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