While Aspire were one of the first to release a Sub Ohm tank they didn’t exactly rush into the box mod market with the ESP 30W.

So that should mean they have produced a product that improves on the current box mods in circulation right? Well that’s what  we are going to take a look at.Aspire ESP E Cigarette

The Aspire ESP 30W box mod was purchased for the purposes of this review.

In the box / Presentation

The ESP 30W comes in sturdy compact sliding draw box and includes.

  • 1 X ESP 30W Box MOD (1900 mAh)
  • USB Charging Cable


When I saw the first pictures of the Aspire ESP I found it a little underwhelming, the carbon finish and the chunky dial on top didn’t really get my juices flowing but that is of course a personal preference.

Aspire ESP30 box mod

Roll on to today with the ESP in hand and my initial impression is much the same, the build and finish feels too ‘plasticy’ for my liking and just doesn’t have that same feel of box mods such as the solid MVP3 or even the Kanger Subox. The rotary knob sat on top even looks a little odd.

Now I want to fast forward here a little, I have been using this device now for a couple of weeks and I have to say my initial impressions have changed a little. The device still feels a bit too plastic for my liking but this for many could be a good thing and that’s due to the light weight feel of the mod. It is noticeably lighter in weight than a lot of other similar sized products out there.

Then there is the rotary knob. This has actually won me over as well. It makes things so simple and easy to use, no mad button pressing combinations to deal with, all you do is turn the knob one way or another to select your desired wattage and the changes appear on the OLED screen.

It’s as easy as using a Spinner or variable voltage vape pen e cig. I didn’t think I’d like this but in practice it’s turned out to be a bit of a positive for me. But then I like things simple whilst still showing all the other information you would expect.

Keep in mind this isn’t necessarily aimed at advanced vapers, Aspire have introduced a product for everyday vapers that is pretty much fool proof to use. The learning curve is short.

The firing button is located in a nice position on the side and although it seems to protrude a fair bit it actually acts as a homing beacon for your finger, mine seemed drawn to it every time I picked the MOD up. The small size fits nicely in the hand as well being only (approx) 87mm high (not including rotary knob) and 42mm wide.

The battery comes in at 1900 Mah, not the biggest in it’s class for sure but still plenty even for the heavy vapers amongst us.

As a moderate vaper I could get a good couple of days before popping it on charge which is done by way of a micro USB port on the base of the device.

I like many would prefer the port to be on the side but it’s not a deal breaker. The ESP can also be used when on charge as a pass through so no down time when powering up.

ESP 30W OLED Screen

Despite it coming across as a basic device the Aspire ESP still has the following functions.


  • 5 click on/off
  • Screen display – Battery indicator / atomiser resistance / wattage and voltage
  • Check atomiser – For when device doesn’t detect tank
  • Check Battery – When low power is reached

There are no real negatives for me in the working of the device, the only thing I’m not a massive fan of is the carbon wrap but as mentioned that’s just a personal preference.


Lightweight, small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of my hand and super easy to use with the rotary knob.


The Aspire ESP has a self adjusting pin and supports coils with a resistance down to 0.3 Ohms so offers plenty of options.

I tried a number of sub ohm tanks including the Aspire Atlantis 2. Strangely the ESP 30W wouldn’t recognise the tank with the 0.3 Ohm coil and repeatedly displayed ‘check atomiser’.

Likely an issue with the coil head but something I will look into further. The 0.5 Ohm coil had no such problem though.

Update: The box of the ESP stated it was compatible with 0.3ohm coils but this is a mistake on Aspires part. The ESP is compatible with 0.4ohm coils and above. Which now makes the issue with the coils I was using a pretty obvious one!Aspire ESP E Cigarette

The Atlantis 2, unsurprisingly, sits on top of the ESP just right. No overhang or daylight between the base of the tank and the MOD itself. Performance wise, as expected spot on through the settings.

The Kanger Subtank Mini works a treat as well but doesn’t (at least for me) sit flush to the top of the MOD, there is noticeable daylight between the two. Probably only an issue for the most picky of us vapers out there however!

Aspire ESP 30W ReviewSo very good overall apart from the stated 0.3 Ohm coil compatibility being incorrect. 

Is the 30W maximum output for everyone? No probably not for more advanced vapers but for my personal needs it’s just fine.

Is the rotary knob a step backwards? At first I thought it may be but the more I used it the more I actually like the simplicity of it.

Aspire ESP 30 with Atlantis 2

Overall – No problem dealing with all the tank I used on top barring the one issue mentioned above. performance issues although maybe too basic for advanced users. The Atlantis 2 sits perfectly on top as would be expected and is a good match for the device.

