Introduction – The DJV RDTA By Adrian Lo Dejavu
When my huge DJV (Dejavu) RDTA box arrived in the mail and I searched the print for info about who designed it, I instantly recognized the name Adrian Lo Dejavu…only, not as a vaping brand but as a popular Asian YouTube reviewer, with 31K subscribers. Not only are his reviews funny, they’re also very informative and insightful.
Well, one look at this RDTA and I can see he knows his stuff, it’s a looker and that’s for sure. Now it’s time to see how it builds and how it vapes. This isn’t the first reviewer designed piece of gear I’ve looked at recently. The Digiflavor Aura RDA, which was not half bad, was designed by DJLSB Vapes, also a YouTuber.
Still, the DJV has a tough act to follow, I’ve been glued to my iJoy Combo RDTA 2 for a couple of weeks now and I’m afraid my standards have been raised when it comes to RDTAs.
I’ll be looking closely at those little things which so often irritate us in RDTA’s, wicking issues, leaking, ill fitted components and irritating o-rings. I now know that it’s possible to find an RDTA that delivers none of these frustrations and vapes like a dream and I’m sincerely hopeful that the DJV from Adrian Lo Dejavu can match up.
What’s In The Box
- 1 X DJV RDTA
- 1 X Glass Tube
- 1 X Custom DJV Drip Tip
- 1 X Ultem Drip Tip
- 1 x Atomizer Stand
- Accessories, seals, screws, Allen Key
- 24 mm Base
- 25mm Barrel
- 46mm Height
- rGold Plated 510 pin
- 810 Stainless Steel and Ultem Drip Tips
- Centre Spring Fill System
- Unique Build Deck Design
- 2ml Juice Capacity
- Bottom Airflow And Side Adjustable Airflow
Build Quality & Design
Well, my first impression on receipt of the black DJV box was that it’s huge, I wonder what’s in there…
I open the external cardboard box to reveal a 15 x 10 cm camouflage zipper pouch of the same sort that you get your Coilmaster Kit in, only this one’s with a woven nylon finish…very nice.
Inside the pouch, neatly arranged in padding, I find the deconstructed RDTA along with some very generous accessories. It’s clear to me that Adrian is out to impress.
I quickly put the RDTA together, it’s in three sections: the base with tank and deck attached, the barrel and the top cap with drip tip. It is beautiful to behold.
I have the black version but there’s also a stainless steel version available. Working up from the base I see a very beefy, adjustable, gold plated 510 pin and the 24mm base is emblazoned with some details about the manufacturer.
The body is black aluminum, stainless steel and glass on the black version (stainless steel on the stainless steel version, haha) and the matte black finish looks outstanding.
The thin, 1.5mm, 24 mm black base has a fine grip texturing that, on close inspection, really looks great.
Above that I see a small, 2mm tank and while Adrian Lo Dejavu did this to shorten the RDTA, I’m not necessarily into cutting capacity just for looks, I’d have liked this tank to be bigger for sure.
Above the tank I see a grey colored band which boasts dual, 1cm long and almost 3mm wide, fixed airflow slots with notching over the airflow slots that works to ensure that your barrel is replaced in the right position.
Those airflow slots open out into two huge circular inlets directly under your coils.
Now, when it comes time to build or clean, and you need to remove the base from the deck and remove your pyrex (to do your wicking or swap out)…bear this in mind: the base unscrews via REVERSED threading so grab the pyrex and unscrew the base THE WRONG WAY!
I love this reverse threading detail as it means you’ll never get your base stuck and your juice everywhere when you go to unscrew your RDTA from your mod.
The matte black barrel widens out by 1mm above that bottom airflow level and has a huge, silver DJV with a frame around it engraved on either side.
The barrel features a dual, adjustable side airflow system (adjusted with a twist of the top cap) that consists of two cross facing triangular cut outs on either side, the sides of the triangles are almost 2mm long.
The barrel slips off with ease, thanks to 2 good quality o-rings with a perfect fit, to reveal an interesting looking deck with gold plated terminals.
Between the two posts is a spring loaded refill tube which can even be accessed through the drip tip if you have a dropper bottle, just stick the tip straight in, push the fixture down and squeeze…a very innovative refill system and while it’s similar to the centre fill of the Atom Vapes Apocalypse RDTA which I tried recently, the addition of the spring might make it a little easier to use, since you don’t have to squeeze your bottle like a maniac.
The dual posts feature a total of 3 slots each, 1 at the bottom and 2 at the top so you can install your leads staggered or straight, I love this!
It looks to be easy to use and definitely versatile. The slots are fairly large and machining between the 2 upper slots on each post will prevent those leads from slipping sideways.
I replace the barrel and remove the top cap, with its rounded internal surface and a fairly short visible height when it’s replaced.
