If you are an experienced builder and you love mech mods, then definitely take a look at this kit. It is curvy, sexy and it is at a great price point. If you are new to the mech mod world definitely look elsewhere. As far as the value goes, I have to say that this kit is a pretty good entry level kick but only if you are experienced an experienced builder. For this to be your first mechanical mod I would say that there are better choices out there. I do like the shape, form factor, and all the gold plating on this kit. It just looks beautiful. So, if you are looking for a beautiful, sexy, well-finished mech kit, definitely go pick yourself up a Mad Dog desire kit. At this price point, you really can’t go wrong.
First Impression Out Of The Box
Okay, it’s official, I now have my first pink mod. Even though the website says that this color is red, I’m here to tell you that it definitely leans heavily towards the pink side. It looks like a pretty complete kit. You get the mod along with an RDTA. I also notice that they included a base. I am assuming this is for the RDTA and it will allow you to run it on other mods.
The packaging is very nice and the box does open up like a book. Everything is laid out on one level and the instruction manual looks to be very well done. It does look like they provided two spare glass tubes. That is a really nice touch and definitely appreciated.
What’s In The Box
- Mad Dog mechanical mod
- Mad Dog RDTA
- 2 x extra glass tubes
- 1 x atomizer base (non-adjustable 510 pin)
- Extras: 4 x extra grub screws | 4 x extra cross screws | hex key | o-rings
- User manual
From Top To Bottom
Because this kit comes fully assembled basically as one piece, I am going to do this review a little differently. While I normally break up a kit into different mod and tank sections, for this one, I am going to cover everything together. The reason for that is because the RDTA that is provided basically has no base and it is fully integrated into the mechanical tube. The base of the RDTA is the top part of the mod itself. So for the sake of simplicity, I am going to cover them all in one section.
As usual, we will start off at the top of the mod with the drip tip. The drip tip provided is a short, chuff-style cap one made out of Ultem. There is some branding on one side of the drip tip that says Desire. So far, all of my other Goon or 810 style drip tips have fit nice and snug in the top cap.
The top cap for this mod is all one piece with the barrel. For the purposes of this review, I will just be referring to it as the top cap. Of course, because this is a Goon-style top cap, there is an oring embedded inside the top cap. There is some beveling on the top exterior of the top cap and there is some Mad Dog branding on one side. The exterior airflow slots are cyclops style with some beveling coming in from the sides of it. Inside the top cap, there really is not much of a conical design. The top cap feels like it’s made out of aluminum and it is very light but at the same time, it does not feel cheap.
The airflow slots lineup with airflow slots on the deck. The deck airflow slots have a ramped up type of look that come right underneath your coil. There is basically a slot with a beveling that points upwards towards your coil. On the base itself, there is also some Mad Dog branding. Underneath one of the airflow slots, there is a fill port on the base. The whole base and deck is gold-plated.
The deck on this kit is a two post to terminal design. All the post holes are side by side. The terminals are pretty massive and they can handle almost any flat wire build your heart desires. You can get some big sized coils in this deck but you have to make sure you leave enough room for wicking. All of the posts are also gold plated as well. The deck screws can be accessed by the top of the deck. The Hex grub screws are gold plated and so far have worked very well. There are two air holes that are below coils when they are mounted. This is to allow air to escape while filling the RDTA.
The wicking holes for this RDTA are a nice size and they are easy to work with when replacing your cotton. There really is no way to take the whole deck apart when you are wicking. The wicking ports are basically drilled through the deck. The good news is, you have more than enough room to place your cotton in the wicking ports. This is a side fill RDTA but when filling this RDTA, you have to make sure that you slant the mod to an almost horizontal position. Otherwise, it can be pretty tough to fill while it is upright.
This particular RDTA does have a single coil option, however, it does not have a way to shut off one side of the air flow. So, while you you get an Ultem plug for one side of the deck, there is no way to effectively shut down one side of the air flow. If you are going to run this RDTA in single coil mode, then you will have to deal with both sides of the airflow being open. Not a very well thought design. Another nice touch is that in this kit, you also get a gold plated base. This is for the times you would like to run this RDTA on another mod. You simply pull the whole RDTA off the mechanical mod and attach the base to it. By doing this, you are creating an RDTA that can be used on other mods. The 510 pin on the extra base does not protrude at all so please make sure you do not use it on hybrid mechanical mods when set up this way. On the extra base of the mod, there is some Mad Dog branding as well as a serial number. The company says this RDTA holds a whopping 7 mls of juice. In reality, it is probably more like 5 mls.
On the mech part of the mod, we do have a gold-plated hybrid connection. If you are using the supplied RDTA with this mod, the only safety feature you have is a single oring above the 510 pin. Otherwise, the RDTA basically connects directly to the battery. The top cap cannot be detached from the tube itself. The tube itself is made out of anodized aluminum. The threading on the bottom of it is okay but it can seem crunchy at times. There is no insulator in the battery tube so you have to be very careful and make sure your wraps are in good shape when using a mod like this. The inside of the top cap does seem to have some sort of insulator ring around it. Most likely it is Delrin.
