Hey vapers, how are you all doing today? I recently bought a new tank, and if you’ve been checking out my videos, you may have already seen the video review for this one – the Aspire Cleito EXO review. I WAS NOT a fan – let’s just get that out of the way nice and early. Just in case you haven’t seen the video of me ranting how much I don’t like this tank, you can find it here:
I had an absolute nightmare trying to buy the damn thing in the first place, which you can read all about in My Aspire Cleito EXO Drama, and then when it did turn up, the first coil was faulty, I think. It certainly didn’t work in the same way as the second spare coil in the box, that’s for sure.
Anyway, in the end I bought the tank from ecigone.com and it cost me £18.99. Without any further ado, I’ll jump right in …
*But before I do, here’s where else you can buy from the Aspire Cleito EXO from … if you want to:
- VapeSourcing: $17.50
- Vape Barn: £22.50
- ecigarettedirect: £22.99
- VIP Electronic Cigarettes: £22.99
- No1Ejuice: £23.95
Aspire Cleito EXO Review
I got excited about this tank for a number of reasons. Firstly, I’d recently been sent the Aspire Archon box mod and I loved it much more than I thought I would. I’d also tried the Nautilus Mini tank a while back and I loved that too. In fact, I’m pretty sure the Nautilus Mini was my regular all day mouth-to-lung vape for quite a while. The way people talk about Aspire, it’s a brand that seems to do everything it says on the tin – one that everyone falls in love with. I certainly haven’t had any complaints with the couple of items I’ve owned.
The biggest selling points for the Aspire Cleito EXO tank are:
- Convenient top fill
- Leakproof top airflow
- Tremendous flavour and vapour production
- Interchangeable coils with original Cleito tank
Well, that’s pretty much what I want it to do, isn’t it? I want a tank that gives me great flavour and tremendous vapour production. I was also won over by the fact that I could make into a slightly larger tank, screwing over those TPD regulations, by switching the coils from the Cleito EXO to the ones from the original Cleito. It makes your tank bigger because the coils take up less space.
Smart, right? 😉
*Yes, I’m aware I got it around the wrong way in the video. It is NOT the Cleito 120 coils you can use in the Cleito EXO tank, it’s the original Cleito ones. Thanks for those who EDUCATED me on this. For those who left shirty comments – go hug yourself. It sounds as if you might need it. Eye roll. Hair flick.
Made from stainless steel, you can purchase the Cleito in the following colours :- bronze, anodised rainbow, blue, black and stainless steel. Let’s not talk about the colour anymore, shall we?
And here’s the rest of the need-to-know info:
- 57mm height x 23.5 mm diameter
- 2.0ml capacity when using Cleito EXO coils
- 3.5ml capacity when using Cleito 120 coils
It comes with 2 x 0.16ohm coils. CHECK THIS! I thought it came with one of each – 0.4ohm and 0.16ohm. It does not. I repeat – IT DOES NOT.
The 0.16 ohm coils that come with the tank are best used from 60w to 100w, and the 0.4ohm coils are 40w to 60w. I probably should have ordered 0.4ohm coils, and if I’d realised you only get 2 x 0.16ohm coils in the box, I probably would have done. I don’t usually vape that high on the wattage scale. I’m a 50w – 60w kinda gal right now, and that’s a recent boost up from 40w. Using the 0.16ohm coils (when the second one did eventually work) almost blew my brains clean out. I did get used to it, but I think the tank was perhaps a little more powerful than what I was looking for.
1* Cleito EXO tank ( 0.16ohm coil preinstalled) / 1* Extra 0.4ohm Coil / 1* Extra Drip Tip / 2* Extra O-rings / 1* Warranty Card
1* Cleito EXO tank (2ml version with 0.16ohm coil preinstalled) / 1* Extra 0.16ohm Coil / 1* Extra Drip Tip / 2* Extra O-rings / 1* Warranty Card / 1* User Manual
Things I didn’t like about the Aspire Cleito EXO:
- It’s not rainbow coloured. See my previous post: My Aspire Cleito EXO Drama
- I had a bloody nightmare trying to get my hands on it (see above link), and the release date …. well, I couldn’t find that anywhere until the day of actual release when I happened to see the news on Twitter.
