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Anthony Vapes: Vandy Vape Widowmaker RTA Review

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  1. Anthony_Vapes

    Anthony_Vapes Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 23, 2017
    Hi All, Anthony Vapes back here with my review of Vandy Vape Widowmaker RTA. Please see bottom for disclaimers and links. Note this is marked as a sample

    Introduction:
    The Vandy Vape Widowmaker RTA is the latest RTA from popular company Vandy Vape. Vandy Vape started in 2017 and since then have become very popular and pumped out a ton of products. I’ve reviewed over 20 of their products over the past year or so personally and they are pretty hit and miss overall making some really good stuff and also some really bad stuff. It’s basically a coin flip at this point. In 2019 they have continued to be hit and miss so far releasing a really good rugged mod in the jackaroo,a good lightweight power mode mod in the swell, a good MTL RTA in the berserker V1.5 mini, and a good affordable mech tube in the bonza. However they had their missteps with the AP kit, pairing the bonza mech with an unsuitable RDA, and a bad tank with the jackaroo, and a bad trident kit due to the pairing and coils, the bad berserker V2 RDA and of course the really awful kylin m RTA that shouldn’t have existed. So let's see which side of the fence this falls on. The widowmaker is a dual or single coil RTA for DTL vaping and is 25mm at the base with a postless deck and a 5 or 6ml capacity. It’s available in 7 colors Matte Black, SS, Frosted Grey, Gold, Blue, Rainbow and Gunmetal. Elementvape has them at 41.95 in stock in the US so a little on the pricey side by a few dollars.

    Manufacturer's Specs
    • 25mm Diameter
    • 5mm Deep Juice Wells
    • 6mL Glass Capacity
    • 2mL Bubble Glass Capacity
    • Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
    • Superior 304 Stainless Steel Tank Construction
    • Quarter Turn Top Fill System - Single Fill Port
    • Postless Build Deck - 4 Deck Terminals
    • Side Secured via Hex Screws
    • PEEK Insulator
    • Dual Coil Configuration
    • Detachable Structure
    • Conical Top Cap - Concentrates Flavor
    • Customizable Airflow Control System
    • 3 Interchangeable Airflow Mid Cap
    • Round Hole Mid Airflow Sleeve
    • Multi Hole Mid Airflow Sleeve
    • Oval Mid Airflow Sleeve
    • Dual Sided 7-Multihole Bottom Adjustable Airflow Control Ring
    • Low Profile 810 Delrin Drip Tip
    • Threaded 510 Connection
    Included in box:
    • 1 Vandy Vape Widowmaker 25mm RTA
    • 1 Bubble Glass
    • 1 Spare Parts Bag
    • 1 Instruction Manual
    • 1 Coil Lead Guide
    • 1 Adjustable Airflow Cap
    • 2 0.35ohm Triple Fused Clapton Coil
    Pictures Album:
    album

    Initial Impressions and features
    When I first got this RTA It was pretty much what I expected. Like the RDA it has replaceable AFC tubes and outside of that it’s a pretty standard bottom/side airflow RTA with a postless deck. Also nice to see rebuildables though so I was pretty happy to see a RTA over a pod but outside of that nothing groundbreaking here.

    Build Deck and Wicking (pics above)
    Let’s talk about the build deck now. It’s a basic Postless deck. The post holes are nice and large to accommodate any wire type you’d use in this really. The post screws are nice quality hex grub screws (which are my favorites) and they include a spare set of 4 (spares are flat head grub screws). The screws come in from the side in a way that flat wires like fused claptons won’t be bent when installing. Since it is postless you do need to precut your leads. And like other VV rebuildales they include a coil cutting tool and it’s marked at 5mm. Personally I found 5mm leads to be great so well done there. The build area is a good size. You can fit 4mm ID coils in there for dual coil config. Single coil you can go even bigger 6mm+. Overall it’s an excellent deck that’s easy to build on and one of my personal favorite types of decks, but may not be ideal for new builders because postless decks aren’t always the easiest to build on since you have to pre-cut your leads but they did include the tool to make that easier

    Wicking on this one is super easy. It wicks pretty well so you don’t need to go super thin on your wicks. Just a normal amount. Not special tricks or anything needed here.

    Performance
    Performance wise, I used it as a single coil RTA and a dual coil RTA. I ran 4 builds in it. 1 single coil 5mm ID round wire build, 1 dual coil 4mm ID fancy build, 1 dual coil fancy 3mm ID build, and 1 dual coil 4mm ID round wire build. I also used all 3 air inserts with each build and tried using all 3 options (bottom only, side only, bottom and side) As a dual coil RTA I found it overall lacking flavorwise compared to many of the good ones on the market now and even some older ones. It does perform ok overall though. Best with a large build and the honeycomb airflow all wide open but still just ok. Where I found it worked best is with a big fancy single coil build and bottom airflow only open. Still not as good as the 2017 RTA options or even the aromamizer lite of 2019, but still better than many of the 2018 single coil RTAs. it may not be the best, but it is one of the top options you can find now. So overall it’s lacking as a dual coiler but ok for round wire users, but really best as a single coiler with a big fancy single coil in it, I do like that it is versatile though. It’s very similar to the blotto RTA performance wise.

