Aspire BP60 Review
Aspire has released many pod devices into the market over recent years, ranging from the portable and affordable Minican all the way up to the Zero-G — the newest vape from its high-end prestige range. The BP60 sits somewhere in the middle and promises to bring a powerful, sleek dimension to its vaping range.
Feel and Design
The BP60 is an open pod device that offers a bit more choice and flexibility over closed pod systems. However, when stacked up against a sleek and discrete device like the Caliburn G, it looks and feels somewhat bulky. It’s a squat, stocky device with measurements of 99*38*22 mm, and while it’s certainly portable, it doesn’t have the feel of a pen-style mod.
The frame is made of aluminium alloy, and the build quality is solid. The fire and adjustment buttons have a nice clicking action that should see them last the long haul. Other than that, the design is good — if nothing spectacular. Where I feel this device fails is that its boxy-ness doesn’t make it particularly pleasant to hold. The grip is fine, but overall it’s very square compared to other devices, which seems like an ergonomic oversight.
Another design feature that I found welcome is the facility to select draw modes. By pressing the fire button and the “-” button simultaneously, users can switch between three modes: AB mode (automatic draw & fire button), A mode (automatic draw only) and B (fire button only). All of this is accessible from a tidy 0.96” colour screen, which manages to represent a lot of information into a small space.
Another interesting feature is the dust protector that clips over the mouthpiece. This is a welcome addition for people like me who occasionally leave their device in their bag and end up breathing in dust and miscellaneous particles when they pull it out. The mouthpiece protector does come with an attachable piece of string to keep it tied to the device, but I never quite figured out where they were meant to be linked. The mouthpiece itself feels good, with an interesting design reminiscent of a duckbill with tapered contours that funnel the vapour.
There are a few different colour options available. I tried out the Red Honeycomb, which features red alloy with a — you guessed it — honeycomb backing. Other available trims are the Golden Flame, Carbon Fiber Black or Navy and the Grey Starry Sky.
How Does the Aspire BP60 Taste?
The BP60 pods taste really good. The two different coils and an up to 60W output provide enough versatility for different liquid and taste profiles. The dual independent air switches are a nice feature meaning you can cycle between a very airy vape and something tighter and more akin to the draw from a cigarette.
This newer generation of devices has been designed with overheating perils in mind, so even with frequent (aka too much) use, they don’t ever get too hot, which is a big plus for me.
Aspire BP60 Pods and Coils
The device comes with a BP60 pod. As mentioned above, these plastic pods have a great taste. The coils are easily replaceable and can be pulled out or clicked in without any trouble. The pods themselves are held to the device magnetically without any worry that they’ll pop out.
My main issue with the pods is the dark plastic casing. It’s just not transparent enough to know where you are with juice. I understand that a clearer plastic would probably look a bit unsightly after a few uses and become stained with burnt vapour, but I honestly think I’d prefer that than the current state of play. Aside from the lack of clarity, refilling is pretty straightforward: just take off the pod and open the side refill plug. The pods hold 2ml of liquid at a time, which is the maximum allowed under EU electronic cigarette regulations.
The box comes with two different coils: a 0.3ohm kanthal mesh, and a 0.6ohm kanthal round wire. Coils have come along way over the last five years and Aspire promise that these coils will last a long time. I used this device for about a week and didn’t notice any flavour or taste drop off between frequent refills. The 0.6-ohm coil is best for getting a fuller taste profile due to its dual heating wires, while the 0.3-ohm coil produces a good flavour with a denser vapour suitable for big clouds.
How Good is the Aspire BP60 Battery?
The 14000mAh battery fully charges in under an hour by Type-C USB. As for battery life, Aspire suggests that you should get about 8hrs from a recharge, but having used the device for a week, I’d suggest that 6hrs is more accurate.
Aspire BP60 Specifications:
1.4a max charging current
0.3ohm BP Mesh Coil & 0.6ohm BP Double Shot Coil
Included in the Box:
BP60 Battery Unit
Bp60 2ml Pod
0.3ohm BP Mesh Coil
0.6ohm BP Double Shot Coil
Type C Charging Cable
There are some pluses and minuses with this device for me. On the plus side, it’s easy to use, it won’t leak, there is a good deal of flexibility with coils and wattage output, and it charges very quickly.
The minuses are the less than transparent pods that make it hard to gauge precisely how much juice you have in the tank and the boxy feel with just doesn’t feel as nice in hand as other pod devices. However, these are minor issues because the performance is very impressive, and the build quality is excellent and sturdy.
Overall, for the price, this is a solid device which should last a long time. While there are better feeling devices on the market, I’m not entirely convinced they would taste a lot better than the BP60 pods. So if you can put up with the less than stellar feel, this could be the device for you.