The Second Tank in the Goblin RTA Range From Youde
Following up on the massive selling Youde Goblin Rebuildable Tank Atomiser, which was a top selling and highly rated atomiser released in the early part of 2014, Youde have come out with the Goblin Mini, which packs all the best features of the already small Youde Goblin into an even smaller package, with a brand new innovative airflow control system present, the ability to build with single coils and hopefully the same excellent performance as the original.
The original Youde Goblin received rave reviews and acclaim from vapers everywhere, does the Goblin Mini build on the success of the original?
Goblin Mini Kit Contents
Very nicely packaged in a presentation box, almost reminds you of a nice piece of jewellery or an expensive watch! Inside there is-
- Goblin Mini RTA
- 510 drip tip adaptor
- Single coil adaptor
- Extra glass tank
- Extra pyrex drip tip
- Bag of O-rings and screws
- Instruction manual
Goblin Mini Set Up
The original Youde Goblin had a pretty small build deck and the Goblin Mini retains the same deck size as well.
The 4 posts are quite small along with the build space so you need to be aware of this, especially when slotting the chimney sleeve over your build as on more than one occasion I got caught out after building a dual coil set up and then finding the sleeve just wouldn’t go over the build, which can get very frustrating.
Post screws are cross head and don’t seem to give you too much trouble when screwing them in and out, one of the chief complaints about the original Goblin RTA was that the post screws could be quite stiff or thread easily.
Post holes still aren’t particularly big, given the small build deck, but you can get up to 0.5mm kanthal in there before you start getting into trouble! You have two nice pyrex drip tips supplied with the Goblin Mini, and the interesting new airflow control system is found to the side.
Essentially, the airflow has switched from the side to underneath the Goblin and is operated with a small tab at the side, where you can adjust the airflow from minimum to maximum. It’s a really smooth system that works very well, and you never find that your airflow setting gets adjusted without your input for example.
You definitely want to give the Goblin Mini deck a good clean before you start using it. I had some traces of machine oil present around the deck so a thorough clean was required, but this is usually the case with Youde products.
For the build I finally settled on, I used 7 wraps of 0.4mm kanthal around a 2.5mm screwdriver, gave the coils a good dry burn and pinch, then centred the coils and raised them above the airflow slots. I used muji wick and cut the tails off at the top of the juice channels- this seems to wick juice perfectly with no dry hits and plenty of flavour.
Filling is done with through the bottom flat head fill screw, which also now comes with an o-ring at the base to eliminate the widely reported issues of leaking through the fill screw with the original, this is very small though so be careful, thankfully there are spares included as these are easily lost!
The capacity of the Goblin Mini is 3ml and trust me that does not last long at all, if you intend on using this as your main tank then be prepared to refill it often.
Thankfully, despite the fiddly small fill screw, this is pretty easy to do and the fill port can accommodate most bottle tips and fill syringe gauges. It is a bit of a pain though.
Goblin Mini Key Features
- 22mm width
- Brushed 304 stainless steel construction
- 28mm height making it the smallest RTA available
- 4 posts
- 510 connector with adjustable centre post
- 3ml capacity
- Pyrex glass tank section
- Single Coil or Dual Coil capability
- Unique adjustable airflow system underneath tank
- Glass drip tip
How Does The Goblin Mini Perform?
The original Youde Goblin packed a huge punch and despite the slightly smaller stature of the Goblin Mini the same outstanding performance is available here.
It’s one of the best cloud chasing tanks around, with huge airflow options available, the clouds are arguably even better with the mini than on the original even with the airflow switching to the bottom. It’s amazing to think that one of the smallest RTA’s available also pushes out some of the biggest clouds you can chase when it comes to RTA’s!
Flavour wise, the Goblin Mini is at the top of the game with rebuildable tanks. The original had excellent flavour but the Mini is even better, the airflow directed from underneath the tank to your coils provides even better flavour results with my favourite e liquid. With the reduced height overall your juices taste better than they ever did as you are even closer to your coils.
Wicking max VG isn’t a problem either, the massive juice channels handle this with complete ease.
Interestingly the Goblin Mini can now be single coiled which opens up the Goblin Mini to the mouth to lung vaper by closing down some of the massive airflow. This in turn provides some great results for flavour chasers and still blows some pretty satisfying clouds.
It’s almost like a dripper in a way, it performs just as well as one on both clouds and flavour, with the added bonus of holding 3ml of juice! That 3ml of juice will disappear very quickly however as the Goblin Mini is one thirsty tank!
There aren’t many tanks around that can match the Goblin Mini for performance, it really is that good. You can’t really do any better when it comes to rebuildable tanks, it rivals any out there on flavour and leads the way in vapour production.
Final Review Verdict
For those that went out and bought the original Goblin and loved its performance but were let down by the leaking from just about everywhere, go out and buy a Goblin Mini. It does not leak half as bad as the original, it isn’t totally leak proof but it doesn’t leak as much, offers the same fantastic performance and the mini ‘stripped down’ look is much better over the old stainless steel version.
If you didn’t own the original Goblin but are looking for a cheap genuine rebuildable tank that performs as well as an RDA does, then go out and buy a Goblin Mini. It’s easily one of the best tanks out there at the time of writing and available at an excellent price.
- Performs just as well as an RDA
- Brilliant flavour
- Huge clouds on pretty much any airflow setting
- Can now be used in single coil
- Loads of spares included
- Can be used at low or high power- great versatility
- Small stature makes for a very stealthy atomiser
- Cheap genuine RDA
- Looks great
The Not So Good
- Slight leaks occasionally when left on its side, but nowhere near as bad as the original version!
- Very thirsty
- Lots of juice condensation gathered in the pyrex drip tip
- Bottom fill screw is very easy to lose and a bit of a pain to unscrew.
- Machine oil residue present on the deck