Review: Aspire Tigon
One look at the Aspire Tigon and its pretty clear that the devices name is inspired by its aesthetic design. Sporting a clean and sleek look, the Aspire Tigon fits in well with the design language of the rest of Aspire’s lineup of devices that appeal well to those who like to fashion themselves as minimalists at heart.
By no means does that mean that the Aspire Tigon is boring to look at, it may not be as flashy as the Eleaf iWu, but the clean lines and lack of disruptive features on the facade of the device are what lends the Aspire Tigon its understated flair. Because of this, the entire kit becomes an instant eye-catcher even to those who aren’t particularly interested in vaping in the slightest.
It’s not all about looks as well as the Aspire Tigon doesn’t just look premium but feels premium as well. Fashioned into a smooth and well-machined zinc alloy chassis, the device simply screams quality when held in hand and should definitely please those who are in want of a quality feeling kit.
The finish on the kits is excellent as well, available in 4 colorways ranging from stainless steel, blue, rainbow, and the immortal black. We were particularly enamored by our blue test unit as it sports a rather deep and captivating shade of the color that’s rarely seen in other devices.
The base of the Aspire Tigon connects to the included tank via a standard 510 connection. The threads are machine smoothly enough so that they don’ catch at all when threading the tank into the base which is always a mark of quality when shopping around for something nice.
The kit includes two Delrin drip tips each spotting their own specialty in regards to MTL or DTL vaping. Unfortunately, each of the drip tips only come in plain black and don’t match to your chosen colorway (unless of course, you get the black version of the kit).
It’s in this department where things start to become a bit more clear in regards to the Aspire Tigon’s name of choice. The kit comes bundled with two atomizers, the first of which being a 0.4-ohm coil that fires the device up within a range of 23- 28 watts depending on battery life. This is meant to be your go-to DTL lung coil that is capable of vaporizing large amounts of e-liquid while producing copious amounts of vapor.
As to real-life results, we concluded that vaping on the Aspire Tigon with the DTL coil installed produces middling results, and while the vapor produced by this coil can be considered satisfactory, its a far cry from being the best.
Switching to the 1.2-ohm coil is where the Aspire Tigon starts to shine which really isn’t a surprise considering Aspire’s lengthy history of producing excellent mouth to lung kits throughout the years. Slapping the MTL coil into the tank yielded a significant increase in flavor with only minimal impact on overall vapor produced.
Another positive feature we noticed when vaping with either of the included coils is that the airflow was quite smooth and inhaling didn’t produce any turbulence or whistling noises.
The Aspire Tigon fires at a fixed output dependent on the resistance of the coil installed onto the device. Much similar to your standard mechanical mod but with a lot more safety features built in. This is all just another way of saying that the Aspire Tigon doesn’t support variable wattage although it is possible to vary the output of the device by swapping between the MTL and DTL coils if you ever find yourself in the mood to switch things up.
Depending on the coil that you use, you’re also going to want to vary the nicotine levels of your e-liquid. As the DTL coil allows the Aspire Tigon to fire up to a considerably higher output, its recommended to use an e-liquid with a nicotine level in the single digits range. Inversely, using the MTL coil works best when paired with an e-liquid with a bit more kick to its step meaning nicotine salts are a good choice to use in this scenario.
Ease of Use
Aspire Tigon uses an easy to fill sliding top cap which lets you refill the tank without having the remove the tank. The tank is appropriately sized with a 3.5ml max capacity for holding e-liquids.
When vaping with the MTL coil, a single fill of the tank is most likely going to get you through an entire day while using the DTL coil will probably require a refill or two depending on how you vape.
When it comes to actual use, the Aspire Tigon is pretty straightforward in its operation; a single power/firing button fires up the device with a quick 5 presses. Hold the button and inhale to vape. Another 5 presses turn it off.
Setting up the device is pretty hassle-free as well as the coils simply slide into the chamber, although fresh coils will need to be primed by waiting for 5-10 minutes after filling the tank before you can take a puff.
With the dimensions of the Aspire Tigon spanning 142mm * 24.5mm * 3.5 ml, the device is considerably larger than your average portable pod-style device. But the Aspire Tigon isn’t a pod-style device so we’re not really expecting it to compete with its smaller brethren in this regard.
This also becomes apparent when considering the battery used by the Aspire Tigon which is rated at an impressive 2600mAh which is more than enough to tide anyone over for an entire day’s worth of vaping regardless of how often they vape and what coil they end up using.
While there are already a lot of kits that have similar capabilities as the Aspire Tigon, few of them are capable of doing their job while managing to look this good.
The included DTL coils might not deliver the absolute best DTL experience considering the plethora of better options in the market, but the MTL coil is pretty much where things are at for this kit as it adheres to the same quality experience you can expect from an Aspire device.
The Aspire Tigon isn’t the perfect hybrid device, but it manages to present itself as a compelling option for newbie vapers who are willing to dip their toes into the world of vaping and experience all that it has to offer.