Uwell Rafale X Preview

Uwell follows up its highly successful sub-ohm tanks with a versatile rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA).

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Uwell Rafale X RDA
Uwell Rafale X RDA

And Now For Something Completely Different

The Uwell Rafale X is a rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA) with some potentially innovative features. Longtime fans of Uwell sub-ohm tanks — like the stellar Crown and excellent Rafale — were surprised when the company announced the Rafale X. While it would have been easy for Uwell to keep churning out new iterations of a vaping product that it has already enjoyed success with, it’s refreshing to see the company tackle new ground and do it in an aggressive way. Here’s a first-look preview of the Uwell Rafale X based off of a brief visit to the company’s US office.

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Uwell Rafale X Features

Uwell Rafale X Black
Uwell Rafale X Black

Before I get into my initial impressions of the Rafale X, here are some official bullet points (as opposed to those unofficial bullet points filled with unicorns and rainbows).

  • 24mm
  • Uwell Patent ASB (Anti Spit Back) System
  • Uewell Patent Neutral Post
  • Dual-Mod Airflow (Cloud or Flavor)
  • Colors: Stainless Steel or Black

Now Entering…the Neutral Zone

Uwell Rafale X Juice Well
Uwell Rafale X Juice Well

The most interesting feature of the Uwell Rafale X is its “neutral post.” At a glance, the atomizer looks like a run-of-the-mill four-post RDA, with a two-hole positive post in the center and negative posts on the sides. The center two-hole post on the Rafale X is actually neutral and, more interestingly, removable. This allows for all sorts of building possibilities.

The two constants on Rafale X builds are the outer posts, one negative and one positive. Beyond that, the neutral post can be used or ignored. Uwell is using three labels to describe the Rafale X’s three modes: serial, parallel, and serialized parallel.

In serial mode (Resistance = R1+R2), the neutral post is used to combine the resistance of multiple coils that pass through it. So if you have two 0.5-ohm coils, the end result will be 1.0-ohms. Uwell suggests this mode for flavor vapers and low-resistance Clapton coils.

Parallel mode (Resistance = R1xR2/R1+R2) is similar to a normal two-post atomizer. In this case, the neutral post is ignored and all coils use the outer posts. Continuing with the numbers use above, using two 0.5-ohm coils will result in a resistance of 0.25-ohms.

The serialized-parallel mode (Resistance = R1xR2/R1+R2 + R3xR4/R3+R4) is, perhaps, the most interesting way to use the Rafale X. Meant for quad-coil builds, serialized-parallel mode offers the large surface area of four coils, but at a resistance that’s accessible to more vapers. On a standard atomizer, using four 0.5-ohm coils would result in a resistance of 0.125-ohms. With Rafale X’s unique neutral post, four 0.5-ohm coils results in a resistance of 0.5-ohms. (This is according to Uwell’s math, which I’m too dim to understand. Yes, I’m an Asian guy that’s not good at math.)

The versatility of the Uwell Rafale X is quite exciting. I definitely want to play around with serialized-parallel mode, but see myself taking out the neutral post and using an absurdly large 13-wrap stainless steel coil in parallel mode. The best part is that the Rafale X is capable of accommodating both of those builds optimally.

Rafale X Drip Tip and Airflow

Uwell Rafale X Silver
Uwell Rafale X Silver

The Rafale X features a large 14mm drip. Like the Rafale sub-ohm tank, it features Uwell ASB (anti-spit back). Unlike the Rafale sub-ohm tank, this feature is removable. Some vapers liked ASB on Uwell’s tank, while others hated it, claiming that it reduced flavor. The Rafale X incorporates ASB in a removable mouthpiece, so it’s there if you want it and easily removed if you don’t.

The atomizer’s cap features two sets of airflow holes. The flavor setting has a single hole open on both sides, while the cloud setting has three holes open on both sides. The airflow on the Rafale X has fixed holes and isn’t adjustable.

X Marks the Spot

Uwell Rafale X Post Design
Uwell Rafale X Post Design

While it doesn’t have the airflow versatility found in many of its competitors, the Uwell Rafale X is a fascinating atomizer. The novel “neutral post” feature gives it all kinds of potential. Even if you’re not sold on its versatility, its low MSRP of $34.99 makes it easy to take a flyer on.

Stay tuned for more Rafale X coverage on Vaping360 in the near future. The site will have lots more to say about Uwell’s unique RDA. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your initial thoughts on it in the comments section.

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  • Dave @ Vaping 360

    Awesome preview Raymond, so glad you mentioned the issue about the spit-back protection. That has been a deal breaker for many. I am super excited to see Uwell venture out into the world of dripping. I am very curious about using that neutral post to vape claptons at lower wattages.

    • Thanks, Dave! Yeah, I’m still thinking about different builds I can mess with using the neutral post. Right now I’m thinking stainless steel quad coils are a good idea — something I’d never do on a traditional atomizer. Ha!

  • Davis Brown

    With one positive post, how would u fit quad coils?

    • The “fit” has nothing to do with there being a single positive post. As you can see from the photos, there are four post holes in total, allowing for a quad-coil setup. Since the two middle holes are neutral, the end resistance is different, as per the numbers I used in the article. The big difference with the neutral post is how resistance is handled. Physically, you’d build as you would for any four-hole atomizer.

      • Davis Brown

        Yeah. The numbers are interesting. And I understood how you would build it. Guess we have to wait and see. Thanks for the sneak peek

  • Henrik Ringtved

    Good preview Looks very interresting

  • Drew Lawrence

    Great review. I bought one and have to say, I love it’s versatility.

    • Glad you’re digging it. What kinds of builds are you using?

      • Drew Lawrence

        SS, Ti, as well as good old Kanthal A1. Quad and dual coils mostly. It’s a great deck to build on. Only used at home as I use a Cleito or Crown when out and about which I will add RBA decks to shortly due to cost of pre-built coils.