutes it would briefly register with a Blue LED before reverting back to Red.
After a total of 15 minutes it switched to a solid Green before turning itself off. Behaviour I simply could not understand. I even tried recharging a further two times but to no avail.
There’s clearly an issue with the 2A/5V charging of the review model.
However, I had no issues with the pre-charge used straight out of the box. I got 4 hours with the Green LED, 5.5hrs on Blue but a measly 30 minutes on Red. But 10 hours use isn’t too bad for a 700mAh integrated battery.
I refilled the pod once and got through around 4ml of E-liquid during this time. Plus I honestly do think I was getting a solid 3.4V at all stages of battery drain, so that was impressive. There didn’t appear to be any degradation to flavour.
That first and rather buggy charge gave me 2 hours of use. Not really surprising since it hadn’t appeared to top up beyond 20 %.
The bug seemed to iron itself out after a few attempts at recharging. However, I did use an alternative USB charging cable (I usually endorse using the one that comes with the device).
Could it be a fault with the included charging cable? They all tend to come heavily crimped so there’s a possibility.
If you find yourself in this position, persevere.
- Awesome flavour replication from both TSX mesh coils
- Super sensitive and reliable auto draw
- Raised, tactile fire button that’s highly responsive
- Ease of use when switching from mode to mode
- Bright battery strength LED – viewable in direct sunlight
- No leaking from the sealed pods
- Very buggy initial charging cycle
- Frosted viewing window (subjective)
- Inability to stand or charge vertically (subjective)
- Side filling stopper can be a bit awkward to work with
- Not a major difference in airflow restriction when flipping the pods (subjective)
Final Review Verdict
The 1ohm TSX mesh pod is incredible! To get that level of flavour replication from such a tiny coil is awesome. All the flavour attributes are there alongside texture, tone and dare I say it, even a modicum of warmth.
The MTL draw is as good as it can be, perfectly imitating the restriction of a cigarette and vapour production is suitably ‘smoke like’. So newer vapers will feel very much as home.
The 0.8ohm is even better! I’m an RDL vaper anyway but this pod is amazing in every way. From the flavour, the warmth, the vapour and quietness of the vape in general.
It offered me personally the best RDL experience possible from a pod of this nature.
I’m amazed at the flavour consistency. Taste from start to end with the added bonus of a strong after taste.
These TSX pods are highly recommended!
As for power and performance.
I didn’t even notice any difference in power when switching from auto draw to button draw. Usually there’s a distinct dip in output between the two. So it seems the Cyber S shares a consistent 3.4V across either method of activation.
What can I say? Brilliant performance. From start to finish.
Of course the obvious blot on this vaping landscape was the charging cycle but that could just be down to the review model I’ve been sent.
As I wrote in the update, it could be something as simple as a faulty USB cable.
I would suggest sticking with 50VG/50PG E-liquid ratios when using the device. As I’ve shown, the mesh coils are 100% compatible with it. You might not get quite the same results with thicker juice.
Other than that, the Aspire Cyber S pod kit is one I could thoroughly recommend for flavour, vapour production and functionality. A perfect vape for the new or casual vaper.
Maybe I’ve had a glimpse of the future? The next generation of pod kits may very well start here!