Arrrgggghhhhhhhh! My stupidity broke this tank ... plain old stupidity. And, it's the only the second tank I've ever "broken" in many many years.
We normally start our reviews with a picture of the unit with it's packaging. But the big story here is the coils. Massive coils.
Aspire currently have two coils available for the Aspire Cleito. Both are Kanthal based with organic cotton for wicking. Lots of organic cotton. One coil is 0.2 ohms and rated for 55 to 70 watts. The other coil is 0.4 ohms and rated for 40 to 60 watts. We used both at 35 watts and thoroughly enjoyed the vape experience ... and used a ton of juice.
OK, how'd you break the tank?
Well, while testing the Aspire Cleito, I was also testing a new regulated mod. One of the few times I put it in my pocket without first clicking five times to prevent inadvertent firing. And, it did inadvertently fire. I could smell the cotton burning, but thought it was a fellow vaper that was in my vehicle. After about 30 minutes of this awful burning smell, I finally realized it was coming from my own pocket. You guessed it, the seals were pretty much all melted, some of the metal softened, and the threads went wonky. But, I've got another on order.
The Aspire Cleito packaging is shown at the left. it is a clear acetate box that includes the tank itself pre-installed with the 0.4 ohm coil. Also in the box is a spare coil (0.2 ohm), an orange silicone protector ring, and five light silicone cones that you can insert over the drip tip to help grip the top (for the top filling feature).
The light silicone cones are not really practical. They keep slipping out of place and you'll likely end up doing the same as I: ditch it and put it back in the box it came from.
You can click on the image at the right for a larger version. The Aspire Cleito is smaller than other similar capacity tanks. I put that image there to show that Aspire's engineering team have come up with an innovative way to get rid of the main limitation in tanks: the air flow chimney.
What you get here is the minimalist view of a tank. The drip tip, top cap, coil (that doubles as the air flow chimney) shrouded by a glass tank, and the base. That's it. Fewer parts, same capacity. Air flow is extremely generous with two large slots on each side of the base feeding air to the inner coil at 5.8 mm.
The top of the unit has smooth threading, but the top itself is not made of stainless steel. The threads eventually will wear. Built into the top is a non-removable extension, with a Delrin drip tip. You can remove the Delrin drip tip and use your own 510 drip tip that inserts into the metal portion. That black ring around the extension is an O-ring style that retains the Delrin portion. That will be exposed if you use your own drip tip.
The Aspire Cleito is well sealed with a large silicone seal in the base, and a silicone seal built into the top. The base silicone holds the bottom of the glass tank in place and sealed. The top comes off for filling with E-Liquid. The silicone seal in the top seals the E-Liquid in the tank when the top is threaded back in place.
Filling is very easy, as you can see from the illustration at the right. Remove the top and you expose plenty of space on the sides to use any type of E-Liquid container tip as well as glass eye droppers.
You can always see the level of your juice, even the bottom of the coil is visible showing when the juice is cleaning the juice flow slots in the coil.
And, juice does flow well. We were using high VG juice in our tests and never had a dry hit (well, you can't count the burn out while in the pocket, LOL).
The incredibly well designed and engineered tank isn't the entire story. The flavor generated by this tank will make your juice just pop. It's what it is supposed to taste like. Try this once and you'll have a tought time going back to any other tank. It's just that good.
During our tests, we were quite surprised at how well this tank and coil performed at low wattage. The 0.4 ohm coil is out of stock everywhere ... it's likely that everyone assumes that the 0.4 is the one to get for lower wattage. We used the 0.4 ohm coil at starting at 35 watts and thoroughly enjoyed the flavor. The higher the wattage, the more flavor and clouds you generate. The 0.2 ohm coil is in stock, and rated for 55 watts to 70 watts. We used it at exactly the same wattage: 35 watts and experienced the same flavor and clouds. Flavor is fairly constant throughout the wattage range, clouds do increase though.
So, what’s the verdict? Is it worth it?
Gheez, don't bother reading another word. Get this thing RIGHT NOW! It's an unqualified recommendation, period.
What’s in the box?
- Aspire Cleito tank with pre-installed 0.4 ohm coil
- Spare 0.2 ohm coil
- Orange Silicone bumper ring
- Four top silicone color cones
- User instructions
- Warranty card