Arctic Tank – Horizon’s cool new subohm [Review]

Subohm tanks aren’t a new thing.  It feels like I’ll I’ve been doing lately is reviewing them.  Now, there’s a new twist on the game: subohm tanks that can handle more power.  Enter Horizon’s Atlantis tank which is rated up to 100 watts depending on the model.  Find out if it really can handle that kind of power in this review.

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Arctic Tank Review

arctic tank review tank image 2For starters, it’s important to mention there are three different styles of heads, each with its own maximum wattage rating.  My review sample included the .5 ohm head which was rated up to 80 watts.  There’ll be more about the heads later in this review.

Let’s back up to the basics.  Horizon’s tank from the outside has the looks you’d pretty much expect for a subohm tank.  Lots of stainless steel, a Pyrex tank and a very wide drip tip.

There’s also a set of airflow control slots near the bottom of the tank.  Four slots, to be exact, the band covering the slots is free turning to give you a wide range of airflow restriction.  The band is tight so the only time there was issues with the band slipping from where I placed it is when I unscrewed the tank from my M80 Plus.

Unscrewing the bottom of the tank is also very familiar.  The head stays put in the bottom cap of the tank while inside the tank itself is the housing for the head and airflow tube.

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arctic tank review brace image

There is one annoying thing about the internal components.  The housing uses some chunky bracing to keep it stable within the tank, resulting in a narrow space in which to put e-liquid.  I found myself cursing more tan once when I missed the gap and liquid started drooling out the drip tip.

A needle-nose e-liquid bottle is pretty much a must with this particular tank.

arctic tank review bdtc headNow for the heads.  Horizon Tech calls their Atlantis heads BTDC, or Bottom Turbine Dual Coil.  It sounds fancy, but as far as I can tell it’s marketing speak for vertical dual coils, one on top of the other.  Rather than holes for e-liquid flow, this one has a pair of slots that run along the head.

As you’d expect in subohm gear, this tank uses organic cotton for the wicking material.  Like other vertical coil designs, the wick is located around the coil instead of inside it.

Using the Arctic Tank

So, does this “turbine” technology let you go to insane wattages like the number stamped on the heads says?

arctic tank review on smok m80Yeah, not so much.  Let’s make a long story short here.  I tried to run my Smok MX80 to its full 80 watts.  I didn’t come close.

The realistic comfort zone for this tank for me was around 40-45 watts.  50 would work too, but only if I took long breaks between puffs.  At 75 watts (the highest I tried) it was just flat-out unpleasant, even the vapor was too hot.

That being said, this is not a bad subohm tank.  At anywhere from 30 watts up, you can get a nice vapor cloud and do some serious lung hits thanks to the airy setup and large mouthpiece.  Higher up in the 40-45 watt range produces a very thick cloud of vapor with a very nice warm feeling to it.

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30 watts is a more subdued vaping experience, but with a nice volume of vapor without it getting to far in the realm of cloud chasing.  It’s sort of a nice cruising speed if you will.

Horizon put out a very nice subohm tank with their Arctic.  Other than filling being more cumbersome than most, the tank’s biggest sin seems to be that of boasting.  It seems to me Horizon Tech’s marketing department might have been a tad ambitious.

Boasting never happens in the vaping industry.

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  • Yeah, you ruined this review because you didn’t bother to get the .2 dual coils. I vape this tank with those coils at 80w all day and it’s fantastic. Go buy those and try again please.

    • Interesting. I’ll have to see if I can dig some up and give it another go.

      • If you can’t find one in a local store maybe I can mail you one. The .2 dual vert coils are rated up to 100w. I’ve been using a mech 18650 and on a decent charge it’s pulling ~80watts/20amps. Putting the tank on a meter mine reads .22 ohm. I tried the .5 as mine came with both, but after starting with the .2 I was underwhelmed. Go find a pack of .2 and update this review. You’ll see why most people are saying this is the best sub tank so far.

        • Let me rephrase that: *Maybe you’ll agree with the majority of people in my circles that think that when considering price and features, the Arctic is one of the best of the newer high wattage sub tanks for a daily.* There are a few tanks certainly that have better flavor or vapor production, but this one combines great levels of both and has probably the best wicking (that doesn’t leak) of any high watt tank. I’ve literally never heard of someone getting a dry hit. Anyhow…

  • I have a Arctic tank as well and using the .5 coil it came with I run 40w on my ipv4s. Anything over that with the .5 coil is unpleasant. Its about time for me to replace the coil anyway so im going to try the .2 in it when I

    • Accidentally hit the enter button, anyway i’m going to try the .2 when I get home and play around with some different settings and see what I come up with.

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