Introduction – The HotRod RDA by Swedish Vaper
Designed by the Swedish Vaper and incubated by DeepinMaker, the HotRod is a 24mm RDA with an interesting look.
So what are our impressions of the Swedish Vaper HotRod RDA – let’s take an up close and detailed look at it.
This RDA was sent to us for the purpose of this review by DeepinMaker. But as always my views and thoughts are my own.
Hands On Swedish Vaper HotRod RDA Video Review
In The Box
- 1 x Swedish Vaper HotRod RDA
- 1 x Squonk Pin
- 1 x Extra Glass Tube
- 2 x Coils
- 1 x Screw driver
- 4 x O-rings
- 2 x Gold Plated Post screws
- 1 x Cotton
- 1 x Mechanics Handbook
- Size: 24 x 103mm
- Main Material: Stainless Steel
- Drip Tip: 810 Resin
- Thread: 510
- Gold Plated connection pins
- Gold Plated Post Screws
- 3 colours available – Midnight Blue, Carbon Black & Titanium Gray
Design and Build Quality
The Swedish Vaper HotRod RDA comes nicely displayed and packed in a rectangular tin that is decorated with a picture of a vintage Hot Rod car.The design and quality of the RDA is very good as is the manufacture of the product; the RDA has taken its appearance from an engine piston.
Made of stainless steel, Pyrex glass and resin, the RDA measures 103mm in height and has a diameter of 24mm.The HotRod dismantles into 5 main components.
Starting at the base, the laser etching shows all the normal info you would expect to see.A removable gold plated 510 connection pin that can be swapped for the gold plated squonk pin, the connection threading has been well turned.The base has a removable airflow (AF) control ring that has 2 small adjustable slots held in position by an O-ring, above the AFC are 2 O-rings that hold the barrel in position.
The liquid deck is quit deep I would say it looks to be at least 2ml. The centre of the deck draws its inspiration from an engine block. The centre is a flat block with V-10 laser etched and to each side of this an upraised section with five small round air ports making for a total of ten ports.
Each side of the engine block are 2 posts with gold plated flat headed screws. The wire holes are quite wide, the negative post is moulded to the deck while the positive post can be removed by unscrewing the 510 connection pin.
Made of stainless steel you have 4 viewing spaces 2 wide and 2 round, with threading one end to connect the top cap into position, the glass tank slides inside to create the viewing windows.
The HotRod comes with a 2ml sized Pyrex glass tank pre installed and is held in position by an O-ring; you have a spare glass tank in the box.
Made of SS with a set of 3 lines decoration around the outside that give the whole RDA the look of a piston.The cap has a flat top with an embedded O-ring for the 810 drip tip,Inside the cap you have a bevelled surface so that any liquid or condensation will drop back down to the coils.
The 810 drip tip is made of resin and has a honeycombed pattern mine is white with the pattern in silver.
Basic Guide to Coiling/Wicking
- Insert your coils into the wide wire slots and clamp down
- Heat and strum your coils
- Place your cotton through the coils and dampen with your choice of E-liquid
- Re assemble the HotRod RDA
- Screw on to your favourite mod
You’re now ready to enjoy your new Swedish Vaper HotRod RDA.
How Does the Swedish Vaper HotRod RDA Perform?
For this review I have inserted 2 X 3mm framed stapled Clapton’s that came out at 0.1Ω and have soaked my Cotton Bacon with Coconut Cappuccino by Coffee House. I have placed the HotRod RDA on my Wismec RX Tinker mod.
35 to 65W
Starting at 35w with one AF slot open – The vape was cool with fair flavour. At 45w with one AF slot the vapour got slightly warmer with a bit more flavour.
Opening the AF up to two slots and pumping the wattage up to 55W and then 65W the flavour for me peeked at 65w however the vapour production was excellent, nice and warm.
75 to 90W
Whacking the wattage up to first 75 and the 90w (outside my comfort zone) and with the AF wide open, the vapour production incredible thick I think I may have barfed a lung as I did so much coughing at 90w lol. The flavour was not too bad.
I had to give it a go at 120w even if I knew it was going to be far to hot for me and I was right lol. While there was lots, and I do mean lots of vapour, I was able to fill my small office with one toot, the flavour produced was virtually non existent.
While not unexpected for the RDA to get hot while chain vaping I was surprised to find that the HotRod RDA does get quite hot while vaping at 65w (maybe this is due to my choice of coils), the heat also transferred to the top of the mod.
I also noticed that the coil viewing windows fogged up a lot, which begs the question; why bother with viewing windows?
It’s rather short! No matter how I screwed the RDA on to the RX Tinker or other mods inc squonkers, the airflow slots would not match the side of the mod which resulted in me having to deal with a lot of vapour residue from purged vapour. This can be eliminated by a half turn back, but it makes the RDA unstable on the device.
While the barrel fitment is ok as the RDA stands, I found that the barrel rides up as you vape (at least mine does) and makes the barrel look like the wrong size for the RDA.
To solve this I removed the bottom O-ring from the deck, while the fitment is now a little looser it has stopped the barrel from riding upwards and seats better as I vape on the RDA, the side benefit is that the cap comes off easier when you’re re-juicing your cotton.
Inserting coils/Changing Pins
This is a very easy RDA to build on! I used my Coily Tool to measure the posts (5mm) and cut the tails at 4.5mm and just slid them in and tightened down the screws. The 510 Pin is easily replaced with the BF (Squonk Pin) while holding the posts in place for the swap out just unscrew and replace.
- Good Quality
- Good Design
- Good flavour
- Excellent vapour production
- Price Point is fairly cheap
- Short 510 threading
- Heat transfer
- Foggy viewing windows
Final Review Verdict
The Swedish Vaper HotRod RDA is a solid dripper that delivers good flavour and excellent vapour production. The look is novel being it was designed to look like a car engine piston and it even comes complete with a mechanics handbook. OK, so it not exactly a Haynes Manual but it goes into good detail and in various languages. I would recommend the HotRod RDA to all levels of vaper.
Would I buy the Swedish Vaper HotRod 24mm RDA again due to damage or loss? “Yes” I would.