Vaporesso Aurora Intro
The Aurora by Vaporesso is a Zippo-style MTL device featuring CCELL coils, a nice automatic MTL draw and a convenient and familiar body styling. Aside from cigalikes, I can’t think of any design that speaks more directly to former smokers than a Zippo-styled device.
But the Vaporesso Aurora is not the first Zippo-styled vape product. The Fumytech EZ Pipe, the Horde Mini by Boom Boom Vape, and even Vintage E-liquids all have made products using this form factor. But since this is solely a mouth-to-lung draw, and so simple to use, I think this could be a good kit for smokers looking to make the switch.
Let’s take a closer look at what this device is about, including all its pros and cons.
Colors: Silver, black, and gold
Vaporesso Aurora Gallery
Vaporesso Aurora Specs and Features
- 1x Aurora Starter kit
- 1x Extra replacement CCELL coil
- 1x USB charger
- Dimensions: 70.4 x 42.5 x 14.6mm
- Weight: 116g
- Output:12 Watts
- TPD compliant
- Bottom fill
- Colors: black / stainless steel / golden
- No power button
- Built-in battery
A quick word
Although I am an ex-smoker, I still love playing with a Zippo. Who doesn’t? Fiddling with a Zippo reminds me of fidgeting with a spinner. Zippos also remind me of how you have to maintain vape gear. You must refuel it, change the wick, change the flint, and sometimes you have to start over and “re-build” it again to get it just right.
But with the Vaporesso Aurora, there is much less fiddling than it is keeping a Zippo firing properly. Here are some things to note.
Getting the Aurora going
The Aurora has miniature tank that holds 1.2 mL of juice and takes the Aurora-specific 1.4-ohm CCELL coils, and the miniature tank is held inside of the body of the Aurora by a strong magnet.
This kit does not take the cleverly designed EUC coils that are in most other Vaporessso tanks, though. To take out the tank, you have to pop off the “Snork” like mouthpiece (anyone remember that cartoon?), pinch the exposed chimney portion with your fingernails and pull out. But the magnets are strong, so it’s not necessarily the easiest grab. Not a bid deal though.
To install a coil, you simply screw in the head how you normally would with any other tank. But replacing the coil can be a bit annoying if you screwed the head in too tightly. The tank and atomizer is small (just over 9 mm in diameter), and there is no knurling or anything to grab onto. Don’t screw it in too tight.
As I mentioned, the tip looks like the head of the characters from the old cartoon called Snork. It’s just a bent hard-plastic tip that’s press fit over the top of the exposed chimney part of the tank. When you flip the top of the Aurora, you then have to move the tip 180 degrees to easily access it with your mouth.
Since this is an automatic draw, I wish you didn’t have to physically move the tip this way. With the Zippo-form, I would love it if flipping the top was the only action you have to do. And no, there is no Zippo trick to flip the top, and also flip the mouthpiece around in one motion.
When you are ready to fill the tank, you better look for your thinnest juices because this coil head does not do well with dominant VG juices. It does best (in my experience) with 70 PG. It is limiting. But for an MTL draw, it’s appropriate especially for old school vapes. It may be a great time to use those old bottles of the original Halo juices you have lying around. That is what I am rocking in mine and I love it!
Although I am not a fan of ceramic coils, I think they perform great in this device. I can get several consecutive hits with no fear of a dry hit. And it is a quick and easy hit. None of that cheek-collapsing non-sense! Very little ramp (unlike similar vapes like the iCare or MyMini).
But, again, there is not a lot of wiggle room with the PG/VG ratio of your liquids like you have with the iCare and others like it. I tried to use a 70VG and the coil started tasting burnt. 50/50 and it was the same. I then tried some 70PG juices and then it vaped very well (after that burnt taste left).
Once I was back in the clear from the burnt taste, the flavor was well above average for a tiny AIO, and the vapor is decent too. And although it feels a bit odd sometimes vaping on what appears to be a Zippo, the vape itself makes it a cool experience.
- Quality MTL draw
- Nice throat hit
- Coils saturate fast (likely due to the thin juice it needs)
- Good flavor and vapor
- Easy to use
- Responsive automatic draw (very little ramp)
- Perfect Zippo-like feel (it even has an “on/off” hinge like the Zippo cam—which makes it quieter)
- Fun to play with (it sounds exactly like a Zippo opening and closing)
- Peek-through window lets you see liquid level
- Decent battery life (made possible by a high-res coil)
- Easy to carry around in pocket
- Zero leaking
- Bent mouthpiece can be fiddly
- Won’t accept your own tips
- Doesn’t do well at all with less than 60PG
- No adjustable airflow
Before I wrote out the pros and cons, I hadn’t realized how many pros I had with the Aurora.
While it may appear to be just a novelty item, the Aurora is solid little device even with its few cons. I think the tip is an easy fix (Vaporesso can just release a different shape), and the issue with high VG is more of a personal con.
While the Aurora is a little bigger than a Zippo, there is a familiarity to holding and playing with the device. Heck, maybe you don’t need that fidget spinner after all. Just fidget with the Aurora!
And to make it even better, it’s an effective MTL draw. It could have a bit more throat hit for my taste, but the flavor is good and it’s got an easy draw for an MTL hit. Fans of the iCare may want to give this device a shot. But it’s much better in terms of build quality, MTL draw, and ramp time.
All in all, I enjoy using this device and I would buy a replacement if I lost this one.