Has Geek Vape Improved On the Original Zeus RTA?
The Geek Vape Zeus Dual RTA, as the name suggests, takes both dual and single coils and is the ‘upgraded’ version of the original with a few design alterations.
It’s still a top airflow leak proof design and is slightly taller than its predecessor and comes in a handful of different colours.
Many vapers reported the original Zeus RTA causing a lot of dry hits – maybe due to the need to make a ‘turn’ in the wick to fit the juice ports and the new build deck has gotten rid of that issue as well as making a couple of other changes.
I actually loved the original buying another one as my go to daily RTA and it is still in my rotation particularly if I’m out and about and don’t want to risk leakage.
OK Geek Vape has a solid track record of tanks and devices the recently released Blitzen RTA receiving rave reviews – the Ammit 25mm RTA which I eventually loved lol and the legendary Griffin to name but a few.
So a pretty successful stable of RTAs in particular so does the Zeus Dual live up to those exacting standards?
This was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of review and as always my thoughts and opinions are my own.
Inside the Box
It’s a clear plastic clam shell style box with everything packed inside – and as always with Geek Vape there’s plenty of goodies:
- 1 x Zeus Dual RTA
- 1 x Spare Glass Tube
- 1 x 510 Drip Tip Adaptor
- 1 x Allen Key
- 1 x 510 Delrin Tip
- 1 x 810 Drip Tip
- 1 x User Manual
- 2 x Coils
Geek Vape Zeus Dual Coil RTA Specs
- Size: 46.4mm x 26mm
- Both Single & Dual Coil
- 510 & 810 drip tips are available
- Color: SS, GunMetal, Black, Blue
Note: To fill 1/4 twist top cap bayonet style fitting.
This is both single and dual coil with an adjustable top airflow which means this RTA like its predecessor is pretty much leak proof.
Out of the box the capacity is 4ml and you can get a 5.5ml bubble glass which sadly has to be bought separately.
Gone is the raised colander style airflow legs on the deck making this a more familiar post less deck with two smaller airflow arms.
It comes with a 510 drip tip and adaptor and a smaller low profile 810 drip tip. You can use your own drip tip but bear in mind Geek Vape has kept the raised mouthpiece the included drip tips slot over.
Filling is as easy as the previous version utilizing a bayonet style top cap that twists off revealing two decent sized fill holes.
On this version the inner cage has been removed which for me gives a cleaner look to the whole thing.
Speaking of looks let’s see how the Geekvape Zeus Dual RTA stands up design and build quality wise..
Design and Build Quality
Design wise Geek Vape has altered a couple of things that for me have not only added to the overall look – but also the ease of use and vape quality – more on those in a moment.
It looks very clean indeed – though I do wish Geek Vape would scrap their version of ‘gun metal’ it’s a rather dull uninspiring grey that for me cheapens the overall look.
Zeus is stamped into the base of the RTA front and back and there’s only one logo on the barrel – however the contrasting geek vape logo etched on the top doesn’t look good at all.
It’s a touch taller – they’ve removed the inner cage – they’ve taken out the long airflow arms which also mean it’s not as fiddly to put back together – remember trying to line the deck up with the corresponding slots on the old one!
The threads are pretty good and obviously become smoother with use and juice lubing them up and the airflow control has just enough restriction to stay in place.
I do like the bayonet style top fill and again this is a lot easier to open and shut once lubed up.
So the build is pretty good and apart from a couple of issues the design is clean and looks OK – so how does it vape?
How Does the Geek Vape Zeus Dual RTA Perform?
Building on the Zeus Dual RTA is pretty simple even for a fingers and thumbs old guy like me though the flat head post screws are a little dodgy if I’m honest and after 3 builds are showing signs of stripping.
I found raising the coils and lining them up more to the bottom of the airflow gave much better taste and clouds – pretty obvious really.
The airflow holes in the two arms raised off the deck are generous and so are the wicking ports.
Wicking the Zeus Dual
Incidentally a lot was made of the hassle wicking the Zeus 1 with lots of vapers reporting fiddly wicking leading to the dreaded ‘dry hits’.
Hand on heart I never had one and indeed liked the first Zeus RTA so much I bought [yes I buy stuff lol] a black one for my ‘beater set up’.
The main cause of wicking issues may have been the S shaped ‘turn’ the wick had to take in the Zeus 1 and too much cotton may of course caused a stoppage – they’ve done away with the turn in version 2.
Wicking with the Zeus Dual has been no problem for me – and I’m no expert – no dry hits or even the threat of one.
Simple tips are thin/fuff your wicks – don’t over pack – leave tails a tiny bit off the base of the juice port – less is more!
Flavour Off the Zeus Dual
There’s a school of thought that says you don’t get as much flavour from a top airflow than you do from bottom or side fed ones.
Whilst this can be true most of the time just like its predecessor the Zeus Dual turns that on its head – straight off the bat the flavour on this in dual coil mode and on a scale out of 10 is around 7 to 7.5 – depending of course on your build.
Not the greatest flavour off the Zeus Dual RTA but pretty good – and it’s certainly its edging out the previous one on the flavour scale as you might expect doubling up with the coils.
Single Coil Mode
I used a chunky Taiji coil at 0.25 ohm and ran it through three tank fills at a between 50 and 75w.
Obviously the higher the wattage the better the clouds and flavour and I found a happy medium with the airflow 2/3rds closed.
I’m not convinced the Zeus Dual shines in single coil mode if I’m honest there’s far better alternatives out there.
Dual Coil Mode
This is when the full potential of the Geek Vape Zeus Dual RTA comes into play.
I used the 2 supplied coils and 2 of my own finding the ones in the box a little ‘lightweight’ to work with – the ends frayed badly when snipped.
The included coils came in at 0.15 ohms and again I ran three full tanks through them.
The flavour was good – not the best dual coil RTA I’ve used – but better than decent especially at the higher wattage and again 2/3rds airflow open.
However popping in a pair of basic Alien coils at 0.11ohm and the RTA came to life to say the least.
The flavour was much much better at around 77watts and obviously the clouds were impressive.
For me the Geek Vape Zeus Dual RTA is far better in dual coil mode and if you play with builds and get the wicking right this is one you can definitely get a great vape out of – and yeah it’s leak proof too!
- Decent flavour
- Excellent clouds
- 4ml capacity
- Not a ‘thirsty’ tank even in dual coil
- Smooth airflow
- Good airflow control
- Good build quality
- Easy to build deck
- Dual or single coil mode
- Coils included
- Leak proof
- LOTS of spares!
- Post screws prone to stripping
- Bubble glass as separate purchase
- No info on included coils
- Some 810s look awkward due to raised tip
Final Review Verdict
Given I loved the original Zeus and bought another one which I still use today will I be doing the same with the Dual?
In a word no and I’ll tell you why.
There’s a market full of dual coil RTAs out there and whilst the Zeus Dual is good it’s not good enough to get into my top 5.
Saying that if you’ve used the previous version and want to upgrade or are looking for a leak proof decent day to day RTA in dual or single coil then I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending it.
The flavour is just about good enough – after finding the right build – as is the vapour production and it certainly matches the Geek Vape Themis in flavour and vape quality.
I may use this one occasionally out and about over the summer due to leak proofness of it – as I’ve said I already have two Zeus ones and a Themis and I wont be buying another Dual colour to match my mods because it hasn’t actually blown my socks off.
The Geek Vape Zeus Dual RTA is not a bad tank – and not an outstanding tank – but nonetheless a solid leak proof performer with a decent flavour.