Aspire was early in the game for box mods, and so they’ve got quite the large selection by now. The Aspire Speeder 200W kit sometimes gets lost in the shuffle with all the new vape mods out there, but we want to shine a spotlight on it. We’ve been hoping to do a full review on this classic Aspire mod for quite a while, so let’s not waste any more time and just jump right into it.
First we want to note that Aspire has made some really creative designs in the past, such as the racecar-inspired Rev Mod GTS 230W. Well, this isn’t one of them. If there was an award for bland designs, the Speeder vape mod would be right up there in the running (see what we did there?). It’s not that it looks bad, we’ve seen some that actually look plain ugly, it’s just uninspired. Even the colour selection (gray, black, gold) is rather drab. On the plus side of the design, it does have a lot of rounded edges, which we like a lot. Too many devices emphasize the box in bod mod, if you know what we mean.
Yet, where it may fall short in beauty, it makes up for in functional design. The smoothness and curves of this box mod mean it feels just perfect in your hand. Perhaps more importantly, it isn’t too slippery either. On either side there is a rubbery coating over the plastic, that creates a wonderful grip for the user. The fire button is along one side, along that rubber area. There’s a nice OLED screen on the front and below it a singular type button that goes both ways, a “rocker” button that serves for + and -. Below that is the USB port.
While the rubber coating makes this box mod feel extremely durable, there were still plenty of plastic pieces that didn’t feel of the highest standard. Certainly it didn’t feel delicate, but it wasn’t rugged either. What was nice is that the included Athos tank fit the look perfectly and actually was probably the prettiest part of the kit.
Putting aside whether you like how it looks, it’s probably more important to find out if you like how it performs. While this is a 200 watt machine, we weren’t intent on taking it up that high. Who does? We did try to and it both ramped up quickly and did a rather good job of approaching its maximum power rating. Not quite to 200, but even at the 170-180 range it’s more than what we’re used to from a 200W box mod. Again, we didn’t really intend to vape at that heat level anyway.
Where we ended up settling for a good sweet spot was in that 65-100 watt area. It sure was sweet too! We were thoroughly impressed that this older looking vape mod could outgun plenty of younger models with absolutely huge clouds of vapour. Part of that is the really low resistance coils that came with the include Athos tank, which combined with the Speeder made for cloud heaven. Flavours came in rather nicely too, although compared to the massive clouds they were a tad left behind. Still, no complaints on the flavour really and the vapour was simply out of this world, especially for a vape mod like this one.
You get a lot of experience built up when you put out box mod after box mod, and Aspire clearly has learned a lot. For one, they aren’t going to skimp on features. There is the full array of modes you would expect from a higher wattage vape mod in the Speeder. Besides variable wattage you get variable voltage, bypass, and temperature control (stainless steel, titanium, and nickel) options
In addition to that, Aspire threw in some more advanced modes, such as TCR. They also have something they call CPS (customized power settings), which are essentially custom curve control settings. These advanced settings let you really control the power output and timing of it for the vape mod, although for most users the other modes are more than enough.
Here’s a list of the important features:
- 200W Power Output
CPS/Bypass Output Modes
- Voltage Range: 1V-8.4V
- Temperature Range: 100-315C/200-600F
- Uses Two 18650 Batteries
- 0.96” OLED Screen
- Spring Loaded 510 Threading
- Size Specs: Depth 46mm/ Width 31mm/ Height 88mm
Ease of Use:
This area has never been a problem for Aspire vape mods, especially since they make ones for so many different types of vapers. Here you do have a lot of menu options, but getting to them is rather easy. It helps that the 0.96 inch OLED screen is large enough and is also quite bright. In fact, even with lots of sunlight we were able to make out both digits and text rather easily. That goes a long way to making a box mod easy to use.
The included Athos tank is, on the other hand, a bit more complicated. It’s not that it’s hard to use per se, it’s just that we’d gotten so used to the easy push the drip tip aside to load style. This one is the “classic” way, where you actually have to unscrew the drip tip to get to the entryway for loading your e-liquid. It’s not too bad, just takes a little more time and patience. Battery life on the Speeder is pretty good too. Not a full day’s worth of vaping, but you can get ¾ of one depending on how hard you ride it.
Coming in at £59.99 from one of our most trusted sellers, this is a mid-range priced model. Certainly when you consider it is a 200 watt box mod and it comes with a nice tank and a couple coils, it’s a pretty good value.
We really liked the Aspire Speeder 200W kit for all the functionality it has. It’s a hard vape mod to drop, which isn’t to be discounted. It also makes it really easy to get large swaths of clouds out of it. While it won’t win any beauty pageants for box mods in our book, it isn’t so hideous that you’d want to keep it out of the sight of others.
Overall this is a very good product that falls somewhere in the above average range. For all that it brings to the table, it also comes in at a rather good price. Really, if you’re looking for a no-frills approach to vaping and want to be introduced to some really high performing coils and large clouds, this box mod has to be a consideration for you. It may get overlooked sometimes, but we won’t do that anymore and we give it our full backing.