VandyVape Mesh V2 RDA

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    Hi Ecigssa members, In this review i take a look at the Mesh V2 RDA from Vandyvape. The Mesh V2 RDA was supplied for the purpose of this review by Viktor from VandyVape.

    http://www.vandyvape.com/atomizer/rda/at...sh-v2-rda/

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    Introduction

    Since VandyVape released the Mesh RDA atty's using mesh have moved on making it look quite outdated, so here we have it the updated Mesh V2 RDA which has had quite a substantial overhaul.
    We now have honeycomb airflow that gets angled towards the mesh and much deeper juice well. The diameter has been increased to 25mm allowing for a wider strip of mesh, the wider clamps and greater distance between the two means a much increased surface area for both more vapor and flavour. Lastly of course we have the now mandatory spring loaded ceramic seat to keep the cotton fully in contact with the mesh at all times avoiding nasty dry hits. Coming with 4 different mesh strips so you can find your preference and available in 7 colours let's give the Mesh V2 a good look!

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    In The Box

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    Contents:

    1pc M V2 RDA
    1pc Squonk Pin
    1pc Spare Parts Bag
    1pc Instruction Manual
    1pc 510 Adaptor
    1pc Mesh bending tool
    1pc Screwdriver
    1pc Allen wrench
    2pc Vape Cotton Laces
    1pc A1 Mesh 0.15ohm
    1pc Ni80 Mesh 0.15ohm
    1pc Dual Mesh 0.15ohm
    1pc SS316L Mesh 0.12ohm

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    Aesthetics

    The Mesh V2 came in Black Cardboard box packaging which on the side was marked Sample but everything listed in the contents was present. I received the Stainless Steel version which comes with a really nice Green Resin 810 drip tip installed, the colour options are Matte Black, Stainless Steel, Gold, Gunmetal, Shiny Blue, Rainbow and Frosted Grey.
    On the front of the sleeve we have the same etched "M" formed by geometric shapes that was present on the original Mesh RDA. Towards the top of the sleeve we have dual honeycomb style airflow comprising of 2 rows of 10 holes so 20 holes each side in total.
    The protruding top section of the inner sleeve has cog like teeth which both gives good grip while also adding aesthetically and as already mentioned the Mesh V2 comes with a rather nice 810 Resin drip tip. Moving to the base we have etched branding and safety stamps, the V2 comes with a standard, Gold plated pin pre-installed.
    The 25mm in diameter RDA is quite heavy with thick walls, very solid indeed so no issues with build quality!

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    Mesh V2 RDA Specs and Features:

    Diameter: 25mm
    Height: 25.5mm
    Mesh strip build deck
    E-liquid capacity: 2ml
    Top adjustable airflow
    Larger size mesh element for improved heating area
    Spring clamp for cotton below the mesh
    Deep Juice well
    Squonk pin included
    Thread: 510
    Colours: Matte Black, Stainless Steel, Gold, Gunmetal, Shiny Blue, Rainbow, Frosted Grey

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    The Overhaul

    I think vapers can get tired of new versions of pre-existing atty's coming out when there is very little difference from the original both in design and performance but in this case the Mesh RDA has had a complete overhaul.
    With the Mesh V2 RDA we keep the same angled airflow on the inner sleeve but now we have the smoother honeycomb offering on the outer sleeve inlets.
    The deck section is where most of the changes have been made firstly with now having the spring loaded ceramic seat which wasn't present on the original. The post clamps are now both wider and set slightly further apart creating a higher dome so therefore much greater surface area. Finally we go from having barely no juice well to speak of on V1 to now having a very deep juice well making the Mesh V2 very squonk friendly.

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    It's Various Parts And What You Receive?

    The Mesh V2 RDA consists of Goon fitting 810 Resin drip tip, inner sleeve/top-cap, outer sleeve and base deck section. It comes with a standard gold plated pin pre-installed but included is also a Gold plated BF pin.
    You don't receive an alternative drip tip but you can fit your own 810 and also included is a 510 adaptor. You receive all the tools needed including a mesh bending tool which bends the mesh to the exact shape needed to install onto the deck.
    You also receive 4 different mesh strips which is a massive pro which includes a SS316L Mesh strip giving a TC option. You also receive 2 6mm thick shoelace cotton pieces and of course plenty of spare screws and o-rings.

