Today we review the brand new all-in-one kit by Aspire called the Plato. The Plato is capable of vaping either mouth to lung or direct lung. This makes it a very versatile “all-in-one” that will therefore appeal to a great number of vapers. The Plato also comes in a nice range of different colors. We got the blue with our own logo on it, which looked gorgeous!
The Aspire Plato is priced between $50 – $70, depending on where you purchase it from. Some vapers have commented saying that $70 is overpriced. I disagree, as the kit is capable of mouth to lung vaping as well as sub ohm vaping. The kit also comes with a 2500mAh Aspire 18650 battery. I don’t think the Plato kit is overpriced given most decent box mods, tank and battery combos will set you back roughly the same amount if not more.
Below we take a look at a few of the pros and cons of the Aspire Plato. Please note we cannot comment on the durability of the Aspire Plato or any long term issues that may arise, given the short amounts of time we have to test devices. We ask that if you find any issues to please add them in the comments section below. Thanks!
If like me, you were thinking the Cleito coils would work with the Plato, then unfortunately you will be disappointed. Given the design of the Plato, the 0.4ohm Clapton coils come attached with the whole chimney and cannot be removed (one solid piece), meaning you can’t use the Cleito coils in the Plato.
The Plato cannot be vaped whilst being charged through the USB. The micro USB port will however charge your Plato. The micro USB slot can also be used for future firmware updates.
I got a massive burnt hit from the Clapton coil, as the e-liquid level had gone beneath the e-juice wicking holes without me realising. Keep an eye on this as you cannot allow the e-liquid to go down to the bottom of the tank on the 0.4ohm Clapton coils as the wicking holes are a lot higher.
The biggest selling point about the Plato is it’s all-in-one capability and that it can vape either mouth to lung or direct lung, using different coils. The MTL coils are Aspire Nautilus coils and can be replaced with other Nautilus coils. The 0.4ohm coils have a very unique coil design and replacements must be purchased separately.
The Aspire Plato, also has a temperature control function and can use Ni or Ti coils. The kit itself doesn’t come with any temp control coils, so we were not able to test the temperature control function.
The Aspire Plato has the capability to be upgraded with future firmware updates, should there be any.
The main issue with the Kanger Nebox was that the tank was non removable. This meant if it broke you had to purchase a whole new device. The Aspire Plato has a removable Pyrex tank which can be taken out allowing users to clean out the tank and other parts. Should yours break you can purchase a spare instead of buying a whole new Plato kit.
The Aspire Plato kit comes with an Aspire 20/40A ICR 2500mAh battery. I can’t find any tests on this battery by Mooch yet, but I am sure he is planning to test this one, given it is an ICR. If you are worried about the battery at all, check out our best 18650 battery article by Mooch.
The battery compartment is very easy to access with the cover sliding easily off. The magnets could be a bit stronger in my opinion, as there is a slight give in when moving the cover. I haven’t however had any issues with the cover falling off in my pocket.
The Plato’s screen automatically rotates depending on how you hold it. This is a nice feature and I am sure left handers will appreciate this.
The tank holds 4.6ml of e-liquid with the 0.4ohm Clapton coil and 5.6ml with the 1.8ohm Nautilus MTL coil head. The Kanger Nebox had a bigger capacity, but 4.6ml is still just about enough for a sub ohm coil. 5.6ml for MTL vaping is more than enough in my opinion.
There is also a little window to check the amount of e-liquid left in the tank.
If you have vaped the Cleito Clapton coils, then you will know what to expect from these 0.4ohm coils, as for me the performance is very similar. They are probably the same coils and the flavor and clouds are very solid.
The 1.8ohm coils are great for mouth to lung vapers and anyone who has tried the Nautilus BVC coils will know what to expect as these ARE Nautilus coils.
We didn’t have leaking with our Kanger Nebox, but it seemed many others did have issues. The general consensus from reviewers on the Plato so far, is that it does not leak at all. We have not had any issues as of yet.
This for me was the biggest con of the Aspire Plato. I was really looking forward to using the Cleito Clapton coils I had lying around with the Plato. Given the unique design of the Plato you cannot use the Cleito coils. Given the size of the Plato 0.4ohm coils I was afraid the replacements would cost a fortune, however they are selling for around $17 for a 5 pack, which is only marginally more than the Cleito coils (which aren’t small either). I know this lack of compatibility will annoy some vendors who already have enough issues with stocking such a huge range of products.
The one thing that does bother me with the coil design is the amount of wastage that is happening. What happens to these coils when we through them out? They are not being recycled and it seems like a massive waste given the size of these coils and the materials involved. This is part of a much larger problem the whole vaping industry faces and is something that needs to be addressed at some point by all vendors. Perhaps we will cover this topic in another article!
I am sure there will be some RBA section for the Aspire Plato at some point, but as yet there is nothing available. Those who like to make their own coils, will be disappointed for the time being.
Switching out the coils from the 0.4ohm coil to the mouth to lung setup or vice versa, isn’t the easiest procedure. Make sure to empty the tank before unscrewing the top section of the chimney, otherwise e-liquid will go everywhere! I think it’s great the tank is removable and the parts come apart for cleaning, but the whole procedure to switch from mouth to lung to the sub ohm setup, is a bit of a hassle. Maybe I am just being lazy, but I think this procedure could be optimized or made easier somehow. I am sure Aspire can come up with something!
You can adjust the Plato air flow at the bottom of the device easily. However, even when almost fully closed, the draw on the MTL could be slightly tighter (our personal preference). It doesn’t quite compare to the Innokin Endura T18 when it comes to mimicking the draw you would get from a cigarette. For most the draw will do nicely, but for us it could have been slightly more restrictive.
The Plato addresses a lot of the issues the Kanger Nebox had (Non removable tank, leaking, tank cracking and lack of MTL) and feels like a sturdier more well-built device.
If you have an Aspire Cleito right now, there is no real need to purchase the Aspire Plato kit, unless you want something different in looks and something that is easier to carry around or if you want to switch between MTL and direct lung.
In my opinion this AIO (all in one) kit is aimed towards newer vapers who will want to vape mouth to lung and might want to later try vaping direct lung on the 0.4ohm coil. The Plato kit is great and it fits nicely in your hand or pocket making it a nice device to take out and about with you. Overall the Aspire Plato is a great kit and we love its ability to switch between mouth to lung or direct lung. It is just a shame it doesn’t work with the Cleito coils!
Aspire have launched a firmware update that allows you to customize you start-up screen.
For more information head over to the Aspire website here.