Aspire Atlantis 2 – The Second Coming
The Atlantis sub Ohm tank from Aspire was one of the first in it’s category to be released to market and I have to say I still think it’s a great tank despite the shortcomings when compared to similar tanks.
Now with the Atlantis 2 (and more recent Atlantis EVO) hitting the shelves I was pretty excited to get my mitts on this to see what improvements (if any) were made. So off I went to buy one.
Before we get started. If you are a first time buyer of a Sub Ohm vaping capable tank please take a minute to check out this beginners guide to sub ohm vaping. Just be sure this kind of tank is for you and you have the right equipment to run the tank.
OK… Back to the review.
Aspire Atlantis 2 Kit
The Atlantis 2 comes in a tidy perspex box with the following:
- Atlantis 2 tank
- 2 X OCC coils (one 0.3 Ohm & one 0.5 Ohm)
- 1 X Spare Pyrex Glass Tube
Atlantis 2 Set Up
The first thing I notice on taking the tank out of the box is that there are no instructions whatsoever. This isn’t good Aspire, this is an advanced tank and expecting everyone that buys this to know what this piece of gear is all about is a bit presumptuous! How hard can it be to include some info on the do’s, don’t and how to’s of this tank? The only piece of literature is a small card warning the user to let the tank stand for 2 minutes after filling and not to let it go completely empty.Anyway, just wanted to get that out of the way!
OK back to the product. The tank itself is a great looking bit of kit, I love the chunky look of the tank and the drip tip. It feels quality as well. The immediate difference is of course the larger drip tip with built in airflow control. There is also the slight difference in capacity with an increase from 2ml to 3ml but this doesn’t mean the tank has grown in size from the original, it is mainly the reduced size of the internal components that frees up capacity.
3ml may still not be deemed enough for some vapers but they have also released the Atlantis Mega that will have a 5ml capacity.
The airflow at the base of the tank works a treat, far more fluid and easy to turn than that on the Kanger Subtank Plus. There are three settings if you count ‘almost’ fully closed and for me the two open settings didn’t seem to produce results that were that different, both were very airy. Playing around though you can place the sleeve over the holes so they are closed part way so you can get to a tighter, warmer draw if that’s your thing.
The second airflow control is a new feature and this is placed at the base of the drip tip. This is to allow you to further control the temperature of your vape. This for me again was only slightly noticeable but noticeable all the same.
So far so good with the build quality. Lets take a look at the performance.
How Does The Atlantis 2 Perform?
The Atlantis 2 is supplied with two coil heads, the 0.5 Ohm and 0.3 Ohm. They are built using 100% organic cotton with wire made in the USA. Before I get to the vape here just a quick thing regarding the coils.
This won’t effect everyone but is worth mentioning. The tank comes with the 0.3 Ohm coil attached and the 0.5 Ohm as a spare. To vapers newer to sub ohm vaping I will say be sure your device will work with the 0.3 Ohm head. The likes of the MVP 3, Cloupor Mini and Kanger K Box will not work with this head.
These only work with resistances from 0.4 Ohm and up. Of course it’s easy to just swap out for the 0.5 Ohm coil but then that will leave you with a useless coil. Of course the Aspire ESP Mod and the CF Sub Ohm battery work from 0.3 Ohm, surely just a coincidence 🙂 The iStick 50w device from Eleaf will also work.
OK so I have both the CF Sub Ohm battery and the SMOK Xpro M45 (pictured above) both of which can handle the resistance of the Atlantis 2 0.2 Ohm coil but the power I have available suits the 0.5 Ohm coil better so this is the one I used for this review. I filled up with a bit of Strawberry Blonde from CRFT and took my first drag. Very impressive the cotton used here is great quality.
The vapour volume is huge, the massive drip tip providing big airflow definitely helps with this. The flavour also comes through really well starting cooler at 20W and warming up nicely up to 30W. It handled the 45W maximum of the SMOK M45 no problem but for the juice I was using 22-23W was about the max for my personal tastes.
Of course the 0.3 Ohm coil will better suit users vaping at much higher settings as they can handle upto 80W. For me though, at the moment I have no need to go to these levels. So for continued use of the Atlantis 2 I will just use the 0.5 Ohm and 1.0 Ohm coils.
Lack of an RBA Deck
I have used the RBA deck of the Kanger Subtank but I personally prefer the simplicity of swapping out coils as the result are good for me. There have, unsurprisingly, been calls for Aspire to make an RBA deck for the Atlantis 2 but according to their website this isn’t something they are looking at doing. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new product with this feature in the near future though and for the builders out there I’m sure it would make this a more attractive tank.
For those that are wondering if the Atlantis 2 coils are compatible with the original Atlantis the answer is yes and no. The 0.5 ohm coil is fine but the 0.3 ohm coil is not recommended due to the lack of extra temperature control on the original.
This is what Aspire have to say.
Customers can use the 0.5 ohm coil on our Atlantis,Atlantis 2 and Atlantis Mega.As for the 0.3 and 1.0 ohm coils,we suggest customers to use with our Atlantis 2 and Atlantis Mega tank,because,the vapor wattage(0.3 ohm:70W-80W,1.0ohm:40W-50W) is very high,so the heating power is also very high,the temperature of the vapor will be a little hot,our Atlantis 2 and Atlantis mega have a adjustable cooling system on the top of the upper hardware,customers can adjust the temperature of the vapor by rotating the valve to control the access of the external cool air.However,our previous Atlantis tank doesn’t contain this cooling system.
Overall – Final thoughts
I think Aspire have done a great job with the Atlantis 2 and if you are looking for an out of the box tank capable of sub ohm vaping then this is a great choice. Is it an improvement over the original Atlantis? For me it’s a definite yes. I think it may even pip the Kanger Subtank Mini in terms of performance.
Without sounding like a broken record though just be sure (those new to sub ohm vaping) you have the MOD and/or the right batteries to handle this tank.
Here are the takeaway points.
- Fantastic build and looks the business.
- Excellent performance producing great flavour and tonnes of vapour.
- Drip tip airflow provides some finer tuning to your vape.
- Smooth airflow control
The Not So Good:
- No instructions whatsoever in the box
- The 3ml capacity may still not be enough for some although for me it’s OK. They also have a 5ml tank on the way as well.
- Lack of RBA may be issue for those that like to build.