Now, it took me some time to find it, but found it I did, packaging at all. Aspire Nautilus Mini tank has been in my house since early 2015 when purchased, and for some reason I never got around to writing about it. Now this mistake is about to be corrected. Because it's a quite good tank with rather versatile options.
Summary: Appeared in 2014 and still to this day (February 2018) kept its value. And its price. Good for those who appreciate throat hit more than vapor production. Does great job in keeping the eliquid taste intact and accentuating it.
With its round shapes, especially in its upper part, it really has this sort of retro look, particularly when you compare it with newer models of Aspire or any sub-ohm tank. I put it with a 0.7 Ohm coil on the Aspire CF sub ohm battery - review in the link - and, although it works perfectly, it just doesn't look right. Not that it matters to me or generally to people who spend much time at home.
It has an airflow dial working fine and the adjustment is easy. Perhaps too easy, since you can change it inadvertently while filling the tank.
I have a bit of an other issue with it - there are no numerical values on the dial or around it. So, you have to try each of the four little vents to check where your draw is the smoothest with no traces of gurgling. Like I said, this issue is almost non-existent since you'll be checking it by yourself anyway. And even if there were some values on it, I wouldn't be able to see them,lol. Maybe younger folks would.
Bottom vertical coils (BVC) that come with Aspire Nautilus Mini are 1.6 and 1.8 Ohm resistance, suitable for vaping on any battery in the range of 3.3 - 6 volts. What I found out from the owners of my local shop is that people buy BVC with 0.7 Ohm for Aspire Nautilus Mini and are quite happy with the experience.
So I did the same and am now testing it with several batteries - JacVapour s22, (link to review) Aspire CF Sub-Ohm and Vision Spinner2. I also tried a little Evod 650mAh, but there's no point. It works but this tank with its coils is a setup obviously intended for much stronger batteries).
With VisionSpinner2 (also link to review), I heard Aspire Nautilus Mini didn't work. However, when I tried it, it did. Maybe the draw wasn't so smooth and it warmed up a bit more, but no problems with battery shutting off at all. Truth be told, I haven't tested it with 1.6Ohm coils which should work better. That will have to wait. Anyway, I'd stay with JacVapour s22 or similar batteries here.
BVC coil delivers in sharpening the e-liquid taste and providing a strong throat hit. All your 12mg e-liquids will feel a level stronger - like 18mg on some other tank.
- coils are the most important, and this one, like other Aspire coils, is of better quality and duration than most of the competition (I'm looking at you, Kanger)
- adjustment dial, despite minor flaws, is a great thing in general,
- variety of coils this tank can use (right now, you can choose between 0.7 - 1.6 and 1.8 Ohms)
- throat hit great
- accentuates the flavor
- I love its looks, so for me it's a plus
- replaceable Pyrex glass tank
- easy to disasemble
- changeable driptip
- still widely available
If you are into a strong throat hit, sharp e-liquid tastes and don't care much about turning yourself into the fog machine while doing "vaping tricks" (yawn), this one may be for you.
Although you can still buy it and its coils anywhere, on ebay or elsewhere, you don't really know what you're going to get when you order from China. I played this lottery a couple of times and my luck was, well, varied.
If you want to have a reliable product, here are the suppliers I recommend:
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