SMOK RDA (rebuildable dripping atomizer) Review

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If you’re interested in getting your very first rebuildable dripping atomiser, you may be confused by all of the options available. But it’s important to remember that getting through this process is necessary to find the product that will be right for your needs and your budget. And once you do find the right rebuildable atomiser, you’ll be able to enjoy your e-cig smoking on a whole new level. These devices will take any e-liquid and make it taste better than ever. So it really is no surprise that so many vapers eventually want to make the jump to rebuildable atomisers.

Despite all of the benefits of these devices, though, there’s definitely a learning curve that you have to get through first, even after you’ve found the right model to purchase. Thankfully, there’s one rebuildable atomiser that actually makes the learning curve easier to get through, and that device is the SMOK RDA Octopus. Plus, the bonus is that this product is also economical and durable, so all you really need is patience and time to learn how make the most of your new rebuildable atomiser.

Key Features and Specifications

  • 510-threaded and fits the majority of 510 drip tips
  • “Tool-less” terminals
  • Sealed battery connector
  • Airhole on outer casing
  • Pre-installed wire and wick

First Impressions

Because the SMOK RDA Octopus is 510-threaded, it’s designed to help even the newest user build single coils on the device’s negative and positive posts, which feature what are referred to as “tool-less” terminals that don’t require any screwdrivers or Allen keys to install a completed coil.


For airflow, the SMOK RDA Octopus features one air hole, which is located within the top cap made of soft aluminium. This can actually accommodate the majority of the 510 drip tips out there. Make sure you buy a drip tip when you purchase this product, though, because it isn’t included in the package.

What’s convenient, however, is the fact that the SMOK RDA Octopus comes with a pre-installed coil already in place as soon as you take it out of its box. You’ll find that this coil has eight wicks, which is where the name “Octopus” comes from.

Giving It a Test Run

First off, it is worth noting that there are some design issues that become evident when you begin handling and using this device, and these minor flaws are probably what keep the price down and make this product most appropriate for beginners.


One of the problems is the fact that the airflow system is found on the bottom of the device in the form of two extremely small holes that seem to move the air up through a port that is in the deck of your atomiser where you would place the coil. And there is also a tiny airflow hole located within the top cap made of aluminium. This all results in a really tight draw, along with the risk of e-liquid dripping from the coil into the airflow port within the deck. And another design flaw is that your top cap will be so flush and snug to the deck that it can be really difficult to unscrew it.

Despite these issues, though, the SMOK RDA Octopus is still great for beginners, thanks to the features that make it easy to use. It is marketed as ideal for those who are just starting out with this type of device, and it lives up to those claims.

And, despite, its design flaws, it is also a great performer once you get it working. Just expect the performance to depend upon how well you are able to build your coil. And also expect that the airflow system will hinder what would otherwise be great performance. For example, you will hear gurgling once the e-liquid ends up in the airflow port.

Users who have tried out this device have also stated that, even though the amount of vapor can be disappointing, the flavour of the e-liquids tested was excellent. And those who prefer tight draws had no complaints about that either.

Final Thoughts

After reading through this review, you may be wondering whether the SMOK RDA Octopus really would be a wise investment or not. Put simply, this is a great device for those who are just starting out working with rebuildable atomisers. But for those already experienced, it falls short because it has design flaws that simply can’t be denied.

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  • Design
  • Build quality
  • Vapour production
  • Value for money


If you are hoping to find your first rebuildable and you want it to be easy to build and you want it to be affordable, definitely check out the SMOK RDA Octopus. Once you get the hang of things, you can then invest in a higher-end product.

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