- No adjustable air flow. This isn’t a problem for me as I usually have mine all the way open anyway, but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Mr. best-ecig, for example, can’t vape with the airflow fully open. It would kill his poor lungs. This means that this tank is designed with only one kind of vaper in mind, as far as I am concerned – the vaper who has his / her airflow all the way open all the time. It might have improved airflow, but it’s only improving it for those who enjoy vaping with their hole all the way open.
- I get liquid in my mouth when I vape with it. Although I really do appreciate the taste of Pugtown’s Bailey, and Demon Vaper’s Lemon Lush, I don’t actually want to swallow it. Every time I inhale, I’m getting juice in my mouth.
- The holes in the coil don’t go all the way to the bottom, so there is always a bit of liquid left down there. You can spin it around in your hands to saturate the fluff material, but it pisses me off. Why? What’s the point? Surely it would make more sense to find a way to make that soft coil-hole bit go all the way down to the bottom of the tank so that ALL juice in the tank is accessible? Even if you were to lay the vape down on it’s side, it still wouldn’t get to all of the juice.
- You need to remove the entire tube / tank to take the coil out. This means changing the coil is a messy business, and you need to get rid of the entire tank’s worth of eliquid before you can change it too. What happens if you’ve just filled your tank with the last of your FAVOURITE eliquid, and then the coil tastes burned and you need to change it? You’d need to throw that entire tank of liquid away. I didn’t ever need to do this with the Kangertech Nano Topbox, and it’s something that irritates me with the Aspire Cleito EXO. In fact, I don’t think I’ve come across this with any other vape tank I’ve tried.
- It gets really warm when you use it for a while, particularly around the mouthpiece.
- My first coil was busted before I’d even used it. It wasn’t usable at all – too hot, too spitty, too hissy. I inserted the second coil and the problem didn’t happen again. This leads me to the conclusion that the first coil was faulty. When the first coil was in, the tank got so hot I couldn’t even put it anywhere near my lips. It doesn’t get *as hot* with the second coil, but still warm nevertheless.
- The 0.16 ohm coil is a beast, and you get two of them in the box. I thought I got one of each coil – the 0.4 and 0.16 ohm. Quite a few other Twitter followers thought the same thing. I feel this should be made clearer. Or maybe I / we don’t pay enough attention?
- The clouds are pathetic. Pathetic is a bit strong, but with my Kangertech Nano Topbox, I used it between 40 and 50 watts and got some pretty enormous clouds out of it, from a wide range of liquids too. You can see this from some of my vape videos. I needed to use 60 watts and above for the 0.16 ohm coil in the Aspire Cleito EXO as it was, and then even higher than that to get decent clouds out of it. It’s not pitiful if that’s what you like, but up against some of the other tanks I’ve used, mine and other people’s, this one wasn’t quite up to scratch. Also: I’m not a 70 watts and over kind of vaper, so I would need to purchase a 0.4 ohm coil to make it more pleasant to vape with for me.
- Going back to point number 3 – I really do get loads of liquid in my mouth when I vape with this. The first time, I thought I filled it up too high, but the second tank-full was just as bad. It hasn’t leaked from anywhere – I’ve never had sticky hands. However, something is coming out of the tank and into my mouth when I’m vaping. It ruins the experience for me.
- I can’t see how much liquid is left in the tank. I have a black tank, and it looks as though the glass / clear sections of the tank are also tinted black. It makes it really difficult to see how much liquid I have left. I usually need to hold it right up to the light.
- I cut my fingers on the sharp threading of the coil. In Aspire’s defence, I didn’t read the instructions and I was trying to unscrew the coil, rather than realising the entire thing popped out of the glass tube / tank. But still, I wonder how many other people made the same mistake as me … ? (Or am I just a dumbass?)
It’s not really all that positive, is it? I decided I would write down a list of the things I DIDN’T like about the Aspire Cleito EXO tank, and then a list of the things that I did like. I think you probably know that this second list is going be considerably shorter …
But, here are the things I DID like about the Aspire Cleito EXO tank:
- It DOES look good. Well, apart from the fact that I didn’t get the rainbow one. YES, I’M STILL GOING ON ABOUT THE DAMN COLOUR. I’M BITTER ABOUT IT, OKAY?
