I’ve already done a video for the Aspire Archon, but it’s less of a review and more of a first impressions / inbox, I feel. I’ve been using the device for some time now, despite some of the ‘negatives’ I came up with during the course of the video, and I feel it deserves some more time and attention. In case you didn’t see the video, it’s below. And if you see did it, thanks so much for watching! I really appreciate it! (P.S. Have you subscribed to my Youtube channel yet?)
EcigaretteDirect very nicely sent me this box mod, and I would like to say a great big thanks to them. They also sent me a couple of batteries for it – XXX ones. I know that it’s standard for a box mod to NOT come with batteries, but that frustrates me a lot. But, big thanks to EcigaretteDirect for the batteries too. I probably would have bought the wrong ones.
So, after a few months of using it and getting to grips with it, here is my Aspire Archon review. I’m still learning, and there are still a mass of functions I haven’t used yet, so don’t judge me on that. And if you have something useful to say, please feel free to shout out in the comments below. As always, any advice is most gratefully received.
- 1 – 150 watts
- Output Voltage Range: 0.00-8.50V
- Resistance parameters: 0.1ohm – 3.5 ohm (both wattage and tc modes)
- Continuous fire time: Adjustable from 5s-15s
- Dimensions: 23.4 X 62.7 X 88mm
- Battery required: 2 x 18650 with capable of 20 Amps continuous drain
- TC range: 200-600F/100-315C
- Upgradeable firmware with updates
(I copied a lot of that from the EcigaretteDirect website. I don’t understand some of it, bear with me!)
This box mod is marketed as an “advanced” device. On the EcigaretteDirect website it states:
“This is a sophisticated device which is suited for advanced users only.”
I don’t think I agree with this. Although I found this device incredibly intimidating and almost overwhelming when I first took it out the box, it didn’t take me long to get to grips with it. I’m definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer, especially when it comes to vape stuff, so if I can get to grips with it, you don’t need to be the most sophisticated vaper to work it.
Do not be intimidated or put off by this device. It looks much scarier than it actually is, I promise you.
Aspire is a big brand, and I’ve tried a few of their bits and pieces now. This Archon is the first box mod of theirs that I’ve tried, and I also used the Aspire Nautilus Mini tank for a while (MTL), as well as the Aspire Cleito EXO tank. I DID NOT like that. AT ALL. I won’t rant on about that again though, just click the red link if you fancy checking out the review for yourself. I also tried the Aspire PockeX. Although confusing in terms of how you’re meant to vape with it, I actually quite liked it as a sub ohm device. Again, click on the red link to read the review.
The Aspire Archon has a lot of features which I think are brilliant. There are a lot of protection features, for example, including:
- Automatic cut off
- Short circuit protection
- Low resistance protection
- Overheat protection
- Overcharge protection
- Over discharge protection
You can also use it as a pass-through device (vaping while you’re charging it up), and it has a stealth vaping mode too. I’ll talk about these features in a moment. You can make it say your name, put a child lock on it, and a whole bunch more. But … are they worth it? Let’s take a look:
Aspire Archon Review
I’m having the hardest time knowing where to start with this review, mostly because there are so many features to talk about, so I’m sorry if I bounce around a bit. I will try to put in some kind of sensible order …
Let’s start from the top.
£49.99 > I think the price is actually pretty decent for this device. There are others more expensive, and others cheaper, but I think around the £50 is probably about right for something that offers the things that the Aspire Archon does. And it really does do a lot too.
1 – 150 Watts > I don’t actually know if I have anything in my collection that manages to go quite as high as 150 watts so I can’t talk about the higher end of the scale. I tend to vape in the 40 to 60 watts area, so I’m afraid I can’t have a say for anything above that. I have, however, found a few other reviews that DO talk about the higher range, and you can find them here:
- Aspire Archon Review – Ecigclick
I can’t really talk about “Output Voltage Range” either. I don’t really know what that means, but I should probably add it to the list of things I need to Google. I am desperately trying to keep up with all these amps, ohms, volts, watts and suchlike, but it wasn’t a subject I was particularly brilliant with at school, so you imagine the difficulty I have trying to get my little head around it now.
I do know that I like vaping with it. I find it easy to use. I only use the watts part of it. I don’t really mess around with temperature control, unless it’s by accident. I should talk about that too …
Resistance Parameters? Meh. I’m not sure what that means either. Ha! I should probably quit. Or learn. I’m the crappest vape reviewer ever. But I’ve used a few different devices on it, with a few different coils / ohms. I’m currently enjoying a 0.5ohm Kangertech Clapton Coil in my Kangertech Nano Topbox tank on top of the Aspire Archon box. The Aspire Cleito EXO tank had a 0.4 ohm coil and that was fine. I didn’t like it, but it was fine. I haven’t tried this box mod with a MTL coil / tank on it, but I don’t really see the point. This thing is packed with power. It’s designed to make big clouds, with big bursts of flavour. Buying this so that you could MTL vape on it would be a bit excessive, I think.
