Today we are taking a look at the Geekvape Talo X RDA, a newly released 24mm rebuildable dripping atomizer, manufactured, obviously, by GeekVape.
Founded in 2015 GeekVape is based in China, they have a great name for innovation within the vape industry.
What Can We Expect From the GeekVape Talo X RDA?
I love using RDA’s as the quality of vapour and flavour produced from them can be most excellent; not to mention the cost effectiveness of DIY coil building!
These days I use RDA’s normally with a mechanical device like the Reewap Ruok Ghost, to quickly test various E-liquids and with some regulated devices like the Aspire Deco at various wattage and temp settings.
The Geekvape Talo X is a single/dual coil RDA, it has a postless deck that will hold either 1 or 2 coils, and includes everything you need to get started quickly with minimal fuss, and it has adjustable airflow on both sides to control the tightness or looseness of your vape!
To me the Geekvape Talo X is a standard RDA but does it hold any surprises?
Let’s find out!
GeekVape have released the Talo X RDA six stunning finishes.
This product was purchased for the purpose of review.
As always my thoughts and views are my own after a considerable testing period.
Inside the Box
- Geekvape Talo-X RDA
- Coil cutting tool
- GV triangular tool
- 2x feather cotton
- 2x N80 fused Clapton coils – 0.4Ω
- Gold plated positive BF squonk pin
- 510 drip tip adaptor
- Spare parts pack
- Size: 24×27.1mm
- Single or dual coil configuration
- Solid and BF squonk pins included
- Postless build deck
- Adjustable airflow
- Stainless steel construction
- 810 drip tip
Design and Build Quality
The Geekvape Talo X RDA comes presented nicely in a cardboard box with a paper over sleeve.
The extras are included in a small box within the packaging.
Geekvape Talo X RDA
As you can see by my photos I obtained the Geekvape Talo X in stainless steel.
The Talo X measures in at around 27mm tall, with a tank diameter of 24mm, and is made of Stainless Steel, the RDA comes with an Ultum 810 mouthpiece pre installed.
As always with Geekvape they include a descent extras pack which includes, Cotton, Coils, Replacement Post Screws, BF Pin, O-rings, 510 drip tip adaptor, T Tool and a little black coil cutting tool rather like the original Coily Tool.
The Talo X RDA dismantles into 4 components including the mouth piece or into 7 if you count the removable 510 and BF Pin as well as the positive posts.
Geekvape Talo X RDA Cap/ Airflow Ring
This RDA has removable 810 mouth piece made of Ultum, and a 510 Delrin adaptor can be found within extras bag.
The airflow ring/cap is made of Stainless Steel with “Talo” lightly engraved around the edge as advertising.
On the reverse side of the airflow ring/cap you will note 2 projections and 2 half projections that once in place in the barrel will control the available airflow to your coils.
The half projections seem to knock the available airflow to half (vertically) while the larger projections act as a regular airflow reducer.
The cap also has an O-ring for smooth operation in the barrel.
Geekvape Talo X RDA Barrel
Again made of stainless steel with 7 narrow airflow holes to each side.
Geekvape has placed a lightly engraved symbol to the front of the barrel that resembles the build deck.
While looking inside the barrel inside you will see a rail projection, this is for the seating of the cap from the top and the deck from the base.
Geekvape Talo X RDA Base and Build Deck
First taking a look at the bottom of the base you will see that Geekvape has included all the usual info as well as a unique serial number.
The RDA has a gold plated 510 connection pin which can be swapped out for the bottom fed squonk pin (BF) located within the extras bag.
The 510 threading connection is rather shallow but well turned.
The sides of the base have been raised in 2 places leaving plenty of room to place your seat your coils and cotton.
The depth of the well I reckon can hold 1.5ml of liquid and cotton, when completely together the RDA will hold over 2ml of liquid, and two O-rings have been seated around the base for easy placement in to the barrel.
Interestingly the configuration of the build deck is in that of an X: 2 gold plated positive posts seated on a small peek insulator along with the 2 negative posts set in the diagonal X formation.
The kit comes with 2 N80 fused Clapton coils, the pair work out to around 0.4Ω also included are 2 pieces of shoelace cotton to get you started.
How Does the Geekvape Talo X RDA Perform?
I will be using Kwik Vape “Polar Mint” a locally produced E-Liquid to me, this is a new flavour to me and because of my prior good experience with the KV range I will add what I thought of it at the end of this review!
Basic Quick Start Guide – How to prepare the Talo X for use
- Make your coils or use those in the box, I have made mine slightly spaced, I recommend cutting the tails to around 4.5mm using the Coily tool and seating the coils raised slightly so the tails don’t touch the base of the RDA and cause a short!
- Pulse and strum the coils so they heat up nicely from the centre out; for spaced coils you don’t have to heat and strum but I do like to heat them at a low wattage.
- Insert your cotton into the coils – fluff and trim – roughly as per my photo!
- Dampen the cotton and tuck into the deck.
- Add more liquid over the coils and cotton! At this point I like to test fire, I then re-dampen the coils and cotton.
- Reassemble the RDA – and enjoy!
Geekvape Talo X RDA in use
While the deck is easy to load, I found that as a single coil deck it’s not as versatile as I would like it to be.
The X deck does not allow you to place your coil over the centre of the build deck! All you can do is angle the coil towards the centre.
Hence the airflow seems to be quite turbulent in this mode, and the airflow ring has no provision to turn off the unloaded side!
As a dual coil deck, I found that it is essential in building the right size coils to give a fair flavour balanced with a decent vapour production!
I used a 3.5mm bit, 8 wraps and spaced the wire slightly, the final Ohms worked out to be 0.25Ω.
It is very difficult to see exactly where the airflow is set because the holes are so small, I spent a considerable amount of time sucking on the RDA and twisting the cap to get the airflow right, in the end I had to use a torch to see the airflow holes that were covered lol.
I found with these dual spaced coils in place the best wattage for me was between 35 and 65w as a direct to lung vape, and 15 to 25w with a single coil as a mouth to lung style vape.
Basically with the airflow with a single coil you can restrict it so half of the vertical slots both sides are covered.
In dual mode I have found personally it is best to have the airflow wide open, as for me, it is still a little restrictive.
A quick word about the e-liquid I used with this RDA “Polar Mint” from Kwik Vape…
It is a very nice spearmint flavoured liquid, it does not taste like some liquids do of toothpaste lol, it has a freshness without being over powering much like the old spearmint polo mints, you know the ones with the hole lol.
I have since been using this liquid in my Freemax fireluke 3 and it is fast becoming one of my favourite flavours.
- Good Quality
- Design is fair
- Fair vapour production
- Flavour is fair
- Easy to build on
- Interesting idea for the deck
- Airflow is extremely hard to see and set
- Turbulent airflow
Final Review Verdict
While I love RDA’s I am quite disappointed by this one!
Yes it’s easy to coil and wick…
But while the quality of the vapour is fair, the flavour is nowhere stellar enough for me this I think is down to the poor execution of the barrel airflow in conjunction with the cap airflow projections.
The barrel airflow is simply too small for those that are visually challenged to see where it is set!
Would I recommend the Geekvape Talo X RDA?
I’m not overly impressed by the Geekvape Talo X RDA, Something I never thought I’d say about a Geekvape product!
So “No” I couldn’t recommend it due to the airflow!
Would I buy this RDA again due loss or damage?
“No” I think I’d take a pass next time!
Are you using the Geekvape Talo X RDA?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!