The Aspire Zelos vape mod kit (paired with the Nautilus 2 tank) is the latest from vape stalwarts Aspire.
The company have steered clear of the 200W+ mod madness of recent months to bring us a 50W mod targeted, I’d say, at the beginner end of the market. Although a 50W mod can also do a job for even the most experienced vapers.
Zelos Vape Mod Kit From Aspire – A Beginner Friendly Vape Kit
Before I purchased the Zelos for review, I’ll be straight up. I didn’t like the look of the mod one bit. I thought it looked a little on the boring side and the only saving grace was that I realy liked the Aspire Nautilus 2 that came with the kit.
Has that changed now I’ve been using it for over 1 month? Keep on reading to find out.
In The Box
- Aspire Zelos mod
- Aspire nautilus 2 tank
- 1 X 0.7 Ohm Coil (Recommended for use at 18-23W)
- 1 X 1.8 Ohm coil (Recommended for use at 10-14W)
- Spare stainless still drip tip
- Spare pyrex glass
- Micro USB charging cable
- Dimensions: (H) 78mm x (W) 23 x (L) 40mm
- 2500mAh Battery capacity
- Spring loaded 510 pin
- Can fire down to 0.1Ohm resistance
- Temp Control – Ni/Ti/SS
- Voltage mode
- Bypass mode
- Auto flip screen
Nautilus 2 Tank
- 2ml Capacity
- 0.7 Ohm (Sub ohm coil ) + 1.8 Ohm Coil included
- Easy top fill design
- Mouth to Lung Tank
Design & Build Quality
When I first saw the images online of the Aspire Zelos I’ve got to say it did very little to get my blood pumping!
On opening the box though, I have to say, while it’s not likely to win any awards for design it’s still a nifty looking little vape mod and a small one for the 2500mAh battery capacity.
The contrasting greys work well and the branding is there but not in your face. Always a good thing for my personal tastes.
What really grabbed my attention is the build quality. For want of a better word it’s solid.
With a smooth to touch feel the mod sits really well in the hand. Compact enough for even my small hands to wrap around it completely.
There is also a slight ridge on the side of the mod that allows for three fingers to sit below and your index finger to hover, ready, over the fire button. Simple thing but all works well adding to the overall comfort. It’s a pleasure to handle.
The base of the Aspire Zelos comes complete with venting holes and the side control buttons are solid with no rattle.
510 Thread with adjustable pin- I’ve tried a number of tanks including the paired tank, the excellent Aspire Nautilus 2 and the Aspire Cleito.
All fit like a glove and connected smoothly.
OLED Screen – Nice and clear. A great size for a compact vape mod. Another top feature, that all most should really have, is the auto screen adjustment.
Whatever side up you have the mod the screen will auto flip like your smartphone does. It works pretty much instantly as well so unless you’re looking you won’t even notice it’s happening.
Below the OLED screen is the Micro USB charging port. This also allows for pass through vaping so you can vape whilst charging.
Wear and Tear
I’ve been using the Aspire Zelos mod now for just over 4 weeks. I’ve had it in pockets, bags, out on tables on nights out getting knocked over. I’ve put it through the ringer!
I’ll tell you what… this little mod has held up really well.
In fact, the small scratches on the base I only noticed after taking and viewing the photos I took of the mod. In ‘real life’ in the hand they are barely noticeable.
The Anodized Aluminum coating/finish Aspire have used here is superb and can take a beating!
How Does The Aspire Zelos Perform?
We have already reviewed the Aspire Nautilus 2 tank so I won’t go over that again as Neil has said all there was to say about the tank and said it very nicely indeed.
Rest assured, for MTL (mouth to lung) vapers it’s leading the pack at the time of writing.
Great e cig tank, highly recommended.
So.. First off lets go over the Aspire Zelos Mod controls and functions:
- 5 Click on/off
- Hold down + and – buttons together to access the menu
- Use + or – button to scroll through options (Watts/Voltage/Bypass/TC-Ni/TC-Ti/TC-SS/)
- When on the option you want simply press the power button to select
- Lock the device – Press the + and power button together
- When in TC Mode press power button and – together to enter the the wattage selection. Use + and – to change the wattage.
All super simple, even for beginners.
The only thing that made me go arghh with this mod was the wattage selection scrolling speed.
It would start off at a nice easy pace to keep up with then all of a sudden it jumps to hyper speed quicker than the Millennium Falcon.
Before you know it you’ve gone from 16W to 40W while aiming for 30W.
Great I’d say for mods hitting 200W+ ranges but with a max wattage of 50W, for me it doesn’t need to be that quick.
A minor annoyance I have to say and it only happened because I was switching from a 1.6Ohm coil to 0.4Ohm coil regularly. If you’re just using the Nautilus 2 you won’t have this issue.
With the paired Nautilus 2 tank and 1.8 Ohm coil I can get 1.5 days moderate vaping. With the 0.7 Ohm coil I was looking at around 6-7 hours.
With a 0.4Ohm coil in the Aspire Cleito I was having to pop on charge after around 5 hours.
Of course this is going to be different for everyone but the battery life was good for me.
Just keep in mind, the lower resistance your coil, the more it will drain you battery.
What I Like
The all over build quality from the buttons to the 510 thread. It’s really well built. After 5 weeks of heavy use it still looks as good as the day I bought it.
The OLED auto flip screen feature is a nice one. Works so well I barely even noticed the screen was flipping.
It’s also very easy to use, vapers new to box mods should have no problems here.
What I Didn’t Like
I’m really having to be picky here.
As mentioned in the review, the only thing I found a slight annoyance was the speed of which the Zelos fires through the wattage settings.
That’s it…. and I feel kind of silly for even including that here.
Final Review Verdict
The Aspire Zelos mod has been an absolute pleasure to use.
I know when something’s been good and works as it should because you almost forget that you are using the mod. No messing about, pop your tank on, get your wattage set and away you go. At the end of the day that’s how simple vaping should be.
What Type of Vaper Would The Zelos Mod Kit Be Good For?
If you are new to vaping looking for a reliable mod and tank that’s super simple to use then this is one for the short list.
For vapers with a little more experience that are looking to step up from a vape pen kit. Perfect.
In fact, as long as you vape within the 50W limits and want a compact mod that can take a bit of a battering then I’d recommend this to any level of vaper.
It’s safe to say I wouldn’t have bought this mod from the ‘sales’ images alone. It didn’t look all that to me, personally. But, I wanted to see what the Zelos was all about and of course share with you, the reader, what my thoughts on the mod were.
I’m glad I did buy it… And if I lost this mod (I think I’d have a hard time breaking it) I would definitely be back online to buy a replacement.
- Without doubt the overall build quality – Minimal wear and tear from heavy use
- Auto flip screen works well
- Compact mod that would fit well in even the smallest handed adults out there
- Perfectly matched with the Nautilus 2 tank
- Beginner friendly
- Good battery life
- Vape whilst charging
- Excellent tank included with the kit version
- Scrolling through the settings can reach hyper speeds