The Vandy Vape Mesh RDA uses mesh-style coils, but its post-less platform design also supports single and dual builds. This rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA) has a flat, stainless steel deck with two terminals for vapers to insert their leads. Users can mount their leads, and then clamp them down using the side screws.
The Vandy Vape RDA comes with a pre-installed, gold-plated 510 connection, but the vape kit also includes a BF pin. Two drip tips also feature in the package. There is a 17.5 mm (0.6 inches) ULEM mouthpiece, an 18.5 mm (0.7 inches) Delrin mouthpiece, and a 510 adapter for added vaping versatility.
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The Vandy Vape Mesh RDA Review: Kit Contents
The Vandy Vape Mesh RDA comes in a simple, cardboard box with a plastic viewing window so users can review the goods. Vapers can check out the device themselves, even though the unit itself is entirely unadorned. The kit is chock full of essential vape gear, especially for a unique rebuildable dripping atomizer like this one.
Inside, vapers will find the following:
- One Mesh RDA
- One Delrin Doc drip tip
- One ULTEM drip tip
- One bag of accessories (extra screws, screwdriver, 510 adapter, etc.)
- Three sheets of Kanthal wire
- Three sheets of Nickel 80 wire
- Three sheets of SS316 wire
The Mesh RDA is all-stainless steel, from top to bottom. There are gold-plated sections, like the 510 connectors, and the clamps in the build-deck, but other than that the RDA is solidly built. Its height is 25mm (0.98 inches) from the base to the top, not including either mouthpiece.
Its diameter is 24mm (0.7 inches), so it works with many vape mod sizes. The device splits into four main pieces:
- The drip tip
- The top cap
- The main airflow adjustment tube
- The build platform
There are several color options for this 24mm RDA. Just looking at it can be confusing for people used to typical Velocity, or U-shaped configurations. Since the dripper uses mesh wiring (but not only), there is a slight learning curve on how to properly install the leads of mesh coils, not to mention to wicks, cotton or otherwise.
With that said, the unit has a straightforward configuration. The ULTEM drip tip looks best as a contrast to the solid colors of either the black or stainless steel option, and also goes well with any color mod. The o-rings on the outer sleeves are not too rigid, as the sleeve comes off with a bit of a wiggle.
At the bottom of the very shiny, metallic version is a protruding, gold-plated 510 pin. There is an extra-thick PEEK insulator around the pin, so it works with any mod that has a hybrid 510 connection. There is not much branding or any logos on the exterior. A simple “M” shape adorns the side, but everything else is solid steel.
Inside the unit, there is even less. The deck consists of two elongated terminals, one positive (the one with the PEEK insulator) and one negative. At the outset, the two slots look closed, but those are the gold-plated clamps that keep the leads secure.
Along the lip of the deck, on either side, are two flat-head screws. These screws loosen and tighten to let vapers install their leads. Vapers need only release the clamps, introduce their lead (mesh or wire coil) into the slot and then tighten them.
The top cap that fits into the airflow adjustment tube has a domed interior. This design is to give the vapor more room to collect while vaping, and before being inhaled. The two drip tips that come in the kit are similar to 810 Goon drip tips, but the 510 adapter is handy for vapers who prefer that style of vaping.
Main Features of the Vandy Vape Mesh RDA
The main feature of the Vandy Vape Mesh RDA has to be its build deck. It looks like a floor socket to the untrained eye. It took a while to get how to install a mesh coil into these particular terminals, but once you look it over, it makes sense.
Vandy Vape generously provides three sheets of:
- Stainless steel
The width of each of the slots is 10mm (0.4 inches). The broad space gives vapers a lot of room to work with when mounting the leads and when vaping the device. Remember, these slots also take regular coils, single and dual builds, so do not be afraid to use those as well, if you want that kind of vape.
The central tube has two airflow slots, but the top cap has three vents so that vapers can choose from single or dual airflow. The dual airflow vents angle downward like with the Dead Rabbit RDA. With all the space inside the deck area, even with one airflow vent, vapers can expect a great deal of cloud, when vaping on a suitable mod.
Mounting Mesh Coils and Wicking
To install a mesh coil, first, choose the material. Take a sheet and trim a half centimeter length off to increase the resistance. Bend the sheet to make it look like a “U.” While holding the coil in that shape, lower the two ends into the open terminals.
