Aspire has been on a roll as of late, appearing to try to surge back into the very crowded box mod market. They have been around for a while, but there was a period where there weren’t a lot of new products coming out. Consider that in the past, as the company pushes forward with a bunch of new ideas. Today we’ll take a look at one of those, which is the Aspire Puxos 21700 80-100W Kit. Will it take them closer to their goal of reaching the top? Let’s dive in and see!
We have to give to Aspire, they really put an emphasis on the design of this vape mod. It’s not so much that the unit itself is anything special, in fact it’s really rather boxy, but the side panels are absolutely unique. It almost feels as though someone came out of an art gallery and decided they have to replicate what they saw. As such, Aspire has released 14 different variations of said side paneling, which is held together by some really strong magnet. Certainly it gives it a more highbrow feel, which some will like and others may not.
The functional part of the design is along the spine of one side, where you’ll find a really nice OLED display. To the north of it is the fire button, and to the south are the +/- buttons and a USB port. Standard fare here. In terms of build, the Puxos is quite solid. It feels nice in your hands, although it is perhaps a tad too sleek because sometimes it can feel slippery. We never dropped it, but the idea that would do so on accident was something we were aware of. This is a box mod with a good weight, not too heavy, not too light, and perfectly clicky buttons. Great job on the build, as we would expect.
Packed with the Cleito Pro tank and using Aspire’s proprietary chip technology, this kit had some expectations to meet. On startup, this mid-sized vape mod seemed eager to please. When running on a 20700 battery it can get to 100 watts, and with an 18650 it gets to 80. We used the 201700 that came in the kit and found it had nice power all the way to its 100-watt high point, and never seemed to struggle to get there. That being said, the included 0.5 ohm Cleito Pro coils fared best in the 70-80 watt range, and even a little below that. When it got up too high, we felt some heat in the drip tip that made us not want to hover around the 90-100 mark.
Thankfully, you really don’t need to take it up that high. The Puxos does an excellent job at producing vapour, even at wattage as low as 30-40. Along with wonderful clouds of vapour, it hits you with some really great flavour production. For a little vape mod that doesn’t look too intimidating, it thoroughly outdid our expectations in this department. The only other caveat we might mention is that it did seem to go through e-liquid rather quickly. Perhaps it needed that fuel to create the performance it did, and it was certainly worth it, but it’s important to note here. Make sure you stock up on your e-liquid before you take this baby out on the town.
For a mid-range wattage box mod, Aspire seemed determined to pack the Puxos with modes. Besides the variable wattage mode, you also get temperature control (TC) for Nickel, Titanium, and Stainless Steel. We were able to get reliable TC numbers, which is not taken for granted in the world of vape mods. Often it’s the TC that is thrown in there without being fully ready, but here it is a fully developed feature that excels.
The fun doesn’t stop there, as you can also modify your experience in a more micro way by using the temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) mode. The cherry on top? The very flexible CPS (customized power settings) mode. It has all the make up of a powerful vaping machine yet in a small-ish box that offers portability. The Puxos uses one battery only, yet we saw pretty great usage with it before a recharge was needed. You can use either an 18650 battery or 20700, and the option to use either is a nice little plus too.
Here’s a list of the important features:
- 80/100W Power Output (Battery Dependent)
- VW/TC(Ni/Ti/SS)/TCR Output Modes
- Resistance Range: 0.1-3.5 ohm
- Temperature Range: 100-315C/200-600F
- Uses One 18650 or 21700 Battery
- 0.96” OLED Screen
- Spring Loaded 510 Threading
- 14 Different Magnetic Paneling Options
- Size Specs: Depth 48mm/ Width 30mm/ Height 87mm
Ease of Use:
In this department, Aspire has shown that it can make a really easy to use box mod. This wasn’t always the case, as the past couple we reviewed had their own hang ups, but not the case with the Puxos. They kept the menu simple and to the point this time, even with the slew of features you are presented with. Turning it on and finding the right settings was a piece of cake, and isn’t to be taken for granted.
The Cleito Pro tank was equally simple for us to use. Aspire took a bit of a different approach with this tank, and it proved to be a hit. To refill the tank, you remove a ring that is below the drip tip, and that reveals a hole to drip your e-liquid into. Really simple and keeps you from having to remove the drip tip at all. It’s also easy to change the coil. You do that by unscrewing from the top and lifing the coil out of the glass to be changed. We saw this as an advantage to unscrewing from the bottom and losing some e-liquid.
The best price we found from respected vendors is £64.99, which is perhaps on the more expensive side of the scale. However, taking into account that it comes with a premium tank and also includes a 21700 battery (a rarity), it is still a good value. Perhaps it is a little more than other 100-watt vape mods, but for the quality you get price really isn’t an issue.
We became big fans of the Aspire Puxos in the time we used it. We’ve seen this company bounce back in a big way, but this was perhaps our favourite of their recent releases. It isn’t often you get a box mod that has all of these features, performance, and really great style. It’s small enough to be portable but doesn’t feel like a toy.
More importantly, we got some really great vape out of it. While it doesn’t get you the huge clouds of vapour that a higher wattage device will, it more than held its own. For veteran vaper this could serve as a more portable option to take with you and still get the vapour you need. For someone relatively new to box mods, this is a great entry point and a device you can grow with. Overall, it was hard to find much we didn’t like about it and we give it our wholehearted recommendation.