Having reviewed others in the line, I was extremely interested in reviewing the Augvape Intake MTL RTA.
Once again, hugely popular YouTube vape reviewer, Mike Vapes, is the man behind the design having collaborated with the three other versions of the Intake range.
Augvape is one of the better vape manufacturers hailing out of China and in general produce good quality vape gear at mid range prices.
I’ve reviewed a lot of the company’s products finding the majority very good indeed including: the recently reviewed Augvape Druga RTA which I rate very highly – still my go to dripper the BTFC RDA and my daily mod the awesome Augvape and Mass Mods S2 semi-mech squonker.
I’ve been a little luke warm on the Intake series so let’s see if the Augvape Intake MTL RTA warms my opinion up somewhat.
What Can We Expect From the Augvape Intake MTL RTA?
As the name suggests this is designed for mouth to lung vaping and takes a single coil.
It features an interesting airflow set up, with individually sized inserts to swap in and out, as well as a top airflow ring – so plenty of options.
And to top it off, the familiar Intake airflow ‘pipes’ once again feature on the deck.
OK, this was sent to me for the purpose of this review direct from Augvape – thank you – and as always my views, thoughts and opinions are not swayed by freebies.
BTW: my apologies for the quality of the photos – a very dark day and tried all sorts of lights and lamps lol.
Inside the Box
- Augvape Intake MTL RTA
- Bubble glass
- 4 x Air Plugs
- 4 x Reverse thread screws
- 2 x Clapton coils
- User Manual
Augvape Intake MTL RTA – Specs and Features
- Size: 24x53mm
- Capacity: 3.1ml (standard) / 4.6ml (Bubble glass)
- 6 airflow outlet plugs
- Top adjustable airflow inlets – leak proof
- Single coil build deck
- Screw top refill cap
This is a single coil RTA designed for mouth to lung vaping and is once again a collaboration with YouTube reviewer Mike Vapes and Augvape.
It’s a top airflow and fill design and Augvape is pushing the line this one’s leak free – we shall of course see.
There’s a choice of glass which changes the vape juice capacity from 3.1ml with the straight glass to 4.6ml using the bubble glass.
OK, sales pitch over lol.
Augvape Intake MTL RTA – Airflow Control Inserts
I guess the real key feature here is the airflow inserts, which technically should change the amount of airflow from totally restricted to a looser more airy vape.
We’ve seen this style of airflow insert before, including on the Vandy Vape Berserker V2 MTL RDA – which worked well it was just the flavour I didn’t like – and Augvape’s own Augvape Merlin Nano RTA, which I felt was a bloody awesome vape.
All told, there’s x5 airflow inserts with one already installed which I’m ‘guessing’ is the 1.4mm – here’s the sizes: 1.8mm – 1.6mm – 1.4mm – 1.2mm and 1.0mm.
Now I might be getting old and due an eye check, but these inserts are tiny and I mean tiny. I have looked under a bright light and for the life of me I can’t see any numbers!
So I guess you judge with the naked eye…like I said, they’re so small, there’s literally no room for numbers – correct me if I’m wrong but like I said…fading eyesight and desperately in need of new glasses lol – more on the airflow inserts in a mo’.
Back to the airflow and Mike has continued with the Intake deck design – those two intake pipes climbing above the deck.
The top airflow control ring features x5 tiny holes that reduce in size, so along with the inserts, you should really be able to tailor your perfect MTL vape.
The post ‘slots’ as you might expect are small with nice little Phillips style screws and there’s x4 spares in the box.
Wicking seems simple enough with generous holes for your cotton tails – we’ll look at the build in a little more detail next.
Design and Build Quality
Straight off the bat and this is a very smart looking MTL RTA, and that’s using both the straight and bubble glass.
The trademark Intake knurling is there and tastefully done and works very well indeed giving you plenty of grip.
The Augvape Intake MTL RTA logo looks like it’s engraved rather than laser etched and not at all ‘in your face‘ especially the stainless steel version I received.
Speaking of colours, there’s just x4 at the moment: Stainless Steel – Black – Gun Metal and Blue.
Build wise it is very nicely machined and really does have some weight to it.
Augvape has opted for a half bayonet style screw off top fill, which for me is a bit dated, as in nowadays we expect slide or swivel styles, but it is what it is…
So, a smart design – plenty of airflow options and great build quality, let’s slap a build in and swap those AF inserts about…
How Does the Augvape Intake MTL RTA Perform?
As always with vape reviews, no matter how it looks performance is the key, so let’s break down the Augvape Intake MTL RTA.
