Vandy Vape Widowmaker RTA Review

Updated on: 2019-12-14

Intro

Alright, Insiders? Today, I got a tall boy for you. That’s right. We’re cracking open the tall boys. I’m talking about the Vandy Vape Widowmaker RTA. This one’s a collaboration between Vandy Vape and Elmono Vapeador. I don’t know who that is. I have no idea. Probably some vape reviewer in another country. Doesn’t matter, we always give me an honest review, no matter whose name is on the box.

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From Top to Bottom

Interesting-looking RTA. When I first saw it, it immediately reminded me of the Aromamizer. It’s kind of got that Aromamizer style airflow. Kind of different. But when I took it out and I put the deck on it, look at the difference. You got that bottom airflow right there. So we’re gonna go over this. This looks like it’s got bottom and side airflow. Very, very interesting. You get three airflow barrels. That’s what I’m calling them, at least, or airflow control rings, whatever you want to call them. I guess airflow control rings is more accurate. Here’s the honeycomb one. This is by far the loosest and it will give you gobs of airflow, smooth airflow, along with the bottom airflow if you keep it open. This one, this little slot right here, this is by far the loudest. It’s not turbulent. It just almost sounds like it wants to whistle. Very flavorful. You can get a restrictive lung hit off of this wide open. You can cut it down to a more restrictive lung hit. It’s a very flavorful airflow control ring as well. However, after vaping on all three of them, this one is actually my favorite. I find that I get the best restriction for the type of vape that I like. I liked the little hole in there. You can cut it down a little bit if you want to, although I just like running the hole on top wide open. To me, this is a fantastic vape when you use this airflow control ring on this RTA.

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You also get a bubble glass which we’re going to be installing very shortly. Also included in the packaging, you get a coil cutting tool, you get two triple fuse claptons ohming out at 0.35, 3mm in diameter. You get a hex key, some spare deck screws, a 510 drip tip adaptor and some spare o-rings.

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The first thing we want to do, let’s install that bubble glass. Let’s take this section off. Pop that straight glass off and let’s get our bubble glass and get it all installed. Pop it right on there like so. Check out that long chimney. While we got this apart, let me show this to you. This barrel section comes off and you can put this section on if you want to and the other one but look at that air flow. It looks like that air flow is slanted downward and probably gonna slam into that coil. Look at the inside right there, very condensed chamber for a dual coil atomizer and it almost looks like it’s gonna have top airflow, it really does. Where’s the base? Let’s see. That coil, depending on your height, is gonna slam into the top side of the coil. So that’s kind of interesting. And then you have this bottom airflow right here that you’re gonna get from the middle, from that honeycomb in the middle. Very, very interesting deck. Very interesting airflow design. Definitely looking forward to it. Let’s put it back together.

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So let’s put this back together. We’re gonna keep the honeycomb airflow. Pop that back on so now we’re gonna take our tank section. We’re gonna put that back on. Threading seems to be nice and smooth. Let’s make sure we’re nice and tight. Now you can see your honeycomb airflow and then I’ll show you it’s shutting down. See it’s shutting down three holes at a time and then if I bring it back this way, you’re gonna see it opened three holes at a time. Neat airflow, I kind of like that. We’re gonna shut it for now.

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Before I forget, I also want to go over the top cap with you. We have a goon style drip tip on top right there. 810 drip tip, you can see the o-rings on the inside. Not crazy about that frosted one. I would have rather have seen them all blacked out. You can see, we got a little bit of a heat sink going on here, that’s probably gonna dissipate some of the heat. There is some knurling on the top cap here. Pop it open half a twist, boom, it opens up. Nice big gasket, one fill hole right there. A little bit of a recession, so you don’t make a mess. I do like that half a twist. Boom, it’s on. Really nice job on that.

