Anyone that knows me will know that I love the Dotmod Petri V2 RDA. So, when I stumbled across the Dotmod RTA at the Vaper Expo I had to have one.
The lovely presentation box aside, the Moonshot is lacking one vital piece of equipment – an instruction manual!
I do a few things well: coil-building is not one of them. Don’t get me wrong with a spare afternoon, and a nice wide build deck, I can make something vape-able. The Moonshot, on the other hand,should be built by someone with real experience and a saintly amount of patience. This is why it’s good to have friends like Callum, who’s been building for two years. So in the spirit of collaboration, he’s going to write the next bit…..
Set with a challenge ahead of me, I boldly walked into our local with nothing more than a few tools in my pockets and wire in my hand. As I have a couple of years’ experience under my belt I was quietly confident. Having heard the build deck was small, and nigh impossible to build on, I thought back to building on some of the drippers I’ve had in the past that had been tricky. From the single post 454 Big Block V2 to the post-less Pi Squared, I considered the warnings about the Moonshot were down to inexperience. Oh how wrong was I?
The build deck is about the size of a five pence piece. It has a two post deck, featuring some optimistically large post holes, with screws coming down the post, whilst retaining bottom airflow that starts at the top of the posts (try imagining that without a diagram)! All the while the barrel surrounding the deck only fits on at a certain angle - that would be tricky to fit on at the best of times, let alone in a dark pub with Josh moaning at me to hurry up because he’d got a train to catch.
Nonetheless I progressed with fitting the dual 26 gauge coils into this bastard of a build deck.
With enough glowing, pinching, strumming, and general wrestling with the coils I managed fit them and get them glowing evenly.
Despite Herculean labour to actually install the coils, I will say that wicking the Moonshot was simple and straightforward; andI’m tempted to go as far as saying it’s one of the easiest RTA’s I’ve ever wicked! After 5 minutes of figuring out how to put the thing back together again (I didn’t pay any attention taking it apart), I juiced it up and handed it over.
Nice one Callum! With a 0.6 Ohm build installed I get to draw first blood. I was shocked.
I’ve used a few RTAs before, but the Moonshot stands out. An impressive amount of vapour can be generated even at 40w. What really shines through is the flavour. Of course it takes a while for the cotton to break in properly but once it has you’re in for a treat. It’s rare to find a tank that balances both flavour and cloud this well, one is usually marred by the other. This isn’t the case with Sigelei and Suprimo’soffering.
The only issue I could find with the Moonshot is the drip tip; it’s just a bit too small so makes vaping on the go a bit taxing at times. Apart from that the Moonshot has a great build quality and is a well machined little fog monster.
If you have the patience or a master-builder mate like Callum it’s worth the time.