Greetings, dear readers. Today, my exciting and interesting foray into the world of sub-ohm tanks continues with this Aspire Atlantis 2 review. Now that I’ve tried several sub-ohm tanks, I understand that although they look similar to one another and often have similar design elements — very wide air and liquid holes, for example — the actual experience of using them can really differ from one tank to the next. The Aspire Atlantis 2 is one of the most popular e-cigarette tanks on the market — so popular, in fact, that you can give it different features by installing third-party coils. Ultimately, though, the Aspire Atlantis 2 isn’t a tank that I plan to continue using when my supply of coils runs out. However, Aspire tanks wouldn’t be as popular as they are today if everyone felt that way. In this review, I’ll explain why the Atlantis 2 isn’t for me and why you might feel differently.
About the Aspire Atlantis 2
The Aspire Atlantis 2 is a sub-ohm tank with a 3 ml capacity for e-liquid and coils available at 0.3, 0.5 and 1.0 ohms. If you go with a third-party coil maker such as Atom Vapes, you can add additional features such as Clapton coils for better vapor production, ceramic filling for better flavor and a nickel coil for temperature control support. I purchased a set of Atom Vapes gClapton coils — available from Volcano or Atom Vapes directly — to go with the Aspire Atlantis 2 tank. I’ll be describing my experience with the standard and third-party coils in this review.
The main feature of the Aspire Atlantis 2 is the mouthpiece, which adds a secondary source of airflow to the tank. Although I never owned the original Atlantis tank, the secondary airflow apparently wasn’t part of its design. The secondary airflow allows air to combine with the vapor as it enters your mouth, cooling the vapor greatly but diluting its flavor somewhat.
Coils for the Aspire Atlantis 2 are very large and have very wide liquid holes. Coupled with the very wide mouthpiece, the Atlantis 2 has no problem generating enormous vapor clouds — subjectively, some of the largest I’ve ever seen. The Atlantis 2 also operates reliably at higher wattage levels than most of my other tanks — and with the secondary airflow cooling the vapor, the high-wattage experience is actually tolerable for me. However, all of the features that make the Aspire Atlantis 2 unique unavoidably lead to certain sacrifices. I’ll describe those as we continue.
Aspire Atlantis 2 Review
When I began using the Aspire Atlantis 2, one of the first things that I needed to come to terms with was the fact that the mouthpiece is very wide. That’s not particularly unusual — many sub-ohm tanks and rebuildable atomizers do have wide mouthpieces. I don’t prefer them, though. That’s why I like the fact that many tanks will accept any 510-sized drip tip. The Atlantis 2 is different, though; the airflow control collar is a permanent part of the tank and the mouthpiece is proprietary. Unless you’re willing to compromise the appearance of the tank by using an adapter, you’re stuck with the original mouthpiece.
Aspire Atlantis 2: Vapor Production and Quality
As I mentioned above, the Aspire Atlantis 2 has a very large coil that holds plenty of liquid within its thick organic cotton wick. Thanks to the large wick holes, the tank has no difficulty putting out huge clouds at virtually any wattage setting without dry hits. I find, however, that the “character” of the vapor differs a bit from that of the sub-ohm tanks I’ve used to date. The vapor feels very “wet,” almost like the spit-back that often happens when liquid pools within a coil but certainly not that unpleasant. Every time I puff, though, I can feel my tongue being sprayed with these little droplets that feel hotter than the rest of the vapor. This is a part of the experience of using the Aspire Atlantis 2 that I don’t particularly enjoy.
Because the coils are so large, there’s a lot of hardware taking up space inside the Aspire Atlantis 2. Between the lack of open space and the fact that the Atlantis 2 puts out so much vapor, I found myself refilling my tank more frequently than ever before when working on this Aspire Atlantis 2 review.
Aspire Atlantis 2: Leak Protection
However, all of this extra hardware has its uses, aside from simply helping the Atlantis 2 put out more vapor. Firstly, the coils are threaded at both the top and bottom. While many coils for sub-ohm tanks simply use gaskets to help prevent leaks, the threading at the top allows an Atlantis 2 coil to screw directly into the air tube leading out of the tank. Thanks to this design, I have yet to experience even the smallest leak with the Atlantis 2. There is a little downside, though: occasionally I’ll remove the base of the tank for refilling, and the coil will still be screwed into the air tube.
The Aspire Atlantis 2 offers additional leak protection in the form of a very large double gasket in the base. I love my sub-ohm tanks, but I hate the fact that e-liquid tends to pool in the base and drip on my hands when I refill. The double gasket in the base of the Atlantis 2 almost completely prevents liquid from getting on your hands when you open the tank.
Aspire Atlantis 2: Flavor
The Aspire Atlantis 2 has a smart design. In my experience, leaks simply don’t happen during use or refilling. The vapor production is astronomical. The wide mouthpiece isn’t my favorite, but I can live with it. I don’t care for the “wet” quality of the vapor or the feeling of hot droplets on my tongue, but I can live with that, too, because the Atlantis 2 does so many other things very well.
The primary drawback of the Aspire Atlantis 2 — and the reason why I don’t expect to continue using it once I’ve exhausted my sixth and final coil — is the quality of the flavor. Even with the secondary air holes closed, the flavor produced by the tank seems diluted or muddled to me. To get some flavor out of the tank, I find myself operating it at much higher power settings than I would normally use — and that’s just so I can get close to the flavor that I get from my preferred tanks such as the VaporFi Volt and the Freemax Starre. I upgraded to a set of gClapton coils, which greatly improved the flavor. However, I still consider the Aspire Atlantis 2 a downgrade overall compared to the Volt and the Starre.
Aspire Atlantis 2 Review: The Bottom Line
The Aspire Atlantis 2 has some design elements that I really like. The airflow collar in the mouthpiece cools the vapor temperature dramatically, allowing you to operate the tank at very high wattage levels and blow huge clouds with ease. Between the threaded coils and large gasket in the base, the Atlantis 2 is probably the most leak-resistant tank I’ve ever used. Since Aspire is a popular manufacturer with a large user base, you have third-party companies such as Atom Vapes designing compatible coils with new features. As I write this Aspire Atlantis 2 review, the new gCeramic coils from Atom Vapes are just a few days old — so development on this tank is taking place right now.
On the other hand, I don’t like the fact that I can’t use the drip tip of my choice with the Atlantis 2 unless I want to use an ugly adapter. I also don’t care for the “wet” vapor that makes it feel as though tiny hot droplets are always hitting my tongue.
Mainly, though, the reason why I don’t plan to continue using the Aspire Atlantis 2 is the fact that the quality of the flavor doesn’t impress me. If your priority is to generate the biggest vapor clouds possible, you might really like the Aspire Atlantis 2. From my point of view, though, using this tank simply means that I’m going through more e-liquid for a less enjoyable experience because the flavor is so muted.
Aspire Atlantis 2 Review: The Pros
- Great vapor production
- Third-party coils can add new features
- Airflow collar cools vapor and enables very high-wattage operation
- Very leak-resistant design
Aspire Atlantis 2 Review: The Cons
- Can’t use standard 510 drip tips without an adapter
- Vapor has a “wet” quality — feels like droplets are always hitting the tongue
- Produces a “muted” flavor in my opinion