Hey ELR fam!
So I received both of my Rafale tanks today and I thought I would share my impressions as I opener up and taker for a spin!
I wouldn’t really call this a full review, more of a scratching of the surface
I received it in a nice, aluminum, cylinder tube
The coils are bigger than the crowns and they are build quite solid actually. Gold platted and completely encased in SS (as far as I know)
The tank itself is…well…kinda boring, really nothing too fancy going on. It is built solid, much like the crown, it has a drip tip that is encased in a rubber/plastic sort of material which I neglected to remove for the pictures
Ok this is where it falls FLAT on its face for me. The new top fill feature. First off we won’t talk about the fact I thought it was through the driptip, since I have watched a lot of videos and could of sworn that’s what I saw… anyways we won’t talk about the ^%$#&$ mess I made sitting there pouring juice in the DT wondering why I am not seeing the tank fill up…yeah.
To fill this tank with the new system is a freaking nightmare, unless you are using needle tip bottles. First off you have to close the airflow, which only turns in 1 directioin by the way. After you close the airflow, you twist the DT counter clockwise to open it. There are 2 tiny holes on opposite sides of the DT and this is where you are supposed to fill it. I have a lot of juices in amber bottles with eye droppers and it is messy!! The only way to do it minimizing mess with an eye dropper, is to place the eye dropper tip in to the opening, keeping it flush with the outer circle of the hole…no gaps or it flows back out. Even after that you are still left with juice on the rim of the tank and I can see this pouring down the tank as well. Plastic bottles won’t be as much of a hassle though. I am not happy about this feature at all.
I have yet to use it on TC mode but on VW @ 55w on the .25 coil(where I’m @ on the crowns), I am getting the coldest vape I think I have ever had. Seriously I thought my MOD had died or was off because I didn’t think I was drawing anything, until I unleashed a massive cloud!
I’m getting huge clouds with flavor just being good…not amazing but not horrible by any means. It’s hard to compare to the crown, because the vape is completely different.
My other complaint is it is very airy. Even with the airflow all but closed, it is still extremely airy.
I had to take it apart briefly to clean my…mess…and I can tell it is going to be a challenge to clean/dry. More so, the chimney piece… No longer is it a straight chimney like on a normal tank, the anti-spit back chimney is corkscrewed with 2 chambers, making it a bit hard to get in there.
All in all I’m happy with these tanks. For me these are more of a home tank, than a “on the go” tank. Ironically the easy quick fill, isn’t as easy as it looks for a guy like me who uses 85% amber eye dropper bottles…
For now I welcome them to my family