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Foment [review] – it feels like we’re stuck in an infinite… The Loop RDA! https://ift.tt/2AQI1Wr

What’s up folks? Today I have a somewhat older RDA to show you. I know the newer iteration has been released already, but the original piqued my interest when it released, with a somewhat unique airflow design I jumped at a chance to get my hands on one. This RDA is the Geekvape Loop, and was sent to me by the folks at Sourcemore for the purposes of this review. So, we know the airflow is unique, but was it a good idea? Let’s discuss!

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Atomizer Aesthetics


I really dig the two tone gunmetal with green, I’m really glad this is the option that arrived for me, despite the obvious “It will never match anything” problem it’s just such a cool color palate. The mono black and stainless options both look great as well, though a bit more subdued. My feelings on gold are a bit less kind, but for those that like that colorway the gold and black looks as you’d expect.I do like that the majority of the colors also came with a drip tip to match, whether that’s ultem on the gold, a smoked grey on the black, or the green on the gunmetal/green. I would have preferred if the stainless option came with a clear tip or something other than ultem as the standard offering though. The general aesthetic is somewhat pedestrian, but that the simple “L∞P” branding on the airflow adjustment is a nice touch without being terribly flashy though, and while still bearing the same design elements I like that the gunmetal stands out a bit just through use of the color palate, though my concerns regarding being able to match it well with many devices stand firm.

Build Deck


The deck is the star of the show with this RDA, though there is one thing that irks me. The leads are trapped by screws entering from the sides, which means that you as the end user, are best served by twisting your leads 90 degrees prior to installation so that the coil itself is not unpredictably twisted and to make sure that the leads are secure. It’s not a terribly difficult thing to do, but with the overall design otherwise being quite well refined, it feels that the lead positioning was overlooked. Beyond that, the coil position is rather intuitive, given the airflow design in the shape of a “W” it makes two natural places to align the coils and takes away what little guesswork the placement of the leads holes may have left. I have primarily built mine with 3mm ID coils, though there is certainly room to go larger if you so desire. The airflow doesn’t quite open up to be truly unrestricted though, so a particularly massive build may run a bit hotter than many would desire. The airflow being a tiny bit restricted I totally get though, as this was clearly designed with bottom airflow flavor in mind. That’s really the biggest deal with this one, right? The airflow enters from the side and is channeled up under the coils to provide a bottom airflow type experience, with the added benefit of avoiding the everpresent potential for leaking that many bottom airflow RDAs of the past have been plagued by. The top cap also locks into place with a small notch that forces the airflow to be aligned with the deck. For the design to work as intended I feel like this is absolutely integral, and I’m glad to see it was not overlooked by the designers.

Performance


A unique build deck is only as good as the results, right? Well, in this case it’s a pretty respectable flavor atomizer. It’s not exactly a world beater as I would have hoped, but with the airflow cut down a bit it certainly is respectable. I feel like there could be a bit more flavor here but I’m certainly not disappointed with the output. Having used various forms of exotic coils I’ve had nothing but positive results, but I feel like it doesn’t actively lap the field on flavor and that certainly appeared to be the goal. The cloud production, especially for a flavor first atomizer, is quite impressive as the atomizer has been more than capable in that respect as well.

Pros:
* Well designed airflow
* Deck is notched to lock airflow into alignment
* Solid flavor production
* Clean aesthetic with simple branding

Cons:
* Lead screws should have been placed behind the airflow to avoid twisting leads
* Airflow could allow a bit more of a truly unrestricted flow

Final Thoughts


It’s good! I’m eager to see how this stacks up against the 1.5 version. There is room for a bit of improvement overall, but the balance between flavor and cloud production is at the very worst commendable. I’m quite pleased overall and could see this being a fair addition to your arsenal if you enjoy building coils for 80+ watt performance. It’s not going to be a great performer for lower wattage use, but certainly can hang with the rest of the higher wattage crowd.

Thanks for reading!

What’s up folks? Today I have a somewhat older RDA to show you. I know the newer iteration has been released already, but the original piqued my interest when it released, with a somewhat unique airflow design I jumped at a chance to get my hands on one. This RDA is the Geekvape Loop, and was sent to me by the folks at Sourcemore for the purposes of this review. So, we know the airflow is unique, but was it a good idea? Let’s discuss!Photo DumpImgur albumAtomizer AestheticsI really dig the two tone gunmetal with green, I’m really glad this is the option that arrived for me, despite the obvious “It will never match anything” problem it’s just such a cool color palate. The mono black and stainless options both look great as well, though a bit more subdued. My feelings on gold are a bit less kind, but for those that like that colorway the gold and black looks as you’d expect.I do like that the majority of the colors also came with a drip tip to match, whether that’s ultem on the gold, a smoked grey on the black, or the green on the gunmetal/green. I would have preferred if the stainless option came with a clear tip or something other than ultem as the standard offering though. The general aesthetic is somewhat pedestrian, but that the simple “L∞P” branding on the airflow adjustment is a nice touch without being terribly flashy though, and while still bearing the same design elements I like that the gunmetal stands out a bit just through use of the color palate, though my concerns regarding being able to match it well with many devices stand firm.Build DeckThe deck is the star of the show with this RDA, though there is one thing that irks me. The leads are trapped by screws entering from the sides, which means that you as the end user, are best served by twisting your leads 90 degrees prior to installation so that the coil itself is not unpredictably twisted and to make sure that the leads are secure. It’s not a terribly difficult thing to do, but with the overall design otherwise being quite well refined, it feels that the lead positioning was overlooked. Beyond that, the coil position is rather intuitive, given the airflow design in the shape of a “W” it makes two natural places to align the coils and takes away what little guesswork the placement of the leads holes may have left. I have primarily built mine with 3mm ID coils, though there is certainly room to go larger if you so desire. The airflow doesn’t quite open up to be truly unrestricted though, so a particularly massive build may run a bit hotter than many would desire. The airflow being a tiny bit restricted I totally get though, as this was clearly designed with bottom airflow flavor in mind. That’s really the biggest deal with this one, right? The airflow enters from the side and is channeled up under the coils to provide a bottom airflow type experience, with the added benefit of avoiding the everpresent potential for leaking that many bottom airflow RDAs of the past have been plagued by. The top cap also locks into place with a small notch that forces the airflow to be aligned with the deck. For the design to work as intended I feel like this is absolutely integral, and I’m glad to see it was not overlooked by the designers.PerformanceA unique build deck is only as good as the results, right? Well, in this case it’s a pretty respectable flavor atomizer. It’s not exactly a world beater as I would have hoped, but with the airflow cut down a bit it certainly is respectable. I feel like there could be a bit more flavor here but I’m certainly not disappointed with the output. Having used various forms of exotic coils I’ve had nothing but positive results, but I feel like it doesn’t actively lap the field on flavor and that certainly appeared to be the goal. The cloud production, especially for a flavor first atomizer, is quite impressive as the atomizer has been more than capable in that respect as well.Pros:* Well designed airflow* Deck is notched to lock airflow into alignment* Solid flavor production* Clean aesthetic with simple brandingCons:* Lead screws should have been placed behind the airflow to avoid twisting leads* Airflow could allow a bit more of a truly unrestricted flowFinal ThoughtsIt’s good! I’m eager to see how this stacks up against the 1.5 version. There is room for a bit of improvement overall, but the balance between flavor and cloud production is at the very worst commendable. I’m quite pleased overall and could see this being a fair addition to your arsenal if you enjoy building coils for 80+ watt performance. It’s not going to be a great performer for lower wattage use, but certainly can hang with the rest of the higher wattage crowd.Thanks for reading!

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