Welcome to our latest review… the Suorin Ace pod device. We are currently on a roll having reviewed quite a few different Suorin products over a short period of time and can say that each one so far has NOT disappointed.
Suorin are producing some really great performing pod systems with different designs and form factor and this one is no exception. From our experience thus far we can say that the quality of their products and overall aesthetics, including performance of each device really is showing through.
The Suorin Ace, while not following the ultra-thin design of their Air series devices, is still pretty small and can easily be concealed in the hand. Reminiscent of a Uwell Caliburn Koko or Voopoo Drag Nano 2 shape, the resemblance stops there. The Suorin Ace stands out as having a high quality design and finish.
As always, we’ll put the Suorin Ace to the test and see if this is yet another winner from Suorin!
The Suorin Ace is a non-adjustable fixed 15W max Mouth to Lung (MTL) dual activated pod device having both auto draw and fire button control and incorporates an internal 1000mAh capacity rechargeable battery.
Made out of Zinc Alloy and PC, the dimensions of the Suorin Ace are 71mm high x 45mm wide x 16mm deep and it weighs in at 80 grams. It comes in a range of 12 different design finishes and colors and the one we received for the purpose of this review was the Urban Camo variant.
What does stand out for me are the contoured side, top and bottom edges which makes this very tactile to hold. I can only relate this to a weathered pebble found on the beach with NO sharp edges. Even the front and back panels have totally smooth and contoured surfaces.
Included with the Suorin Ace kit is a re-fillable (side fill) pod with a 2.0ml e-liquid capacity and a duckbill style mouthpiece. These pods are cross compatible with the pods for the Suorin Shine which we will be reviewing shortly. The 1.0 ohm Mesh coil is an integral part of the pod therefore it’s not replaceable. When the coil degrades, the pod is disposed of and a new pod fitted.
There is no adjustable airflow and no fixed air intake holes BUT airflow appears to rely on air being drawn through the top of the pod recess. The Suorin Ace produces a smooth semi-restrictive (loose) Mouth to Lung (MTL) draw while at times more suited to a Restricted Direct to Lung (RDL) draw.
The side fitted fire button, which also turns the Suorin Ace on/off, incorporates a tri-colored LED that illuminates when you draw on the pod indicating the remaining battery status, when the battery is being charged and displays the included safety/protection features.
Charging the Suorin Ace is carried out using the supplied charging cable that connects to the Type-C USB port on the top of the device. This charging port is concealed behind a flush fitting color matched removable zinc alloy cover plate. A fast charge of 50 minutes is achieved via this 1.0 Amp USB port.
I would like to thank Chilly at Youmeit for sending me the Suorin Ace kit for the purpose of this review. As always this review is completely unbiased and is my honest opinion based on my findings while using the Suorin Ace supplied. We may receive a small affiliate fee if you click of any of the buy links but at no extra cost to you.
Suorin Ace Pod Kit Review
- Features and Specifications
- What’s In The Box?
- Suorin Ace Design and Appearance
- Suorin Ace Body
- Suorin Ace Pod
- Suorin Ace Functionality
- Suorin Ace Performance
- Suorin Ace Battery Performance
- How Do I Fill The Suorin Ace Pod?
- When and How Do I Change The Suorin Ace Pod?
- How Do I Charge The Suorin Ace?
- Suorin Ace Kit Price
- Suorin Ace Kit Verdict
- Suorin Ace Kit Summary
Features and Specifications
- Dimensions: 71mm x 45mm x 16mm
- Weight: 80 grams (including pod)
- Construction: Zinc Alloy + PC
- Pod Material: Clear PCTG
- Mouthpiece: Duckbill Style
- Charging: Type-C USB (1.0 Amp)
- Output Wattage: Max 15W
- Output Current: Max 5A
- Working Voltage: 3.3V-4.2V
- E-liquid Capacity: 2.0ml Pod
- Pods: Refillable, Non-replaceable 1.0 ohm Mesh Coil
- Filling Method: Side Fill Port
- Firing Method: Push Button and Auto Draw Activation
- Resistance Range: >0.4 ohms
- Battery Specification: Internal 1000mAh
- Display: Tri-Color Changing LED
- Airflow: Fixed (non-adjustable)
- 5 Safety Protection Features
What’s in the box?
- Suorin Ace Device
- Suorin Ace Pod – 1.0 ohm Mesh Coil
- Type-C USB Charging Cable
- User Manual
The Suorin Ace comes in a rigid matt white cardboard box with a lift off lid. This lid is a very snug fit so does take a little fiddling to remove. On the front of the box is a photo of the Suorin Ace with the usual nicotine warning. I believe the photo of the Ace is generic as it doesn’t depict the color of the device inside.
