Hellvape Dead Rabbit Pro RDA
Hellvape has dusted down the Dead Rabbit name once more and given us the
Dead Rabbit Pro RDA to take a look at. There are a couple of interesting twists on the formula this time around so let's take a journey down the rabbit hole and take a look at what’s on offer.
- 24 mm diameter
- Postless dual coil build deck
- Squonk pin included
- Bottom and side airflow options
- 810 drip tip
- Customisation options
The Dead Rabbit Pro RDA is available in a staggering seven colour variants so you should have no problems finding one to suit your tastes or to match up with your favourite mod. I was sent the Black and Gunmetal versions to try out, and inside the box you’ll find the Dead Rabbit Pro RDA comes with a set of coils and cotton to get you started, accessories bag including the all-important squeak pin, a coil cutting guide, plus a colourful extra top airflow ring and 810 drip tip.
The Dead Rabbit Pro is a fairly compact 24mm diameter dripper and I actually measured this out to 23.8mm diameter and just 21.4mm tall excluding the drip tip and 510 connector. It’s pretty lightweight as well at just 32 grams with its aluminium top cap.
Up top we have a standard 810 drip tip and Hellvape have provided some rather nice, if slightly stubby, anti-bacterial AG+ drip tips. This now has a dual airflow system with adjustable bottom and side airflow built into the top cap, this is a simple barrel design with both the airflow rings held in place on a series of O-rings with hard stops in the fully open and closed positions.
Hellvape have decided to have a little fun here on the customisation front as each Dead Rabbit Pro comes with a colourful alternate top airflow ring, not only that but additional airflow ring kits are also available for further shenanigans and I was sent a couple of those for demonstration purposes as well, you can literally go mad here if you want to.
The top cap sits over the build deck and is secured by two O-rings. The Dead Rabbit series has long since dropped its signature quirky bunny ears post design and we’re treated to a modern postless deck with the lower airflow being redirected to a honeycomb airflow arrangement positioned directly under your coils and the upper airflow hitting the coils from the side.
This design means that the top cap will only fit in one orientation, and you lose the ability to centre the airflow over your coils, this really only applies to the upper (side) airflow, but in use I didn’t actually find that this was an issue.
Out of the box there’s a standard positive pin fitted, but there is a squonk pin also provided, so before I went any further, I had to swap that out as I much prefer squonking to dripping.
Hellvape do supply a couple of nice premade fused claptons in the box but as usual they’re nichrome so I can’t use them and I was feeling lazy so I grabbed a couple of cheap coils which I bought recently to get free shipping on an order, they’re a bit janky but they will at least get the job done. The included coil cutting guide has a suggested leg length of 5mm marked on the side and this seemed about right, the post less deck design also made securing the coils in place a breeze.
The drip wells on either side of the deck are a generous size given the relatively small deck size so installing cotton was simple and the squonk action also worked quite well here. I’m the king of over squonking so I was concerned that the under coil airflow might become an issue, but I haven’t actually encountered any problems on this occasion.
As both airflows work independently from each other, I started out by trying each one individually. The bottom under coil airflow won out here on the flavour front with the side airflow being somewhat underwhelming, this does come at a price though as using the under coil airflow on its own does produce a borderline whistle! In the end I found that the best configuration was with the bottom airflow fully open and about two thirds of the upper airflow open, this produced the best flavour for me and also eliminated that whistling.
Whilst the included drip tips are rather nice aesthetically and appear to be very high quality, I found them to be a little too short for my liking. Whilst the top cap doesn’t get too hot in use, I was aware of the heat transfer because my lips were touching the top cap, so I soon reached for something a little taller. I’m sure I’ll find a use for them on some other atomiser somewhere down the line though.
- Easy to build
- Good flavour
- Customisation options
- Whilst the included drip tips are nice, they’re a bit on the short side
I’ve actually quite enjoyed my time with the Hellvape Dead Rabbit Pro RDA and I’m sure long-time fans of the series won’t come away disappointed with this latest entry in the series. There’s a lot of fun to be had with those optional colour rings too. As always, Hellvape atomisers tend to come in fairly competitively priced, so this won’t break the bank either.