Taking A Closer Look At The Twisted Messes RDA From CompVape
CompVape U.S.A. initially released the El Cabron RDA, while considered to be a good product it had some minor issues and many thought it could be improved.
CompVape turned to Twisted Messes, a very popular YouTube poster who frequently shares exotic builds and coil making tutorials. The result of this joint venture is the Twisted Messes RDA.
In The Box
- 1x RDA
- Extra Screws
- Spare insulators
- Spare Contact Pin
- Spare O-Rings
- 1x Allen Key
- 2x Included sleeves. A standard stainless steel one and a blue variant
- Delrin 510 Drip tip adapter
- Standard drip tip
- Delrin Wide Bore drip tip
- Stainless Steel Chuff Cap
Look And Build Of The Twisted Messes
- 22mm Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer
- 304 grade Stainless Steel Construction
- 4 Post Design – Four 2.8mm Post Holes.
- Silver Plated Brass Contact Pin
- Dual Hole Centre Post
- Upper Heat Sink
- 6mm Deep Well
- Single or Dual Coil Airflow Control
- 3x Variant Drip Tips
The first thing that strikes me looking at this RDA is how well it is made. The threading is first class with no sign of imperfections. Everything fits together perfectly. It has excellent hex screws with a nice, solid Allen key.
Durable good quality O-rings. A good selection of drip tip choices and everything combined together in a nice presentation box with lots of included spares. You can really tell that a lot of care and attention has been given to this product.
The deck itself is very roomy, the hex screws work without issue and ensure a good tight fit, trapping the wire well. The advantage of very large post holes means a user will have a great deal of flexibility in their choice of build options.
With such huge holes even a user with large hands that may struggle with smaller RDA decks should have no issues here. The Allen Key is also of a good size that it doesn’t feel flimsy or fiddly.
I have tried a variety of wire types in this RDA and I can report I have had no issues with any of them. 26 AWG (0.4mm), 26 AWG Twisted (0.4mm), 24 AWG (0.5mm).
Everything has fitted perfectly through those massive post holes. For the more ambitious a dual Clapton Coil set up is totally possible, as is the more exotic builds such as the ones Twisted Messes demonstrates on YouTube.
Such is the ease of building this RDA that it means it’s a very worthwhile purchase for a wide variety of vaper’s from the novice who simply wants to get into RDA’s for the first time to the advanced user that enjoys experimenting with builds and wire types. Essentially this device caters to everyone who enjoys dripping.
Another nice feature is the fact that the top cap itself rotates on O-rings so you can direct the airflow perfectly to your coils. This would certainly help a novice user who perhaps hasn’t yet mastered lining up their coils with the airflow, with a rotating cap its no longer an immediate issue for them.
One thing to be mindful of is due to the way the top cap rotates it would be a wise idea to remove the cap before fitting the RDA to your mod, that way you can be certain it’s tightly screwed on.
But wait there’s even more. Due to the top cap being extremely roomy means that when you remove and replace it you are not in any danger of knocking your build which can often happen with other RDA’s.
This RDA offers good airflow options. There are three intersecting holes on each side of the sleeve and these are adjusted by unscrewing the top cap slightly and turning the sleeve before re-tightening the top cap. The AFC sleeve also allows for a single coil set up as well as a dual one.
So how does the Twisted Messes vape? Well in my opinion its fabulous. The draw is very open but can be closed down for those that wish for something a little tighter. The vapour production is excellent, with the Chuff Cap fitted it easily rivals the Dark Horse for cloud production.
The vapour is very dense and it can fog up a room very quickly. For those wishing for less clouds the wide bore drip tip still puts out a good amount of vapour and the standard drip tip option offers a reasonably small cloud that will be extremely satisfying for most typical users. At its most cut down setting even a mouth to lung vape works too.
In terms of flavour this RDA is very good. I don’t think its quite up there with specific flavour chasers that have reduced chambers but it is still more than adequate for your average user. Given that the flavour remains decent when the airflow is fully opened up this certainly beats many cloud chasing RDA’s that often result in very washed out flavour. Cutting down the airflow to its lowest setting and fitting the standard drip tip does result in slightly better flavour but it is consistently good on all settings.
The well is 6mm deep and perfectly adequate. It means you will not be dripping constantly but with the advantage of the Chuff Cap and the wide bore tip it means you can drip straight down them without removing the top cap.
There is some spit back with this RDA and it is certainly more noticeable when using the Chuff Cap. This also leads to drops of liquid accumulating near the air holes so there can be a slight amount of leaking, but it is very minimal. It is not advised to fill this and put it in your pocket because obviously it will leak heavily in that situation. Remember to vape off what you drip and it shouldn’t present any problems.
Overall – Final Thoughts
Some authentic RDA’s are extremely expensive in terms of what they offer and sometimes to be brutally honest they simply aren’t worth it. The Twisted Messes on the other hand is worth every penny. It is priced very reasonably putting it at a lower price than most other RDA’s that it is competing with.
The included extras are excellent and ensure that you will be using this RDA for a very long time. The machining is faultless and considering the huge amount of flexibility his RDA has means that it will appeal to a larger user base.
This is an excellent RDA and can be appreciated by both novices and advanced users.
- High quality RDA
- Lots of spares
- Excellent flexibility in terms of drip tip options and build options.
- Caters to both flavour and cloud chasers
- Reasonably deep well
- Single and Dual coil capable
- Very open deck
- Very forgiving for newcomers
The Not So Good
- Some spit back when the Chuff Cap is fitted,
- Ever so slight leaking but comparable to most other RDA’s.
- Possibly a little less flavoursome than a dedicated flavour chasing RDA.
- No other cons, it really is excellent.