Aspire AVP Review: Hell Yeah! This Pod Vape ROCKS

By Drake Equation •  Updated: 06/12/19 •  7 min read

Aspire’s back with another pod vape. This one is called the Aspire AVP and I just spent the last couple of weeks testing it out. Is it any good? Can it beat the UWELL Caliburn? Read on to find out!


Aspire AVP Pod Vape Quick Verdict – 85%

Aspire AVP Pros:

TL;DR – The Aspire AVP is a smart-looking, well-designed pod vape. It looks really cool, especially in red and black, and is ideal for anyone that is looking for a small pod vape that packs in very impressive battery life.

The pod system itself is simple to use; add E Juice, let it stand for five minutes, insert onto the device, and vape. There are no fire buttons, everything is breath activated, and the vapor it produces is warm and flavorful. It’s MTL, but it’s not as tight as the UWELL Caliburn. It also doesn’t have adjustable airflow.

For me, the star of the show here is the design. The Aspire AVP looks and feels great in the hand. It performs well too, firing instantly and delivering dense, flavorful vapor. You have two coil options: 1.2ohm and 1.3ohm. Both are decent. I definitely prefer the 1.2ohm ni80 coils, though, as they seemed to deliver better flavor.

Ideally, you’ll run Nic Salts in this pod vape. I got through about 20ml of Nic Salts before the coil inside the pod crapped out. That’s pretty decent. It’s not UWELL Caliburn territory, but it is still very much in the top tier for coil head longevity.

All in, I was very impressed by the Aspire AVP. It looks great, it vapes great, and the price is good too – you can pick one up for $22.95 via DirectVapor (Inc. FREE SHIPPING).


Full Aspire AVP Review

Aspire AVP

 

Design

The Aspire AVP is fairly squat and it cuts a rather unusual figure. It’s oddly shaped, but perfectly ergonomic; it sits flawlessly in the palm of your hand and this, combined with its premium build materials, makes for a really stylish and comfortable device for on-the-go stealth vaping.

Constructed from Zinc-Aluminium Alloy, the Aspire AVP features fetching kevlar-style accents on the front and back of the device which give it a thoroughly premium aesthetic. Chuck in its ultra-portable dimensions (82mm by 39mm by 14mm) and you’re looking at one of the most handsome pod vapes around right now.

The only physical button present on the Aspire AVP is hidden inside the front panel; it adjusts the power output through a couple of clicks. You have three potential power settings to play with:

The Aspire AVP consists of two parts: the mod bit (AKA the battery) and the pod bit (where the coil lives and your E Juice is stored). They’re secured together with magnets, and once the pod is assembled everything sits flush and is held in place securely. The drip tip is comfortable too, ideal for MTL vaping.

Aspire AVP

As noted earlier, there is no AFC, though you can place a thumb on the air vent to further tighten the draw. I don’t do this, as the MTL vape it delivers is good enough. But it is an option if you want it a little tighter. Assembling the unit is a cinch. The only issue you might run into is refilling it – it threw me out at first.

The refill mechanism is designed to stop leaking. It works great. But it is a little tricky to appreciate without prior knowledge of how it works (basically, unlike me, you should always read the instructions). To refill the Aspire AVP, follow the following steps:

Once you’ve added your E Juice, you’ll want to let the Aspire AVP sit for about 5-10 minutes. In my experience, the longer you leave it, the better the flavor – aim for at least 10 minutes. Doing so will ensure you get the best possible flavor and coil head longevity.

Pod System & Coil Performance

Aspire AVP

How do the Aspire AVP’s pods perform? Pretty good. For flavor, they’re great and you’re looking at a solid 20-30ml of vape juice between changes. On the whole, this places the Aspire AVP inside the top 1% of pod vapes on market right now.

The flavor is warm and packed with notes. It’s not quite as good as the UWELL Caliburn, but that’s no big deal – hardly anything is! The draw is nice and restricted. Not super-tight. But it’s definitely a satisfying MTL draw that packs in plenty of flavor – especially with Nic Salts juice.

As noted earlier, you have three power modes. I like to start a new pod off at the lowest possible setting, then work my way up to the highest as the coil matures. Doing things this way ensures that you don’t tax the coil too hard, too soon which, in turn, extends the lifespan of the pod and ensures more consistent flavor.

Battery Life

Aspire has fitted the AVP with a 700mAh battery. By normal standards, that’s pretty big. In my two weeks with the Aspire AVP, the battery life has been incredible – especially if you run it on the lower modes. I’m talking all day long with only a slight top-up around 7/8pm.

If battery life is important to you, the Aspire AVP is one of the best in the business right now. It’s not quite as good as the SMOANT Pasito, but it is damn impressive, surpassing the SMOK Nord and UWELL Caliburn by a considerable margin in this context.

Should You Buy The Aspire AVP?

Aspire AVP

If you want decent battery life, great flavor, flawless design, and a compact device then, yes, the Aspire AVP comes highly recommended. I love the way it looks and how simple it is to setup and use; it’s ideal for newbie vapers or those that don’t like fiddly vape kits.

I would have preferred a fire button, this is my personal preference, as they tend to fire more consistently than breath-activated pod mods. It’s not a deal-breaker, as the AVP works fine in this regard, but it is definitely something to consider if you’re coming from a pod like the Nord which uses a fire button.

Overall performance is super-solid, however, with excellent coil performance, great flavor, and tons of battery power. For this reason, I would recommend the Aspire AVP to anyone. I still prefer the UWELL Caliburn, but that’s almost a given at this stage of the game – the Caliburn is damn-near unbeatable right now.

You can pick up the Aspire AVP for $22.95 via DirectVapor (Inc. FREE SHIPPING)

Drake Equation

Co-founder and Editor of VapeBeat. I make the words.
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