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Building & Wicking

So the first thing you want to do when you grab it, you want to grab your coil cutting tool that’s included. You can see it’s conveniently marked in the five spot for you, right there. Then you want to take your coils and pop them out of the bag. Those are actually some nice beefy looking coils. Now we take them, we put them in the 5 spot, right there. We turn it over, we take our flush cutters and we just give it a snip. Same thing on the other side, snip. Repeat the process with the other coil and there you go. Now your coil is the perfect length. Now you want to take your coil master and you just want to pop them in there just like so. Just pop them in there, just like that. Push them down, make sure they’re in there good. Make sure your coil master is off as well because you want to put your finger on top of them just to hold them down while you tighten those screws so the leads don’t pop up on you. That’s important. And you don’t want to have your Coil Master on because you don’t want to leave a coiling print on your finger by accident. We’re gonna repeat the process on the other side so now your coil should look something like that. Now what you want to do, you want to use your coiling rod, get it in there and straighten those coils out. Same thing on the other coil, get your coiling rod in there, straighten them out, maybe push them a little bit towards the center. That’s what I would do. Maybe a little bit. Just like that. It’s okay if they’re a little off-center. Maybe we can straighten them out a little bit just like that and that’s what you want your coils to look like. Something like that.

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Now what we’re gonna do, we’re gonna turn the Coil Master on and we’re gonna pulse them. Make sure we have no hot spots. We’re ohming out at 0.14 right now. That’s probably gonna change in a minute. Give them a little stroke, heat them up gently. You don’t want to start wailing the wattage through them and there we go. Looks like we’re glowing evenly from the inside out. Another pro tip, with postless decks, especially, sometimes the leads get a little loose after you pulse so you may want to give them a final tightening because that does happen sometimes. Just be aware that with postless decks, I don’t know why, but it tends to happen more with postless decks than any other coil. You might want to give it a little bit of a tightening just to make sure everything’s nice and secure and there we go. Let’s see what we’re ohming out at. We’re ohming out at 0.16 which is just fine. Now we’re gonna let those coils cool down for a second and I’m gonna show you how to wick this thing.

Take yourself a nice, long piece of cotton because you’re all going to be wicking two coils. Make it pointy on one end and you just want to send it right through, just like that. See how nice and tight that is? That’s how you want it, like so. Now you want to cut your cotton right around there and make sure you leave yourself enough cotton for the next one. Now we’re gonna repeat the process on the second coil. Now you can use the other wick as a guide. Give it a snip and you want to do the same thing on the other side. Snip it right around there. Now that you’re all cut, all you do is you take your wicks and you just tuck them in there nice and gently. Easy, easy, don’t stuff. Just nice and gently. See how nice and loose that is? That’s how you want it. All nice and loose. Same thing on the other side, just like that. See how loose? That’s how nice and loose you want it.

Juice Fill

Juice we’re gonna be using today is that juice I’ve liked a lot lately because it’s fall. I don’t know why I’m digging this cherry. This is a cherry pie custard by Freeman Vapes. I’m not a cherry juice vaper but I happen to like this one a lot. Now we’re gonna do is we’re gonna take our Cherry Express by Freeman Vape and we’re just gonna paint those coils, get them nice and juicy to get them going. Nice and saturated. Make sure they take up all that juice. Let’s give it a test fire. Check that out, we got vape and it smells fantastic. Now we’re gonna take our base and we’re gonna put it in to the RTA. It really only goes in one way and threading on this is actually pretty nice. Nice and smooth, I definitely like that. Now we take our top cap, we pop that open and now what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna fill it up with some cherry Express. The more I look at this thing, I can’t help but feel like it reminds me of a Steamcrave Aromamizer with the bottom airflow, it really does. Kind of weird. Put our top cap back on and there it is all built and wicked. Let’s see how that airflow opens up? We’ll open it up right now. There we go wide open.

Before we cut on top, let me show you the bottom airflow because the bottom airflow, you kind of got to get a grip of it and you can see, it’s adjustable. So you can shut it down all the way or you can open it up all the way or just run one, two, three, or four holes. We’re gonna leave it open.

