The Mutation X V5 Overview
Over the last few years, the Mutation X series of RDA’s by Indulgence have become incredibly popular with vapers.
Now, Indulgence has released their latest version of their highly popular atomizer in the form of the Mutation X V5.
So, what’s so different from the Mutation X V4 you may well ask!
Well, quite a bit actually. The V5 still retains the increasingly popular Velocity styled build deck however, it now also incorporates a second post-less deck to mix things up a bit.
The airflow has also had a major revamp. Bottom airflow is now gone………yep, that’s right, completely gone! Presumably, this is to make way for the dual multi-build deck.
Side airflow remains the same with the Indulgence trademark nine hole classic design, as previous versions of the atomizer. And a new top airflow arrangement has been introduced.
So, do any of these changes improve on the performance of the V5 over the previous version? Let’s take a look.
What’s In The Box
- 1 Mutation X V5 RDA
- 1 510 Drip Tip Adapter
- 1 Replacement Ceramic Insulator
- 1 Philips Screwdriver
- 1 Allen Key
- 6 Spare O-Rings
- 4 Philips Screws
- 12 Allen Screws (Grub Screws)
- 22mm Diameter
- Dual Mode Build Deck
- Velocity Style 2 Post Dual Terminal Build Deck
- 3mm by 2mm Diameter Terminals (2 per post)
- Unique Top Airflow
- 304 Stainless Steel
Build Quality & Design
The overall build quality of the Mutation X V5 is of a relatively good standard, and at its price point you’re definitely getting a bargain with this RDA.
On my initial un-boxing and inspection there were a few burrs on both the stainless steel section of the deck and also on the ceramic insulator but were nothing too onerous and easily removed.
There were no machining scratches or dents and no signs of machine oil anywhere.
Starting at the top of the atomiser, you have a sloped 10.5mm wide bore competition style delrin driptip. Not massive but quite adequate.
The driptip can be swapped out for the included flush-fitting 510 drip tip adaptor, so you can use your own tips, which is a nice feature.
Below the driptip you have the the AFC top cap which incorporates the all new AFC ring which replaces the bottom airflow found in the previous editions of the RDA.
This top airflow system forces air down through the bladed angular channels on the inside of the top cap, to create a cyclonic affect and directs the airflow over the coils.
The AFC ring was very smooth and easy to open & close and is fitted with a stop to prevent the ring continually rotating.
Below the AFC ring is the iconic parallelogram array of the adjustable side airflow system, which has also featured on the previous edition of the RDA.
As with the top airflow, the side adjustable airflow was easy to open & close and very smooth to use.
The crowning feature of the Mutation X V5 is the revamped build deck, or should I say build decks. Indulgence have redesigned the build area of the RDA to incorporate both a velocity styled deck and also a post-less deck.
Switching between the two is relatively straight forward. The velocity posts are held down onto the deck with two small screws and removing these opens up the deck for post-less use.
I did have a slight issue building on the post-less deck when it came to fitting
the grub screws that hold the coils in place as these are installed at the bottom of the RDA through the sides of the deck.
In this location you can’t actually see if the screws as they are being fitted, so it’s was a little bit of trial & error before they fitted correctly.
The dual deck is a really great feature on this RDA, providing an extensive arrangement of coil setups to be built, giving the users the facility to get creative with their coils.
It does seem feasible to use both decks together, although I wasn’t tempted to try a sextuplet coil setup!!
And finally, at the base of the Mutation X V5 is the 510 connection with a non-adjustable silver plated brass pin.
The pin can be unscrewed to allow removal of the ceramic positive block and PEEK 510 insulator from the deck.
Threading on the 510 was nice & smooth and made a good connection to all devices connected.
Overall the build quality and design of the RDA was extremely good. All threads and screws were very smooth and o-rings fitted nice and snuggly.
How Does The ‘Mutation X V5’ Perform?
Building on Velocity styled deck of the V5 was extremely easy thanks to the large post holes and the copious amount of space on the deck.
The only issue I had was with the post-less deck which required the fitting of the grub screws provided in the spares pack.
This was fiddly to say the least and was more down to trial and error due to the position of the holes for the screws which are located in the side of the deck.
And of course my pet peeve of hex/grub screws, which fortunately I didn’t manage to strip on the V5, but it’s only a matter of time!!
I tested numerous builds on both decks with no real issue, finally settling on the velocity deck with a pair of pre-made fused Clapton’s which came out at 0.14ohms.
Wicking as usual was a health amount of Cotton Candy. For e-liquid I used one of my favourite juices, Phillip Rocke’s Grand Reserve, a 20PG/80VG e-liquid with a smooth & creamy hazelnut base and a hint of coffee.
Airflow on the Mutation X V5 is incredibly airy no matter what way you set it up. I tried various combinations from side only, side & top, top only but just couldn’t find a comfortable setup which suited my style.
Nonetheless, I persevered, however it was all in vain.
While the Mutation X V5 is most definitely a cloud chasers dream, unfortunately flavour production is quite muted. Personally, I think this is solely down to the lack of bottom airflow on the atomiser.
Whilst there were no major issues with building on either of the two decks, no leaks and all of the part fitted together exceptionally well, personally for me the overall performance of the Mutation X V5 was disappointing.
What I Liked
Aesthetically, the Mutation X V5 is tall for an RDA but quite pleasing in appearance! Building on the velocity deck is incredibly easy thanks to the very large post holes and liberal amount of space around the deck.
The overall finish and quality of the atomizer is of a good standard.
What I Dislike
The post-less deck can be a little difficult to build on which is down to the position of the screws located in the side of the deck.
The lack of bottom airflow is, for this vaper, a major flaw in what could have been an exceptional RDA.
Flavour has been sacrificed in favour of cloud production, so I guess it will still appeal to those of us that enjoy cloud chasing.
Final Review Verdict
In a nutshell, the Mutation X V5 personally for me was disappointing. The absence of bottom airflow in favour of a dual build deck has had a major cost associated with it, and that cost is Flavour production.
If you just want to blow massive clouds then the V5 will happily accommodate you with its side and top adjustable airflow systems, combined with a spacious dual build deck allowing an infinite number of coil builds to be installed.
Other than the velocity styled deck I really struggled to find any positives with the Mutation X V5 RDA.
- Velocity style deck, large post-holes and generous space makes building very easy
- Great cloud production
- Lack of bottom airflow
- Muted flavour production
- Post-less deck can be tricky to build on