Aspire Breeze 2 review
The new Aspire Breeze 2 picks up where the original left off but now with a much-improved design. The performance is better, the refill system has been revamped, and the battery’s been increased to a long-lasting 1000 mAh.
At first glance the Breeze 2 looks basically like the original, but the outdated refill system is replaced by a refillable 3 mL (or TPD compliant) pod with a nifty pod-release function. Although the Breeze 2 uses the same type of U-tech coils as before, it now has a legitimate MTL draw up to a restricted lung hit.
Kit price: $34.99
Five-pack coil price: $9.49
Build quality and design
The Breeze 2 is ergonomic and compact. Like the original, it’s designed with a rounded rectangular body and a satin-finish made of zinc alloy. Where the first one felt more run-of-the-mill, the Breeze 2 is better executed. It has an incredible fit and finish, and a new pod system elevates the Breeze 2 in functionality and in looks (though the latter is more subjective).
The pod for the Breeze 2 is thick and durable. It’s not the cheap disposable kind of pod we’re so used to. It’s easy to clean, and it’s easy to monitor your juice levels. Despite it being dark-tinted, nothing obstructs the view from either side of the device.
The Breeze 2 dimensions are 95 mm x 35 mm x 19 mm, just slightly taller and wider than the first version. But it’s barely noticeable. Interestingly, the Breeze 2 weighs less than the original — likely because the long metal chimney is gone, and the mouthpiece is a much thinner plastic than before. With both devices filled with juice, the Breeze 2 comes out at only 74 g, and the original is more like 81 g.
Note: Aspire did away with the dual automatic and manual fire button. The Breeze 2 is operated by a single fire button.
Quick start guide
The Breeze is a simple device, but a beginner might get a little confused at first. And I think the instruction manual is lacking.
The Breeze 2 has five main parts: a battery, coil heads, a pod, a mouthpiece, and an airflow controller. It has three buttons, a fire button located on the front, and two pod-release buttons on the side. Here’s how to get started:
- Take off the transparent dust cap covering the mouthpiece. The cap is great for travel, but not practical for daily use
- Pop off the mouthpiece with a fingernail in the side airflow vents (be careful, it takes a bit of effort and it may go flying)
- Squeeze the two side buttons together to release the pod, then pull it out
- Unscrew the airflow controller from the top of the pod; set aside
- Choose your coil head (0.6-ohm or 1.0-ohm) and screw the airflow controller onto the top of the coil head
- Insert the coil head into the pod, then screw it down by the airflow controller (don’t over tighten)
- Flip the pod upside down and pull out the thick side of the orange rubber stopper and fill till almost full, then push in the plug (make sure the orange plug is not hanging out of the sides or it can interfere with the pod going back in)
- Insert the pod back into the battery housing (and revel in that amazing click!)
- Adjust the airflow you want by turning the knurled ring, then return the mouthpiece
- Wait about five minutes for the coil to saturate, then quickly press the fire button five times to turn on the device
Using the pod release buttons is pure fun. They work well with the latches on the deck to secure the pods. The pod pops out about a millimeter or so with a nice click — it goes back in with an even louder click. Only once have I gotten a release button stuck, and I play with it a lot. If that happens, it’s easily rectified by clicking the pod back in.
The one part of this design I am not a fan of is how you have to access the airflow adjustment. It works fine, but it involves having to pop off the mouthpiece with a fingernail. Mine comes off easier now than it did in the beginning, but it’s still a miss in the design.
Although the mouthpiece is rigid and ergonomic, it feels thin and cheap compared to the rest of the device. Luckily, after your airflow is set, you would only need to take off the mouthpiece again when changing coils. But it’s still not as user-friendly as the rest of the device.
Refilling the pod is simple due to the Breeze 2 having a 5 mm fill opening. And the anchored plug totally seals the ports – there’s been absolutely no leaking. Maybe a faint layer of condensation once or twice, but typically the bottom of the pod and battery housing is dry.
It’s a virtual mess-free refill when using squeeze-bottle droppers. If using a regular dropper, it’s best to insert the entire dropper into the whole to keep from an air pocket forming and having juice spill out.
