The Geekvape Aegis family of devices has just gained another member and it’s called the Aegis Hero. It’s a small pod device like the Geekvape Aegis Pod, but it features adjustable wattage and airflow control like the Aegis Boost and Aegis Boost Plus.
Like other Aegis devices, the Aegis Hero is IP67 water, dust, and shock resistant. It has adjustable wattage up to 45W, top airflow control, and a 1200mAh battery that is recharged through a micro-USB port.
From a quick glance at the spec sheet, the Aegis Hero looks a lot like the Aegis Boost with its similar battery size and wattage range. It even uses the same coils! Is this just a redesigned Aegis Boost? Let’s find out.
This item was sent to my from MyVPro for this review.
- 1 x Aegis Hero Device
- 1 x 0.4Ω G Boost Coil
- 1 x 0.6Ω G Boost Coil
- 1 x DL Drip Tip (Pre-installed)
- 1 x MTL Drip Tip
- 1 x Micro-USB cable
- 1 x User Manual
- 1 x Coil Tool
- Weight: 88g
- Size: 48.15 x 25.4 x 82.9mm
- 1200mAh Battery
- Power & Bypass Modes
- Output Power:5-45W
- 0.42″ OLED Display
- 4ml E-Juice Capacity
- Top Filled Pod
- 510 Drip Tip
Design & Build Quality
The Aegis Hero looks exactly how you would expect an Aegis device to look. It looks just like other Aegis Devices with its zinc alloy frame, firm silicone body, and stitched leather pad. The shape is more box-modesque than the Aegis Boost or Aegis Pod and it strongly reminds me of a shrunken down Aegis Legend. Overall, I like the look and I like how it feels in my hand. It’s like holding a mini box mod.
At 48.15mm by 25.4mm by 82.9mm, the size is somewhere in between the Aegis Pod and the Aegis Boost. This compact size is easily portable and I can conceal the entire thing in my palm. It does have a fair bit of weight to it at 88g but I wouldn’t consider it to be heavy. If anything, the weight adds a solid feel to the Aegis Hero, a feeling that I’ve come to expect from Aegis devices. It’s IP67 water, dust, and shock resistant and I feel that I can trust this rating just based on the feel of the device alone.
The Aegis Hero is available for purchase in 6 different colors, however all of them will have the same black silicone body. The color of the zinc alloy frame is what you’re choosing. I received the ‘Rainbow’ color for this review and it’s a shiny finish with a mix of different colors. It wouldn’t be my first choice of color but it looks sleek nonetheless.
Branding is well done on this mod. ‘AEGIS’ is engraved on both sides of the zinc alloy frame. Otherwise the body is plain and free of logos.
The pod is rather large in comparison to the size of the device. It’s long and deep and will hold up to 4ml of eliquid. The pod is filled through a port on the top of the pod which is convenient because you don’t have to remove the pod to refill it. The pod has a dark tint to it which makes it difficult to see your ejuice level unless you hold it up to the light. However, I understand that the dark tint keeps the aesthetics of the device looking uniform. Still, I think I would rather be able to see my ejuice level.
The pod attaches to the battery magnetically and also clicks into place. When the pod is in place it sits snugly and there’s no movement or wiggle. The mouthpiece area consists of a 510 drip tip and an airflow control ring. This 510 drip tip is removable. The Aegis Hero comes with a wide 510 drip tip pre installed but it also comes with a more narrow MTL drip tip in the box.
The airflow consists of two slots, one on each side of the mouthpiece area. The airflow control ring works on a stopper and can be twisted to adjust the amount of airflow going to the pod. Using the wide drip tip and open airflow I get an airy direct lung draw. Using the narrow drip tip and restricting the airflow gets me a loose MTL draw.
On the side of the Aegis Hero is a rectangular plug that can be removed to access the micro-USB charging port. Remember to close this plug back up properly if you want to retain the IP67 water and dust resistance rating.
The 0.42” OLED display is tiny! But even though it’s small, it’s sharp and not pixelated at all. It’s easy to read and does its job in displaying vital vaping information. Those without sharp eyesight might have an issue with the small text though. The buttons look very “Aegis-esque” and don’t rattle but the fire button is a little sensitive and very easy to activate. The adjustment buttons are firmer than the fire button and take just the right amount of pressure to activate.
How To Use The Aegis Hero
The Aegis Hero is a good little pod device. It isn’t too complicated to operate and still gives you control over your wattage and airflow. The wattage can be set from 5-45W using the adjustment buttons located just below the screen. The wattage increases in increments of 0.5W each time you press the adjustment buttons.
