So Does the Nautilus 2 Live Up to the Hype?
The Aspire Nautilus 2 e cig Tank has to have been one of the most hyped releases by a vape company ever – well almost.
They really milked this release didn’t they lol!
All the razzmatazz surrounding the Nautilus 2 couldn’t have passed you by unnoticed lol and like me you probably got out the original and had a play on it to see what all the fuss was about.
Anyway…I’m sure that pretty much every single e-cigarette user out there has at some point used the original Nautilus tank on their vaping journey – I certainly did.
I’m a DTL vaper nowadays but I still enjoy MTL vaping especially first thing in the morning – old habits – using the K2 tank – also from Aspire.
I’ve been using the Nautilus 2 for some time now – so has it become my go to MTL tank?
Let’s see if all that hype was worth it – unlike the luke warm reception the Nautilus X received after a similar social media teasing campaign
In the Box
It’s a dinky little box with the front window revealing a tantalizing glimpse of the Nautilus 2 tank.
And yeah half of the front and indeed back is taken up by the now obligatory TPD nicotine warning – *sighs*- still I guess it saves on design costs lol.
Inside you’ll find:
- 1x Nautilus 2 tank(Pre-installed a 0.7ohm coil)
- 1x Extra Coil(1.8ohm)
- 1x Extra Glass Tube
- 8x O rings
- 1x User Manual
- 1x Warning Card
- 1x Extra Drip tip
Nautilus 2 Specs
- Height: 53mm
- Diameter: 22mm
- Capacity: 2ml
- Material: Stainless steel / aluminium
The fact it comes with x2 coils is a nice touch.
However despite one of them ‘appearing’ to be sub ohm [0.7ohm] Aspire gives its top wattage at 23watts.
You can of course take DTL hits and to be honest I quite enjoyed that way of vaping on this nifty little tank but more on that later.
Apart from the design – which we’ll get to – and the fact it comes in an array of colour choices – it’s the airflow that catches the eye.
The original had x3 settings and to be fair even wide open the draw was tight.
The Aspire Nautilus 2 has x5 airflow holes each one diminishing in size. The beauty of this is you can tailor your perfect settings.
Wide open and the draw is airy but with just enough restriction and of course the less holes you open the tighter it becomes.
You get a fabulous vape whichever way you set it and with just the tiniest hole open – the vape whilst restrictive and on the warm side it isn’t in any way uncomfortable and the flavour really does zing!
How To Fill The Aspire Nautilus 2 Tank
It’s a top fill design which simply means you do the following:
- Unscrew the bell shaped outer sheath
- Fill straight into the tank [avoiding the central chimney] – there’s plenty of room too.
- Ensure the coil hasn’t come loose
- Replace the outer sheath
- Waith for 5 minutes for the e liquid to soak into our coil
- Vape on!
Unfortunately it’s not what you might call a ‘clean hand’ coil swap and you will lose any e-liquid left inside the tank when it comes to swapping them out.
Depending on the coil you’ll be vaping between 10 and 23 watts.
Design and Build Quality
I’ll be honest when I first caught a glimpse of the Nautilus 2 my first reaction as one of horror [sez me with the original caged in that weird cut-out sheath].
Given its bell shape I did call it the ‘bell-end tank’ [lol] however it kind of grew on me and now I’ve had it in my hands so to speak I actually really do like it.
I now can’t get away from thinking it looks more like a buoy – you know those things in the sea that ships and boats bump into – so the name Nautilus kinda fits the look if you catch my drift.
So I now call it the ‘Hello Sailor’ tank – ooo get me
Anyway design wise I think it’s stunning – but like most things it’s subjective. I can only say initially I hated it but in my hand and on a mod I love it.
I received the black version and Aspire like to point out the tank [apart from the stainless steel version] has an anodized finish which gives it a very nice matte look and feel.
Build wise and as you might expect from Aspire everything is machined to perfection.
