Introduction – The Blitzen RTA By Geekvape
The Geekvape Blitzen RTA is from a brand thathave developed a massive following with their list of innovative and hard hitting designs. There’s hardly an RTA or RDTA lover out there in the vaping world who doesn’t know who Geekvape is.
From the indestructible Aegis mod to the ever popular Ammit RTA and Peerless RDTA, not only do their products look good, they offer unique design elements that make them very difficult to part with. The Ammit remains a favourite amongst experienced vapers, even YouTube’s most picky reviewers keep theirs close at hand.
With this review, I cover an RTA that Geekvape drew a whole lot of attention to with claims that it boasts the ‘Ultimate airflow system’ for ‘clouds, flavour and a smooth vape that’s completely leak free.’ Now, I don’t know about you but that’s all I ever wanted…so let’s see whether the Blitzen RTA from GeekVape lives up to the hype.
What’s In The Box
- 1 x Geekvape Blitzen RTA
- 1 x 5ml bubble glass
- 1 x spare 510 drip tip with adaptor
- 1 x allen key and spare parts
- 1 x chimney extender and chimney key
- 1 x user manual
- 36 x 24 x 25 mm
- 2 or 5ml capacity with standard or bubble glass
- 510 threaded
- large, side adjustable airflow
- easy use costless deck for single or double builds
- 18 mm spacious deck
Build Quality & Design
Okay, so on arrival of my standard Geekvape package, I did release a series of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs.’ purely based on the looks of this thing. The Blitzen is a good looking atty and there’s no denying that.
The first thing you’ll notice is the magnificent 810 drip tip that’s fitted, imagine a sort of marbled resin-look in orange, pearl and green, with a silver honeycomb lattice running through it. Put it this way, I would pay for this drip tip alone. That said, each drip tip is different, I may just have been one of the lucky ones.
Other than that it’s a stainless steel and glass construction…a full 36mm high but if, like me, you can’t wait to fit that included bubble glass extension, which requires you also fit a chimney extension, which is included, then it won’t be long before you have a 25(with extension) x 48mm RTA which is now even more good looking than before.
The base itself is 24mm btw, making it a great fit on all your larger mods and dual 18650+ devices.
Lets start at the base, a knurled ring, to make removal from your mod easy. The knurling is nicely done and quite unique to the Blitzen.
Above that, a 10mm high barrel, with written branding on one side and a little stylised deer skull Blitzen logo on the other side.
There are also two elongated airflow slots, one either side and when fully open, they reveal 16 airflow holes per slot…in itself, an interesting design and I’m looking forward to discovering what effect this novel approach has on my airflow. The 16 holes are laid out in 3 rows, 5 on the top and bottom and 6 in the middle.
Now having been marketed as the ULTIMATE AIRFLOW system on an RTA, my expectations are very high. Product material boasts no leaks, on account of airflow being all side and not bottom.
Hidden behind those airflow slots, under that barrel, I’ll find the build deck and chamber.
Above the chamber, through the glass, I see the SS chimney work its way up to the top cap, also nicely knurled. The top cap comes off with a twist to reveal ample fill slots for easy top fill access.
I unscrew base from barrel to reveal a postless deck, for either single or double coil builds, It looks like a tight squeeze, especially where wicking is concerned, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, for now, I’ll say the Geekvape Blitzen RTA is a sexy beast….
I see that the juice flow is channeled down to meet the wick from the bottom, through a slot that’s cut out of the side of the little nook where you tuck your wick ends, either side your postless deck, under your coil. It’s a lot to wrap your head around so best look at the pics.
Now, time to find out if I’ll be getting cloud, flavour and no leaks, to the ULTIMATE extent that’s been advertised by Geekvape (ahem).
There’s no shortage here, 2 extra glass tubes, one of which is the extended bubble glass for a 5ml capacity.
You have your chimney extension along with a chimney key incase you have trouble removing it. You have a 510 tip and adapter and what looks like a disposable drip tip (for those awkward moments with strangers in the pub, I gather).
