Aspire recently teamed up with Taifun to produce one of the best collab tanks I’ve had the pleasure of using in recent times. Taifun if you’re not familiar with them have been producing some of the best mouth to lung rebuildable tanks on the market for years now but seem to rarely get the credit they deserve for their creations. As far as I understand this kit was designed by Taifun and manufactured by Aspire. Here are my honest thoughts on the Nautilus GT kit from Aspire.
|Nautilus GT Tank 3ml(0.7ohm mesh coil preinstalled)
|Nautilus BVC 1.6ohm coil
|Extra 3ml glass tube
|Set of O-rings
Listed features and specs:
|78 x 46 x 25mm
|54 x 24mm
|3ml(2tps) or 4.2ml with PSU extension
|Type-C 5V/2A quick charging
Packaging and contents:
The kit comes packed in a nice black cardboard box with a sleeve over it. On the front the sleeve shows an image of the kit while on the back it lists the contents, some company info and some basic warnings. In the kit you get the Glint mod, the Nautilus GT tank pre-loaded with a 0.7ohm Nautilus GT mesh coil. You also get a USB Type-C cable for charging, a spare 3ml glass tube, a spare 1.6ohm Nautilus GT BVC coil, a user manual, a warranty card and a little packet containing a set of spare o-rings. No real extras in the kit aside from the o-rings and glass but you get everything you’d need to get started.
The Glint mod:
The mod is pretty sleek looking being made with a combination of zinc alloy, aluminum and plastic. The back half of the device is aluminum while the upper and lower pieces are both zinc alloy while the face of the device is finished with a glossy plastic. Aside from the somewhat matte finish of the aluminum the rest of the device I’ll admit is a bit of a fingerprint magnet. Not only that but the glossy plastic is just itching to be scratched and I’m sure it will accumulate it’s share soon enough. In fact just taking it out of the box I was greeted with a few minor surface scratches around the screen and top piece from the packaging, but luckily some of it was just a bit of gunk that I was able to wipe off.
Starting at the top and nestled into the shiny gold coloured zinc alloy top it’s got some pretty beefy looking stainless steel 510 threads. They’re centered around a gold plated spring loaded 510 center pin which so far has seen all of my tanks and such sit pretty much flush. The threads are raised just the tiniest bit to avoid scratching the shiny surface of the top which may bother some folks but I for one appreciate it.
Working down the face of the mod it’s got a shiny metallic button that matches the colour of the device, in my case gold. It sits almost flush with the device but is still fairly easy to locate and fire with your finger. Just below it is a 0.91″ OLED screen that’s bright and easy to read with a familiar layout and all the usual info we’re used to seeing. Below the screen are the up/down adjustment buttons. They’re made of plastic but still have a decent click and feel to them. Below the adjustment, buttons are the USB Type-C port for charging which it does at a rate of 5v/2A so it’s got quick charging built-in.
On the very bottom of the device is the slide open battery compartment. It’s really easy to manage and the device holds a single 18650 battery. It opens in a scissor like a manner and both the device and the battery cover are well marked for positive and negative but even so it still has all the usual built-in protections like a 10 second cutoff, short circuit, low voltage, overcharge, overheat and over discharge protection.
Using the device is a breeze and Aspire has really cut it down to the bare necessities, with this kit only supporting a basic variable wattage mode with a max output of 75W. You can turn the device on and off using the usual five clicks, three clicks will shut off the screen and pressing fire and down will lock the device. Aside from that there’s really no other features or functions built-in which makes it super easy to pick up and use. I for one am mainly a VW user so it suited me perfectly.
The Nautilus GT tank:
Now it’s the tank that comes with the kit that to me is the real prize. It’s been beautifully designed and impeccably crafted. If you’re at all familiar with the Taifun GT series of tanks you’ll probably notice some similarities in it’s aesthetic design. At the top it comes equipped with a two tone mouth to lung style 510 drip tip. It looks to be made with a combination of metal and PEI plastic. The one that comes with the gold version looks gold plated and matches nicely with both the tank and the mod. Just below the drip tip is the easy off top fill cap, it’s finely knurled to help with grip but it only takes about a quarter turn to open it up. It uses a sort of sliding lock to keep it in place and as easy as it is to remove it’s also secure. The fill ports are fairly recessed but you can pretty much just pour your liquid in and it will make it down into the tank.
Below the easy off top cap is the metal sleeve which helps protect the glass of the tank. It holds a fairly comfortable 3ml of liquid and the kit also includes a replacement. However you can also opt for a 4.2ml extension made from a PSU material but it’s sadly not included in the kit and will only be available in non-TPD regions.
Around the base of the tank is the airflow control which has been carefully designed to provide a true mouth to lung experience. With five settings to chose from including a 1, 1.2, 1.6, 1.8 and a 2.5mm hole you can really dial in the tightness of the draw to your liking. I personally prefer a 1mm draw which gives me a nice tight draw but if I open it up to the 2.5mm hole I can pretty much get a fairly tight direct lung draw. The base of the tank was made extra thick and rather than the airflow holes open up to a wide open chamber like most other tanks the holes are actually drilled through the thick metal base which helps keep the draw precisely to what it should be. Also the extra thick base helps to dissipate heat which so far hasn’t been an issue even when chain vaping.
It uses Aspires Nautilus coils and comes with a 0.7ohm mesh coil as well as a 1.6ohm standard coil. I’m not going to go over the coils again as I and many others have reviewed them several times over. They’re well proven, solid working coils that produce some of the best flavour of any coils available on the market. To swap coils in the tank you simply unscrew the thick metal base, unscrew the coil and screw in a new one. Put it all back together, let your coil prime and you’re ready to go.
While there isn’t anything particularly incredible about the mod, it works well, is easy to use and looks quite nice to boot. However as I’ve already eluded, it’s the tank that comes with this kit that’s got me hooked. If you’ve ever heard of the Kabuki tank it’s like a more modern version of that with some really nice style influences from Taifun. Airflow is ideal, flavour is on point and the overall construction of the tank is impeccable but at the end of the day it’s all about the coils. If you like using Nautilus GT coils I can’t recommend this tank enough and luckily you can pick it up on it’s own if the mod doesn’t interest you.