Freakshow by Wotofo – An Original RDA
For RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer) fans, Wotofo brings you the Freakshow. The Freakshow is a original product from China. Featuring three large adjustable airflow slots the Freakshow supports both single and dual coil builds.
- Stainless steel construction.
- 22mm diameter.
- Large post homes.
- Dual Airflow control. Adjustable cyclops style slots.
- Bottom airflow design.
- 2 piece top cap design.
- Adjustable silver plated contact pin.
- Copper centre postive pin.
- Optional wide bore drip tip, not included.
- Supports single and dual coil builds.
The Freakshow RDA box contains:
Packaged together in a foam packed aluminium round box with a press fit transparent lid you will find the following included:
- 1x Freakshow RDA.
- Spare hex screws.
- 1x Allen Key.
- Spare O-rings.
Please note the Freakshow RDA does not come with a drip tip. The top cap can be fitted with all standard 510 drip tips and a chuff cap to fit this RDA is also available to buy seperately.
The Freakshow Is A Great Looking RDA:
The first thing that strikes me about this RDA is how well put together everything is. The screws are actually very good and I have had no issues with them cutting wire and they hold your build very securely. The post holes are actually fairly large and big enough to accommodate most typical builds.
The O-rings are extremely good but perhaps a little too secure since it can require a bit of a pull to remove the top cap. The well is deep enough and you have a fair bit of room on the deck for your builds.
The Freakshow is quite a tall RDA and certainly larger than most but it still looks aesthetically pleasing. A fire eating skeleton is engraved on the top cap and while it looks good, it is somewhat grisly.
It is nice when I come across a RDA like this that has no real issues and to be quite honest I find the quality of the overall machining excellent.
The chuff cap available to purchase separately but actually supplied for review fits very well. It is slightly different to most typical chuff caps because the air flow hole is actually bisected resulting in two holes. I am unsure as to the reasoning for this, it could be to reduce juice spit back or it might help to improve flavour or vapour.
So how does the Freakshow vape?
Building on this RDA is very straightfoward but there are some things that you need to be mindful of. Firstly you want your coil positioned over the airflow hole so at least two thirds of your coil is hit by the air. You could position the entire coil over it but I have found flavour was better when I used two thirds.
For wicking you want to tuck the tails of your cotton between each negative post and the centre post so they are resting in the other half of the well when running a single coil build.
If you were to just fill up this RDA with juice you will likely run into issues since it can leak heavily using that method. What you want to do is lightly paint your wicks with juice and when you have saturated them you can then put a bit more juice in the well itself, but try not to overdo it.
I initially built the Freakshow with a single coil using 26 AWG (0.4mm) wire, my final resistance was 0.8 ohm. Like always I wicked using Japanese cotton. The build was very easy to do and I juiced up the wick with El Diablo Juice’s Lime Cream Cupcake.
In terms of flavour the Freakshow is fairly reasonable. I would say it borders on being average to just above average. Personally I thought the flavour would be better given the bottom air flow but I think the problem is the size of the top cap and having such a tall RDA is reducing the quality of the flavour.
Vapour production with a standard drip tip is decent enough, nothing outstanding but it should be satisfactory for typical vapers.
Fitting the chuff cap makes a real difference in terms of vapour production and surprisingly I didn’t find the flavour was greatly affected which is often the case when a RDA has too much airflow. It puts out some quite good clouds but doesn’t even compare to the chuff cap on RDA’s such as the Dark Horse or the Twisted Messes and is miles behind the Mutation X V4 for sheer cloud production. It’s good enough but a true cloud chaser may be slightly disappointed.
I also tried this RDA with a dual coil build once again using 26 AWG wire, my final resistance was 0.5 ohm. In dual coil mode the flavour was much better but it still isn’t exceptional, plus you have the disadvantage that dual coil tends to drain your juice much faster.
I used The Captain’s Reserve Traitor and the flavour was nice enough but it didn’t have that quality you’d expect from a proper flavour chasing RDA. There is of course significantly more vapour produced when in dual coil mode and with the addition of the separately purchased chuff cap it makes a good attempt at a cloud chasing RDA.
In all honesty for flavour and clouds I do find the Freakshow somewhat middle of the road but that doesn’t mean it is a bad RDA, in fact it has a lot of good qualities it’s just a little bit of a shame that it never truly excels at anything specific.
Is The Freakshow RDA Worth It?
While it is something of a shame that Wotofo did not include a drip tip it won’t be a major issue for most people. It will also be a slight sore point that you have to buy the chuff cap separately which is priced at around £5-6. Considering a lot of other RDA’s come with 510 adapters, a standard drip tip and a chuff style cap the Freakshow seems a bit more limited as a overall package.
However in all consideration not everyone wants to cloud chase with their RDA’s and given the actual price of this RDA and the quality of the machining it is still very good value.
The Freakshow RDA is priced at around £20 which makes it a very attractive price for a authentic product.
The Freakshow is what I would call a above average RDA. It doesn’t particularly excel in any one area being neither good enough for a true flavour chaser or a cloud chasing fog machine.
The flavour is decent but it doesn’t have that real “wow” factor and it does make quite a valiant attempt at a cloud chasing device when fitted with the chuff cap, which might make it ideal for some. It’s real advantages are that it is very well constructed and quite simple to use along with a very attractive price.
The absence of a drip tip and a chuff cap that has to be purchased seperately are the only real cons but it is still a worthwhile product.
- Extremely good value for a authentic RDA.
- Well machined.
- Flavour is above average in dual coil mode and average in single coil.
- Can be a fairly decent cloud chaser when dual coiling with the chuff cap.
- Reasonably deep well.
- Good screws and large post holes.
The Not So Good:
- Top cap can require a little force to remove.
- Chuff cap has to be purchased separately.
- Can be very leaky if you don’t paint your wicks with juice.
- Doesn’t come with a drip tip.