The first Cthulhu RTA was one of the best on the market, tons of flavour and an easier build than most of the competition. Well the v2 is here and it’s a completely new beast! It’s time for an upgrade!
Cthulhu mod has done it again, they have designed an RTA like no other and it is much improved over the v1. Build quality is more refined (not that v1 was bad) and it’s unbelievable but the Flavour is better too!
It’s a complicated design for sure, it has a lot of parts and some we don’t find necessary. There is a little ring that secures your wicks and we find it actually hinders wicking, so we suggest not using it. The Juice Flow Control seems unnecessary as well, most of us use MaxVG juices and you will find that you need it wide open so it sort of defeats the purpose. It’s not that easy to spin either, it does have some of the cleanest nicest looking knurling we have ever seen but it’s hard to turn and it leaves a tiny gap (when full open or closed) making the appearance not as clean as it could be. It’s a tall atty and we think getting rid of the Juice Flow Control and shorter Top Fill cap could make this a much tighter device (this would shed somewhere around 20mm maybe more!).
We have noticed that if you over fill it will leak a little (just when filling) out the AFC, maybe closing the Juice Flow Control would eliminate this but it’s a lot of effort for a filling procedure. Top filling does work quite well though and the top threads are much improved from the v1. We found if you leave about 1-2mm of space before the metal top cap (basically right to the bottom of the o-ring) you get the best vacuum and no leaking.
Building is very easy thanks to the Velocity style build deck! This and the Steam Crave SC200 RDTA are the first to bring this innovation to RTAs, and it’s just awesome! It makes building and setting your coils a breeze. We have noticed that setting your wicks is a bit finicky, we found that making sure you don’t fill the wicking channels (so trim down your ends so it only fills the channels about 1/2 to 2/3) to full and ending you wicks where the wick ring would sit works best (again don’t bother with the wick ring). So what build should you use? We tried a few and found that 0.3 Ohm and above performs best. And not only that we get the best results from spaced coils, we really are beginning to believe you get the best flavour from spaced coils. So the best build we have found is a 26 ga, 2mm, 6 wrap spaced dual coil build coming in at 0.3 Ohms run at 55-60W is the build to beat. It gives you a warm, dry hit proof build that you can pull on as long as you like. Maybe thats it too, we like to pull for at 2-3 secs and some builds just can’t keep up.
Flavour is down right amazing. Rich and thick and you will be able to taste all the undertones in your juice. Build it right and you can run the thickest juices you can find. The juice capacity is great, 5ml and it last at least a couple of hours. So enjoy the flavour and performance of a sub-ohm Clearomizer without the juice sucking qualities.
Airflow us much improved, smoother and more versatile. Wide open it’s a lot more that the v1 and this allows for more vapor production too. But where Flavourchasing is concerned we find 1/3 to 1/4 open get you the best taste. This setting also aligns better with the internal airflow ports and gives a more satisfying hit in our opinion. The AFC ring could use a bit more resistance, it’s a little too loose (it doesn’t wobble) and hard to get at (thanks to the Juice Flow Control above it). It does seem to keep it’s setting though.
Overall it’s an awesome RTA and we totally think you need to grab one right away. We would give it a perfect rating if it was a tad smaller, lost the Juice Flow Control, and didn’t have so many pieces. We have to hand it to Cthulhu Mod for their engineering abilities. It has a ton of fresh thinking but it still needs a little ironing out, they may have done too much too fast. We worry that the many parts and slightly finicky build may scare some of you off. The goal now should be to take all this great thinking and make it a fool proof build every time (it currently isn’t for the novice, but maybe that’s not their target). If your willing to play with it, it will offer you a very good vape (not to say it’s that hard to get right).
CTHULHU V2 RTA
- Flavour - 8.5/108.5/10
- Ease of Build - 9/109/10
- Airflow - 9.5/109.5/10
- Wicking - 8/108/10
- Juice Capacity - 9.5/109.5/10
- Aesthetics - 9/109/10
- Fit & Finish - 8.5/108.5/10
- Materials - 9/109/10
- Value - 10/1010/10
- Great Flavour
- Great Build Quality
- Improved Threads over v1
- Very Good Vapor Production
- 2 Build Decks (Single & Dual)
- Velocity style Build Deck
- Tons of Juice Capacity (5ml)
- Large Juice Channels
- Wide Open AFC
- Silky Smooth Airflow
- Easy Build
- Dual & Single Builds (Different Decks)
- Lasts along time between fills
- Tons of Spare Parts
- 2 Drip Tips
- Juice Flow Control
- Access to Build with Full Tank
- Top Filling
- Affordable Authentic
- Can leak a little if over filled (when refilling only)
- Wicking is a bit finicky
- The AFC is a little loose (keeps it setting though)
- Lots of Pieces (a bit over engineered)
- Taller than it needs to be
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