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Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Review / 1 Tiny but Effective Re-Buildable Coil

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Being the proud owner of several Voopoo Mods and Pods, I thought it was about time I purchased one of these little rebuild-able RBA coils. Where possible and of course if available, I always try to pick up a rebuild-able coil or deck that will fit the particular device I’m using just in case the stock coils further down the line become unavailable.

There is nothing more annoying than finding that your favorite tank or pod kit becomes unusable because you can no longer purchase stock coils for it. The beauty of these rebuild-able RBA coils is they are a direct replacement for the stock coils with the advantage that they are re-usable.

Instead of throwing away the stock coil once it has reached the end of life, you simply unscrew it and replace the coil wire and wick in the RBA coil and you’re good to go again. As long as the RBA coil doesn’t break, you can keep using it over and over.

Of course there is another advantage of using an RBA coil; it’s a lot cheaper than keep buying stock coils as a spool of wire and wick will last you years.

Anyway, onto the review in question…the Voopoo PnP RBA Coil.

Overview

The Voopoo PnP RBA coil is a direct replacement for the stock PnP coils used in the following Voopoo devices.

  • Vinci and Vinci 2
  • Vinci X and Vinci X2
  • Drag S
  • Drag X
  • Drag Max
  • Argus / Argus Pro / Argus GT / Argus Air

I may have missed a few devices BUT, if your mod/pod takes the Voopoo push fit PnP coils then this RBA coil will fit and will work in the device you have.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil in Blister Pack

It’s exactly the same size as the stock PnP coils, fits in exactly the same way, with the advantage that it’s rebuild-able. The top of the RBA coil unscrews to reveal a small post less build deck where you fit your own wire/coil, wick it up and prime. Screw the top back on, insert the RBA coil into your pod, fill it up with e-liquid and away you go.

I will be honest and say it’s small; in fact it’s tiny and fiddly but once you get the hang of building on it you should get the same if not better performance from it as you would with a stock coil.

My disclaimer is if your eyesight it not great or your fingers are like sausages, you will struggle!

Read on and find out just what we thought.

As always this review is completely unbiased and is my honest opinion based on my findings while using the Voopoo PnP RBA Coil. We may receive a small affiliate commission if you click on the buy button but at no extra cost to yourself.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Review


Contents

Features and Specifications


  • Dimensions: 18.5mm (L) x 11mm (D)
  • Weight: 4.38 grams (including coil)
  • Construction: Food Grade Stainless Steel
  • Build Deck: Two Post-less Terminals
  • Coil Configuration: Single Coil
  • Coil Fix: Flathead Screw x 2
  • Fitting Method: Push Fit

What’s in the box?


Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Whats In The Box
Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Spares
  • Voopoo PnP RBA Coil
  • 0.6 ohm Pre-Built Coil
  • Bag of Cotton Wick
  • Spare Flathead Deck Screw
  • Spare 0-Rings
  • Coiling Tool
  • Flathead Screwdriver

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil / Design and Appearance


Voopoo PnP RBA Coil View 1
Voopoo PnP RBA Coil View 2

The Voopoo PnP RBA coil is the exact same size as the stock PnP push fit coils. It’s a two part assembly where the top section unscrews to reveal the re-buildable deck. The RBA doesn’t come assembled so you do have to fit the included 0.6 ohm coil and wick it prior to use.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Screw View

There are two wicking ports on the sides of the RBA body, each one next to the angled entry of the two flat head screws that secure the coil in the deck. These screws are small and it does take a little patience to unscrew then tighten when the coil is fitted.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil with Top Section Removed

Two O-rings are fitted to the RBA coil, one in the top of the removable top section and another around the bottom section of the RBA body, both to ensure the e-liquid seal.

The finish of the RBA coil is gold colored with red O-rings and “Voopoo” and “PnP RBA” printed on the removable top section.

With the top section unscrewed and removed, the build deck is then visible giving access to the post less deck. This removable top section is threaded but only takes about 1 full turn to fully unscrew. The threads are small so do be careful not to strip the threads.

Build Deck

The PnP RBA coil deck is a post less design and will only facilitate a single coil build. Because of its small deck size you will only be able to fit coils which are approximately 2mm in diameter with around 6-8 wraps.

If you’re intending to build your own coils, I would start at around 28AWG and see how you get on. Coils any bigger than this you will be in danger of the coil hitting the sides of the top section once it’s screwed back into position. If this happens you will short the coil out against the RBA case.

The included 0.6 ohm coil is a good sized gauge for the coils you can build.

Fitting the Supplied 0.6 ohm Coil


Voopoo PnP RBA Coil In Tool Jig

The PnP RBA Coil kit comes supplied with a 0.6 ohm pre-built coil. I would suggest trying this coil first to see how you get on with the fitting of it and the performance achieved from the coil. After that you can experiment with different coils and wicking techniques if you want.

