Avocado RTA Intro
The Avocado ‘Genesis’-style RTA is a rebuildable tank atomizer that brings to mind the Nectar by Amerpoint and the Izi by Boost Lab. Unlike most RTAs, The Avocado by GeekVape has a tank that sits below a build deck instead of having a build deck inside a chamber with a tank around it. So does this interesting design work better than the standard RTA design?
Avocado RTA Specs and Features
- Optional frosted glass tank
- Two ceramic chamber reducers
- Wide bore delrin drip tip
- Allen wrench
- 3 spare post-screws
- Spare positive nut
- Multitude of spare o-rings
- Velocity-style deck
- 3mL tank
- Ceramic chamber reducer for single coils
- Versatile airflow controller
- PEEK insulator
- Stealth delrin threaded 510 adapter
- Gold-plated 510 connector
- 22mm diameter
- 33mm height without drip tip
- 43mm height with drip tip
- 7mm x 2mm airflow slots
- 2mm air holes
Machining/Fit and Finish
The machining here is a bit better than the typical chinese tank. The quality won’t amaze you but you will definitely feel like you’re getting your money’s worth; I would say this feels more like a $60 tank. Mine came absolutely spotless; no machine oil, no burrs, scratches, dings or defects of any kind.
The o-ring tolerances are little awkward, however; the stainless steel drip tip is a little loose and the AFC ring is very tight, even after applying juice.
This atomizer has a Velocity-style deck similar to the Griffin RTA but the posts are about a millimeter further apart and the post-holes are a millimeter smaller in diameter. There are four wick holes; two on each side and all of them are 4mm in diameter. The included chamber reducer plugs two of the wick holes for single coil builds.
Ease of Build
A Velocity-style is a Velocity-style deck; it’s pretty much Geek Vape’s go-to deck style because it works so well. The wick holes are quite large and allow a good amount of cotton to be tucked in there however, you need to be careful with wicking. I cut my wick tails at angle so when I’m done, the wick gradually gets slimmer as you get further away from the coil. Also, it’s usually best to not have the cotton touching the bottom of the tank; that’s just too much cotton and isn’t necessary. By the natural tilting of the device that occurs when taking a drag, the juice will easily be able to reach a wick tail only half the length of the tank.
Airflow and Controller
The airflow controller is my favorite feature of this atomizer as it allows for many different draw styles. For dual coils, you have two 7mm by 2mm slots or two 2mm air holes. With a single coil, you can have airflow that hits the coil from behind similar to the Veritas and the Marquis. Other single coil options include chamber side airflow combined with front side airflow via two 2mm holes and front side airflow only with the possibility of using a single 2mm air hole or a 7mm by 2mm slot. The airflow can be closed off in all configurations.
I personally enjoy the simple look of the Avocado. It’s not obnoxiously tall like some RTAs which makes it look great on just about any mod. The Avocado logo appears only on one side of the atomizer and doesn’t detract from the overall clean look. The additional frosted glass tank also gives you the option to change the look if you feel the need.
The way this atomizer performs will change drastically based on the airflow setting you choose and whether you build a single or dual coil. I will break them down accordingly:
Single coil build:
- You have to use the ceramic chamber reducer because it plugs the two unused fill holes. This is a benefit though because it will improve the flavor by cutting the volume of the chamber roughly in half.
- I found the flavor of a 26g kanthal, 6.5 wraps around a 3mm screwdriver to be incredible with just the rear-side chamber airflow hole. The vape changes quite a bit if you set the airflow with one hole directly hitting the coil and another hitting the rear-side of the coil through the chamber reducer. It’s more of an airier, cooler vape but the flavor is still there. When I opened up the airflow to the slot, I had decent flavor up until I went past half way.
- I then installed a 2×26/32g kanthal twisted-core clapton coil in here that came to around 0.67 ohms. The flavor seemed to be lacking a bit with only rear-side chamber airflow. Opening up the hole in front of the coil as well did help but it wasn’t as good as the bare 26g build. It seems like claptons are just a bit too much for this small of a chamber. I have experienced this same effect in the Veritas, the Ology and the Origen v3.
Dual coil build:
- The flavor is pretty good, better than the Griffin with a dual coil setup but not quite as good as this atomizer with a single coil build and the chamber reducer installed. I believe the difference in flavor has to do with the size of the chamber; with a dual coil setup, you have more coil surface area but you also have a larger chamber as well. It seems the larger chamber has more of an impact on the vape than the increased surface area of the coils.
- Claptons and other twisted builds perform much better in a dual coil configuration than a single coil configuration due to the increased chamber volume.
- Incredible flavor with a single coil build
- Great vapor production with a dual coil build
- Extremely versatile
- Velocity-style deck makes building a breeze
- Looks great on most mods due its shortness
- Disassembles fully for thorough cleaning
- Great value for the price
- Optional frosted glass tank included
- Nice array of spares
- Filling with a dual coil build seems to be an afterthought
- O-ring tolerances could be better
- Can leak if left on its side for too long
There are some minor issues with the Avocado, but, all in all, this is the best Chinese RTA I’ve ever used and has the best flavor I have ever gotten from an atomizer under $60. The pros far outweigh the cons making this is an absolute no brainer for any flavor chaser looking for an affordable tank. The fact that it vapes more like an RDA than it does an RTA also makes it a good choice for someone who usually drips and is looking for something more convenient when driving around. Honestly, the only person I can think of that wouldn’t like this is someone who hates tanks altogether, but if that’s the case, you’re probably not reading this anyway.