The Aspire Zelos is “only” a 50-watt box mod, which may scare some people off. Certainly it appears a lightweight based on that, and more experienced vapers may discount it entirely. Yet there is more than meets the eye with Aspire’s lower wattage entry. Let’s dive into why this vape mod could be a better fit for you than you would think.
Some people are going to take issue with the Aspire Zelos because it’s, well, there isn’t a better way to say this so we’ll put it out there: plain. Boring might be harsh, perhaps unassuming is the better way to put it. At least that’s how we felt when first unboxing this kit. Especially when compared to the sleek looking Nautilus 2 tank that comes with it. The thing is, the simplicity in the Zelos design won us over in the end. It doesn’t need to look fancy to produce a great vape, but more on that later.
The build, on the other hand, isn’t unassuming at all. It seems to fit in your hand like a glove and feels well made. It has the right amount of heft, and is on the small side, so it’s just very comfortable for anyone. The OLED screen is perfectly sharp and changes orientation upon your flipping the device upside down. On one side of the screen is your fire button, and on the other side are your + and – buttons. Below those is a USB port for charging. Everything is well within reach and, although standard fare, of a very high quality.
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Okay, let’s talk about this bad boy being only 50 watts. Sure, for those of you looking to chase big clouds, this may seem excruciatingly low. The thing is, the Aspire Zelos is rather versatile. For the most part, along with Aspire’s Nautilus 2 tank, it’s the perfect beginner box mod for those just making the transition to vaping. If you’re used to mouth to lung inhales, this setup will not disappoint. It takes on PG-heavy e-liquids like they are a piece of cake, and rewards you with amazing vapour.
Yet, the Nautilus 2 comes pre-installed with a sub-ohm atomizer. That means direct to lung vapes are still in play. You can toss in VG slanted mixes and, even with the lower wattage, get a surprising amount of vapour for this type of setup. It may not satisfy cloud chasers, but it is a great peek into the world of big vapour production without needing much knowledge on the subject. The default variable wattage mode on the tank makes it easy and breezy to try and find your balance between flavour and vapour cloud size.
Before we neglect flavour completely in this section, this is the time to tell you that it squeezes delightful notes out of your e-liquid and this is one of the biggest selling points of this kit.
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The Zelos has some standard features that all box mods should have. Namely, that would be a variable wattage mode, a bypass mode and three temperature control modes, for nickel, titanium, and stainless steel coils. All of these modes are accessible by holding down the +/- buttons and then scrolling with them.
That would be the two atomizers that Aspire includes with the Nautilus 2 tank. They are of the lower wattage variety, but that fits well with what the 50-watt limit on the Zelos. We didn’t try this device with any other coil heads, mainly because it works great with what is included. A 2500mAh battery powers the Zelos, which is more than enough to keep you going for a long time. That can be for 6 hours or even days, depending on your wattage and usage.
Here’s a list of the important features:
- 50W Power Output
- VW/Bypass/TC(Ni/Ti/SS) Output Modes
- Resistance Range: 0.05-1.5ohm (TC modes); 0.1-3.5ohm (VW/Bypass mode)
- Temperature Range: 100-315C/200-600F
- 69 inch OLED Screen
- Spring Loaded 510 Connector
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Ease of Use:
This is where the Aspire Zelos shines brightest. The whole kit is really meant to be easy for newer vapers to use, and they’ve pulled this off swimmingly. You unbox the Zelos and simply attach the Nautilus 2 tank by screwing it on. Did we mention the tank comes in a matching color as the vape mod? It’s a nice touch, and adds to the overall user-friendly feel of this kit. The tank comes pre-installed with a sub-ohm coil so it’s really easy to get going, although it might have been more useful to have the 1.8ohm coil come pre-installed instead. Minor complaint there.
Filling the tank is simple too. Unscrew the top part of the tank from the bottom and fill along the sides of the glass, making sure to stay away from the chimney (center hole) and only fill it to the indicator line. Your airflow can be adjusted by twisting the base of the tank, although it didn’t seem to make a huge difference with our use.
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The best price we found for this kit was £49.99, which is actually pretty remarkable given all you get. We’re talking about a quality vape mod and probably an even better tank, all for under 50 quid. This is a very affordable way for someone to break into vaping with a mod, and there is room to grow with the incredibly flexible Nautilus 2 tank.
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If you came in thinking this was only a beginner mod, well hopefully we dissuaded you. The truth is, the Aspire Zelos is a 50-watt vape mod for good reason. It certainly is directed more toward newer vapers, but it has an unexpected amount of range to produce bigger clouds of vapour. This all depends on how you set it up and the additional factors at play, such as your PG/VG mix. One thing anyone will agree on is that the flavour output is simply top notch. It does exactly what’s needed to bring out the best of your e-liquid in terms of taste.
The only real downside we see is the not-so-creative design, but that’s personal preference really. Functionally it is designed great; we’re just talking style here. This may not be the ideal device for a very advanced vaper, but even for a seasoned intermediate vaper it would be a welcome addition to your arsenal. Certainly if you’re new to vape mods, this should be among your very top choices for how to start. Overall, we found ourselves singing the praises of the Aspire Zelos 50W Kit, and especially the Nautilus 2 tank. There’s a very good chance you’ll find yourself doing the same thing if you pick one up.