FIRST IMPRESSION OUT OF THE BOX:
I’ve always been into single coil tanks and RDA’s. So when I heard Vandy Vape was working on a mini version of the Kylin, I was definitely excited about it. When I opened the box, I have to say that I was quite impressed with it as soon as I put it in my hand. When I unscrewed the base and saw that deck, it just looked awesome to me. Just by the way it’s built and the curvature of where your coil is being held scream flavor as soon as you take a look at it. I can’t wait to put a coil in it and see how it actually vapes.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
- One Vandy Vape Kylin RTA
- One Chimney Extension
- One Spare 2ml Glass Section
- One 6ml Glass Section
- Drip Tip Set
- One Hex Key
- Spare Part Pack
- User Manual
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:
The Kylin Mini comes with a beautiful, Goon-style, resin drip tip pre-installed. The resin drip tip is on the tall side and it does a really good job of keeping your lips off of the top cap. The resin drip tip has an 11 mm bore. The other included drip tip is a black Goon or 810 style drip tip. It has ribbing going around the outer circumference of it. The ribbing provides some texture and it is also extremely comfortable. It is shorter than the resin drip tip for those vapers that like a shorter, chuff style, type of drip tip. The black drip tip has a 10 mm bore.
For those of you that still like to run your traditional 510 drip tips, there is a 510 drip tip adapter included with your purchase of the Kylin Mini RTA. That is the one thing I always like about purchasing Vandy Vape atomizers, they always give you a bunch of choices when it comes to DT’s.
With your Kylin Mini, you will receive 2 tank glass sections. The pre-installed one is a straight glass and it has a capacity of 3 mls. The extra glass section is a bubble style glass and it has a 5 ml capacity. The bubble glass option allows you to expand the capacity of your tank without having any negative effect on flavor. Both tank sections are made out of Pyrex glass. I really have no use for the 3ml glass section. I would have appreciated it if the spare glass was just another bubble glass section. I do understand why Vandy Vape packaged it like that, not everyone likes the bubble glass look. I just really like the extra capacity.
The top cap on Kylin Mini has some beautiful knurling on the exterior. It is a very heavy knurling that gives you a great grip on the top cap when refilling the tank. There is also some Vandy Vape branding on the top of the top cap. There is a little bit of a raised platform with an o’ring inside to secure your Goon or 810 style drip tips. Even though there is a platform, most of your aftermarket drip tips should still look good on the Kylin Mini. On the interior of the top cap, there is an o’ring along with some beautiful threading that provides a snug fit when it is screwed onto the top fill port cap. As always with Vandy Vape, the machining is top notch.
With the top cap off, there are two very big half circle-shaped fill ports. These fill ports will accommodate any type of juice bottle on the market today including the bullnose types of bottles. The chimney is a medium bore chimney, that is definitely geared more towards flavor. The chimney drops down to an extremely conically shaped barrel. On the exterior of the barrel, there is a Vandy Vape logo and some Kylin branding. The barrel attaches to the base with some very smooth threading.
On the bottom interior of the base, there is a thick o’ring that does a great job of keeping the glass in place as well as ensuring against any leaking. The AFC ring around the circumference of the base has some knurling on it that allows the user to get a good grip to adjust the AFC ring. The airflow on the base is cyclops style and fully adjustable. The airflow slots measure 15 mm by 2 mm. The action on the AFC is nice and smooth with stoppers on both ends. On the bottom of the base, there is some Kylin and Vandy Vape branding as well as a serial number. The base measures 24 mm in diameter and with the bubble glass installed, the Kylin Mini is 26 mm in the middle.
The 510 connection on the Kylin Mini is gold plated and slotted for a flat head screwdriver. It is surrounded by an insulator ring and some stainless steel threading. The stainless steel threading on the base is very smooth and this atomizer should sit flush on all of your mods. On the bottom of the Kylin Mini, there is some Kylin Mini branding as well as a serial number.
The whole deck on the Kylin Mini is 25 karat gold plated. This is a single coil only deck and its main objective is flavor. The deck has a cradle-like shape to it, with a honeycomb airflow design. The shape of the deck actually cradles your coil for superior flavor. It is like a slot that is designed specifically for a coil and it takes the airflow from all sides of the coil. It’s a very impressive design. There are 7 rows of 3 airflow holes on your deck, for a total of 21 holes. These holes create an extremely smooth airflow and they make any flavor that you put in this atomizer pop. Vandy Vape calls it their honeycomb design.
This is a postless style deck with Philips head M4 screws that are accessed from the side. The spare deck screws are hex grub screws and there is an included Allen key. The screws are very nice and of high quality. The screws are also gold plated and they are beautifully threaded. This type of deck makes building and coil placement extremely easy. The wicking ports are located on each end of the deck. This is also an extremely easy atomizer to wick.
BUILDING AND WICKING:
Building on the Kylin Mini is a breeze. It’s a postless deck so the toughest part is getting the correct lead length. Here is a pro tip, take your drip tip and measure the lead against the skinny side of the drip tip. Clip your lead where the drip starts to get fat. This will give you the perfect length for your leads. Now, all you have to do is drop your coils in the terminals and tighten up those big deck screws.
Wicking is straightforward as well but it can be a little on the tricky side. You really have to take care and make sure your wick is the correct length. If it is too long, you will get a dry hit. Definitely better for your wick to be on the short side as opposed to the long side. I like to cut my wick about 1 mm off of the bottom of the deck. In fact, when you put the tank back together, if you can see your cotton thru the wicking ports, your wicks are too long.
HOW DOES IT VAPE?
This is one of my favorite single coil atomizers of the year so far. In fact, I like to think of this tank as a single coil Kensei. That is exactly what it reminds me of with the deck and the vape quality that I get off of it. It has that same honeycomb style deck that the Kensei has and it gives me that same type of flavor only on a single coil instead of a dual coil setup. The flavor on this atomizer is absolutely banging. You are going to get one of the best single coil vapes that you have ever gotten off of this tank. It is extremely flavorful. The clouds on it are plentiful as well. Most people are not going to believe you when you tell them you are chucking those clouds from a single coil atomizer.
Right now, I have a SS Framed Alien in the Kylin Mini ohming out at .28 ohms. I have it set at 60 watts and the vape I get off of it is just beautiful. The clouds are definitely there and so is the flavor. This is a flavorful tank and a surprisingly cloudy tank especially when you consider I’m only running one coil.
WHAT WOULD HAVE MADE IT BETTER:
- Airflow Is A Little Loud
The airflow on the Kylin Mini is very smooth and I have to say that I do like the range of airflow that it provides. It’s definitely a DL tank and you will get a nice range of a restricted DL hit. There really is no way to MTL vape on this tank. While the air flow is very smooth, it can get just a little noisy. I would have liked to have seen Vandy Vape smooth the airflow out a little bit, as far as the noise goes. It’s not noisy to the point where it’s a deal breaker but it definitely does get a little loud and it has to be mentioned.
Most of you that read my reviews know that I tend to really like single coil atomizers. I just find that most of the time, I get very good flavor while using a little more than half the wattage I normally would on a dual coil build. Single coil tanks also tend to be much more efficient because you use a lot less juice running only one coil and you get better battery life because you are using less wattage. The Kylin Mini by Vandy Vape is definitely one of the better single coil tanks I have vaped in quite some time. In fact, this one is probably going to be in my rotation for quite some time now, because I really can’t see anything coming along and knocking it out. It’s a great single coil RTA and it has my highest DeucesJack approval. If you’re into single coil tanks, you’re definitely going to want to pick yourself up a Kylin Mini by Vandy Vape.
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