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    The Included Mesh

    You receive 4 different mesh strips all 17x9.8mm in size. The different mesh strips are Kanthal Dual Mesh with a resistance of 0.15ohm and recommended rating of between 45W - 70W. We also receive a Ni80 Mesh strip 0.15ohm with a recommended rating between 55W - 70W and with yet again a resistance of 0.15ohm a single mesh Kanthal strip with a recommendation of between 50W - 65W. Finally to give TC users an option we have the SS316L Mesh which has a resistance of 0.12ohm and is rated between 50W - 70W.

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    The Airflow

    The outer sleeve has 2 rows of 10 holes each side which is commonly referred to as honeycomb and when fitting the sleeve over the deck lined up with the coil the sleeve moves on a track with stoppers.
    The top section of the inner sleeve protrudes out from the outer sleeve and has cog like teeth which gives really good grip. The inner sleeve has a slot each side that you line up with the honeycomb airflow of the outer sleeve. The slots are angled downwards and inwards aiming directly at the side of the mesh and moving the inner sleeve reduces the airflow closing a hole in both rows one at a time giving really good adjustability.
    This way of closing the airflow down on some atty's i have does offset the airflow but with the Mesh V2 as we close the airflow down we can then turn the outer sleeve on it's track to line it back up perfectly with the mesh.
    Another thing which i like about the Mesh V2 is the tolerances are absolutely spot on, when the inner sleeve is turned the outer sleeve stays put but when needed the outer sleeve can also be turned with ease, nothings too tight or too loose. Finally when looking at the inner sleeve/top-cap we can see it's conical shape which should encourage flavour.

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    Spring Loaded Ceramic Seating

    The use of Mesh has become the way to go with stock coils upping the flavour and giving coils more longevity but mesh RDA's until very recently have not been met with the same enthusiasm being inconsistent with flavour and renowned for dry hits.
    Mesh gives great flavour, yes that's just my opinion but it is an opinion shared with countless others but the mesh needs total contact with the wicking material and a combination of the flexible mesh and cotton which expands, then shrinks as it dry's and also can sag and change shape as it's constantly expanding shrinking and sagging means with all the best will in the world trying to keep the cotton touching the entire surface area of the mesh in the past has been a big problem. It has worked perfectly with stock coils as the cotton is packed between the mesh and the outer shell of the coil head so the cotton always covers the mesh surface area.
    Then came along the Wotofo Profile and Mr Justright's solution the use of a spring loaded ceramic seat which sits directly underneath where the Mesh domes over from post to post. The Ceramic seat pushes the cotton against the mesh and has the cotton expands, then shrinks etc the ceramic constantly pushes the cotton against the mesh with the spring allowing it to lower or raise to achieve this. Such is the borrowing of ideas nature of vaping and lack of integrity since the Profile we have seen other manufacturers using the spring loaded ceramic seat. That's not a dig at Vandyvape as all vaping manufacturers without any regard to ownership of ideas use existing ideas constantly and as vapers we have actually benefited.

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    The Deck and Build

    The Deck is very simple with a vertical sitting clamp each side for the end of your mesh to slide into. The grub screws are on the sides, so simply loosen the screws, slide your mesh ends evenly in place and tighten the screws, it's that easy. The grub screws are phillips heads so in my opinion better than flatheads but would of preferred hex but phillips are fine. To make it even easier you are supplied with a simple tool to bend the mesh around before fitting, it bends the mesh to the perfect shape (another copied idea from the Profile).
    Before wicking pulse your mesh at about 15w (20w max) to get rid of any hot spots and burn off any residue from manufacture. Wicking is done very generously and you get supplied with 2 shoelace cotton pieces which are 6mm in diameter purpose made for wicking the mesh, the cotton is available in packs of 10 and previous mesh strips from Vandyvape are also available in packs of 10 so i expect it will be no different with the 4 different mesh strips supplied with the Mesh V2 RDA. What i do like with the deck is the very deep juice well so after combing through and giving your cotton ends a bit of a fluff up you don't need to be shy stuffing the cotton down into the wells.

