So our new sponsor ‘Healthcabin.net’ joined us for the month of March, thank you Healthcabin and they sent me out the Vandy Vape Phobia to give the once over.
Vandy Vape have made this RDA in conjunction with Alex From VapersMD (I don’t know who that is… !! )
Lets start with:
Vandy Vape Phobia Specs:
Atomizer Type: Rebuildable dripping atomizer
Connection Type: 510 thread
Drip Tip Type: 810 Ultem drip tip
In the Box
1pc Vandy Vape PHOBIA RDA
1pc Drip Tip
1pc Airflow Cap
1pc User Manual
1 bag of spares
So the first surprise when the Phobia arrived was the fact that it has two top caps! One is a domed top cap with a very low profile (is this ULTEM? I don’t know, its yellow so probably… ) 810 drip tip, and the other one is a barrel with a chuff cap on top. The standard cap has the wording ‘no more fear no more phobias’ running around the top edge – Not sure what thats about?
The logo is some fiery skull thing, but jeez is he having a bad hair day! The logo is ok, its not brilliant and I’ve definitely seen better, but I don’t hate it.
The air flow looks like it comes in at the sides and filters through to vents that sit directly below and to the side of your coil, it looks like the airflow slots actually cradle the coils. You can twist the top cap around to open and close the airflow until you get it just right.
The juice well looks ok, I believe it’s around 5mm deep, not the biggest I’ve seen, and because the airflow holes are just above the squonk hole, you may need to be careful of heavy handed squonking. Over squonk (or over drip I’m guessing too) and you will end up with juice in the air flow channels.
The machining is all very nice and smooth, the caps seem a little on the thin side, but not bendable unless you really put some pressure on. And the gold plated 510 pin does protrude well below the threading so all good there.. You can also replace this with the BF pin if you’re intending to squonk.
Coiling the Vandy Vape Phobia
Looking at the deck of the phobia, this is lovely! It’s a postless deck, and you will need to precut the legs of your coils, my first snip of the legs turned out perfect, I think you do get used to judging how much leg length you will need. Better cut too little than too much though, so don’t be hack happy, just trim back a little at a time until you get it right, and then if you’re using dual coils just base the second coil leg length on the first.
This really is one of the easiest decks that I have built on. Unscrew the screws and you can see how much room you have to get those legs in, and the thing that makes me really love this deck is those chunky little gold plated grub screws stretch all the way across the post holes. This means that you will always catch your coil legs when tightening the screws. You don’t have to faff about trying to keep the legs in line with the screws (like I did on the Tobhino!)
Try and keep your coils as close to the air flow holes as you can (without actually touching them) So once you’ve tightened your screws down you can tidy the coils up, strum them, get rid of any hotspots, and do any adjustments that you need. Wicking is simple again… just wick, fluff out your cotton and then I tend to fold it under down into the larger section of the juice well at the end, but we’re all different so just wick as you normally would…and Voila! You’re all set.
How simple was that! Chuffing lovely… no stress at all with the Vandy Vape Phobia!
How does the Vandy Vape Phobia Vape?
The flavour is just out of this world! This is what you would expect from all that air flow smacking the coils right in the guts though. Vapour production is good, but I doubt you would win any cloud chasing competitions with it. Then again I guess that all depends on what type of coil build you’re using.
The Phobia gets hot… and I mean HOT!! 0.26ohms at 50 watts and if I chain vape (like I do have a habit of doing) I can’t touch the domed top cap after half a dozen vapes. I actually whacked it up to 70w at one stage and could only vape it once as it was burning hot. You could try some higher ohm coils in there if you don’t like a hot vape
The problem with these low profile drip tips is that your lips can accidentally touch the top cap… Argghhhh that fudging hurt!! I guess this is why it also comes with a Chuff cap barrel. This is better, the actual Ultem (if thats what it is ) fits the whole top of the cap not just the drip tip section which does keep your lips a bit cooler, thank god. Its great to have hot lips… but not from this!
The problem being, the more you close the air flow, the less air to the coil (obviously) and the hotter the RDA gets, less vapour too! So… do you wanna gouge your own ear drums out, or burn your tongue off… the choice my friends, is yours!
And the above is a real shame, as the flavour is absolutely fantastic! Both top caps are domed which helps with flavour and I really can’t fault the flavour side of the Phobia at all.
A quick try with the BF pin fitted, (you will need a slotted screwdriver which isn’t supplied to unscrew the normal pin, and the allen key which is supplied to fit the BF pin) and yep it does squonking really well too. I haven’t had any leaks (so obviously haven’t over squonked)
Just worth a mention, if you would rather have hex grub screws rather than cross screws they are supplied and you can swap them over.
I do really like the Phobia RDA and even though it makes me want to sit vaping with ear plugs in, the flavour really is awesome! I find that both barrels give tremendous flavour, I’m noticing flavour notes in some liquids that I haven’t really tasted before! I do tend to favour the chuff cap barrel as its cooler than the standard one. I find the standard barrel with the 810 drip tip slightly more comfy but it does get hot. So… that choice, will be something that you need to discover for yourself, but its great that they include both barrels for you to chose from, and not make you purchase the other separately.
Fitting coils can be quite fiddly with some build decks, but this was so simple, I really can’t compliment this enough. Now I haven’t used this as a single coil RDA yet, purely for the fact that with just one coil, you won’t be able to situate it close to the air holes like you do with dual coils. I probably will try it at some stage, but I’m enjoying the dual coil build for now.
The O-ring tolerance is just about perfect. You can pick up the Phobia by the top cap when it’s attached to a twin battery mod (so a fairly heavy mod) and the top cap doesn’t come flying off. This is one thing that does annoy me on some RDA’s, but not with the Phobia, it’s nice and tight, but not that tight that its a pain to alter the airflow.
So will this be retired to the shelf with all of the other ‘wannabe’s’? Hmm I’m not sure yet. If I can cope with the noise then maybe not just yet.
Ceekays Shack Score
The Vandy Vape Phobia could score full marks on flavour alone, but… oh that noise! So I’m going to do things a little differently.
If you don’t mind the noise, or you can get the Phobia to your mouth while sticking your fingers in your ears at the same time, then it will happily score 10/10
However if noise is going to be a problem for you, then this ‘whooshes’ down to a 7/10 Yep it really does lose 3 points for the racket it makes! (and thats being kind)
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