Adjustable Continuous Fire Time … This is a great idea. I don’t think I’ve used another device that offers this function, and although only a small detail, is actually quite an important one. With vape devices that have a short cut off time, say 5 seconds, I tend to find that it turns off mid-way through my vape / inhale sometimes. I know it’s because I’ve been constantly inhaling for longer than five seconds, but that’s not the point. Sometimes a gal needs a big, deep inhale, you know?
With the Aspire Archon, you can change it so that you can make that firing time longer. If you wanted it to allow you do ten seconds of inhaling, for example, before it cuts off, you can change it so that it does that. Or 15 seconds, which I believe is the longest it goes up to. Anymore than that and you’re probably wandering into some kind of dangerous, overheating territory.
I LOVE this feature!
Dimensions / Size … I was put off by the size of the Aspire Archon at first. It’s quite a large device, although not clumsy or uncomfortable to hold, I must add. It’s a lot bigger than anything else I owned at the time, and I definitely can’t fit it in the pocket of my skinny jeans. I actually thought this might have been a device that I would try for a while, review it, and then never use it again because it’s so big … That has not been the case.
Although this is quite large compared to some of other devices on the market, the Aspire Archon actually does fit in your hand quite nicely, even when you have tiny hands like me. The button is easy to find whether you use your fingers or your thumb, and it’s raised just enough that you don’t spend forever looking for it.
Despite my first impressions, I actually really like this. I’ve used it almost every day since it turned up, and I would be beyond devastated if I lost it / it broke now.
Wait! I have a negative thing to say! I do like the way the buttons are on the Aspire Archon. I haven’t found myself accidentally turning it on when it’s in my handbag, pocket, or whatever. I have found myself accidentally turning other modes on though, and that’s super annoying. I’ll go to take a big inhale on it, and it won’t be on wattage mode, it’ll be on another one. One that I don’t understand. I won’t know it has changed mode until I try to vape with it and I get a great big lug of something really nasty in my mouth. I seem to do this a lot. It annoys the buggery out of me. I know there are lock features and everything to help stop this from happening, but it happens to me all the time. It’s proper annoying too.
Not annoying enough to stop me using it though. It’s kinda become a thing now – a flaw I kinda love. I think I’d miss it if it wasn’t there. At least it helps me to pay more attention …
Batteries – 2 of those 18650 bad boys that most of these mods seem to take. EcigaretteDirect kindly sent me a couple to go with it. According to the EcigaretteDirect, the Aspire Archon has been tested with the batteries that I received – XXX 3000mAh 18650 batteries by Extreme Vaping – and they work perfectly together. I don’t know that much about batteries, but I do know that I haven’t had any problems with these. I’ve since used the same batteries in a couple of other devices without any concerns either.
You can see the batteries if you pull off the cover of the Aspire Archon. You just pull it off to the side, and although it doesn’t fall off too easily, I do find myself fidgeting with it. Sliding it on and off as I’m waiting for someone or a cab or something. I should probably stop doing that. I have dropped it a few times and the slide-on cover falls off almost every time. It doesn’t come off if you don’t throw it around though. I actually think the device is quite durable. I haven’t broken it yet, and I break everything. I’m the clumsiest person I know.
“In temp control the Archon is simply fantastic and there are definitely no dry hits or burning.”
(Big thanks to Neil for letting me use some of his review. He used the functions more than I did, going higher with watts and using other modes, just in case you wanted to check out his opinion also.)
Upgradeable Firmware … Right, I know that a lot of vapers will be quite excited by the prospect of new and exciting things, but what the bloody hell can you “upgrade” this thing to do, that it doesn’t already do? Can you program it to finish your work for you? Make you cups of tea? Fan you in the heat of this beautiful summer?
Call me thick (no, don’t), but what would upgrading the firmware of the Aspire Archon do? Maybe add some more watts on it, perhaps? Maybe it has the potential to do that in the future? If that’s the case, it wouldn’t apply to me because I don’t use the entire range it currently offers. Maybe it’s a voltage thing? Or a temperature control thing that I don’t understand?
