If you are a flavor chaser that likes massive clouds, then you need to go get yourself a Vandy Vape Pyro. Even if you are not an RDTA type of vaper but you are into full-on flavor, definitely pick one up. I’ll go on record right now saying that the Pyro is one of the best RDTA’s on the market, bar none. It is really just that good of a vape. The construction on it is typical Vandy Vape high quality and it is an extremely well thought out RDTA. As far as RDTA’s go, it’s not one of the biggest and it’s not one of the smallest either, so it does look good on most mods.
Like any atomizer, the Pyro does have a few minor issues but they pale in comparison to the vape quality you will get off of this atomizer. If you do wind up getting a Pyro from Vandy Vape, just make sure you have plenty of juice because this thing is a juice sucker. So, if you are into flavor and clouds without a compromise, definitely pick up the Vandy Vape Pyro RDTA. It is absolutely, without a doubt, DeucesJack approved.
How Does It Vape
Funny thing is, as most of you know, I’m really not an RDTA guy but the Vandy Vape Pyro may have actually changed that for me. This is definitely one of the better flavor RDTA’s on the market. The flavor is just absolutely phenomenal. I have been using this a lot more than I originally thought I would. I just get phenomenal flavor and the clouds are just fantastic. Right now, I have dual stainless steel aliens in there. They have an internal diameter of 2.5 mm and they are ohming out at .25 ohms. I have the Pyro on top of my Tesla Nano 120 and I am vaping it at 85 Watts. The vape I get is just fantastic all around. I am getting thick, lush, dense, flavorful, huge clouds. It is just a fantastic experience for an RDTA. One annoying thing is that I do seem to be always filling this RDTA. It is definitely a juice killer. Because the vape quality is so good, the Vandy Vape Pyro has stayed in my rotation a lot longer than most RDTA’s do. In fact, I am still vaping on it right now even though I have a ton of other RDTA’s that I have retired right after I reviewed them. That alone is a testament to how good the Vandy Vape Pyro actually is. It is a triple threat in my book. It has flavor, clouds, and smooth airflow with no compromises at all.
First Impression Out of the Box
Typical Vandy Vape packaging on the Pyro RDTA. Sigh, I really wish they would up their packaging game because they make such great atomizers yet that packaging just does not do them justice. On the top tier of the box, you will find a fully assembled Pyro RDTA, a spare glass, and a spare drip tip. Below the foam insert is where you will find all the spares and goodies. The Pyro is not exactly large but it’s not a small RDTA either. Straight out of the box, it looks to be of typical Vandy Vape high quality. Let’s drop some coils in it and see how it vapes.
What’s in the Box
- 1 Pyro 24 RDTA
- 1 Replacement Glass Tube
- 1 18.5mm Delrin Doc Drip Tip
- 1 510 Drip Tip Adapter
- 1 Accessory Bag
- 1 Tri Tool
From Top to Bottom
The Pyro comes fully assembled with a Ultem drip tip that is rather nice. It is an 810 Goon drip tip made out of all Ultem. It is comfortable to use and it is been the one that I have been using the most out of the two. The other drip tip is a black, short, chuff-style cap that kind of has treading on the side that almost makes it look like a wheel that fell off a child’s toy. This drip tip is way too short for me and I don’t find it enjoyable to use at all. It brings your lips way too close to the top cap and you wind up with bacon lips. I have no idea why manufacturers insist on including these really short drip tips on these atomizers that have the potential to generate a lot of heat. In all honesty, I don’t know any vapers that actually use them or enjoy them. I would really like to see the manufacturer’s move towards using taller drip tips that keep your lips away from a hot top cap. Vandy Vape also included a 510 drip tip adapter for those of you that like to run your traditional 510 drip tips. So as always Vandy Vape gives you a lot of choices across the full spectrum when it comes to drip tips. They have always done this as a company and it’s something that I really admire about them.
The top cap on the Pyro has some nice knurling on top that really allows you to get a good grip when adjusting the AFC. There is a cyclops-style air flow slot that dips down in the middle with a sort of little divot. The interior of the top cap has a semi-conical design to it. The top cap is held in place over the sleeve of the RDA with one nice beefy o’ring. The top cap lines up with the airflow slots on the sleeve and the adjustability is rather easy. There is some branding on the top cap via a Vandy Vape logo. It is subtle and elegant and I do not mind it at all. Airflow on the Pyro is extremely smooth.