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    How It Vapes and Thoughts!

    I used 2 of the supplied mesh strips, the pictured build is the SS316L Mesh which i actually used with the BF pin installed on my Half Moons Mech BF Mod with the airflow half open. I also used it again with the BF pin and half open airflow this time with the Dual Kanthal Mesh on the Aegis squonk mod which i found best at 55W. Before using the supplied Mesh i did a build with the standard pin using NexMesh to get some comparison with the Profile and when it comes to flavour there really is nothing in it but i am finding the airflow smoother on the Mesh V2.
    The 2 different supplied mesh strips i tried both gave flavour very close to the NexMesh with the Dual Kanthal Mesh pretty much matching it.
    The Mesh V2 with airflow fully open gives plenty of air which can be adjusted to get the restriction you like and as already mentioned the airflow is particularly smooth.
    Apart from the lack of Innovation as this as all been done before i only have one issue as it's a really good Mesh RDA. The issue is when swapping pins the ceramic seat and spring also comes off the deck which i found quite annoying, seeing has everything with the Mesh V2 is copied you would of thought they could of at least come up with some idea of their own so pins could be swapped independently of the ceramic seat.
    Finally back to the pro's, the Mesh V2 really shines on a BF device, leak resistant with the high angled down airflow, deep juice well and the juice entering directly on the cotton below the mesh with the surplus entering the wells either side for your cotton ends to soak up.

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    Likes

    Very good build quality
    Spot on tolerances
    7 Colour options
    Nice looking (subjective)
    4 different Mesh strips included
    TC mesh option
    Full Specs given for mesh strips
    Cotton included
    screwdriver and Allen wrench included
    Mesh bending tool included
    510 adaptor included
    Conical shape on the the top-cap
    Honeycomb airflow
    Leak resistant
    BF and standard pins
    Deep juice well
    BF friendly
    Stopper on outer sleeve which moves on a track
    Airflow can be realigned after adjustment
    Flavour very good
    Very smooth airflow
    Very nice Resin 810 drip tip
    Can fit own 810
    Spring loaded Ceramic seat


    Cons

    Nothing new (lack of innovation)
    Swapping pins also means disassembling ceramic seat and spring

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    I would once again like to thank Viktor for supplying the Mesh V2 RDA for the purpose of this review.

    http://www.vandyvape.com/atomizer/rda/at...sh-v2-rda/

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    The difference is obviously the juice well.
    So what else is different between the two RDA's.
    Other than that nice review.
     
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    Honeycomb airflow, better tolerances, wider(as in longer) slots for mesh, distance between clamps increased, airflow inlets much higher with thicker walls on inner sleeve allowing steep angled airflow making it much more leak resistant, Spring loaded ceramic seat added, overall improved build quality (much thicker metal), larger diameter (which allows for much that has been mentioned) and as mentioned very deep juice well, Apart from that very similar!
     
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    So then it's an upgrade worth the effort.
    Will look into it. You reignited my interest in mesh.
     
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    Yeah the original Mesh RDA from Vandyvape was before the profile and the introduction of the spring loaded ceramic seat so prone to dry hits, in fact it's one of their earliest RDA's when their build quality wasn't quite as good!
     
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    So basically the spring seat eliminates dry hits.
    No wonder my experiment went sour.
     
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    Yes it keeps the cotton in contact with the mesh at all times. Dry hits usually is when the cotton get's dry (lack of e-liquid) as you know but the really nasty dry hits with mesh are a different issue. if mesh heats up with no saturated cotton in contact with any part of it that section of mesh gives a really nasty dry taste!
     
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    I experienced that first hand...it's really not nice!
     
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    This or the profile ?
     
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    This over the original Profile but Wotofo are hitting back with the new Profile that how's testing is going will get my vote!
     
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    Really New profile ? any links
     
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    Yes i have already had one build in it by now it will probably be on Wotofo's website!