I’m going to start off by saying things went swimmingly to start with when I first opened and then tested the Aspire PockeX. If you’ve already watched the video, you may recall that there were a few things I didn’t like about the small but powerful sub ohm device. If you haven’t, there were a few things I didn’t like about the small but powerful sub ohm device. One of these things was the fact that you needed to suck quite sharply, and with some force, in order to get the right kind of vaping satisfaction out of it.
Within a few days of publishing the Aspire PockeX review on Youtube, other vapers were telling me I’d been vaping with it all wrong. Apparently I’m meant to mouth-to-lung vape on this sub ohm vaporiser …
Surely that’s not right?
I emailed the people who sent me the vaporiser in the first place – ECigWizard. They agreed – it was sold as a sub ohm device with a restrictive air flow, making it better suited for mouth-to-lung vaping.
What. The. Bleep?!
Are you kidding me? What is the point in that, for a start? If I wanted a sub ohm device, I’d use a sub ohm device. If I wanted a mouth to lung device, I’d use a mouth to lung device. Hell, if I want a device that does both, I’ll buy it and then buy both coils to make it vape both styles.
I know I talk about it A LOT but I still stand by my Kangertech Nano Topbox. It’s mouth to lung and sub ohm compatible and there’s none of this “how do I vape with it?” guesswork involved. 1.5ohm coils are for mouth-to-lung vaping. 0.5ohm coils are for sub ohm vaping. I just change the coil depending on how I want to vape. Easy. Just how I like it!
Anyway, I just thought I would get that little fact out the way nice and early, before anyone tells me I was vaping with it wrong. I know. People keep telling me. I look like a bit of a dick in the video … Goddammit.
In fact, I’m not over it yet. How is this thing a mouth-to-lung vaporiser? Where does it say ANYWHERE in the box or on the website that it’s designed to be vaped like that? I’ve looked on the ECigWizard website and it certainly doesn’t say that. AT ALL. It doesn’t say that ANYWHERE.
I even looked at the Aspire website … it says “the PockeX is a sub ohm device”. Where does it say that you’re meant to mouth-to-lung vape this thing? And how come everyone else seems to know about this and not me?!
I can’t be the only one who’s made this “mistake”, surely?
So, I would now like to officially start the Aspire PockeX review by saying that this is a sub ohm device that you’re apparently meant to mouth-to-lung vape with, but nowhere does it say that. That, to me, seems like the kind of information one would include on the box or, at the very least, in a leaflet somewhere.
Aspire PockeX Review
This vaporiser was very nicely sent to me by the lovely guys over at ECigWizard, who I would definitely recommend checking out. I’ve ordered from them a couple of times over the years, and they seem to have a half decent range on there, and with not bad prices too.
When I first tore open the packaging for my Aspire PockeX, and then the box, I actually stopped recording the unboxing video I was trying to put together. It’s so small, I actually thought they’d only sent me half the device – the battery alone and not the tank. It took me a few minutes to figure out that what I had in my hand was, in fact, the entire device.
Aspire PockeX – £23.99
You can get this in white, black, stainless steel and rose gold. I got the stainless steel one which I do really like, but I would have preferred the rose gold one. Obviously I’m not complaining at all because this product was sent to me and I didn’t pay for it, but out of all the colours, I probably would have ordered the pretty pink one because that’s what I’m all about.
Good colour choices though. Mr. best-ecig said the black one would be the only colour he’d use, finding the others much more feminine-looking. I actually mentioned this in my video, however, and many other MALE vapers have said they own the silver one / white one and don’t find it feminine at all. I guess that’s just a personal preference thing.
Marketed as an all-in-one, low profile and discrete vaporiser – a SUB OHM device – I’m wondering if the “all-in-one” should have given the mouth-to-lung vape game away. I actually thought that was referring to the pen-like shape – the tank, battery, etc. are all built into one unit. You can’t take the batteries out. You can’t take the tank off.
