Advken Manta Review

Advken Manta RTA Review

Advken Manta

The Advken Manta is really a solid performer in a very crowded subcategory. It's got really good flavor and the clouds are great as well. Click the Buy Now button to get this great price.

$39.99

First Impression Out Of The Box:

I have to say that when I first opened the box, I thought that this RTA has a stunning look to it. I got the stainless steel one but it’s a high polish stainless steel and it is very shiny. Your RTA will come pre-assembled with a straight glass. I would highly recommend, the first thing you do is swap it out for the bubble glass that is included.

It’s actually hard to believe that this is the first Advken product I have ever reviewed, especially when you consider how many reviewsI actually do a year. The packaging on the RTA is very nice. It comes in a blue box with a Manta Ray on the cover. Open the box and to the right, in a foam insert, you will find the Manta RTA. To the left of the RTA, there is a spare bubble glass. In a slot located above both the RTA and the spare glass, you will find some spare o’rings as well as some spare grub screws.

What’s In The box:

  • One Advken Manta RTA
  • One Bubble Tank Glass
  • One Spare Parts Pack
  • Doctor Coil Screwdriver

Advken Manta RTA Review

From Top To Bottom:

Upon first inspection of this RTA, I was a little disappointed at the drip tip. It is an Ultem 810 size drip tip but it is one of those shorty, chuff cap, style ones that I typically do not enjoy. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I actually do enjoy this drip tip because of the way Advken did the top cap. The top cap is very thick with some nice knurling on it but it also repels heat. I don’t know what they did to the top cap but this thing just doesn’t get hot. Even when using the stock drip tip and chain vaping, you will not experience any bacon lips. I still prefer a taller drip tip and I wish they would have included one but I can totally vape this one comfortably all day.

Advken Manta RTA Review

The drip tip is very short but it’s really not wide bore. It may be on the short side but the inner diameter of it is not as wide as it looks. The drip tip is definitely thick and that reduces the inner diameter of it. On the bottom of the drip tip, there is a black ring with some Manta branding on both sides. This is a Goon style drip tip so there is no o’ring but there is an o’ring on the inside of the top cap. This drip tip fits nice and snug as do all my other aftermarket Goon or 810 style drip tips.

The top cap has some nice deep knurling to it that lets you get a really good grip when you are removing the top cap. It does take a couple of turns to get the top cap off but the threading on it is extremely smooth. Above the threading on the inside of the top cap, there is a black o’ring going around the circumference of the interior.

Advken Manta RTA Review

The fill port cap is recessed and there are two kidney bean shaped fill ports on the interior of it. They are wide and they will accommodate every juice bottle on the market today. The chimney on the Manta is what I would call a medium bore chimney. It’s not really wide and it’s not really narrow. The fill port cap is very thin and it does give the tank a lower profile than most tanks in its category. On the interior of the fill port cap, there is a very skinny black o’ring that holds the glass section in place. The chimney itself is short, so your vapor does not have far to travel. This is normally conducive to excellent flavor.

Advken Manta RTA Review

The chimney drops down into the barrel that covers your build deck. The threading on the bottom of the barrel attaches to the bottom of the base of your deck. The threading is also very smooth. The inner chamber of the barrel does have a conical design to it. This, along with the short chimney, will normally give you excellent flavor on an RTA.

This is a bottom airflow tank and you will find your AFC on the base. There are three Tic-Tac shaped slots on each side of the base that are fully adjustable. There is a graphic that looks like three links in a chain between the airflow slots. I have no idea what that means or why it’s even on there. The AFC ring does have stoppers on both ends and it is a little tight. It can be a pain to adjust while the tank is on a mod. I can’t tell you how many times I actually had to take this tank off of a mod in order to adjust the AFC.

Advken Manta RTA Review

I’m sure installing the bubble glass doesn’t help that situation either. With the bubble glass installed, it can be kinda hard to get your fingers in there and adjust the AFC. On the bottom of the base, there is some Advken and Manta branding. The 510 pin is gold plated and there is an insulator ring around it. The threading around the 510 is stainless steel and very smooth. No issues with this RTA sitting flush on any of my mods. The base of the Manta measures 24 mm in diameter and it is also 46 mm high.

