Aspire Nautilus 2 Review: The Master Returns

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by Thanush Poulsen

Updated: November 24, 2020

Aspire Nautilus 2 Review

Review Score: 90/100

Price Range:
$19.95-$23.99
Colors:
Stainless Steel, Grey, Black, Red
Juice Capacity:
2mL
Coil Resistance:
0.7ohm / 1.8ohm
Works with:
  • Eliquids icon

Pros

  • Improved airflow design
  • Durable exterior finish

Cons

  • Low e-juice capacity

Starting Price: $ 23.95

The Aspire Nautilus 2 is the update to the original Nautilus tank. Many vapers still regard the first Nautilus as something of classic MTL and DL tank, as it paved the way for sub-ohm vaping. The new Nautilus retains the domed-exterior of the original.

It also features the narrowed mouthpiece of the first, only this one is stouter and not so long. The updates to the classic tank include a new airflow design. The tank also comes equipped with a threaded top cap so users can easily refill the tank. Two coils come in the kit. One is a pre-installed 0.7ohm BVC coil, while the other is an MTL 1.8ohm BVC coil.

An Up Close Look

The Nautilus 2 tank has a much shorter build than its predecessors. The original stood at over 80mm (around 3.2”) with the mouthpiece attached. While unwieldy, the older model could also take more juice, as it had a capacity of 5ml. The new capacity is 2ml, which could be a drawback for some.

The new version expands the bell-shaped curvature of previous devices. It has noticeable curves, and even though the mouthpiece and top cap look like one piece, they are separate. The drip tip is 510-threaded and fully removable/replaceable. The new Aspire atomizer also has a removable glass piece that is not all one-piece with the top cap.

The most exciting feature of this new tank is the airflow design. It features a row of air holes of varying sizes. The first is the largest, and the rest are smaller in descending order. The airflow ring that controls it stops at the last and first hole, so it does not turn completely.

VD Aspire Nautilus 2 Colors

The ring does allow for customization, though. Users can cover or uncover as many of the vents as they want to achieve their ideal draw. The atomizer has a sturdy stainless steel build. The top cap, which features a circular cut-out to view the e-juice level, goes over the glass part, essentially protecting it as well.

The unit has a 510-pin at its base. It has a 22mm (0.8”) diameter, which is also a hold-over from previous versions of the device. The tank is more an MTL hitter than a sub-ohm behemoth, and its svelte profile is proof of that function. With that said, Aspire smartly included a 0.7ohm coil for heavy hitters, only the coil vapes best well-below three-digit wattages.

Kit Contents

The Nautilus comes in a simple, lift-tab carton that has a small viewing window on the front. The tank itself sits to the left. The rest of the components in the kit sit next to it. They each have their places on the cut-out and are all well-protected.

VD Aspire Nautilus 2 Starter Kit

Here’s what users will find in the box:

  • 1 x Aspire Nautilus 2
  • 1 x Pre-installed (0.7ohm coil)
  • 1 x Extra Coil (1.8ohm)
  • 1 x Extra Glass Tube
  • 8 x O-rings
  • 1 x User Manual
  • 1 x Warning Card
  • 1 x Extra Drip tip

The Look and Feel

The Nautilus is a sturdy tank. The older versions left the glass section exposed, meaning it could easily break. The new design protects the glass by having the top cap lay over it. The more squat design of the atomizer also means it has a more minimal profile, so it is more portable and pocket-friendly, although that depends on what mod users choose to attach it.

VD Aspire Nautilus 2 build

The new version also divides between build materials and colors. The tank comes in five colors, two of which (rainbow and stainless steel) feature stainless steel builds, while the other three (grey, red, and black) use anodized aluminum.

The Air In There

Airflow holes of descending size were featured on the first Nautilus. Aspire has kept this design, but has markedly improved on it by making it more customizable. The previous airflow design only covered or uncovered each vent, meaning a user could only choose one vent at a time.

The new design lets a user choose to open or close as many of the vents as they want. The left air hole is the largest, and the one furthest to the right is smallest. There are five in total. There are no stated measurements for the size of the airflow vents on the new version, but there were only four air holes on the original, and each had a different diameter like:

  • 0.9mm
  • 1.1mm
  • 1.4mm
  • 1.8mm

The measurements are probably the same for the new tank, as well.