On the reverse side of the box includes the package contents with all the usual safety measures etc., an authentication sticker and the included color of the device.
Unfortunately there isn’t a spare pod in the package kit so before long you will need to purchase replacement pods.
The Suorin Ace comes fitted with the Pod attached BUT does have a protective removable sticker across the pod coil contact pins. This is to protect the coil from inadvertently being fired and damaging the coil in the pod.
Remove the pod from the Suorin Ace body and peel off the “Remove” sticker before use.
Suorin Ace Design and Appearance
The Suorin Ace Body
The Suorin Ace delivers a fixed power output of 15W (Max) from its large 1000mAh capacity internal battery and is a dual activation device; being both auto draw and fire button activated. There is no airflow control; it’s fixed and not adjustable.
Normally with fixed airflow, there are one or two small pinholes that provide the air intake to the pod. The Suorin Ace doesn’t have these either BUT how it achieves airflow appears to come from very small air gaps around the pod recess when the pod is fitted.
Marketed as a MTL device, I found that the draw was quite loose (airy) and although pleasant, I tended to favor a more restrictive direct to lung draw.
Constructed out of Zinc Alloy and measuring just 58mm tall (71mm including the pod) by 45mm wide and 16mm thick, this is a very compact device. Despite its small size, the weight of it is pretty hefty, coming in at 80 grams which gives it an overall robust feel.
Charging the Suorin Ace is carried out via the Type-C USB port concealed below a flush fitting removable face plate on the top of the body. This plate matches the color of the outer edges of the Ace frame and is removed by using a fingernail in the slot opening. Once released, the face plate remains attached via a silicone rubber strap so it doesn’t get misplaced.
This Type-C USB port is specified as 1.0 amp and will charge the Suorin Ace in 50 minutes from a standard 1A source. Considering the capacity of the battery is 1000mAh, this is pretty good. Furthermore, the Suorin Ace does have pass-thru so you can vape while it’s being charged.
Safety features are maintained by the on-board control, such as:
- Overtime Protection (5 seconds)
- Low Battery Voltage Protection
- Open Circuit Protection
- Over Charge Protection
- Short Circuit Protection
A visual display of each safety feature is identified by different flashing sequences of the tri-color LED which we’ve detailed in the Functionality section of this review.
There are 12 different body colors available in the Suorin Ace range:
- Starry Sky
- Diamond Blue
- Prism Blue
- Desert Camo
- Ocean Camo
- Urban Camo
- Woodland Camo
The color I received to test for this review was the Urban Camo variant and really does blend in well and compliments the outer black anodized frame.
Each of the different colors in the range cover the front and back overlaid panels on the Suorin Ace but am unsure if the black frame is the same color across the whole range.
Branding is very discrete with the words “Suorin Ace” screen printed on the front face panel in small silver lettering and on the back face panel is “Designed by Suorin”, Suorin’s “Logo” and the “CE” and “Do Not Dispose” markings.
On one side of the Suorin Ace (opposite the pod recess side) is a small oblong indent where a very slightly raised on/off/fire button is positioned towards the top of the Suorin Ace. The overall height of the on/off/fire button sits flush with the outer side casing.
This oblong button is approx. 3.8mm by 9.5mm and has a very small tri-colored LED in it which is very similar to that on the Suorin Air Pro that we reviewed earlier. Despite its size, it’s pretty bright but can be easily covered with your thumb if you want to vape in stealth mode.
The tri-color changing LED, located towards the top of the on/off/fire button illuminates when you draw on the pod in the color that corresponds to the level of charge left in the internal battery. This LED will also illuminate when the Suorin Ace is being charged or it’s displaying any notifications of the different levels of protection.
Above the on/off/fire button on the corner top edge are two small cut-outs in the casing to allow for a lanyard to be fitted if you wish to wear this around your neck. While it’s a nice touch, the kit doesn’t include a lanyard chain.
Each of the outer frame edges of the Suorin Ace and contoured (concave) which gives the body a really soft feel but the downside of this is the lack of a flat base. No matter how many times I tried to stand this upright, it wouldn’t. The only edge where at a push this would stand was on the fire button side. When not in use you’ll have to lay this down on the front or back surface.
At the top of the Suorin Ace is a deep oval shaped recessed opening where the pod locates. Two circular magnets sit either end of this recess with two gold plated spring loaded coil contact pins that sit within an inner black recess. There is a third circular plate next to the coil pins which is the auto draw sensor.
