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OFRF Gear RTA 24mm

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  1. Tim Wiseman

    Tim Wiseman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 29, 2017
    Bolton, England
    Hi ECF members, In this review i take a look at the Gear RTA 24mm from OFRF. The Gear RTA 24mm was supplied for the purpose of this review by Stan from OFRF.

    OFRF Lifestyle

    https://shop.ofrf.com/products/gear-24mm...0084284475

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    OFRF, pronounced ORF released NexMesh as their first product which is pre-cut pieces of Mesh to fit RDA's such as the Wotofo Profile. I thought this would be followed by the likes of pre-wound coils and similar vaping products but to my surprise their second release is the Gear RTA. The Gear RTA is a 24mm tiny single coil RTA which is the size of an RDA. It features a floating easy to build on deck, low domed reduced chamber and extremely short air passage so like with an RDA the coil so therefore vaper production is very close to your mouth giving you the full flavour it produces. The Gear is also very unique looking and in my opinion very aesthetically pleasing, it's not perfect though as the dainty size and thirsty nature of the Gear means filling often, so let's give it a look!

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    In the Box

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    Contents:

    1 x Gear RTA
    1 x 510 Size Wide Bore Smoked Black PC Tip
    1 x 510 Size Regular Bore Black Delrin Tip
    1 x 0.33 ohm 28+38x9+28+36 3mm N80 Coils (40 to 55W Recommended )
    1 x Smoked Polycarbonate Tank Section (Glass bulge tube TPD version)
    1 x Pack of Japanese Cotton
    1 x Spare Parts Pack
    1 x Instruction Manual

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    Aesthetics

    The Gear RTA came in square cardboard packaging with the "O" of "OFRF" being a viewing window showing the top of the RTA, the colour of the visible Gear shape on the two toned top-cap is the colour of the RTA. I received the Gunmetal version with Gunmetal Gear shape on the top-cap and Black surround, other colour versions are Blue, Black, Gold, Rainbow and Stainless Steel. The Gear is the smallest RTA i have seen being no bigger than an RDA, it's dainty size and unique look in my opinion makes it very aesthetically appealing. The drip tip (whichever of the supplied drip tips is fitted) tapers outwards from the fitting then back inwards towards the top, this helps make the gear shape on the top-cap very visible. The top-caps rim is smooth in texture and tapers outwards to meet the glass section, the base also tapers outwards from the bottom to meet the glass so the Gears diameter is larger than it's height. The base section with airflow control ring is smooth like the top-cap and has narrow dual cyclops with stopper. Through the glass you can see engraved on the chamber "GEAR" one side and the OFRF logo on the other side. The bottom of the RTA has printed branding and safety stamps, the Gold plated 510 protrudes nicely and has a German Peek insulator surround. The build quality and threading is of good quality with the only issue being on receiving the RTA the airflow control ring is very tight.

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    Gear Specs and Features:

    24mm Diameter
    24.6mm Tall
    2.3ml Standard Capacity (TPD version available)
    3.5ml Included Smoked Polycarbonate Section Capacity (This is glass TPD version)
    Two Large Fill Ports
    Top Mounted Quad Terminal Build Deck
    Single Coil Build Deck
    Compatible with Clockwise and Counter-Clockwise Coils
    Dual Wicking Ports
    Double O-Ring Secured
    German PEEK Insulator
    Dual Bottom Adjustable Airflow
    Focus on Flavour
    Minimizes Leaking
    Fully Closable
    Dual airflow slots
    Two Tip Options
    8mm Wide Bore Smoked Black PC Tip
    7mm Regular Bore Black Delrin Tip
    Gold Plated Connection
    304 Stainless Steel Construction
    Colours: Blue, Black, Gold, Rainbow, Gun Metal, Stainless Steel

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    The Various Parts

    Starting at the top we have a choice of two different 510 drip tips, a delrin 7mm bore or a Smoked Poly-carbonate 8mm bore, the drip tips taper out from the fitting to the centre of it's height and then tapers back in towards the top giving quite a unique look, you can also use your own 510. Next we have the fetching top-cap that takes a few turns to take off but the threading is smooth and it undoes and tightens with ease. Once the top cap is removed two almost half circle filling ports are revealed so any size nozzles will be suitable for a mess free fill. The base with deck unscrews from the chamber with again very smooth threading leaving the air chamber with approximately 1mm air passage and juice fill section. The glass wiggles free easily and mine is a TPD compliant 2ml capacity, included is a 3.5ml capacity (seems slightly less) bulge glass, the standard version comes with a 2.3ml straight glass and a 3.5ml Poly-carbonate bulge section. The airflow control ring has narrow dual cyclops with stopper, the airflow control ring can be removed which might be an idea to do so and lubricate the o-rings with a bit of VG as the ring is very stiff, but after lubricating it's fine. The Gear RTA comes apart and reassembles with ease, no issues whatsoever.

