A Dripper Without Equals? Geekvape Peerless Rda Special Edition
Geekvape has just released the Peerless RDA Special Edition. While the original Peerless RDA had an anodized aluminum body, the Special Edition is constructed out of 304 stainless steel. Single and dual coil airflow control are well catered for, with 9 staggered holes on each side, which can be progressively tapered off. The deck is identical to the original Peerless RDA: a split central post design with four large post holes, and two smaller ones for single wire coils. Gone is the acrylic top cap/drip tip. Instead, the kit comes with two 810 drip tips, one in ULTEM, the other in Delrin. The gold-plated 510 pin can be removed and replaced with the included squonk pin. The Peerless RDA features a 9.5 mm deep juice well, the deepest I've seen on an RDA.
I've seen the Peerless RDA Special Edition selling online for under $27 (https://vapesourcing.com/geekvape-peerless-rda-special-edition.html ). Let's take a closer look and see what makes the update to the original worthy of note…
Gary previewed the original Peerless RDA way back… in March this year. It didn't take Geekvape long to react to feedback from the vaping community before the Special Edition was launched. You may wonder if manufacturers are using their customers as R&D freelancers: releasing products only to push tweaked versions a few months later. On the other hand, it's good to see Geekvape responding to feedback and making some logical changes to the design. This review deals with the Peerless RDA Special Edition, but functionality will be almost the same on the original Peerless RDA . The main differences are build material, and the top cap / drip tip. Oh, and the price. The Peerless Special Edition sells for about $5 more than the original.
I like the packaging that the Peerless Special Edition comes in. The atty is clearly displayed, and the paper tab lifts up and out of the box to reveal the extras bag, tri-tool, and extra Delrin drip tip. Two 810 drip tips – it feels like Geekvape added an extra in the wrong place (we needed an 810 drip tip included in the Ammit 25 !) but it's your choice between Delrin and ULTEM. The user manual is brief and cursory, but comes in eight languages.
The Peerless Special Edition has a certain heft to it, certainly more so than its aluminum predecessor. The outer wall of the RDA is 1.5 mm thick at the base. It's slightly stiff to open but once juiced up a little, the parts have good tolerances to them, and everything moves and fits as it should. The airflow control ring is adjusted by twisting the uppermost part of the top cap just below the drip tip. I'd like to see some knurling for extra grip here.
Taking a look at the deck, the first thing I noticed was how ridiculously deep the juice wells are. 9.5 mm at their deepest point! At 24 mm across, I was able to get about 1.25 mL of juice into the RDA (before wicking). Because there's no bottom-fed airflow, you can pretty much fill this one up without a care in the world. A channel at the bottom of the deck connects the juice reservoirs on either side.
But airflow there is – and it's fed from the sides. You have 9 staggered holes on either side of the Peerless which can be progressively tapered off, and can be configured for either single or dual-coil use.
As to the coils you use, the Peerless is versatile. The split post design has six holes which you can work with depending on size. The larger post holes are 7 mm wide by 2 mm high; the smaller ones are 4 mm by 1 mm. The heat-treated titanium hex screws are tightened from above to hold your build in place.
How you position your coils will impact on the restrictiveness of the airflow. I'd suggest aligning the top of the coils will the uppermost post screws – that way they're in line with the airflow holes.
For this review, I've been vaping with some Fused Clapton coils from Runny Nose Vapes, 0.25 ohm in dual-coil and 0.48 ohm in single-coil mode. Cotton used is Japanese organic wicks from Unicorn Hair, 3 mm diameter. The juice is Emoji e-liquids Watermelon Gummy, 0 nic.
The good and the great:
Given how large the juice reservoir on the Peerless is, it's almost like an RDTA without a window. I drip until the cotton is saturated and the reservoir is full – no small task, as I count about 30 drops until it's done.
One of my favorite features of the Peerless RDA is the airflow. You have a lot of options here, from a restrictive lung hit for lower-wattage flavor vaping, all the way up to wide-bore airflow for genuine cloud chasing. This gives the Peerless a versatility that other RDAs lack. It's hard to say what I prefer – but the important thing is that the Peerless can do it all. Even with the airflow closed 2/3, it's still getting enough air to prevent dry hits at 70 – 100 W.
It's not just about airflow either. The top cap has a rounded profile on the inside, so flavor tends to get concentrated. Vaping with high-VG juices is cloudy indeed.
The deck has something for everyone and I love the fact I can drip without worrying about wicking and leaks. Stacking coil leads on top of each other inside one post hole didn't work for me; give your leads each their own separate hole, even if it means a little extra bending.
A couple minor irks, not much to fault here. Although the stainless-steel body is undoubtedly an improvement on the aluminum predecessor, vaping on this at higher wattages means it will get hot. The thickness of the metal also means the Peerless retains heat, and takes a while to cool down.
Single coil mode works a treat, but the Peerless comes into its own as a dual-coil RDA.
I'd really like to see some knurling, or even a little engraving, to help with the airflow control. The sleek profile is great and all, but it can be a pain to adjust airflow – especially when toasty. On the other hand, all moving parts fit snugly, and I haven't noticed any wear on the o-rings.
The 810 drip tip feels a little skinny to me. The inner diameter of 10 mm is fine, but I'm referring to the 2.5 mm thickness. This is only an issue when vaping over 120 W, where even the ULTEM gets overly hot. Are burnt lips the price you have to pay for vaping pleasure?
The Peerless RDA Special Edition may just be a small tweak to the original design. But either way, this is a great RDA to have in the collection. The sheer versatility of it – an easy-to-use deck, juice wells for days, flavor and vapor, and even a squonking pin – make this the one-stop-shop of RDAs for me. The airflow runs the gamut from restrictive to wide open. It looks great too. Run this at mid-wattage for a flavorful vape, or go high – just be aware that chain vaping at 150 W is going to get very hot.