I never had a chance to use or review the original Augvape Boreas RTA, but was still excited to give the Boreas RTA V2 a thorough look. That’s because it seems like Augvape took an entirely new approach to this atomizer, with a shorter chimney, new adjustable configuration, shorter air chamber, and a new deck format. In other words, it’s an entirely new RTA.
Is the Boreas V2 RTA better for all these changes? Let’s take a look and see.
Initial impressions of the Augvape Boreas V2 RTA
After opening the unique tube packaging, you’ll see both a 2.5mL and spare 5mL glass sections, along with a chimney extender to accommodate the larger setup. In my opinion, you might as well go ahead and lose the 2.5mL section, because the tank guzzles juice to quickly to even consider such a minuscule capacity.
In the more compact setup, there is a nice stealthy quality to the Boreas V2. But we found ourselves refilling like this was a thirsty dripper, not an RTA. Thankfully, swapping between the two configurations is a breeze, and only takes a few seconds.
The rest of the Boreas V2 package is pretty standard fare, with spare parts, a 510 driptip adapter, and decent instructions. Keep that adapter handy, folks – the included 810 drip-tip was a little loose on my test model, and my trusty 510s offered a better experience overall.
The velocity-style build deck is interesting, in that the two posts are effectively one piece – a design we’ve seen a lot lately. But, despite being a fairly large deck, the screws are tiny, and can get lost very easily.
Also noteworthy is the side airflow, which must be lined up correctly when assembling the Boreas V2, otherwise the system won’t work as intended. It’s not difficult to do, but the documentation isn’t completely thorough in explaining this, so newcomers should be extra careful when putting the tank together.
All in all, the Boreas V2 is a subdued-looking atomizer. But we didn’t buy it for looks, right?
Building and Wicking the Augvape Boreas V2 RTA
First and foremost, let me note that the Boreas V2 is a dual-coil RTA, with no option for single coils, and likely not enough room to realistically do more. The side airflow ports are designed to hit the coils at a precise angle, so it’s best to keep your builds simple and straightforward, to let the design do its job.
The coil terminals had enough room to handle a 22-gauge Kanthal build, but I had the best results with a simple 24-gauge coil, slightly spaced and easy to wick. The post screws are tiny, but held the wire in place without any concerns.
Wicking the Boreas V2 is a somewhat tricky affair. The large wicking ports seem to want to be stuffed with cotton, but the juice doesn’t flow particularly well when filling them. Yet, wicking them too loosely will also result in burnt hits and considerable leaking.
I saw the best results when creating pointed tips with the wick ends, and covering the top of the ports. Anything more resulted in dry hits, and anything less required significant cleanup. It’s a little finicky, but once you get used to it, wicking becomes second nature.
I also recommend a little extra fluffing of the wick ends, as the Boreas V2 doesn’t seem to have much of a vacuum in place. Thinning out the cotton is always a good practice, but it’s a bit more necessary on the Boreas V2.
Vaping the Augvape Boreas V2 RTA
Once I had the build and wick in place, I closed off the airflow control ring and filled the tank. There is no juice flow control on the atomizer, so be sure to let the wicks soak for a few minutes before firing. I got lucky on my first build, because there was no leaking to be had, even when purposely overfilling the tank.
I wasn’t as lucky on subsequent fills. Though I followed the same style of wicking, my second and third builds flooded my desk with liquid the instant I opened the top fill cap, even with the airflow closed. Sometimes it was a few stray droplets. Others, it was full flow right out of the airflow ring. I even noticed some buildup near the 510 pin. Be prepared to spend time learning the proper way to get the Boreas V2 running properly.
Once the logistics were in place, I set my Modefined Sirius to a conservative 40 watts – more than enough to start on my 0.35-ohm build. This is when the Boreas V2 became worth the hassle. The short chimney and stout format (even with the 5mL glass installed) meant a rush of pure flavor on every puff. It’s not quite RDA-quality, but it’s pretty darn close.
In the 2mL configuration the Boreas V2 shone even brighter. Each puff was better than the last, and soon my office was full of flavorful clouds.
But in this format, the enjoyment was far too fleeting. Even at modest wattages of 40-65 watts, the Boreas V2 swallowed juice at an unbelievable rate. Before long, I was refilling after every 10-12 puffs. Switching to the 5mL setup helped offset the juice consumption, but the Boreas V2 was still one of the thirstiest RTAs I’ve tested.
In temp control, I initially had a little trouble getting the coils to read consistently, most notably with my thin titanium wire. However, once placed correctly, the Boreas was excellent in temp control, with smooth draws and outstanding flavor.
Finally, I wanted to test how the Boreas V2 handled higher wattages, so I used a low-ohm test coil, and pushed the Sirius to 100 watts. At first, the rush of flavor and vapor was overwhelming. But the juice consumption increased at an uncomfortable pace.
Plus, the tank itself became uncomfortably hot above 100 watts. I don’t feel the Boreas V2 was meant for this type of use, and because of these results, I don’t recommend this as a cloud-focused atomizer. But the flavor? Yeah, that’s worth the price of admission.
Wrapping Up...and Score
The Augvape Boreas V2 is a fine, flavor-first RTA that is a few quirks removed from a top score. The finicky wicking, juice consumption, and inexcusable leaking soured me at first, but the intense flavor and ample vapor won me over. Though I would never use the 2mL glass option, there’s enough performance and variety to recommend this RTA for enthusiasts.
Specs and Contents
Augvape Boreas V2 specs:
- 24mm Diameter
- 304 Stainless Steel & Pyrex Glass Construction
- Threaded Top Fill Design
- 2.5ml Tank Capacity
- 5ml Tank Capacity (With Chimney Adapter)
- 2 Post Deck Design
- Dual Coil Configuration
- PEEK Insulator
- Large Wicking Slots
- Dual Adjustable Side Airflow Control
- Compatible With 510 & 810 Drip Tips
- Gold Plated 510 Pin
Augvape Boreas V2 RTA contents:
- 1x Boreas V2 RTA
- 1x 2.5ml Glass Tube
- 2x 5ml Glass Tube
- 1x Chimney Adapter
- 1x 810 Doc Drip Tip
- 1x Delrin 510 Drip Tip Adapter
- 1x Spare Parts