The Lancia RDA Clone Review
Lancia Clone Review
The authentic Lancia RDA is made by Pinoy modder ARRA MODS International, who is the same modder responsible for the GIVO mechanical mod which is known for its small size and Hawaiian style body engravings. The Lancia RDA is probably one of the more innovative drippers to hit the market this year by borrowing the under coil air flow concept from the Magma RDA and elevating it by creating a unique plug in air flow control system. The authentic Lancia RDA retails for $149.99 USD at select online retailers.
The 1:1 Lancia RDA clone featured in this review comes from Focalecig.com, and retails for $20.00 USD from their US warehouse. The Lancia RDA is presented in a tidy black gift box, and it comes with the main RDA, two spare tanks, and the accessories/spare parts package.
LANCIA RDA CLONE SPECIFICATIONS:
- Brand: ACESMOK
- Type: rebuildable dripping atomizer
- Materials: Stainless steel ( glass and PC tanks)
- Connection threading: 510
- Diameter: 22mm
- Height: 35mm
- Weight: 56 grams
- Compatible with 510 drip tip
- Plug-in type air flow control (4 air holes located on the base of the atomizer)
- 15 air hole plugs at 1mm, 2mm and 3mm
- Triple posts for single/dual coil build
- Removable tank sleeves in SS, Glass, and PC
The Lancia RDA comes pre-installed with the full stainless steel “Hawaiian style engraved” tank. I am fairly certain that the tank section is not actually engraved as it looks and feels more like it was stamped. While I like the “engraving” on the surface of the top cap, I do find the body engravings to a bit overkill.
The main body breaks down into 3 basic parts which are the deck, the tank section, and the top cap. The deck is pre-installed with double o rings and the top cap has a single o ring. The tank section is press fit onto the base, and the top cap. There is a full stainless, pyrex glass, and polycarbonate tank sections included with the clone which is an added bonus. I like the addition of a clear tank RDA design because it allows you to see your wicks and makes it easier to know when it is time to re-drip.
While all of the basic parts of this RDA fit together, I find that the stainless and polycarbonate tanks fit more snugly to the base and top cap than the pyrex tank section. When fitted with the pyrex tank, the top cap will usually come off with the drip tip when you go to remove it, an issue which also presents itself on the authentic Lancia. In spite of the less than snug fit, the pyrex glass tank is nice and thick and is not at risk of chipping when you install or remove it from the base and top cap. Overall I would describe the build quality as good.
The spare parts package includes 15 air flow plugs, three extra post grub screws, 3 spare o rings, and an allen key wrench.
The top cap has a nice wide bore hole, and it has accepted every 510 drip tip that I have installed to it. The underside of the top cap is conical shaped for flavor enhancement like the Mephisto V1 RDA, and I feel that conical shaped chambers do a better job at flavor enhancement than a reduced chambered RDA.
The bottom of the base is engraved/stamped with Lancia by ARRA MODS, and has a random serial number. The 510 contact pin is silver plated and non-adjustable, and is also isolated by an insulator.
The deck has a three post design which can be used for single, dual, or quad coil build. The posts use grubs screws to catch the leads through what appears to be 1.8mm post holes. You can see in the photos below that the post hole drilling is just a tad bit janky on the negative post, but it is nothing that disrupted my ability to use the post holes. The negative posts are actually milled into the base from one solid piece of stainless, which means no spinning or wobbly posts.
Now, what really makes this an innovative RDA is the air flow control system. There are dual 3mm air holes on either side of the base (4 holes total) that leads up to dual 3mm air holes on either side of the deck. The air flow holes are positioned underneath the coils, as opposed to in front of the coils, and it is believed that this style of air flow is also a flavor enhancer.
The air flow into the RDA is controlled and manipulated by the use of stainless steel plugs that are milled with 1mm, 2,mm, and 3mm air holes through the center. There are a total of 15 air flow plugs included, 4pc 3mm, 4pcs 2mm, 4pcs 1mm, and 3pc of solid plugs to completely close off the air flow.