- I love the fact that you can use old Aspire Cleito coils in it to transform it from a TPD compliant 2ml, to a cheeky not-allowed 3.5ml tank. Being able to use coils, etc. from older tanks is a really good feature. Being able to increase the tank capacity is also a really good feature. I only changed from the 3ml Kanger Nano Topbox Tank to the 2ml Aspire Cleito EXO tank, and I’ve already noticed how frequently I’m having to refill it. That’s not Aspire’s problem though, and I can’t mark them down for that. That’s the dumbass TPD stuff.
- It’s actually not that expensive. In the grand scheme of things, compared to other tanks, it’s not a bad price. I’ve seem them for £18.99 right up to £24.99, and most of the places have discount codes too. In fact, I’m pretty sure I used someone’s cheeky discount code myself when I ordered mine. Oh, and if you haven’t read the drama surrounding my ordering of the EXO, you can read that here.
- It’s a really smooth vape. Honestly, it really is the smoothest vape I’ve ever had from a tank. It barely feels as though I’m inhaling anything at all. There is a bad side to this, of course. It’s quite deceiving how easy it is to inhale, and before you know it, you’ve sucked too much in and you’re coughing your guts up trying to exhale again. I did that a few times before I got the hang of using it, and Mr best-ecig won’t go anywhere near it. He saw me coughing like a raging lunatic, so I think I scared him off. Plus, there’s that whole liquid hitting the inside of your mouth thing you need to worry about … Sorry, I’ve gone back to the negatives again. Ooops.
And I think that’s pretty much it. After all the drama I had trying to order the damn thing, the first coil was busted, and then when I did finally get it to work as it was supposed to, the Aspire Cleito EXO just wasn’t quite as super-awesome as I thought it was going to be. Everyone seemed to have such great experiences when they were using it, and I watched some of the early review videos too. I’m actually disappointed that I spent money on this tank, and now I’m going to need to spend some more to find one that I do actually like. In the meantime though, I’ve stocked up on coils for my trusty Kanger, which I will continue to go back to and love. (They were in the sale somewhere … JacVapour, I believe. £7.50 for a pack of 5 … Won’t argue with that!)
Aspire Cleito EXO Review – The Conclusion
Well, I just wasted £20-odd quid on a tank that I probably won’t use again. I’m in two minds … Should I get the 0.4ohm coils that everyone tells me I’ll have better success with? Or should I just admit defeat, accept the fact that this tank just isn’t for me, and move on? I would be petty pissed if I bought 0.4ohm coils and then the EXO still didn’t live up to my expectations. I mean, liquid in the mouth is a pretty big deal for me, as is the reduced vapour production I found from it.
Would I buy it again? Nope.
Would I recommend it to you? Hmmm, it depends what you’re looking for. Everyone seems to rave about the tank so there must be some redeeming features about it. But for me, it wasn’t good enough. I’ve owned better tanks. I’ve used better tanks. I’m actually quite disappointed with this one. Sorry, Aspire. Not my cup of tea.
How would I rate this Aspire Cleito EXO review? Probably 2 stars. Maybe 3. Let me think … How about 2.5? I mean, it works and it doesn’t leak, but the liquid in my mouth, crappy first impressions with the initial busted coil, and the fact that cheaper, supposedly lesser-quality tanks provide me with more clouds and a much more pleasant vaping experience … that’s not good, right? Well, it wasn’t good for me. The flavour *is* good though …
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
My Aspire Cleito EXO tank came from ecigone.com. This tank WAS NOT sent to me for review – I purchased it myself. (And rather annoyed I did too … )
(Oh, fellow vapers / vape reviewers, if you have / spot a discount code for ecigone.com and you want to donate it to my readers, feel free. Throw them in the comments below – please and thank you!)
Disclosure: The only previous Aspire tank I’ve owned is the Aspire Nautilus Mini, which I loved. You can find that review here. I’ve also used the Aspire Archon box too, which I also rated highly, but that’s it as far as Aspire are concerned. Aspire is not a brand I’m massively familiar with.
*Information & official Aspire Cleito EXO photos found on aspirecig.com. All other photos by me.