The Reax Mini kit by Aspire is a very compact, simple mod packaged along with the Tigon tank. Aspire are a company that have always had a strong focus on true beginner kits, that have usually been designed with smokers in mind. The Reax Kit does indeed appear to be aimed at new vapers with simple controls and easy to use tank, but I’m hoping it can also deliver a vape that would satisfy any vaper looking for something small and lightweight to carry around in a pocket.
It comes in four colours: black, silver, purple and blue. First impressions are good out of the box, the mod is smaller than you might imagine from looking at the pictures. The whole kit isn’t really much bigger than a typical pen-style device. Also supplied in the kit is a spare glass for the tank, spare O-rings and an extra drip tip. If you are looking to upgrade your pod kit to something a little more versatile, then the Aspire Reax Mini Kit might just fit the bill.
The Reax Mini mod has a built in 1600 mAh LiPo battery. The whole mod isn’t much bigger than an 18650 battery, being only 70mm tall. It has to be one of the smallest mods I’ve ever used, which means it’s perfect for vaping on the go. It’s very straightforward to use, there’s a fire button and a mode button. There’s no temperature control modes or anything of that nature, it’s been designed to be simple. It doesn’t have a LCD screen that most regulated mods have either. What it has instead is an LED display on the bottom that shows a range of wattage options from 8w to 16w and a bypass mode. With a coil over 1 ohm you can select either 8w, 10w, 12w, 14w, 16w or Bypass by pushing the mode button. With a coil under 1 ohm the mod automatically switches to bypass mode, so it changes from a variable wattage device to a direct or fixed voltage device. I must admit this seemed a little strange to me at first, but I’ll explain how that works in practice later. Overall it feels well constructed and finished. The spring loaded 510 connection has a nice solid plate and the buttons feel responsive. There’s nothing that rattles and being a built in battery device there’s no doors or covers to come loose.
On first inspection I was very impressed with the Tigon, it’s a really well designed tank and Aspire have clearly put a lot of thought into the user experience. It’s better than the recent version of the Nautilus in my opinion. The push in coils are really easy to fit and the sliding top fill is as simple and mess-free as it gets. It reminds me a lot of the Innokin Zlide and that’s not a bad thing at all. It will hold the maximum 2ml of e-liquid that it’s restricted to by law in the UK, which is fine on tanks like this. You won’t be guzzling juice like crazy and it’s quick and easy enough to top up. The kit comes with a 0.4 ohm coil and a more MTL friendly 1.2 ohm coil.
I started with the 0.4 ohm coil first. When using this coil the mod switches to bypass mode and there is no option to adjust the power. Interestingly the coil is rated 23-28 watts by Aspire. A charged battery of 4.2v would provide around 45 watts on a 0.4 ohm coil, so there must be something else going on rather than simply supplying the voltage of the cell like a true ‘bypass’ mod would. I can only presume that the mod is supplying a fixed voltage or a reduced voltage that is in a suitable range for the coil. That being said it does work fine for this coil and as the two are together in a kit I don’t mind too much. If I was using this mod with a different tank with a different coil then I think I would miss the ability to alter the power to my tastes. It works well in this instance, but it is a slightly unconventional set up not being able to choose between fixed and variable.
Moving on to the 1.2 ohm coil, this time we aren’t restricted in the same way. We can choose any of the power settings, however Aspire only rate this coil between 10 and 12w and changing to bypass feels pretty much exactly in the middle of that range, so we don’t actually have as wide a range of adjustment that we might at first think. The coil performs well at either 10 or 12w but I can’t help but feel that a coil that could be used from 8-16w would make more sense with this mod.
Despite the limitations on adjustment, flavour was excellent with both coils. Vapour production was good with the 0.4 ohm coil and while it doesn’t compete with the super cloudy tanks it’s more than enough for an average DTL draw. The 1.2 ohm coil will feel familiar to anyone who usually vapes around that 10-12 watt power. It was an enjoyable cool vape with a nice defined throat hit. Definitely a vape that a smoker would enjoy who’s trying to make the switch to vaping. The coils lasted well, and were comparable to the best.
If I had to sum up this kits performance in a sentence I would say that it’s very good, but it’s not without some limitations. It has a lot of positives and would probably be the perfect device for a new vaper who doesn’t want to be messing around with settings, or struggling with set up. The push in coils are very good, long lasting and replacing them is dead simple. It gives a MTL vaper the ability to try a non-adjustable DTL vape too without having to go down a mechanical route. It’s also well made and lightweight, for carrying around in your pocket it’s ideal. If you don’t mind the way the mod works and its limited options of power choice then there’s no reason not to recommend this kit.