In the photo below you will see the 3mm, 2mm, and solid air flow plugs ‘ you will have to forgive the brain fart that caused me to not include the 1mm air flow plug in the photo.
Which size air flow plugs, and in what configuration you will use them depends on what style build you are using. What I really like about the Lancia RDA is the many coil configuration options that it provides, and with suitable air flow to match. You can build dual coils with both coils on one side of the deck, or one coil on either side. I have seen single coils built with both air holes on one side open, and with only one air hole open, and the remaining three blocked off.
The air flow plugs should fit snugly into the base without a struggle, although I have noticed some plugs required a little extra effort to get them installed into the base. A snug fit is more desirable than a loose fit because you don’t want juice to leak from the deck down into the air holes. For my first build I decided to go with a dual coil build using the 3mm air flow plugs.
I made two macro coils using 27 gauge Kanthal and a 6/7 wrap on a 3mm hex wrench, which metered out .55 ohms. The post holes are large enough to make inserting the leads into the post holes for a dual coil set up easy. While I do prefer phillips head screws over grub screws, I didn’t have any issues with securing the leads.
Because the drip well on the deck is relative shallow, I would say that getting the right amount of wick to hold the most e-liquid, without overcrowding the interior space will be the most challenging aspect of the build. One of the reasons that I decided to use a larger macro coil was because I knew that I would have to play around with the length of my wicks, and I wanted to have the thickest wick possible to hold the most e liquid.
Once I wet the wicks with e-liquid I could tell that I had enough room to make the wick tails a tad bit longer, but what I had did work out well. The one thing to be mindful of when dripping directly into this atomizer, is to make sure that you don’t drip e-liquid directly into one of the open air holes, which will then leak out through the base. I positioned my coils over the air hole however, there is a portion of the air hole that remained exposed. I did not experience any leaking out of the tank section itself, even while using the pyrex glass tank with the looser fit. However, there was some accumulation of condensation between the base and the top of your mod, just as it is with the authentic Lancia RDA.
Even with the shallow deck well, I found that I was still able to hold a considerable amount of e-liquid in tank, as much as .8-1.0 ml liquid. However, due to the open air holes on the deck which are only partially covered by the coil, I don’t feel that comfortable with direct dripping through the drip tip. This may be my own mental hang up, but I have managed to get e-liquid into one of the air holes once or twice. So for this RDA I do remove the entire top cap to re-drip, which I do not prefer because I am a lazy vaper. :p
The flavor produced from the Lancia RDA is very good, but I expected this with the conical shaped top cap and the air flow placed directly underneath the coils. No doubt that the vapor production is also very good, especially with 3mm air holes and a .5 ohm build. The PC tank section has become my favorite to use due to the snug fit, and the fact that I can see how wet or dry my wicks are. The stainless steel tank I can completely do without.
What I like the most about the Lancia RDA is the innovation that actually fulfills its promise. This style of air flow adjustment is a lot less fiddly, and it ensures that once your desired air flow is set that it will stay in place. Even as most users of RDA’s can “feel” when it is time to re-drip your wicks, it is nice to be able to see when it is time to re-drip.
If there was any improvement that I would like to see made, it would be the overall fitment of the pyrex glass tank. While the pyrex tank doesn’t fall off the base, my top cap does come off of the pyrex tank when I am trying to remove only the drip tip. The pyrex tank still seems to be a bit better than the authentic which had a tendency to leak slightly from the glass tank, an issue that I did not experience with the clone.
While I can definitely do without the “sick engraved” stainless steel tank from an aesthetic point of view, overall I find the Lancia RDA clone to be a very successful one. I have spoken to quite a few other vapers who received the Lancia RDA clone even before I did, and I have not heard a single vaper speak ill of this dripper. If this style of RDA appeals to you then there is absolutely no reason not to get it.