Last week, I got my first RDA from vapes.com. It’s the Freakshow RDA atomizer by Wotofo.
It’s a solidly-built RDA with three posts and adjustable bottom airflow. It’s pretty nice. Gotta love that cute skelly on the side (made all the better by my glow-in-the-dark skull drip tip).
I’d always used tanks before, so this was quite a new experience for me. And I’d like to give a shoutout to TJ over at Caught the Vapors for taking the time to train me how to build, and for letting me use his tools as I learned.
SO WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT RDAS ANYWAY?
I’ve been vaping for quite a while now, but, as I said, this was my very first RDA. These are my impressions as someone completely new to rebuildable atomizers.
First of all, building can be both fun and aggravating. It was fun bonding with the vape bro at my local shop, and learning how to do everything (it took a couple hours, and we had fun chatting while building); however, there was also a LOT of trial and error. I kept not making my coils tight enough at first, and, at one point, I nearly put my friend’s eye out when cutting the excess wires. Sorry, Dude.
There’s a huge sense of accomplishment when you finally DO build a proper coil. When we fired up my first decent coil build and it burned evenly, I had a great sense of pride. There’s a lot of artistry and craftsmanship involved, and producing something usable that you can actually vape with makes ya feel darn good.
Everything is laid out for you to see. From the way the coils burn to how saturated your cotton is, you can SEE everything that’s going on inside your RDA. If it’s not burning properly, you can SEE it, and not have to guess what got wonky (like with a tank). So, in that sense, it makes troubleshooting a lot easier.
The flavor is good, and the hits are powerful. You get a more “pure” flavor when vaping on an RDA. I can see why a lot of the local shops use RDAs for their juice testers. It brings through the flavor really well. And those hits! Vaping a six felt like I was vaping a twelve — it gave me a good punch to the throat.
The clouds are fat. The vapor production with an RDA is downright awesome to behold. If your primary goal is chasing clouds, then you’d probably love this thing.
You save money. Whereas coils for tanks can be rather expensive, building coils on your own for an RDA will only set you back mere cents. The wire and cotton you need to get an RDA build up-and-running are super-duper cheap.
SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
Even with all the great benefits to an RDA, I still borderline hated it. As fun as it is (at times), it’s definitely NOT for me…
I’m what’s known as a “chain vaper.” I like to fill up a tank, sit on the couch, and vape for HOURS uninterrupted. I go through literally hundreds of puffs per night. And I’m the kinda gal where, if one vape runs out of battery, I’ll switch to another mod and KEEP GOING. I love me some long vape sessions.
With an RDA, you get maybe FIVE PUFFS before you have to open it up and resaturate the cotton with juice. Ugh. I was popping it open every few seconds (which is why the RDA is a little worn out around the top, even though I’ve only had it for three days).
Trying to watch a movie while vaping on an RDA was brutal. I had to keep looking away from the screen to fiddle with my RDA; whereas, with a tank, I can just load it up before the movie starts and not have to deal with it again until the film’s over.
In the end, I’m glad I learned how to use an RDA. As someone who runs a site for vapers, I’d be a disgrace if I didn’t at LEAST own an RDA and know how to properly build on one.
I might bust out the RDA for juice reviews so that I get a better sense of what said juices are SUPPOSED to taste like, but, for the most part, I’m gonna be keeping this baby in storage. It’s just not enjoyable for my “style” of vaping.
I’ll be sticking with tanks.
Until next time,