IJOY RDTA 5 review

In what has quickly become proven lineup of successful RDTAs, number 5 may be IJOY’s best yet.

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IJOY RDTA 5 Intro

Though it really hasn’t been all that long, it seems like an eternity since IJOY and the Limitless Mod Company released the first version of their genesis style RDTA, and in many ways the IJOY RDTA has become something of a benchmark. The only other RDTA that compares favorably in this reviewer’s opinion is the Geekvape Avocado 24.

Since the original, and the split with LMC, there have been four revisions culminating in the fifth version, which we review today: the appropriately named RDTA 5.

The RDTA 5 adds to the short legacy of the IJOY RDTA family with its truly original top-fill system, easy wicking system, and a multiple airflow system that includes adjustable bottom and side airflow. Throw in a velocity-style deck with a true single-coil option and a massive wide-bore resin drip tip, and the new 5 raises the bar yet again – it may be best RDTA IJOY has offered.

Note that the IJOY website calls the deck “interchangeable”. The RDTA 5 that I received only came with one style (velocity), and I don’t know if “interchangeable” implies that other optional decks will be available for purchase separately.

IJOY RDTA 5 Gallery

IJOY RDTA 5 Specs and Features

Kit Content

  • IJOY 5 RDTA
  • Spare pyrex tank
  • Single coil plug
  • Spare o-rings
  • Spare grub screws
  • Staple coils (2)
  • Screwdriver

Specifications

  • Diameter: 25 mm
  • Height: 49 mm (including 7 mm drip tip)
  • Capacity: 4 mL
  • Material: Stainless steel

Notable Remarks

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I dropped it.

We were all hanging about the counter at the local vape shop, passing around the IJOY 5, minus the cap. Someone handed to me and…yep, I fumbled and it hit the tile covered concrete floor. Surprisingly, everything was fine – no broken glass, or bent post, nothing. I couldn’t even find a mark on it. Whew.

Performance

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OK, thankfully, the IJOY 5 survived the drop test.

The coil install goes as expected with the velocity deck, and the two included staple coils came in at 0.19Ω. I really don’t like that IJOY uses tiny Phillips head grub screws and was worried about stripping the heads as I secured the coils.

To wick, you must first remove the bottom airflow ring which surrounds the deck. It’s a two-step process: remove a setscrew from the side of the ring and rotate the ring about 90 degrees to remove. Next, wick your coils and run the cotton tails down the four (two for single coil) channels in the side of the deck. Replace the ring, twist 90 degrees and reinstall the setscrew.

I understand the need for the setscrew: it keeps the ring from turning when you adjust your side airflow, but I dropped the screw (clumsy much?) and had to search for it. I am not a fan, and a lot of folks are going to lose the screw. Worst case, you can still use the atty without the screw, just make sure that you only turn the AFC clockwise so the ring doesn’t loosen.

Anyway, on with the show.

I’ve been itching to use my Revenant Cartel 160 and the dual 3 mm staples seem worthy. I was also happy that the swirling purple drip tip on the RDTA 5 sort of matched the resin body of my predominately purple Revenant. How serendipitous, considering that you cannot choose the color of either. Regardless, the black RDTA 5 looks badass atop the Revenant.

I remove the top cap to fill, and this is where the RDTA 5 shines. There is a fill tube rising from the center of the deck. Just insert your bottle tip or dropper into the tube, squeeze, and watch the tank fill. Replace the cap and it plugs the tube. It is one of the easiest fill methods I’ve used.

The Revenant chipset detected my 0.19Ω build using its “Smart VW” feature and it set the wattage at 80 watts. OK, I’m in.

Bottom and side air wide open, I take my first vape thinking it may be a bit too hot (for me) and find that the RDTA 5 is surprisingly cool. More accurately, not as hot as I expected. It’s nice, with a LOT of vapor and good flavor, and the resin tip never got hot.

I was enjoying the vape so much that it pained me to remove one of the coils and replace it with the deck plug, but the review would be incomplete without vaping the RDTA 5 in single coil mode.

With one of the supplied staple coils coming in at around 0.4Ω the Revenant Cartel mod set the power to just under 50 watts. Once again, I roll with it and get a warm, satisfying vape. A bit less vapor, but really good flavor.

Make no mistake, this ain’t an Origen Little or other smallish RDA. It’s a big tank with a good-sized chamber. Still, I found that the RDTA 5 performed quite well in single coil mode.

Likes

  • Good fit and finish
  • Minimal branding/logos
  • Resin drip tip
  • Great vapor production
  • Good flavor
  • Big airflow
  • Single coil mode
  • Easy fill
  • Durable (passed drop test)

Dislikes

  • Tiny Phillips-head grub screws
  • Set screw on deck ring
  • Random color drip tip
  • Proprietary drip tip (but it’s nice)

Clouds or flavor? How bout both?

I am generally a mid-wattage vaper, but the big air of the RDTA 5 allowed me to comfortably vape at higher wattage settings than I normally would, with a lot more vapor and no real loss in flavor. I’m sure that cloud chasers much braver than me (with better lungs) will love the air the RDTA 5 offers.

If you happen to be a flavor chaser, just install the plug, close off the top air and tickle your taste buds. I fall somewhere in between, and enjoyed the RDTA 5 in either configuration, but it’s nice that it will perform well at either extreme.

There are some negatives though: the tiny Phillips head grubs, and the somewhat fiddly wicking process. Once built, however, neither of those is really an issue – just be aware and be careful when removing or tightening those screws.

Also, remember you can’t choose your drip tip color unless you buy local, and the RDTA 5 doesn’t accept other tips. That said, the supplied tip looks and works great.

If you can get past those minor issues, the RDTA 5 seems to have something for cloud chasers and flavor chasers alike, and keeps IJOY at the forefront of innovation (I love the top fill). The RDTA 5 outperforms any genesis style RDTA that I’ve used, including my beloved Avocado 24, and looks pretty sweet doing it.

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Gary Joseph
Gary is a retired technical writer residing in the metro Detroit area. Besides vaping, and writing for Vaping360, some of his other interests include motorcycling, watch collecting, bicycling and fitness.
  • RGonz

    How about comparing this one to the Limitless Gold RDTA?

    • Gary Joseph

      Unfortunately I don’t have a Limitless Gold. I do have two of the original Limitless RDTAs and an Ijoy Combo. The main differences are the diameter of the 5, the added top airflow, and the top fill. And the 5 looks bad-ass.

      Vape-wise, I like them all, and all are equally easy to build.

  • Mark Moriarty

    Oh man, you’re an Av24 fan and say this is a worthy match? I’ve gotta try this ☺

    • Gary Joseph

      It’s got a lot more air than the Avocado, so I was running some bigger coils in the 5. I usually just run single wire 24g or 26g nichrome or kanthal in the Avocado.

      They are different, but I like both.