The Reewape Rouk RBA is definitely innovative – but sometimes innovation isn’t necessarily a good thing – so is that the case here?
And what exactly is it?
OK, the Reewape Rouk RBA is a rebuildable coil head, that can be used on a number of pod kits compatible with the SMOK Nord coils!
I’m really quite excited about this little thing being a big fan of making my own coils and saving money in doing so,
Reewape Technology is based in China and is leading manufacturer of quality resin drip tips and other products including the Ruok Ghost Mechanical Mod which I will be reviewing in the very near future!
I can personally attest to quality materials Reewape use as I have a few of their products in my collection.
What Can We Expect From the Reewape Ruok RBA?
To be very honest I have only ever associated Reewape with drip tips, so imagine my surprise and delight to receive this little RBA from them.
This is a one coil RBA deck, and it comes with a 510 adapter so you can easily check the Ohm’s of your coil and dry burn it.
RBA decks are not exactly a new idea, but for pod systems the idea is still very young.
Word of warning this RBA is very fiddly!
At the time of writing, the Reewape Ruok RBA is compatible with:
- Smok Nord pod
- Smok RPM40 Nord pod
- Smok Fetch mini Nord pod.
- Volta AIO kit
- Blitz realm kit
- Smok vape pen
- Smok Trinity pod
- Hotcig marvel pod
- Oukitel mate
- Oukitel bison
- Dovpo peaks
- Lusty nevoks
- Nikola antares
So is it worth spending your time and energy on this shiny little thing?
Come with me as I take a detailed look at the Reewape Ruok RBA that promises so much!
This product was kindly sent direct to me for review by Reewape, my thoughts and views on this product are my own after a considerable testing period.
BTW the word RUOK can be broken down to texting Are You OK?
So let’s see if this little RBA head is indeed OK or not OK!
Inside The Box
- 1 Ruok RBA coil
- 1 510 connector adapter
- 1 Blue Screwdriver
- 3 Philips head screws
- 4 O-rings
- 2 post deck
- 510 adaptor
- Stainless Steel Construction
- Will fit any cartridge/tank that takes Smok Nord coils
Design and Build Quality
Ruok RBA comes in a small cardboard box with a photo of the RBA on the front.
Inside are two plastic envelopes, one contains the RBA the other has the 510 adapter, plus a blue screw driver, O’rings and spare screws.
As you would expect the Reewape Rouk RBA head is small it is made of Stainless Steel, one side of the cap it has a large “RUOK” logo printed in white.
2 small wicking ports along with a small white dot on the other side.
The white dot on the cap section helps you line up the cap and deck once you’ve completed your build, and the dot indicates the position of a small nipple inside the cap that when twisted into place sits in to a small groove on the deck.
The chimney section has 2 white O’rings for a tight seal onto a pod.
Removing the top cap reveals the small two post deck, which has a single internal airflow hole, two small wick slots, 2 white O’rings completes the topside of the deck.
Base of the deck has two airflow slots and two flattened edges, just like a Nord coil, the base also has male threading to allow you to screw it into the 510 adapter.
On the bottom, the connection pin is gold plated and in the shape of a propeller, the positive pin which sits on a peek insulator is held in place with a screw on the bottom of the coil.
The 510 adapter is made so you can screw the coil onto a 510 connection compatible mod or Ohms meter.
It is also made of stainless steel, the female threading for the RBA to thread onto has been turned well, inside the adapter you will see a flat gold plated connection point that sits on an insulator.
On the base of the adapter you will note the 510 threading and a gold plated connection pin.
I would call the design, manufacturing and quality of the Reewape Ruok RBA very well done!
How Does the Reewape Ruok RBA Perform?
Reewape Ruok RBA Build Tutorial
First screw the 510 adaptor on to the coil, and then I recommend you screw the coil on to an Ohms meter for safety if you have one.
Or if you’re confident screw the assembled coil onto a mod that has a 510 connection.
Just make sure while messing with the wire you have remove the batteries or turned the mod off!
For wire I used 28g twisted Kanthal.
