Vandy Vape have been one of the most exciting Chinese companies of recent years, releasing many very popular products here in the UK. The Pulse range of squonk mods and RDA’s were huge hits and were considered best in class by many vapers. A little more under the radar perhaps is this Kylin RTA. A great looking, rebuildable DTL tank that may appear at first to be just a cloud chucking monster. I’m curious to see if it can still deliver good flavour and how easy and versatile the build deck is. First impression are that this could be another excellent Vandy Vape product.
The well presented box, in the usual Vandy Vape blue, contains the Kylin RTA and a generous amount of extras and spares. There’s 3 wide bore drip tips in the box, small, medium and large, which is a really nice touch. The inner bore diameter is about the same for all of them but they have thicker walls and overall width. There’s also a chimney extension and glass, to increase the capacity of the tank. The spare O-rings come in a selection of colours, so they can be changed to your preference. There’s a 510 converter too if you want to use your favourite 510 dip tip with the tank. The user manual is very good for a Chinese manufacturer and has all the information you need.
The Kylin is 24mm wide at the base, so should fit on most mods other than the very smallest without overhang. The does look wider though as it bulges out around the middle to around 26mm. It’s around 36mm tall without the tip, so it’s fairly short in stature. The Kylin is filled by unscrewing the top and it does have liquid flow control to shut off the liquid from the coil, which should help prevent flooding. Overall quality seems very good, well machined and with a high quality finishing.
The deck is a postless design and anyone who’s built an RTA up before won’t have any problems. You simply unscrew the grub screws, cut your coil legs 4 or 4.5mm and drop them into the deck holes. I’ve wrapped coils with a 3.5mm ID and there’s plenty of room for them. Maybe even 4 or 4.5mm would work, so if you like bigger coils this could certainly be suitable. There’s also plenty of room for the cotton in both sides of the shared wick ports, so you don’t have to do a lot of work thinning them out.
The airflow on the Kylin is huge, it has bottom and side airflow hitting the coil which is great for cloudy vapour production. Airflow coming into the tank is controlled with a nice notched airflow control around the base. You can bring the airflow down using this but I think it performs best with it fairly open. Flavour is very good but it does need some big coils and a healthy amount of power for it to perform at its best. With a pair of multi-core clapton coils at 90w the flavour was excellent, but the plain 26awg coils I tried first at 40w didn’t really work, it was just too airy and the coils were not producing enough heat or vapour.
The tank has a highly efficient air flow system and if you like big coils at high wattage, this is the tank for you. The build deck has loads of room to work with and it’s a well thought out and designed deck design. It can be fitted with dual coils or single but I think it’s best as a dual. The gold plated deck is one of the highlight features for me, it’s machined and plated beautifully and the screws are smooth and hold the coils very well. The ability to close off the e-liquid ports while filling is a welcome addition and I didn’t have any leaking while filling or screwing the cap back on.
The Vandy Vape Kylin isn’t the most versatile tank but what it does, it does very well. If you are looking for plumes of vapour and an RTA that can use large coils and higher wattage, then the Vandy Vape Kylin is a great choice. It’s a well made tank with a great deck design. You will need a mod with plenty of power and battery life to get the most from it though. Available in both silver and black it’s great value too at around £28.