I almost forgot to show you the juice flow control on this. I know we haven’t seen that in a while and a lot of RTAs. But this one actually has juice flow control. You see these little dots, let me see if I can get a pointer for you. See these little dots right here? That’s your juice flow control alright and you just spin it like that. That’s almost shut off and see the dot getting bigger? That means the juice flow control is wide open. So I just wanted to show that to you because I think it’s an important feature, especially for people who might not have the best wicking game. You’re definitely gonna want to know about this feature. Just keep in mind, though, that this particular RTA has a ton of moving parts. Remember, remember, you got the juice flow control up here. Down here, you got the side air flow control and then down here, you have the bottom airflow control. So there’s a lot of moving parts on this thing and I just want you to be aware of that.

What’s in the Box

It comes with:

  • 1 x Widowmaker RTA
  • 2 x Triple Fused Clapton Coils
  • 1 x Coil Lead Guide
  • 2 x Airflow Caps
  • 1 x Bubble Glass
  • 1 x Spare Parts Guide
  • 1 x Instruction Manual

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Cons

Alright, Insiders. Let’s get into the cons and the pros. We’re gonna start off with cons because I like to end things on a positive note.

First con’s gonna be, you saw down low, this thing’s got a lot of moving parts. It’s got juice flow control, it’s got two kinds of air flow control, it’s got a lot of things going on, it’s real, real busy. Some people are just not gonna like that.

There’s no doubt about it. This thing is tall and that’s gonna turn a lot of people off. I got it on the DB right now, the DBV3 and you can see, this thing is big.

I almost hate giving them a con this next con but I’m not really sure this thing needed juice flow control. It’s almost like, why’d you add that? Nobody really does it anymore. If you’re wicking game is solid, you don’t need juice flow control in 95% of the situations. So it almost feels like the juice flow control is kind of useless. I’ve run it wide open all the time so I don’t need it. I don’t know, I think there’s a reason the industry has gotten away from juice flow control because people’s wicking games have gotten better and I just don’t think it’s needed on this atomizer, I really don’t. I hate giving a feature a con but I just feel like it’s overkill. I really did.

You get a straight glass, you got a spare bubble glass. You guys know that pisses me off. I want capacity. You want to give me a straight glass and a bubble glass, fine. Give me two bubble glasses because a bubble glass is more prone to breaking because of the way it bulges out so I want two of them. I would have no problem if you just gave me two bubble glasses and no straight glass. But I do understand why they wanted to put a straight glass in with this on something so big. Because with a bubble glass, some people are gonna think it looks kind of wacky.

And the last con is gonna be, while the frosted drip tip is very comfortable, I just think they should have went with a black. I think it looks kind of stupid up there, it really does. I think a black drip tip would have looked a lot nicer. Would have given it that dark knight look. I got this frosty looking tip on there and I’m not crazy about it. I’m probably gonna swap it out.

But that’s it on the cons. Nothing that’s really a deal breaker. Most of the stuff is cosmetic, you know what I mean. Let’s get into it. Let’s get into the pros.

Pros

First pro’s gonna be, right off the jump, this thing’s got really nice flavor and clouds. Let’s see what I got in here. Right now, I got a 0.12 build in here at 92W. I have the single hole airflow barrel on there because that’s my favorite one. I got the bottom airflow wide open. The side airflow wide open. Check it out. Nice, saturated flavor. It’s got the restriction I like. I just been enjoying it. Can’t complain, really, really good flavor. It’s not surprising. They took a lot of cues from the Aromamizer Supreme and that, to me, is one of the better flavor RTAs on the market still today, even though it’s an old design. They took a lot of those design cues from that, they also made it kind of look like that Geekvape Blitzen. It kind of looks like that. So both of those are very, very flavorful RTA. So it’s no surprise that this has got great flavor.

You saw it down low. This one’s easy to build and wick, it really is. Especially with that coil cutting tool. It couldn’t be easier.

The juice flow control. I know I gave it a con on that. Some people are really gonna like that. The people that might not necessarily have the best wicking game in the world, they’ll probably like having a juice flow control. To me, I think it was useless. But I’ll chalk it up on the pro side as well because I know some people are gonna appreciate it.

