Aspire Pegasus Review by Dan Willis

Review Date: 
24.11.2015

Introduction to the Aspire Pegasus

Vaping powerhouses Aspire have previous form in the box mod market, in form of the Aspire ESP 30w, and the Pegasus marks the next evolution in their box mod releases. A single 18650 battery unit, sporting a beautiful brushed and ergonomic design, it packs a 70w punch and also has support for Nickel and Titanium in temperature control, an adjustment gear for changing power settings which also allows you to operate the unit one handed, microUSB charging as well as charging dock support, and a minimum resistance of 0.2ohm in wattage mode supported allowing the Pegasus to be compatible with the latest Sub Ohm tanks.

Upon first impressions the Aspire Pegasus looks like a unit that will appeal to all, with its user friendly design appealing to newcomers, and the power hungry cloud chaser having 70w at their disposal, the Pegasus really does shape up to look like something special, not to mention how good it’s appearance is!

Single 18650 battery temperature control mods with small form factor have been extremely popular recently, especially in the case of the Sigelei 75w and IPV D2, could the Pegasus help Aspire rise above the competition?

Specs

  • 1 to 70W output wattage range
  • Resistance range- 0.2 to 5 ohm
  • Autosensing Temperature Control output mode
  • Support for Ni200 and Titanium
  • Temperature control minimum resistance- 0.1 ohm
  • 200 to 600 Degrees Fahrenheit temperature limit
  • Ergonomic Adjustment Gear for changing wattage
  • Output voltage readout
  • Output wattage readout
  • Atomizer resistance readout
  • Battery life indicator
  • Battery compartment
  • Uses a single 18650 battery
  • Micro USB port for charging
  • Passthrough capable
  • High resistance/No atomizer protection
  • Short circuit protection
  • Low voltage step down protection
  • 12 Second cut off
  • Low battery protection
  • High temperature protection
  • Three brushed finishes available
  • Stainless Steel Power button

What's in the box?

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The Aspire Pegasus comes presented in a simple presentation box, which contains the Aspire Pegasus unit, a microUSB charging cable and an instruction manual. The microUSB charging cable is there to be used for charging the unit, as from what I can see the firmware of the Aspire Pegasus chip is not upgradeable. You can also purchase a charging dock for the Aspire Pegasus, at around £15 with most retailers, which is a really smart looking option- you simply sit the Aspire Pegasus unit in the dock and the charging dock will recharge your unit. Credit to Aspire for thinking outside the box there!

Looks

You have three different finish options available- brass, chrome and slate. All three of these sport a gorgeous brushed finish, and coupled with the chrome plating at the top and bottom and stainless steel power button, the Aspire Pegasus is one seriously sleek and sexy looking little unit! This lends a real premium feel to the Aspire Pegasus and for me I think it is one of the best looking mods I have ever held in my hand, though fairly weighty it feels absolutely rock solid. Speaking of the unit in my hand, the ergonomic design is fantastic, the rounded edge of the unit slotting into my hand perfectly. With the Aspire Pegasus also sporting a floating 510 connector, it makes for a flush fit with my atomisers, and looks superb with not only Aspire’s Triton and Atlantis 2, but other atomisers such as the Vapor Giant Mini v2.5, the Snapdragon and the Billow V2 Nano to name but a few.

At the top of the unit you will find the adjustment gear- this makes changing the wattage easy, you simply turn it towards or away from yourself to raise or lower the wattage setting. It’s as simple as that and even means that the Aspire Pegasus be operated with one hand, as there are no menu options to go through, simply adjust the power with the adjustment gear and fire the unit with the stainless steel power button. My only complaint with this is that sometimes it can scroll through the wattage settings too quickly if you use too much force, and the wattage can only be adjusted in 1 watt increments. These are only minor issues however and once you get used to the adjustment gear adjusting wattage becomes a breeze.

At the bottom of the unit is the battery compartment, which takes a single 18650 battery. The battery door is spring loaded and allows you almost instant access to the battery compartment, for hassle free charging. There’s also a microUSB slot conveniently located to the side of the unit for charging, and next to the battery compartment you may notice two silver connectors- this is where the Aspire Pegasus connects to the Aspire charging dock, which is sold separately.

A particular delight is the large OLED screen, clear and visible in any type of light condition. Wattage is displayed in a large font making it easily readable, also resistance and battery life is displayed, along with voltage to the hundredths. The size and responsiveness is a real delight, with no lag when changing settings, and concise information displayed clearly.

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Performance

There’s no menu system per se to speak of, as Aspire have made the Pegasus as user friendly as possible. Its as simple as screwing in your atomiser and off you go. The Aspire Pegasus automatically detects whether your coil is kanthal, Ni200 or Titanium and will automatically set the Aspire Pegasus to wattage or temperature control mode accordingly. Adjustments are made with the adjustment gear and just hit the power button to vape!

A maximum power output of 70w and minimum resistance of 0.2ohm means that the Aspire Pegasus can support the latest sub ohm tanks, and output enough power to give optimum performance for the vast majority of them. In Temperature Control mode, it reads resistance accurately and performs very well indeed, my only slight gripe being that I need to set my temperature limit at the 600F maximum to get a decent vape from a Titanium coil, which means that I don’t get particularly great battery life when using a Titanium coil. Ni200 works very well and I get a really nice vape at between 400-450f, in line with most other Temperature Control units I have used.

One of the main concerns with single 18650 battery units, especially those featuring Temperature Control, is poor battery life. I’m pleased to report that the Aspire Pegasus does not suffer from this, and it's just as efficient as the IPV D2, certainly you get better life out of it than you do with the Sigelei 75w TC. With a fully charged battery fresh off the charger at 4.2v, at 18w with the Vapor Giant Mini v2.5, I get a full day’s use out of it. Using the Snapdragon RDA with it at 30-35w will give me the vast majority of a day, and the Smok TFV4 Mini with the Clapton coil heads at 45-50w sees me needing a battery swap a day. That’s what I would expect from a single 18650 battery unit with a decent chipset.

I can’t fault the overall performance of the Aspire Pegasus, it ticks along nicely and is a powerful unit supporting resistance down to 0.2ohm and power output up to 70w, which is far more than the average user needs!

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CONCLUSION

I must say I didn’t think the Aspire Pegasus would be a unit I would like and make a permanent part of my collection, but due to its excellent performance and beautiful looks it has completely confounded my expectations and has become a feature of my own personal collection. It’s a really handy unit to have for out and about use, and it hasn’t once let me down either.

The price is excellent and at under £50 from UK retailers I will definitely be adding another one to my collection, it is a superb addition to any vapers arsenal and a versatile user friendly reliable unit that packs pretty much everything you need into one small package!

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 Dan Willis
Article by Dan Willis
Dan was an early adopter of vaping as a way to quit smoking and has seen and done pretty much all there is to see and do in the vaping world! From Ego batteries to mechs and from rebuildables to pods there isn't much that Dan hasn't tried.
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