Wotofo Recurve RDA
From the day that the Wotofo Recurve RDA was announced, the hype around it has been insane. And when you take in the curved ‘locking’ top cap, easy to use build deck, and great airflow design, it’s easy to see why.
The Wotofo Recurve RDA is a collaboration between Wotofo and popular YouTube vape reviewer Mike Vapes, and is one of the most highly talked about RDAs of 2018. Coming from two well-known names in the vaping space, the Recurve is the result of a vaper who knows the qualities of a good RDA, as well as a company that knows how to produce them.
In this in-depth Wotofo Recurve RDA review, I’m going to go over everything you need to know. Is the hype real? Keep reading to find out.
Wotofo Recurve RDA Review — A Wotofo & Mike Vapes Collaboration
What’s In The Box
The Wotofo Recurve RDA comes in a small green and black box with a transparent window that allows you to see the Recurve inside. Open up the box and you’ll find:
- 1 x Wotofo Recurve RDA
- 1 x Spare 810 Drip Tip
- 1 x 510 Drip Tip Adapter
- 1 x Squonk Pin
- 2 x Compwire Coil
- 1 x Japanese Cotton
- 1 x Spare Parts
- User Manual
With the Recurve you get a bag of spare parts, an 810 drip tip and a 510 drip tip adapter. You also get some Compwire Coils and some Japanese cotton. Neat.
Key Features of the Recurve RDA
- Collaboration by Wotofo and Mike Vapes
- 24mm Diameter
- Unique Curved, Postless Build Deck
- Quad Terminals Accommodate to Both Forward & Reverse Wrapped Coils
- Single Coil Deck
- 4mm Deep Juice Well
- Six Airflow Holes on Each Side — Fully Adjustable
Design & Build Quality
The Recurve RDA is a very well built tank, and is constructed of thick stainless steel. This gives the Recurve a nice weight to it and makes it feel very sturdy. The machining on the body is top notch and the airflow holes are perfectly cut.
“RECURVE” is neatly engraved on one side of the top cap and is also very well machined. However, the thin lines in the logo allow little specks of dirt and dust to build up, and it’s very difficult to clean out. Practically speaking, a printed logo would’ve definitely been better, but the engraving does look cool.
This RDA is called the Recurve for a reason — it has curves absolutely everywhere, including on the drip tips. The top cap is also fittingly curved, and gives the Recurve a noticeably different look from other RDAs, and makes it standout. I’m personally a huge fan of how this design looks, but it does limit the size of the build deck inside a little bit. More on this later. On the top cap, there are six small, circular holes on either side of the Recurve RDA for airflow.
One of my favourite parts about the Recurve is the way that you remove or attach the top cap. If you take the top cap, place it on the build deck and twist it, the top cap will eventually stop turning and “lock” when fully seated. You can now turn it the other way to adjust the airflow. This is great because it makes it really easy to adjust the airflow, as you don’t have to struggle to turn the top cap. It also makes it really easy to get the top cap on or off. Genius.
Tip: To ensure that the top cap fits on properly and sits flush, gently press downwards as you twist it on.
The deck of the Recurve is postless and shaped like a half-pipe. This curved deck shape ‘hugs’ your coil for maximum flavor, and positions your coil directly next to the airflow holes. These airflow holes are cut into the walls of the deck, and will funnel air directly to your coil when lined up.
The deck is precisely machined, and has a very attractive look. Now although the Recurve is a single coil RDA, there are four terminals in the postless deck. This is to allow the use of either forward or reverse wrapped coils, and is a pretty thoughtful consideration.
Something that isn’t very thoughtful however, are the included screws for securing your leads onto the build deck. These screws are crappy and I nearly stripped two of them. There are four terminals, so you have a little leeway with messing them up. But with such a great RDA, you would think that Wotofo could’ve used some better screws. I personally ended up swapping them out, and I would highly suggest you do the same… If you can remove them from the build deck, that is.
The juice well on the Recurve is 4mm deep, and is intuitively designed with squonking use in mind. When used with a squonk mod, juice is distributed from the center of the Recurve, and then through channels that lead directly to your wicks.This makes it great for squonking as it evenly distributes your juice, and makes it extremely unlikely that you’ll get a dry hit.
Building on the Recurve RDA
When it comes to building on the Recurve, it’s extremely simple to get up and vaping. Firstly, because the Recurve is a postless deck, Wotofo include a ‘coil measuring’ tool that looks like an allen key. Simply place your coil onto the tool, and cut your leads accordingly.
Once you’ve measured and cut your coil, simply unscrew two diagonal terminals, and drop it in. Tighten your screws and you’re finished! It’s really that simple. Building on the Recurve is great because there isn’t much repositioning or maneuvering needed, and the provided tool takes the guesswork out of measuring your lead length.
Now, because the shape of the top cap curves into the body, this reduces room on the build deck. While the Recurve is definitely capable of handling your standard clapton coils, anything too beefy will not have a lot of room.
Vaping & Squonking Performance
Does it live up to the hype? Quite frankly, before I tried the Recurve, I thought that there was no way that it was that good. Well, I was wrong. The Wotofo Recurve gives the best flavor RDAs a run for their money thanks to its curved deck design, unique airflow system, and narrow top cap.
The flavor that you get off of the Recurve is phenomenal, and a noticeable change from your average RDA. When the airflow is lined up with the airflow holes in the build deck, air is funnelled directly under and around your coil. The narrow curved top cap and half-pipe build deck hug and restrict the space around your coil, which allows for maximum flavor in your vapor due to less air in your draw.
The build deck on the Recurve is honestly not that great for dripping, as there isn’t really anywhere for your juice to go. And if you’re not paying attention and over-drip, juice will come leaking out of the airflow holes like a sieve. The best solution is to unalign the airflow holes from the deck and the top cap when you drip, and only drip a small amount at a time.
Where the Recurve really shines as an RDA is when used with a squonk mod. Thanks to the channels in the juice well that I mentioned earlier, juice gets evenly distributed every time you squonk. I never had a dry hit, and it was an absolutely care-free experience using it as a squonk RDA.
Final Verdict — Wotofo Recurve RDA Review
The Wotofo Recurve is an amazing flavor RDA. It delivers one of the most phenomenal flavor profiles out of any RDA that we’ve tested, and this is thanks to its half-pipe shaped deck, small flavor chamber, and practical airflow design.
There is a problem or two, such as the screws being extremely low-quality and the Recurve being prone to leak if you over-drip, but these are things that I can look past in return for the flavor it delivers. Where the Recurve really shines is when used as a squonk RDA, as the channels distribute the juice evenly and make for a great vaping experience.
I highly recommend the Wotofo Recurve RDA. Coming from two well-known names in the vaping space, it’s definitely worth checking out for yourself.
This device was sent to us for review. This does not in any way affect our opinion or ratings of the device.