i don't know about the Ascent, since it's new and its faults are yet to be discovered and dealt with. but i know, that you can't go wrong with the box. it's an affordable, easy to conceal, reliable vape with a unlimited lifetime warranty. you get it echxanged if it gets broken, even if it was due to a ceiling fan accident or other strange events. there are just no fancy electronics, which can break. with the new improved batteries even more fun seems to be guaranteed. as far as i know, the premium only has different woods, since they seem to include the improved batteries with all models now. but i'd ask about the batteries first, just in case.