If you fit your coils right alongside the side airflow you’ll have a good 0.4 cm before the barrel top and with an extra 0.35cm of barrel above that, I’m hoping spit back will be minimal.
The installed drip tip (there’s an orange, ULTEM 810 in the pack) is beautiful, black stainless steel with fine, criss cross grip texturing. The top cap and drip tip are easy to remove and replace.
I’m seeing good looks, a great hand feel and outstanding machining and fit on all components. I’m looking forward to vaping on this DJV.
While I was quite disappointed when I didn’t find any coils in the pack…I really appreciate the inclusion of a high quality atomizer stand with good weight to it, as well as an ULTEM drip tip.
You often get one dodgy drip tip in a box and a good one on the device but this pack has two good drip tips inside, as well as all the seals and screws you’l need. You’ll just have to source your own coils and cotton!
How Does The Adrian Lo Dejavu DJV RDTA Perform?
How To Fill
You fill by sticking your nozzle or dropper tip straight down into the central juice fill shaft and compressing it, it works really well and it’s super convenient as with a dropper you can access straight through the drip tip.
The only thing is, you have to be aware of your wicking and make very sure it’s not obstructing your juice inlets to the tank.
I learned this the hard way and had a wonderful welling out of juice through my bottom airflow, I cut my wicking a little shorter (and that tank is small!), and brushed it into neat tips (after the pictures were taken) to get it out of the way of the outlet and now, I’m not having any leaky issues.
My larger juice bottles which I keep my DIY liquid in, were too big for the centre fill, medicine droppers work absolutely brilliantly, I really love the system.
Ease of build
Well, once I’d discovered that the base is reverse threaded to the deck…it was all systems go.
Building couldn’t possibly be easier…this is one of the coolest deck designs I’ve seen. So clever to give you that option for staggered or straight fit. I opted to stagger my build, one lead low and one high on each coil, as I wanted to make use of those bottom slots too.
The Allen key did the job easily and I found the installation of my 28 * 32* fused claptons to be no problem at all.
I really like the positioning of the terminal slots and the way the upper slots have been separated for security. Plus, those posts are sturdy and well made…this is just a great deck!
To be fair…I’ve gotten used to the beautiful wicking systems on the IMC decks from the iJoy Combo 1 and 2 series and when I compare this port wicking to that easy system, I have to say it’s not my favorite.
Nonetheless, the wicking ports are a decent size and as long as you are careful not to block your inlets, you’ll be fine.
I hate to harp on about the Combo 2 but I can’t help myself…the Combo 2 has a ridiculously huge airflow capacity. This device, with side airflow open wide, gives me about the same airflow that the combo did at half open, which is good because I tend to use the Combo 2 half open anyway, actually.
The thing is…the combination of that big fixed bottom airflow on the DJV, positioned perfectly under your coils, and that side airflow right next to them gives you an added dimension of flavor that really is delicious.
I would say that this airflow, when full, provides an ample but slightly restricted lung hit. While I gave the Combo 2 full marks, I’d have to say that the flavor I’m getting from this RDTA is ever so slightly better.
I experienced only minimal spit back, nothing out of the ordinary but also definitely not entirely absent.
What I Liked
I loved the design of the deck and the look and build quality of this RDTA. I also found that the airflow setup is just right for a real flavor rush and ample, ample vapor production.
I like the reverse threading on the base and the black, textured 810 drip tip. I liked that I had no issues with leaking when I payed the device on its side for an hour or 2.
What I Dislike
I would have liked to see coils included but at least I got a cool pouch and atomizer stand, hell! I definitely would have liked a larger tank, that would also have helped with inlet obstruction by your wicking because that tiny tank doesn’t really give the juice anywhere else to go, even when it’s only slightly obstructed.
I also think an extra triangle could have been added on each side to the side airflow, for people that like a really open airflow but still, flavor was great and maybe the slight restriction has something to do with that.
Final Review Verdict
Well, say hello to Adrian Lo Dejavu because I think he’s really going to make waves with this RDTA as his first release, I hope we’ll be seeing more from him, dang!
I’m thoroughly impressed by this RDTA and highly recommended it to any and all RDTA users and even beginners, since the deck is such a breeze to use…as long as they get a handle on the reverse threading and all that, they’ll be okay!!
Jokes aside, great machining, outstanding flavor, innovative deck design and fill method and all round sweet looks make this RDTA a must have.
Would I buy the Dejavu RDTA if I lost/broke the device? Most definitely!
- Incredible spring loaded centre fill
- Beautiful aesthetic
- Very user friendly and versatile deck
- Great flavor from the bottom and side airflow setup
- Superb machining on all components
- The juice capacity
- Tank size makes wicking obstruction (of your juice inlets) a real possibility