The Aspire Nautilus Prime X AIO / pod kit review, and this is a follow-up to the original set-up released last autumn.
There’s been some major changes, none more so to the overall design and the fact this new version takes an 18650 battery – more on the updates as we go on.
OK, Aspire really doesn’t need much of an introduction even if you’re brand new to vaping.
It’s one of the most established and indeed respected vape manufacturers on the planet.
Legendary tanks such as the absolutely incredible Cleito sub ohm tank and of course the original Nautilus tank were game-changers in the world of vaping. Both are still going and still on sale and if you haven’t tried either, you really don’t know what you’re missing!
Along the way Aspire has brought out some amazing vape gear including the much loved Aspire Rover 2 kit – the fantastic Pockex starter kit and the recently reviewed and extremely flavourful Favostix pod kit.
Over recent months Aspire has taken a new path collaborating with ‘high end‘ mod makers creating absolute gems such as the: Aspire x NoName Zero.G – the Aspire 9th Tank and the recently reviewed Paradox Mod…
What Can We Expect From the Aspire Nautilus Prime X?
Aspire says the new version of the original Prime X is designed to be more ergonomic and trendier…
Given Neil Cozens reviewed the early version, and given his sartorial style [or lack of] – it was pretty obvious the trendier version had to be reviewed by a trendy fashion guru – aka me ha!
I can be such a bitch…lol…
OK, enough banter…on with the updates…
For a start the Aspire Nautilus Prime X is powered by a single 18650 battery and there’s the very slightest increase in voltage – by .4 to be precise.
The new version comes with x2 pods/cartridges and x2 coils.
The pods are different in that one is designed for the BP coils and the other for the Nautilus series of coils.
The included coils are: Nautilus Mesh Coil 0.7ohm and the BP Mesh Coil 0.3ohm.
All of the Aspire BP and Nautilus coils are compatible with the Prime X but they can only fit in the relevant pod.
New Additions For the Aspire Nautilus Prime X Coming Soon!
Due for release very soon, is an RBA deck and also a 510 adaptor meaning you can use your own tank or dripper rather than the pods/coil combo – loving the sound of that!
If we get them in – or if I open up my dusty wallet and buy them – I’ll update this review…
BTW as you’ll see one of the first things I did after a couple of days testing the Aspire Nautilus Prime X, was buy more coils…as to why…stay tuned it’s all good 🙂
OK, this new version also features a slider air control and a crystal clear colour screen with plenty of options.
The modes included are: Auto/Wattage/Voltage and Bypass – and you can change the screen colours too.
The design of the new version is where things have taken a major change for the better – and we’ll look at that in a moment.
Right then, on with the review and I’d like to thank Aspire UK for sending this to me and as always my thoughts and opinions are not swayed by freebies.
Inside the Box
- 1x Nautilus Prime X Device (Battery Not Included)
- 1x Nautilus Prime X Pod With Nautilus Mesh Coil 0.7ohm Preinstalled
- 1x Nautilus Prime X Pod for BP Coils With BP Mesh Coil 0.3ohm preinstalled
- 1x User Manual
- 1x Type-C cable
Aspire Nautilus Prime X Specs and Features
- Dimensions – 90mm by 45mm by 25mm
- Wattage Output Range: 1-60W
- Voltage Output Range: 0.5-8.4V
- Resistance Range: 0.1-3.5ohm
- 2ml both pods TPD and 4ml/4.5ml capacity pods rest of the world
- Compatible with all Nautilus coils, BP coils, Nautilus Prime RBA and BP RBA
- Single 18650 battery (not included)
- Output modes: Auto/Wattage/Voltage/Bypass
- 0.96” TFT colour screen
- 2A Type-C quick charging
- ASP Smart chipset to protect coils from burning in AUTO mode
- Puff counter
- Airflow adjustment
- Screen colors and brightness adjustable
Design and Build Quality
I haven’t had my hands on the original, but straight out of the box and comparing it to the photos of its predecessor, I can see it’s a real and I mean marked improvement design wise.
As you can see, I received the full black version, and I have to say design wise, I absolutely bloody love it and then some.
The matching pleather side is cushioned – I guess with a foam of sorts – and is incredibly comfortable to hold – a good grip too.
The very smart silver buttons contrast wonderfully with the blacked out look and are very responsive, with the matching airflow control having a lovely stiff action – it stays in place for sure!
On my ‘murdered out‘ Charcoal Black version, the logos are unobtrusive, and given they are stamped, they add yet more grip – I like the chosen font too.
Overall and from a design perspective, I am extremely impressed and have to say it adds a touch of class to vaping…as in, I feel I should be wearing a dinner suit whilst vaping this one, rather than PJs lol.
