Another old one here! The Steelvape Tailspin RDTA was one that I specifically picked up because of it’s antique brass finish. For whatever reason this is not a colour that’s terribly common, and this one was the only that I could find to match my requirements. It is also both my first dual coil review and my first RDTA review, so this review has been a little while coming as I learnt the various nuances behind this tank.
Build Quality & Design
The steelvape tailspin is a tall little tank, coming in at 53mm from the drip tip to the base of the tank (excluding the 510 connector) and 25mm diameter. It breaks down into a variety of parts, the drip tip, the top cap, the cap over the deck, the deck itself, glass tank and base. In terms of additional bits and configurations you actually have two top caps one that has a standard 810 connector and is colour matched to the rest of the tank, and another that is made of a single piece of delrin with the drip cap integrated as part of it. Because I was getting this primarily for colour matching, I went with the metal top cap. You also get a rather interesting little 510 adapter plate, so you can unscrew the deck section and screw it into a a plain baseplate, omitting the tank and the base completely, turning your RDTA into an RDA. Aside from testing this out a couple of times it’s not something that I’ve bothered much with, especially as the steel of the the RDA baseplate clashes rather horribly!
The fit and finish of the tank is pretty good overall, unfortunately I had to replace 3 of the o-rings when I first got it as they rubber seemed to have shrunk down and wasn’t forming a good seal anymore. I’m not considering this a negative of the tank, as it has probably been sat in storage for a long time! But it’s definitely worth mentioning if you were to pick up one of these tanks today.
The deck is a bit of an interesting layout, it has two vertical posts arranged at a 45 degree angle, with one hole higher and one hole lower. Oddly both the coils it comes with and most prebuilt ones don’t seem quite long enough to fit comfortably into the post holes. I’ve gotten around this by making my coils far more spaced out than you might do usually, another alternative would be adding in a couple more wraps. But it does seem odd. Incidentally, the photo was of me using twisted claptons, hence why it looks a little bit more wonky than it normally would.
Airflow is managed by the top cap, with two interestingly shaped cut outs that you can close off as required. However it’s never going to give you a terribly restrictive hit, this tank has plenty of airflow! The airflow is a bottom airflow design, with the intakes blasting straight up underneath the coil with two huge airflow holes. In fact if you want to increase the airflow even further you can add in some side airflow by using either the drip tip (if you’re using the black delrin one) or the metal one with 810 and rotating it so that the cut out lines up with the arrow cut into the top cap.
How does the Steelvape Tailspin RDTA perform?
This is not the most normal of tanks, and there’s a couple of things that take a while to get right to get the best flavour out of it. For starters wicking is vitally important, too much and you’ll end up blocking the juice intake, too little and it won’t supply the juice that you need. Not to mention that if you don’t get a good enough seal with the wick on the top section, when you tilt it to vape, you’ll end up draining your tank into the deck.
In terms of refilling, you just need to twist the top cap to line up the big hole that’s at the same level of the air holes until it lines up with the fill port. Now there’s a couple of things to note here, firstly be careful when you’re doing this. The first few times (or if I wasn’t being careful) I’ve managed to line up this hole with the airflow hole instead, needless to say this doesn’t go well! Happily they do include a little droplet icon on the metal just before you get to it, so if you take your time there’s no reason to make this mistake. Another thing to be aware of is that if you’ve pushed too much wick into the tank, this can end up closing off your juice intake meaning that when you try to fill it just comes splurging out the sides. If this happens I’ve found that I can use the little wrench that comes with it it to hook inside and push the wick out of the way. Of course you save yourself this hassle by not wicking it too aggressively in the first place.
In terms of flavour I’ve been pretty blown away by this, and it goes to show that even on an older tank you can still get some great results. I love innovation, and I love trying out new and interesting designs, but even old tanks can give you some great results if you do your research.
Final Review Verdict
It’s got some quirks, and as with any older tank you’re likely to run into come issues when it comes to the o-rings. I’ve been running this on my Vapeman Steam Engine, and the antique brass looks absolutely spot on. In fact it’s even bumped off my Wotofo Serpent Elevate RTA as my standard sub-ohm setup of choice. The tank holds a non TPD 4ml, and combined with the (relative!) ease of filling, it’s nice to have such a flavourful tank that you can just carry around with you and not have to refill it every few minutes.
An oldy but a goody, plenty of flavour, huge airflow, and you can get it in a lovely aged brass finish.