Coil Life

The Aspire Nautilus 2 kit includes two coils:

  • One pre-installed 0.7ohm atomizer head
  • One spare 1.8ohm atomizer head

The sub-ohm coil is a new addition and a concession to cloud-chasers. The original Nautilus, when it first came out, became the standard-bearer for quality MTL tanks. The two coils that came with it were both above-ohm, probably because sub-ohm vaping had not been invented yet!

Now, as then, though, the two coils are what Aspire calls bottom vertical coils or BVC.

VD Aspire Nautilus 2 Coils

The BVC coils have a tiny air intake hole at its base, which is, of course, where the air enters the coil head from the bottom airflow vents. This is not a unique design, per se, but it is one that Aspire has been using for a while with their pre-made coils. The coil wire is Kanthal, so they are not compatible with temperature control vaping.

The two coils have different recommended vaping ranges based on their build. The sub-ohm coil has the widest, as it vapes best between 17-23W, while the MTL coil has a range of 10-14W. Neither of these recommended wattages will appeal to hardcore sub-ohm vapers, but the relaxed style of both should appeal to people who enjoy flavor over cloud cover.

Using the Aspire Nautilus 2

The Nautilus has five separate parts:

  • The drip tip
  • The top cap
  • The glass piece
  • The coil
  • The coil base

Although the top cap appears to be press-fitted onto the coil base, it requires some turning. To fill the tank, users must first unscrew this top cap, which then leaves the top wide-open for super-easy refilling. Users have to first press-fit the cap, but then turn it to screw it into place.

Aspire Nautilus 2 glass replacement

There is a thick, circular silicone ring at the coil base onto which the glass piece latches. With the glass piece attached, users can then screw on the top cap and mouthpiece. The coils are also threaded and need to be unscrewed from the top to remove them.

The Competition

Aspire Nautilus 2 vs. Nautilus S

The S version of the Aspire tank leans more to the sub-ohm vaping category. It retains the basic shape of the 2, but it comes with a pre-installed, DL mouthpiece and it can hold 5ml of liquid. There is also a second MTL mouthpiece in the kit.

VD Aspire Nautilus 2s

The S-type also comes with two coil styles, again, one for direct lung and the other for mouth-to-lung. There are two possible sub-ohm coils, with the one rated for 0.7ohms having a mesh-style coil instead of the typical round wire.

Aspire Nautilus 2 vs. Innokin Zlide

The Zlide has a similar design to the Aspire tank. It is also a five-piece atomizer with a top cap that acts like a sleeve that fits over the glass piece. The Zlide has a push-back, fill-system, though, and it uses two coil styles that are also MTL compatible as they are rated at 1.4ohms.

VD Innokin Zlide

The tank can hold 4ml of e-liquid, which is a little more than either of the Aspire units. The Zlide also has a broader diameter, measuring closer to 24mm (0.9”) and 58mm (2.2”).

Aspire Nautilus 2 Specifications

Height: 53 mm
Diameter: 22 mm
Juice Capacity: 2mL
Material: Stainless Steel/ Aluminum
Coil Resistance: 0.7ohm / 1.8ohm
Colors: Stainless Steel, Grey, Black, Red

Positives and Negatives

The Positives

  • Improved airflow design
  • Durable exterior finish
  • Removable mouthpiece
  • Coils create excellent vapor

The Negatives

  • Low e-juice capacity

Final Impressions: Aspire Nautilus 2 Review: From Mouth-to-Lung-to-History

The Aspire Nautilus 2 is a long-awaited tank for the many vapers out there who started vaping with the original Aspire atomizer. The new design is much more compact and user-friendly than the original. It has an improved airflow design that allows for more user-control over cloud production. The addition of a sub-ohm coil lets users pump more power to the coils, so the new Nautilus is much more than a mouth-to-lung tank.

Did you use the original Nautilus tank? Were you impressed by it then? What were some of the first tanks or mods that you used when you started vaping? Tell us in the comments section below.

Published: February 27, 2020Updated: November 24, 2020
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Thanush Poulsen

Being a regular Sweden student, I discovered innovative ways of living healthier. And with my very first e-cigarette, I’ve got obsessed with all things digital. So vaping collided my interests in electronics, science, and health. I enjoy bringing people into the world of vaping through my reviews, guides, and best-of lists.


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