The Much Raved About Nautilus Tank From Aspire Now In Mini Form – A Lot to Live Up To
Aspire have emerged over the last couple of years as one of the leading e cig brands on the market mainly due to the top notch clearomisers they have been producing. One such product was the Nautilus which I found to be a great piece of kit albeit a touch on the large side with a 5ml capacity.
Then entered the Aspire Nautilus Mini, the same dual coil technology with a 2.5ml capacity. I couldn’t wait to use it! So of I went and bought myself one!
Aspire Nautilus Mini Tank Setup
While the likes of Innokin and Kangertech have gone down the route of designing their tanks with what could be described as a hard edged industrial look Aspire have softened things up a bit with the Nautilus Mini. The upper portion of the tank has rounded edges and an almost dome like top that’s a nice differential from other tanks on the market. In addition to the looks the Mini has a real feel of quality similar to it’s big brother.
When you assemble and disassemble the Nautilus Mini I found that compared to the likes of the Aerotank (which is still a great tank), Pro Tank 3 and the likes it just seems a lot more solid. By solid I mean when each component is put together, everything fits nice and snug.
What i really like about these type of clearomiser tanks is that they are easy to get into the nooks and crannies and give them a good clean. When you get the Nautilus Mini, or any other similar tank for that matter, just take a minute getting to know how it is engineered before filling it up.
Filling The Nautilus Mini
The Mini is filled from the bottom. The good thing is there is loads of space to get in there with your e-liquid bottle tip to fill so no excuses for getting juice in the centre hole! Which for new users out there you really don’t want to do. Once filled simply screw the base on and allow the coils to soak up the e-liquid for a couple of minutes before vaping.
*A tip here* if you are re-filling the tank, before putting the base back on just give the coil head a check to make sure it is firmly in place. Sometimes they can come loose when removing the base from the tank itself. In fact this tip goes for all bottom coil tanks.
Nautilus Mini performance
The Mini comes with 2 1.8 oHm coils with one pre-installed. These are Aspire’s new Bottom Vertical Coils (BVC) which they claim are an improvement on the BDC coils (which by the way were still very good) offering longer life and a clean taste. Some say if it’s not broken don’t try and fix it but I think it’s fantastic that companies are still striving to improve what were already good product.
Have they succeeded? Well…. My senses aren’t finely tuned enough to notice the difference between the BDV and BVC coils. Maybe others may notice, if so please let me know in the comments below. The one thing that I do know is that both coils are great performers. Add to this the simple to use air flow collar and I was getting a good mid range draw, not too tight, not too airy. This added to the overall experience.
The actual air flow valve control itself I have to say is the best I have seen so far. There are four hole width settings and the collar turns over your preferred one. The great thing here though is the ‘click’ of the device when each hole is selected. Not only does it let you know that it is set properly but it just sounds quality, almost like when you open the and close the door of a new car door to check for the sound it makes! OK the last bit could just be me?!
The Aspire Nautilus Mini has three replaceable parts, the BVC coil, the Pyrex glass tank and the 510 drip tip, the latter of which you can get from any brand. The BVC coils are usually sold in packs of 5, are available in 1.6 oHm and 1.8oHm and can range from around £10 depending on where you get them from. The Pyrex glass has a couple of options for replacements.
The first of course is the straight swap and the second is the Stainless Steel tank with the ‘T’ window. This really is a slick looking bit of kit, not quite on par with the Nautilus Diamond Pattern Steel tank but still a superb addition that makes the Mini looks even better. Both of the Nautilus Mini replacement tanks come in at around £9.
Overall – Final thoughts
Well what can I say, I kind of fell in love with this tank. The build quality, appearance and performance are all top notch. Aspire have certainly set the bar in terms of mainstream clearomiser tanks with both the Nautilus tanks, they are well suited to both the new user and the experienced vaper that is looking for something easy to use when out and about.
A quick thing to note, there are lots of replica tanks of inferior quality doing the rounds, not just of the Aspire brand but also Kanger, Innokin, Vision and others. I have been careful to select the vendor I recommend for this kit, not only do they deliver quick but they only sell the real deal.