Aspire Breeze 2
The new Aspire Breeze 2 picks up where the original left off but now with a much-improved design. The performance is better, the refill system has been revamped, and the battery’s been increased to a long-lasting 1000 mAh.
At first glance the Breeze 2 looks basically like the original, but the outdated refill system TPD compliant pod with a nifty pod-release function. Although the Breeze 2 uses the same type of U-tech coils as before, it now has a legitimate MTL draw up to a restricted lung hit.
The Breeze 2 is ergonomic and compact. Like the original, it’s designed with a rounded rectangular body and a satin-finish made of zinc alloy. Where the first one felt more run-of-the-mill, the Breeze 2 is better executed. It has an incredible fit and finish, and a new pod system elevates the Breeze 2 in functionality and in looks (though the latter is more subjective)The pod for the Breeze 2 is thick and durable. It’s not the cheap disposable kind of pod we’re so used to. It’s easy to clean, and it’s easy to monitor your juice levels. Despite it being dark-tinted, nothing obstructs the view from either side of the device.The Breeze 2 dimensions are 95 mm x 35 mm x 19 mm, just slightly taller and wider than the first version. But it’s barely noticeable. Interestingly, the Breeze 2 weighs less than the original — likely because the long metal chimney is gone, and the mouthpiece is a much thinner plastic than before. With both devices filled with juice, the Breeze 2 comes out at only 74 g, and the original is more like 81 g
The Breeze is a simple device, but a beginner might get a little confused at first. And I think the instruction manual is lacking.The Breeze 2 has five main parts: a battery, coil heads, a pod, a mouthpiece, and an airflow controller. It has three buttons, a fire button located on the front, and two pod-release buttons on the side. Here’s how to get started:
- Take off the transparent dust cap (it’s great for travel, but not practical for daily use)
- Squeeze the two side buttons together to release the pod, then pull it out
- Pop off the mouthpiece with a fingernail in the side airflow vents (be careful, it takes a bit of effort and it may go flying)
- Unscrew the airflow controller from the top of the pod; set aside
- Choose your coil head (0.6-ohm or 1.0-ohm) and screw the airflow controller onto the top of the coil head
- Insert the coil head into the pod, then screw it down by the airflow controller (don’t over tighten)
- Flip the pod upside down and pull out the thick side of the orange rubber stopper and fill till almost full, then push in the plug (make sure the orange plug is not hanging out of the sides or it can interfere with the pod going back in)
- Insert the pod back into the battery housing (and revel in that amazing click!)
- Adjust the airflow you want and return the mouthpiece
- Wait about five minutes for the coil to saturate, then quickly press the fire button five times to turn on the device
Using the pod release buttons is pure fun. They work well with the latches on the deck to secure the pods. The pod pops out about a millimeter or so with a nice click — it goes back in with an even louder click. Only once have I gotten a release button stuck, and I play with it a lot. If that happens, it’s easily rectified by clicking the pod back in.The one part of this design I am not a fan of is how you have to access the airflow adjustment. It works fine, but it involves having to pop off the mouthpiece with a fingernail. Mine comes off easier now than it did in the beginning, but it’s still a miss in the design.Although the mouthpiece is rigid and ergonomic, it feels thin and cheap compared to the rest of the device. Luckily, after your airflow is set, you would only need to take off the mouthpiece again when changing coils. But it’s still not as user-friendly as the rest of the device.