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Aromamizer RDTA Review

Jeremy Mann
November 5, 2015

Aromamizer RDTA by Steamcrave Intro

The Aromamizer RDTA by Steamcrave has been hyped by a good number of reviewers, and one in particular, for being a “10 out of 10 all across the board”. The hype is centered around the atomizer’s functions, ease of use, efficiency of wicking, its flavor and vapor. Without wasting anytime here, let’s dive head first into this “dripper tank” and see if the hype is warranted.

Aromamizer RDTA by Steamcrave Specs and Features

Kit Content

  • One Aromamizer RDTA by Steam Crave
  • Two Airflow Rings
  • Hex Key
  • Extra Glass Tank Section
  • Additional O-Rings and Hex Screws

Specifications

  • 23mm Diameter
  • 3ml or 6ml Variations
  • Quad or Dual 3mm Airflow
  • Direct to Deck
  • Configured via Included Airflow Rings
  • Side Tension Two Post Design
  • 2mm Post Holes
  • Easy Coil Setting
  • Direct to Deck Liquid Feeding System
  • Eliminates Troublesome Channel Wicking
  • Reduces Liquid Travel Distance to Coil
  • Allows for Vertical Coil Configurations
  • Independent Deck and Tank
  • Bottom Fill System
  • Easy to Fill
  • Spill and Overflow Guards
  • Redirected Drip Tip
  • Enhances Flavor
  • PEEK Insulators
  • Silver Plated Contact
  • Knurled Bottom
  • Easily Disassembled
  • Stainless Steel and Glass Construction

Notable Remarks

Machining/Design

Aromamizer RDTA Airflow
Aromamizer RDTA Airflow

​All parts fit together cleanly, smoothly with no burs or sloppy evidence of the machining process. And my device arrived clean, too—no machine oil to speak of (but understand that may not be the case for you as I’ve read some reports about issues with machine oil).

When putting the tank together, the airflow holes may not line up smack-dab in the middle of the posts (where the coils should be placed). This can easily be rectified by turning the bottom portion of the tank while holding onto the knurled base (and you will not create a gap by this little turn). All it really needs is a ¼ turn while peering inside of the airflow holes until you see your coils lined up accordingly.

Note: Some new reports from users have stated that the air holes line up perfectly, so this may’ve been fixed.

Ease of Build

Aromamizer RDTA Deck
Aromamizer RDTA Deck

Due to this device now coming equipped with a removable “Velocity-style” deck, dual coils can be inserted and trapped independently of the opposing side’s coils, and single-coil builds can easily be centered. It’s one of the truly ingenious and easy-to-use designs out there, but Steamcrave did not come up with this, they took this signature design from another. And since this deck was never native to this device, know that it may take some finagling to figure out which build works best for you due to the four air holes only working optimally with vertical coils.

The grub screws do work like a charm on this deck and I have had no issues with getting a solid twerk when tightening. No issues with stripped screws.

Note 1: This device used to come with an alternate three-post deck, but mine did not. Ask your retailer if your device will come with two decks or one and which deck.

Note 2: Make sure you tighten down the removable deck tightly or else you could have unstable ohms.

Acceptable builds

The post holes on the “Velocity-style” deck are ~2 mm in diameter, so you can fit various wires in, but the largest ID of the coils I’d recommend is about 3.5 mm for regular wire and maybe 3 mm for exotic coils—any larger and you run the risk of shorting due to the chamber size.

Liquid Feed

Aromamizer RDTA Build/Deck
Aromamizer RDTA Build/Deck

The Aromamizer feeds its wicks via its “direct to deck liquid feeding system”. This type of liquid feed is basically an auto bottom-feed system where the wicks drink up fresh liquid continuously as you vape. It works by liquid traveling down from the tank, around the outside of the build deck and up through four holes in the floor of the deck, directly to the wicks. It is likely the most efficient wicking I’ve ever used! It’s simple but very effective.

Aromamizer RDTA Deck
Aromamizer RDTA Deck

When wicking either with horizontal or vertical coils, make sure the wicks are touching the base of the deck but not bunched up.

Aromamizer RDTA Airflow
Aromamizer RDTA Airflow

Filling the tank

Aromamizer RDTA Top-Fill
Aromamizer RDTA Top-Fill

It’s easy to fill the tank, but it’s not really all that convenient. You have to take the tank section off and fill it through the feed-holes. It would’ve been nice here to have a top-fill, and I see no reason why it could not be added. Not a huge deal, but I see this ultimately as a con.

One nice part of this design is that you can take off your tank and access your coils without disturbing your coils or without spilling any liquid.

Airflow System

Aromamizer RDTA Airflow Rings

It’s got a hefty amount of airflow! And the airflow holes (with a bit of adjusting) can be directed right at the coils. But again, if you want to effectively use the max airflow, you’re going to have to run vertical coils.

The airflow is adjusted via removable, thick rubber bands (one with four air holes and one with two). The bands work as any airflow controller would, ultimately, but this is a really cheap addition to an otherwise quality device. To me this just lessens the perception of the unit’s quality, although it won’t affect the quality of the vape.

