Like I said before, this is a sleeper. No one really knows about this one and not many people have actually reviewed it. This is one hell of an RDA. I think the airflow on this RDA is fantastic and I think the flavor is just great. I love the build quality on it and the innovation on the top cap is just phenomenal. It has an extremely wide range when it comes to the airflow and it will give you one fantastic vape. Sure, it has its little cons here and there but what RDA on the market doesn’t? The bottom line is, no one really knows about this RDA and it’s not getting a lot of play in the vape community. These are just the types of RDA’s I love to review. I love finding hidden little gems that I know can put out a quality vape. The Washington RDA by 5Gvape is just that, a hidden little gem. Go pick yourself up one and I promise, you will not be disappointed. Our founding fathers RDA is DeucesJack approved.
First Impression Out Of The Box
Interesting little box, it opens up with a flap like an old style jewelry box. Everything is on one level including the RDA and all of its accessories. This is a wacky looking little RDA. It has a magnetic top cap that is actually pretty neat. When I first took it out of the box, I was under the impression that this was a proprietary, combination drip tip top cap and in a way it is but this is different because it’s magnetic. I’m going to pull this thing apart, put it through my UC, mount some coils, wick it up, juice it up and see how it vapes.
What’s In The Box
- 316 SS Stainless Steel
- PEI Magnet drip tip (No O Ring)
- Drip tip can adjust air holes
- Cap has 2 air holes
- 2 Post design
- Each post has a steel bar for tighten coils
- Brass positive pin with silver plating
- Each has 1pc extra BF pin
From Top To Bottom
The first thing you notice when you put this RDA in your hand is the combination drip tip top cap. I normally hate combination drip tip top caps. They are one of my pet peeves in the vaping market. This one though, is very different and it is done very well. It is made out of PEI and it happens to be just the right height and width. It is extremely comfortable to vape with and the base of it is magnetic. It has four magnets that correspond with 4 magnets on the top of the sleeve. The magnets are very strong and the top cap just snaps into place when you put it on top of the sleeve. The innovation does not end there though. Aside from being a magnetic top cap, it also has top air flow. There are cutouts on the top of the sleeve that are slanted inwards, toward your coil to give you some more airflow, should you need it. If you don’t want top airflow, you simply rotate the combination top cap drip tip and that will shut it down. Absolutely ingenious! Very impressed with this design. Oh yeah, almost forgot. This combination top cap drip tip stays very cool, even when chain vaping it at higher wattages.
While I am extremely impressed with the design of the drip tip top cap, it still is proprietary. Lose that top cap and you are out of luck. I would have liked to have seen some sort of Goon or 510 drip tip adapter. At the very least, with this kind of drip tip, you need to include two. The other con about the top cap is you can only run it with the airflow wide open or totally shut down. It would have been nice to have more top airflow options.
As I said earlier, the top of the barrel does have four magnets on it with 2 air slots that slant downwards towards the top of your coil. On the same side as the top air slots, there are also side air slots. They are cyclops style and shape but on each end of the airflow slots, it is machined inwards so the air gets pulled towards your coil from the side. Just an extremely well-designed sleeve. The interior of the sleeve does have a slight conical design to it but because of the top airflow that they included, they were probably limited to how conical they could actually make it. The machining on the Washington is very nice. There is some Washington branding on one side of the sleeve between the two air slots. It is very small and subtle.
The sleeve is held onto the base by 2 nice sized o’rings that go around the circumference of the base. The o’rings do have a nice tolerance to them at first but once they get some juice on them, they are way to loose. On the bottom of the atomizer, there is some 5Gvape branding as well as a production number. There is also a flat head negative post screw and a removable 510 pin. The 510 pin on the Washington RDA is brass and silver plated. The Washington RDA does come with a squonking pin. There is also an insulator ring around the 510. The threading on the Washington RDA’s 510 connection is very smooth and so far, it has sat flush on every mod I have used it on.
This is an extremely simple deck. It is a two-post, one-terminal-per-post design. It’s basically a velocity style deck that’s missing the top two terminals. The drawback to this deck is when you were running dual coils, your leads have to share space inside the terminals. Not a big deal, but I definitely prefer atomizers that have 4 terminals rather than two. The terminals are oval in shape and both of them have some sort of rolling metal inside that looks like a pin. It is supposed to help secure your leads. Honestly, I have never seen this before but it seems to work really well. This RDA is designed as a dual coil RDA. There is no single coil option on this build deck. That’s not a con to me but to some people, it will be. I feel like when I want to run a single coil, I’ll use an atomizer that was specifically designed for that.
