The NarDA, or the NarMods Dripping Atomizer, is one of the most sought after, more highly revered flavour attys on the market. They are hard to acquire, aren’t cheap, and seem to be not that different looking than most other RDAs. It took us some serious patience and a lot of F5 wars (webpage refreshing) to get one. So what makes these attys so special? It’s all in the design thinking…
At first glance, they seem deceivingly simple. This is where the beauty lies, Nareg Tatian (the creator/owner) had tapped into some thinking that seems so simple, yet no one else has tried (or done well). The secret is the dual airflow hitting the coils in the perfect spot in the perfect way. It creates outstanding flavour that (thanks to the simple build deck) is easy to replicate every time. The tear dropped airflow with the concave sections help direct the airflow directly at the coil with incredible accuracy, and your wick leads help further by blocking the rest of the dead space in the vapor chamber. Basically it all leads to crisp clean flavour with a depth to it like nothing we have tasted before.
We had high expectations and they were met, we have never waited for an atty to arrive like we did for our NarDA. And to be honest, the first impression on the first build wasn’t good. This atty is constantly seen, lovingly displayed on every high end mod you can think of all over the web and social channels. Most of these Mods are DNA40s which had us believe this was a high ohm, low watt building atty, and that just doesn’t seem to be the case. Don’t get us wrong, this is a flavour atty all the way, but she loves the power. That’s not saying you need a super low build with tons of watts, it’s more that whatever you build you need to account for a sweet spot of about 4.3V, our first builds were designed or run much lower and the flavour was good but not incredible. But the second we realized our mistake (thanks Peter for giving us a helping hand) it’s been nothing but flavour nirvana! The NarDA is the best flavour and vapor quality atty we have ever experienced. The dual airflow creates some pretty dense, glorious clouds, nothing a cloud chaser would go nuts for, but for us flavourchasers it’s damn good (so good in fact we added a new rating criteria, ‘Vapor Production’) .
The materials and build quality are outstanding, it’s not a heavy atty but it’s rock solid. The o-ring and drip tip tolerances are incredible, they are very accurate to almost to a point of annoyance. They are tight, and we have experienced some trouble with the matted finish version we acquired, the top cap can be hard to get on at times. Keeping it lubed with juice and putting it on with the outer airflow holes perpendicular to the internal airflow posts then twisting into final position works best. It’s getting better overtime as the o-rings wear in, it really is more of a testament to the milling accuracy more than a con.
Building on this deck is a pleasure. We think it’s easy for the more experienced builder, it’s not that it’s a difficult deck, it’s more that you need to be good at spinning a coil and manipulating your leads (which have nothing to do with the atty or its design). If you can handle spinning a coil and then bend your leads to point out parallel to the coil you will have not an ounce of building trouble. The oversized screw heads are a securing dream, simply place your leads under the head and tighten down, no wrapping around, or fitting into a hole or groove. Nothing is too tight or hard to manage. Our current favourite build is a 3mm, 24awg, 4 wrap spaced coil, coming it at 0.35 Ohms, run straight with an X wick run at 50W. It’s unbelievable flavour with just the amount of warmth we like (pretty warm). That 4.3V magic sweet spot seems to be what matters, so build what you like an dial in those volts (it really comes down to what warmth and battery life you are looking for). We have tried the angled build as well (last 3 pics in the gallery), it’s popular with Clapton builds (gives you a bit more room for your build), it produces fine flavour too, but feel the straight build (coil hit straight on by both airflow channels) is best.
Airflow is pretty great wide open. With the build we run it’s a perfect balance, a nice slightly restricted lung hit. The NarDA does have an AFC, but this is where the only real con comes up for us, it can be a little loud and even whistle at some apertures when closing it down. It seems to be an unavoidable dilemma based on the design, the dual airflow channels are directly across from each other, closing them down are going to cause an airflow resistance enough to make it whistle. Maybe some bevelling will help, maybe not (might screw with the killer simple design aesthetic too). But to be honest with the flavour so incredible and the ability to build it so it functions well fully open, who cares.
Wicking is pretty perfect, and with the flavour dialled in like it is, you can taste it going dry way before you get a true dry hit. Leaning to split the wick lead and placing it in an X shape is pretty easy and becomes second nature pretty fast. We have noticed that the NarDA loves her juice, it goes quick. The juice capacity is decent for the design, somewhere around 15-20 drops, but that only buys you about 7 glorious long flavourful hauls before it’s time to redrip. So you might go throw more juice with this atty but you will have a great time doing it (it’s the dual airflow hitting that coil, it’s high air volume sucking that juice and producing that flavour and vapor quality)!
So is it worth the trouble, time, and expense to get a NarDA?
Hell yes it is! Sure, $100 is pretty steep for an atty, and to be fair we graded it as such, but, and a big but, there is nothing else out there like a NarDA. So value becomes pretty relative, right? The NarDA truly is the one dripper you could own and nothing else, we know many vapers that have done just that, cleared their collection of all other RDAs. So with that in mind, and the unbelievable flavour/vapor experience we would be crazy not to tell you to do everything in your power to secure your own. Get one as soon as you can, it will change your vapelyfe forever.
Hopefully we don’t hear trouble for this, but we have noticed that NarMods releases anywhere from 70-a couple hundred a month on their website and it’s usually just after office hours (PST) on Fridays or Weekends so keep your eye out on their site, you may just luck out! Buy all the awesome accessories if you want them, but you don’t need them (it’s awesome stock).
- Flavour - 10/1010/10
- Vapor Production - 9.5/109.5/10
- Ease of Build - 10/1010/10
- Airflow - 9.5/109.5/10
- Wicking - 10/1010/10
- Juice Capacity - 9/109/10
- Aesthetics - 10/1010/10
- Fit & Finish - 10/1010/10
- Materials - 10/1010/10
- Value - 7/107/10
- Awesome, Incredibly Clean Flavour (tons of Depth to it)
- Striking Clean Design Aesthetic
- Very Condensed Vapor Chamber
- Outstanding Vapor Production
- Outstanding Fit & Finish
- Amazing O-ring Tolerances
- High Quality Materials
- Innovative Airflow/Deck Design
- Great Conductivity
- Easy to Build
- Great Screws (large heads secure wire easily)
- Great Wicking
- Leak Proof
- Dope Packaging
- Lots of Spares included
- Amazing Customer Service
- AFC is a little loud (can whistle at certain apertures)
- The Matte Finish can make the top cap a challenge to get on (make sure to lube with juice and it gets better with wear)
- Atty gets pretty warm (depends on build and mod settings)
- Spitback can be an issue
- Changing Drip Tips can be challenging (thanks to the outstanding tolerances)
- Drinks the Juice (thanks to the high dual airflow, but the flavour!)