Vandy Vape Kylin Mini RTA Review
Vandy Vape is a well-known and respected company with a reputation for putting out good products, particularly more advanced stuff like rebuildables and mech mods. Unless your name is Jai Haze, you’ve likely tried some stuff by them and had a good time with it. Now, we’ve got the miniature version of the well-known Kylin RTA. The Mini is a single-coil only tank, featuring their new, innovative half-pipe airflow setup. With its smaller size and the backing of Vandy Vape, will the smallest Kylin in the family be a hit? Or will Jai Haze prove himself right as Vandy Vape falls flat on their face? Time to find out!
- Diameter: 24.4mm
- Juice Capacity: 5.0mL
- Material: Stainless Steel w/ Pyrex Bubble Glass
- Drip Tip: 18.0mm 810
- Collaboration with Stefan Z.
- 24K Gold-Plated Build Deck
- Two-Post, Single-Terminal Design
- Single-Coil Configuration
- Dual Adjustable Airflow
- Gold-Plated 510 Contact Pin
Matt from SMM
- Very nice, flavorful vape
- A ton of airflow for single coil
- Build quality is very good
- Good appearance
- Nice to have additional tips
- Screws on build deck twist flat wires
- Build is somewhat challenging
- Really innovative airflow system
- Super short & compact
- Great juice capacity
- Great flavor
- Nice & smooth airflow
- Hates the gold deck
- Can’t fit larger coils
- Can be challenging to line up coils
- Nice bubble glass
- Love the simple, creative build deck
- Easy to build
- Excellent flavor
- Smooth airflow
- Nice knurled top cap
- Colored, nice drip tips
- Wicks very well
- No leaking
- Can have whistling depending on coil position
- Screws on deck twist coil leads
Overall, the Kylin Mini by Vandy Vape is going to be a winner. While this compact single-coil RTA may not take home the gold medal in every category, it’s definitely worth a look if you’re into Vandy Vape, rebuildables, and/or single coil setups. There are a couple cons to get out of the way, but aside from these minor issues, it’s pretty much smooth sailing all the way.
The one big issue with the Kylin Mini has to do with its build deck. You can take a look at some up-close pictures of the tank to understand better what we’re talking about, but basically the screws in the posts have a tendency to twist your coil leads due to its orientation. Your leads are going to enter into the post in such a way that the screws don’t make contact with the flat side of your coil (if you’re rocking a flat coil build). That having been said, it’s not the end of the world. You’ll still get a good connection and if you don’t run flat coils, you wouldn’t even realize this was an issue at all.
The next thing to point out about the Kylin Mini is that it’s not the most beginner-friendly rebuildable out there. For one thing, it can be a little difficult to line up your coil correctly, in terms of height and general placement. More pressingly, however, the wicking can be super tricky for those with less experience. The wicking channels are not particularly forgiving and are actually a lot smaller than they might appear at first. This can easily lead to vapor lock or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, flooding your deck and leaking through your airflow. Definitely spend some time watching videos on this tank and practicing yourself, as the results are worth it in the end.
That’s really all the negatives, so let’s dive into what makes this tank good. For one thing, you’re going to get great flavor out of this device. The airflow system wraps around your coil 180 degrees, putting a ton of air onto your coil and maximizing the flavor. At least that’s what they claim is happening and the flavor production seems to back it up.
The build quality is also top-notch, with every single part feeling sturdy and well put-together. The airflow is really nice, with a bunch of little holes in the build deck to provide air to your coil. These multiple little holes, as opposed to cyclops style airflow, allow for a much smoother hit, in addition to great flavor.
The tank looks really nice too. Although it’s subjective, the styling is simple enough even though it includes a bit of branding with the “Kylin” logo emblazoned on the inside of the tank, on the chimney. You get a really sizeable juice capacity too, with 5.0mL being a pretty impressive reservoir for such a small tank. Obviously, this capacity can be cut down a bit depending on the size of your coil build, but not significantly so, even if you opt for a 3.5mm coil (which is basically the maximum).
All in all, the Kylin Mini RTA is a huge hit. Upfront, the only people this is not for are people who are looking to buy their first RTA and people who aren’t all that into single coil tanks. Also, if you’re going to get super upset about the build deck twisting your coil leads, you may want to pass this up. For anybody else, though, this tank checks all the boxes. You get the flavor, the quality, and the airflow you’re looking for. Each of its major attributes are among the best in class, and it’s not very expensive either. Definitely recommend this RTA.