Aspire Atlantis vs. Aspire Mini Nautilus

Aspire Atlantis vs. Aspire Mini Nautilus
November 18, 2014 originvape

Aspire’s foray into uncharted territory started with an idea…

How can massive vapor be produced without actually having to learn to rebuild coils?

Well, it is all in the coils.

The difference between the last generation Bottom Vertical Coil (BVC), found in the Aspire Mini Nautilus, and the sub-ohm BVC coil used in the Atlantis is dramatic.

Bear in mind that on the exterior, the Atlantis tank has a wider bore drip tip, more airflow, and an identical juice capacity to the Mini Nautilus, but the real story lies within the tank itself.

Let’s start with the actual size of the wick holes and work our way to other changes to the coil’s design:

1

The Mini Nautilus BVC has four 1mm holes while the Atlantis boasts four 3mm holes.

This is a considerable change. Why? Because the Atlantis coils allow for a thicker VG-based e-liquid to wick easier, and more VG means more vapor production.

In the past, a manufactured coil would have great trouble wicking a high-VG liquid correctly. If you choose to chain-vape a higher VG juice, you may know firsthand what a dry hit tastes like.

When you have a 50/50 PG/VG mix, an older wick-style tank (such as the Vivi Nova) has less trouble keeping up with your vaping habits. The history of the wick tank is mired in leaking, dry hits and short lifespan. This new sub ohm BVC coil ushers in a new generation of wick-style tanks.

2

The Mini Nautilus 1.8Ω BVC indicates 3.3V-6.0V for optimal vaping while Atlantis 0.5Ω BVC disregards voltage targets 20-30 watts.

This follows a shift in the vaping industry from variable voltage devices to variable wattage devices. Mods like the Pioneer4You IPV2, IPV2S and IPV3, or the Sigelei 100W all have chipsets that manage voltage themselves, but allow you to vary the wattage.

Evolv’s DNA30 chip also manages voltage but lets you set the wattage. The higher the watts, the higher the voltage, and the voltage calculation is made by the chipset when it detects the resistance of the atomizer.

On a high resistance (2.4Ω) atomizer, the chipset will bring up the voltage higher, averaging 4-7 volts, depending on the device and how high the wattage is set.

On a low resistance (0.5Ω) atomizer, the average chipset can provide from 3-5 volts, depending on the wattage it is dialed to.

 

3

The Mini Nautilus BVC wick has a surface area approx. 7.75mm diameter & height of +/- 7mm. The Atlantis has a surface area of +/- 10mm diameter & height of +/- 10mm.

This is a phenomenal change! More wick means more juice available for the coil to vaporize. Lower resistance means less time for the voltage/wattage combination to heat the coil, and it means a lower gauge is utilized.

The lower the gauge of coil wire, the thicker the wire and the more surface area of the coil. This also means more vapor production.

This tank ushers in a new era of wick-style manufactured coil tanks, also known as clearomizers. If you want great vapor production but don’t have a build station at home, don’t have time to learn to rebuild or you simply don’t care to, this is your ultimate solution.

I have been rebuilding my coils for over a year and I’ve honestly put everything down and picked up this tank for myself, at least for now. I still love rebuilding, and I have not built my last coil, but this tank is keeping me away from my build station at the moment.

Also, there is a lot to say about the device and batteries you use with the Atlantis tank. Remember, not all devices are born the same. Some have step-down capabilities (voltage regulation/calculation) and some do not. Many devices are simply not capable of reading sub-ohm resistance levels, such as 0.5Ω, which means the device will simply not work with the Atlantis.

Make sure your device goes down to 0.5Ω or below before thinking about purchasing the Atlantis. It is absolutely critical that you are sure your batteries can handle 0.5Ω resistance load. This means you need an LG HE2, Samsung 25R, Efest 35A, or a Sony VCT4 or VTC5 battery. These batteries have been tested to be able to handle sub-ohm loads and we would not recommend using any other batteries.

It is a worthwhile investment, considering that the average vaper evolves from a ego-style device to a more powerful and robust solution, spending hundreds in between on juice and accessories.

This tank can save you time and money. These words of wisdom come from a rebuilder and avid vaper!

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7 Comments

  1. Susan 3 years ago

    I have a mini Nautilus , several Nautilus and one Atlantis. The mini Nautilus has been a real disappointment. I won’t buy another.

  2. originvape 3 years ago

    That is an awesome idea for another post. The Efest 35A batteries work great with this tank in a mech mod or a regulated mod. They are perfectly fine for 0.5 resistance!

  3. Rick 3 years ago

    Great article. I’d love to see a follow up to this article suggesting mods and batteries that would be optimal. I just bought the tank and am trying to decide on one to get that would be optimal for this tank. And what about the efest 18650 batteries? Are those not going to be sufficient?

  4. originvape 3 years ago

    If PG/VG, yes, you can!

  5. Q 3 years ago

    Can you use a 50/50 blend in the Atlantis?

  6. originvape 3 years ago

    Thanks for your comment! In our experience, the higher the VG, the more chances a dry hit. PG is much less viscous than VG. However, with the Atlantis, this will change and you can use higher VG (60/40 or 70/30) in a tank with manufactured coils without too much trouble. Hope this helps!

  7. Kris 3 years ago

    Brilliantly written! I found this through a simple Google search on how to avoid dry hits when using higher wattage. I get them around 10W on my 50/50 Mt. Baker Vapor juice, using any of my Kanger 0.8 Ω coils and my Nautilus Mini (1.8 Ω, as you know). Hoping that my investment in an SVD 2.0 paired with an Atlantis will be the cure! In your opinion (or fact) which PG/VG ratio dry hits more often? I’ve always wondered if that had anything at all to do with the ones I get. Never dared to try upping the VG on my juice.

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