Geyser RDA Clone Review
The authentic Geyser rebuildable dripping atomizer is made by a group of Phillipino modders who go by the name Dark Ronin Modz. The Geyser RDA, which is marketed as a cloud competition dripping atomizer is capable of supporting single, dual, triple and quad coil builds according to published specs. The authentic Geyser RDA retails for $155.95 here.
The 1:1 Geyser RDA clones featured in this review were provided by Yosen Technology for the purpose of review. The Geyser RDA is packaged in a simple black gift box, and includes a small spare parts package (drip tip shown is not included).
1:1 GEYSER RDA CLONE SPECIFICATIONS:
- Brand: Yosen Technology
- Type: rebuildable dripping atomizer
- Material: 304 grade stainless steel and brass
- Connection threading: 510 (non-adjustable)
- Diameter: 22mm (base) 23.9 (AFC ring)
- Height: 33.2mm
- Weight: 47grams
- (Quad pole – Square shaped)
- 4 direct to coil air holes (bottom – cyclops)
- Air flow control selector for single, dual, tri coil and quad coil setup
- Teflon juice guide design that distributes juice drops equally to coils
- 2 solid negative poles (machined as one with the base not welded)
- 2 positive pole with peek insulator at the bottom
- O-ring less threaded base and top cap
- 2.5mm Post holes
Yosen Technology sent me three Geyser rebuildable dripping atomizers in three different finishes, a 1:1 polished stainless steel, polished copper, and black plated stainless steel which also has a mirror like finish. The Geyser is a very solid and weighty feeling atomizer. They are constructed from 304 grade stainless steel, and brass, except the copper Geyser.
The mirror polish finish which is very well done, gives this otherwise ruggedly styled atomizer a sense of refinement. Out of the box they actually had a jewel like quality to them. The Geyser RDA is 22mm in diameter at the base and top cap however, the brass air flow selector ring brings the atomizer to almost 24mm. There is also a wide bore 510 drip tip hole for direct dripping.
The Geyser logo is laser etched on the front of the RDA, with the Dark Ronin Modz logo on the back. The top cap has deeply milled heat sink fins for heat dissipation, and a conical shaped inner chamber for flavor enhancement. Unlike the majority of drippers, the top cap is threaded instead of press fit to the base, so the top is not intended to be removed for dripping.
This one aspect of the Geyser made it more appealing to me because I don’t like removing the top cap on my RDAs to re-drip. I prefer to direct drip through my drip tip, and I usually seek out RDAs that are designed to allow me to do that. The threads are well machined on all three top caps and base. All three RDAs were also very clean and machine oil smell and residue free when I received them.
The base of the atomizer is male threaded for the top cap of the Geyser. This RDA feature a 4 post square design with two positive posts, and two negative posts. The negative posts are actually milled into the base from one piece of stainless steel. The posts also have 2.5mm holes so that thick gauge or twisted Kanthal is a breeze to install.
One of the unique features of this atomizer is the Teflon e-liquid disperse at the center of the build deck. This design is intended to cause each drop of e-liquid to be evenly dispersed amongst all coils and wick. The Teflon juice disperser is also supposed to be able to withstand extremely high temperatures without melting.
The Geyser uses a hidden air flow system, with the Cyclops style air holes being placed on the deck, positioned under the coils. One thing that I found frustrating is that I cannot find any sort of specs for the size of the air holes on the deck. Not for the authentic, or the clone.
Air flow is controlled by the brass air flow selector ring around the base. If you look at the last photo, you will see a small hole in the AFC ring which is to be lined up with one of the three air flow indicator lines which correspond to single, dual, triple and quad coils .. supposedly. What I do not like about this RDA is that you cannot see the open air holes clearly when the air holes are open on the base. I mean you can see, yet you can’t really see it clearly. There are supposed to be four different (but I have also heard that there are only three) air flow settings, yet there are only three different line indicators on the authentic and the clone??