Each coil has a recommended wattage range that I suggest staying within. This will prevent the coil from burning out prematurely. Staying within the wattage range will get you the maximum life out of the coils. The 0.4Ω coil is rated for 25-33W and the 0.6Ω coil is rated for 15-25W. Stay within this range and you’ll be fine.
Your first step with the Aegis Hero will be choosing a coil. Take your coil of choice and prime it by dropping a small amount of ejuice down into the top. You may also want to put some ejuice on the open ports on the side of the coil. Once you’re done, take the coil and line up the flat sides of the coil with the flat ridges on the bottom of the pod and push the coil in firmly.
With the coil in place, open the rubber plug on the top of the pod and fill the pod up. You will want to give the coil 5 minutes or so to fully absorb the ejuice and become saturated. While you wait you can swap the drip tips out if you so choose; the direct lung, wide tip comes pre installed but there is a more narrow, MTL drip tip in the box. Just pull off the drip tip and push the new one on to the device.
Turn the device on by pressing the fire button 5 times and set the correct wattage for the coil. I suggest starting at the lower end of the recommended wattage range and working your way up to a wattage that you’re comfortable vaping at. Also, start with the airflow wide open and close it down/adjust it to your liking as you vape.
Aegis Hero Button Combinations
- Power ON or OFF: Press the fire button 5 times in quick succession.
- Switch Modes (Power or Bypass): Press the fire button 3 times to bring up the mode menu. Use the adjustment buttons to select your mode and hold the fire button down to select.
- Clear Puff Counter: Hold the fire button and – adjustment button. The puff counter will be highlighted. Press the – button again to clear the puff counter.
- Lock/Unlock: Hold the + and – adjustment buttons to lock or unlock the adjustment buttons. The device will still fire.
The Aegis Hero comes with the same coils that you get with the Aegis Boost and Aegis Boost Plus. These are Geekvape’s Boost coils Both coils are relatively low wattage and so they’re meant to be used with either regular nicotine ejuices or with low strength nicotine salt eliquids. You can get away with using a 35mg nicotine salt with the 0.6Ω coil but that depends on the vaper. It might be too strong of a hit with too much nicotine for some people.
The 0.6Ω coil is rated for 15-25W and can be used for DL vaping or for a loose MTL draw if you restrict the airflow and use the MTL drip tip. The 0.4Ω coil is rated for 25-33W and exclusively meant to be used with regular nicotine ejuices and for DL vaping.
These coils push into the bottom of the pod. You have to line up the flat sides of the coils with the flat ridges on the bottom of the pod in order for them to fit in properly. Once they’re installed it’s a tight fit and they can be difficult to remove so Geekvape includes a small tool that you can use to make removing the coils easier.
In addition to these two coils, you can also purchase 0.3Ω coils for the Aegis Hero. Unfortunately, I don’t have any on hand to test.
I used the 0.4Ω coil first with a 70VG, 6% regular nicotine eliquid. At the low end of the wattage rating at 25W the flavor is okay and the vapor production is decent but I felt like I wanted more out of the coil. I went straight to the 33W maximum wattage recommendation and it’s quite a different vape. The flavor comes through much better and the vapor production is much heavier. It’s a good vape with the wide drip tip and open airflow. Smooth too.
The 0.6Ω coil is slightly less flavorful than the 0.4Ω coil but it’s more versatile. I tested a 30mg nicotine salt eliquid and a 6% regular nicotine ejuice with this coil and they both worked pretty well. I tended to keep the wattage down at 15W when using nicotine salts and the draw is quite cool but it’s a passable vape. It’s not my go-to device for nicotine salts but it can vape them if you really want to.
Regular nicotine ejuices are good for a loose MTL draw with this coil if you use the narrow drip tip. 25W is where it’s at although I even pushed the wattage higher to 28W and it was a better, warmer vape for me. This will probably reduce coil life though so keep that in mind if you’re thinking of exceeding the wattage recommendations.
Overall, both coils are great for regular nicotine ejuices but the 0.6Ω coil is only decent for nicotine salts.
While using the Aegis Hero I haven’t experienced any leaking into the pod or any other performance issues to speak of. The top airflow definitely helps with keeping the device leak-free.
In many ways, the Aegis Hero is a smaller, more compact, lower-powered version of the Aegis Legend. The coils do best with regular nicotine ejuices and the flavor and vapor production are good enough that I don’t mind using it at all. But if you’re after a device that will do nicotine salts well, the Aegis Hero is only a decent device. These coils aren’t high enough resistance to pump enough wattage through them to get the flavor and throat hit necessary for a good experience. Plus, the airflow only lets you go down to a loose MTL draw which isn’t quite right for nic salts either.
Overall, the design, build quality, and vaping experience with regular nicotine ejuices are all solid. If that’s the type of device that you’re after then I can comfortably recommend picking the Aegis Hero up.