There aren’t many vapers who won’t be familiar with the Aspire brand. So many of us started vaping using Aspire products like the Nautilus and Triton tanks, but it’s actually been quite a while since I had a new Aspire product in my hands. The Aspire K1 Stealth Kit is a really smart looking mouth to lung device and my first impressions when opening the box were very positive. It comes in black and silver, I have the black version, and if it vapes as good as it looks it’s going to be a great little MTL kit.
In the box there’s the Stealth device itself, the K1 tank and a USB cable for charging the built in 1000 mAh internal battery. Also inside you’ll find a magnet that screws onto the tanks 510 connection and 2 coils. There’s a 1.8ohm coil fitted and a spare 1.6ohm. These are the smaller Aspire BVC coils, not the Nautilus BVC type, both coils are standard nichrome wire.
Other than the instruction manual there’s not masses of stuff in there, it’s a very simple and straightforward device. It’s around 80mm tall, 40mm wide, and 20mm deep. It isn’t the tiniest of devices I’ve seen but don’t forget there won’t be a tank sitting on top and this actually is a proper mod and tank, not a pod or AIO. There’s real adjustable airflow too, which is controlled at the bottom of the tank. It’s something which is missing on so many stealthy devices these days and it’s very welcome here.
There’s also adjustable wattage too which you can select between 8, 10 or 12w. It might not sound like much but it’s all that’s needed for these coils, and there’s no need for more when this is a pure MTL device. The power is changed with a simple button press on the bottom of the mod and will display 1, 2 or 3 LED’s, more LED’s equal more watts, dead simple. Overall the quality is really good for this kind of small starter e-cig, it’s a proper metal and glass tank and a really cool looking aluminium box mod. If I have any complaint it’s that it’s a little too boxy for my tastes and isn’t the most ergonomic to hold.
The tank is pretty simple to fill being a top fill design but it does have a child safety lock, so you have to push down as you turn. Once filled, I was getting the familiar vape I know from using these 1.8ohm coils in the past. The flavour is really very good, especially with a decent strong 50/50 flavour, but if you are used to bigger devices you may find the vapour production a little wispy.
Switching to the 1.6ohm coil there’s a small increase in vapour but I think the flavour isn’t as good on these. I prefer the 1.8ohm overall but it’s good that you get both to try, so you can see which you like best before buying any replacements. The tank holds 1.9ml of liquid and lasts quite a while vaping at this kind of power. With the magnet in place on the 510 connection it’s held very snug inside the mod with barely any movement. If your tank doesn’t feel secure, make sure the magnet is the right way around. I put mine upside-down at first and wondered what was going on!
At a little under £35 the Aspire K1 Stealth Kit represents excellent value. There’s no doubt that this ‘side by side’ design works well. It’s a lot easier to carry around as there’s no tank sticking out of the top. Because of its relative thinness it does make it perfect to slip in your jeans pocket. The airflow adjustment goes from a very tight MTL draw to a moderate one.
Battery life was very good considering the size of the battery and I was using it all day without needing to charge it. If you use an 18mg or 20mg liquid then you should find the same. I wouldn’t recommend using any higher VG than 60% it just doesn’t feel like the coils can cope. The device is well made and is nicely machined, it reminds me of the Aspire NX series of mods which I also really liked. If you are looking for a small, stealthy MTL kit that’s reliable and easy to use I think this would be a good choice overall. It’s not flashy or feature packed but it does out perform many of the pod systems I’ve tried lately for not a lot more money. It would probably outlast them too.