Augvape Intake MTL RTA – Build and Wicking
I used one of the included MTL Clapton coils that had a resistance of 0.62ohms which I thought was a little low for an MTL RTA…the coils feel a little flimsy too.
Popping the coils in is an absolute breeze and the screws are of decent quality – just remember the screws are reverse threaded – yeah I was that vaper…nothing changes with me lol.
It’s a familiar style post hole/ slot, which means you simply slot the coil leg underneath the screw and tighten – easy.
Wicking is straightforward too, with the old adage less is more. I thinned mine out after cutting to just short of the deck [the juice will make those tails swell remember].
So dead simple to build on…now let’s look at those airflow inserts.
Augvape Intake MTL RTA – Airflow Inserts
The main issue with these, apart from the size, is you need to swap them about before you put your build in unless you really and I mean really want to jack it up.
So that means sure you can suck on the mouthpiece and alter the AFC to get some idea of the airflow without it coiled, wicked and juiced, but it’s not the same as changing an insert on the fly so to speak.
Saying that, even for a fingers and thumbs old sod like me, swapping them out was easy enough – despite the fiddly tiny size.
Let’s look at each of the inserts individually.
Augvape Intake MTL RTA – 1.8mm Insert
With this one on the deck and the airflow wide open, it was obviously the airiest vape of them all.
It’s a very smooth vape despite that, and extremely quiet.
I really struggled to get decent flavour at that setting and it only jumped a little half closed and even set on the smallest airflow hole.
I tried a number of wattage settings, from very low to as high as 31w and nope not much flavour going on here.
Augvape Intake MTL RTA – 1.6mm Insert
Slightly more restricted, but not so you’d really notice.
Again lack lustre flavour wide open or tightly shut.
Again a smooth vape with little noise…little flavour too…
Loads of vapour!
Augvape Intake MTL RTA – 1.4mm Insert
Obviously the vape is now getting tighter albeit slightly.
I found 35w eked out a bit more flavour with the airflow on the second lowest setting.
Sadly nothing to write home about though – what I’d call an average flavour…decent clouds too.
Augvape Intake MTL RTA – 1.2mm Insert
Things are slightly looking up for the Augvape Intake MTL RTA flavour wise with this airflow insert.
But again, not by much I’m afraid.
However, I did notice that airflow on the smallest hole and 35w did improve the flavour by a couple of notches.
Still not what I’d call amazing or even good flavour – average again…good cloudage though.
Augvape Intake MTL RTA – 1.0mm Insert
At last you ask?
Kind of says I.
There’s a definite improvement in flavour which begs the question why the need for the other inserts?
I wouldn’t scream from the hilltops this airflow insert turns the Augvape Intake MTL RTA into a flavour machine though.
At 33w the flavour was better by far than all the others, and with the tighter AFC ring settings it was markedly so.
This is definitely what you’d call a ‘proper MTL vape‘ as far as restriction is concerned.
But as for the flavour…not the best I’ve tried by a country mile.
- Easy build
- Easy wick
- Airflow inserts
- Airflow ring options
- Good design
- Good machining
- Good clouds
- Hasn’t leaked once!
- Average flavour
Final Review Verdict
I reviewed the original Augvape Intake RTA and to be honest it didn’t blow me away scoring only an 8 on flavour – and that was me being generous.
The Augvape Intake Dual RTA was another I reviewed, and much preferred that rendition bumping the flavour score up to almost a 9.
Sadly the Augvape Intake MTL RTA continues the trend of not blowing me away.
Of course, it could be down to my builds – using Cotton Bacon V2 and the included coils – I always review tanks using the included coils first BTW – to see exactly what you get in the box…not everyone can make or has tons of coils to choose from.
However, I have used a coil I wrapped myself and switched cotton, and whilst I felt the slightest improvement in flavour [brain playing tricks?] it was not enough for me to get excited.
Only two of the airflow inserts seemed to actually bump the flavour up a tad – so as I already said, why the need for x5 is maybe a little bit overkill…but hey what do I know…
On a plus note lol, it hasn’t leaked once – so that’s good 🙂
Sadly I stand by the flavour being distinctly average, so for me no matter how it looks, the fancy inserts and the ease of build aside, flavour is the BIG factor for me when testing any rebuildable, pod or sub ohm tank – and this one just don’t cut it I’m afraid.
Sooooo…are you using the Augvape Intake MTL RTA and getting amazing flavour?
Do let me know how you’ve achieved it in the comments below…
And of course, if you think I’m talking out of my ample ass once again – fire away I can take it 😉