FIRST IMPRESSION OUT OF THE BOX:
Nice packaging, it comes in a box with some Coilart branding on it and a cardboard sleeve. Remove the sleeve and open the box to reveal your mod and your RDA. On the left side of the box is where you will find your mod and on the right side is where you will find the RDA. One thing that I’m impressed about so far, is they included some really nice Ni80 Clapton coils and some cotton in the packaging.
First impression is, this is a good-looking, stealthy, little, dual battery kit. It looks like it goes well together and it feels good in the hand. It looks very simple as well. I’m going to mount some coils in the RDA, load up some batteries, and see how this thing actually performs.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
- One Coil Art DPRO 133 Box Mod
- One Coil Art DPRO RDA
- ULTEM Deck Spacer
- Spare Parts Pack and Bottom Feed Pin
- One Pair Prebuilt Fused Clapton Coils
- Allen Key
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
This is an unregulated protected device. That means the more you vape on it, the less power it is going to have. It does have some protections built into it like a low voltage protection, so once the voltage gets to low, it will not fire. Thats a nice feature because it ensures it will not put too much strain on your batteries. Coilart has been marketing it as a semi regulated mod. Nevertheless, this mod is still for experienced builders only. You must have a working knowledge of Ohm’s Law before you purchase this kit. I would also recommend that you keep your builds around .2 ohms.
The Dpro mod is a very simple device and there really isn’t a lot to it. There is a screen on top of the device that has four blue dots. Each dot represents 25% of battery life. Obviously, if you have four dots that are lit up, that means that you are at 100%. If you have three dots lit up, that means that you are at 75%, and so on and so forth.
The fire button is located right below the screen and it is rectangular in shape. It is raised off the surface of the mod and it does have a bit of a rattle to it. I would have definitely liked to have seen a tighter fire button. It also has a tinny type of feel to it and I just think Coilart could have done a much better job on the button. There is some Coilart branding on the button.
On the top plate of the mod right across from the screen is where you will find the 510 connection for this mod. The 510 connection is gold plated and spring-loaded. It has a stainless steel circular shaped plate going around it. The 510 pin has a nice firm spring to it, with a pretty decent throw. Threading around the 510 is very smooth but some of my atomizers do gap on this mod, including the included Dpro RDA. I’m pretty sure that’s why they included an Ultem disc, in order to fill in that gap. You can run the disc with other atomizers if you want to and it will probably take care of the gapping issue. The Ultem disc also helps dissipate heat. The Mod will hold 24 mm atomizers with no overhang. The plate of the mod is held in place by 4-star screws.
The rest of the mod is just a rectangular shaped mod with curved edges to it. There is some subtle Coilart branding on one side of the mod but the overall construction of it is very nice. The mod is made out of mostly aluminum with an anodized paint job. It does feel really nice in the hand and the paint has held up quite well.
On the bottom of the mod, there is some Coilart and Dpro branding on the battery door. Surprisingly, there really is no visible venting on this mod. I would have definitely liked to have seen some sort of venting, especially for an unregulated device. Open the battery door by pushing down and pulling out. Once the battery door is open, you will see two gold-plated, button-style battery contacts. The battery contacts are clearly labeled for the negative posts of your batteries.
This mod does run your batteries in parallel. Batteries are to be installed positive side first. It also has reverse polarity protection just in case you make a mistake. Inside the battery tubes, you will find two, gold-plated, spring loaded, contacts. The sides of the tubes are made out of plastic, just in case one of your battery wraps has a tear. While this mod does take dual 18650 batteries, if you want to you can run it with just one battery, you can. It’s a nice little feature but I really don’t see why you would only put one battery in it, when you have the choice of actually using two.
I have seen some sites list a USB charge port on the listing for this kit. The kit that I have does not have a USB charge port. If it’s there, I can’t find it. The mod does measure in at a stealthy 84.5mm by 44mm by 28mm.
The Dpro RDA comes with a very thick Goon style drip tip. The inner diameter is nowhere near as wide as the outer diameter of the drip tip. It is a comfortable drip tip and I’m sure, having a smaller inner diameter definitely increases the flavor a bit. It is not the short chuff style DT that a lot of today’s RDA’s come with. This one has some length to it and I have to say that I really have been enjoying it. One con, there is no 510 drip tip adapter in the kit. I’m sure you could use some other 510 drip tip adapters, but I would have liked to have seen one included in this kit. There is also only one drip tip included in the kit as well. That’s just not going to cut it in today’s market. Every other company includes multiple drip tips. I don’t see why Coilart couldn’t do that.
The 510 opening on the combination top cap barrel has a nice thick o’ring on the interior. The stock drip tip fits nice and snug and so will all of your other aftermarket Goon style drip tips. The barrel and top cap are all one piece and there is some Coilart branding on one side of the barrel but it is black on black and very subtle. The interior of the top cap does have a slight conical design towards the top of it. There are two airflow holes located on each side of the barrel. Each air flow hole measures to 4.5 mm and it coincides with the two airflow holes on the deck. The airflow holes are oval in shape and fully adjustable.
The base of the RDA has two o’rings that do an Ok job of keeping the barrel in place. In between the two o’rings is where you will have access to your deck screws. This is a postless deck and the deck screws are accessed from the side of the base. The deck screws are hex screws and of nice quality. On the bottom of the base, there is some Dpro branding as well as some Coilart branding. The 510 on the bottom of the base has a Phillips head slot on it but you can also get it out with a flathead screwdriver. There is an insulator ring around the 510. The whole base is gold plated including the threading. The threading around the 510 is very smooth but this atomizer does gap on this mod if you do not use the included Ultem disc. When I have used the Dpro on other mods without the disc, there has been no gapping.