There’s a multi-screwdriver, a gazzilion o-rings, with some nice coloured options to add some aesthetic flare and basically…Geekvape have made sure you won’t be wanting for anything in the accessories department.
How Does The Geekvape Blitzen RTA Perform?
To be honest, there’s nothing I wanted more than to see this RTA live up to the marketing hype. It’s gorgeous and looks, on the surface, like a performer.
Did it meet expectations?
It doesn’t leak, airflow is smooth, cloud is impressive, to say the least. Problem: flavour is well below par…until you get your wicking right, that is!!!!!!
The wicking on the Blitzen is a very fine art: see those big tufts of wick in my pictures below, those are 20% TOO THICK. Vaping on those wicks resulted in a stunted juice flow and stunted flavour but the minute I cut them down (apologies for not taking more pics) I was in RTA heaven.
The Blitzen is a cumulonimbus cloud monster, a freaking scrumptious flavour tank and the airflow meets and exceeds expectations. The 16 hole per slot set up has the effect of evening out and smoothing the feel of your inhale, from restricted to open setting and the result is just a very, very satisfying vape.
The combo of those holes…spaced out perfectly, right alongside your coils, that ample chimney and 810 tip…aah!
The airflow on this RTA has a unique feel, almost as if you can enjoy the feel, cloud and flavour of a restricted airflow at high wattage, without the associated heat and without actually having to set your mod to high wattage.
In other words, the best cool vape you could ask for. Then, when you up the stakes and raise your wattage, a level of flavour complexity and cloud which will leave you very sure indeed, about how to rate the Blitzen. The Geekvape Blitzen RTA is a freakin’ winner!
A pleasure to vape on an RTA that not only performs as well as the advertising claims but is spectacularly pleasing to the eye at the same time.
How To Fill
- Simply twist off the top cap
- Fill through one of the slots
- Replace cap
Ease of build
I opted for a chunky pair of stapled, staggered, fused claptons, with a combined resistance of 0.15 Ohm.
The deck, as far as coil fitting goes, couldn’t be better. I pre-clipped my leads, since the deck is post-less. I found the threading deep and access easy on all 4 screws and also liked the fact that the screws don’t fall out if you unscrew to far, they are fixed into the deck.
I had initially thought this would be a tight squeeze but as far as coils go…I could hardly have used a bigger pair and I had no problem when it came to placing the leads in the terminals or replacing my barrel.
One oddity is the wicking, you need to lay a fairly sparse wick, though not so sparse that you end up flooding your chamber. The wick gets tucked into a little nook under your coils, as pictured and if your wick is too thick, you’ll have a big problem with absorption, resulting in dry hits and very little flavour.
Replacing the barrel is weird, the Blitzen RTA is designed so that you can’t accidentally unscrew your barrel from your base while fitted to a mod (a good thing) and the result is that you also can’t fit your barrel when screwed onto a mod so, once you’ve pulsed your coils, move back to an atty stand, do your wicking and replace your barrel there before screwing the Blitzen back onto a mod.
- Excellent machining with exquisite looks
- Innovative airflow design
- Killer cloud
- Killer Flavour
- Smooth airflow
- Ease of build
- Dual or single builds on a well designed, postless deck
I dislike running out of adjectives to describe what an awesome vape I got from the Blitzen!
- Wicking can be a bit of a challenge
Final Review Verdict
When last did I see a sexier RTA…never! The Geekvape Blitzen RTA is stunning and in my opinion, an absolute knockout with that bubble glass extension. The drip tip feels and looks like a million bucks and the airflow is a vaper’s dream. I liked the flavour, the cloud, the feel, the build experience and the look of this sexy animal.
Do you want to experience clouds and flavour on par with 100W while vaping at 60W? Do you want to experience the smoothest airflow around, right from restricted to full setting?
Do you want an RTA that meets expectations every step of the way and looks absolutely magnificent while doing it, well then the Blitzen is for you.
Would I buy the Geekvape Blitzen RTA if I lost/broke the device? Oh hell YES!