There’s no screeching or ‘crunchy sandy’ sounds off the connections which screw together snug and sweet.
You get x2 vase shaped mouthpieces – one that matches the colour of your mod and a stainless steel one.
I have tried other tips and with a bit of O ring fiddling about I did get a couple on.
All in all it’s a solid well-made beautifully designed piece of kit and in the time I’ve been using it there’s been absolutely no leaking whatsoever.
How Does Aspire Nautilus 2 Tank Perform?
First and foremost this a MTL [mouth to lung] tank – perfect for beginners as it mimics smoking a cancer stick – I’ll get onto the DTL element in a minute.
I tried a variety of e-liquids including 50-50 and 70-30 percent VG and PG mixes.
The Aspire Nautilus 2 was able to handle the thicker e-liquids and wicked like a dream.
Even with the airflow wide open the taste was simply sensational and if you like a rich flavour and a warm vape – close those holes off a bit and you get a sumptuous vape.
On the 0.7ohm coil I hit my sweet spot at 21.5watts vaping a 50/50 tobacco e-liquid. I adore this flavour and the Nautilus 2 took it to a new level for me.
Obviously the throat hit will depend on the e-liquid – nicotine level etc.
But what I can say using a 18mg nic liquid [old school haha]the hit and flavour was fantastic – as close to a stinkie as you’ll get.
With a 70/30 3mg e-liquid again the flavour was intense and of course the vapour was much thicker.
The throat hit was of course much smoother and I instinctively began DTL vaping and to be fair it was quite a nice lung hit.
I would say it’s a great tank to ‘have a go’ at DTL vaping – just make sure you turn down that nicotine level
On the 1.8ohm coil things it’s fair to say calmed down a little – only a little mind.
The flavour dimmed a touch due to the lower wattage I guess so for me the 0.7ohm just shades the two in overall performance.
Again that’s subjective.
As a regular vaper of both styles I’m seriously impressed with this tank – seriously impressed.
“Well hello sailor” indeed
What I Like
Never thought I’d say this but I love the design – how fickle am I lol.
The ease of filling is a bonus as is the fact that all the other Nautilus coils will fit this new tank – I found two left in an old packet which put a smile on my face lol.
The airflow control is exceptional and I mean exceptional.
Most of all I love the taste.
I did a flavour test using fresh coils on the original Nautilus and the newer version and the difference whilst not palpable was noticeable – and that’s despite using the same coil – e-liquid and wattage.
What you put that down to is up to you – could it be the pronounced domed bell shape – the superior airflow?
Who knows – but there was definitely a better cleaner and I have to say smoother overall experience on the Nautilus 2.
What I Don’t Like
OK to be honest and after sleeping on it [not literally lol] there’s not a lot if anything I don’t like.
I know some folks outside the EU will moan about the 2ml capacity however that is a ‘design’ feature forced upon Aspire by the EU’s TPD legislation.
As a regular MTL vaper I know that 2ml lasts a good while – unlike a 5ml tank of 3mg e-liquid when we’re sub ohm vaping – so whilst it may be a negative in some minds – to me it ain’t
Final Review Verdict
As I said there was a bit of this old school vaper that wanted to dislike the Aspire Nautilus 2 – no idea why call me a grumpy old sod who rejects change and new-fangled stuff.
However as David Brent once said ‘you’ve charmed me’ and it really has.
From its stunning design [buoy not bell-end] – its ease of fill – ease of use and most importantly its flavour – this is a super little tank perfect for beginners and regular MTL vapers alike.
If I was sat adrift on a buoy and I dropped the Nautilus 2 into the ocean…
Would I dive in and get it?
- Awesome air flow
- Lovely design
- Superb flavour
- Cross series coils
- 0.7ohm coil adds a new dimension
- New design sheath way better than the cut out I have lol
- Decent price
- 2ml capacity might annoy some [blame the EU]
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