Introduction To The Vandy Vape LIT RDA
Today we are looking at the Vandy Vape LIT RDA. A 24mm, dual coil RDA with side airflow, and three, YES THREE ways to build. Vertical and horizontal coil plus you can use the included mesh strips! This is all down to the new sandwich-style clamp system that it has.
But does the LIT (meaning awesome) continue this greatness? Find out in my written and video review!
Currently priced between at around £20, it’s definitely an affordable RDA. It also comes in 4 different colours which are black, stainless steel, gold and rainbow.
As always my opinions are honest and my own.
Check Out My Hands On Vandy Vape LIT Vide Review
What’s In The Box
- LIT RDA
- Accessory Bag
- Delrin Drip Tip
- Ultem Drip Tip
- Accessory Bag
- Mesh Strips
- User Manual
- Size: 24 x 31.4mm
- Drip tip material: Resin/Delrin/Ultem
- Dual Coil, Sandwich Deck
Build Quality & Design
We’ll start from the top and make our way down the LIT RDA…
The Drip Tip:
The preinstalled drip tip is 810 sized and made from a marbled resin. The other two are made from Delrin and Ultem and are black and a translucent white.
All 3 look great on the RDA and the Delrin and Ultem versions have grooves cut into them for a slightly different mouth feel.
The Top Cap/Airflow Control:
The drip tip attaches to the top cap by a single o-ring situated inside the hole.
Inside the top cap is nicely machined and domed to produce some lovely flavour!
Below this we have some nice and chunky knurling which helps grip the top cap so you can adjust the airflow.
The airflow on the LIT RDA comes in two forms, both in a rhombus shape. One is full of 16 holes in a 4×4 configuration.
The other is in the form of slots, offering a smoother, less restricted airflow.
The outer airflow barrel comes in the form of a tube with two rhombus shapes cut into it.
In between those shapes is the LIT branding which is nicely engraved into the barrel.
The Build Deck & Base:
The deck comes in the form of a dual screw ‘sandwich-type’ post system. You’ve got multiple layers of metal and insulators to make sure there aren’t any potential shorts. I have broken down the clamp system so you can see how it is constructed.
You can undo the clamps with either a flat head or Phillips head screwdriver and the layers are pushed apart with the springs that are on either side of the clamps.
At the base of the clamp we have a hole on either side which is where the e-liquid comes out of when you are squonking.
The juice well is pretty damn deep too. Great for squonking or if you want to fill the juice well up for some long hits whilst dripping.
Towards the base we have two large o-rings that hold the outer airflow barrel to the deck.
At the base we have a nicely protruding, gold plated 510 pin which is removable and can be replaced with a hollow 510 pin for squonking
Build Quality & Design – Overall:
Overall, the design and build quality of the LIT RDA is pretty damn good! Everything fits together rather nicely, it is well thought out and overall it is a very clean and tidy looking RDA.
BUT, and there’s one big but… It’s dirty as hell.
When I received mine, it still had quite a bit of machine oil inside the deck, airflow slots and around the o-rings.
I expected better from Vandy Vape, but it’s nothing that a quick soapy wash wouldn’t sort out!
Vandy Vape LIT RDA Build Tutorial & Performance
On this RDA, I am using a pair of kanthal coils, 3mm internal diameter, coming to 0.5Ω
LIT RDA Build Tutorial
Building on the LIT RDA is extremely easy. Firstly undo the post screws and insert your coils so that they are central over the deck.
Screw down the clamps and cut off the excess from the legs.
Once that is done, reposition the coils and get pulsing. They will start out firing unevenly like so…
But after a bit of manipulation, pulsing, pinching and strumming you will get them heating evenly from the inside out.
Once the coils have cooled, grab your chosen wick (I am using SWAG Cotton) and roll it into a sausage, not too tight, and tightly twist the ends of the wick and pull through the coils. You can see our test here for different vape cottons.
Gently floss the wick inside the coil and then cut off the excess. As with most RDA’s I find that cutting just outside the deck is best.
After that, tuck the wick into the deck, juice them up and you are good to go!
LIT RDA Performance
Now I will admit that the above build isn’t the best for this RDA. It is suited for big, chunky coils, probably around 0.2Ω. I think this is mainly due to the massive amount of airflow that the RDA allows in, and even with the airflow shut down, it isn’t enough.
But with some more aggressive coils in there, it performs like a charm! The flavour on it is pretty good and the clouds are immense too!
Another thing I have noticed is that the post screws seem to work their way loose every once in a while. Now whilst on a regulated device, this is not a massive problem, but if you are using it on a mech. It’s a MASSIVE problem.
Therefore, I’m unsure what to say. It can’t be user error, as I have tried multiple builds on it and it does it with Claptons, standard wire as well as mesh. Could this be down to the heat messing around with the springs that make up the clamp system? Possibly.
Either way, I won’t be using the LIT RDA again because of this.
- Looks good
- Adjustable airflow
- Nice flavour
- Thick clouds
- Machine oil
- Posts come loose – MAJOR CON
Final Review Verdict
At the beginning of this review, we asked the question whether the LIT RDA is LIT or SHIT. And because of the post screws continuously coming loose on my RDA, it has made it unusable and unsafe to use. So it is the latter.
And to be honest, I think that this is a shame. The Vandy Vape LIT RDA had great potential for being a cloud chucking, flavour machine, and it was when it worked. But as the screws kept loosening, I lost my confidence in using it.