Hoberto Serrano of Hobo Customs is quickly becoming one of the major powerhouses of the vaping world. Not only has he now made 3 generations of the famous Hobo RDA, he also designed and produced one of the hottest Mods around, the HoBo-X DNA 200. Well Hoberto hasn’t rested on his laurels, instead secretly while still producing and fulfilling HoBo-X orders he found time for this absolute gem, the Hobo Drifter RDA. Some think of it as the Hobo RDA v4 but it is so much more than that…
It’s design thinking like this that makes you stop and wonder why it was never thought of or done before. From the outside it looks like a simple (but very beautiful) side airflow RDA, but the magic is on the inside (much like the NarDA). Hobo made a very simple yet extremely effective modification to the airflow design. The inner airflow slots are low and ramp up on a 45° angle, sitting the coil just above the top of the ramp allows for the coil to be hit from the side and the bottom simultaneously. This is the magic that produces some incredible flavour. Along with this unique airflow, Hobo has borrowed a little from the Snap Dragon RDA and designed the posts to be a clamp style that makes building a snap but also frees up space for larger coils in a smaller deck area. This basically reduces the chamber or really fills it with more coil and more cotton which just intensifies the whole equation. I will cut to the chase, this is a must own atty! There is nothing else like it on the market (although many are comparing it to the M-Atty, we have yet to review it, so we can’t comment yet). One little note, the finish is pretty delicate for 316, we had a little drop of the top cap on hardwood and it left a slight scuff, so be careful.
Yeah it’s $70 USD, so it’s not cheap. But the quality and value based on the quality of Vape, Flavour and Fit & Finish make it worth every penny. If you haven’t bought an authentic yet, this is the one to buy. It’s 316 Stainless Steel (the best), has incredibly accurate o-ring tolerances, comes with plenty of spares and a high quality allen key. But really it’s all about the design, it’s beautiful in its simplicity and functions so very well. It really is the perfect RDA right now, the perfect mix of form and function.
Building is extremely easy and satisfying thanks to the clamp style posts. Let’s be clear here though, Hobo didn’t just borrow the clamp design, they improved it. Simply secure your center post wire leads first and then angle your negative leads on a 45° angle so they clamp under the outer posts. It’s another beautiful bit of design, it basically auto centers your coils and gets the negative leads out of the way to make wicking easier to accomplish. You might fuss for the very first build, but after that you will wish all RDAs had decks like this. Another perk in the design is an anti-spin rounded rectangular center post. Our favourite build- 24awg, dual, 5 wrap, 3mm, spaced coils coming in at 0.2-0.25Ohms run at 53-60W. Warm, luscious vapor, oh so flavourful, heaven. Oh and another design perk, she pumps out the vapor, vapor production is very good, dense and lots of volume. Quick note, place your coils right to the very edge of the top of the ramp and about 1-1.5mm above it, this will give you the best chance of getting the airflow to envelope the coils.
Airflow is very good, accurate, and smooth. Wide open its almost a full lung hit, and still with plenty of flavour, but shut her down 1/3 to 1/2 and it’s flavour zone! A nice restricted lung hit with warmth, volume and flavour. The flavour is also very acute, you will be able to taste when the second your coils scream for more juice. The AFC is versatile, you can get a mouth-lung hit you are after, just up those ohms a bit. One little con, but not really, is that the airflow ramps direct the vapor down towards the top of your mod, so you will notice some condensation build up on the top of your mod (more than usual). It’s a little messy and you will find yourself wiping the top of your mod more than usual, but it’s more than a fair trade for the performance and flavour you get.
Wicking is a joy! Leave more length on your wick leads than you think, about 3-4mm past the deck, stuff them down and use a tool to get them sitting nicely to the edges of the juice well. You want air to be able to pass through the center of the juice well and up into your mouth. The juice wells are deep, we easily get 20+ drops in there. You get 10 or so glorious and long pulls between redrips.
The design is just so beautiful, so thoughtful, so perfect! You can drip through the included wide bore drip tip but you will find yourself pulling the top cap just so you can admire the craftsmanship. The Hobo Drifter has quickly become our absolute favourite RDA. They are easy to get too! Hobo Customs updates their inventory regularly on their newly designed website (it’s better). Every weekend seems to be the timeframe, so keep an eye out. They will also be hitting BMs later this month. This is an atty that needs to be experienced by all, even if you don’t like drippers, suck it up and get one. If you are a new vaper, buy one too, it’s easy to build and the flavour will have you looking for a replacement for a very long time. That’s it, it’s worth every penny. We give the closest we can to perfect, if it cost a little bit less it would be more than perfect. There really are no flaws or cons, stop reading this and go buy it!
- Flavour - 10/1010/10
- Vapor Production - 9.5/109.5/10
- Ease of Build - 10/1010/10
- Airflow - 10/1010/10
- Wicking - 10/1010/10
- Juice Capacity - 9.5/109.5/10
- Aesthetics - 10/1010/10
- Fit & Finish - 10/1010/10
- Materials - 10/1010/10
- Value - 8.5/108.5/10
- Phenomenal Flavour
- Gorgeous Clean Aesthetic
- High Quality Materials
- Incredible Fit & Finish (Awesome Tolerances)
- Unique, Yet Simple Design
- Easy to Build & Wick
- Great Conductivity
- Clamp Style Posts
- Great Juice Capacity (20+ Drops)
- Stays Reasonably Cool
- AFC with awesome Slanted/Ramped Airflow
- Bottom & Side Airflow to the Coils
- Single and Dual Coil Builds
- Anti-Spin Center Post
- Doesn't Leak
- Reduced Vapor Chamber
- No Spitback
- Reasonably Priced Authentic
- Awesome Customer Service
- Finish Scuffs Easily
- Slanted Airflow directs Vapor onto Your Mod Top (little messy)
- Drip Tip changes a little hard (thanks to awesome tolerances)