Introduction – The K2 Starter Kit from Aspire
With all the e-cigarette starter kits currently on the market you might find choosing the right one for you a bit of a mountain to climb.
From its design to most importantly the way it performs – this little beauty stands head and shoulders above other vaping pens I have reviewed.
So let’s see why the K2 has got my head in the clouds.
In the Box
The K2 starter kit comes in a slim plastic case with black wrapping and silver writing making this e-cigarette stand out from the crowd.
- 1 X Aspire K2 tank 1.8ml
- 1 X Aspire k2 battery 800mAH
- 1 X Atomiser coils – Kanthal 1.60ohm
- 1 X Micro USB cable
Everything is packed nicely and covered with a black paper wrap – which also has your scratch n check for authenticity sticker.
The obvious place to start is the fact this really is a simple plug n vape starter kit.
There’s nothing here that would faze even the biggest technophobe amongst us – well maybe the filling but I’ll get onto that.
Aspire has also managed to make the K2 TPD compliant – which means the tank at 1.8ml is just a shade under the ‘legal’ requirement of tanks no more than 2mls – read more about the TPD here.
Another obvious feature is the design – which again I’ll get into in a moment – this vaping pen looks stunning – from the battery design to the tank – the whole thing is a pleasure to look at and hold.
Design and Build Quality
When I was a kid I loved getting a new fountain pen – and first glance at the Aspire K2 and I was whisked back to my childhood – this looks like an expensive piece of kit.
First up the battery is covered in a kind of two tone 3D herringbone effect that pings this vape pen right out and screams quality.
This vaping pen looks absolutely fabulous darling 😉
The fire button is shaped like an eye and is responsive without any of that rattle I dislike.
The design team has also given the tank a chimney or stem that is also pleasing to the eye and shows the top of the coil and the six juice holes which again actually adds to the overall look of the K2 vape pen.
The Delrin drip tip is removable and is around the diameter of a cigarette if a tad smaller.
Even straight out of the box the connections are all silky smooth to screw and unscrew and hand on heart I cannot fault the build or design quality – this is high end at a bargain price.
There’s no airflow control but to be honest I found the K2 didn’t need it delivering the perfect vape.
How Does the Aspire K2 Vape Pen Perform?
How To Fill
OK let’s get the filling out of the way first.
I’ve been vaping for over four years now and have tried numerous different ways to fill a tank – so you’d think this little vape pen would present little or no challenges.
The instruction manual doesn’t tell you how to fill the tank so it’s left to you.
Forgive me if I’m labelling all newcomers to vaping as dumb as me [I promise I’m not lol] but the filling of the K2 did have me scratching my head for a couple of minutes.
Eventually – using reading glasses and a lamp – I realized my first instinct was correct.
This is a bottom fill – but my goodness the gaps to drizzle in your e-liquid are the tiniest of fissures rather than gaping crevasses.
So to be clear…
- You’ll need to remove the tank and turn it upside down and then tilt it.
- Place the point of your e-liquid tight against the glass and gently squirt in your juice
- Avoid the centre tube!
It’s a bit fiddly but you’ll soon get the hang of it and even with my clumsy fingers I didn’t spill a drop!
How Does the K2 Vape?
One word – Wow!!!
The 1.60 kanthal coils delivers a superb flavour profile.
The throat hit is second to none and the vapour production blew me away for such a small tank.
The 800mAH battery packs a punch and fully charged I managed a day and a half of vaping.
Given this is MTL [mouth to lung] vaping – just like a cigarette – the 1.8ml tank took half a day of regular vaping before needing a refill – a juice guzzler this isn’t.
As far as performance goes I cannot fault the K2 from Aspire at all – this is almost perfect.
What I Like
I adore the design of the K2 – from the pattern on the battery to the vase shaped chimney inside the generous tank – this is quality.
The flavour profile is the best I’ve tasted in a vape pen and I’ve tested very many – my favourite high nicotine e-liquid tasted better than ever.
Vapour off this little beauty is superb giving slightly more than you’d expect smoke from a cigarette and the throat hit is nigh on perfect.
This is the closest I’ve come apart from the Wow Vapor range to smoking a real cigarette making for me the K2 the absolute perfect beginners kit.
What I Don’t Like
Maybe just the fiddly filling – but it really is a simple enough thing to do once you’ve worked it out! So don’t let that put you off!
Final Review Verdict
If a vaping manufacturer is considering bringing out a model called the Everest – they’d better make sure it’s a superb piece of vaping kit – because the K2 is probably the best e-cigarette starter kit I’ve ever tried.
If I dropped the K2 off the top of Ben Nevis would I replace it?
Actually I’d probably forget summiting and climb back down to find it and if I couldn’t I’d buy three.
- Superb design
- Ease of use
- Fantastic flavour
- Excellent throat hit
- Amazing vapour production
- Battery lasts an age
- Easy on the e-liquid
- Filling can be a little fiddly