I have a friend who also owns the Geyser RDA clone, and he said that the quad coil configuration was way too hot for him in terms of the vape, and he is a cloud chaser. So with that information in mind there was no way that I going to build this atomizer in a quad coil configuration, and I opted for dual coils instead. In an effort to gain some clarity on the on the air flow selector (which I never really got), I did stumble across an unboxing video made by Dark Ronin Modz in which they recommended clipping your coils leads prior to installation. Alas, some useful information.
I used 27 gauge Kanthal to make two dual coils with a 9/10 wrap on a 2mm screwdriver(.55 ohms). As Dark Ronin Modz suggested, I clipped my leads as shown in the photo below. Installing my coils was insanely easy until I ran into an issue with the catch screws snapping my leads… 6 times in a row! For whatever reason, during the process of recoiling and installing the coils 6 times, it didn’t dawn on me right away to swap out the obviously sharp screws for the one of the spares in the bag. I was in auto-tard mode and couldn’t be stopped, lol.
Once I swapped the out the sharp screws, I had the build installed in less than a minute. If you look at the bottom left photo, you will see that even with the shortened leads, the ends will still protrude and possibly touch the leads from the other side of the deck. So this excess lead should be trimmed for the sake of preventing any shorts after you have fully installed your coils, and start firing.
You want to make sure that your coils are positioned directly over the air hole in the base, but also make sure that the coil does not extend beyond the perimeter of the build deck. If a coil should touch the wall of the top cap while you are firing, it will short out.
Being that I had two air holes in the base the to cover, my intention was to use really long cotton wicks to make sure that e-liquid would not leak through the open air holes. I cut the cotton on an angle so that the ends would thinner, and less bulky when I doubled the opposite wick tail over the other.
After cutting each wick to what I felt was an appropriate size, I juiced up one wick at a time and then began wrapping them as neatly as I could so that my top cap would fit comfortably over the wick without any of it getting caught in the threads. In the photos is looks like a lot of cotton, but in reality it was the perfect amount and I didn’t have any struggle with placing the top cap on. It all fit inside the top cap comfortably.
Like so many others who have considered the Geyser RDA, I was concerned about this atty leaking, especially with four air holes in the base, and no o rings. Well, since I built the Geyser RDA the day after Christmas, I have not had a single drop of e-liquid leak from this atomizer. And I have even over juiced the wicks at one point, and the only consequence was piddly vapor production.
Initially I set air flow selector to the smallest line thinking this was the dual coil airflow, but vapor production was poor, so changed to the 2nd longest line, and that felt like the right air flow setting for my build. The Teflon juice dispenser really does do a good job at saturating the wicks because I haven’t had any issues with dry hit, or feeling like one wick was more saturated than the other. Whenever I had removed the top cap, both wicks always appeared to be equally saturated.
The flavor production is as good as any other conical chambered RDA, it is exactly on par for what I would expect from an RDA of this style. It performed well with both the regulated Yihi SXmini, and the unregulated Dimitri Box mod. The appearance of the Geyser RDA is an attractive one in my opinion. As I said earlier I appreciate that it is rugged and refined at the same time.
The 1:1 Geyser RDA clone by Yosen Technology is very easy to build on as long as you don’t have catch screws that are too sharp. Of all the construction elements of this RDA, the catch screws were the only aspect that I had an issue with. It is otherwise a very solidly built, good quality atomizer. The one thing that really frustrated me was the lack of clarity and contradicting information available on the internet regarding this atomizers coil and air flow configuration. I searched when I first received it, when I went to build it, and when I was ready to write this review. It was clear that I should use the AFC selector to change the air flow, but there was no clarity on which slot corresponds to which build configuration.
Vaporkings.com says that the Geyser is a single, dual, tri, and quad coil atty, and UKecigstore says that it is a dual, tri and quad coil atomizer. And you know that I was not going to ask China for clarification. However, having only three vertical slotted grooves on the base under the AFC ring, leads me to believe that dual, tri, and quad is the correct spec for this atomizer .. but what do I know?
This atomizer performed well, and it doesn’t leak at all when built and wicked properly. So if you like the style of this atomizer, then go for it.