When it comes to vaping, how much is too much? Well, if you’re a single-coil vaper who’s convinced that anything more than that is overkill, you might want to skip this review. But, if you’re looking for an over-the-top example of why “more” is sometimes “better,” then read on – because the VandyVape Triple II RTA is a keeper.
Right from the outset, the 28mm Triple II makes its presence known. My lime green, frosted glass test model that I’ve had lying around here for several weeks, bulges to 30+mm at its widest, and is one of the gaudiest, most ostentatious vape tanks in my collection. It’s also one of the most flavorful and high-performing atomizers on the market today, with leak-free, long-lasting satisfaction from the moment you build and wick. I’m truly disappointed that I allow the RTA to sit around this long before reviewing it. Now, it’s in my regular rotation.
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As the name reveals, the Triple II RTA is a three-coil rebuildable tank atomizer, which means you’ll have to provide your own coils to make it work. And before veterans get squirrely, let me answer the most-pertinent question I expect to hear – yes, you can enjoy the Triple II as a single- or dual-coil atomizer. But doing so would kind of defeat the purpose. This monstrous RTA was meant for excess, and in my opinion, three coils is the only way to maximize the flavor and vapor production.
Now, when I say “monstrous” it’s not to imply the Triple II RTA is as large as the market’s behemoths, like the Aromamizer Plus. But make no mistake, the 28mm base will hang over a good number of vape mods, and smaller devices will likely look and feel unbalanced, so be sure to test the Triple II with a few mods before making a purchase decision.
On the surface, once you get past the gaudy color scheme you’ll see that VandyVape put in a lot of nifty features (which aren’t as common on RTAs as they are on prebuilt sub-ohm tanks). This includes a retractable, sliding fill port which works exceedingly well, and a rotating bottom adjustable airflow ring, which sadly doesn’t (but we’ll get to that in a bit).
Thankfully, the rest of the Triple II RTA is machined beautifully, and the sliding top fill port does a great job opening easily with one hand, while still staying securely closed in pockets and bags.
And if you’re not a fan of the appearance, VandyVape included some extras in the box, including a 510 drip tip adapter (for REALLY concentrated, warm flavor) and a standard glass, so you can better view your e-liquid levels.
Speaking of which, you might be surprised to learn that the Triple II RTA only has a 4mL capacity, it’s entirely due to the massive build deck. Just know that no matter how you build, the tank is a thirsty beast, and you’ll refill several times in a few hours, even with moderate vaping.
Finally, VandyVape also threw in a handy coil lead guide, which is great for helping vapers find the right length to match their preferences. However, a quick instruction guide on how to use it would have done wonders for making the Triple II accessible to a wider audience. Something to note for the Triple III, guys.
VandyVape Triple II RTA Specs:
- Designed by VapingwithTwisted 419
- Dimensions: 45mm x 28mm (Including Drip Tip and Threads)
- 28mm Diameter
- Gold Plated 510 Contact Pin
- 4ml Eliquid Capacity (7ml with Resin Tube)
- Unique Postless Build Deck with Six Holes
- Designed for Single, Dual, and Triple Coil Configurations
- Retractable Top Fill Design
- Glass Tank
- Bottom Honeycomb Airflow System
- Dual Airflow Slots
- Bottom Adjustable Airflow Control Ring
- Includes 510 Drip Tip Adapter
- Colors Options: Rainbow, SS, Gold, Matte Black
VandyVape Triple II RTA Contents:
- 1* Triple ⅡRTA
- 1* 17.5mm Resin Drip tip
- 1* Accessory bag (Comes with 6 Phillip Head Grub Screws)
- 1* Replacement Glass Tube
- 1* 510 Adapter
In other RTA reviews, like the OBS Engine II I’ve often used the term “playground” when describing build decks. But it has never been more appropriate than it is here. The Triple II RTA doesn’t just have a large build deck – it has a large, postless deck with enough room to host a dinner party alongside a spaced, three-coil setup.
As expected, the wicking ports on the Triple II are suitably massive, and I’m happy to report that you can stuff them FULL of cotton without worrying about dry hits. Unlike similar RTAs that need to be wicked more gracefully and precisely, the Triple II lets newcomers wick and forget it, because enough juice is flowing that the cotton never gets a chance to dry out or develop “flow snags.”
The result? TREMENDOUS vapor production. Even in a dual-coil arrangement, the Triple II puts out some serious steam. But in its intended three-coil setup… well, crack a window, folks.
A lot of this has to be credited to the wide honeycomb airflow system, which absolutely envelops the coils in airflow, directed in a cyclonic fashion toward the mouthpiece. In other words, it creates an experience more akin to a smaller atomizer. Before long, you won’t even notice the Triple II’s size – you’ll just enjoy every massive cloud you produce.
Even better, for every ounce of vapor put forth by the Triple II RTA, there’s flavor to match. Even in the initial “breaking in” stage for the cotton, I rarely had any off-putting flavors. And once the cotton was suitably broken in, the flavor was bright, rich and nuanced, bringing out the best in even my most-complex homebrew e-liquids.
I tried several juices on a number of builds, and the end results were the same – simple, near-flawless performance, in a genre of vape devices not known for easy use.
Observations While Vaping
Despite the massive size of the build deck, I found the best performance came from comparatively smaller coils, in a triple-coil build. This allowed more airflow to work in between each of the coils, rather than building a wall of metal and cotton that could mute the flavor. For newcomers, that means keeping the coil diameter under 3.5mm (and I actually recommend 3mm, even if that seems too limiting).
When I went larger, I found the airflow to be unexpectedly snug, and the flavor a little less punchy. I also managed to avoid any potential shorts in the unlikely event that my coils shift during use.
Surprisingly, I also found the Triple II performed best using simple, uncomplicated Kanthal builds. Sure, you could throw in your Alien/Clapton/Barbed Wire/Chicken Netting hybrid coils and probably have a great vape… but I’m starting to see diminishing returns on complicated coils.
For me, 24-gauge Kanthal with a few spaced loops allowed for the best combination of juice saturation, airflow and surface area. Your mileage may vary, but this doesn’t need to be rocket science, kids – less building, more vaping, I say.
My one and only complaint about the Triple II is that sticky, crunchy bottom AFC ring, which I hoped would loosen over time (and with a little e-liquid on the threads). Unfortunately, it’s just not particularly well designed, and stands as the only black mark on an otherwise stellar rebuildable tank atomizer.
I totally admit that my first impression of the VandyVape Triple II RTA was “Ummm, what the…?” It’s large, pastel-colored, frosted and just over-the-top in every regard. But ask me how much I cared about the mint green hues or slight overhang when producing leak-free, flavor-forward clouds for days. And I’ll tell you I couldn’t even remember why I questioned this thing on looks alone.
In case you skipped to the end, I can’t recommend the VandyVape Triple II RTA enough. If my only complaint was the stiff, sluggish airflow control ring, I’d say that’s a winner in my book. If you’re an RTA enthusiast or want to find more flavor and vapor without an ounce of gurgling and spitback, get to Element Vape and pick up one of these immediately. Because behind the large, gaudy exterior lies a fantastic vape.