I’m a little behind in the times in just now checking out the Troll RTA, but I heard so much good from people I trust I had to check it out.
The Troll RTA utilizes the GTA atomizer style to move the deck closer to the mouthpiece to provide better flavor. It has an new style of deck as well.
deck and top fill
The Troll RTA has some subtle flair to it outside of the obvious flair that comes with the rainbow version. The Troll logo is indented into the barrel and the black top cap offers some contrast to the rest of the atomizer. The raised deck in the middle of the tank offers a unique look compared to everything being hidden at the bottom.
As many others have said, the Troll RTA provides great flavor and vapor but not without fault. It has a nice 5ml capacity that is easily refilled via the mouthpiece that unscrews. There are some nice resin options for a new mouthpiece as well through FastTech. At 24mm wide it will fit nicely on top of most mods and has a nice sized build deck.
The build deck is a bit interesting. The spacing is more or less the same as a velocity style deck but it has metal that goes all the way across the length of the deck. Sandwiched between the metal is the insulator. There have been quite a few reports of burnt or melted insulators on the Troll RTA. Most of these are either coils too close to the insulator, or custom high wattage builds. With my basic 24g dual coil build I haven’t had any issues. It definitely could be a problem though and one you must be cognizant of when building. Wotofo includes an extra insulator but if you like high wattage large diameter crazy coils in RTAs this may not be for you. The deck uses tiny phillips screws that I absolutely loathe. This should not be a thing, period. They’re also recessed so far in that I am forced to use the included driver rather than my trusty precision bit set because the precision bit is too wide.
The top cap is similarly designed to the Mage in that it screws on and seals the fill ports in lieu of an individual top cap and drip tip. It unscrews much easier than the mage though. The airflow ports are direct ports which is a nice change. Rather than a large open area at the bottom where the airflow comes from the airflow is direct to each side of the deck. I have had a few issues with the o-ring beneath the top cap coming loose when filling which is a bit of an annoyance.
There was/is a bit of a learning curve with wicking the Troll RTA. The wicks are angled back and the deck style is just a bit more different than the typical RTA. After some fiddling I got it to work. I found that unlike most RTAs, I had the best result with a bit of cotton sticking through the bottom of the hole and I had to use a cotton roll just a tad wider than the coil. I seem to suck at wicking this RTA. I’ve used if off and on for over a month and every time I rebuild.it leaks the first time. This requires me to reopen and adjust the wicks. Never rewick, just finesse them and then it’s fine.
I’ll probably keep the Troll RTA around as it suits my vaping style. While it seems versatile for different vaping vaping styles, I would advise extra caution when using large custom coils due to the insulator issue. After a month with a standard build, I have had no issues at all with the insulator. Flavor is great and i really have few major complaints about anything other than the stupidly tiny phillips screws they chose to use; although the top cap o-ring is becoming more annoying. The Troll RTA had its heyday for short period of time but now I’d probably only recommend it if you are looking for something a bit different and don’t mind being hindered by more basic or lower wattage builds. There are a lot of similarities between this and the Azeroth or Battlestar RTAs. I think the Azeroth RTA edges out the Troll RTA overall but is a little more expensive. I haven’t used the Battlestar yet.
The Troll RTA was provided for review by Gearbest and is current available for $23 but they also have the Azeroth and Battlestar RTAs too. Reviews are my own opinion based on experience and never embellished.
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