Vaporesso Aurora Play | Review

An upgrade on a unique pod system.

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Vaporesso Aurora Play

Vaporesso Aurora Play

The Aurora Play is the latest upgrade to the Aurora by Vaporesso.

It keeps the same lighter-style design, in a more rounded and slightly larger frame. It also features an on/off button, push-to-fill system, and newly designed pods.

The Aurora Play pods utilize CCELL coils at 1.3ohm designed for MTL vaping.

It also features an Omni Board Mini chipset, which has adjustable power with three settings and is powered an inbuilt 650mAh battery.

The Aurora Play is currently available in Grey, Silver, Bronze, or Rainbow.

The Good

Unique design, good build quality, easy to use, excellent flavor.

The Bad

Slightly wobbly awkward.

The Bottom Line

The Vaporesso Aurora Play is not only a significant improvement on the original but is actually an excellent pod system. Delivering consistent, clean flavor from a uniquely designed and well-built device. If you want your pod system to stand out from the crowd, the Aurora Play is an excellent choice.

8.3

Disclosure: This product was sent to us by Vapesourcing for the purpose of this review.

Specs

  • Material: Zinc Alloy
  • Dimensions: 80×46.5×16.7
  • Weight: 96g
  • Battery: 650mAh
  • E-Liquid Capacity: 2ml
  • Power Range: 9w, 10.5w, 12.5w
  • Coil: 1.3ohm
  • Charging: 45 min Charge @ 1A
  • Available colors: Grey, Silver, Bronze, Rainbow

In the Box

  • 1 x Vaporesso Aurora Play
  • 2 x Pods (2ml/1.3-Ohm Coil)
  • 1 x Braided USB Charging Cable
  • 1 x 10ml Filling Bottle
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Warning Card
  • 1 x Quick Guide
Design & Style9.0
Vaporesso Aurora Play

There’s no doubting that the Vaporesso Aurora Play stands out on the design front, much like it’s predecessor.

It’s definitely a pod system that will turn a few heads with its unique lighter-like zinc alloy frame. It even has the same satisfying click that you get from a lighter, thanks to its lever inside the lid.

However, it’s not all plain sailing, as the lid does have a slight wobble to it. It could also be argued it’s quite an awkward design to vape on, as the lid sits to the side of the mod as you vape.

Vaporesso Aurora Play

Thankfully the rest of the Aurora Play has excellent build quality. Vaporesso has increased the size and weight slightly to 78.8 mm x 43.7 mm x 15.5 mm, and 95 grams. It still incredibly pocket-friendly, and is not much bigger than a Lost Vape Orion.

One of the best additions from a design perspective is that they have made the body a lot more rounded, so it just feels great in hand.

Vaporesso Aurora Play

The most significant improvement, however, comes from the increased functionality. The Aurora Play features automatic draw, but it also has an on/off button located on the side (next to a micro USB for charging), which gives you the option to adjust power settings.

The button is responsive and clicky, and the LED light to indicate the status of the device is also bright and clear.

The pods have also seen an improvement in the design…which we will cover later.

Overall it’s a unique and well-built design.

Features8.0
Vaporesso Aurora Play

The Vaporesso Aurora Play has an in-built 650mAh battery.

There is an LED indicator light to show battery status, with Blue being fully charged, Green signaling around 50%, and Red being below 20% and in need of charging.

The charging is at 1A, and the device can fully charge in 45 minutes. There is also pass-thru available if you need to use it while it’s on a charge.

Vaporesso Aurora Play

The LED light and power button also have another function, and that’s so you can set the power of the device. The Aurora Play has 3 different wattage settings from 9 to 12.5W, all indicated with the following LED:

  • Red = 9w
  • Green = 10.5w
  • Blue = 12.5w
The Pod8.0
Vaporesso Aurora Play

The Aurora Play pods have seen quite a drastic change from the originals.

Firstly the capacity has increased from 1.2ml to 2ml. There are also two small 6.5mm x 8mm windows on either side of the device so you can see your juice level.

Secondly, the pods are now completely disposable and connect to the device through magnets. The previous Aurora used a cylindrical tank that utilized replaceable coils.

I think this new design keeps things far more straightforward for the user and has allowed an increased capacity, which is certainly welcomed.

Vaporesso Aurora Play

Currently, there is only one style pod available for the Aurora Play, which is a 1.3-ohm MTL pod (using a CCELL coil). They are aimed at nic salt vaping, but can obviously be used for any high nic level. Vaporesso includes two in the kit.

This new design has led to Vaporesso also updating the way you refill the pods. They have included a press-to-fill system, which uses a spring-loaded valve.

Vaporesso Aurora Play

We have seen this system implemented before, and this one works really well. The only negative with this design, though is that there is no drain port. So once you fill the Aurora Play pod, there is no way to drain the liquid if you need to, but I guess that’s the same with a lot of integrated pods.

There is also a design change to the mouthpiece. This time Vaporesso have opted for a smaller and more traditional tip, which in my opinion is a vast improvement over the rather oddly shaped one of the original. Sadly it is not a 510 style, so cannot be replaced with your own.

Performance8.0
Vaporesso Aurora Play

The Aurora Play is incredibly easy to use, and the automatic draw works perfectly with a smooth draw.

The 1.3-ohm CCELL coils deliver warm vapor with a nice defined throat hit, with a respectable amount of clouds for a pod system. The flavor is produced by the coils is excellent and clean as we’ve come to expect from CCELL coils.

The pods can cope with 70VG juice without an issue, and chain vaping on that level didn’t produce a dry hit. However, it can take a few hits for the coils to warm up properly, especially with thicker juices.

Vaporesso Aurora Play

I actually found that the coils worked better with higher VG juices. They were still good with 50/50 juice and didn’t produce any gurgling or spit back, but everything just seemed better with a denser vape.

I did notice a slight bit of residue build-up on the bottom of the pods, which seemed like it was caused by a small leak, rather than just condensation. It was not a major problem and only happened with one of the coils which I had been using for a long time.

Speaking of the longevity of coils, the CCELL’s do an excellent job of delivering consistent flavor for well over a week.

Vaporesso Aurora Play

Battery

The Aurora Play’s built-in 650 mAh battery performs as expected, and should see you through a day of moderate vaping.

It’s not the largest capacity on the market, but thankfully pass-thru is there for when you are in a pinch.

Good Vibes

  • Unique design
  • Good build quality
  • Easy to use
  • Good MTL draw
  • No leaking
  • Excellent flavor
  • Defined throat hit
  • Responsive automatic draw
  • Clear juice windows
  • Two pods included

Bad Vibes

  • The lid is a little wobbly, and awkward when vaping
  • Slight leak on contacts
Vaporesso Aurora Play

Verdict

The Aurora Play undoubtedly has quite a novelty design, which you are either going to love or hate.

However, when it comes to performance, this is an excellent little pod system.

It delivers excellent flavor with a perfect MTL draw and is backed up with impressive build quality.

The design improvements Vaporesso have made over the original Aurora, have all been implemented well, and make the Aurora Play a far better device.

If you are in the market for a unique looking pod system, the Aurora Play is a stand out choice.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
9.0
Features
8.0
Pods
8.0
Performance
8.0
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