The MyBlu starter kit is a popular choice for many when they first start vaping. It’s sold in many different places, very affordable and uses the pre-filled Blu Pods. This Ace kit is something new for Blu, it’s an open system that you can fill with an e-liquid of your choice. Blu have released a liquid range to sell alongside the Ace, but I’ll be testing it with a flavour I’m more familiar with. I’m curious to see if it’s just as easy for beginners to use as the MyBlu and if it offers a better vape experience than that device.
Inside the box, there is the Blu Ace device itself, first impressions are good and it reminds me a lot of the Joyetech AIO. We also have a standard mini USB cable and a spare coil head, there’s already one fitted, so there’s 2 coils in total. They are both the same and are 0.6 ohm in resistance. It’s a top fill design and has built in battery that’s 1500 mAh in capacity.
It’s an interesting shape, it’s sort of triangular but with rounded off corners and it’s very comfortable to hold. I really like the mouth piece design too, it’s pretty much the size and shape of a cigarette end, adding some familiarity for people who are just switching from smoking. There’s a single activation button with an LED that will light up when you take a puff, it also changes colour to show battery life. Overall it’s a smart looking device and seems well made. From the LED showing red to full charge it took around 1 hour 25 minutes, which isn’t bad at all and you can vape while it’s charging.
The Blu Ace holds approximately 2ml of liquid and filling it is a simple and mess free operation. The coil screws into the top of the device, so it’s important not to fill past the fill line as when you screw the top and coil in place, the liquid will rise to its top limit. If you over fill then it will come out of the top.
The flavour from the Blu Ace is what I would consider good, it doesn’t compare with the best stock coil tanks around but it’s much better than some pod systems I’ve tried. While the coils are actually sub-ohm, in that they are below 1.0 ohm in resistance, don’t be mistaken in thinking that this is a cloudy device or that it’s for a direct-to-lung vape vaping style. It’s clearly been designed for smokers and the vaping experience is pretty close to smoking in both throat hit and vapour production. Loaded up with a good tobacco flavour I think smokers would find this a good device for making the switch over to vaping.
Being able to fill the Ace with your favourite liquids is a big plus over the Blu devices that use Blu Pods. There’s obviously a little more to do when changing and priming coils and refilling the device, but it’s very straightforward. The airflow isn’t too loose or too tight, it’s somewhere in the middle and should suit most people. When I first started using it I felt it was a little too airy but after using it for a few hours I soon got used to it. Battery life is excellent compared to the smaller pod systems that sometimes only have a third of the capacity of the Blu Ace. I was vaping this all day without any worries at all using my regular 12mg liquid. A little top up charge for 30 minutes after dinner and it ran all evening while I was out too.
The Ace has a leak resistant design, and it remained clean and dry all the time I was using it. This is essential for new vapers I feel. The last thing anyone needs is e-liquid in your pocket and a mess to clean up while you are trying to give up smoking. It’s a simple device that allows you vape without having to think about anything too much. There’s only one type coil for it, and it runs at a fixed wattage so there’s no options and choices to get confused over if you are new to vaping. The Blu Ace Kit is under £30 and a packet of replacement coils are around £10, which is a fair price for where it sits in the market. Overall the Blu Ace doesn’t really do anything new or original but it is a solid e-cigarette choice, especially for current smokers looking to switch to vaping.