The Ace pod can be fitted either way round and simply slots into the Ace body recess. The small magnets will pull the pod into position and do a pretty good job of securing the pod in place. Removing the pod is carried out by simply grasping the mouthpiece and pulling upwards away from the Ace body.
The Suorin Ace Pod
The Suorin Ace pod is re-fillable with a 2ml e-liquid capacity and has an integrated 1.0 ohm mesh coil. The coil is sealed into the pod and is not replaceable so once the coil degrades the whole pod will need replacing.
Unlike the Air series of pods that span the width of the device, the Ace pod is a more conventional shape and size, measuring 35mm tall by 24mm wide and 13mm deep. The Ace pod is cross compatible with the Suorin Shine pod so can be swapped between the two different devices.
Manufactured out of clear PCTG material, the main pod body is transparent so you can clearly see your e-liquid through it. Unfortunately this clear section is hidden in the pod recess when the pod is fitted so has to be removed in order to see the level of e-liquid remaining.
The mouthpiece of the pod is a duck bill style and is semi-opaque tinted black and is the only part of the pod that remains visible when the pod is fitted.
Its duckbill mouthpiece tapers down to a 9mm rectangular opening with a circular 3mm centre chimney section leading down into the coil. This provides the semi-restricted MTL vape style.
The Suorin Ace pod is a side fill design with the opening concealed behind a flush fitting white silicone rubber plug. To gain access to the fill port, the pod has to be removed from the Suorin Ace body. This plug is a pretty secure fit and is removed by easing the top (just below the black edge of the mouthpiece) of the rubber bung out from the fill port opening.
When the plug is opened the other end of the white silicone rubber flap will remain attached to the pod so it won’t get lost. This plug can be rotated out of the way when you are filling. The fill port opening is a pretty decent size (4.5mm) allowing for most e-liquid tip bottles.
On the underside of the pod are two gold plated coil contacts that fit within a recessed black housing. In between these two contacts is an air intake hole that leads directly through the coil to the 3mm circular opening in the mouthpiece.
Either side of this black recess are two small circular magnets that locate against the magnets in the Suorin Ace body. The pod can be fitted either way round and simply slides into the recessed opening of the Ace body and is secured with the magnetic contacts.
Branding on the pod is only visible when the pod is removed. “SUORIN” is etched on one side and “2ml Cartridge”, “1.0 ohm” and “9W-15W” is etched on the other side.
The Suorin Ace pod is quite long in length and does fit approximately 22mm into the Ace body. To check your e-liquid level while the pod is attached, tilt the Suorin Ace on its side and the e-liquid will be visible in the mouthpiece section when held against a light.
During the time I’ve been using the Suorin Ace, each time I’ve removed the pod to fill with e-liquid, there were no signs of leaks just slight signs of condensation on the base of the pod. I will say if you leave e-liquid to stand in the pod without using for any length of time, remove the pod from the Ace body as e-liquid seepage will occur.
Suorin Ace Functionality
The Suorin Ace is very simple and straightforward to use. There are no menu options, no wattage adjustment, no airflow to fiddle with, just the on/off/fire button. You simply turn the Suorin Ace on (5 clicks) then either draw on the pod or use the fire button and enjoy your vaping experience. Do ensure your Ace is charged and the pod is filled with e-liquid first.
A small tri-colored LED is positioned on the top of the on/off/fire button which will light up when you draw on the device, cycles when the device is on charge and highlights the included safety protection features.
This tri-color changing LED will highlight the status of the battery during use and while it’s charging with three colors as shown below:
- Green – > than 70% of charge
- Blue – 30% – 70% of charge
- Red – < than 30% of charge
- Flashing Red – Low voltage cut-off
The chip set that controls the Suorin Ace maintains a constant output throughout the discharge cycle of the battery, providing a fast responsive draw/fire button activated vape. This chip also controls the included safety features and operating functions providing a visual indication via the illuminated tri-colored LED as follows:
- Charging – LED cycles on and off (red, blue or green)
- Full charge – LED remains constant green
- Pod inserted – LED flashes once
- Low battery – LED flashes red 3 times
- Low resistance – LED flashes 5 times
- Short circuit – LED flashes 5 times
- No Pod fitted – LED flashes 8 times
- Open circuit – LED flashes 8 times
- Overtime protection (5s) – LED flashes 10 times
Pass-thru vaping is a feature on the Suorin Ace so you can vape while it’s being charged.
