Dovpo and Sam the Vaping Bogan have teamed up to bring you the Blotto RTA. It’s an aesthetically pleasing RTA that delivers a restricted lung hit with lots of flavor.
The Dovpo Blotto is a 25.6 mm RTA that comes with a straight glass and two bubble tanks, one glass and one Ultem. The straight glass holds 2 mL while the bubble tanks hold a whopping 6 mL. Dovpo is using what they’re calling “dual diffusion airflow” for a smooth draw. It’s bottom-fed airflow with honeycomb style holes, where the air comes through the bottom of the deck and around the sides, giving you 242° of airflow hitting your coils.
MyVpro sent me this RTA free of charge for the purpose of this review.
Price: $31.95 (at MyVpro)
Colors: Black, silver, gunmetal, rainbow, green, purple, pink splatter
The Dovpo Blotto is a high-quality RTA. It is very well machined, as I would expect from Dovpo, and the O-ring tolerances are perfect. A lot of reviewers are complaining about not being able to unscrew the deck while you have liquid in the tank because the glass won’t stay seated on the O-ring, but I saw a video of Sam doing just that. So, I gave it a try, and it works. Just be gentle and don’t knock it around and it will stay on. In fact, I do this all the time now, and have yet to have it come off. I bring it up because it could be a problem for some people.
It’s 25.6 mm at the base, and I measured it just under 43 mm tall without the drip tip. The chimney is 19 mm and it has a gradual dome at the top that goes down to 8 mm. It comes with a nice, two-piece drip tip with a metal band around it that matches the color of the RTA. It’s reminiscent of the recent Hellvape drip tips, only they’re not antimicrobial and only come in frosted or Ultem.
The RTA is fairly straightforward and easy to use. The quick-release fill cap requires a quarter turn to open or close. The knurling is what makes this RTA aesthetically pleasing, in my opinion, because it looks like a bottle cap. And there’s knurling on the airflow ring to match. This was Sam’s idea, of course. Under the fill cap there are two large kidney shaped fill holes that are roughly 3.5 mm x 11 mm.
On the packaging it says the straight glass has a capacity of 2 mL but I was able to fit closer to 3 mL. When checking the bubble glass, it was an accurate 6 mL. I guess they have listed the straight glass as 2 mL capacity to satisfy the TPD requirements of the EU, but I was pleased that it held more, because I think it actually looks better than the bubble glass—although the Ultem bubble matches nicely with the drip tip.
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The Blotto has a post-less style floating deck with flathead grub screws at the sides. Flathead screws are less likely to strip if you have a good screwdriver. They include a tri-tool in the bag, but if you have a nice set of flat head screwdrivers, I would recommend you use one of those instead.
The RTA has a 19 mm stainless steel build deck. The post holes are roughly 2.5 mm in diameter, with the space between them being about 11 mm. Because of the way the posts are split, if you’re going to run a single coil, you have to use the post holes on the same side. If you try to use one hole from each side of the deck, you’ll be going from positive to positive or vice versa. This is very important, so do not forget it.
The space you have to build in is a little cramped because of the 242° airflow design. I started with a dual build with 3 mm coils. I found them almost touching in the middle, with only about a millimeter to spare. If you’re going to use dual coils, I suggest using 2.5 mm. It will give you more space and it also gives you a tad more airflow.
The package comes with a skull-shaped chubby bottle opener that also acts as a coil measuring tool. When using the coil tool, you will be cutting your leads at a length of 5 mm. This is just a little bit too long. If you have a coil tool, I suggest cutting them at 4.5 mm if you are using 2.5 mm or 3 mm coils.
From there it’s pretty straightforward, except you may have to straighten the first coil before installing the second one due to the cramped space. Once they’re tightened down and positioned where you want them, it’s time to get the hotpots out and start wicking.
The best way to wick this RTA for a moist flavorful vape that will keep up without dry hits is to not have your cotton too tight and to give it a good comb-out.
This RTA has a floating deck, which means that you can technically cut your cotton so that it just covers the juice feed holes and it will wick nicely. But one problem with this method is that if you drop it or bump it around, the cotton could move out of place, and you will have leaking. Cut it long enough so that you can tuck the ends into the holes and have it hanging just about a millimeter or two through the bottom. This will help to hold it in place.
The juice feed holes are fairly decently sized and allow for good capillary action through the wicks. I’ve yet to get a dry hit and I’ve also had no leaking whatsoever. It’s really an easy RTA to wick and you’ll have it just right in no time.
Like I said earlier, Dovpo is using what they call “dual diffusion airflow” for a smooth draw. I’m assuming that this refers to the 242° radius around the coils covered by the air that comes through the two side posts—or it could also be that the 52 honeycomb style holes in the airflow control ring “diffuse” the air as it enters the RTA. Either way it is pretty smooth, but it is really restricted, even with a single coil. This is for vapers who like a really restricted lung hit. I would have liked it to have a little more airflow, but it does make for exceptional flavor.
To adjust the airflow simply turn the airflow control ring at the bottom of the RTA. It turns smoothly without being too loose or too tight. There is a stopper and it will stop at fully open and fully closed.
Aside from the restricted airflow, it is a really flavorful vape. I get better flavor from running dual coils than a single coil. I’m using Ni80 tri-core fused Claptons with an inner diameter of 2.5 mm with 5 wraps and that seems to be the best of the configurations I’ve tried. It’s one of those moist vapes that leaves you licking your lips afterwards. It kind of reminds me of the Profile RDA, only it’s not mesh and has a tighter draw.
Besides the flavor, I noticed that the airflow is really smooth. It’s smoother than the airflow on most RTAs that have a wider, more open draw. There’s no turbulence at all, and I believe the honeycomb airflow has something to do with that.
I’ll also repeat that I’ve had absolutely no leaking. With a floating deck and bottom airflow, there’s always the possibility for leaking—but when it does, it’s usually because of inexperience. However, I believe even the most novice users should have no trouble with this RTA.
The Dovpo Blotto is a solid RTA. It’s really well put together, it produces good flavor and it’s not hard to build on. The machining is great and the threads are all buttery smooth. I’m a bit disappointed that there are no coils included, as pretty much all rebuildables come with coils nowadays. I think there should have been a couple of fused Claptons in there, but that’s not a deal breaker by any means. I also wish the airflow could open up a little bit more, but that’s personal preference. If you enjoy a really restricted lung hit on an RTA, and build quality is high in your list of priorities, then this is might be the one for you.