The Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA is the latest incarnation of the original dripper, that I was pleased to have the opportunity to review way back in 2017!
With a diameter of 25mm the Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA has a postless build deck and at the moment it’s available in 7 gorgeous colours:
Vandy Vape was founded in China in 2016/17, and in that time they have become quite prolific!
Their back catalogue contains, both mod kits like Apollo Kit, Pulse Dual Squonk Kit and the Pulse 80w BF Kit along with atomizers like Berserker MTL RDA, Bonza RDA, Kylin RTA and of course the original Mesh RDA.
What Can We Expect From the Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA?
If you take a look at my review for the original version of this RDA, you will find that I loved the flavour and vapour production I received from it, even though in my mind it was a bit on the wasteful side for cotton.
This new version has had a major upgrade to the original, it’s still has a postless deck however Vandy Vape has taken an idea from the Wotofo Profile RDA in using a spring loaded central ceramic block, to help push the cotton into the mesh coil.
They’ve given the Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA a nice big juice well, something the first version was lacking – it’s now perfect for squonking!
Vandy Vape has changed the airflow slots to honeycombed style, which has made it a much smoother draw, and the operation of the airflow ring is easier to turn with the added gnarled patterned cap compared to the relative plain style of the original.
So with full steam ahead let’s go and take a closer look at this updated RDA!
The Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA was sent to me free of charge for the purpose of this review!
As always my thoughts and views are my own after a considerable testing period!
Inside The Box
- Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA
- Squonk pin (BF)
- 2x cotton laces
- A1 M coil
- Ni80 M coil
- Dual M coil
- SS316L M coil
- Coil Rod
- Spare parts bag
- User manual
Specs and Features
- Height: 25.5 mm
- Diameter: 25 mm
- Capacity: 2ml
- Weight: 147g
- Mesh strip build deck
- E-liquid capacity: 2ml
- Top adjustable airflow
- Larger size mesh element for improved heating area
- Spring clamp for cotton below the mesh
- 510 (BF) Squonk pin
Design and Build Quality
The Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA comes presented in a cardboard box, and I was sent the Gun Metal colour for this review.
Once again I find myself amassed by the design and quality of Vandy Vape products, they are always very clean well milled with everything included in the kit to get you started!
Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA
Measuring in at 25.5 mm high with a diameter of 25 mm the Mesh V2 RDA will hold 2ml of e-liquid.
Construction of the RDA is stainless steel and resin, the Mesh V2 will dismantle into 3 main parts.
Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA Base and Build Deck
On the bottom of the base all the usual info has been laser engraved such as design and safety marks, the 510 connection threading has been turned well and holds a gold plated connection pin.
On the sides of the build deck you will note 2 O-rings for the barrel, as well as 2 wire clamp screws which are Philips heads.
You will see 2 cut outs to each side of the deck they are to basically help with wicking of your coil.
Vandy Vape has increased the juice well size it will hold up to 2ml of liquid, you will note the wire clamps are blocks.
But essentially this is a postless deck as they sit flush in the well, in the center of the clamps there is a spring loaded ceramic block.!
Vandy Vape has borrowed this design from the Profile RDA, it’s a good one but I do feel the tension of the spring could have been tighter it feels to loose to me.
You are able to further dismantle the base by removing the connection pin (which can be replace with the included BF pin), the ceramic block and spring as well as the positive clamp block are removable – you will see that the positive clamp block sits on a peek insulator.
I love this type of deck, but dismantling it and putting it together is very fiddly with the small parts.
Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA Barrel and Airflow
Made of stainless steel, the barrels main feature is the honeycombed style top airflow which is made up of two rows of 20 holes on each side of the barrel.
On the front of the barrel is the letter “M” other than that the barrel is quite plain.
Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA – Airflow Cap and Mouth Piece
Made of stainless steel the cap has top slots for airflow to each side they have a downward angle to them to concentrate the airflow towards the sides of the coil.
Inside the cap you will see that it has been domed to increase flavour.
From the top you will see an embedded O-ring and around the top edges there is the raised gnarled airflow control.
Included with the kit are 4 different types of mesh strip coils they are:
- A1 M Coil 0.15 ohm (Kanthal)
- Ni80 M Coil 0.15Ω (Nickel)
- Dual M Coil 0.15Ω (Kanthal)
- SS316 M Coil 0.15Ω (Stainless Steel)
The mesh strips come in a SD card case which is much better than a plastic baggy, and has all the info regarding the coils on a sticker.
They also supply 2 thick shoelaces of organic cotton.
Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA Mouth Piece
The 810 drip tip is made of resin and being the only one supplied it is pre installed, although in the box you will find a 510 adaptor.
How Does the Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA Perform?
For this review I will use the included Dual M Coil 0.15Ω coil, the liquid I will use today will be my go to “Ohm Baked” Apple and Rhubarb Crumble, and the device I will be using it on will be the Geekvape Aegis X.
Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA – Quick Start Guide
- Use the coil rod to bend your chosen strip of mesh.
- Carefully install the coil into the wire clamps, you don’t have to pulse the coil but if you do, I would suggest a low wattage and letting the coil cool before placing the cotton!
- Insert your cotton through the coil, fluff, cut and tuck into the wick space, dampen the cotton with e-liquid and reassemble the cap and barrel.
- Screw the Mesh V2 RDA onto a mod and enjoy.
Mesh V2 RDA 40 to 80w
I set the airflow open to its fullest and started with 40w, the flavour was good with a thick vapour production.
The vape was kind of on the cool side, so I upped the wattage by 10w at a time until I reached 80w, by the time I reached 80w my little office was full of vapour lol.
When I pressed the watts over 80w it was simply too hot for me, I also detected a bit of hot liquid in my mouth (yuck).
Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA – Temperature Control
So far in my time testing the Mesh V2 RDA, which has been over 2 weeks! I have used it on a number of regulated and mechanical mods – all with great results!
Notes On Coils etc
Obviously I have used the strip coils that Vandy Vape includes in the box with exception of the Ni80 strip!
With a standard KA1 24g round wire build in the RDA, while you can only fit one coil in the deck the RDA functions just like any other single coil RDA.
Also I had some spools of Vandy Vape KA1 and 316L mesh that I purchased 3 years ago, while I had to trim the sides a little, I was able to duplicate more or less the same results as above.
Liquid consumption can be high with this RDA, like I said, with the original dripper, I also consider it to be wasteful with the cotton side of things!
- Good flavour and vapour production
- Excellent build quality and design
- Deep 2ml juice well
- Easy to build on
- Airflow is easy to turn
- Liquid consumption
- Uses a lot of cotton
Final Review Verdict
In the couple of weeks I have been using the Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA , I have had good flavour and awesome vapour production!
The V2 is most suited to squonking in my opinion! However the wastage of cotton could be a concern for some folks.
Would I Recommend the Vandy Vape Mesh V2 RDA?
In personally having experience with the first version I would say the V2 is better, so yes I would, however even though it’s easy to build on I would be hesitant to recommend it to newbies.
Would I Buy This Kit Again Due To Loss Or Damage?
For me yes it’s perfect for squonking or as an ordinary RDA as a single coil dripper.