- First make your coil or use a pre built coil,
- Place your coil tails through the posts.
- Leave a gap between the coil and the posts and airflow then clamp down the screws.
- Trim the coil tails flush with the posts.
- Pulse and strum your coil on a low wattage, make sure you get a nice glow from the centre of the coil out with no hotspots.
- Check your Ohms! If using the Nord pod for instance your coil can not be lower than 0.6Ω or the coil will not work in the mod!
- Pass your cotton through the coil, see my photo for rough guidance to how long to leave you cotton tails.
I recommend dampening the cotton with a few drops of e-liquid at this point, just so you can shape the cotton to the Reewape Ruok RBA deck.
- Reassemble the cap! Remember to twist the cap so the nipple locks in place with the deck, no cotton should peek out under the cap!
- And then place it into a compatible pod and fill (see list above for pod systems).
Using the Reewape Ruok RBA
While Reewape have a long list of suggested systems the Ruok RBA can work with.
I personally only have 3 of them LOL – so I’m using these 3 pods as examples.
One big thing to keep in mind is the resistance each pod mod!
In my case:
- Smok Trinity Alpha – Resistance range: 0.5 – 3.0Ω – I made a 0.6Ω
- Smok Nord – Resistance range: 0.6 – 1.4Ω – I made a 0.8Ω
- Smok RPM40 – Resistance range: 0.2 – 2.5Ω – I made a 0.5Ω
While my coil building was conservative each coil I made worked fine, however placing the coil into the Reewape Ruok RBA deck for me was a pain in the butt – it is so small!
I suffer with arthritis in my hands and on top of that my sight isn’t good, even with my reading glasses on lol.
Wicking the Reewape Ruok RBA
Then we come to wicking up this creature…
Too much cotton and you can’t get the cap on, to little cotton and you either burn the cotton or it will leak liquid faster than a bucket with a hole in it!
Experimentation is the key!
Reewape Ruok RBA Flavour and Vapour
Once everything on the Reewape Ruok RBA is situated right, and the pod is filled, leave them for a few minutes to let the juice soak into the cotton – known as priming your coils.
- RPM40 gave me the best results with flavour and vapour production mainly because I could adjust the wattage to suit my taste.
- Nord performance was good with the coil I used (0.8Ω) however the flavour wasn’t as good as the RPM40.
- Trinity Alpha was a pain in the A***, it didn’t want to work at first and kept showing a short error! When I did get it working (with much Fuffing around) the vape was intermittent around 50 to 60% of the time, *the air was blue most of the time LOL.
While neither of these 3 pod systems will ever be classed as major cloud chucker’s, I was impressed by the vapour, all 3 were a restricted direct to lung draw.
The flavour from the Reewape Rouk RBA was OK, although with my palate I wouldn’t call any of the flavour stellar, however it was quite acceptable.
In some of my experiments with the RMP40 and the Nord, I did experience a bit of gurgling – especially with the Smok RPM40 but this I found was down to how much cotton I used or rather didn’t use.
- 510 adapter
- Good airflow
- Acceptable flavour and vape production
- Works with a wide range of Nord compatible devices
- Doesn’t work fabulously well with Smok Trinity Alpha!
- Could be difficult for those with dexterity problems
- No premade coil examples included
Final Review Verdict
A very interesting idea is about all I can say really!
The RBA is well made and cheap.
The thought of the Reewape Rouk RBA working in multiple systems really got my juices flowing!
I spent a complete week testing coiling and experimenting with the RBA in my 3 pods and truth to be told the frustration I experienced was very high!
I would have been happy to see a couple of coils included with the kit so that beginners had an idea of the size of coils required.
Would I recommend the Ruok RBA from Reewape?
For those that don’t mind a lot of messing around, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this RBA in a heartbeat!
Those of us that like things to be simpler with no frustration, you’d be better off buying the stock Nord coils!
Would I buy this RBA again due loss or damage?
For me personally “No” I would prefer to buy the 0.6Ω Nord coils, however saying that this little RBA would work as a great backup, should I ever run out of stock coils as a stop gap!