Kanger Subtank Mini vs Aspire Atlantis Intro
In this article we take a look at the Kanger Subtank Mini vs the Aspire Atlantis and the key differences between the two tanks. We previously compared the larger Kanger Subtank to the Aspire Atlantis, but it wasn’t really a fair comparison, as the Subtank was a lot larger. The new Subtank Mini is similar in size and weight to the Atlantis, so it makes for a much more interesting head to head and comparison.
Subtank Mini and Atlantis Specs
About the Kanger Subtank Mini
The Kanger Subtank mini is the middle sized subtank of the Kanger Subtank family. It was released alongside the Kanger Nano, a couple of months after the original larger Subtank was launched. It has a 4.5ml e-liquid capacity and features an RBA, and two OCC coils (1.2ohm & 0.5ohm).
About the Aspire Atlantis
The Aspire Atlantis was the first sub ohm tank to be launched onto the market and has completely revolutionised the glassomizer/clearomizer market. It features a 0.5ohm vertical coil and a 2.5ml tank. Aspire have since launched a 5ml tank extension and there is also a 7.5ml extension available (albeit not by Aspire themselves).
The Atlantis costs around $20 and you don’t exactly get that much apart from a replacement glass and coil.
The Subtank Mini costs around $26 and it does cost around $5-7 more than the Atlantis, but as you can see it comes with so much more. You get two OCC coils (1x 0.5ohm & 1 x 1.2ohm) and an RBA, alongside all the gear you need to rebuild the RBA. If you are interested in using the RBA or think you might want to have a go in the future, then the Subtank Mini is definitely worth spending the extra $5-7 on.
Wattage Sweet Spots
So the Kanger produces a slightly warmer vape than the Atlantis. It isn’t uncomfortable at all, but noticeably warmer than the Atlantis. My sweet spot on the 0.5ohm coils on the Kanger subtank mini is around 20-25W. Anything higher and it starts getting a bit warm for my liking. The Atlantis sweetspot for me was slightly higher at around 25-30W. This is just my personal preference and some will want to use both at slightly higher or lower wattages. Both devices are ideally suited to being used with any 30W mini box you may have. If you want to go higher on the Atlantis a 50W mod will be a better choice.
Vapor Production: Atlantis
Vapor Production: Subtank Mini
I think the Aspire Atlantis edges this one, but only just. As you can see both produced ridiculous amounts of vapor! The vapor from the Subtank was slightly warmer than that of the Atlantis, but not enough for it to be uncomfortable in my opinion. Both airflow options are easy to use and allow for plenty of air to reach the coils. In my opinion the vertical coil build of the Atlantis, allows for more airflow and hence it produces slightly more vapor than the horizontal coil build of the Kanger Mini.
The Atlantis uses a silica wicking material wrapped in cotton unlike the Kanger Mini which uses 100% Organic Japanese cotton. The Atlantis seem to last a bit longer, but have come under fire recently because of their safety and concerns that you could be inhaling loose silica particles (make of it what you will). Rumour has it, Aspire are launching newer coils that will be using 100% organic Japanese cotton. Despite this the flavor is very tasty and pronounced on the Atlantis and it wicks exceedingly well even with heavy VG e-liquids.
Flavor: Subtank Mini
The Subtank mini uses organic Japanese cotton for their OCC coils. The flavour is exquisite and I think it beats the Atlantis by a tiny margin.
Aesthetics: Subtank Mini
Not much to choose between them on looks. This comes down to personal preference. Both tanks sit very well on any mini box mod or mech mod. Kanger are launching multi colored o-rings for the mini subtank, which I think will look really cool. This puts the Subtank mini ahead here in my opinion as otherwise there is nothing to choose between them.
Ease of Use
Both tanks are incredibly easy to use. The coils are easy to screw in and the tanks are easy to refill and clean. There is nothing to separate them on this front.
The Aspire Atlantis only has the 2.5ml tank (you can get a 5ml extension but will cost extra). The Kanger Subtank Mini has an amazing 4.5ml tank capacity on both the RBA and the OCC coils.
The Subtank wins this one hands down. It has the two different OCC coils as well as the RBA, which means every type of vaper is catered for. The Atlantis only has the 0.5ohm coils for sub ohm vaping. You can however rebuild the coils, but it isn’t the same as having a seperate dedicated RBA, as you have with the subtank mini. If you want versatility and different vaping options the subtank mini should be your choice.
In my opinion the Kanger Subtank Mini, comes out on top of this head to head. It’s greater versatility having those different vaping options, as well as the larger 4.5ml tank, means that it wins this battle hands down.
In most cases I would go for the Kanger Subtank Mini over the Aspire Atlantis, but some people will feel differently to me. The one time I would go with the Atlantis, is if price is a big issue for you and you don’t want to use an RBA. If this is the case and you want to use the 0.5ohm coils only and are short on money, I would recommend going for the Aspire Atlantis because it is cheaper. If you can afford it, spend the extra $5-7 and get the Kanger Subtank mini as you will get the extra coils and RBA alongside a host of accessories to help you rebuild your coils for the RBA.