Place this coil in the coil tooling jig first to aid the fitting process. Trim the coil legs so once fitted in the deck the coil sits just above the coil deck. Allow a little extra height so you can slightly twist the coil so the two open ends of the coil are nearer to the two wicking ports.

My first attempt of fitting the coil worked but wasn’t ideal, the open ends of the coil were opposed to the wicking ports. Twisting the coil slightly meant that when wicking, the cotton wasn’t at right angles to the wicking ports.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Fitted with Jig

Secure the coil using the supplied screwdriver passed through the angled screw slots. Position the coil so you are happy that it’s sitting correctly and tighten the screws again. DON’T over-tighten the screws in case you strip the threads.

Once you’ve fitted the coil, remove the coil tooling jig and screw the top section in place. Do NOT fit the wick in at this stage. Place the RBA coil in the pod so you can dry burn the coil by pulsing the power to ensure the coil glows evenly.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Fitted View 1
Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Fitted View 2

If there are any hotspots, disassemble the RBA and gentle scrape a non-metallic tool across the windings and then repeat the dry burning process. Once you’re happy that the coil glows evenly, remove the RBA coil and proceed to fit the cotton wick.

Of course building your own coils is the real advantage of using this RBA coil and can produce good results. Experimenting with different coil builds is great fun but can be a bit hit and miss. Do use our Coil Wrap Calculator to help you identify the number of wraps needed to produce a given resistance of coil.

Wicking Your Fitted Coil


The PnP RBA Coil kit comes supplied with a small bag of cotton to get you started. Alternatively you can use your own wicking material if you prefer.

Cut off a small strip of cotton and lightly roll it between your fingers. Compress one end of the cotton so you can pass it through the coil. The cotton should move within the coil with a little resistance; not too tight that it jams and not too loose that it doesn’t touch the coil wire.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Being Wicked
Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Being Wicked 2

Leave approximately 1 inch (20mm) of cotton either side of the coil and cut off the excess. The length of the cotton ends has to be long enough for the cotton to reach inside the wicking ports.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Wicked

Fluff up the ends of the cotton and gentle push them down into the wicking ports. Don’t compress the cotton too much otherwise your e-liquid won’t be able to freely soak into the cotton.

Voopoo PnP RBA E-Liquid on Wick and Coil

Drip a few drops of e-liquid onto the cotton and into the wicking ports and re-fit the top section of the RBA coil. This will help saturate the cotton before you’re ready to first use the RBA coil. The process of dripping e-liquid onto the cotton is called “Priming” and is always a good practice to follow.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Fully Built

Lastly, fit the RBA coil into your pod, fill the pod up with your e-liquid and leave to stand for approx. 10-15 minutes before you start to vape.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil / Performance


I will be blatantly honest and say that my first couple of attempts at positioning the coil and wicking was not great. While it vaped ok, the performance didn’t match that of my stock PnP coils.

Be patient and Do tweak with your build and you Will be happy with the end results.

Once I repositioned the coil off center to the deck terminals, this allowed the cotton to sit easier with less restriction into the wicking ports. Also I found that a little less cotton improved the performance in terms of both flavor and vapor.

While using the RBA coil, I kept with my 50/50 e-liquid mix and maintained a similar power level to that which I use with the stock Voopoo coils. I used the RBA coil in the pods on my Voopoo Vinci X2 and Voopoo Drag X Plus, both of which performed well.

Flavor and vapor improved once the coil and wick had bedded in after about a pod full of e-liquid. I won’t say the RBA coil is any better than the stock coils BUT it is a good alternative when you don’t have any stock coils at hand.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Price


I purchased the Voopoo RBA Coil kit from Ubervape for £4.99. Other suppliers like Vape Club are a similar price too. Considering the cost is only slightly more than a single stock coil, it really is worth having one or two of these as backups.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Verdict


Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Review Verdict

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • RBA replacement for PnP stock coils
  • Performance is pretty good
  • Comes with tools and spares

Cons

  • It’s TINY
  • It’s FIDDLY

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Summary


The Voopoo PnP RBA Coil is a great little addition to have if you want to build your own coils in your device that takes stock coils. Obviously this RBA will only fit in the specified Voopoo devices to replace the stock Voopoo PnP coils.

The included coil and wick, together with the RBA coil and spare parts, for the price make this worthwhile having even if used as a backup when the stock coils are not available.

Voopoo PnP RBA Coil Completed

While it is re-buildable, I will say it is TINY and can be difficult to fit the coil and wick. A steady hand and good eyesight is needed. I definitely needed a magnifier to see what I was doing.

Performance in terms of flavor and vapor was ok although you do have to persevere with the build and wicking to achieve results similar to the stock coils.

Of course there are dedicated RBA’s and RTA’s out there that will produce better results but at the end of the day, this is a good alternative to use in your Voopoo devices that take the PnP coils if rebuilding is your thing.


Hope you enjoyed this review on the Voopoo PnP RBA Coil and found it useful. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to leave us a comment below.

If you do purchase one, please do drop us a comment and let us know how you’re getting on with it.

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