    Overall Impressions, Details, and Extras
    It’s a Bottom and side Airflow RTA with 3 AFC caps to use. One is a circle, one is a honeycomb and 1 is an oval. It has separately adjustable side and bottom airflow. Fully open it’s a pretty airy DTL but can be used as a restricted DTL with adjustments or using the bottom air only. The AFC for both the bottom and side airflows are pretty easy to adjust but a little stiff.

    The top fill is your standard screw off top cap to expose the 1 large fill hole. It’s not a full unscrew though, it’s one of those quarter turn ones to pop it off which I love. Well done there and easy to open and close. The fill hole is a great size and can be filled with any type of bottle but I wouldn’t just pour it in from a glass bottle. There is also a good amount of accessories that come with it, It sadly only comes with 1 drip tip though which is a clear friction fit 810 tip. It looks nice but I wish they would have included a 2nd tip. They do include a 510 adapter. It fits good though and pretty much any 810 tip should fit well in this RTA. It also comes with 2 tanks a standard 5ml glass and a 6ml bubble glass. I like the 2 tank options but wish it was more than a 1ml difference for the bubble tank. They include plenty of spare o-rings, 4 spare post screws as well and an allen wrench and coil lead cutting tool. No cotton but they do include 2 clearly labeled coils which are tri-core fused clapton A1 wire 27g x 3 + 32g 3mm ID 5 wraps.

    The quality on the Vandy Vape Widowmaker RTA is good. It’s a 25mm diameter RTA so it should fit easily on most mods. The 6ml capacity is really good with the bubble tank and the 5ml straight tank is good too. Unlike most RTAs these days, the widowmaker does have a JFC. Personally I just left mine fully open and I had no leaking or flooding issues and it handled chain vaping really good as well. Branding is nice and simple. Just the widowmaker logo engraved on the AFC tube.

    Pros:
    • Good Build Quality
    • good quality flat head and hex grub post screws
    • large fill hole
    • Excellent threading
    • nice easy to build and wick postless deck
    • 5ml and 2 6ml capacity options included
    • Versatile enough that it can be used as a dual or single coil RTA
    • no whistle on any setting
    • Simple quarter turn screw off top fill design
    • great texture everywhere it’s needed
    • standard 810 tip and included one is nice
    • Flavor is good as a single coil RTA
    • Coil lead cutting tool included
    • 7 color options
    • clearly labeled coils included
    Cons:
    • Postless decks aren't really beginner friendly
    • AFC tubes are a useless gimmick. There is always 1 that outperforms the rest making them obsolete
    • Only 1 drip tip included
    • Flavor is lacking as a dual coil RTA
    • price point is a little on the high side. Should be about 5 bucks or so cheaper.
    Conclusion
    So with all that said, do I recommend this RTA or not? I don’t like to do a hard yes or no, and this one I have to put at 50/50. It’s not a bad RTA by any means but really is better off being used as a single coiler and i have at least a dozen if not 2 dozen ones sitting on a shelf that perform better than it already and most people who own a dual coil RTA made in the past 2 years probably have one as well. With that said, it does make a good performing single coiler while it may not be the best, it is going to be one of the top 5 or so still available today in that regard if you use the bottom airflow only and close off the side airflow. So overall I mean I wouldn’t avoid but I wouldn’t rush out and tell people to buy it either hence the 50/50. I won’t be adding this to my sheet of recommendations you can see linked down below. Feel free to check that out if you are in the market for anything new.

    This is Anthony Vapes just keeping it honest, hopefully you all can say the same and I'll catch you on my next review.

    Product Disclaimer
    This product was sent to me from vandy vape

    Review Disclaimer
    Due to possible QC difference your experience may vary.

    Reviewer Disclaimer
    I’ve been doing vape reviews since late 2016 and have done over 400 reviews to date. I enjoy helping vapers on forums as well and helping contribute to the great vape community. I’m not an “out of the box” reviewer. I do my best to be thorough at all times and have enough experience with many products to tell what’s good and what’s not. All mods get tested with an oscilloscope and stress tested and results are posted in my reviews.

    Recommendations and Past Review Links
    written reviews list here

    Youtube Channel here

    Spreadsheet of Recommendations here

    Best of 2019 so far list here

    Best of 2018 list here

    Best of 2017 list here
     
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