What Is A Breeze?
No, it’s not a Confucian riddle, it’s the new all-in-one starter kit from Aspire. They’ve arrived earlier this week and we’re excited to try them out and pass on our thoughts!
The new kits come in a variety of colours in small Aspire branded boxes. We received the black, blue, and new green units which we eagerly opened to examine their finish. These devices have an anodized coating apart from the prominent front side button, the mouthpiece, and bottom charge port cap which are made of a black ABS plastic. All parts are smooth, and the kit is heavier than we expected, so despite it’s name the wind won’t carry it off! We all appreciated this as there is a point with beginner devices where they can be so light that they can feel of less consequence than the price you paid for it, thankfully not the case with this one. Great impressions so far!
And the price is good – $34.99 for this fella furnishes you with the handsome and minimally styled device, a charging cable, some spare gaskets, and two 0.6ohm Aspire Breeze U-Tech Coils. There is a charging dock available for the Breeze as well, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
The Breeze is a 650mah, 2ml capacity device, which with their 0.6ohm U-Tech Coils translates into about a 6 hour experience for me (which can be extended by the aforementioned charging dock).
How do I use it?
Aspire has designed a couple ways to go about your experience of the Breeze. You could press and hold the prominent firing button on the device as you might any other device, or if you prefer you might use the included “automatic draw” function. To make use that feature, all you must to do is draw on the device much like you would a cigarette which causes a sensor in the airflow inlet to activate the Breeze for you, no buttons needed!
…all you must to do is draw on the device much like you would a cigarette which causes a sensor in the airflow inlet to activate the Breeze for you, no buttons needed!
I am fairly used to pressing and holding the firing button on my devices after 6+ years of vaping, and I find the response just a touch more immediate than the automatic draw, however for clients recently transitioning from combustibles I can imagine the satisfaction and comfort carried by this familiar experience, and it is responsive. I found myself using it casually as I went about my errands, and even though the firing button is easy enough to find, the feature is novel and the casual operation of it found me using the Breeze more exclusively in this mode. Aspire has made the transition between the two experiences very fluid, and I’m impressed with how seamless it really is.
Aspire recommends for optimum performance that 6mg or above strength liquid be used, with no more than 70%VG – so we filled up our Aspire Breeze with a 6mg 70%VG liquid, and went about the day (this encompasses the vast majority of liquid on the market so no worries there). The vapour production is great! It’s no dripper or U-Well Crown for sure, but the vapour is thick and the flavour is far better than other all-in-one devices we’ve used, likely owing to the larger U-Tech coils. 6mg feels very satisfying on the device, and the thick vapour gives a nice kick to the juicy Watermelon by Dummy Bears inside.
…for clients recently transitioning from combustibles I can imagine the satisfaction and comfort carried by this familiar experience, and it is responsive.
Did we like it?
So how is it to go through your day with a Breeze, you ask? I unplug the device from it’s charge on my way out the door and endeavor to find out the answer to this question as I cross off some weekend errands.
The first thing I want to try is the clear cap of the Aspire Breeze used to cover the mouthpiece and keep out debris. I slip the cap on as I nip into the grocery store to grab some groceries for my amazing chili (unrelated but it really is damn good, ask me for the recipe!). When I get outside with my groceries and look for the Breeze in my jacket, the cap has come off and is mingling with my keys at the bottom of my pocket. It’s not quite as useful in practice I had hoped it would be, which is disappointing as I have customers ask me about this sort of solution fairly regularly. No matter, we’re problem solvers here at Vapers, and after a quick rustling through my groceries I find an elastic band from a broccoli floret which does the job of holding the cap on nicely.
By the time I am back in the shop it is 4pm, about 6 hours since the device was removed from it’s charging dock this morning. The light blinks orange in the clear tank and I know it’s time to set it in it’s dock to charge while I go about putting my groceries away and doing prep for the next 40 minutes. The device of course can be charged directly with the included micro USB cable with a 800mah current, however the charging dock charges at 1A, about 20% faster. As a bonus, the charging dock can stay plugged into the wall or function as a portable battery pack with it’s 2000mah capacity extending it’s usable operating time substantially (almost 3x in fact).
I bring the breeze with me to the kitchen and set it down in the charging dock’s cradle, sneaking puffs as I prep my veggies and listen to a podcast. I prefer this charging configuration as the micro-usb charging port for the breeze is located on the bottom, and considering the device’s slim and rounded profile I’ve decided that rather than playing table hockey with it, the dock is a better way to go (at least when I’m using kitchen knives). When everything is chopped and ready to simmer my device is charged and it’s 2ml tank needs to be filled. You can watch the fill process in our video review, out later this week.
The Aspire Breeze has been a pleasure to use, one might even say… really easy. I think that’s what this device is about, friendly ergonomics, ease of use, practical charging solutions, and it executes this with a far friendlier user experience and performance than other products in it’s class.
I fill the tank with some of our On The Fritz, and the apple pastry flavour comes through after just a minute although the watermelon tang doesn’t leave until a few minutes after that. The battery lasts me until the end of the evening, and when I go to bed at the end of the night I slip the device back into the charging dock on my nightstand.
The Aspire Breeze has been a pleasure to use, one might even say… really easy.
I think that’s what this device is about, friendly ergonomics, ease of use, practical charging solutions, and it executes this with a far friendlier user experience and performance than other products in it’s class. The clear cap was a nice thought and definitely shows their process, but the execution was poor – that being said, outside of storage for travel I didn’t find it made a huge difference in my day to day experience to go without.
I would recommend this device to our clients starting on their journey to being smoke free without hesitation.I wish I had started with a kit like this!