Hippovape VSS RBA for Artery Pal (+others) review by Antony Lord

Review Date: 
24.10.2019

Hippovape VSS RBA

Hippovape VSS RBA for Artery Pal (+others)

Today I’m looking at something I stumbled across almost by accident, the Hippovape VSS RBA which is a rebuildable coil head that is compatible with the Artery Pal pod kits, and any other pod or tank which uses aspire BVC style coil heads for that matter. Looking online showed very little information about it, hippovapes own webpage simply shows a picture of the box for example, but fortunately it’s already in stock at ecigone here in the U.K. for £7.99 so in the basket it went and it arrived two days later, excellent service from ecigone as always.

It comes packaged in a small cardboard box showing the RBA on the front and a list of contents on the back.

Hippovape VSS RBA box

Inside there are two sealed plastic bags which contain the RBA, a spare o-ring and screws, and a handy little 510 adapter plus the infamous blue screwdriver.

Hippovape VSS RBA spares

As you would expect, the RBA is the same size as the artery pal coils (well, duh!)... it’s tiny, and unscrewing the top reveals an even smaller build deck. I’m suddenly filled with dread, have I bitten off more than I can chew here?

The Build

The initial build didn’t go too well, I tried a 2.5mm inner diameter (i.d.) coil only to realize that it wouldn’t work as it was sat above the screws and would make contact with the top of the chamber. Having realized my goof and that the coil would need to fit with a “legs up/coil down” orientation in between the posts, I got out my coilmaster jig and determined that the only size coil I was going to fit in here would be a 1.5mm i.d. If you’re thinking of micro Clapton’s I’m afraid that you’re probably out of luck!

With the appropriate coil size determined, I screwed the coil base into the supplied 510 adapter. This is a massive boon as it means you can later pinch and strum the coil on a mod to work out any hotspots later on. Fitting the coil, even in this configuration, was shall we say challenging! There are handy ledges on the posts to help capture the wire but at this scale it’s definitely on the fiddly side of things so if you have poor eyesight, shaky hands or a general lack of patience, you may want to stick to stock coils. I eyeballed the wick length and then screwed the top cap back in place. Unfortunately at this point my ohms changed, bugger I must have something touching the barrel… you need to clip those wires ultra close and in the end I even took a screwdriver to the coil legs and pushed them up slightly to make sure there would be no shorts… success finally, a 0.5 Ohm ss316L micro coil installed and working.

Hippovape VSS RBA deck

The next step was to put a few drops of eliquid on the coil and wick, unscrew everything from the 510 adapter and install it my artery pal 2 pro which I reviewed recently.

Performance

So the next question is how does she vape? Well about the same as a stock coil. I’m using the above build at 14 watts and it’s wicking well with plenty of bubbles being produced from the wicking ports and decent flavour, pushing it to 17 watts, it starts to dry hit after a few pulls though. I also tried it in my older first generation artery pal 2 as well with good results.

Conclusion

So now to the million dollar question, would I recommend this RBA? Yes, but with a few reservations. Be prepared for a challenging build with a round wire coil and don’t be expecting to win any cloud comps. I would definitely say this leans more towards the mouth to lung crowd although you can just about get a restricted lung vape from it! This is definitely a good purchase if you have any of the many pod systems that use this style of coil but hate shelling out for stock coils and it is a happy addition to my arsenal.

 

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 Antony Lord
Article by Antony Lord
I was a twenty a day smoker for 25 years and like most smokers I was always going to quit "next week". Having hit my mid forties and having the usual smokers cough and difficulty with anything more than moderate exercise it was obviously time to give up the cancer sticks. I tried vaping in 2013 but it wasn't until 2016 that I fully made the switch and gave up cigarettes completely.