It’s super short – only 12cm high. It’s only 2cm wide too. It fits in your hand quite nicely, even mine. And I’ve got really diddy hands! It even fits in the pockets of my super skinny jeans quite nicely and let me tell you, that’s some feat. I certainly can’t pop my Aspire Archon in there, that’s for sure.
Let’s start at the top and work our way down, shall we?
Right, I think the mouthpiece needs to be bigger. But, then again, that’s probably because I was sub-ohm vaping with a device I’m apparently meant to be mouth-to-lung vaping with.
I think the smaller mouthpiece makes it easier to MTL (mouth-to-lung) vape with. But it’s a sub ohm device … Why would you want that? Gosh, I really liked the Aspire PockeX before I knew about this MTL business. I even gave it 4 stars at the end of the video. Now I can’t get my head around it at all. Aspire, why would you do this to me?! First the Cleito EXO tank, and now this?
The mouthpiece / top section of the Aspire PockeX doesn’t seem to get really hot when you use it, unlike the Cleito EXO tank. It has done on a couple of occasions, but I was caning it a little, I think.
Also: Something about a Delrin drip-tip. I don’t actually know what a “drip-tip” is, or what it does. I did try and Google it but I seemed to find three totally different answers in the first few results alone. I did plan on asking the other vape folks on Twitter. Will you please remind me to do that? Or can someone answer in the comments below? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeease? K, thanks!
I’ll start with the leak-proof design that Aspire boast of. I think it works. It must do because mine hasn’t leaked. I did see a few reviews online that said their glass windows were starting to leak liquid, but I have NOT experienced this for myself. I did, however, see three reviews saying the same thing so I figured it was well worth a mention.
**I’m pretty sure that white plastic bit at the top of the tank is meant to be attached to the coil. It comes loose every now and again, but it’s normally attached to the mouth piece / coil section.
Speaking of the glass window, I love it. Again, unlike the Cleito EXO tank, I can clearly see how much liquid is left in the tank when I use the Aspire PockeX. It’s easy to see when you’re refilling the tank and when you’re vaping with it. There is a max fill line which I totally ignored the first time I filled it up. You can imagine what happened – I put the top and the coil in the tank and started to screw, liquid went all over the place, some expletives came out of my mouth and I quit my vape-reviewing job, and vaping, for the fiftieth time that week …
Standard Wednesday afternoon really.
Anyway, moving on …
You’ve got a 2ml TPD compliant tank. Yep, it’s a pain in the ass because you have to refill it every five minutes, but that’s the stupid TPD for you. I didn’t even think the small, seemingly insignificant, stupid regulations they brought into place would affect me much, but this drop in tank size is actually starting to piss me off. More than a little bit. Cheers to whatever idiot came up with that idea. They should run around behind me, mopping my sticky fingers with wet wipes after I’ve gotten e-liquid on them for the hundredth time that day!
I am on a real rant today, it seems.
You’ve got a U-Tech coil in there, a 0.6 ohm one. You also get a spare in the box – the same one again. I love a spare. Tick in the box for Aspire because every single one of their tanks has come with a spare coil in the box. You’ll be amazed how many boxes I’ve opened that doesn’t contain that.
I don’t know what a U-Tech coil is, but it does the job. Quite well too … That brings me nicely to my next point!
I really liked the flavour produced by the Aspire PockeX, and for the purposes of the rest of this review, I’m going to base everything on how I believed it should have been vaped – the sub ohm style, and not MTL vaping like everyone says. Personally, I’ve tried it in a MTL fashion and I didn’t think it worked that way at all. I really didn’t like it. It doesn’t feel right when you MTL vape a sub ohm liquid.
*My personal opinion.*
Anyway, back to the flavour – not quite as good as the Cleito EXO because that tank, although I hate it, gives the best flavour ever, but it still holds its own. If the Aspire Cleito EXO gets 5/5 stars for flavour, the Aspire PockeX gets 4 out of 5 stars. I could taste what I was vaping with really well, and all the liquids I tried, new and old favourites alike, were lovely-tasting.