There are two glass sections included with your purchase of the Manta RTA. The glass section is held in place by the tension created between the fill port cap and the base of the tank. If you run the straight class, you will have a 3 ml capacity. If you run the bubble glass, the capacity increases to 4.5 mls. Because of the way this thing rips true juice, I definitely prefer the bubble glass option.

Advken Manta RTA Review

The Deck:

The deck on the Manta is gold plated. It is a velocity style deck with staggered terminals. That’s the best way I can actually describe it. It is a two-post, two-terminals-per-post design. The post holes are on the large side but because the screws enter from the sides of the posts, flat wire builds are going to get crushed in there unless you give them a turn. That never bothered me, but some people have an issue with that when it comes to putting flat wire builds in a deck like this.

The outer terminals are on the bottom of the deck and the upper terminals are moved in towards the center of the deck. The grub screws are accessed from the side just like a velocity style deck. They are hex screws and they are of very good quality. Since this is a bottom airflow tank, there is an airflow slot that you can place your coil directly over. On either side of the airflow slot is where you will find your wicking ports. They have a kind of triangular shape with the corners rounded off. This is where you tuck your cotton into and it allows your juice to feed your wicks from the bottom of the tank. There is no juice flow control on this tank.

Advken Manta RTA Review

While the post holes on the deck are a decent size and will accommodate some flat wire builds, you do have to be careful with the type of coil that you run on this deck. There really is not a lot of space and you are going to be limited in the size of the coil that you are able to run efficiently on a deck like this. I tend to stay in the 2.5 mm diameter range with five or six wraps on some Clapton wire. That’s the way I like to run my builds on this deck. Stay in that range as far as the size of your build goes and you should be just fine.

Building And Wicking:

Building this RDA is pretty straightforward but I really do think Advken made a mistake on the way they arranged the terminals on this deck. They should have staggered them the opposite way and it would have been a much easier deck to build on. It’s not hard in any way but I like it when the top terminals are on the outside and the bottom terminals are on the inside. The reason I like this is because it keeps your leads out of the way of your cotton. The way they have this deck configured, your bottom leads do get in the way of your wicking material. It’s not that big of a deal but I think they could have put a little bit more thought into the way they arranged the terminals on this deck.

All that aside, it’s really a pretty simple deck to build on. It’s got some nice wide terminals and you can get some pretty decent sized leads in there. Once the coils are mounted, you tighten down your leads and there is plenty of room for you to get your wire clipper in there and clip the ends of your leads off. After your leads are clipped, you can take your coiling rod and position your coils. For the best flavor, you need to bring the coils down and over the air flow slot. You have to make sure that you center the coil properly so you have enough room to place your wicks in the wicking ports. After you have your coil placement set, if you are running contact coils, you can pulse your coils and get all of the hot spots out.

On the Manta RTA, I like to cut my wicking material right by the o’ring that goes around the base. This will give you a perfect length and ensure that this tank wicks properly. The wicking ports are a little on the small side, so you may want to thin out your cotton before you place it in the wicking port. Once you have your cotton placed, you can juice up your coils and reassemble everything. After the tank is reassembled, you can open up the top cap and fill the tank up. Now, you are ready to vape.

How Does It Vape?

It’s a real solid vape and to be honest, it really reminds me of the Vandy Vape Kensei. It has a very similar type of draw, just not as smooth as the Kensei. In fact, when you put those two tanks side-by-side, they actually look really similar. The only difference being is the Kensei does have juice flow control. I do get a very flavorful vape off the Manta RTA and the clouds are really good, too. One thing I have noticed is this tank is a juice sucker and even with the bubble tank you seem to be filling it up an awful lot.

