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Cthulhu Gaia RDTA

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  1. Petabread

    Petabread Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2014
    Miami, FL
    Hey guys. I literally just received this Gaia RDTA by Cthulhu Mod. I won an opportunity to review it about a month or so ago, and here she is:
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    Because this isn't out yet, there's really not too much info out about it. I just received it and haven't built it yet, but wanted to share my excitement with you guys, since the preorder price is only $18, from the looks of it.

    From what I gathered, it's:
    - 24mm in diameter
    - squonkable RDTA (don't see that very often).
    - appears to have an Ultem widebore drip tip, but does come with a white 510 adapter.
    - has both bottom AND side airflow (side airflow unscrews, like the Velocity RDA.)
    - to refill your tank, you squirt your juice directly into the center of the deck, it will be visible in my pictures.

    As far as extras in the box:
    - there's an extra glass tank.
    - what appears to be a squonk pin (never used one before).
    - extra o-rings and grub screws.

    I'll build it, hopefully, later tonight, so I can answer any questions about it that anyone has. I really like the look of it. I like that the glass is recessed into the body of the RDTA, which should help protect it against drops.

    The Ultem drip tip is nice and comfy, too. The box it comes in, as you may be able to tell in the pics, has like a canvas, textured feel to it - very nice touch.

    I'm most curious about the refilling method, being directly in between the coils (you can see it in my pics). I use 100%VG, so I'll hopefully be able to get that thick juice down there. That's really the only thing I'm concerned about.

    Everything about this screams quality, especially at the current preorder price $18 (at Cthulhu Mod's website, can't find it anywhere else.)

    If you have any questions, I'd be glad to help, especially after I've built it!

    Edit:

    Here's some more info/preorder page.
    GAIA RDTA – CTHULHU MOD
     
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  2. BackDoc

    BackDoc Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 24, 2010
    Galts Gulch
    I want one , if not just for the packaging and looks of the tank! 18$, not bad at all, let us know how it vapes
     
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  3. Heartsdelight

    Heartsdelight Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Nov 10, 2015
    Looks nice! Love the driptip!
     
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  4. Dan_nj

    Dan_nj Full Member Verified Member

    Nov 14, 2016
    I pre ordered after watching tony from the vapor trail channel. For 17 bucks why not. I'm hoping the flavor is as good as he says
     
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  5. Petabread

    Petabread Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2014
    Miami, FL
    So I threw a standard 26g 316L build in the Gaia RDTA. It's a velocity style deck, so we all know the deal. Really nice vape.

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    Some things to point out:

    - Grub screws are really nice. I'm notorious for stripping grub screws, and these didn't strip. I'm not sure if that's because the grub screws are just that good, or the Allen key tool is just a higher quality.

    - 3mm standard coils fit in there with no problem. Looks like you might be able to go bigger too, if you wanted to.

    - Using only the bottom airflow, it's a nice restricted lung hit. The airflow is nice and smooth. Love it. Using the bottom and top airflow, it's VERY airy - definitely will please us cloud chasers, too.

    - Wicking is reminiscent of the old Avocado RDTAs, so I guess that is a con. Unlike the iJoy Combo and Limitless, etc, there's no removable collar to make wicking easier. What I did is just disassembled the whole tank, built the coils, pulled the cotton thru the wicking ports and then reassembled the tank (like I did with my old Avocado.) IMO, it's a good tradeoff to have a much shorter tank.

    - Flavor on this, using only bottom airflow, is fantastic. I'm assuming that's because it's such a small chamber and because the coils are so close to your mouth. Really nice.

    - The one thing I was worried about, the juice port not being able to handle 100%VG - is a nonissue. The port handled it like a champ (using unicorn tip bottles, can't comment on dropper bottles, but I imagine that would be a problem.) I actually REALLY like the juice port where it is.

    So far, for $18, this thing is a steal. I highly recommend it. I'm going to buy a second one if it comes in black. I will keep you guys posted if anything changes and I will of course be here to answer questions! :)
     
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  6. MMW

    MMW Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 8, 2015
    NH
    I'm in.
     
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  7. MMW

    MMW Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 8, 2015
    NH
     
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  8. Petabread

    Petabread Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2014
    Miami, FL
    IMO, he left WAY too much cotton hanging out in the juice well. You really want to cut the cotton as close as you can to being flush with the underside of the wicking ports (just like every other RDTA, IMO.)

    I leave just a little tiny bit of cotton hanging out. Since it's only a 2ml tank, you don't want too much cotton taking up space in there.

    Also, he must have had something (cotton or juice) in the way of the holes where the air escapes from the tank, for him to be getting that much juice to spit back out of the fill hole. I'm using straight 100VG juice and have had no issues....and I mean, it doesn't get much thicker than that lol.
     
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  9. Petabread

    Petabread Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2014
    Miami, FL
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    You see that hole there in the middle of the center post, thru the glass section? That's where the juice comes into the tank. I bet his cotton tails were blocking that, based on how long he kept them.
     
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  11. MMW

    MMW Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 8, 2015
    NH
    Mine has shipped! Wooooooooo!
     
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  12. Petabread

    Petabread Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2014
    Miami, FL
    I'm excited for you! I pretty much know how you like to vape, so I know you're gunna like this one. Especially for $18 lol.

    I wish they had a black one for sale. I'm not normally into colors other than stainless, but I really think black would look awesome with the Ultem drip tip.
     
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  13. MMW

    MMW Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 8, 2015
    NH
    We got a smoking deal! They are up to $34
     
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  14. stormjib

    stormjib Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2014
    California
    Mine shipped today as well...hard to pass up a bargain like this for something I know I'll like.
     
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  15. MMW

    MMW Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 8, 2015
    NH
    And it's pretty schmexy looking.
     
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  16. Petabread

    Petabread Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2014
    Miami, FL
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    Just wanted to really quickly show you guys how I wick mine, since yalls have shipped and I had to re-wick!

    I literally cut them as close as possible to the wick holes. So close in fact that I have to use my wire cutters to do it, since my small pair of scissors can't get the wicks that flush.

    Cutting them that short obviously lets you put more liquid inside, but it also keeps the wicks out of the way when you're filling it.

    Doing it this way should give you guys no trouble, but if so, I'd be glad to help once you get em!
     
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  17. MMW

    MMW Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 8, 2015
    NH
    So you do the tilt to wick method to keep them saturated?
     
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  18. Petabread

    Petabread Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 21, 2014
    Miami, FL
    Yup. And since it's only a 2ml tank, and so short, you really don't have to tilt it as far as you would with the larger tanks (like the combo).

    With the Combo/Limitless, since they're longer, you have to kinda exaggerate your tilts a bit (in my experience - kinda looks like I'm drinking a soda lol). But with this, it's more of a natural looking tilt.
     
  19. MMW

    MMW Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Oct 8, 2015
    NH
    I do a natural tilt on one side when I'm hitting it anyway. Good to go.
    Thanks for the pic Peta.
     
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  20. stormjib

    stormjib Super Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 19, 2014
    California
    I'm a pretty big Cthulhu fan, I've had almost every atty they've put out...the Cthulhu v2 RTA is one that I still love, after almost two years of using it...this Gaia looks pretty good, dunno know how much I'll actually use it but if it's really good I'll use it a lot. I'm hoping that they put the MTL tank on sale sometime....like I need another tank! lol.
     
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  21. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hundertwasser
    Looks very interesting. My concern would the same as with all RDTAs, the length of the juice travel because of the length of the wicks.
     
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