Voopoo Rune RDA | Review

By | October 29, 2018
VooPoo Rune RDA Review

VooPoo Rune RDA

VooPoo is mostly known for their mods, especially after the massive success of the Drag.

They have released one RDA before, the Demon but that didn’t seem to entirely take off.

The second entry into the market, the Rune RDA looks far more impressive. It features a postless deck with unique bottom airflow and an 810 resin drip tip.

It’s available in 6 colors; Silver, Gold, Black, S-black, S-blue, and Rainbow.

The Good

Good build quality, nice postless deck, innovative airflow, extremely deep juice well, good flavor production.

The Bad

Not the most wide open airflow and can be a little noisy.

The Bottom Line

The Rune is an extremely solid RDA, which is very impressive considering it’s only VooPoo’s second attempt. It has a decent postless deck and unique airflow design that work really well for a restricted DTL vape. It can be a little noisy with the airflow but produces very good flavor.

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Specs

  • 24.6mm Diameter
  • Four-Terminal Postless Style Build Deck
  • Side Mounted Flathead Screws
  • Stainless Steel Plated Deck and Screws
  • 12mm Deep Juice Well
  • Dual Port Bottom Feed
  • Interchangeable Squonk Pin
  • Adjustable Side Airflow
  • Four Bottom Air Ports
  • Two Per Side
  • 4mm Wide Each
  • Gold Plated 510 Contact
  • 810 Resin Drip Tip
  • 510 Drip Tip Adapter

In the Box

  • 1 x RUNE RDA
  • 1 x 510 Adapter Ring
  • 3 x Seal Ring
  • 1 x Stainless Steel Hex Socket Screw
  • 3 x Slotted Screw
  • 1 x Slotted Screwdriver
  • 1 x Hex Screwdriver
  • 1 x User Manual
Design8.3
VooPoo Rune RDA

The Rune RDA has all the ingredients to be an impressive RDA by its design.

There’s a raised postless deck, unique dual bottom airflow, and substantial juice wells making it suitable for both dripping and squonking.

The Rune is 24.6mm in diameter and comprises of 4 sections, the build deck, main chamber, top cap and 810 resin drip tip.

VooPoo Rune RDA

Style

The VooPoo Rune is one of those strange RDA’s that you look at and sometimes think it’s nice looking, and other times not so much.

It’s a large RDA, so it’s hard not to notice certain aspects of its design, like the steps between the main chamber to the top cap, to the drip tip.

I understand why they’ve designed it this way, as it seems the top cap acts as a kind of heatsink to the main stainless steel chamber, which does get quite hot during vaping, It also makes it easier to remove the top cap to check your build or drip. However, it’s not the most appealing overall look.

I do like the subtle engraved VooPoo branding on the main chamber, and the Runic inscription pattern across the circumference of the top cap, which gives it some character.

So it’s not the most attractive of RDAs, but certainly won’t look out of place on most mods, and there are plenty of color options to pick from.

VooPoo Rune RDA

Build Quality

The build quality of the Rune is very good, especially as it’s only VooPoo’s second RDA.

All of the Stainless Steel construction feels solid, and the threading on the 510 pin is nice and smooth. The gold-plated BF pin also feels very sturdy.

The tolerances of the O-rings on the base of the deck and the top cap are spot on, not too tight or too loose.

VooPoo Rune RDA

Innovation

The Rune certainly features some form of innovation in the way they have integrated the postless deck and airflow.

Although there’s unquestionably some inspiration taken from other RDAs, as always seems to be the case nowadays.

The way the coils sit in the postless deck, with the airflow coming in from the bottom and traveling up tubes is much like the Vandy Vape Phobia.

But the four adjustable airflow holes (created by the top cap) and the way the airflow tubes divide into two separate airflow slots, pointing in different directions is unique.

Build Deck8.0
VooPoo Rune RDA

The build on the Rune RDA at first appearance may look somewhat alien, but it is just a standard postless deck.

You have two terminals on either side of the deck to place you coil legs down vertically. Then there are two flathead screws on the outer side of the base, the screws are good quality, but I would’ve like to have seen some hex screws as spares.

Postless decks are not the easiest for beginners to get used to, as you have to be aware of what length you need to cut your coil legs for best positioning. I found that leaving around 5mm coil legs seemed to work just fine.