Overall – Final Thoughts

While I initially thought the Aspire ESP 30W seemed a little basic this actual turned out to be a real plus point. The rotary knob simplifies it’s use so makes it even more accessible to the newer vapers amongst us.

For me there are better options available for vapers

Read More: https://www.ecigclick.co.uk/best-box-mods-and-vape-mods/

Here’s the good and not so good.

The Good:

  • Very lightweight MOD
  • Great entry point to box mods for new users
  • 1900 Mah battery life is still good (even if competitors have higher spec)
  • Rotary knob makes the device super simple to operate
  • 30W output.
  • Atomiser resistance down to 0.3 Ohm
  • Works well with variety of tanks and clearomisers.

The Not So Good:

  • The build for me isn’t on par with other devices.
  • Overall may not be suitable for advanced vapers.

Final Aspire ESP 30W Review Verdict:

Good introduction to vape mods for new vapers but there are better

Jonny - Ecigclick

As the founder of Ecigclick, I've been vaping since 2010 and been cigarette free ever since. Ecigclick began with the aim to simplify & help smokers make an informed decision to make the switch to vaping. The Ecigclick team have personally tried and tested over 2000 products over the past 12 years. If you need help getting started vaping or just want to say hi then please feel free to get in touch. The team and I will help where we can!

As the founder of Ecigclick, I've been vaping since 2010 and been cigarette free ever since. Ecigclick began with the aim to simplify & help smokers make an informed decision to make the switch to vaping. The Ecigclick team have personally tried and tested over 2000 products over the past 12 years. If you need help getting started vaping or just want to say hi then please feel free to get in touch. The team and I will help where we can!


  1. Awful awful awful,

    I got this mod…after 1 week it kept saying “check atomizer “,
    I returned to supplier…2 weeks later i got it back. The connector wire from batteries to spring loaded battery plate had broken. So the supplier welded it back.
    By the time I got it back, I had already bought the cool fire 4 mod. So I’ve only used on rare occasions. Went to use other night… The message was back on it… So i decided to take a look at this connector and see if i could weld it myself.

    Shocking to find on a rotating battery plate. They haven’t affixed a simple and cheap gyro mech. Which means every time you put a Carto on our clean liquid residue,you will twist the plate tightening the wire,this will always cause a break.
    Contacted aspire and reported this and asked what they would do. As it is 6 months old but only had less than 1 months worth of use.
    They basically have said
    It only has a 3 month warranty but we’ll give you 20% off another battery as a sign of good will… GOOD WILL???

    You’re selling a very poorly made piece of tat,that will break. And now you want me to buy another piece of tat from you??

    Needless to say… I Will not buy Aspire again. stick to cool fires..strong, robust, reliable and around the same price mark.

    A Evans

  2. Very light and simple to use, works really well with my triton and nautilus.
    Im not a huge fan of big mods i see most people carry them in their hands every day, to me I much prefer to have mine in a pocket etc to reduce the change of wear or dropping, and the esp fits find in my jeans.

    I have had no issues like the above, and feel confident to take it as my only vape, as for me (moderate vapeer / mouth to lung only) it lasts for days.

    The downside is the placement of the micro USB port, it silly and could potentially damage it if your not careful.

    But over all I’m really happy with it.

  3. wont be stocking again and please don’t buy one… I have two shops and recommend the subbox or kbox by kangertech as don’t get returns on them so show the quality is there

  4. first of all, the mods frame is NOT plastic, only the wrap over the carbon fiber is plastic. The bottom and top is black painted metal (possible aluminum due to lightness?).
    And secondly, the ESP fires 0.4ohms and above, hence why your 0.3 coil does not work.
    Honestly, its amazing how many “reviewers” out there put out reviews without actually knowing the facts of these products. Get your facts straight FIRST, then submit review. Honestly people…. It’s like going to vape shop where I am teaching the employees shit about vaping. Pathetic…. just close the shop plz, do everyone a favour.

    • Hey Ryan, Thanks for your comment.

      You are correct regarding the ‘non plastic’ build. I admit that was worded wrong as I had just meant it had a ‘plastic feel’.

      Regarding the ESP not firing at 0.3 Ohms or above, I was simply going off the specs that Aspire provided on the packaging, which at the time I wrote the review stated the ESP was compatible with 0.3 ohm coils and above. This is was an oversight on the part of Aspire as the ESP does indeed only work with 0.4 Ohm Coils as you have stated.

      All the best



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