CoilArt Mage V2 RTA Review
Hello everyone, Mike Strong here. Today I am going to give my thoughts on the new CoilArt Mage V2 RTA, which has a similar deck to the Kylin RTA, but how does it compare?
CoilArt Mage V2 RTA Packaging List
The Mage RTA V2 is an RTA (rebuildable tank) that comes with the tank itself, replacement frosted bubble glass to increase capacity and a bag of accessories that include an Allen key, spare screws and o-rings, and a 510 drip tip adapter.
CoilArt Mage RTA V2 Features
The Mage RTA V2 is a 24mm RTA with gold plated, postless deck design. This is very similar to the Kylin tank by Vandy Vape but has a different airflow arrangement and smaller wicking holes. The top section screws down onto the base but above the wicking holes to allow for juice flow.
It has 2 very large top fill holes that you access by unscrewing the knurled top cap and an 810 drip tip with gold “Mage” branding on the side.
It features 3 kidney shaped airflow holes that are adjustable with the knurled airflow ring, and adjusting one will adjust all of the others evenly. The tension is just enough to ensure the airflow stays put, but not too tough to move when needed.
Build Quality of the CoilArt Mage V2 RTA
CoilArt has always been known to provide high-quality goods and the Mage RTA V2 is no exception to that rule. All of the threads are very clean and the parts fit together seamlessly.
The knurling on the moving parts adds an aesthetic to the product but also serves a functional purpose in allowing a better grip for the moving parts, nice touch CoilArt!
The deck is gold plated with single or dual configurations with the Allen key grub screw on the side, (more on this later) and the airflow holes are an array of different sizes and shapes that are milled right into the deck.
The drip tip is an 810 style but the adapter in the box allows you to use a 510 of your choice. All of my 810 and 510 drip tips fit snugly into the hole, but when using any that are not provided in the packaging, you will get a small gap where the gold beauty ring sits on the original.
Vape Quality & Performance
Now we come to the real details of the Mage V2 RTA, how is its performance?
Honestly……building on the Mage V2 RTA is a bit of a nightmare! I consider myself an advanced builder and I have been making my own coils and fitting them to tanks and RDAs for a number of years now. Having seen the deck style and likening it to the Kylin RTA, I thought it would be a doddle……it’s not!
The problem with this deck is the combination of large post holes, with small grub screws. When using wire that does not completely fill the holes, the grub screws than to push the wire to one side, rather than clamping it to the deck.
Vape Quality & Performance Continued
You can use thicker wire, but the deck of the Mage RTA V2 is actually quite small. This is not a huge issue when building with a single coil as you can use a much thicker build and not have to worry about space. However, when building a dual coil, the thicker coils tend to be extremely close or even touching.
The Kylin has an almost identical deck to this, but it appears to be much larger to accommodate dual coils and the post holes are more suited to the deck size. This means the grub screws will always pin the wire to the deck. Unfortunately, the Mage RTA V2 does not do this and this results in a LOT of time taken to build on this.
Once you have managed to secure the wire, wicking is a doddle. You place the cotton into the channels, with a small gap between the base of the channel and the end of the cotton, to allow for the juice to pool up underneath and wick.
Providing you have managed to get a build secure and wicked this as mentioned above, you get a fantastic vape! The airflow is smooth and can be personalized, the wicking is great and I am yet to have a dry hit, refilling couldn’t be easier, and the flavor is outstanding.
This is the kind of RTA that you will build once and leave the coils in for as long as possible. That deck really is a nightmare and if you are a new builder or a bit of a novice, this will drive you insane.
CoilArt Mage V2 RTA Video Review
Final Thoughts on Mage RTA V2
I was very excited to try the CoilArt Mage V2 RTA as I was such a huge fan of the Kylin. Overall, the product is very good, but the build deck needs to be re-designed. It is such a shame as everything else is superb and once you get past those grub screws, the vape is one of the best I have experienced. I can’t help but think in 6 months time. I will opt for a tank that has an easier deck to work with before reaching for this.
I have been vaping for over 5 years and have been a keen hobbyist ever since starting. I moved into the review side of things after the success of my @mikethevaper Twitter page and have been striving to provide help and knowledge ever since.