RDA’s are somewhat rare to come by these days. Sure, we have recently seen a few. But when you compare them to the release rate of, say, disposables or pod setups, you start to see just how the landscape of the vape scene has changed.
An RDA is something that I will always look forward to reviewing; it is always a staple in my vape rotation. I’m just one of those guys that loves a solid RDA on top of a mechanical mod.
Vandy Vape has been there, seen it and done it when it comes to RDA’s; I would put money on the fact that you already own at least one of them. This Rath RDA was somewhat of a surprise to me; it came out of the blue and held my interest straight away.
Let’s do all the usual bits and dive in for a look.
- 1 x Rath RDA
- Spare parts bag including:
- Spare deck screws
- 510 adapter
- Spare drip tip
- Squonk pin
- 2 x Fused Clapton coils 0.33ohms
- 1 x User manual
- 24mm x 23mm
- 2ml Juice well
- Ceramic electrodes
- Dual/Single coil build deck
- Honeycomb side airflow adjustment
Design & Build Quality
The Rath RDA is available in four different colors: Matte Black, Gun Metal, Stainless Steel, and Rainbow, and has an additional contrasting 810 drip tip depending on which color you buy.
As expected, the usual style of Vandy Vape packaging is present; you get all the spares you need, including coils. No cotton though Vandy Vape… naughty.
I was delighted with the build quality of the Rath. It has a fair amount of weight to it and the top cap is a perfect thickness which feels very solid. Branding is minimal, which I’m a massive fan of, and I like the scratch style deep engravings. It’s almost like it’s fresh from a scrap with Wolverine. It makes for a good look and an aesthetically pleasing overall appearance.
You have the build deck, the outer chamber, and the top cap which allows you to adjust your airflow by turning it.
I love the included drip tip with the Rath. It’s a lower profile style with an excellent half metal and half resin tip which can be unscrewed and switched over. It’s a nice touch.
Looking closer at the deck, we have a rather clever system utilizing two ceramic electrodes which are spring-loaded and tightened down or loosened via a single screw on each side.
There is plenty of space in there for those that like a bigger, beefier coil. You can use a single or dual coil arrangement, and the 510 pin protrudes enough to be used on a hybrid mech mod if that is your preferred way to use it.
Overall the build quality on the Rath is outstanding and way better than others out there at around the same price point.
How to build on the Rath RDA
Building on the Rath is an absolute dream! Straightforward coil installation and forgiving wicking. It is an RDA, after all.
I recommend that if you are going for a dual coil install, 5.5mm or 5mm is the best leg length. They will sit in the post holes perfectly, independently, and tightening them into place is a breeze with just one screw per post to tighten.
If you are using a single coil, then go for 6.5mm or 7mm. You will need a bit of extra length as the coil legs will need to stretch a bit further.
Keep your wicks trimmed to the outer edge of the deck and place them into the wells on either side… That’s it! It’s easy and fast; well done, Vandy Vape.
Performance on the Rath is excellent. I will admit that whilst the Rath intrigued me because it was a new RDA, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. The coil install is easy, wicking too, and the honeycomb airflow makes it a silky smooth vape.
The airflow closes as you rotate the top cap. However, you cannot leave only the bottom row open. Not a con for me, but for those who want to restrict the draw further and it might not suit you.
Adjustment of the airflow is simple via turning the top cap. The vapor produced is a lovely, flavorful, thick and dense cloud, absolutely everything you could want if you live that cloud chucking life. Not forgetting that it’s also stunning using a single-coil, go for a 3.5mm ID, and you won’t regret trying it.
Vandy Vape nailed it with this one and I don’t have many cons. In fact, I only have one, and it wasn’t really a con for me (not being able to leave the bottom row of airflow holes open)!
The Rath is as versatile and forgiving as an RDA should be. Aesthetically it’s perfect, looks good on anything you put it on, and its airflow is smooth. It’s been a while since a China-made RDA impressed me as much as the Rath and for that reason, it gets a big thumbs up from me! Well done, Vandy Vape.