One issue with this kind of murdered out black look in a pod kit is the e-liquid view window.
As you can see, the pods have a very dark tint to them, however, there is a vape juice view window of sorts, but it’s my tired old eyes that can’t see through it clearly…better eyes than mine will.
Filling is also an issue if you have poor eyesight, I have to hold it against a light or window to check I’m not overfilling.
Build wise, and the Aspire Nautilus Prime X pod kit is exceptional to say the least.
The matte finish zinc alloy body adds a bit of weight to the device, and it’s tough enough to take a few knocks.
It is rather weighty but not quite the ‘brick in your hand‘ if you catch my drift!
So…let’s see how the Aspire Nautilus Prime X vapes.
Aspire Nautilus Prime X Quick Start Guide
It’s all very straightforward:
- x5 clicks of the fire button on and off
- x3 clicks of the fire button locks and unlocks
- Holding down left and right buttons enters menu option
- Scroll and use fire button to select option
- To fill – pull out the pod/cartridge and fill via port
How Does the Aspire Nautilus Prime X Perform?
Quite beautifully is the simple answer…review over then lol.
From the unboxing, filling, personalizing – the crystal clear screen – and then vaping on it – the whole vape experience is superb.
OK, there’s maybe a couple of purely subjective niggles that I’ll get on to later, but first a look at the included pods and coils.
BP Mesh Coil 0.3ohm – Best 30-40w
I used an old favourite of mine, the 70/30 PG/VG Wick Liquor Contra and had no issues with wicking.
This coil is preinstalled inside the BP pod and is predominantly designed for lower wattage sub ohm vaping.
However, thanks to the airflow control, you can shut it right down and get a more than respectable tight MTL vape – does feel a tad warm to me though.
My vaping sweet spot was 33w with the airflow 3/4 open giving me a restricted direct lung hit with good to very good flavour.
I’ve been vaping on this coil on and off every day for the past 10 – averaging about 3 hours per day I guess and it’s showing no sign of deterioration.
Good coil – good flavour – great clouds.
Nautilus Mesh Coil 0.7ohm – Best 15-25w
For the taste test on this coil I opted for the Dinner Lady Lemon Tart nic salt…mostly to see if there was any leakage from this runnier vape juice.
I needn’t have worried, once again – and as expected – the coil and pod coped admirably with not even the tiniest amount of residue left.
The flavour was superb, with all the notes I love from this multi-award winning e-liquid coming to the fore. It really did take me back to those halcyon days of this juice inside the original and legend that is the Nautilus tank…flashbacks to more innocent times 🙂
My sweet spot is at 22w with the airflow again 3/4 open – absolutely perfect.
Nautilus 2S Coil Inside the Prime X
As I mentioned earlier, after a couple of days I did buy more coils, and NOT because I was unhappy with those included either.
It’s more the capacity of those bloody pods…
Seriously now, let’s hope the new UK vape regulations will scrap the silly 2ml rule – have your say on that HERE – it will take a moment and is VERY important.
With the BP pod/coil being sub ohm – that 2ml capacity is annoying as you seem to be filling it up every 20 minutes or so – depending on how much you vape of course.
To be honest, it’s almost like having a guzzling dripper on your mod…
It’s the same with the lower wattage coil – it seems to empty far far to quickly. Then again, that could be me sucking up Dinner Lady Lemon Tart like it’s going out of fashion.
However, I did buy the coils I’m familiar with, and yup, using the the Nautilus 2S 0.7ohm mesh did seem to slow the juice rate down a little…guess it’s just me being a greedy sod.
- Great flavour
- Great battery life
- Good clouds
- Stunning design
- High quality build and materials
- Choice of modes and can swap the screen colours
- Compatible with most of your favourite Nautilus coils
- Easy fill
- Easy to operate especially using Auto mode
Cons – Purely Subjective!
- The TPD version is a proverbial pain in arse with the constant filling – NOT Aspire’s fault!
- Pods have a very dark tint – tricky to see juice level even with a juice window
- No extra air escape hole on the pods – so be careful it can flood out!
Final Review Verdict
It feels like I’ve been spoiled as a vape reviewer just lately with a wealth of really solid vape gear landing on my desk.
The Aspire Nautilus Prime X not only joins them, but is without doubt one of the very best vape kits I’ve ever had the pleasure to use.
Stunning build and design, simplicity personified in the way it’s operated and a fantastic performance from those Aspire coils we all know and love.
What more could you want? Apart from bigger capacity for those of us still stuck in the dark ages of the TPD!
And don’t forget, with an RBA and a 510 adaptor on the way, the Aspire Nautilus Prime X can only get better.
Bravo Aspire – take a bow 😉