Aspire Odyssey Mini Kit Review

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ASPIRE ODYSSEY MINI KIT INTRO

One of the recent trends in box mods is that the full size device comes out, then a few weeks later it’s followed by a mini version.

That’s what Aspire have done with their Odyssey, and the result is a very neat little mod with a lot of features. It’s also extremely user friendly.

I’ve been using one for about six months now and it’s probably the simplest box mod I’ve ever used.

PACKAGING & DESIGN

My Odyssey Mini came as part of the Mini Quest kit, which includes the mod and a Triton Mini tank.

It’s all contained in a nice black cardboard box; open it up and you’ll find the mod and tank in the usual foam bed. Lift that out and you have the accessories.

Three coils for the tank – Clapton, standard kanthal and Ni200 – a manual and a USB charging cable.

The mod is a scaled-down version of the popular Odyssey, with a couple of tweaks to accommodate its smaller size.

The Odyssey’s control wheel has been replaced by more conventional up and down buttons below the screen; these are metal and have a nice click.

The fire button is also metal, and surrounded by a decorative bezel.

The front panel is black plastic with a clear window over the screen, and a micro USB port at the bottom. The top and bottom caps have a satin silver finish.

I thought they were plastic with a metallic coating, but when I tried scratching the inside of the base with a knife it turns out they’re some very light alloy.

Overall the Odyssey Mini is very nicely put together with good attention to detail. It’s small, but not fiddly, and its shape fills your hand nicely.

The 510 connector is steel; the centre pin is fixed, not spring loaded, so some atomisers might have problems with it – but every one I’ve tried has worked fine.

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KIT CONTENTS

  • 1 x Pegasus Mini Mod
  • 1 x Triton Mini Tank (1.8 ohm Clapton Coil Pre-Installed)
  • 1 x Additional 1.2 ohm Kanthal Coil
  • 1 x Additional 0.15 ohm Ni200 Temperature Control Coil
  • 1 x Additional Replacement Glass Tube
  • 1 x Micro-USB Charging Cable

SPECIFICATIONS

  • OLED Screen
  • Micro-USB Charging Port
  • Requires a Single 18650 Battery (Sold Separately)
  • Magnetic Battery Compartment
  • Output Wattage: 1W – 50W
  • Resistance Range (REG Mode): 0.1 – 3.0 ohm
  • Resistance Range (BYPASS Mode): 0.2 – 3.0 ohm
  • Temperature Control
  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • Glass Tank
  • Top Fill Design
  • 2mL E-Liquid Capacity
  • Adjustable Airflow Control

FUNCTIONALITY

Like most modern mods the Pegasus Mini has two modes – variable power and temperature control.

Unlike most modern mods it doesn’t have the five-click on and off thing. As soon as you put a battery in it, it switches on.

You can lock it with five quick clicks of the fire button, and it’ll go to sleep in a minute or two. Three rapid clicks will wake it up, and five more unlock it.

When the Pegasus Mini switches on, or you fit a new atomiser, it will ask if this is a new atomiser. Select “No” with the up and down buttons and it keeps the previous settings.

Pick “Yes” and it’ll ask what kind of atomiser it is. You have three options; “Ka”, for kanthal, switches into VW mode and gives you a final choice between “Regulated” and “Bypass”.

I’m not sure why they bothered with this to be honest. “Regulated” is standard VW mode; “Bypass” basically turns the device into a mech mod. When you can get 50 watts of regulated, safe power out of the Pegasus Mini, who wants a mech mod?

The other two atomiser options you get are “Ni” and “Ti”, for nickel and titanium. Obviously these are both temperature control modes. Whichever one you go into you’ll then get a choice of °F or °C.

In both modes it adjusts in 1° increments, which is unusual; most TC mods work in 5° or 10° increments. With the Pegasus Mini you can dial in your favourite temperature a lot more accurately.

Unless you’re planning on using stainless steel coils, or looking for mega cloud chasing power, the Pegasus Mini has all the features you need. At the same time, it’s very simple to use.

The menu system basically walks you through setup. Aspire have done a nice job here.

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OLED DISPLAY

The display is one of the outstanding features of this device. It’s bright and bold – you won’t have any trouble reading it in any conditions, even bright sunlight – and large, too. The temperature or wattage reading takes up half of it; the rest is filled with a battery charge indicator, atomiser resistance and voltage.

Because the screen is recessed under its cover it’s quite hard to read from the sides, but from straight on it’s one of the best screens we’ve seen on any mod. It also automatically flips so it’s always the right way up, which is a nice touch.

BATTERY DETAILS

The Mini Pegasus doesn’t have a built-in battery; you’ll have to supply an 18650 that’s capable of at least 25A continuous discharge (I have a Sony VTC4 in mine). A single 18650 probably isn’t going to last you all day, but if you have a spare you’ll be fine.

The battery can be recharged through the micro USB port, which acts as a pass-through – great for keeping the power topped up while you’re working. It’s a 1A charging circuit so a 2,100mAh battery will be fully charged in about two and a half to three hours.

Alternatively, you can just take the battery out and stick it in a charger. The Mini Pegasus has an unusual system for doing this, but it works very well. The battery cover is the base of the mod. This is held on with neodymium magnets, which hold it pretty securely in normal use, but it’s easy to remove.

Doing so reveals the battery compartment, which is quite puzzling at first because there’s no negative contact to be seen. Don’t worry, it hasn’t fallen off; it’s that comma-shaped metal arm between the compartment and the magnet.

Just drop the battery in then pivot the narrow end of the arm out. That will lock the battery in place, so it won’t fall out even with the cover removed, and also makes the electrical connection. It’s a neat and effective system.

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DISLIKES

  • No spring-loaded centre pin
  • Not compatible with SS coils

LIKES

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Simple controls
  • Intuitive menus
  • Excellent screen
  • Removable battery
  • Compatible with Ni200 or Ti coils

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SHOULD YOU GET THE PEGASUS MINI?

At around £45 the Pegasus Mini isn’t a cheap mod, but it’s good value at this price.

For your money you get a small, but fairly powerful and very user-friendly, device that feels very well-made.

Mine hasn’t suffered from any issues after six months of daily use. If I’m going out and pick up a mod to slip in my pocket, this is the one I reach for most often.

This would be an ideal choice for someone looking for their first TC mod.

It’s less powerful than the standard Pegasus, but apart from that it has all the same features and battery life.

Overall, it’s a nice little mod.

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