Another thing I have to give Coilart a lot of credit for is that they did include a squonking pin. The reason I give them a lot of credit for that is because this kit has no squonking capability, yet they did include the pin. That’s a plus in my book. I have used this particular RDA as a squonker and it does perform very well.
One really annoying thing about this RDA is the fact that the o’rings could be a little tighter. The top cap seems to spin quite freely especially if you over tighten it on a mod a little bit. Yet, the top cap does not come off too easily. Sometimes, you actually have to take the barrel off of the RDA and twist just the deck section in order to get it off a mod. That’s an annoying feature and I really wish they would have tightened up the o’rings.
The whole deck of the Dpro RDA is gold plated and postless. It’s got a decent juice well that measures in at 3 mm but I would have liked to have seen one just a little deeper. On the sides of the deck, it has two posts coming out, on the outer circumference that have an oval shaped air holes cut into them. This is the shape that lines up with the oval shaped air holes on your barrel. It looks like the airflow hole is drilled downward, so it hits your coil directly. So far, the airflow has been extremely smooth and I have to say that I have been enjoying this RDA.
The postless deck is well done and it can accommodate some decent-sized coils. The post holes are not as big as I would have liked them to be and running some big flat wire builds can be a problem. The post holes measure 2.5 mm each. This deck is really set up for Clapton coils being the biggest types of coils you could probably run in it. That’s not due to the size of the deck but more because of the limitation of the post holes.
One really nice feature about this RDA is the fact that Coilart precut the coils that they included in the package. They cut them the perfect length for this postless deck. So, when you first get this RDA in this kit, you do not have to spend time figuring out what the proper length the leads should be for this deck. I’ll give you a pro tip, if you want to cut your leads to the perfect length every time, all you have to do is measure your leads up against your drip tip and cut them right where the Dpro branding ends on the drip tip. Do this, and every time, your leads will be the perfect length.
Once your coils are mounted, if you are running contact coils, you can pulse them to get the hot spots out. After that procedure is done, wicking this is very simple because it’s a postless deck. Simply pull your wicking material through the coil and make sure that when you cut it your wicking material, it touches the bottom of the deck.
Like I said before, I have had this RDA for quite some time and that has given me the opportunity to run a lot of different builds in it. While this is a dual coil RDA, I have found that it actually excels in single coil mode. I like running one big coil in the middle of the deck and I feel like this RDA vapes beautifully that way.
Right now, I have dual stainless steel Clapton’s in there ohming out at .17 ohms. I have them on top of the Dpro mod that’s included in the kit and I get a really nice vape off of it. The clouds are really nice and the flavor for this RDA is just on point. The airflow is extremely smooth and when I cut it down about half way, you can definitely feel the flavor intensify. I have really been enjoying the smooth airflow that this RDA produces.
THE LOOK, FEEL, AND GENERAL AESTHETICS OF THE MOD:
I have to say, I really do enjoy the simple understated look of the Dpro Kit. It’s a small no nonsense kit that is very easy to carry and also extremely pocketable. I like the fact that this is a simple mod and there is no over complicated menu system. I click the fire button 5 times and I can put this whole kit in my pocket with no worries. I also like the fact that I get a mechanical mod type of experience but I also have some protections built in. The kit comes in a bunch of really nice colors and I have to say that aesthetically, it is very pleasing. It also has some pretty good build quality to it as well. The anodized finish has held up really well.
The Dpro has a non-variable chipset in it that is capable of 133 watts. It has a maximum voltage output of 4.2 volts and it will fire down as low as .08 ohms. Honestly, I would not recommend firing this mod that low. It also has an on-off capability. I would classify this mod as unregulated with some protections.
THE MENU SYSTEM:
- Click the fire button 5 times to turn the mod on or off.
HOW DOES IT VAPE:
When I first got this kit, I was not sure how I would like it because it just looked way too simple. Sometimes though, the simple things in life are better. I have to admit, I have been enjoying using this kit for quite a few weeks now. It vapes really well and it fires instantly. I like the battery life that I have been getting when I use this mod. I also like the flavor and clouds that the RDA is capable of producing.
I’m not sure if this mod is actually hitting the full hundred 133 watts. I don’t have the equipment to do all of that testing and I normally go by how the vape feels. That is really hard to do in a case like this, because of the fact that the mod is unregulated. I have vaped multiple builds that I have put on this mod at 133 watts on other regulated mods just for comparison. It really doesn’t feel as strong as it did on the regulated mods. I’m thinking that this mod is hitting right around at 100 watts, maybe even a little less. However, my findings are very unscientific, so please keep that in mind
WHAT WOULD MAKE IT BETTER:
- Ohm Reader
- Some Venting
I would have really liked to have seen Coilart include an ohm reader on the screen. It’s not a big deal, but before I put something on this mod, I have to first check it either on another mod or one of my ohm readers. I would have rather had a feature like that on the screen, so I can see what my RDA is doing. It would have also been very convenient.
If you are going to build a mod like this, I really do believe you have to have some sort of battery venting. I was a little surprised that there is no battery venting present and I definitely would have liked to have seen some.
I like this kit a lot more than I thought I would when I first received it. It actually vapes really well and the RDA included is a good one. It’s a nice stealthy kit that seems to be well built. It does have a lot of nagging little issues that probably could have been addressed if Coilart was paying more attention. You’re probably going to see a decent amount of cons in the cons section and that’s unfortunate. The cons aren’t really deal-breakers but they have to be listed because there are quite a few little, nagging things wrong with this kit.
The shame of it is, those little things, really don’t affect the overall enjoyment of the kit but they should have been corrected before this mod was brought to market. Fortunately, the overall vape quality outweighs all those nagging little cons, Overall, I really do like the kit, I just wish Coilart would have taken more care, before they released it. If you are looking for that mechanical mod type of experience with some protections, this kit is really tough to beat.
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