I said in the beginning, this thing has a lot of moving parts. But I have to give Vandy Vape credit. All the moving parts do work well independently. It’s not like when I adjust the bottom airflow, the side air flow gets out of joint or when I do the side air flow, the juice flow control gets out of joint. That doesn’t happen. They all work well independent of each other. So that’s a huge pro.

I love the fact that they gave you three different AFC rings. They gave you two extra ones so you can change the airflow. I did like the honeycomb one but the one with the single hole kind of grew on me. I really like that one a lot. That’s probably my favorite one so far.

Capacity, that’s a pro on this RTA. The airflow spectrum on this one is pretty wide. It goes from a pretty restrictive DL hit to a fairly wide open DL hit and anywhere in between. If you want that middle of the road type of vape, I suggest that you use the barrel with the single hole in it of someone big. The one big hole in it. The one that I’m using right now. To me, that’s giving me the perfect type of airflow that I like on this type of RTA.

This one’s got really nice build quality. I like the fair that you get lots of extras in this. You get all the standard stuff, get the coil cutting tool and you get the two barrels. That’s a huge, huge pro. It allows this RTA to be very versatile and you know me, I’m all about the versatility. Nice job, Vandy Vape.

That’s it, Insiders. Those are all my cons and pros. Let’s talk about this one a little bit.

Conclusion

Like I said before, throughout the video, this reminds me very much of an Aromamizer Supreme and of a Geekvape Blitzen. It seems to me they took that Aromamizer Supreme idea and they added bottom airflow too. That’s not a bad thing. I like the way it vapes. I think it’s got really nice flavor and clouds. The height of it doesn’t bother me as much as it’s gonna bother some people. I don’t mind it that much. Some people I know, it’s really gonna bother. If the height doesn’t bother you and you’re looking for an RTA that’s got a nice airflow spectrum with really good flavor and clouds, definitely go check this one out. We’re gonna have a link down below.

Specs

Let’s get into some of the specs on the Vandy Vape Widowmaker RTA. It is 25mm in diameter. 51m high and it weighs in at a 170grams. You get 5mls with the straight glass, 6mls with the bubble. It has bottom and side airflow that is adjustable. It also has juice flow control. It’s available in matte black, stainless steel, gray, gold, gunmetal, rainbow and blue.

Features:

  • Size: 51mm (L) x 25mm (D)
  • Capacity: 5mL / 6mL
  • Dual Intake Airflow (Bottom & Side)
  • Dual Coil
  • Replaceable Airflow Rings (3)
  • Collaboration: @elmonovapeador
  • 7 Colors: Blue, Frosted Grey, Gold, Gunmetal, Matte Black Rainbow, SS

Outro

Big shout out to Vandy Vape for sending this one my way. Definitely appreciate that guys.

Remember, Insiders. Don’t give up. Don’t let up. We have to fight for our right to vape. Call all your legislators, email them, tweet at them. You see them in the neighborhood getting their grill, let them know you vape, you vote, and you will not vote for anybody that is against vaping in any way whatsoever.

That’s it, Insiders. That’s all I got for you today. You keep living that vape life. We’re out of here. Deuces.

Pros
  • Build quality is good
  • Color options
  • Many moving parts that works good
  • Coils in the package
  • 510 drip tip adapter in the package
  • Bubble glass tank in the package
  • 3 airflow rings
  • Easy to change the rings
  • Coil lead tool
  • You can change coil or cotton while you have liquid in the tank
  • Top fill works good
  • Jfc works good
  • 5ml/6ml capacity
  • Bottom and side airflow
  • Under the coils is honeycomb airflow
  • Easy to build and wick
  • You can take off the airflow ring
  • Flavor is very good
  • Airflow can be very restrictive and also it can have a lot of airflow
  • You can use it at low power and at high power
  • Easy to adjsut the airflow
Cons
  • Atomizer is tall and maybe someone will not like that, I don't mind it personally

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