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    The Airflow

    As described the airflow control is dual cyclops which takes air underneath the deck and the deck has an air outlet directly underneath where your coil will be positioned. The outlet is a fair size giving good bottom coverage but to smooth the airflow out it enters the bottom outlet via 4 channels then up and out through the outlet.

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    The Deck and Build

    The Gear has an easy build floating single coil deck, there are 4 terminals (2 terminals each post) so you can choose which 2 to use leaving the other 2 redundant. Each post has 2 large, chunky screw heads which are separated by a small central wall and to the outer side of each screw head there is a lip so the coil legs will not pop out. To fit your coil the legs need to be facing opposite directions yet the coils provided don't so you need to add half a wrap to use, once that's done fitting the coil is a breeze. Place each leg underneath the screw heads and screw down, then with a coiling rod or fit for purpose tool if needed manipulate into the position you want. Next pulse the coil so you can get rid of any hot spots if present. The Gear i found brilliant for wicking as you have 2 large juice channels for your cotton so you can have your cotton quite tight in through the coil, this will reduce pockets of e-liquid between the cotton and coil which causes spitting. Normally with long wicks having the cotton tight could cause the suffocation to the centre of the coil but with the Gear you can have your wicks quite short as the coil is close to the large wicking channels. I cut my cotton bow-tie style and just sat the ends on top of the channels so once saturated the cotton will find it's own level. Prime the build, screw the base onto the chamber and fill, leave for a couple of minutes to fully saturate then your good to vape.

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    My Experience Using The Gear RTA

    The Gear is without doubt a flavour RTA, the flavour i have been getting is top notch. The airflow is very restricted so not for those that like plenty of air, as a norm i tend to have the airflow half open with RTA's to get the restriction i like but with the Gear i had it fully open. I found the 0.38ohm build gave me the best flavour at 40w, it's not an RTA in my opinion that wants wattage thrown at it but is best suited for builds between 30w and 50w. I really like the aesthetics of the gear and the size means it looks great on single battery devices, build quality and threading is also very good. Not sure why OFRF supplied coils with the legs facing the same way but adding half a wrap is no problem and the build couldn't be any easier. I did expect with a fresh build some spitting until it settled down but i didn't get any with the pictured build or the 0.44ohm fused clapton build (35w with this build) i did just before writing the review, i believe this is down to having the cotton tight through the coil (had no issues with wicking). I also have witnessed no leaking but the potential for a bit of leaking and even spitting is always going to be their with it being bottom airflow and having the coil so near to the mouth. Personally the flavour i'm getting is worth the constant filling but it does need pointing out that even with the bulge glass which i installed before my second build it needs filling often.

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    Final Thoughts

    I will be using the Gear RTA often which sums what i think of it up, especially as i only usually use top airflow RTA's but the flavour it produces has impressed me that much.

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    Likes

    Good build quality
    Dainty size
    Unique looking
    Aesthetically pleasing (really like the gear on the top of top-cap with different colour surround)
    Good Threading
    Coils included
    Bulge glass included
    2 drip tips
    Impressive spares
    Good colour choices
    Reduced air passage
    Flavour Top-notch
    Good cloud production
    Suffered no leaking
    Suffered no spitting
    Very easy single build

    Cons

    Thirsty and small capacity (constant filling)
    Airflow control ring very tight out the box
    No 810 drip tip option
    Restricted lung hit only
    Half a wrap needed to be added to use supplied coils

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    I would once again like to thank Stan from OFRF for supplying the Gear RTA for the purpose of this review.

    OFRF Lifestyle

    https://shop.ofrf.com/products/gear-24mm...0084284475

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  2. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    So-Cal
    Nice write-up Tim.
     
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  3. Letitia

    Letitia Therion/Nano Junkie ECF Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    Good tead, thanks.
     
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  4. Susaz

    Susaz Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    I wonder if anybody has a Wotofo Serpent SMM and can compare to this? Reduced chamber attys are always flavorful.
     
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  5. Tim Wiseman

    Tim Wiseman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 29, 2017
    Bolton, England
    I have the Serpent Elevate but not the SMM
     
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  6. zoiDman

    zoiDman My -0^10 = Nothing at All* ECF Veteran

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    For Flavor, using a Simple Single Wire Coil, I give the edge to the Gear RTA.
     
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  7. B2L

    B2L Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2012
    Jacksonville, FL
    I just got the Gear yesterday so my experience is limited but both are pretty close in flavor and vapor production using the supplied Clapton coils in each. Slight edge to the Serpent for juice capacity and flavor, perhaps because the Gear hasn’t really broken in fully yet, but slight edge to the Gear for looks, it’s a sexy little beast.

    I’m coming from a long history of BF flavor atomizers and the flavor on both is as close to my favorite BF RDAs as anything I’ve ever tried. They still aren’t as flavorful but much better than I would have thought going in.
     
