Aspire Zero.G Review
Following the success of the Paradox and the 9th tank, Aspire and minimalist Italian engineering house NoName have released their latest collaboration for Aspire’s Prestige range, the Zero.G.
Design and Feel
Right from the moment of the unboxing, you know this is going to be a classy affair. The packaging is so well designed that it feels like it could contain high-end perfume or some other designer goods. The box is split into two compartments, and each has an outer casing that slides off to reveal the device on the left and the coils, cable and replacement tank on the right, all in their own little boxes. The designers have got the presentation right here, with a display that strikes a luxurious and stylish tone.
But anyway, on to the device. The first thing I noticed about the Zero.G was its distinctly analogue look and feel. It’s a portable pen-style device, but there is nothing flimsy about it. The frame is made from stainless steel and liquid silicone rubber (LSR), a cured silicone used for various manufacturing purposes.
As I inspected the device, I was reminded of a camera lens. I later found out that the output wattage adjustment is based on a DSLR lens and works like a manual focus dial. This is a pretty novel feature that I don’t believe I’ve seen before and not having to fiddle around with buttons enhances the vintage, mechanical feel of the device.
The fire button is the only button on the entire device. The whole set up is so minimalist you suspect that the designers might have tried to get rid of that if they could. It has a really solid feel and action and should last as long as the device. As you press it, a small light displays how much battery you have, with green, blue and red representing full, half and low.
Another interesting feature that marks out the Zero.G is that it doesn’t have a screen. Aspire have stripped this one back: so no puff counter, resistance information, or voltage display. I think the overall austere feel is pretty refreshing development after the heady days of mods that came with proprietary software. Vaping doesn't need to be complicated, and a first time user would be very comfortable with this pod device.
One last point of note that I’ll cover further below is the inclusion of a rebuildable atomiser. Sometimes I like to build my own; other times, I find it way too much hassle, but it’s certainly nice to have the option.
Does the Aspire Zero.G Taste Good?
All the impressive throwback designs in the world are meaningless if a device doesn’t taste good, but thankfully the Zero.G passes the test. The first thing to note is that it doesn’t taste like a pod. It’s got the look and taste of a decent mod, which is pretty remarkable. It is packed with two AVP Pro coils; one is a 0.65Ω mesh, while the other is 1.15Ω. This gives the device a real versatility, and I cycled between a mouth-to-lung (MTL) vape and a restricted direct-to-lung (DTL) and was very happy with both.
Aspire Zero.G Pod
The pod is interesting and — to continue the overall theme of this device — looks more like a tank. The drip tips (it comes with two options, with a thinner one for MTL vaping) is comfortable, and the pod itself attaches to the rest of the device by a magnet. Conceptually, pods attached by magnets make me worried. I fear they’ll somehow fall loose and get lost, however, these are connected very well, and I’ve come to love the ease of just popping open the device for refills.
Another more recent pod trend that I’m less happy about is the polyetherimide (PEI) tube that acts in place of glass. I found it too unclear and wasn’t always sure exactly how much juice I had in the tank. This is all well and good while we’re trapped at home with lighting we can control, but I can imagine easily overfilling it and burning the coil if I was out and about. Otherwise, refilling is pretty elementary: just pop off the pod and open the plug at the bottom.
Aspire Zero.G Coils
As mentioned above, the kit comes with 0.65Ω and 1.15Ω coils. They are straightforward to replace by popping out of the bottom of the pod. I’d used these coils before on the AVP Pro Pod, and I found them pretty good. I remember they lasted around 2-4 weeks usually and were easy to replace.
Depending on what you like, the 0.65 is great for a smooth DTL, with Aspire recommending an output wattage of 15-18W. The MTL crowd haven’t been forgotten either, with the 1.15 delivering a nice throat hit without producing too much cloud.
As mentioned above, the Zero.G comes with a rebuildable atomiser. This addition won’t be for everyone, but it’s nice to have an alternative to buying replacement coils if you don’t mind messing around with tiny screwdrivers and Japanese cotton. It’s important to note that the Zero.G only comes with one PEI tube, so you’ll have to use part of the pod to build your own MTL coil. Anyway, it’s straightforward enough to do, but it’s probably best to watch a tutorial first if you haven’t built one before.
How Good Is the Aspire Zero.G Battery?
The Zero.G comes with a non-removable 1500mAh battery. One minor issue is that despite using a Type-C USB charger, it charges at 1 amp. Really, this isn’t much to complain about as it charges in a little over an hour. What I didn’t like is that the battery — especially when I was using the sub-ohm coils — drained a little too quickly for my liking. It lasts about 4-6hrs of heavy use, which makes this device unsuitable for a day out without a backup.
109.5mm x 26.2mm
0.1 - 3.5 Ω
1A Type-C USB
Included in the Box:
Zero.G Pod Device
510 MTL adapter
0.65Ohm AVP Pro Mesh Coil
Coil Removal Tool
USB Type-C Cable
2ml Zero.G Replacement pod
Replacement RBA Positive Pin
1.15Ohm AVP Pro Coil
Replacement set of O-Rings
This is a sturdy device with an excellent build quality that should last for years. I loved the output wattage dial and how the stripped-back design liberated me from the “digital” feel of newer devices. The option of an RBA is very welcome, and the overall feel of the device is very good. At 132g, it’s got a little weight to it, which is to its credit. Along with the use of good materials, it feels significant in hand.
The downsides for me are the slightly week battery life and the opaque pod. Perhaps I have become a little spoiled by pod devices that seem to last forever, but when you can’t swap out a charged battery, you need a machine to last longer if you’re dialling it up for that smooth, flavoursome sub-ohm experience. The lack of clarity on how much juice is in the pod isn’t the worst I’ve ever seen, but I think that manufacturers should consider a more see-through glass.
But overall, this is an excellent device with a fair amount of versatility that sits somewhere between a pod device and a mod. It’s perfect for new and seasoned vapers, and no one will be disappointed by the taste.