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Norseman’s Review on the ElderDragon RDA from Wotofo and Ryusei Sakaue

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I received this ElderDragon RDA free of charge directly from HealthCabin for the purpose of this review. Regardless of this, it will not color my opinion on this review in any way, shape or form.

Packaging
This came in a Green/Black rectangular box with a transparent plastic window on it where you can see the deck and the top cap in their respective cutouts. On the front it says RYUJIN/ElderDragon together with Wotofo and the web address. It also says that it is designed by Wotofo and Ryusei Sakaue.

On the sides you can find what the package contains, on another you find the obligatory scratch and sniff and on the last side a warning text. Below the cutouts for the deck and top cap, you find a 510 drip tip adaptor and the extra 810 drip tip. Lift that foam and you find the bags with all the extras.

The RDA
It is a 2-piece 22 mm single coil RDA made in collaboration between Ryusei Sakaue and Wotofo and I must say it is a totally different looking RDA for sure. I never heard of Ryusei Sakaue before, but apparently he is a Japanese YouTube Reviewer and the designer of this RDA.

The deck on this RDA, which by the way is a postless one, makes it really easy to build and also wick since you got enough room for a fair amount of cotton in it. It is intentionally made for single coil use, but if you take off the airflow thingumajigs you will actually be able to use it for dual coils, but with no possibility to adjust the airflow since it will be wide open no matter what you do.

The airflow thingumajigs are actually helping out keeping liquid from getting out through the airflow holes and also make sure the air hits the coils as it should to improve flavor. They also help out reducing the size of the chamber to yet again increase flavor.

I am surprised with how smooth and silent the airflow is on the ElderDragon, fully open it is airy like nothing else, but quiet, and it is actually the same no matter how I set the airflow. Almost fully closed it is still smooth, but it is starting to make a little noise and almost whistling.

The airflow on the ElderDragon must be considered to be a ”Fixed Airflow” since it half open is as airy as it is wide open. The only chance to get some sort of restriction out of it is to close it off almost all the way and at that setting I actually get really good flavor.

A good thing with the posts is the fact that you don’t have to think about left or right winded coils since it doesn’t matter at all thanks to the four postholes it has. The coil legs are held real good by the post screws and it is easy to get the coil in the right position thanks to the cutout you have on the rim of the deck. So when you build it you use a coil rod and push the rod down into those cutouts and Bob Is Your Uncle.

The way the top cap or barrel is made it is gonna look a bit funny with regular sized 810 drip tips since the top of the RDA is on the narrow side and regular 810 drip tips will have an overhang. I have despite that tried a few of the 810 drip tips I have and they all sit nice and snug on it.

The O-rings is another thing that works as they should on this RDA, from the one holding the drip tip to the ones holding the barrel. They are all nice and hold what they are supposed to hold nice and snug.

The form factor on the barrel is quite different and I’m sure it will have 2 camps with people liking it and people disliking it due to the different look. I kinda like the way it looks and I have no issues with the design at all.

So how does it really vape you might wonder right about now… Well… I am positively surprised by the good quality on things and the ease to build and wick it. And the flavor I get out of it is actually really good when I close it off the way I have done it. I have used it in both drip and squonk mode and for me it has worked like a charm in both modes.

Assessment
All in all I have had a nice experience with this RDA and the flavor has been really good. I get dense rich clouds with good flavor and that’s something I don’t get out of every RDA I test.

The only non subjective con I really got, is the fact that it kind of has a fixed airflow that you can’t adjust unless you really close it off. And by «close it off» I actually mean as close to closed off as you can get. As with every new RDA it takes a little tinkering to learn how much you can drip and how much you need to squonk, but after you get that, it’s gonna be a nice journey.

Can I recommend it to others?
If you are in the market for a different looking flavorful single coil RDA I don’t see why not… It does deliver on flavor, it is well made and it works like a charm both in drip and squonk mode and it is priced fair as well.

Pros
Machining
Hybrid safe
Good flavor
Looks good
Squonk ready
Easy to build
Able to actually use it with dual coils, but with no possibility to adjust the airflow

Cons
The barrel does sit a bit too tight making it difficult to adjust the airflow
Way to airy for my liking even closed off almost all the way, ”Fixed Airflow”
Makes a swooshing sound real close to a whistle when you vape on it closed off

Parameters
Width: 24 mm
Height: 32 mm with the drip tip
Gold, SS, Blue, Rainbow, Black, Gun Metal

Package includes
1 x ElderDragon RDA
1 x Resin 810 drip tip
1 x Frosted Black/Grey Ultem 810 drip tip
1 x SS 510 drip tip adapter
1 x Squonk pin
2 x Spare post screws
2 x Tri core Fused Clapton Ni80 coils
1 x Allen key
1 x Screwdriver
1 x Coil cutting tool
Spare O-rings
Manual

You will find it here
ElderDragon RDA for $34.99 at the time I wrote the review.

And if you wanna buy this RDA you can use the coupon code «Norseman» to get 10% off on this item and also site wide at HealthCabin when you check out and the offer is valid until March 31. It’s not an affiliate link so I don’t get anything at all, more than the joy of helping you guys make some good deals.

Thanks for reading this far and Vape on!
Norseman

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#2

Nice one again my friend, the deck looks interesting.
Wotofo certainly has some nice projects with unknown (at least to me) Youtubers.
I still enjoy the Wotofo Faris RDTA/RDA, use something else every now and then but keep coming back to it.

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#3

Thanks dear. It is absolutely different looking both on the outside and inside and those airflow thingumajigs does help directing the air to the coil in a good way, unfortunately it got a fixed airflow i would say. Still a nice experience though.

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#4

:rofl: :+1:

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#5

It’s the new word for those strange looking airflow thingys that you can se on some attys.
#thingumajigs :wink:

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#6

@norseman great review, and that deck DOES look interesting.

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#7

Thanks man :+1: It’s definitely not the normal deck.

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#8

Great Review! I had my eye on that one as well.

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#9

Thanks man :+1: If you get one, let me know what you think of it.

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#10

I will. I got the warrior and the Recurve squonk coming my way for reviews. Cannot wait to review those.

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#11

Have fun with those and thanks.

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#12

great review…i got the Dragon when it first came out…play with builds an air flow for a few weeks…when i got my sweet spot I enjoyed it very much…
vaped for a week on the set up I like an got another one…I vape mostly fruits so did not build low…around .45 …the flavor was great an the vape was wet…

I dont mind the design as long as it performs…it grows on you after awhile…lol…

getting the air flow right an coil placement is the key…I set my coil close to the deck since the air ports shoot downwards…wanted more coil coverage…

any ways…great review Norseman…well done…U covered it all…

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#13

Thanks man :+1: Much appreciated.

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#14

Nice review @Norseman thanks once again.

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#15

Most Welcome and thanks man :+1:

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#16

Great review @Norseman thank you.

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#17

Thanks for the read and comment man :+1:

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#18

Thanks for the review!:crocodile:

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#19

Thanks a lot man :+1:

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#20

I was reading about this at Planet of the Vapes and someone said it looks like a butt plug. I was crackin up…

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