Shado MGNT V.2 RDA by Shado Vapor
The Shado MGNT 2.5 is the latest incarnation of a series of RDA’s designed by Shado Vapor which are notable for having hinged magnetic lids to make dripping convenient. This version features an all new and highly unique deck which is designed for simplicity of builds. It sounds very appealing so lets’ have a thorough look and find out for sure!
Shado MGNT V.2 RDA features
- 24mm Diameter
- Stainless Steel Construction
- Unique One Post Design
- Super Easy to Build
- Magnetic Cap for Easy Dripping
- Ultem Drip Tip
- Fixed Airflow
- Designed for Dual Coil Builds
- Available in Stainless Steel or Black Anodized Finish
What’s in the box?
- 1x Shado MGNT V.2 RDA
- Pre-Fitted Ultem Drip Tip
- Allen Key
- Spare Screws
Shado MGNT V.2 RDA styling and build quality
The MGNT V.2 is 24mm in diameter and features excellent Stainless Steel construction which feels highly durable. You can purchase this RDA in either Stainless Steel or in a black Anodized finish, which is the version I was sent for review. The black coating is excellent and I have noticed no signs of wear in the short time I have spent using this RDA.
Logos are kept to a minimum and there is only a single one located on the top cap but it is tastefully done and not very noticeable at all on the black finish version. The name of this RDA “MGNT” comes from the fact that it features a hinged lid which is secured by some very strong magnets. The hinge system works really well and the magnets are excellent.
The various pieces of this RDA are kept to a minimum and include a top cap or barrel, the base/deck and an Ultem heat resistant wide bore drip tip. The drip tip is really nice and very comfortable on the lips but due to the fitting it unfortunately cannot be replaced with another from your collection. The barrel features two sets of two large airflow holes on opposite sides but sadly the airflow is not adjustable.
The deck design is highly unique but we’ll specifically get to that later on.
As mentioned earlier the Shado MGNT RDA has fixed airflow so what you see is what you get. This also means that you cannot close off the opposite side should you wish to set this RDA up with a single coil but that is less of an issue as you will find out later. The airflow is designed for lung hitting users so it really won’t appeal to anyone else.
Ease of use
The best thing about this RDA in my opinion is the deck design which features something entirely new! Unlike other RDA’s which feature conventional posts the Shado MGNT has a block of Stainless Steel which looks very much like the posts have been laid horizontally and welded to one another like a pair of pipes. There are four holes cut into this block which are generous in size so you can easily fit thicker wire through them. At that end of the pipe like post arrangement you will find the screws which are positioned well away from the centre of the deck. The screws work extremely well and this has to be one of the easiest to build RDA’s which I have come across!
The deck has a good amount of space so larger coils shouldn’t present a problem. There is also plenty of room for cotton and the well is reasonably deep. Refilling is quick and convenient and you can either remove the top cap or make use of this RDA’s trademark feature the hinged magnetic lid. Alternatively you could also drip juice through the drip tip.
How does it vape?
My first build in the Shado MGNT was a dual coil setup using 26 gauge twisted wire with each coil having an internal diameter of 3mm. The final Resistance was 0.48ohm and I wicked both coils with Japanese cotton. My choice of juice on this occasion was some Dinner Lady Lemon Tart. In terms of the vape I got I can’t say I was that impressed and the flavour while acceptable seemed somewhat lacklustre in comparison to similar RDA’s with this kind of build. I found that if I cranked up the Wattage flavour improved slightly but it still seemed a bit lacking.
After trying a few different builds I found to get the very best flavour from the Shado MGNT I had to use big coils with a lot of surface area and vape at high Wattage. Having fitted a dual Fused Clapton coil build which had a final Resistance of 0.14ohm I got an extremely flavoursome vape at 100 Watts when using some Grey Haze Blueberry Muffin. In fact it was such a good vape that I then moved on to using some Colonel Boom’s Lt. Ripley which resulted in an equally delicious flavour experience!
Even though the airflow design is not intended for single coil builds providing you choose something exotic such as a Framed Staple coil you can get a highly flavoursome vape out of this RDA when vaping in the 90-120W region. The reason I think this works is because the deck design effectively blocks off the airflow from the opposite side of the top cap. Of course the deck design does lead to one minor problem since the juice well is split and while there is a slight gap thicker E-Liquid does not tend to flow from one side to the other; so you are limited to half of the well if you intend to use a single coil.
Vapour production was excellent and you do get some very dense clouds so it is unlikely you will be disappointed! Refilling is simple since you can either used the magnetic lid or simply drip juice through the wide bore drip tip.
The Shado MGNT V.2 is in my opinion a very well put together RDA. It’s only real issue is that it really seem to suit standard builds at all and for it to truly deliver the goods in terms of flavour and vapour production you really need to set it up with a low Resistance build, so ideally go for Clapton or Fused Clapton coils.
While it is a shame that the airflow does not cater to single coil builds it is far less of a problem than with some other RDA’s because the design of the deck effectively walls off the opposite sides airflow. Now providing you go for something a little exotic such as a Framed Staple coil or an Alien coil you can get an excellent amount of flavour from the Shado MGNT when vaping in the 90-120W region.
In some respects it is perhaps a little odd that you do have to set up this RDA with low Resistance builds in mind because the ease of use that the deck offers suggests it would be absolutely ideal for a beginner but to be quite honest when using standard builds I was quite disappointed and I wouldn’t want to see any rebuildable newcomer using coils very low Resistance coils simply to get a good vape out of this thing! If the Shado MGNT offered a solid vape with a 3mm ID 26 gauge dual coil build of 0.5ohm or above it would be less of an issue but I felt that setup resulted in a rather washed out vape and that is really the downside of this RDA not having adjustable airflow.
The hinged magnetic lid is a cool feature but perhaps a little bit of a gimmick especially when you consider there is more than enough room to simply drip juice straight through the drip tip but it might really appeal to many users who are looking for something different and it is a trademark feature of the various incarnations of this particular RDA.
All in all this RDA is worth a look if you are someone who likes low Resistance builds because it really does offer superb flavour with that kind of setup and very impressive cloud production!
Many thanks to Grey Haze who sent this RDA to Planet of the Vapes for us to review. If you would like to purchase the Shado MGNT V.2 RDA you can get it directly from Grey Haze. Remember to use code POTV10 at the checkout for 10% off your purchase.
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