The electronic cigarette company has sent out the latest entry from the Aspire Breeze line of pod mods, the Aspire BP80, for review. Previous entries from the Breeze lineup have been aimed more at the beginner and mouth to lung markets, whereas this looks to be a full blown sub ohm cloud fest so I was interested to see how this fared against the competition.
The kit comes in a box with a large photo of the device on the front along with a sticker to show the colour of your chosen device, the colour choice is also mirrored on one side along with a scratch ‘n’ sniff code. The main tray slides out from the bottom of the box like a drawer with conveniently placed cutouts to reveal the BP80 itself, and under this you’ll find an instruction leaflet, usb-C cable and two coils.
- Size 118x33x26mm
- 159 grams
- Internal 2500mAh battery with usb-c charging
- Output 1~80 watts
- Resistance range 0.1~3.5 Ohms
- 2ml pod (4.6ml for non TPD regions)
The Aspire BP80 looks somewhat familiar (*cough, Voopoo, cough*), although the same can be said for several other “pod mod” kits currently doing the rounds. It all feels fairly sturdy with a well finished metal chassis sporting a “leather” grip around the back, and it all feels very comfortable in use. Up top is a large airflow adjustment ring, and the pod sits in this attached by three sturdy magnets which easily passed the shake test. The design of the airflow ring and pod actually make this look more like a traditional tank sat on a mod which adds to the sleek overall appearance.
The up/down buttons have been moved on to one side here which gives the front panel a clean uncluttered look with a 0.96 inch colour LCD display framed between the large power button and a usb-C charge port.
The up/down buttons have a very positive click to them and are slightly recessed into the side panel. You can lock them by pressing the power button three times, I have found this to be largely unnecessary though. Pressing the up/down buttons together will enable a sub menu allowing you to change between “automatic” and “manual” modes (automatic will suggest wattage ranges dependent on the coil inserted) and to change the screen colour and brightness.
The power button is a bit more mushy and also rattles, its size and position make it easy to locate without needing to look. Power is adjusted in 0.5 watt increments, topping out at 80 watts, and on the clear, bright screen this is easy to read. The same can’t be said about the rest of the information presented here as it’s all in a tiny font and even with my reading glasses, I struggled to see most of it! There’s no mention of the output voltage range but I’m assuming that like many other kits of this nature, there’s no boost feature so you’re limited to 4.2volts.
During the charging test, this peaked at around 1.84amps with a final recorded capacity of 2207 mAh taking a total of 1 hour and 27 minutes, impressive.
The pod is made from food grade nylon. I have no idea how this will perform with known tank crackers, so it’s possibly wise to avoid them where possible but should the worst happen, spare pods are always available. As this came from a U.K. vendor, it features the dreaded 2ml TPD bung and try as I might, I wasn’t able to remove this. This didn’t impact on wicking (which I’ve encountered with TPD bungs in the past), and there’s always the option of ordering a non-TPD pod from overseas if you’re comfortable with that.
The TPD version of the Aspire BP80 kit comes with the 0.17 and 0.3 Ohm mesh coils, non-TPD versions will have a 0.6 “double-shot” (round wire?) instead of the 0.3 Ohm coil. Coil material isn’t mentioned, but aspire has a fairly good Q&A section and I was able to find that information on there, all the coils are kanthal. The BP80 is also compatible with the full range of Aspire BP60 coils including the rba section so there’s plenty of choice if the supplied coils don’t float your boat. As is common with these things now, the coils are simply press fit into the bottom of the pod and I’ve had zero leaking from the coils which is always a bonus.
I started off with the 0.3 Ohm honeycomb mesh coil and with the BP80 set to automatic, it displayed the suggested wattage range (30 to 40w) and set the wattage to 35 watts which turned out to be perfect. This gives absolutely bags of clean, crisp flavour with a slightly restricted lung hit. This turned out to be my favourite of the two supplied coils, and even with the 2ml TPD pod it didn’t feel like I needed to fill up too often which is a good thing, as the fill port is a little on the small side and can get airlocked quite easily!
With the 0.17 Ohm net mesh, the BP80 suggested a range of 45 to 55 watts and defaulted to 50W. I found that it actually performed rather well at just 45 watts, but this drinks e liquid like it’s going out of fashion so that 2ml TPD bung really makes this annoying in use, I recorded about 40 puffs between refills!
For my preferred vaping style, both coils performed best with the airflow fully open, and the airflow can get a borderline whistle if closed past half way. One other strange thing I noticed here was that with the 0.3 Ohm coil, provided my wattage was within the suggested 30 to 40 watt range, the BP80 kept the wattage I selected when removing the pod, but with the 0.17 Ohm coil, it would reset it back to the default 50 watts every time… not a bug but slightly inconsistent programming perhaps?
- Good construction
- Excellent flavour from the coils
- Easy to find coils
- Power button rattles
- Small fill port on the pod
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the Aspire BP80. It easily rivals many of the similar kits from other manufacturers. Aspire has been in the vaping industry for a long time and you’ll find their kits in many high street vape shops as well (providing that we aren’t in a lockdown!), so finding coils should be easy as well, and I was particularly impressed with the 0.3 Ohm coil.