As a matter of good housekeeping, let us shoot the giant elephant in the room with a giant elephant sized gun:
“WARNING: THE ASPIRE ATLANTIS IS DESIGNED FOR SUB-OHMING AND AS SUCH CAN NOT BE USED WITH EGO STYLE BATTERIES. YOU WILL NEED A BATTERY CAPABLE OF PRODUCING MORE POWER THAN TRADITIONAL EGO DEVICES. ASPIRE HAVE A RANGE OF BATTERIES DESIGNED FOR THE ATLANTIS WHICH CAN BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY.”
See, this is my main bone of contention with the new Aspire Atlantis sub-ohm tank and I see it becoming quite a big issue. The Atlantis comes in a very plain presentation box, presumably to keep costs down. In the box you get the tank itself with a 0.5 ohm coil head installed, a spare glass tank (should you shatter the original attempting to pry it delicately away from the top-cap) and one spare coil.
That is all you get. At first glance the minimalism is more than acceptable for the cost. What really isn’t acceptable is the complete absence of any instruction manual at all. Nothing. No warning like I placed above at the top of the review. No instructions on how to remove that very, very tight top-cap. Zilch.
The chances are if you’ve had a Nautilus before it, then the Atlantis will pose no problems at all regarding its general use, however – and this is quite a big however – for somebody new to vaping, new to the Aspire range and new to sub-ohming this could be potentially disastrous. If they go into the “wrong shop” to buy this beast and they are given no instructions over the counter and no warnings, well it doesn’t really bear thinking about.
A newcomer to vaping may well come along naively, buy The Atlantis from an unscrupulous vendor, take it home and attempt to fire it on a cheap Ego clone from the dreaded Market Man. And some of those cheapo Egos will fire this thing. Then we’ll have a nasty accident and all of a sudden a vaping media crisis. Again. We’re another week from another Sun headline telling us five people have had their heads clean blown off from e-cigarettes and that’s quite an issue to deal with.
It’s very kind of Aspire to leave all that dull safety gubbins squarely in the hands of the vendor then – let’s just hope they all do their due diligence when selling them.
The curved lines of the Nautilus are gone and while the overall design of the Atlantis is very similar to its predecessor in place of the curves are straight lines and a much chunkier top-cap. The driptip follows these straight lines and has a very wide bore hole allowing maximum airflow. It is all together a much cleaner, more attractive design than the Nautilus.
Back to that top-cap and glass tank though. The top-cap has a very subtle (which is good) Aspire logo, but it has a bit of a problem. I struggled for a good few minutes yesterday just trying to remove the damn thing from the pyrex tank. It isn’t held in place with threading, or an O-ring. Metal teeth grab onto the glass tank and they hold on very, very tightly indeed. This could potentially be another piece of dangerous design as I feared the glass would shatter in my hand with the exertion I put into removing the tank from the top-cap. Admittedly, it has become slightly looser with time, but not by much. It’s a matter of some concern to me and should be something Aspire should alter with the version 2.0.
Filling the Atlantis is easy enough, it has the same design as the Nautilus allowing you to fill from the bottom of the tank, no issues there.
The new, improved BVC is a whopper – double the size of the Nautilus BVC. The four juice intake holes also reflect this huge size change, allowing much more e-liquid to flow into the BVC a lot more easily. The coil screws into the Airflow Control base in the same way as previously, so no issues there.
The AFC base section in also very similar to the design of the Nautilus with four huge changes. The airflow holes themselves are massive. Dripper sized massive. Even with the smallest airflow hole selected it’s pretty easy to get a full lung inhale. This device isn’t really for those who would usually inhale mouth to lung, so that’s a bit of a warning. It’s lung hit, or don’t bother. The largest setting is full open at about five millimetres and its very near to a normal breath you would take, virtually no resistance whatsoever. It’s a very neat design and clicks into place reassuringly.
At the bottom of the Atlantis the 510 connector appears to be the same as its predecessor. The threads screw into any device I have tried very smoothly with no problems and there are no unsightly gaps.
I saw this comment on one of the Facebook groups yesterday, “I thought the Atlantis was bloody horrible. The vape is really harsh and unrefined.” I must admit that initially I had a similar experience here and there, but I think this had more to do with the extreme nature of what the Atlantis can output. As the coil has bedded in I have not had any harshness while vaping with the Atlantis at all. So yes, you may experience some rough stuff initially, but that does and will subside.
After spending some time with the Atlantis I have the opinion that the performance is stellar for such an affordable device. Vapers can now buy a cloud machine for between £25 and £30, so it’s completely new territory. A game changer of a paradigm shift. It’s not only a cloud-chasers dream though, it’s also one for the flavour whores too. I have road tested this beast with about ten different e-liquids and they all have massively improved flavour over the Nautilus. The Atlantis is virtually on par with my Magma, which is pretty amazing for a mass-market tank. If you love big flavour then you need this in your life.
From using the smallest airhole setting to the largest and vaping at wattages from 25 to 35, I have had not one dry-hit, something that I was a bit worried about with high VG, very viscose e-liquids. Those new huge juice intake holes on the BVC do their job very, very well indeed. Every juice I’ve thrown at it vapes very well. My only issue is that a 2ml tank does not last for too long, but as somebody who works from home this is a minor quibble and for the lazy vaper like me, it certainly beats coil bulding and dripping – The Atlantis is pretty much plug in and play.
So, that vapour. How much vapour? A lot of vapour. The Atlantis will have your average vape person turn into a cloudchaser in a matter of seconds. In short, the hype is real and justified this thing is a smoke machine, you will not believe the crazy amount of vapour you can get on the largest airhole, the thing is there doesn’t seem to be any sacrifice in flavour either and that is incredible.
Ultimately, the Aspire Atlantis represents great value for money. Aesthetically, while it’s not up there with more expensive pieces, it’s no eyesore either and it looks quite cool on top of my Vapor Flask.
Performance wise, I am not sure we could ask for much more for such a competitive price. Vapour production is absolutely brilliant with any e-liquid I have tried and the flavour is up there with a dripping experience.
The Atilantis is built for a certain type of vaper. One who is a bit lazy, or doesn’t find building coils fun. It is for the vaper who wants a potentially mobile dripper experience with none of the associated faff.
The Atlantis is a blockbuster of a tank then. Yes, it may be more JJ Abrams than Christopher Nolan, but the Atlantis delivers totally on its promise and all the hype that has surrounded it since news first broke about this new sub-ohm beast of a tank.
If you know what you are doing with regards to battery safety then the Atlantis gets a very high recommendation from TGV.
One last word to Aspire then. You have created a great sub-ohm tank which will totally change the vaping playing field, just get some bloody instructions and a warning in the box – take responsibility for this potentially dangerous bit of kit. Aspire, you need to take this advice seriously.
Sort it out.
You can buy an Aspire Atlantis, here, from the good folk at Vapor-Z.