The deck screws on this RDA are mounted on the top of the posts. They are very nice, beefy, flat head screws. In between the two posts, there is some type of insulator. I am not sure what type of material it is made out of. I would assume that it is some sort of peek insulator but to be honest, it’s a lot whiter than most peek insulators I have seen. Most peek insulators have a yellowish hue to them. This piece does not, so I’m not exactly sure what it is made of. I will say this, I have mounted my coils pretty close to this piece and it has not shown any signs of getting damaged. Whatever it is, it can definitely stand the heat that’s in this RDA because I have some monster coils in there that I am running at some high wattages. The insulator on this is only in between the top parts of the post. Along the bottom of the atomizer, there is no insulator. This is probably to make room for the squonk pin so it has enough space for your juice to flow through.
The juice well on this RDA is not that deep. It’s not exactly shallow but I would have preferred it to be just a little deeper. It does hold a nice amount of juice and because of the space between the posts, the juice does flow freely when you are squonking. Because it is a side airflow tank, there really isn’t a big risk of over squonking when you are using this on a squonking mod. I definitely have enjoyed using this RDA as a squonker but it would have benefited greatly from a deeper juice well.
Building And Wicking
Building on this RDA is pretty straightforward and simple. Both terminals are pretty huge so you can get some nice flat wire builds in there even if they do have to share terminal space. Right now, I am running some monster Juggernaut coils in there and I have no problem fitting them in there at all. Both leads fit into the terminals with space to spare. Because you are sharing terminal space with your leads, you may want to pre-cut them before you mount them in the posts for the last time. It does take a little bit of an extra step but I think it’s definitely worth it in the long run.
Wicking this RDA is an absolute dream. It’s not hard at all and it wicks like most RDA’s on the market today. Simply pull your cotton through the coil. Cut your cotton right around where the second o’ring ends on the base. Fluff up your cotton a little bit and tuck it into the juice well. Juice it up and you are ready to vape.
How Does It Vape
I think I found another sleeper here. This is a good one and so far, nobody really knows about it. I absolutely love the side airflow on this RDA. It is adjustable and if the side air flow is not enough for you, you can always rotate the magnetic top cap and grab some more airflow from the top. I like to run this tank with the side airflow about halfway closed and the top airflow shut down. I get a really nice, restricted, direct lung hit off of this RDA. The flavor on it is just phenomenal. I have no idea why this RDA is not getting more attention in our community. If I really feel like chucking clouds, I crank up the wattage, open up the side air flow all the way and I can open up the top airflow, too. You do that and this thing will cloud up a room in no time. I just love the versatility of the airflow on the Washington RDA. You can go from super wide open to a really nice restricted DL vape. To me, that’s just awesome.
Right now, I have dual Juggernauts in the Washington RDA. I am ohming out at .12 ohms at 120 watts in power mode on my GTRS V-Boy. I am getting an absolutely phenomenal vape. I have the airflow on the side shutdown about halfway, with the top airflow shut down all the way. The vape is just extremely dense and flavorful. I get a very saturated, wet vape that I am truly enjoying. Another thing I love about this RDA is it will satisfy the vaper that likes to drip down the middle or the coil painter. If you are a painter, it is really easy to pop that magnetic top off and get to painting. If you like to drip down the middle, the drip tip is more than wide enough to do so.
As A Squonker
The Washington RDA is a very competent squonker. All you have to do is replace the traditional 510 pin with the included squonking pin and you are ready to go. I like running this RDA on my bigger squonkers that have dual batteries. I know, they’re not a lot of them on the market right now but trust me, they are definitely on their way. When those types of squonking mods make it to the market, I’m telling you, you are going to want to have this RDA in your arsenal. Even though the juice well is not the deepest on this RDA, it is pretty hard to over squonk on it.
What Would Have Made It Better
- Slightly Deeper Juice Well
- More Top Airflow Options
- Another Drip Tip Or and Adapter
Like I said before, the juice well on this RDA is not exactly deep but at the same time, it isn’t really shallow either. I think it definitely would have benefited from a little bit more space in the juice well. I love the innovation of the top airflow cap. I think it’s fantastic. My one gripe with it is it really doesn’t leave you with a lot of options. You can either run the top airflow wide open or you have to shut it down all the way. There is no in between. I would have liked 5Gvape to develop some type of top cap that gave us a happy medium. The other thing with the top cap is, it is a proprietary top cap. When a company develops something like this, they need to either include a second top cap or develop some type of adapter for a Goon or 510 drip tip. I would have preferred that they do both. Again though, these are really petty little things that don’t necessarily affect the quality of this RDA in a negative way. They are just things that I would like to see addressed should 5Gvape come out with a Washington II.
- Nice machining
- Innovative top cap
- Comfortable drip tip
- Easy to build
- Easy to wick
- Massive airflow
- Wide range of airflow
- Smooth airflow
- Comes with a squonk pin
- Top cap stays cool even while chain vaping
- Great for coil painters or drip down the middle vapers
- O’rings could be tighter
- Lacks top airflow options
- Proprietary drip tip
- Only 1 terminal per post
- O’Rings are to loose