Sometimes as a reviewer I’ll be assigned a full kit, or starter kit, that will contain the mod and a (mostly) matching sub-ohm tank. Reviewing both in the same review is easy, but afterward I tend to forget that the sub-ohm tank is also a standalone tank, worthy of its own review, and certainly capable when used on other mods than the mod included in the starter kit. The Aspire Athos sub-ohm tank is a perfect example of this.
In fact, for some reason, when I buy a new starter kit made by SMOK the first thing I consider is the mod, then I wonder, just for a moment, which of the TFV8 tanks SMOK decided to use in that particular starter kit. I guess you could say that I see the Aspire Speeder as a “mod and tank”, while the new SMOK ProColor Kit is a mod with ‘one of SMOK’s TFV8 tanks’. Does that make sense?
It wasn’t until I removed the Aspire Athos sub-ohm tank from the Speeder body and attached it to the new Aegis 100W box mod from GeekVape, as well as the Lost Vape Paranormal that I began to realize that despite being designed to look ‘exceptional’ together, the Speeder mod and the Athos tank could be split up and the results would be just fine.
Aspire Athos Tank as a Competition Level Tank?
Since its release and subsequent reviews, both video and written, the Aspire Athos sub-ohm has been referred to as a “competition-level tank” because it produces truly remarkable clouds of vapor. On the ‘flavor side’ of the two-sided performance score, I have to admit that the Athos produces flavor every bit as good as tanks from SMOK TFV8/TFV12, the MELO 300, and others. But, I would say the Aspire Athos Sub-Ohm is just shy of being a genuine “competition” tank.
Aspire Athos is a Big Tank with Not-So-Big Capacity
The body, frame, and chimney of the Aspire Athos is made from 304 stainless steel, while the glass tank is made with Borosilicate glass. This combination assures a durable and long-lasting tank, and its design is truly most of the most attractive I’ve seen. Capacity is just 4mL, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
Aesthetically speaking the Aspire Athos Tank fits the Aspire Speeder as though they were designed to work as a team. The Athos tank is stylish, with a modern flare. As you can see from the photos, the Athos has nice curves and crisp lines that almost seamlessly flow up toward the tapered super-wide-bore drip tip. This ultra-wide drip tip of clear plastic helps with achieving a sort of grace to its form factor. The large port windows allow the user to monitor the remaining e-juice within the tank, to a point. I would recommend refilling the tank once the line of juice disappears below the glass window.
The base of the Aspire Athos Tank has dual-adjustable airflow valves. The performance for clouds and flavor are determined by the amount of air allowed into the coils through these airflow valves. When wide open for maximum air flow, and using the higher end of the coils wattage range, the clouds are at the thickest I’ve seen since vaping with the SMOK TFV12 Cloud Beast King. In order to warm up the vapor with the airflow ports wide open the user will need to pump up the wattage. Then again, by closing off the airflow to various degrees, the flavor production improves, while the cloud production remains high. Find the right airflow and wattage and the vape experience will be utterly satisfying with any e-liquid you want.
I know many people will be interested in knowing how quickly this tank will suck up e-juice, and the only thing I can tell you is like other low resistance, high wattage coils, especially coils with multiple vertical coils, is going to suck up the juice and convert it to vapor faster than higher resistance, single coil setups. The Aspire Athos is not for those Vapes that are looking to conserve e-juice.
The Aspire Athos Sub-Ohm Tank is the latest sub-ohm system from Aspire, deploying a powerful structure with a juice capacity of 4mL, convenient threaded top-fill method, dual adjustable bottom airflow, and the introduction of the new Athos Coil System.
Aspire has engineered the Athos Tank with a simple, and easy to use, top-fill e-juice system. Filling the tank requires nothing more than to simply unscrew the top cap (a knurled black plastic ring makes that very easy) to expose the e-juice ports, then add the e-liquid, and screw the cap back on. Easy Peasy. Despite the height of the Athos tank, it will fill quickly due to the size of the coils. It never takes long to add 4mL of juice.
Replacement Coils Make the Aspire Athos
Aspire Athos Replacement Coil Price
The combination of the excellent tank design, the airflow mechanics, and the coils create an immense amount of clouds, and flavorful hits with a very decent lifespan for the coil. However, the replacement coils are sold individually, and at a retail cost of $4.99 each. If you’re used to purchasing 5x packs, or 3x packs, you’ll need to understand that ordering replacements at $4.99 a piece means $25 for 5 coils. I strongly recommend taking your time with every coil you place in the Athos. Make sure the coil isn’t DOA, apply a few drops of juice directly on the coils/cotton, and break it in slowly. Killing a $5 coil by mistake is not only heartbreaking, it’s expensive. Vapor Authority Aspire Athos Replacement Coils
The Bottom Line
If you purchased the Aspire Speeder Kit you might have a harder time seeing the Athos tank on another mod. There is no doubt that the Aspire Athos was made FOR the Speeder, and it looks best on top the Speeder. However, it performs just as well on any box mod capable of 80-100W, with 25mm in diameter to play with.
I purchased mine as an extra tank when I picked up the Aspire Speeder Kit, and several replacement coils, the Penta-Coil, and the Athos on its on is a fair price at Vapor Authority, $31.99. Below you can see what comes with the tank when you buy it, and there is a link to the replacement coils in case you want to pick a few up.
Available in Rose Gold, Rainbow, Black and Silver, the Black is the best color to use off the Aspire Speeder, or the Silver. The Rose Gold matches the Rose Gold and White Speeder 100%, and is slightly different than other Rose Gold shades seen on other mods. If you’re a fan of the rainbow colors, the Athos version would work on your rainbow mod just fine. But, I’d go with the Black or Silver, just to be safe.
Aspire Athos Sub-Ohm - Features, Specs, Package Contents
Aspire Athos Atomizer Coils Specifications:
- Wicking Material: Organic Cotton
- Wire Material: Kanthal Resistance
- Available Resistance: 0.16 Ohms, 0.3 Ohms
- Recommended Wattage (0.16 Ohms): 100W – 120W
- Recommended Wattage (0.3 Ohms): 60W – 75W
- For Use with: Aspire Athos Tank
Aspire Athos Tank Specifications:
- Manufactured by: Aspire
- Threading: 510
- E-Juice Capacity: 4 ml
- Tank Material: Pyrex (Borosilicate) Glass
- Body Material: Stainless Steel
- Atomizer Wicking Material: Organic Cotton
- Fill Type: Top-Fill
- Wattage Range (A3 Coil): 60W – 75W
- Wattage Range (A5 Coil): 100W – 120W
- Height: 2.28 Inches (58 mm)
- Diameter: 0.98 Inches (25 mm)
Aspire Athos Tank Package Contents:
- 1 x Aspire Athos Tank
- 1 x Penta-Coil A5 Atomizer Head (0.16 Ohms) – (Pre-Installed)
- 1 x Tri-Coil A3 Atomizer Head (0.3 Ohms)
- 1 x Replacement Glass Tube
- 1 x Replacement Drip Tip
- 1 x Bag of Replacement O-Rings
- 1 x User Manual
Aspire Athos Tank Features:
- Borosilicate Glass E-Juice Reservoir
- Top-Fill E-Liquid System
- Dual-Adjustable Airflow Control Valve
- Tri and Penta Coil Variations
- Durable Stainless Steel Construction
- Organic Cotton Wick Atomizer Coils
- Manufactures Immense Vapor Clouds
- Offers Rich and Flavorful Hits
- Can be Entirely Disassembled for Easy Cleaning