Roundup – Aromamizer RDTA by Steam Crave
Although this isn’t a new tank to hit the market, the Aromamizer V2 by Steam Crave still holds close to many as a solid go-to atomizer. Known for its ability to produce both great flavor and decent clouds, the Aromamizer family is still a great option for those looking for a high performing RDTA. As there are already so many reviews on this series of atomizers, I’m going to illustrate the differences between each model and highlight a few stand out qualities. I would like to give thanks to Gearbest for supplying the Aromamizer for the purpose of this review.
In regards to the similarities between the models, the basic premise of side airflow and bottom fed juice flow remains the same. The airflow is designed to hit the coil directly, making it a very efficient use of air intake. The air does not have to travel anywhere else, but straight onto the coils. And the bottom juice flow ensures that gravity does all the work in ensuring your wick stays saturated at all times. This greatly reduces the risk of drying out your wick and getting dry hits. The added benefit of this system is that is very hard for the juice to leak out from the air holes, as it has to fight gravity to get there.
The post holes on the Velocity styled build deck are about 2mm in diameter enabling you to fit some heavy gauge wire or fancy coil builds – if you so desire. The maximum diameter I would suggest for single wire builds would be 3mm, you may be able to fit 3.5mm if you are careful, but you run the risk shorting out on the chamber. For more exotic coil builds, such as Claptons or twisted wires, I would recommend running a 2.5mm maximum diameter, just to ensure you leave enough room as to not short out on the chamber.
Although the Aromamizer is primarily designed for dual coil builds, they do come with a ceramic airflow block and silicone juice flow block. This enables you to have the option to build single coils if this is something you prefer. You simply put these in place so there is no empty real estate on one side of the deck. So definitely don’t let the dual coil build decks put you off, if you rock single coils then you can still utilize all of the benefits the Aromamizer has to offer.
Although they ship from the factory pretty much at an ideal length, all of the Aromamizer models have an adjustable 510 connection pin. This means that if they aren’t making a flush connection with your mod you have the ability to adjust it for your fitment requirements.
To summarize the changes to V2 from the original, Steam Crave have redesigned the top cap to eliminate the nipple that the drip tip sits in. It looks far better in my opinion now that the drip tip sits flush with the nice curved top. The other change is the airflow section. The adjustment is now part of the atty itself rather than a removable rubber vape band with the air holes in it. I never liked the look and feel of this on the original Aromamizer and it was something that could be lost very easily.
The changes in the Supreme from V2 are now a top filling tank with bigger juice holes in the deck section to make it easier for juice to enter. Bigger, redesigned build decks. Improved air flow and a juice control mechanism. More on this to follow.
For those that are not into building their own coils, the V1 and V2 can run pre-built factory coils. Keep in mind these will not work on anything after V2. The pre-built OCC coils I received with the V2 were a single coil 0.8ohm and dual coil 0.3ohm made from 316L stainless steel. They didn’t need any break in whatsoever, as the taste was pure off the bat. The ability to use these in TC mode is a bonus, if you don’t have a TC mod, then these will also work fine in regular wattage mode. Due to how these coils are constructed, they seem like they would be easy to dry burn and re-wick. And if your handy, I’m sure you could even rebuild these yourself if you wanted to keep a few up your sleeve for easy swapping when your on the move and unable to tend to a full on RBA deck. There are also Kanthal and Ni200 pre-built that are available on the market, along with the stainless steel coils mentioned above. V1 and V2 also have available a traditional 3 post build deck, if the Velocity style is not your cup of tea.
As you can see from the sizes, listed below, each model comes in various capacities. Another benefit to using the Aromamizers is the fact that you can interchange parts to make different capacities without having to buy a whole separate package. Parts from the V1 and V2 can be interchanged as you wish, as they are all 23mm. This means if you like the new airflow and top caps from V2, you can buy these separately to add to your V1. You can interchange glass sections and these also come in various colors as replacement parts.
Here is a list of the models, their juice capacity and overall size:
- Aromamizer RDTA 3ml – 23mm
- Aromamizer RDTA 6ml – 23mm
- Aromamizer V2 RDTA 3ml – 23mm
- Aromamizer V2 RDTA 6ml – 23mm
- Aromamizer Supreme 4ml – 25mm
- Aromamizer Supreme 7ml – 25mm
- Aromamizer Lite 2ml/5ml – 23mm
As you can see the Supreme has been supercharged up to a 25mm diameter tank. The airflow has been re-designed to allow even more air entry, with an adjustable cyclops style air hole. Above this is the adjustable juice flow mechanism, which enables you to tailor the amount of juice that flows into the bottom of the deck. Handy for higher PG juices that have a lower viscosity than higher VG type juices. Also this feature gives you the option to fully close off the juice flow for when you want to refill, rebuild or just inspect your build.
The deck sections for the Supreme and Lite versions are not backwards compatible with the V1 and V2. They have been re-worked both in terms of size and the way they fit into the atomizer. Instead of screwing in to the base, they are now a press fit. This is along the lines of the Bellus RTA also utilizing the locator tabs, which are used to align the deck in the correct place.
I love that fact that you are able to troubleshoot your build on the Aromamizers, without loosing your tank full of juice, if it isn’t performing they way you need it to be. With the V1 and V2, you simply turn the tank upside down and unscrew the base to reveal the build deck. On the Supreme, you fully close the juice flow, take off the bottom ring and pull out the deck. This gives you the flexibility to tweak your wick or your coils without having to dump out all of the e-liquid out first.
To maximize airflow and flavor, the recommended and most popular build for this tank is dual vertical coils. With the Velocity RBA is it very easy to install this type of build and to get the coils sitting correctly and centered properly. The hardest part about this build is the wicking side the equation. You prepare your wick of choice as per normal coils, however you need to feed it in from the top and utilize some tweezers or small pliers to pull it through the bottom of the coil. Cut it to length and fluff it out again before tucking it over the juice holes. It is important to make sure the wick is not too tight and not too loose. When you trim the top of the wick, you need to make sure that your not leaving too much, just between the top of the coil and the top of the posts will be fine. This will take some trial and error to get the best amount of wick, however once you’ve nailed it you will know and you will be thanked with top notch flavor and vapor production. Some people have also had success with an upside down U shaped wick that comprises of one piece of wicking material than goes through both coils and the curved part of the U sits between the posts.
All round the Aromamizers are of great build quality. They are machined out of stainless steel and will take some heavy usage. The threads are smooth and all of the parts fit together nice and snug. There are plenty of spare parts available, so you are in safe hands if anything does happen to go wrong. The Aromamizers also ship with plenty of spare o rings and screws. They pull down very easily to fully clean and go back together just as well.
If your after a good, solid and well performing RDTA, then don’t overlook the Aromamizer. You can find an option that will both suit your needs and your budget.