Aspire Pockex Box
The original Pockex was very popular and used by lots of vapers with many of them using it as their first device. The name is very descriptive as that’s what this is, the Pockex but in box form, even though it sounds like a new portable console Microsoft are not going to make. It’s a side-by-side (SBS) style version of the Pockex, and every time I say the box part all I can think of is Detective Mills in Se7en – “What’s in the box?”, well, what is in the box?
In the box there’s no head I’m afraid, but there is the following:
- Pockex Box device
- 0.6ohm SS coil (preinstalled)
- 1.2ohm Kanthal coil
- USB-C charging cable
- Bag of spare O-rings
- User Manual
The kit is available in date red, grey, navy blue, turquoise green and, the one I was sent, black.
For a full rundown of the specs, please visit the Aspire Website here but the main ones are:
“Beheld a power whose head was crowned with signs of victory” – Dante Alighieri, Inferno
When you take the Pockex Box out of the packaging, you’ll realise just how compact it is and just how nice it feels in the hand. It has a kind of rubberised coating which makes it feel almost soft and rugged like it could take a bit of a battering. I really like the way this looks and feels, I think it’s a very nice neat little device indeed and I have enjoyed using it. Personally I much prefer the style over the pen form of the original. There’s no adjustable wattage so on the body of the device there’s the USB-C port, the fire button and an indicator light. The light will change colour (when the device is fired) depending on the battery level – Green 60%-100%, Blue 30%-60% and Red <30%. The device has the standard five clicks on and five clicks off and press to fire, that’s pretty much it. It’s designed to be a simple device for starters, and it’s easy to use and fire so should be ideal for those that are looking for a first vaping device. There’s no adjustable wattage here so pop in the coil you want and the device will set the power automatically using the ASP chipset.
“Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to the light” – John Milton, Paradise Lost
The tank part comes with the 0.6ohm coil, rated 18W–23W, preinstalled, and a separate 1.2ohm coil, rated 10W–12W is also provided. At the top of the tank, there’s the airflow adjuster which turns to open a narrow cyclops hole which you can twist to adjust. There’s a nice stiffness to it, and it can be adjusted from closed off completely, giving a really tight draw, to all the way open, which is a loose MTL draw but still quite a restricted RDL draw. The airflow ring spins continuously so it can just keep spinning round if you need it to. On the top of the tank, there’s a small dot which indicates where to push to fill, pushing this slides the top open to reveal a smallish fill port that accommodates all but the largest bottles for refilling. To change the coil, you just unscrew the top part and the theory is that the top part will come off with the coil still attached, meaning that there’s no need to empty the tank to change the coil. Simply unscrew the top, screw out the old coil, screw in a new coil, and then put the whole lot back on. Now this didn’t always work for me, on a few occasions I unscrewed the top and the top came off, but the coil was still screwed into the base. You can still get the coil out by taking the tank apart, but it made changing the coil trickier and a bit messier than I would have anticipated. The clear part of the tank is plastic and can be removed from the base with a good pull and twist, this is great as it means cleaning the whole tank is really rather simple as it comes apart so quickly and easily.
“I will arise and take a chance, too, by my faith! Nothing ventured, nothing gained, or so men say” – Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
Starting with the 1.2ohm coil (rated 10W–12W), I primed the coil, filled the tank with Crème De Tabac and off I went. The fire button is nice to use and well placed for those of us who like to thumb fire, finger firers might find it a little tricky though. The fire button isn’t clicky but it’s not squishy and provides a decent depression, and the device seems to fire pretty quickly. This coil seems to actually give quite a decent kick and throat hit especially with the airflow shut down, I opened it up and closed it down and found the sweet spot for me to be with the airflow open just a slight amount which gave a satisfyingly smooth draw. The flavour took approx. 4ml of liquid to really start to come through, but when it does there’s good flavour there. You’ll get a reasonably tight MTL draw from this, and you can open it up to a loose MTL draw if you need to.
Now on to the 0.6ohm coil, loaded with Unicorn Shake, off I went. As with the 1.2ohm coil, this one took a while to get the flavour to really coming through so stick with it. The flavour again is good from this coil, and there’s a decent amount of vapour produced. This is definitely RDL though as the airflow doesn’t let enough air in for it to be anything but really quite tight, but again it’s a smooth and satisfying vape.
“He’s a nut bag! Just because the f**ker’s got a library card doesn’t make him Yoda” – Detective Mills, Se7en.
I think they might be talking about me there. There’s a lot to like with the Aspire Pockex Box indeed. The design is excellent, it’s made very well and clearly it has been well thought out. It’s easy to change coil, easy to fill, easy to adjust the airflow, and the battery on the 1.2ohm coil will last you all day and a bit more. Charging is quick and simple, and I like how the tank comes apart to make cleaning a doddle. Simplicity is the key here, Aspire have thought of everything they could do to make this attractive to a new vaper to give them a hassle-free introduction to vaping, and they’ve done a very good job on that front. The flavour itself takes a while to shine, and when it does both coils provide good flavour and vapour. Another added bonus is that this device will take the Nautilus X coils as well giving you a wider range to choose from.
However, the simple coil changing method didn’t always work for me, and the slide to fill did slide open once in my pocket. The coils take a while to really get going which might put some people off. The flavour, although good feels, like it could be a bit better especially in 2021, but I know a lot of people really like the Aspire coils and if you do, this would suit you down to the ground.
Overall I’ve enjoyed my time with the Pockex Box, and I would not hesitate to recommend it as a great option for a new vaper.
“No, penguins do not like peanut butter and their favourite football player ever is Chris Waddle. Just enjoy the ride” FM 2021.