The draw on the Manta tank is what I would classify as a restrictive DL hit. It’s not the loosest draw in the world but it really isn’t tight at all. It’s got just the right amount of restrictiveness that I tend to like. You can’t MTL this tank, even if you close down the airflow almost all the way. The airflow is smooth but there are RTA’s in the same class that have smoother air flow. This is the type of airflow for the type of vaper that likes to be in the 60 – 75 watt range and likes a semi restrictive DL draw.

Right now, I am running dual stainless steel Clapton’s in the Manta that are ohming out at .25 ohms. I have this tank on top of my Smoant Cylon and I am at 75 watts and 500 degrees Fahrenheit in TC mode. I’m getting a very nice vape off of the Manta when I run it this way. The flavor is what I would call better than average and the clouds are also better than average. It’s not OMG flavor but it is pretty damn good. I have tried a few tanks this year that kind of edge it out but this is definitely up there with some of the better RTA’s on the market. The flavor and the clouds were good enough to earn this tank an honorable mention spot on my Best Of 2017 List.

What Would Have Made It Better:

  • Smoother AFC Ring
  • Reverse The Terminal Location

One of the biggest cons and most annoying things on this tank is the fact that the AFC is very stiff. It is also very difficult to adjust while you have this tank on a mod. It’s just a really annoying attribute that this tank has and I wish they would have done something to smooth it out or just make it a little looser. It’s not a deal breaker but it can get annoying when you have to pull the tank off of the mod in order to adjust your airflow.
I would have really liked to have seen the terminal positions on the deck reversed. I just think that the top terminals need to be on the outside and the bottom terminals need to be on the inside. For me, that’s just the proper way to stagger a deck like this.

Conclusion:

The Advken Manta is really a solid performer in a very crowded subcategory. It definitely did enough to distinguish itself in order for me to put it on my list as an honorable mention. It’s got really good flavor and the clouds are great as well. The build quality is really solid and the capacity is pretty decent. I really do like the way this tank vapes and to be honest, if it wasn’t for the Kylin and the Kensei, this probably would have been one of the top tanks of the year. If you like both of those tanks and you want to add something different to your vape arsenal, you are going to love the Manta. This one is definitely DeucesJack approved.

Advken Manta

The Advken Manta is really a solid performer in a very crowded subcategory. It's got really good flavor and the clouds are great as well. Click the Buy Now button to get this great price.

$39.99

Pros and Cons:

A note about Pros and Cons. These are my Pros and Cons. They are very subjective. What may be a pro to me could be a con to you and vice versa.

Pros:
  • Looks
  • Build Quality
  • Bubble Glass
  • Top Cap
  • Comfortable Goon DT
  • Conical Design
  • Easy To Wick
  • Great Flavor
  • Nice Clouds
  • Two Different Capacities
  • Quality Machining

Cons:
  • Small Deck
  • Juice Sucker
  • AFC Is Tough To Adjust While On A Mod
  • Deck Should Have Been Staggered The Other Way

  • 24mm Diameter
  • 3ml Tank Capacity
  • 4.5ml Bubble Tank Capacity
    • Threaded Top Fill
    • Two Large Fill Ports
  • Two Post Midsection Build Deck
    • Stacked Staggered Terminals
      • Dual Coil Design
        • Two Terminals Per Post
        • 4mm Each Terminal
        • Side Mounted Hex Screws
        • Corner Cutout Wicking Ports
        • Dual Centered Internal Air Holes
        • Gold Plated Deck
        • PEEK Insulation
  • Dual Adjustable Bottom Air Slots
    • Six 6mm Air Flow Holes
    • Can Be Sealed
  • 10mm Bore PEI 510 Drip Tip
  • 304 Stainless Steel and Glass Construction
  • Gold Plated 510 Contact
  • 46mm by 24mm

Deuces Jack is a well-known member of the VapingUnderground forums where he quickly became respected for his honest opinions and willingness to help other members. He is now a regular content contributor for Vaping Insider. When he’s not vaping or unboxing the latest products for review, he can be found riding motorcycles close to his home in New York.

1 Comment
  1. Reply Hearts January 24, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Wish I would’ve read your review before I ordered. I love the way it looks, I got the black. Since I wick with rayon it was a b*tch to wick without leaking.

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