I like Aspire. They’re an America brand, rare in the world of vaping hardware, and they produce excellent, well realised products. I’ve used the Nautilus, Nautilus Mini and recently tried out the Atlantis, Aspire’s flagship tank. Next to Kangertech, Aspire is perhaps one of the most visible hardware brands in the world of vaping. And the Aspire Atlantis V2 is perhaps one of the best tanks I have ever used.
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Read on to find out why the Aspire Atlantis V2 ROCKS.
In order to vape you need a tank, and in order to vape well you need a decent tank. In most instances this leaves you with two options: Aspire or Kangertech. With the latter, you have a lot of to choose from: the SubTank range is perhaps the most well known and worth your cash, check out our Kanger SubTank Nano Review. But Kanger also does smaller setups aimed at the beginner, some of which are featured in our Beginner’s Guide To Vaping: Starting Strong article. Ditto for Aspire. But we’re not talking about newbie stuff here; we’re talking about one of the best tanks in the business. Read on to find out why the Aspire Atlantis could well be the tank you’ve been looking for.
Aspire Atlantis V2 Review: Packaging
Minimalist is one word for it, another would be cost-cutting. Basically, you get next to nothing in the box, save for a spare coil, the tank itself, and a spare glass tank. There are ZERO instructions, though; like, nothing whatsoever, so if this is the first time you’ve used an Aspire tank, well, you might run into a bit of trouble. Also worth noting: this tank is for sub-ohm vaping, which means in layman’s terms your eGo style pen battery will not suffice; you need something with serious wattage –– 20W at the very least.
I guess Aspire figured this setup would only be used by more experience vape enthusiasts, and that sort of makes sense –– but there are always exceptions to the rule. And, as David Brent famously said, “never assume because makes an ass out of you and me…” Arguably, this is the Atlantis’ biggest downside, fortunately it is easy to fix –– just check out a user guide online before installing if you’re unsure how to set it up. Also, please, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, make sure you’re using a battery with enough grunt to power it. A box-mod would be ideal; check out our piece on some of the Biggest and Best Box-Mods Money Can Buy. Beyond this it’s all good and the tank itself is made from pyrex, which is a fairly durable material. Handy for those afflicted with dropsy.
Aspire Atlantis V2 Review: Design
I freaking love the way this thing looks. It’s big. It’s chunky. It’s just gorgeous, really. If you know Aspire tanks and have used them before it is immediately obvious this is one of their products, it has their design language scrawled all over it –– and, yes, I mean in a good way. The entire thing is metal and pyrex, which gives it a robust, premium look and feel, though I really can’t decide whether I prefer it to the Kanger SubTank. I tend to switch between the two of them on a daily basis. Luckily I have two box-mods at the moment, so this isn’t too difficult.
In terms of draw, I find the Atlantis packs a bit more of a punch than the SubTank and this is likely down to the size of its BVC and its MASSIVE juice intake holes. The Atlantis also features a brand new airflow system, no doubt in order to get the most out of the new BVC setup, and consists of four settings which allows you to find just the right type of hit. The juice intake ports are also HUGE, again, for the same reason as above. This thing is ALL about big hits. Mouth to lung hitters need not apply.
The tank itself is pretty chunky and the drip tip is very wide in order to deliver the biggest hit possible. This isn’t meant for beginners, this is a setup for an experienced vaper, for those that know they difference between a mouth and lung hit, basically. If you’re cool with all that and have setup a tank like this before, you’ll be fine. But if this is your first tank, well, you might want to start a little smaller; maybe check out the Nautilus Mini.
Dismantling the Atlantis in order to put juice it can be tricky, so be prepared for a battle the first time you attempt to open it. As per usual, you unscrew the bottom portion of the tank and refill from there. However, unlike previous Aspire tanks, the Nautilus, for instance, this one is INCREDIBLY difficult to get off –– so be warned. It does get easier with time, though, which is something. But still I can’t help but think this is something that should have been addressed during R&D; opening a tank is something you do quite often, so making the process as painless as possible should be high on the agenda. This, along with the lack of information in the packaging, are two of the biggest drawbacks of this setup.
Aspire Atlantis Review V2: Need To Know
I’m going to keep this section simple, as I’ve outlined most of it above.
- This is a lung-hot setup, meaning it is only suitable for those that, when they vape, inhale from their lungs, not their mouth.
- This isn’t for beginners; you’ll need some knowledge and some decent hardware to get the most out of this tank.
- If you’re unsure about how to set it up, please do check an online user guide.
- To use this tank you will need a battery that can kick out AT LEAST 20W.
Aspire Atlantis V2 Review: Performance
Once everything is set up and you have a decent juice inside, the Aspire Atlantis hits like an absolute champ. Big flavour. HUGE clouds. It does take a while for the coil to settle down, so expect a bit of hear and bubbling at first. This happens with most sub-ohm tanks in my experience, so it’s not anything to worry about; give it an hour or two and it’ll settle down. Dry hits do happen on higher setting, and if you’re rocking a PG heavy mix. For the most part though –– and for the price –– the performance you get out of the Atlantis is pretty much unparalleled. The flavours you get from it are immense, clear and easily on a par with more expensive setups. There was a lot of hype surrounding the tank and, for the most part, the Atlantis really does live up to expectations. It nails are the core things a tank should do and excels in a few important areas, notably flavour and cloud production. Aspire Atlantis Review: Key Specs & Features
- 1 x Atlantis Tank
- 1 x Replacement Glass Tube
- 1 x Replacement Atomizer – 0.5ohm
- Wire made in the USA
- Stainless Steel Design
- Patented Aspire BVC Technology
- Sub Ohm (0.5 ohm) Coil
- Coil compatible with wattage from 20-30Watts
- Great taste
- Upgraded adjustable airflow system, mimics RDA airflow
- Unique anti-leakage design
- Specially designed stainless steel drip tip
- Replaceable high quality pyrex tank
Aspire Atlantis V2 Review: Verdict
For the price –– £20 to £30, depending on where you look –– it is nearly impossible to fault the Aspire Atlantis. It looks awesome, kicks out nuclear apocalypse-sized clouds and is a master at flavour fidelity. In this respect the Atlantis is nearly perfect for 99.9% of people: it’s cheap, has great features and vapes like a champ. The only downside, for me, at least, is that it is extremely difficult to open and there are no instructions in the pack. Thankfully, the tank is pretty much plug and play, so if you’ve used an Aspire tank before you’ll know exactly what to do. But I’m thinking about the novice vaper here, those that haven’t used one before. For those guys, and there are plenty out there, this was a pretty erroneous omission for Aspire to make. Other than that, hat’s off –– this thing is bloody great!
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