Note: Should you want max airflow with vertical coils, you will not need to use those rubber bands!

Drip Tip

Aromamizer RDTA Drip-Tip
Aromamizer RDTA Drip-Tip

The (removable) drip tip has an anti spit-back protection where the bottom portion of the tip has a floor and the vapor enters in through windows above the floor. This is design is largely based off of the 454 Big Block (v1) drip tip, but it works better here (although it’s still not perfect). The tip is also billed as increasing flavor but that is debatable, and it is only minimally successful in preventing juice in the mouth since liquid still can pool at the floor of the tip, ready to be accidentally sucked up—but it really does prevent spit-back, as in hot spit-back shooting out from the coil. You can use your own 510 tips here, though, should you want to.

Performance

​The performance of the Aromamizer RDTA is a pretty dang good! I really do love this unit even with its quirks. The airflow is so plentiful that you are able to get a nice open draw and this, in no small part, lends itself to the vapor this thing can put out. It’s not competition style, but it’s respectable.

And the flavor you can get off of this thing is definitely above average and, for me, even better than a host of sub-ohm tanks, but not great enough to get me howling at the moon and acting all possessed! The hype about flavor with this device is a bit exaggerated in my opinion and that is unfortunate because if expectations can be held in check, this can be a very rewarding vape—but it ain’t like hitting the lotto.

My favorite build for flavor is a 7/8 wrap, 2.8 mm ID dual horizontal-coils with the air hole splaced directly in front. I use the two-hole band here and occasionally drop a portion of one side to let a little more air creep in via one hole, but it’s just for opening up the draw itself, the extra air isn’t really hitting a coil.

Note: The Aromamizer RDTA can be a bit power hungry, so don’t be afraid to crank up the watts!

RDA, RTA or RDTA?

Using the Aromamizer RDTA as designed, it is more akin to a bottom-feeder than it is “dripper tanks” with a deep well (like the Zenith or Haze RDTA) or RDTAs that feed via spring-loaded tank sections to be manually pumped to drip on the coils (i.e., the Big Dripper or the Zero Gravity).

And the Aromamizer is also not exactly like most other RTAs. There is no vacuum system to feed via channel-wicking and although the Aromamizer does have a chimney like RTAs, it vapes and feels exactly like how an RDA vapes.

Note: After typing this up, something occurred to me. Since the chimney is so wide and goes straight to the coils, I figured out that I can drip with this (using a new flavor separate from the one in the tank) straight down the chimney onto the coils. And it worked just like a dripper would! I guess it is an RDTA.

Likes

  • Build Quality is pretty impressive
  • Options for a 6 mL tank or a 3 mL
  • Solid performance with vapor and flavor
  • Wicks VERY well
  • Versatile
  • Super simple to build on
  • Easy to put together
  • Generous airflow and can be adjusted via airflow control rings
  • Adjustable 510 pin

Dislikes

  • Rubber airflow controller feels cheap
  • Air holes don’t automatically line up with center of the deck
  • No top-fill

Verdict

If you are buying this because you think this will be the end-all-be-all of devices and will have the angels singing, I’d say don’t get your hopes up. But, if you are buying this because you want a versatile tank that vapes like an RDA with generous amount of airflow, solid performance (with the right builds), supreme wicking and an easy-to-use deck, then I say get this tank an you’ll likely be happy with it. And for only $40, I do think it is a really good buy—but a “10 out of 10” is a stretch.

I'm the chief editor here at Vaping360 and I reside in southeast Michigan. I've been vaping since my first ecig purchase in 2010. For more reasons than I can list, vaping has been a lifesaver for me. Now, my goal is to help other smokers make the switch.

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Gary

I have this tank and I think it is amazing! I don’t even use my Crown or TFV4 tanks hardly anymore.

FeRChImoNdE
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The anti spit system is not a Steamcrave’s original idea, there are older atomizers that have that system, like the oldie but goldie 454 big block

Nick Melendez
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Nick Melendez

Hey Chris any suggestions on a really good rta. That doesn’t leak and performs great

Anas Hamed
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Anas Hamed

what is the best watts to set it if am using 7/8 wrap, 2.8 mm ID dual horizontal-coils for the Armomaizer RDTA?

Moses Rios
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Moses Rios

Will this work on a k box mini 50w if I do the vertical build?

Jo
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I have a kbox mini and just got one of these aromamizers yesterday. Woow if you come from the kanger subtank you will feel big big difference. Kbox reads a minimum 0.3 so keep that in mind. Using 24g I did 7 raps dual coil and nailed it.. Its reading just that. First do 1 coil and check the readings. If you get 0.6 or above you’re good to go and make the second one. But if 1 coild reads 0.5 has you buid the second one readings drop to a half and you have wasted your time. The only… Read more »

Corey Polk
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Corey Polk

How doni know if im sub ohming? How d ok ni know the best juice to buy?

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