The sleeve on the Pyro is something very different that I really have not seen before. When you look at it from the top, there is almost a shield-looking portion that goes over the airflow slot on the sleeve. It seems to have the effect of directing the airflow downward to the bottom of the coil. Like I said, I’ve never really seen this before but it definitely looks innovative. The airflow slots themselves are very reminiscent of the Pulse 24 and 22 atomizer. By that I mean they seem to be slotted downward but there are no actual tubes like on the Pulse 24 and 22. In fact, this whole RDTA basically reminds me of a Pulse 22 or 24 deck on an RDTA. On the bottom of the sleeve, you will notice that there are two plugs that coincide with two fill port holes on the deck itself. These plugs actually fill the juice portholes and make this RDTA virtually leak proof when you turn it upside down. They also ensure that there is only one way to put the sleeve onto the deck. When you put the sleeve onto the deck correctly, you are greeted with a very satisfying click. It’s actually quite ingenious and I am sure my description is just not doing it any justice. You will see what I mean when you look at the pictures in this review.
The Pyro comes with a stock Ultem glass section but you are also given a clear spare glass. While I do like Ultem in general, I’m not too crazy about having it as a glass section. In some lighting conditions, it can be really tough to see your juice level. So, one of the first things I did when I receive this atomizer is I swapped out the glass section. Even though the Pyro holds 4 mls of liquid, I do find myself filling this thing an awful lot. I would have preferred a larger capacity or better yet the Pyro would have been perfect as a squonking RDTA.
The base of the Pyro does have some Pyro branding on it. The 510 pin is gold plated and as usual, with all Vandy Vape products, there is an insulator ring around it. The threading on the 510 is very smooth and the Pyro sits flush on every mod I have used it on. To take the Pyro apart, all you have to do is simply unscrew the deck from the base and both pieces will separate for cleaning or to swap out the glass.
The deck on the Pyro is definitely a thing of beauty and the star of the show for this RDTA. What it basically looks like is if you took a velocity style deck and split it down the middle from the sides and the split pieces fell over, what you would have is the Pyro deck. It is a postless deck that is quite roomy. It has gold plated deck screws that can use either a Phillips head screwdriver or a flat head screwdriver. The deck screws are nice and beefy and so far, stripping has not been an issue at all. On the same side of the deck screws, you do have the fill port for the Pyro. I love the way they did this fill port and I especially love that the top cap has little nubs that fill it in and seal it up. The wicking ports on the Pyro are absolutely huge so you definitely have to make sure you fluff up your cotton before you tuck it in there. Overall, it’s just a great postless deck design with an ingenious way of sealing up the fill ports. Leave it to Vandy Vape to come up with designs like this. Their stuff is just always well thought out.
Building and Wicking
Building the Pyro is the same as it would be for most postless decks. The hardest part about building on this RDTA is getting the correct length on your coils for your leads. Like I say in most of my reviews with postless decks, just take your time and cut a little at a time. Once you get the correct length of your leads, you simply insert them into the post holes and tighten them down. Gently pulse your coils to get all the hot spots out and it is time to wick the Pyro up. Just a little side note. You can run the Pyro in dual or single coil mode. If you are going to run a single coil, make sure it’s a big one so you have enough cotton to fill up that wicking port. I have run it both ways and for this RDTA, I prefer dual coils.
Wicking is extremely easy on this RDTA. Simply choose the right amount of cotton and pull it through your coils. I like to cut my wicks just below the exterior oring on the base of the deck. I cut my wicks so you can see just a little bit of it hanging past the glass after they are tucked in. Like I said, this is a pretty big wicking port so make sure your cotton is nice and fluffy. Once you have the correct length, simply take a tweezer and place it in the wicking port very gently. Be sure not to jam the cotton in as this definitely affects the wicking in a negative way.
What Would Have Made It Better
- Bigger capacity
- Squonk option
- 24mm Diameter
- 4mL Juice Capacity
- Superior Stainless Steel Construction
- ULTEM Glass Reinforcement
- Optional Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- Innovative Postless, Quad Terminal Design
- 2.5mm by 3mm Terminal Openings
- Side-Secured via Phillips Flat Screws
- Two PEEK-Insulated Positive Terminal Posts
- Two Negative Terminal Posts
- Single or Double Coil Configurations
- Mixed Airflow Intake System – Two Different Airflow Channels
- Convenient In-Fill Mode – Refill via Removing Top Cap
- 17.5mm Wide ULTEM Drip Tip
- 18.5mm Wide Delrin Doc Drip Tip
- 510 Drip Tip Adapter
- Gold-Plated 510 Connection
- Awesome flavor
- Lots of drip tip choices
- Build quality
- Smooth airflow
- Postless deck
- Huge fill ports
- Easy to build
- Easy to wick
- Quality deck screws
- Ingenious barrel design
- Juice killer