This one was bought on ebay directly from China. I don't do it very often and generally don't recommend it because you are never sure what you're going to get and when you get rubbish, you can have neither refund nor replacement. And I had enough of that too. This time, though, it was just a single purchase and costs of shipping from UK or US to my country are too high when buying only 1 item. So I took this little risk.
It's a nice little tank box with a lot of spare stuff. Rings, coil, mouthpiece, glass. So, the first impression was excellent. While writing this, I've been using Aspire Nautilus 2 tank with three of my batteries: one from JacVapour s22 kit (in the picture), Vision Spinner2 and Aspire CF sub-ohm.
Compared to its predecessor, Aspire Nautilus Mini (review), it contains extra o-rings and fiberglass tank, but no cone for eGo style batteries, one thing that has a pure aesthetic function and probably wasn't used by many anyway.
There's an improvement in how airflow adjustment is configured. The setting of airflow is much more user friendly. Nautilus Mini also has one but, since it is a miniature part, the challenge was to make the vents visibly recognisable for easier setting. On Mini you had four of them, one on each side of the circle. Here airflow adjustment is achieved by grouping the vents in ascending size order and sliding aluminum shroud around the base.
One more thing: I love Aspire Nautilus Mini as well as other clearos and tanks with fully visible glass bodies. Like most vapers, I am quite used to them, but sometimes wonder how they might look to others. If I wasn't a vaper they would look a bit medicinal to me. Like I'm vaping on some type of syringe. That's why I like this metal body with a round window, big enough to clearly see the quantity of e-liquid left and still nicely wrapped in a metal body.
Aspire Nautilus 2 base is also shrouded in the same metal - anodized aluminum for all available colors, except the all-steinless steel variant. The shroud also works as a part of adjustable airflow, used to cover/uncover the vents.
Of course it hinges on Aspire BVC coils, like Mini does. These coils have been in use for years and are still well sought after, which only confirms their value.
To test Aspire Nautilus 2 and its two coils (0.7 and 1.8) I used 12mg nic e-liquid with 0.7 and 18mg nic e-liquid for 1.8. The 1.8 ohm performed flawlessly, both in vapor and throat hit while also keeping the e-liquid taste intact. However 0.7 is now my favorite to use with this tank. Gets a little warm when I choose a tight draw (only 1 or two vent holes left open), but I prefer it that way.
At one point I had an o-ring from th aluminum shroud fall out, but fixed it back in its position. Without it there would be leakage all over.
The vent holes at the base work flawlessly – it makes a clearly perceptible difference how many you leave open. You can easily adjust them, moving the base shroud left or right, without having to unscrew the tank from your battery.
This is a top fill tank, but refilling and changing coils work a bit different from other top-fills. When refilling it while it sits on the battery, you may need to hold the base while unscrewing the upper shroud so that you don't unscrew the tank from the battery inadvertently.
When changing coil, make sure to separate the glass tank from the base, after you removed the upper shroud . Now, this may seem like a minor hassle to you, but this is the price you pay for your glass tank with liquid to be enveloped in an elegant looking metal casing.
Also, it is advisable to prime the new coil. (For beginners, after the coil is screwed on the base, just fill it with a few drops of e-liquid.)
Aspire Nautilus 2 tank is almost perfect for us MTL (mouth to lung) vapers. It works great with both coils, provided the coils are doing their job alright. A decent amount of vapor for us non-cloud-chasers and quite satisfactory throat hit. Plus, like all Aspires I've tried so far, coils are fine and long lasting. Also, I would love to see more vendors selling 1.6 and 1.8 ohm coils. It seems that many are switching to 0.7 only.