REMatty RDA Intro
The REMatty RDA is short-profile dripping atomizer made by REM Creations. Based out of Orange County, California, REM Creations is the company that last year made the highly successful — and beloved — mechanical mod called the SMPL Mod (V1).
The REMatty is yet another in a class of short-profile (really small) RDAs to be released this year after the amazing success of The Derringer RDA by Praxis Vapors (and then with the Bambino by Jay-Bo). We are likely to see this type of design more and more because right now, small is a big deal!
Like other “sub-compact” RDAs, The REMatty can give dense, saturated flavor and really impressive clouds for its size. The REMatty seemed like it was poised to compete with similarly looking RDAs, but there are reasons why I won’t give it the nod over others that are similarly priced and made.
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REMatty RDA Specs and Features
- The REMatty
- One spare post-screw
The REMatty comes in logo branded, shiny black cardboard box that is big enough to house three 18500 mechanical mods. What’s inside that box is the atty and only one spare post screw (it’s just mostly empty space inside). For a second, I thought something was missing until I realized it was just awkward packaging for such a small RDA.
- Measures a compact 23 mm tall from base to the end of tip
- 11 mm fully adjustable dual top airslots
- Easy dripping mode lets you drip your favorite E-Juice directly from both airflow slots. Making dripping more convenience and more accurate
- 12 mm competition bore drip tip
- Dual opposed angular negative post slots
- Reverse “U” positive post hole
- Deckmilled negative posts
- PEEK insulators
- Flathead post screws
- 304 Stainless Steel
- Stainless Steel contact
- REM Creations engraving
The REMatty is just 1 mm longer than it is in diameter, so it is very short. It is a top-fed airflow design and it comes with a proprietary, wide-bore drip-cap/airflow controller. The air intake is through a pair of wide, curved slots in the cap that can be opened or closed by corresponding cut-outs under the base of the drip cap. Similar to The Vector by VLS, to open or close the airflow you just turn the tip.
- There’s no way to adjust the airflow controller to use just one slot, so it’s best to think of this as a dual-coil RDA.
- For an additional purchase, the REMatty has a separate cap that will still adjust the airflow and also allow the user to use their own drip tip. It’s called a Slam Cap.
Overall it’s well machined. The top cap (barrel) of the atty fits well onto the base and you can unscrew the atty off the mod without it spinning. No burs to speak of and/or no rough, sharp edges. The drip cap fits relatively snug enough to not accidentally get pulled off, but it doesn’t always feel securely sealed as I would like (maybe that’s the fault of the o-ring?).
Drip Cap/Airflow Controller
The airflow controller works relatively well, but the controller doesn’t always totally seal in places you want air to not come in (at least that’s how mine is). I didn’t notice this at first since I used it wide open, but after adjusting the airflow the draw felt the same. To make sure it’s sealed, you have to apply downward pressure on the tip when you’re turning it.
Another hiccup about the drip cap is that you have no markings on the cap to correspond to how open the airflow is. No actual click-in-place settings or any easy-to-read visual cues. I thought the engraving on the outside base of the drip cap could work as indicators, but in reality using the engraving for this won’t work out so neatly. To set it where you want, it’s easiest to lift the drip cap off a bit, eyeball-it and then push it back down. Not a huge amount of work here, but much easier on a lot of other RDAs.
It has a lot of it! But I question whether the low-seated drip cap over those large slots doesn’t actually restrict the air a bit (maybe not a lot, but I am sure it does restrict it some). The main air slots on the barrel cap are huge, but no matter how wide those slots are it’s being diverted to the next available opening: the opening of the airflow controller.
A three-post build deck that at first glance looks like an innovative take on a classic deck. The REMatty’s positive post has a square-like opening partly divided in two (a reverse “u”) so your positive leads can stay put. (When building dual coils, often the positive leads can get crossed.) I think this is a nifty and clever center post for building dual coils.
The negative posts are something entirely different. Instead of a hole for your wires to be fed through, there are slots that are angled down and back (but not back far enough). In the specs they call this “dual opposed angular negative post slots”.
Ease of build
I am going to try my best to describe the issues here, but if my wording gets too wonky to describe it, just know I think it is a major PITA to build on. Reference my photos and that may help make sense of what I am describing here.
Before actually trying to build on this deck it appeared to be a great design. But using it proved to be laborious, tedious and down right maddening! Some of the problems with this design:
- Because the downward-angled slots don’t go back far enough into the posts — though it appears like they do — you have to take the screws out so you can look down into the posts to ensure the leads are back as far as they can go. It would be wise here to use a magnetized screwdriver!
- To get the coil-leads in place almost requires the use of a secondary tool (like tweezers) to hold the wires on both sides of the post so they don’t creep back out. Seems easy enough, but it still was quite clumsy (and I am fairly dexterous).
- For such a tight space, holding the tweezers in one hand and with the other hand putting the screw back in can be a fumbling process — and if you drop the screw (like I did), chances are you’re going to have to re-position the coils and begin again. Even if you don’t drop the screw, chances are you’d have to keep re-positioning the leads.
- Finally, if you get the wires in place and the screw(s) back into the threads of the negative posts, you just have to hope that the screws are not going to nudge the coils back out of their spot (which is surprising considering they’re flat-bottom screws). Several times I thought my leads were trapped only to see the wire come right back out after tightening the screw. Repeat process.
It took me over an hour of toiling with this deck before I walked away (it generally takes me one shot and about 10 minutes to make a quality dual-coil on a three-post deck). Later on that night I was able to build it decently by using a thinner gauge wire (I also think it was sheer luck I got it built!). With practice I *might* get better at it, but should I have to when similar RDAs are available that are a pleasure (or at least easy) to build on? Although this atty can perform well, good performance is simply not enough of an upside for me to have to endure that build.
Note: some users of The REMatty have taken to trapping their leads at the top of the negative screws (which would be easy to do), but I caution against that since the coils may end up being too close to the top cap — and it’s already a tight enough space in there. Very little clearance. Do not cause a short! Build safe.
Surprisingly deep for its size. It’s hard to say how much liquid you can fit in it, but for others in its class, I’d say it’s deeper than The Derringer and The Bambino (that’s due to the airflow being on the top and not on the sides).
Performance (vapor and flavor)
It can produce impressive flavor and dense vapor if you can get your coils in! It can shine with standard wrapped contact-coils and produce flavor that is quite literally in your face (but the negative-post slots are not going to allow for exotic coils like Claptons). Since it is a short-profile RDA, the user is quite close to the coils and subsequently quite close to the vapor. The tip can get hot, like VERY hot, so watch your build and your drag duration. And also due to how close you are to the coils with a wide tip, you will likely get hot spit-back. The tip it comes with is stainless steel, so I bought the Slam Cap and used a longer delrin tip to alleviate the excessive heat and spit-back.
- Great for flavor
- Good amount of vapor
- Peek insulators
- Relatively leak free due to the top-fed airflow
- Nice sized juice well for such a small atty
- Unnecessarily difficult to build on for a three-post build deck
- Not a lot of clearance between the top of the barrel and the coils
- Only for dual coil
- Thin negative lots won’t allow for exotic coils
- Difficult to know where controller is set
- Priced a tad high
- Can get hot
- Not very versatile with the coil builds it can safely handle