As we're now a good several months into users getting a good feel for these tanks, there has proven to be one big achilles heel to the Aspire Nautilus: it's very fragile glass tank that actually has screw threads in the top portion of the tank glass. One tiny bit too much torque and snap, crackle, pop. Or tighten it down just a tad too much and one small bump against something that normally wouldn't break pyrex glass and, because of the pressure already in the unit, CRACK. I bet I've seen 15-20 guys in the forums with photos of a nearly new Nautilus with a broken tank. I've been lucky with mine. The luck is that I read about that risk before I owned one. So I've been careful to not over tighten. And I've been careful not to let it topple over.
This seeming design weakness created a market for replacements for the glass tank. And despite not having a broken one, when I saw entirely stainless steel tank, I knew that I needed one. Not so much because I had a nonfunctional unit, but because I thought it looked cool. The first version of the steel tank I wasn't much of a fan of, but what I bought is the second design that I came across. And this one is a winner in the looks department. It arrived today and I almost immediately installed it.
That install required nothing more than emptying my glass tank, rinsing it out, washing the new steel tank, and putting the whole thing back together with the e-liquid I'd poured out. So did it make a difference? Nope. Works just exactly the same as it did with the glass tank. I mean, if I closed my eyes, I likely wouldn't be able to tell you which was on there. But it looks cool as Hell. In my opinion. It does suffer from only one small downside to this tank...that there is no way to see your juice level. It's the same thing that Kayfun users deal with when they use their all metal Kayfuns. But it's a small price to pay and with the ample juice capacity of the Nautilus and the ease of popping the bottom off, I can keep an eye on it and just fill'r up when I need to. Was it worth $20? Yeah, I think so. For a grand total of about $55, you're in the price range of a decent Kayfun or Russian clone and I'd rather use this Nautilus every day of the week over trying to build a coil on the ridiculously small deck of a Kayfun. But that's a bitchfest for another time. (I own both a Russian 91% clone and a Kayfun Lite clone and hate them both.)
So for tonight, here are a couple of photos I snapped while putting together the new Nautilus tank. The only place I've seen these stainless steel tanks for sale is on eBay. So I won't bother posting a link. Just do an eBay search for Aspire Nautilus and it should bring up at least one person selling them.