Breeze 2 coils
The Breeze 2 comes with the 0.6-ohm coil of the original Breeze and a new 1.0-ohm Utech coil head. They both wick from two small holes and one larger slot. The 0.6-ohm head has larger wicking holes than the higher resistance heads, which is ideal for higher viscosity juices. In general, both coils work really well. I really can’t complain. Both have been free from hot pops, spitback, and dry hits. Here are a few notes on the coils I received.
0.6-ohm Utech coil:
- Best for restricted lung hit (but capable of MTL with adjustments)
- A slight delay in ramp
- Really good flavor
- Ideal for medium to low nic
- Fast wicking up to max vg
- Good for 50/50 to max vg
1.0-ohm Utech coil:
- Best with MTL
- Quick ramp
- Good flavor
- Great for high nic
- Fast wicking up to 60 vg
- Great throat hit
- Good for 70 pg up to 60 vg
- Long lasting
The original Breeze first came out with the 0.6-ohm coil before a 1.2-ohm coil was released. The higher resistance coil was supposed to cater to the MTL crowd but it never quite managed a real tight draw on the original Breeze, due to the lack of airflow adjustability. The 1.2-ohm coils will work with this version though, and the MTL is finally legit.
The best performance I’ve gotten is with the 1.0-ohm coil. It’s been going strong with daily use for three weeks. The others worked well, but peak performance has lasted the longest with the 1.0-ohm coils.
I’m old school when it really comes down to it. For how I like to vape, the Breeze 2 has been a godsend. I get a warm and flavorful MTL vape with a killer throat hit that I can tweak with the adjustable airflow. It’s perfect for my preferred high nic juice.
The hits are easy — no hard draws even with the air closed off — and because the mouthpiece is vented on both sides, the draw feels more balanced than before.
The airflow is ideal now, but the performance shines because the chimney is basically gone. The airflow has a very short distance to travel, which makes the experience much more direct and satisfying.
The battery is a beast! I’m getting well over a day on one charge. Maybe about a tank and half before the battery dies (about 5 mL before needing to recharge). The battery is monitored by two flashing lights on the deck that shine up through the pod (similar to the Suorin Drop). They’re not very bright, I can hardly see them while I vape. And they’re relatively dim while charging. I recommend charging the battery without the pod in so you can more easily tell when it’s done charging.
- Blue and orange light: 3.8 volts; full charge
- Two blue lights: Between 3.5-3.8 volts; medium to high charge
- Two orange lights: 3.5 volts (or less); low charge to almost dead
Luckily the Breeze 2 has pass-thru charging because it takes a long effin’ time to charge! I clocked it over one-hour before I stopped hawking it. It ended up being more than 1hr10min but less than 1hr20min. All things considered, I’d still prefer a long charge and long battery life than the opposite.
The Breeze 2 is not PCC (Portable Charger Case) compatible like the original, but the charge port has been moved up along the side, instead of the bottom of the device.
- Notable coil performance
- Warm and dense hit
- Adjustable airflow (MTL to restricted lung hit)
- Good flavor on all the coils
- Fast wicking
- No dry hits
- No leaking
- Clicky fire button
- Pass-thru charging
- Fun-to-use pod release function
- Dust cap is handy for travel
- Removal of the mouthpiece is a hassle
- Mouthpiece feels cheap against the rest of the device
- Fill plug can occasionally interfere with the pod going in
- Long charge time
Aside from the small issue I have with the mouthpiece removal, I think Aspire did a bang-up job on this design. I think it looks unique, I like using it, and it vapes really well.
I’ve enjoyed using it so much that I haven’t left home without it in three weeks! Although I didn’t care for the original, I will be buying more coils for this. Hopefully Aspire will sell the pods too so I can have several juices loaded up and ready to go.
If you are a fan of the original, I’d bet that you’d really love this one. It isn’t perfect, but the Aspire Breeze 2 is easily one of the best refillable pod vapes out there. For the first time in a while, I can say with no hesitation that this device is highly recommended.