Given how Aspire has already got the ball rolling with the wide success of its recent AIO devices such as the Aspire Breeze and its direct successor, the Breeze 2, it’s definitely not a surprise to see a follow-up in the pod-style category. The Aspire Nautilus AIO brings some improvements down the line which potentially make it a worthy upgrade over the Breeze lineup. But it’s not all fine and dandy on this front as well, considering there are a few areas where the Breeze 2 holds an edge over its much newer sibling. Let’s dig down into the bones of what sets the Aspire Nautilus AIO apart and see it truly is worthy of our hard-earned cash.
Review: Aspire Nautilus AIO
First and foremost, let’s get the bad news out of the way: The Aspire Nautilus AIO doesn’t feel as premium as its predecessor, the Breeze 2. The Breeze 2’s metal chassis infinitely eclipses the plastic construction of the Aspire Nautilus AIO when it comes to overall hand feel and simply feels like the better-constructed device out of the two when compared hand in hand. The good news is that this is pretty much where the superiority of the Breeze 2 over the Aspire Nautilus AIO ends, and where the multiple advantages of owning and using the Aspire Nautilus AIO begin.
From an aesthetic standpoint, both devices are largely similar when it comes to the overall size and shape of either. Aspire Nautilus AIO also features a similar protective cap that clips over the mouthpiece for storage although the Nautilus AIO does lack the Breeze 2 ’s ability to clip the protective cap to the underside of the device which can come in handy when actually using the device. The Aspire Nautilus AIO uses a familiar interface that relies on a single button to power on and activate the mod.
Some battery venting holes can also be found at the bottom of the Aspire Nautilus AIO ensuring that the integrated battery is kept nice and cool even when subjected to heavy use. Another improvement to be found on the Aspire Nautilus AIO is that the clips which are used to attach and detach the pod from the main body of the mod are more sturdily built this time around which is a welcome change as there were few reports of the clips on the Breeze 2 breaking when subjected to improper use.
Despite the Aspire Nautilus AIO not being able to keep up the standards of overall build quality in comparison to the Breeze 2, its in the flavor and vapor production where this successor truly shines. Anyone who’s been vaping for awhile has undoubtedly vaped on or at least heard of Aspire’s famous Nautilus coils which particularly excelled in the mouth to lung vaping department.
While those Nautilus coils were well known for their excellent flavor quality and well-designed airflow channels, they fell into obscurity thanks to the massive influx of higher-powered devices and the popularity of sub-ohm vaping and the wide airflow atomizers required to run those popular setups properly. But now due to the resurgence of mouth to lung style vaporizers in the form of the pod-style kits, Aspire has recognized their opportunity to bring these Nautilus coils back into the limelight albeit in a much more compact and easier to use form factor in the shape of the Aspire Nautilus AIO.
Flavor production on the Nautilus coil is excellent and is easily one of the best mouth to lung experiences one could ask for on a pod-style device, trumping the performance of the Breeze 2’s proprietary coil design by a respectable margin. And while the resistance of each draw already feels great out of the box, the Aspire Nautilus AIO also tosses in the handy feature of being able to adjust the amount of airflow you can get on the fly.
The Aspire Nautilus AIO doesn’t have any features such as variable wattage or temperature control (the latter of which is slowly dying out in the vaping world). The device merely outputs a constant and solid 12 watts of vaping power which is pretty impressive within the pod-style category of devices. The device is compatible with the old-school Nautilus BVC coils as well as Aspire’s new Nautilus BVC coils designed primarily for use with nicotine salts.
When comparing the performance between the two coils which were both rated at 1.8 ohms we didn’t see much difference in terms of flavor quality although we suspect that the nicotine salt was slightly better at wicking e-liquids with a lower VG ratio while the regular 1.8 BVC coil worked better in tandem for users who prefer higher VG e-liquids.
Ease of Use
The one-button operation of the Aspire Nautilus AIO makes setting up the device and learning its ins-and-outs an absolute breeze. Removing the pod from the device is also a brief and easy affair thanks to the pod-release button which works reliably instantly detaching the pod. Charging the device is simple enough with the included micro USB cable that hooks up the charging port located off to the side of the Aspire Nautilus AIO.
While the Aspire Nautilus AIO follows the same trend of the Breeze Lineup and doesn’t feature a draw activated firing sensor and instead relies on a physical firing button to activate the device, powering on the mod is as easy with a simple 5 clicks on the button. Hold the firing button to fire the device up and another 5 clicks quickly powers the device down for safe storage.
With the dimensions of the Aspire Nautilus AIO spanning 87.5mm by 37mm by 21mm, it’s roughly the same size as its predecessors. We don’t get to experience an upgrade in battery life over the already excellent Breeze 2 with its 1000mAh battery.
The Aspire Nautilus AIO is rated at the same 1000mAh and easily lasts for up to an entire day of moderate and even heavy vaping. The Aspire Nautilus AIO can also hold up to 4.5ml of e-liquid which should be more than enough for a single day’s worth of vaping if you’re using nicotine salt e-liquids.
If you’re willing to forgo the more premium experience that the Aspire Breeze 2 offers with its solid-feeling metal chassis over the plastic construction that the Aspire Nautilus AIO uses, the latter is definitely a superior device when it comes to delivering a better and more satisfying vaping experience.
Granted, the Aspire Nautilus AIO won’t please those looking for a high-powered vapor-producing machine, its excels in the areas it was designed for. The Aspire Nautilus AIO is a portable, reliable, and excellent mouth-to-lung that delivers almost unparalleled vaping performance in its category and should please both beginners and veteran vapers for its ease of use and high-quality flavor and vapor production.
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