Suorin Ace Performance
As with most MTL vape pods, using an e-liquid with a PG/VG ratio of 50/50 is recommended because of the smaller wicking ports and lower power. With some pods, the throat hit when using freebase nicotine around 3mg or 6mg doesn’t provide a good enough hit to satisfy your craving. In this case, Nic Salts are used at a higher nicotine strength to overcome this problem.
This 1.0 ohm pod doesn’t suffer from this problem at all. Irrespective if you’re using higher strength Nic salts or a lower level freebase nicotine, the pod performed really well in terms of flavor and throat hit with pretty decent vapor production to.
Once the pod was filled with my Iced Honeydew and Blackcurrent e-liquid and left to stand for 15 minutes, my very first draw on the pod blew me away. I really did not expect the flavor to be so pronounced.
I’d been using this e-liquid in 2 of my other tanks and although the flavor was good, it didn’t compare to what i was experiencing in the Suorin Ace pod. The flavor seemed more intense and actually left a sweet taste on my lips which i wasn’t getting when using my other tanks.
Flavor from this pod really is exceptional, up there with the best of them. Vapor was good, not excessive but more than enough to feel satisfied.
The lack of any variable airflow was not a problem; the draw on the pod was giving a semi-restricted MTL draw but for a lot of the time i was vaping it like a Restricted Direct to Lung (RDL).
Auto draw worked every time and was very responsive. I’ve used auto draw pods that fire with even the slightest draw but the Suorin Ace pod needed just that little extra draw to activate. The fire button was also pretty instant.
There was no loss of power between auto draw or fire button operation and for the most time I preferred using the auto draw method.
The Suorin Ace is not the quietest of draws but considering the 15W power level was more than enough to fire the coil and produce great results, the noise was to be expected.
One point worth mentioning, keep an eye on your e-liquid level as the 2ml capacity does go down reasonably quick. This may be because i was enjoying vaping it so much that i was chain vaping without realising it.
While testing and writing this review, I’ve cycled over 60ml of e-liquid through the pod over a two week period and the flavor and vapor is as good as the first draw. The coil/pod is showing no signs of faltering with no e-liquid seepage visible on any of the coil contacts.
Suorin Ace Battery Performance
The Suorin Ace is powered by an internal 1000mAh battery which considering the overall size of the device is very good. Charging time is about normal, taking approximately 50 minutes to fully charge via the on board 1.0A Type-C USB port with the supplied cable.
On average I was achieving a whole days vaping from a fully charged battery. This time will vary depending on your vaping style i.e. duration and frequency of your draw.
The battery level indications on the LED are pretty accurate so you will know that once the LED is showing red when you vape, the battery level remaining is below 30% of its charge. I found that I was getting around 1 hour of usage left before the battery cut out and started flashing 3 times.
Once the LED flashes red 3 times, you will no longer be able to vape and will have to re-charge the battery. The Suorin Ace does have pass-through so you are able to vape while it’s being charged.
I roughly monitored the length of time the tri-colored LED took to change to each color level during usage. The times before switching to each color were fairly repeatable and I have listed these approximate times below:
- Green – Blue – 4.5 hours
- Blue – Red – 5 hours
- Red – Flashing (discharged) – 1.5 hours
How Do I Fill The Suorin Ace Pod?
The Suorin Ace pod is a side fill design. You’ll have to remove the pod from the Suorin Ace body in order to fill with e-liquid because the fill port is concealed when the pod is fitted. Simply hold the Suorin Ace body with one hand, grasp the pod with your other hand and pull the pod away from the Suorin Ace body.
The fill port is located on one side of the pod and is concealed behind a white silicon rubber flap. This flap sits flush with the side of the pod. The part of the stopper that lifts away is the end located towards the top of the pod.
There is not much room to get your fingernail into the gap between the top of the white stopper and the tinted black side edge of the mouthpiece. I found it easier to release the stopper from the top side edge.
The bottom of the silicone rubber flap is attached to the pod by a small rubber strap so there’s no chance of it getting lost. You can also swivel the flap side-wards to gain better access to the fill port.
Because the fill port opening is pretty wide (4.5mm), it’ll accept those larger e-liquid/shortfill bottle tips.
Pull open the flap and insert your e-liquid drip tip into the opening. Tilt the pod on its side to aid filling and to get the maximum amount of e-liquid into the pod. Once filled, re-insert the white silicon rubber flap making sure the fill port is securely re-seated.
Re-insert the pod into the Suorin Ace body till it’s held in place by the magnetic catches. Do ensure that you don’t let the e-liquid level run down too low before you top up the pod. Letting your e-liquid level run down too low will burn the coil/wick and a new pod will have to be fitted.