Right, this is meant to be a discreet vaporiser but I don’t think it gives off the most discreet clouds. But, then again, I guess it wouldn’t if I’m sub ohm vaping with something I should be mouth-to-lung vaping with. (Yes, I’m still going on about it. I’m still blooming confused, that’s why!)
The Aspire Cleito EXO tank provided pathetic clouds, I felt. If it got 5/5 for flavour, I would only give it 2/5 stars for vapour production. If that. The Aspire PockeX, on the other hand, would get 4/5 stars. If it’s going for discreet, its failed. It definitely provides less vapour than my Kangertech Nano Topbox, which has been known to fill a room in no time at all. However, it’s still a decent cloud – not exactly discreet. I liked it though. If I’m sub ohm vaping, I want to know I’m sub ohm vaping, you know? I want there to be clouds!
It’s a 1500mAh battery, which is a bit … well, limp for a sub ohm device. It’s not going to last you very long if you’re sub ohm vaping with it. That’s what I thought, and although it definitely doesn’t last anywhere near as long as some of my bigger and more powerful devices, it’s still a pretty powerful vape. I think I was using it for a little under a day, on and off, before it conked out. It doesn’t take an overly long time to charge, and it flashes a bright orange colour around the button when it needs plugging in again.
Let’s talk about that button too. It’s easy to find – my thumb didn’t spend hours searching for it. I HATE that, and it’s a problem I recently experienced with the Vapour2 VERTX. The button was so flush against the device that I couldn’t ever find it when I wanted to vape with it.
You charge things up from the bottom, with a regular looking USB lead. There’s a teeny-tiny little light which lets you know you’re plugged in properly. All pretty standard really.
Aspire PockeX Review – Conclusion
Right, I’m going to review and rate this as a sub ohm device. That’s how I used it the first time. That’s how it gives the impression it should be used. I also found that I had very little success using it in the MTL (mouth-to-lung) fashion that everyone kept telling me to vape it with.
It’s designed to be discreet and low profile, so if you’re looking for something that’s packed with power and going to give you enormous clouds that could start a small thunderstorm in your living room, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. It is small – it feels small. It doesn’t feel like it’s packed with power, even when you’re vaping with it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s no limp lettuce, but it’s no Aspire Archon. Obviously. The price difference should tell you that.
No variable voltage – I missed this. I find myself going up and down with the power on my other devices fairly regularly these days.
No air flow change ability – I like my vape to be less restrictive, so I found myself sucking on this with some hefty force. A very decent workout to the cheeks and neck! I don’t think it’s quite as restrictive as a MTL vape, but it’s definitely not as easy as the Cleito EXO tank, for example. That tank didn’t have a changeable airflow either. Have airflows and Aspire fallen out or something?
Great price – it’s really not a bad little vape device for the price. It can provide almost as much in the club / vapour department as some go the bigger box mods I own, and it can hold its own when it comes to flavour too. Despite apparently not vaping with it as I should have done, I actually found it to be a not bad sub ohm vaporiser.
As a sub ohm device, I’m going to rate it 4 stars out of 5. I’m actually quite impressed with it. Even if I was apparently vaping with it all wrong.
On the ECigWizard website, this device has 5 stars out of 5, out of 30 reviews. The negative reviews I did see were mostly to do with it leaking, something I’ve already covered.
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Thanks so much for reading my review, and feel free to leave your comments below! Did you use this like a sub ohm device? Or a MTL one? Let me know, and don’t forget to give my social media pages a cheeky ‘like’ while you’re there too!
*Prices & information correct at time of writing.
HONESTY POLICY: The Aspire PockeX & Wiz Maxx Strawberry Seduction eliquid were sent to my by ECigWizard. I did not pay for these products. I was not paid for my review, and I will not be paid for my review. All opinions are mine, and in no way influenced by the brand / manufacturer.