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  8. Susaz

    Susaz Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    There's no breaking in to rebuildables, yes building it with different techniques to get the best flavor. Thanks, I'm looking forward to getting one soon! But, the SMM is a greatly unappreciated atty!
     
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  9. B2L

    B2L Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2012
    Jacksonville, FL
    Up until 2 weeks ago, the last RTA I used was a Kayfun (which had just been released, its been a while). I have been using mech squonkers with RDAs since then, and they are still my go to mods. I am a flavor chaser at heart and have a collection of some great high end single coil flavor RDAs which are my benchmark for flavor production.

    No matter what I’ve built on, it seems that it doesn’t really shine until I’ve run some juice through it. Maybe break in isn’t the right term, or maybe it’s all in my head :unsure:

    (Or maybe I just need to wash my atties better before I build them)

    The SMM was my first shot (this time) and it was pretty impressive. The Gear was second, and also impressive. I just got a Serpent Elevate in the mail today and it’s looking like I’m 3 for 3 so far. I’ve used the supplied coils in all of them so far just to see but will probably put in my go to build next time around, 24 gauge SS316L simple round wire build at .35 and see what that does.

    Wow, I’m rambling tonight :blush:

    @Tim Wiseman I apologize for getting off topic in your thread, very nice review of a great atty :thumb:
     
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  10. Tim Wiseman

    Tim Wiseman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 29, 2017
    Bolton, England
    No need to apologise it's nice to actually get comments when i do a review at times i wonder if any one actually reads them.
    I agree with break in as it's to do with wicking, when a stock coil takes time to break in it's to do with the wicking material and how much of it is used so applies to rebuildables as well. Different wicking materials and i find even different brands of cotton behave differently.
     
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  11. Susaz

    Susaz Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    I'd say you need a little vinegar and water in your life! I'll try the Gear later this month, the guy that sells them has run out of stock. The SMM is one of the greatest attys I've vaped on, followed closely by the Zeus. I'm more a cloud chaser than a flavor chaser, nevertheless, the three are great attys.
     
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  12. Tim Wiseman

    Tim Wiseman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 29, 2017
    Bolton, England
    @B2L Talking about going off topic is that the great Aerosmith looks a bit like it's from Draw the line?
     
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  13. B2L

    B2L Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2012
    Jacksonville, FL
    Yes sir, absolutely :headbang:

    There's a great story about that I'll have to share with you somtime.
     
  14. Tim Wiseman

    Tim Wiseman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 29, 2017
    Bolton, England
    When you have time i'm all ears! i remember buying Permanent Vacation when it was released on the back of seeing Dude looks like a lady video on MTV that was quickly followed by getting their back catalogue and then any future releases.
     
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  15. B2L

    B2L Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 14, 2012
    Jacksonville, FL
    Toys in the Attic was my introduction to Aerosmith, I fell in love with their music and have seen them live several times.

    Here’s the story behind that mod, there is a modder here on ECF, Custom Classic, who builds the finest hand crafted metal mech squonkers you can buy. He is still building mods now and there is no waiting list but back in the day there could be a substantial wait between ordering and receiving your mod so there was plenty of time to talk in the thread.

    Corey, aka Custom Classic, would post progress pictures as he built each mod and they would have the buyers initials on them so you could identify yours. One day someone asked him if he would draw a picture on their mod instead of using initials and Corey said he wasn’t great at drawing so sorry, no.

    I had a copper mod coming up in the que and just to mess with Corey I said instead of initials, and being a big Aerosmith fan, I wanted the album art from Draw the Line on mine. It was one of the most intricate things that came to mind and so I figured that it was a ridiculous request. Corey replied back “Sure B, I’ll do that”. It was all a big joke and I never thought it would happen, but as the time got closer I would occasionally remind him that he was contractually obligated now, just messing around.

    BF Mods by Custom-Classic

    When the day came for pictures I was floored when he posted them. It turns out that his daughter was actually quite the artist and he had her draw that on the mod.

    If that’s not the best customer service ever, I don’t know what is.

    The mods are sanded and polished in the final step so the initials, or picture in this case, are removed but I’ll always have the photos (and the mod).

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  16. AngeNZ

    AngeNZ Ultra Member

    Mar 24, 2018
    New Zealand
    Awesome review Tim - I need to stop reading your reviews as it always adds another RTA to my wish list :rolleyes:
     
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  17. Tim Wiseman

    Tim Wiseman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jul 29, 2017
    Bolton, England
    Toys in the Attic, what an album so much diversity. Poor rock, Blues, Rap and Soul all on one album sometimes most of the mentioned Genres within a single song and the singing style rap (only way i can describe it) with soulful melody of the chorus makes "Sweet Emotion" one of the greatest crafted tunes of any era.
     
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