A Preview of the GeekVape LOOP Leak-Proof RDA
There is a diminishing rate of return on innovation when it comes to rebuildable dripping atomizers (RDAs). Sure, there are some really good products still coming out each month, but most are just refined, repurposed versions of ideas we’ve already seen. Enter the GeekVape LOOP – a supposedly leak-proof RDA.
To the naked eye, there isn’t much to write about… at least until you take the LOOP apart and investigate the build deck, which is W-shaped, and designed to bring optimal flavor quality to users. It’s far too early for us to determine that just yet, but color us intrigued.
Let’s take a peek at this supposed leak-proof RDA to see if GeekVape has raised the bar, or just lowered the build deck.
Is the W Deck a Winner?
I won’t spend too much time dissecting the exterior of the LOOP RDA – the stainless-steel body is broken up by a center-positioned airflow ring, which is located high enough on the cap to help you believe the “leak-proof” claims GeekVape is making. But other than this visual speedbump, there’s not much to analyze.
I WILL say that the machining of the LOOP is well above what we normally see. There are no rough sections, no erratic edges, just smooth machining from top to bottom. We’ve come to expect this attention to detail from GeekVape and it’s nice to see the same quality work here.
The real selling point of the 24mm LOOP RDA is the W-shaped build deck, which initially looks like someone took a dull hammer to a standard post-less deck, then wrapped it up for sale. But once you investigate further, it proves itself to be a fairly innovative, unique build area, ideally designed for dual-coil builds.
But we imagine today’s coil artists will find ways to maximize the spacious build area. And – even though we’re hardly masters around this office – we’ll try some creative new things to get the most from this W-shaped oddity.
One way the LOOP is purported to advance the RDA cause is through its airflow, which is positioned high enough to avoid the usual leaking and seepage issues, but keeps the air directed right at the oddly shaped build deck, hopefully maximizing flavor along the way.
However, leaking is going to be a considerable problem if you’re a serial over-dripper. The LOOP RDA has a MASSIVELY deep 5mL juice well. So, if you manage to fill this space and tip your Mod more than you should, expect this flood of e-liquid to find its way to your shirt very quickly.
Of course, we’ll be testing this element very closely since it’s a primary selling point for GeekVape.
Turn That Thing Down!
It’s FAR too early to make any meaningful comments about the LOOP RDA’s vape performance. But we’re going to say this – the LOOP is loud. VERY loud. Like, wind-turbine-loud. I’m not sure a stealthy RDA actually exists in 2018, but I can guarantee the LOOP wouldn’t make that Top 10 list.
We’ve only had one build on the LOOP so far, and we’ve been generally impressed with the abundant vapor. But we’re going to try some different things to turn down the noise and cut down on the spitback while we’re at it. It’s not clear if these drawbacks are a result of the W-shaped build deck, or just an anomaly with our wicking, but it’s something we’re going to try and find out sooner rather than later.
Flavor-wise, we’re also a little skeptical. We don’t want to pass judgment too quickly, but despite all the claims of airflow and deeper flavor, it all seems like marketing, rather than proven statements. In our short time with a built LOOP RDA, we haven’t seen anything that makes us want to put our other drippers away in favor of this one. Time (and more experience with the build deck) will tell if our opinions change.
The primary thing we’ll be testing is if the GeekVape LOOP Leak-Proof RDA is actually a leak-proof RDA. That’s a bold statement to make for an RDA with massive e-liquid capacity. And sadly, we experienced SOME minor leaking after a few long draws. This could very well be attributed to my build skills, but I also know I didn’t have much juice in the well when it occurred, and it wasn’t a subtle occurrence – juice flowed from the side airflow port.
We have a lot of questions and concerns about the GeekVape LOOP RDA, but despite our initial skepticism, we’re excited to keep experimenting with this build deck to make something special happen. Because if we can get it “right” it would be great to see how well all these disparate elements come together to make a truly innovative RDA experience for 2018.
Expect our full review in the next week or so!
GeekVape LOOP Leak-Proof RDA Specs:
- 24mm diameter
- 26mm height
- 8mm drip tip height
- 18mm drip tip width
- Stainless steel material
- 5mm deep juice well
- Packing size: 96* 81*36mm
- Unique W shaped build deck
- Easy coil building for both single and dual coils
- Allows direct dripping from the mouthpiece without leakage
- Surround airflow system transferring from side to bottom
- One-piece airflow cap placed in a fixed position
- Compatible with both 810 and 510 drip tips