Freemax Starre Mini RDTA
Most people will be familiar with the Starre, Pro and Scylla Sub Ohm tanks and have often asked for a rebuildable deck to be incorporated into the design. However instead of doing that Freemax have gone in another direction and one of their latest products is an RDTA (Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer). With fully adjustable airflow, top filling and an easy to use “Velocity” style deck for dual coil builds the Freemax Starre Mini RDTA certainly looks very appealing.
Freemax Starre Mini RDTA features
- Available in Stainless Steel or black
- 2ml Capacity. (There is also a 5ml version)
- 22mm Diameter
- 316 Stainless Steel and Borosilicate glass construction
- Adjustable 510 Pin
- Can be fully disassembled for cleaning
- “Velocity” style deck with large air holes
- Dual Adjustable Airflow Slots
What’s in the box?
- 1x Starre RDTA tank
- 1x Stainless Steel and Delrin Drip Tip
- 1 x Spare Glass Tube
- Lots of Spare O-Rings
- 4 x Spare Screws
- 1x Allen Key
- 2x Premade Coils
- 1x Pack of Japanese Organic Cotton
- User Manual
Freemax Starre Mini RDTA styling and build quality
Unlike the Freemax Sub Ohm tanks the Freemax Starre Mini RDTA is a compact atomizer with a 2ml capacity. It certainly is up to the same high standard of typical Freemax products being very well made and all of the individual parts are a good fit. The atomizer was completely free of any machine oil and I found I could use it straight out of the box. This RDTA can be completely dissembled for cleaning and features an adjustable 510 pin.
The 510 pin adjusts a little too easily for my liking and sometimes it can come loose when screwing/unscrewing the atomizer on your mod. The overall design is tidy and nicely streamlined so it tends to look good on most mods. The top filling mechanism works well and makes for a secure fit but is actually nice and easy to unscrew and you won’t run into any problems.
All of the parts feel durable and the glass is of a good thickness. One nice bonus is that the box does include spare glass should you ever have an accident. The drip tip is a good fit and made from stainless steel but also features a Delrin insert which is designed to minimise the amount of heat that reaches your lips. It can be easily swapped for any other drip tip in your collection.
Even though Freemax call this a rebuildable dripping atomizer it bears little resemblance to true RDTA’s like the Aromamizer. In my opinion the design is very much a standard RTA but that’s no bad thing especially since it features a very easy to use “Velocity” style deck. The deck features large air holes that you position your coils directly above. The grub screws are decent and trap the wire well. The post holes are reasonable and should accommodate most typical builds.
The Freemax RDTA features two fully adjustable Cyclops style airflow slots. The adjustment ring works well and is neither too loose nor too tight.
Ease of use
Providing you have some experience with “Velocity” style decks you will be right at home here. As I said earlier the screws work well and the post holes are reasonably generous. The only real issue you might run into regarding the deck is limited amount of clearance for your coils. I seriously wanted 3mm ID coils in there but it’s too much of a squeeze and you can end up catching your coils on the chamber cap and shorting out your build. I would suggest you go with 2.5mm ID at the most.
One thing you do need to be mindful of is not to stuff the juice channels full of wicking or you will end up with leaks. Filling this tank is easy and you simply have to unscrew the top cap. There is plenty of space for your juice bottle nozzles or droppers.
How does it vape?
After playing with an initial dual coil build, 2.5mm ID using 26 gauge Kanthal which had a final resistance of 0.6ohm I must admit I wasn’t overly impressed with the vape that I got. Flavour was pretty reasonable but not outstanding and while vapour production was extremely good I decided to rip out that build and try another.
On this attempt I went for 26 gauge twisted coils with 3mm ID but I ran into the problem with the coils catching on the top cap so I abandoned that attempt and finally went for a dual 2mm ID 24 gauge build aiming for a lower resistance (0.34ohm in the end). Due to the smaller coil diameter I needed far less cotton and to be quite honest the tank doesn’t need an excessive amount of wicking at all. Less is more was definitely the best option with this build. Vaping at 56W with my IPV3-Li and using Nerdy Juice Strawberry Kiwi E-Liquid I got a fantastic vape which really did border on dripper quality!
With this lower resistance as you might expect I got more warmth and greater vapour production and I must warn you that this compact little tank can potentially make your room very foggy. At no time did I run into dry hits and the wicking constantly kept up!
One drawback to this tank is that it does drain your juice very quickly but having said that all Freemax tanks are certainly guilty of that issue. The notable difference is that Freemax tanks in the past have always had a much larger capacity so it is less of a problem whereas this one only holds 2ml (which might be okay for a modest vaper) and I really would advise you to go for the 5ml version if you can get hold of it.
Even though I own all of the other Freemax tanks I can’t really compare the Freemax Starre RDTA to them because it would be an unfair comparison and I tend to run those tanks with pre-made Ni200 coils. All I will say is that this RDTA offers an excellent vape but you might need to play around with your build like a little like I had to if you are to achieve the best result.
In terms of machining, ease of use, vape quality and value for money the Freemax RDTA is a very worthwhile product with only a few minor cons. The first is the overall tank capacity of 2ml which while TPD compliant is an annoyance because with a dual coil build the juice gets vaped off very quickly but then you could just find somewhere that sells the 5ml version so it isn’t a huge issue.
One slightly more serious con is the adjustable pin which I think could definitely use a better O-ring because it has tendency to cause some very minor leaking but it is entirely possible this is just the review item and not a widespread issue. Somewhat limited build space might be another concern if you tend to like building large diameter coils. Since the flavour and vapour production you get from the Freemax Mini RDTA are both excellent I think its fair to say that you can overlook some of these shortcomings.
In my opinion the Freemax RDTA is an extremely good product at a reasonable price which offers the user a great vape so do check it out if you like the sound of it!
We are giving away two of these tanks thanks to the team at Freemax! You can enter to win one here https://www.planetofthevapes.co.uk/competitions/win-a-freemax-starre-mini-rdta.html (closes 8th Sept) and we are giving one away on the forum here. Good luck!