A Review of the Drop Dead RDA

January 20, 2019

A Review of the Drop Dead RDA

The Drop Dead is easily one of the best RDAs released in 2018 and I wasn’t the least surprised to see it show up on many reviewers “best of” lists. It’s a collaboration project between Billy, the Vaping Heathen, and Brian of the Vapor Chronicles combining the best of their two massively popular individual RDAs: the Dead Rabbit and the Drop. Manufactured by Hellvape, it is machined beautifully, features deep engraving and is available in a broad range of finishes.

The 24mm atomizer features a deep juice well, perfect for us over-drippers. It measures 30.8mm from tip to base, 25.2mm if you exclude the tip, and has an internal diameter of 20mm. It features four sturdy posts to drop your coils into and secures your coils with flat-head screws. A spare set of grub screws are also included. The posts are 6 mm apart, can accommodate coils with leads up to 3mm wide, and is advertised as being equally good for single or dual coil builds.

As many of you know, I prefer single coil builds generally speaking and can attest to it being great with a single Staggered Framed Staple or Alien Framed Staple. You won’t be hurting for flavour or clouds with either of those installed. I do find the build space a little tight for a dual build with my preference for big, beefy coils but throw in a couple of smaller (2.5mm) Aliens or Staggered Fused and you’ll be fine.


The draw is very smooth, with 14 airflow holes and horizontal airflow, a feature of the Drop RDA. If you tend to purge, you’ll appreciate this. The Dead Rabbit, which I quite enjoy, is not one of Shane’s favourites as the angle of the slotted airflow means that when you purge you get a hot blast of unhappiness in your face. The AFC cap spins freely but the barrel itself is keyed and locks into position on the deck.

I’ve fitted my RDA with a Vape Stash drip tip and the fit is tight enough that I can easily pop the top of the AFC off without disturbing the base. Handy, because I’ve over-dripped badly enough that I would have had juice everywhere if not for the fact that the bottom was so tightly sealed. Shane kept the existing drip tip and pulls the whole top cap off to drip or drips through the drip tip. The knurled top cap makes airflow adjustment easy.


In addition to the RDA which comes fitted with a colorful resin drip tip, the package comes with 1 clear frosted 810 tip, a stainless steel 510 adaptor, an accessories and tool bag and a Drop Dead sticker for the super fans.


All in all, I love this RDA. We both do which is why we chose to feature it in our “favourite things” giveaways at the close of the year. It’s easy to build on, the airflow is smooth, the draw is flavourful, and it comes in enough finishes that there’s easily something to match just about anything. Add to which the price point is more than reasonable so it’s easy to justify needing more than one.





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