Sometimes you miss things. For example, I was checking out the new Aspire Breeze AIO online, since I knew I was soon to receive it for review, and I checked it over, and everything seemed fine. Only, I didn’t notice something during my research that should’ve been clear, but only became evident when I got the Breeze.
The Breeze is an AIO (all-in-one) device that resembles its brand-mate, the Gusto, at least in size, but is also a lot closer to the Eleaf iCare concerning its shape and design. The Breeze has a built-in 2ml tank with a thin, side viewing window and uses a chimney atomizer with a 0.6ohm coil at the bottom.
But, the one fatal flaw that the Breeze has that I didn’t initially notice is the rounded bottom. Why would you put a rounded base on a mini AIO? The rounded bottom prevents the device from standing, and if it can only lie on its side, then it becomes incredibly hard to fill, and even once it is loaded, there is a good chance that it’ll leak.
I don’t want to start off just with flaws; there is a lot to like about the Breeze, like its dual draw methods (button and draw activated), its compact size, the aluminum construction, and the included 0.6ohm coils. The rounded bottom is not the end of the world, but it is a little disappointing considering that Aspire is one of the more innovative vape companies around.
When you get the Aspire Breeze AIO, here’s what you’ll find inside:
- One Aspire Breeze
- Two Aspire Breeze 0.6ohm coils
- One Micro USB charging cable
- One warranty card
- One bag of spare parts
The First Look
The Aspire Breeze is a convenient little package. What do I mean by “convenient”? I mean that it hits all the marks that an all-in-one device should have, which makes it easy to use and operate.
The device is quite light and fits great in your hand. There is a plastic shield that guards the mouthpiece against any outside contaminants like dust or dirt. There is a single, centrally-located firing button on the front of the device.
And to top it all off, there is a solid, metal plate wedged underneath the mouthpiece that acts as a screwdriver to unscrew the otherwise impossible-to-remove chimney inside the device. The inclusion of a tiny, little tool to take out the tank makes the rounded bottom of the device even more of a mystery.
How could the designers have been bright enough to include that little tool, but not have seen the consequences of making a device with a rounded bottom? The whole layout of the device does have some problems, however.
Dropping the atomizer/chimney combination into the tank means that the entire apparatus will be drenched in e-juice whenever you take it out to either re-fill the tank or replace the coil, and that’s never good. The mouthpiece also puts too much space between the chimney and your mouth and alters the vapor flavor considerably.
The whole atomizer/chimney apparatus works on the principle of a U-shaped airflow intake. The U-shaped design of the coil works by having the air enter into a small airflow slot on the side of the device and then going down into the chimney and up through the mouthpiece.
The internal tank has a capacity of 2ml, and the side-viewing window has a red-line maximum to help guide you not to overfill the tank. There is also a small LED light behind the window that also acts as the battery indicator level.
So there are all these spectacular little touches on the Breeze that are great, but alongside them are these glaring design blunders that don’t make sense. One other misstep (but not necessarily) is the two charging methods. There is a USB charging port on the Breeze, but a personal charger/carrier comes sold separately.
My version of the Breeze came without the charging port, and I don’t understand why Aspire would create this thing and then make someone pay more for it when the device can also be charged with the included USB charging cable.
How the Aspire Breeze Works
AIO’s are designed to be uncomplicated, and the Aspire Breeze passes that test. You slip off the plastic mouthpiece and use the previously mentioned metal plate to unscrew the chimney from the tank.
The coil gets attached to the bottom of the chimney tube and has a gold-plated contact on its underside. The coil has a few wick holes (three to be exact) placed on its body, but given the entire apparatus will be dipped in e-juice it will be readily saturated.
The tank is obviously a top-fill, and with the Breeze, you’ll need to use both hands to fill it, so it doesn’t tip over on you while you are filling it. Once your tank is filled, just replace the atomizer and chimney, screw it into place and replace the mouthpiece.
You turn on the device first (although you can vape without using the button, you first have to turn it on) with a five-clicks on, five-clicks off. And then you can start vaping.
Aspire Breeze AIO: The Vape
The three elements that lead to a great vaping experience on the Aspire Breeze are the 650mAh battery, which is not a lot but enough, the 0.6ohm coil, and the 2ml tank capacity, again, not a lot, but enough.
It’s a shame that Aspire did not include an above-ohm coil with the Breeze to give vapers the option between a mouth-to-lung experience and a direct-lung, sub-ohm experience.
But, even still, the 0.6ohm coil does provide satisfactory mouth-to-lung hits, primarily if you vape an e-juice high in VG. I vaped with a 70/30 VG/PG mixture, and I got both great and tasty clouds.
How the Aspire Breeze Stacks Up
The most obvious device to make a comparison with the Aspire Breeze is the Eleaf iCare Mini, which shares a lot of characteristics with the Aspire Breeze. They both share an internal tank with a drop-in atomizer and chimney, a side-viewing window, and two ways to inhale.
The Eleaf iCare Mini is definitely the device more appropriate for mouth-to-lung vapers since its coils are not sub-ohm but are both 1.1ohms. The iCare Mini is also the much smaller device, physically, at only 70mm in height, compared to the Breeze’s height of nearly 90mm.
Specs-wise, the Eleaf is also slighter in its battery power and tank capacity, 320mAh, and 1.3ml, respectively. So, it’s obvious that the two devices have their differences as well as their similarities.
When it comes to performance, the Eleaf delivers heavy, throaty hits that resemble cigarettes and it is a tiny device. The sub-ohm coils on the Breeze do push it more towards direct-lung hits, although with some adjustment to the airflow slot, you could conceivably get some mouth-to-lung action.
I liked the mouth-to-lung hits on the smaller Eleaf iCare, although the small tank capacity meant constant refilling with the messy tube atomizer. A messy refill process was also a problem with the slightly larger tank capacity of the equally messy and sticky Aspire Breeze.
It’s hard to determine which device comes out on top since they also share the same cons. Ultimately, I think this is a tie.
The Aspire Breeze is perfect for stealthy, on-the-go vaping. The vapor clouds coming out of the Breeze are not gigantic so that you won’t attract so much negative attention, but you will still be able to get satisfying hits.
Two methods of vaping
Borrowing one of the most attractive features of pod mods – draw-activated vaping – was a coup and gave the device more versatility than just having a one-button operation.
The U-shaped chimney and coil system seemed to deliver on their promised improved flavor and vapor.
The No Goods
This little flaw killed it for me. It doesn’t make filling the internal tank impossible, but it’s likely to be forgotten about and then remembered when your desk is suddenly covered in e-juice.
Built-in tanks are a mainstay of many AIO devices, but the addition of the drop-in chimney and atomizer promises a great, big mess and sticky hands.
Aspire makes a lot of great products. I was a fan of their Speeder, at least concerning its performance, and they make great tanks and atomizers. The Aspire Breeze does not, however, hold a candle to the ease-of-use and smooth functioning of the Aspire Gusto.
Granted, the Gusto is more in the vein of a pod mod. But inserting a pod into a mod is much more preferable to having to deal with a dripping, metal tube that you have to clean up after every time you fill the tank, which, thanks to a minuscule 2ml capacity, you have to do often.
Sadly, there’s nothing to recommend about the Breeze. It’s small, great for portability, but, again, the Gusto has it beat in those departments also. The vapor production was adequate, but nothing out-of-this-world. I figure that the Breeze will take after its name and disappear as quickly as it appeared.
I give the Aspire Breeze AIO a mediocre 6/10.
Aspire Breeze AIO
Vape Rating: 64/100 by Vaping Daily