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could program it to be your own personal minion and help you take over the world? I read somewhere that ecigs / vapes are now being used to hack computers … Crikey, what if you could actually do this? Aspire enabling vapers to take over the world, one computer hack at a time!
Sorry, I’ve branched into fiction here … That’s the writer in me 😉
Anyway, the upgradeable firmware isn’t a feature I’m interested in.
So, that’s all the official stuff out the way. Let’s talk about a few more things …
Aspire Archon – The Pros
Right … I love the design now, despite hating it right at the beginning, and I also don’t think it’s overly difficult to use. Using the “sophisticated vaper” line on the website might put vapers off buying it who might otherwise quite like it.
The screen is crystal clear, an OLED screen that you can even personalise. I put my name on mine. Why wouldn’t I? You can give it a password to stop other people from stealing your vape (I LOVE THIS!), and there’s that child lock too. If you check out my video on Youtube, you’ll see me messing around with the features, buttons and personalisation options. Well, you’ll see me trying to work it out and having to resort to reading the instructions.
Nice colours – I received a grey and yellow one. You can buy it in black and yellow, and blue and yellow also. I actually don’t like yellow generally, but the canary-coloured touches actually don’t look horrendous. It looks like a really smart and modern vape. The design and feel grew on me the more I used it. It’s made of plastic and zinc alloy, for the record, but it doesn’t feel cheap or plastic. It feels like a good quality, quite heavy vape. I hate the ones that feel cheap and plasticky.
The menu is actually really easy to use once you ignore the features you’re not interested in. Remember that this is a vaporiser designed for multiple types of vaping. You don’t need to use all of them if you don’t want to, but it does give you the option to play around with newer things later on. If you were to get a tank capable of higher wattages, for example, the Aspire Archon would keep up. The same applies if you wanted to branch out into using temperature control and other types of coils too. It’s adaptable – it will grow as you and your vaping habit grows. I really love that about the Archon.
You can turn the display off in stealth mode, something I haven’t used once. I actually laughed at the function at first, but I’ve been told that other people do like to use it. It’s great for bedtime vaping apparently.
There are plenty of good things to say about the Aspire Archon. I could keep going for hours, but I won’t. This is a device that offers multiple functions, as well as multiple security / safety features too. It does more stuff than you’d wand it to do, and I only seem to charge mine up once in a blue moon. I don’t use my sub ohm devices quite as regularly as my smaller MTL devices, but even still, this beast seems to last me forever before it needs rejuicing.
Aspire Archons – The Cons
With the exception of not being overly happy about how big it was to start with, I don’t actually think I can find anything bad to say about the Aspire Archon. Oh, apart from that accidentally-changing-modes business too. That’s a small price to pay, I feel, for a box mod of this calibre.
It can be an intimidating device if you’re not all that advanced (like me!), but please don’t let that put you off. This is a great device once you’ve spent a few minutes getting to grips with it, and I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it now.
I can’t find any other cons to speak of. I genuinely can’t. Trust me, I’ve tried.
Aspire Archon Review – Conclusion
Are you considering buying this device? I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with it. I certainly wasn’t. It’s been much easier to use than I thought it would be, and the size / shape / design of it has been super easy to get used to. The menu is quite easy to get your head around, but I would recommend taking a few minutes to read the instructions / manual.
I have used the Aspire Archon with both sub ohm and mouth-to-lung tanks, including:
- Kangertech Geni Aero tank (Jac Vapour Series E tank) with 1.5 and 1.8 ohm coils
- Kangertech Nano Topbox tank with 0.5 ohm coil
- Aspire Cleito EXO tank with 0.4 ohm coil
- V2 Trinity tank with 0.8 ohm and 1.2 ohm coil
I have used them all with ZERO problems. On the lower end of the spectrum – 5 to 10 watts – with a mouth-to-lung tank and liquid, everything worked just as well as it does on the higher end of the spectrum – 40 to 60 watts – with a sub ohm tank and liquid (high VG).
I am going to end this Aspire Archon review by giving the box a solid 5 stars out of 5. I love it. I use it every day.
Would I buy the Aspire Archon again? Yes, yes, all the yes’s!
Would I recommend the Aspire Archon to you? Yes – give it a try. It’s not as scary as you think!
Check out the Aspire Archon on EcigaretteDirect here.
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Big thanks to Neil H (@FlophouseFlip) for letting me use snippets of his review over on ecigclick.com.
Thanks so much for reading my review, and feel free to leave your comments below! Have you bought this? Tried it? Love it? Hate it? 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 Archon and XXX 3000mAh 18650 batteries by Extreme Vaping were sent to me by EcigaretteDirect. 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 / store.