Good day fellow vapers, today I’m going to be reviewing the DPRO 133 Kit by CoilART. Disclaimer: I was provided this product for the purpose of this review by CoilART.
Simply put, the DPRO 133 is designed as a training device for mechanical mod users. While knowledge of Ohm’s Law is needed, the device will help protect the user in the case they build to low (<0.08ohm). Additionally, there are other protections that come with the device to keep the user safe unlike in mechanicals. The DPRO RDA is one of CoilART’s newest RDAs to hit the shelf in 2017. The DPRO hits home with a truly postless design and can cater very well to dual and single coil builds.
The 133 is a lightweight, regulated, parallel device and the RDA is a 24mm atty that is also squonk (bottom fill) friendly.
Size: RDA-31mm x 24mm (including drip tip), mod-84mm x 44mm x 28mm
Material: RDA-stainless steel, ultem, mod-aluminum
Colors: RDA-Stainless Steel, Black, Ultem, mod– Black, Red, Silver, Gold, Blue, Purple
Cell: dual & single 18650
Output: 133w max?? (not listed)
The first thing that immediately stands out on the RDA is the 24k gold-pated build deck. Additionally it has a nice protruding, and gold plated, 510 pin with both squonk and regular options for hybrid mechanical mods when the user graduates to them. The <a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>juice well is a tad bit on the small side so it may be an over-dripper’s or an over-squonker’s nightmare. Thankfully, the side airflow is designed at a downward angle to help prevent leaking from too much <a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>juice in the well. Additionally, the downward angle will help get improved bottom airflow for better flavor. Finally, the conical top is a nice step to improve overall flavor with an 810 drip tip on top (also compatible with other 810 drip tips).
The DPRO 133 is remarkably lightweight (not even a quarter of a pound) and is extremely simple to use. Based off of the several builds I’ve used on it, I feel quite certain that the device does cap the wattage around 130w due to everything below 0.13ohms to 0.09 feels the same with max battery. Additionally it can’t fire a build below 0.08ohms, has battery protection and protection from shorts. The pin is spring loaded so there is no worries on needing to have a protruding 510 pin on the atty used with it.
The 133 is a parallel device (i.e both battery go in the same direction) which shares the load between two batteries. However, it can also just use a single 18650. Even with all of its safety features, this is truly a mechanical mod with training wheels. That said, I would greatly encourage the use of ohm’s law when using this device so that the knowledge can be learned and used when advancing to a true mechanical device. Unlike in a series mod (which many regulated devices use) that effectively double the voltage, in a parallel the voltage remains the same (4.2v) but the amps are effectively doubled. For example: a 0.2ohm build will pull 21A thus each battery will provide 10.5A each. With the 130w-ish cap, anything below 0.13ohms will be capped at the max output with roughly 16A draw per battery.
The battery door is simple and solid. It is slightly on the snug side but I’ve not encountered any issues in the 20+ days of use. Also the battery indicator is a nice function to let you know when your batteries are about to be low. The cutoff is 3.5v which is the lowest I tend to go to with my mechanicals anyways due to the reduced power output. The only downside of the device is the lack of venting. I understand that it isn’t really needed since it is regulated to a degree but any amount of venting is always a plus. Finally, I had no issues with the button but it has an abnormally loud clicking sound when pressed.
The only challenge to building on the DPRO is the initial measuring and cutting of the coil’s legs so that it fits well in the deck. CoilART includes a couple precut Ni80 fused claptons to make the first build easy. When I measured the leg length (from the bottom of the coil) it came out around 7mm. The reason you want it this length is so that the coils line up slightly above the side airflow. This will allow the coils to get air more underneath than on the sides for better flavor production. Once the coils are tight in the deck, make sure to check that they are not touching before wicking. When using dual coils the maximum inner diameter is 3.5mm with some of the smaller exotic and 24g builds, but I would recommend sticking with 3mm ID overall.
The deck is also great for single coil builds. Between the two airflow openings there is about 12mm to work with and the only limitation is the amount of airflow if you build too big. I had no issues getting great flavor off of a 4mm ID triple fused clapton and I could see it shining with many beefy exotic builds. The only trick to using a single coil in the DPRO that I noticed was to make sure the coil was a little bit more elevated than you would do with dual coils. Due to the increased distance between the coil and airflow, the airflow will be more likely to just hit the side/top of the single coil. By raising it 1-2mm will allow it to get better bottom/side airflow and increase flavor.
Wicking is fairly straightforward. Make sure the wick is snug in the coil (not too tight, not too loose) and just make sure to not stuff it under the coil too much (if any). If the wicks get too far under the coils, <a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>juice will not be evenly distributed from dripping/squonking and result in dry hits. I strongly encourage, especially with RDAs, the Scottish roll technique for the wicks. This style will not only give the user more hits per drip/squonk session but will also help alleviate over-dripping/squonking issues.
The flavor from the DPRO RDA is simply amazing from CoilART (I actually have 2 of them that I constantly use weekly). From my tests, I felt that the dual coil performed better due to the correctly angled airflow. Not knocking the single coil builds, as they still performed well, but there was too much open space in the chamber (even with a 4mm ID exotic build) to best the dual coil 3mm ID exotic build. Other additional factors that really crank up the flavor are the downward angled airflow, the conical dome top, and the postless deck. Not to mention that the hex screws are good quality and have had zero issues to-date.
The fact that it also comes with a squonk pin is a huge plus in my book. This allows me to easily take the DPRO when I go out for the night and not have to worry about <a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>juice and constantly stopping to drip. As a slight bonus, the squonk pin uses a hex tool to be inserted with so it does not have any openings along the sides for <a href="http://www.vapininthecape.com/eliquid_c_7.html”>juice to escape from. Additionally, the RDA is perfect for use in a hybrid mechanical device when the user progresses. The only flaw is the loose top cap. So don’t pick it up by the RDA! However, if you have a set of thicker o-rings you can easily fix.
The DPRO 133 is targeted towards those who would like to get into mechanicals but have little to zero knowledge. Personally, I would have loved a device like this 2-3 years ago and I have to give props to CoilART for making a device like this. The ability to use it with 1 or 2 18650s also provides additional training for a vast majority of mechanicals on the market. However, it is currently very similar to a regulated device that has the bypass feature (however, the bypass feature in most regulated series mods do not help train the user with single battery mechanical devices). Because of this, I really wish that the 133 had the ability to turn off the protections and make it a true mechanical device. This would fully allow it to train a new mechanical user and, when they are ready, switch it to a full mechanical device if they wanted more power.
RDA – fantastic flavor cannon with dual coils
Spare parts plus squonk pin
RDA – 810 drip tip compatible
Durable hex screws
Perfect training tool for those wanting to get into mech mods. Plus just purely simple to use.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
CoilART did a great job designing the DPRO RDA and it shows. Amazing flavor plus being a squonk friendly RDA earns it two thumbs way up from me. The DPRO 133 kit is a fantastic training tool for a majority of the mechanical market and it also gets two thumbs up. While it is a niche market, I’m happy to see a device like this come out. If you have been looking at mechs and have not taken the leap due to the fear of making it into a pipe bomb, this is the perfect device to train and learn on until you’re comfortable with taking that step. While the 133 greatly helps achieving this, I would still strongly recommend reading/watching guides on proper mechanical mod safety in addition.
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