Once you’ve tightened down your coil legs, it’s relatively easy to maneuver the coil around, so it sits above the second flat airflow hole, with the angled slot facing the outer underside of the coil also.

With the coil in this position, it also means there is plenty of clearing to where the chamber and top cap sit over the deck, so you’ll avoid any shorting.

It’s not a small build deck, so you do have plenty of room to place sizeable inner diameter coils inside, but due to the nature of the airflow and the positioning of the slots, I think 3-4mm ID coils with thicker wire will work best.

VooPoo Rune RDA

Wicking

The Rune has absolutely huge juice wells on either side of the build deck, measuring around 12mm deep.

There are even two indents further down in the well to lay your cotton in to, so wicking it really couldn’t be easier.

VooPoo Rune RDA

Squonking

The Rune has a bidirectional juice port raised from the base of the deck that sits dead center.

The juice flows perfectly to each well, but due to the juice port being raised it will only draw excess liquid back if you really over squonk.

And over squonking doesn’t become an issue with the Rune.

Firstly, the juice wells being so vast can hold a lot of cotton, which will inevitably soak up most excess juice.

Secondly, the airflow holes are also extremely raised from the deck, so it would take quite a bit to get the juice go down them.

VooPoo Rune RDA

Airflow

The Rune is a bottom airflow RDA with one large angled air hole on either side of the base.

Then the main cap or chamber has two 4mm wide square air holes on each side. They too have slightly angled edges to them.

This enables quite a bit of diversity when it comes to airflow options, and you can close it right down to get a very restricted DTL vape.

The main cap as an AFC control is really easy to adjust, as you are just turning the whole cap. It has stoppers either side so it won’t spin freely, which also makes it easier to slot it in position and remove the RDA from your device.

As I mentioned before the O-rings have good tolerances, so it holds well in place.

Performance8.6
VooPoo Rune RDA

I was actually really impressed with the performance of the Rune RDA.

It may not be the best cloud chucking RDA or the most intense flavor producer, and the build deck isn’t the easiest to work with. But overall it still does an excellent job at all of those aspects.

You could potentially use it as a single coil setup, but that’s not really what it’s designed for, so stick to a dual coil.

I would say those looking for a slightly restricted DTL experience from a dual coil RDA will get the best out of the Rune.

VooPoo Rune RDA

Flavor

The Rune RDA does produce very good flavor, it’s maybe not quite the best on the market but is in the upper echelons.

As with most dual coil RDAs though, it really comes down to the build you’ve used.

The Rune is not suited to a lot of wraps or small ID coils, and I got best results with fused Claptons with around 3.5-4mm ID.

The flavor is definitely there with this RDA; it’s just a little less forgiving than some others on the market.

VooPoo Rune RDA

Airflow

I thought the airflow was going to be a little turbulent and have a whistle to it because of the way the airflow is split.

Surprisingly it is actually fairly smooth and enjoyable, although it can be a little noisy especially with one hole closed off.

The Rune is not going to provide an extremely wide open draw like the Bonza; it’s a little more restricted than that.

I think it actually works best as a restricted DTL vape with the airflow closed down a touch, as the flavor comes through and it’s a more saturated vape.

Likes

  • Good Build Quality
  • Extremely deep juice wells
  • Difficult to over drip or squonk
  • Good postless deck
  • Easy to adjust airflow
  • Decent flavor production
  • Easy wicking
  • Top cap remains fairly cool
  • 810 resin drip tip and 510 adapter
  • O-rings have decent resistance
  • Lots of color options

Dislikes

  • Not the most open of airflows
  • Airflow can be noisy

Verdict

The Rune RDA ended up performing a lot better than I anticipated it would.

The airflow is reasonably smooth, and it produces excellent flavor if you get the build right.

It may not have the most eye-catching aesthetics, but it does have very good build quality.

I really like the fact that VooPoo tried to do something different with the airflow, and this combined with the considerable juice wells make it absolutely ideal for squonking.

It’s not ideally suited to those looking for a really wide open vape, as the airflow is a little restricted. It works best with medium wattages builds and a slightly restricted DTL.

Overall it’s a very good dual coil RDA, and one that I’d certainly recommend if the style of it suits you.

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