A Brief Word on the Augvape Intake RTA
These days, in order to stand out in the rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA) market, you need to do something really special. Even if that “something special” is nothing more than working without flaws and obviously oversights. Unfortunately, most current RTAs are trying too hard, and accomplishing too little. The exception to the rule is the new Augvape INTAKE Dual – an RTA that takes proven design concepts and fine-tunes them to a high shine.
As always, it’s not QUITE perfect. But it’s a lot closer than any RTA has come in recent memory. Let’s take a look. First, the word from our friends at Element Vape.
Check out the new Augvape INTAKE Dual RTA, an updated dual coil variant of the Augvape Intake RTA, offering a dual coil configuration, convenient quarter turn top refill system, and features a leak-proof dual slotted top adjustable airflow control system that can carefully meter the amount of airflow rushing through the rebuildables build deck.
Constructed from superior stainless steel, the Augvape Intake dual RTA measures in at 26mm diameter, presenting a large and workable build deck. Featuring two build deck airflow structures, the INTAKE Dual features four terminals on the build deck base. Which allows for a two coil configuration. This doubles the amount of vapor produced when properly built and constructed, which is partially facilitated by a coil lead guide, offering guidance to help cut the ideal coil lead length off when installing coils.
Furthermore, the Augvape INTAKE Dual RTA is practically leak-proof, featuring a dual slotted adjustable top airflow control ring situated right below the drip tip.
Augvape INTAKE Dual 26mm RTA Features:
- 26mm Diameter
- 8mL Bubble Juice Capacity
- 2mL Standard Capacity
- Pyrex Glass Reinforcement
- 304 Superior Stainless Steel Compatibility
- Quarter Turn Top Fill Design – Two Large Fill Ports
- Large Two Post Build Deck – 4 Terminals at Base of Deck
- Side Secured via Hex Screws
- Dual Coil Configuration
- Dual Slotted Adjustable Top Airflow Control Ring
- Airflow Vents to Side and Top of Coil
- PEEK Insulator
- Domed Flavor Chamber
- 810 Low Profile Widebore Drip Tip
- Threaded 510 Connection
- Available in Silver, Gunmetal, Black, Rainbow
Augvape INTAKE Dual 26mm RTA Includes:
- 1 Augvape INTAKE Dual 26mm RTA
- 1 Bubble Glass
- 4 Allen Screws
- 1 Allen Key
- 1 Cotton
- 1 Pre-Made Coil
- 1 User Manual
- 1 Warranty Card
- 1 Tool for Cutting Coil
Impressions/Aesthetics Augvape INTAKE RTA
RTAs used to have a distinct look. They were usually wider and more bulbous than prebuilt coil tanks, and generally had lower e-liquid capacities because of ever-widening build decks. However, now that sub-ohm tanks are starting to resemble lanterns in terms of size, there’s little difference between the two types of tanks.
My gunmetal-finished test model INTAKE Dual were oddly reminiscent of Innokin’s Scion series of tanks, albeit a little broader and taller. With a 26mm base diameter, widening considerably with the 5.8mL capacity glass section attached, and a nifty, leak-preventing top airflow ring, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the INTAKE Dual and a leading sub-ohm tank.
Opening up the INTAKE Dual reveals a standard but spacious postless build deck, replete with two wide airflow slots that appear to direct the concentration right at the coils. No weird angles, no gimmicky placements, just straightforward design that we’ve seen before.
My only concern was that the positive and negative terminals seemed a little too close together for today’s wider coil builds. I had to do a little creative trimming to make my builds sit properly. Once they were in place, things were fine, but getting things “just right” was a little more difficult than I expected.
Vaping the INTAKE Dual RTA
The original, single-coil INTAKE RTA was definitely flavor-focused, but was limited for cloudier pursuits. So, it’s not surprising that the INTAKE Dual follows suit. While the dual-coil arrangement and direct airflow placement definitely creates thick plumes of vapor, the fairly narrow deck and coil positioning works to concentrate flavor as it works up the narrow chimney section.
Vaping the Augvape INTAKE RTA Cont…
It took a few tries, but once I mastered the nuances of the deck – ironic, since it’s such an established design – and mastered inserting the right amount of wicking material, I was really pleased with the warm, rich flavor and vapor the INTAKE Dual put out. I was even more pleased that I was able to achieve such levels of flavor and vapor production using standard, no-nonsense Kanthal coils. In an era of mesh sheets and unique wicking designs, the INTAKE Dual simply wants to work – and work well.
But the highlight of the RTA might be the top-positioned airflow, which helps keep the INTAKE Dual leak-free 99% of the time. (Yeah, there’s always a rare misstep along the way.) And though this is definitely not an MTL tank candidate, the INTAKE Dual can be put to work as a passable restricted lung atomizer, so there’s some versatility to be had.
– Attractive, capacious design
– Strong flavor concentration
– Simple, no-nonsense build deck
– Coil placement and wicking is trickier than expected
– Only one 810 tip included
– Gets a little warm at higher wattages
Like we mentioned above, it takes a lot for an RTA to make any waves in this era of pod mod portability and sub-ohm tank simplicity. That’s why it’s always a pleasant surprise to find a rebuildable tank that takes a proven design, works out whatever problems it might have had, and lets users build and enjoy. While there’s no real “innovation” going on with the INTAKE Dual, it really doesn’t need it as long as the performance is this strong.