Times Vape are a Chinese company based in Shenzhen. They specialise in making RDAs and Mechanical MODs. Most notable The Dreamer.
A funny little story I wish to tell (you may have needed to be there). It was at the Vaper Expo UK – Birmingham 2018, it was the Friday evening after the show and beer was needed. I offered to take Stan and Nick to the nearest supermarket to stock up, though not the easiest of journeys we finally made it and went in. There was a hint of ‘foreigner in a new place’ about them, surely a supermarket is a supermarket? wherever you are in the world.
What was funny, as we picked out some beer … apparently Stan needed some ‘Old Dog’ (Newcastle Brown Ale) which we found and collecting some fine specimens to put in our basket two local teenagers walked past and noticed Stan’s and Nick’s not so local accents. The two teenagers became slightly overwhelmed that two Americans were in their shop! They acted as though they were famous (obviously they are) …. it was however very amusing, the two teenagers asking Stan and Nick to say things, almost letting out little squeals of joy as each of them spoke.
What comes in the box:
- 1 x 27mm Ardent RDA
- 2 x 810 Drip tips, 1 x Ultem and 1 x Frosted
- 1 x Screwdriver
- Spare O-Rings
- Spare Springs
- Spare Post Screws
- 1 x User Manual
Taking a look at the box
The Ardent RDA specifications:
- 27mm “Dripping” atomizer
- Unique spring loaded clamping system
- Smooth Honeycomb side, bottom airflow
- Deep Juice well
- Barrel lock system
- Remove-able 510 for direct to dreamer hybrid threading
The size of the device:
- Height – 43mm
- Width – 27mm
Taking a look at the device
Looking at the images below, the top cap has the name of the device engraved into it with the company logo on the opposite side. There are some large smooth notching on the neck of the top cap and a fairly shallow 810 drip tip. You can also see the ten holes honeycomb airflow, which is the same on both sides. Finally you can see the base of the RDA with the 510 connector with adjustable 510 pin. On the base you can see the name of the device, the designers name, warning symbols and serial number.
Looking at the images below we can take a look at the deck, a large deck it is too. The top two images show the posts, large arched clamps that are sprung loaded onto the posts. Each post/clamp having two flat headed screws which give a good distance.
Also you can see see three holes that help direct the airflow which can be lined up with the honeycomb on the top cap. If you look closely, directly above the middle hole you will a small catch that stands out. This piece stops the top cap from turning all the way around when adjusting the airflow.
In the final image you can see some coils that I have installed. Yes I know they are tiny, there were the only ones I had available at the time (please see further down for new coils installed). It does however show you how much room you have for a build.
Looking at the images below you can see one of the features of this device, by undoing and taking out the 510 connector pin the base of the RDA (which is threaded) will come off. This will allow for the RDA to screw directly onto The Dreamer making for a clean hybrid connection. I’m afraid that I don’t have The Dreamer to show you this. It does make it look very slick and I have been informed by a friend that it performs ‘excitingly well’.
The copper plated pin in the centre is the battery connection, this is reverse threaded if and when you want to take the RDA apart for cleaning. The bottom two images show the threading and the O-rings at the base of the RDA.
Thoughts and Conclusions
When I’m looking at an RDA one of the things I look at is the airflow. I like an RDA, when fully open to be too much for me. So when in general use I can have it shut off a little but I have the flexibility to open it up on occasion. This RDA certainly delivers on that front, with the directed airflow on to my coils I find that I’m not only getting some great flavour but also bucket loads of vapour too.
This a great looking RDA, but does size matter? I think so, there are so many positives from the RDA being the size that it is. First and foremost you can get some really beastly coils in this RDA. In the image below the coils I have put in are not small and you can see there is still plenty of room. The deck allows for the posts to be nicely spaced to allow me to drip juice right down the middle and the juice goes directly into the juice well. I find with some RDAs dripping juice down the middle I find it seems to get lost on the posts on its way down. I usually find myself having to remove the top cap for dripping with those types of RDA.
This RDA comes with a fairly large juice well, it does look bigger than it is, as you need to take into account that the airflow is fairly low in the base of the RDA. But there is ample space that will take a good amount of juice.
I think that the design of the posts are very clever, because of arch shape or V shape the coil legs are collected together and clamped evenly. However I did find putting coils in a little fiddly on occasion, the coil leg would get stuck on the inside of the clamp and needed a little coaxing – no real drama, but thought it needed pointing out.
I find the O-rings slightly loose and think that they will need replacing sooner than expected. Personally I quite like them like that, makes it much easier to use. Some RDA’s come with some O-rings that are so tight it is impossible to get the top cap off without some help.
Which kind of leads on to my final point. I think the ability to remove the base so that you make a flush hybrid fit to The Dreamer is an excellent idea and very innovative. However, could I get the base off? This thing would not budge, I had friends try, I checked the website to check if there were in fact two types of RDA and I had the one that didn’t come off. YES, I had taken the 510 pin out, before anyone says it.
It resulted in me using tools, I have two rubber wrenches which I brought into the shop to use on customers tanks when they couldn’t get the tank open or off a MOD – This happens a lot. With them being rubber they help get extra leverage without damaging the tanks.
With some work I may add, I finally got the base removed, phew!
I love this RDA just because of its versatility and it also performs extremely well. For me it is in regular use, I’ve actually been thinking about getting The Dreamer just so I can see its full potential. The trouble with the base removal is probably a one off as I haven’t heard of anyone else having the same trouble. What I do know is I believe that Stan seems to have a great eye for designing some fantastic vaping products. The most recent addition is the Keen Mech MOD, you should go and check it out, it is stunning. You will find that the Ardent RDA will sit comfortably on that one too, without removing the base.
- Great airflow
- Huge build deck
- Great arch clamp style
- Large juice well
- Innovative removable of base for hybrid connection to The Dreamer
- Did I mention the airflow?
- Some people might find the O-rings a little loose
- Removing the base plate was a little more trouble for me than I think it should be, hopefully a one off
If you require further information on Times Vape.
Here is a link to Stan’s channel Tenacious TX Vapes.
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I’d like to say thank you to Stan and Times Vape for giving me this RDA for review.
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