I do like the anodized finish on the tube and the branding on it is very subtle. You will see some Mad Dog and Desire branding on it. Towards the bottom of the tube, there is a little cut out that is kind of like a twist. It is rather comfortable to get the sides of your fingers in there while you are firing the mod. It definitely gives you some leverage when pushing the button from the bottom and I really do like the way it feels in your hand. Like I said before, threading on the bottom of the mod is a little on the crunchy side and I think it could have been a lot better.
The firing button for this mod is all gold plated and uses opposing magnets. I do like the fact that the switch is all gold plated because it eliminates the need to worry about keeping your contacts clean. The whole firing button can be broken down and when you do break it down, it will come apart in four pieces. There are some venting holes in the plastic piece of the firing button and also next to one of the magnets. They look to be there mainly for show and not for actual venting because should you have the unfortunate experience of a battery venting in this mod, the big magnet on the base of the firing button wood block that. The threading on all of the components of the firing button is nice and smooth and it is definitely better than the threading on the bottom of the tube. All in all, this is a very simple yet effective switch. My only real complaint about the switch itself is that the plastic piece inside of it seems to scrape against your batteries when you are installing the firing button. I think they could have done a better job of smoothing that part out.
Of course, this type of firing button does have a safety feature built in. You screw it closed so you cannot fire the mod. You open it up a little bit so you can fire the mod. This is for when you want to put your mod in your pocket, you make sure you close the firing switch. The throw on the switch is short and very light. You rotate it clockwise to lock it and counterclockwise to unlock it.
The Look, Feel, And General Aesthetics Of The Mod
While I absolutely cannot stand the color of this mod, I have seen it in other colors and I think it looks phenomenal. The color they sent me is a just a little too feminine for my taste. I do think the finish is fantastic and I love the gold accenting on the whole kit. I think it’s got a real sexy, curvy look to it. I like the way they integrated the RDTA with this Mech mod but I think it would have been a better all-around kit had they used the extra base instead of integrating the whole RDTA. I think it is a looker for sure. The cutout on the tube itself makes it very comfortable and easy to carry or hold. Aesthetically, I have to give it to them, it is just beautiful.
How Does It Vape
As far as vape quality goes, this mechanical kit does hit. Where I think it is lacking is in the airflow department. I do not like the options or lack of options that are given as far as airflow goes. I don’t like the way they did the bottom airflow where it is actually adjusted at the base. The problem with this type of air flow system is when you go to close it down, you are not getting your air flow to hit the middle of the coil. This is because of the inability of being able to center your air flow on the coil no matter how closed or open you have it. The only way to have it truly centered is to run it wide open. I really don’t like when companies do their airflow like this. I also think the flavor takes a hit because of the lack of conical design in the top cap. They definitely had enough room to make the top cap more conically shaped. Had they done these two things, this probably would have been a much more flavorful kit.
As far as the flavor and cloud production go, the RDTA in itself is a very middle of the road RDTA. The flavor is just okay and the cloud production is definitely there. It’s not the best rdta that I have ever vape and it’s not the worst. It is very middle of the road.
What Would Have Made It Better
- Really not for beginners
- No venting
- Top design could have been better
Desire is marketing this as a Mech mod for beginners. To be honest, I really can’t see that. I can think of a lot of other mechanical mods that have more safety features built in for the beginner. So, I would say, if you are a beginner and looking at a mech mod, there are definitely better choices. I especially do not like the fact that there is no real venting on this tube mod. I mean really, what would it have taken to drill a couple of holes on top to provide some venting should a battery windup venting on you? I think that’s kind of irresponsible and it does really bother me about this kit. I also think they would have been better off if they did not integrate the whole RDTA system into this mod. This thing should have come with the same RDTA but with one that has a base with a protruding 510 pin. As it is, you can not safely run the RDTA on this kit with the extra base. Not only is that stupid but it is definitely something that contributes to my opinion of this kit not being for a beginner. They also could have made the top cap a lot more flavorful with just a few little tweaks. Had they made it a more conical design, it definitely would have improved the flavor on the included RDTA.
MAD DOG MECH MOD:
- Dimensions: 89 mm x 25 mm (tube mod only)
- Battery: Single 18650 (not included)
- Material: 304 Stainless Steel | Gold-plating | “Aeronautical material”
- Spring-loaded magnetic firing button with screw-lock
- Hybrid top cap only
MAD DOG RTDA:
- Dimensions (non-adjustable 510 base): 24 mm x 47 mm (without drip tip) 53.2 mm (inc. drip tip)
- Dimensions (hybrid connection): 24 mm x 36.5 mm (without drip tip) 42.3 mm (inc. drip tip)
- Capacity: 7 mL (stated) 5 mL (realistic)
- ULTEM drip tip (10 mm inner diameter | 16 mm outer diameter)
- Gold-plated 304 stainless steel build deck
- Central split-post deck design
- Bottom-fed airflow
- Airflow holes: 2.4 mm x 8.3 mm
- Build quality
- Hits nice
- Easy to build
- Easy to wick
- Gold plating
- Form factor
- Short throw on the fire button
- Huge post holes
- Goon style drip tip
- 2 spare glasses
- No venting
- Not really for beginners
- Single coil mode was not thought out well
- Airflow could have been designed better
- Lack a conical design on the top cap
- RDTA integration