Quick Tip: If you are filling the pod for the first time, once filled, leave to stand for approx. 10-15 minutes before you start to vape. This will help saturate the wick fully in e-liquid and help prolong the life of the coil in the pod.
When and How Do I Change The Suorin Ace Pod?
Because the Suorin Ace has a fixed 1.0 ohm coil and is NOT replaceable, when the coil starts to degrade after a couple of weeks use, the pod will need to be discarded and a new pod fitted.
An indication of the coil degrading will show by either a loss of flavor or a lack of vapor or in worst case a nasty burnt taste when you draw on the pod. It is possible too that the coil could fail completely showing a No Atomizer indication or Short Circuit. Either way, discard the pod and fit a new one.
Pull the pod away from the Suorin Ace body. Unfortunately if you still have e-liquid in the pod, this will have to be discarded as well. Do ensure you dispose of the pod appropriately.
When fitting a new pod, follow the procedure for How Do I Fill The Pod, written earlier on in this review.
How Do I Charge the Suorin Ace?
When you first receive your Suorin Ace it comes with a nominal charge. Before using for the first time we recommend fully charging the device.
During use, once the tri-colored LED starts flashing red 3 times highlighting that the battery has reached its low battery cut-off, you will need to place the Suorin Ace on charge.
Using the supplied charging cable, plug the cable into the Type-C USB port on the top of the Suorin Ace after first removing the flush fitting port cover. Connect the other end into a suitable power source (typically 5V/1A).
When the Suorin ace is first placed on charge the LED will glow and cycle red in color. As the charge increases beyond 30% of its full capacity, the LED will glow and cycle blue in color. As the charge time increases, once it’s reached 70% of its full capacity, the LED will glow and cycle green in color.
Once fully charged, the green LED will turn static and remain constantly illuminated indicating the charge cycle has been completed. At this point, remove the power source and you’re ready to vape again.
Charging time takes approximately 50 minutes to fully charge the battery using the supplied charging cable via an appropriate charging source. Do note the Suorin Ace does have “pass-through” therefore you will be able to charge and vape at the same time.
The only downside to doing this is because the charging port is next to the pod/mouthpiece, there isn’t a great deal of room for your lips along side the charging cable.
I did observe that while the Suorin Ace was on charge, the case was warm to the touch. I strongly advise to always charge this, and any other device for that matter, on a non-flammable surface.
As always, NEVER leave your vape device unattended while on charge.
Suorin Ace Kit Price
If portability and simplicity is your thing then the Suorin Ace fits the bill perfectly. This fits in the palm of your hand with ease. Performance from the pod for such a small device is very good and the flavor really is off the charts.
At a cost of around £25/$25 for this kit it’s well worth the money.
Suorin Ace Kit Verdict
- Great design and build quality
- Small, slim and extremely stylish
- Amazing flavor and good vapor
- Draw activation responsive
- Impressive in-built 1.0 ohm coil
- Good coil life
- Very good battery life
- Easy side-fill design
- Accurate battery status LED
- Pass-through function
- E-liquid not that visible when pod fitted
- Suorin Ace doesn’t stand upright
Suorin Ace Kit Summary
There is very little not to like about the Suorin Ace and for the record, I really like it. For a pod this small it does perform exceptionally well for its size. Of course it’s restricted in functionality in terms of variable wattage etc. but then you’re not buying it for this.
It’s perfect for taking out and about, it’s robust and a pleasure to use.
The 1000 mAh internal battery capacity is very good and should last on average a full day before requiring charging again. Charging time is pretty quick (50 minutes) and the LED battery status from the tri-color LED is perfect. Not forgetting it also has pass-thru so you can vape and charge at the same time.
Flavor is exceptional and vapor is pretty good from the 1.0 ohm coil. Auto draw activation worked every time and the fire button was responsive. The fixed airflow was just about right for a semi-restricted MTL vape and the 2ml e-liquid capacity lasted well between re-fills as long as you don’t chain vape it like i was doing.
I feel Suorin have again produced a great little pod kit with the Suorin Ace. We liked the Suorin Air Pro, Suorin Air Mod, Suorin Drop 2 and Suorin Air Mini which we have also reviewed. Their styling and performance are a credit to them.
Hope you enjoyed this review and found it useful and helpful, explaining what it does and doesn’t do. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave us a comment below.
If you do have one or are planning to buy one, please let us know your thoughts on the Suorin Ace.