Once they are in place, it is time to tighten the screws and clamp down on the ends. When the end is secure, it resembles a metal rainbow or a tiny gateway. The gateway is where the cotton (or whatever you prefer) wicks go. With so much space inside the coil, vapers need to stuff as much material as they can into the wick hole.
One point about the center squonking pin: the BF slot sits in the center of the deck, and any cotton wick (if vapers use cotton; there are other possibilities as well) inside will directly absorb any vape juice pumped into the well. Making the Mesh compatible with any BF mod was a great idea, especially with this style of coil configuration, where the liquid has nowhere to go except into the cotton (or whatever other wicking material) wick, which saves juice.
With that said though the Mesh RDA has a very shallow well. But this is one purpose since the vast area of the wick ensures the juice has nowhere to go than being soaked up by the material.
When wicking the mesh, make sure to stuff the opening with as much material as possible, to avoid any hot spots. There should be no space between the wick and the coil. This way the mesh applies heat evenly to the entire surface of the wick.
The Vandy Vape Mesh RDA: The Vape
With its particular configuration — post-less deck, wide surface area, more wicking material — anyone who uses the Mesh RDA is guaranteed a next-level vape. That is if that person decides to use the coils provided.
No doubt that the RDA could easily handle a single or dual coil build, and perform just as well. The advantages to the mesh coil are many, and cannot be overstated. There is so much wick inside, there is so much coil to heat it, and the result is there is so much vapor.
Even at a pared-down, double-digit wattage level, like 70 or 80W, the entire coil lights up. It is fantastic. The vapor flies out. Again, there is nowhere for the juice to escape too. In both dripper and squonker mode (with a mesh coil), the deck is full of only the wick and the coil, this means the vapor output is exceptional.
Putting the single airflow vent in place did little to affect vapor production. It was a tighter draw, but vapor was the same high-quality in both flavor and size. With three different coil material in the kit, it was hard to go back to using wrapped coils.
To be sure, the Mesh RDA is not the first mesh-style atomizer. It IS the first one to do a damn good job of it though. The versatility of this thing is unbelievable. It is both a dripper and a squonk. It can use both 510 and 810 drip tips. It can take single, dual, AND mesh coils, all in the same atomizer.
The Vandy Vape Mesh RDA vs. the VGOD Elite RDA vs. the Vandy Vape Phobia BF RDA
The VGOD Elite RDA
The Elite RDA from VGOD features a two post deck, with the leads held in place with two over-size thumb nuts that are top-screwed. Vapers can remove or secure the bolts with a flat-head screwdriver or a hex tool. The juice well on the Elite is 0.36 inches deep. Its construction features stainless steel, and it has a hybrid compatible, gold-plated 510 pin.
The Vandy Vape Phobia BF RDA
The Vandy Vape Phobia RDA is both a dripper and a squonk device. It features a gold-plated, 510 hybrid pin as well as a BF pin. The Phobia features a post-less design, with four terminals for drop-in installation of coil leads. It supports single and dual-coil builds. The RDA comes with an 810 ULTEM drip tip, as well as an 810 drip tip adapter.
The Vandy Vape Mesh RDA Specifications
|Vandy Vape Mesh RDA
|25mm (0.98 inches)
|Gold-Plated 510 Connection and BF pin
|810 ULTEM Drip Tip and Delrin Doc Drip Tip
Pros & Cons
- Excellent vapor production
- Well-made and durable
- Versatile with regular 510 pin and BF pin in kit
- Well-stocked kit (three different mesh material)
- Supports single and dual coil builds
- Slight learning curve
- Dry hits possible
The Last Word about 24mm Mesh RDA
Have you ever vaped on a mesh coil, in a sub-ohm or any other kind of tank? Have you ever built, and mounted mesh coils? Did you like the experience or did you not like it? Let us know your thoughts on all mesh coils and atomizers by leaving a comment below.
The Vandy Vape Mesh RDA performed beyond expectations. Even though it was hard to figure it out from the start, taking it apart and mounting the mesh coils into the terminals was straightforward. It took some practice, but the result was worth it. The vapor quality was second-to-none.
The mechanics of the coil and build deck — the large wick size, the amount of juice the wick can absorb — all lent to the Vandy Vape RDA giving off a satisfying vaping experience. The addition of a BF pin was also a masterstroke. The juice goes straight into the wick, so nothing about the vape gets wasted. The best part has to be that the unit also takes regular single or dual coil builds, so the Mesh RDA can pretty much do it all.