Hi Folks, We have something a little different from the Wotofo camp, and I have to say this RDA is a breath of fresh air incorporating design inspirations from Japanese reviewer Ryusei Sakaue. What is the Elder Dragon and who is Ryujin exactly? Interestingly he forms one of the 8 dragon kings originally imported from Indian mythology via China and Korea. In Japanese Culture Ryujin (or Ryu-O) is the Dragon King and master of serpents. He is responsible for the tides and is also said to enter into people dreams the moment before they wake up. The thing is snakes are also associated with death which plays into his role as bringer of storms and rain. I guess the best way to summarise his importance to the Japanese as a sea faring nation would be; Ryujin represents the nature of the sea, and it’s capability to bring both life and death. Other than the name you will also see other important symbology elements drawn into the RDA for instance the Tai Chi: Ying and Yang fish symbol on the base; representing heaven and earth in perfectly balanced energy. Then there’s the Pagoda tiered building for its overall look. The Pagoda happens to be one of my favourite architecture designs, commonly seen throughout East Asia. The roots of this type of structure can be traced back to India again and the “Stupa” which originated in 3 BCE….I mention this because Wotofo describes it as a Pagoda for everyone on their home page…but I don’t see the Pagoda design, rather the Stupa Building (look it up to see what I mean)… and what’s more this architecture style plays into my inner SCI-FI and Steampunk nerd in terms of its futuristic “almost robotic look”. If you get the chance check out some of the works from my favourite artists in this camp (Matt Dixon and Brian Despain) for their small robot creations and you’ll get exactly what I mean with how I picture this cheeky little chappy. So without further ado and in honour bound tradition, Wotofo sent me the Ryujin RDA for the once over. I don’t like to make recommendations in my reviews, instead I provide you with all my findings should you be interested in the product, in the hope it helps bolster your research. (Please note: photos appear normal size when logged in) RDA Specification Overview & What’s in the box Visible Height: 29.6 mm with drip tip Diameter: 22mm at the base (extends to 24mm at widest point) Well Depth: 8mm Thread length 4.08mm - 4.6mm (gold plated positive pin...see review notes on this range) Construction: 304 Stainless Steel, PC and Resin Drip Tip, Peek Insulators Drip tip 810: Visible Height 7.85 mm x Width 14mm (Tapered Bore 6mm > 7.5mm) Airflow: 4 holes each 2mm Diameter. Space for coil diameter: 5.8mm Post distance for coil width: 5.5 mm Deck diameter: 20mm Extras: Cotton, Framed Staples (N80), Spare drip tip, Screwdriver, Allen key, 510 adaptor, 2 spare screws, O-Rings, dripper pin, Coil measuring and cutting tool, instruction book Available Colours: Black, Stainless, Blue, Gold, Rainbow, Gold Product Information: https://www.wotofo.com/pages/wotofo-elder-dragon-rda Impressions, Build Quality & Assembly I covered it in my intro so I won’t cover old ground too much, styling wise this is right up my street and taps into my love for Asian symbology, art and architecture, you can really see Ryusei’s put some thought into it all. While it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I like that Wotofo took a punt on something a little different. You’ll get a generous set of spare offerings in the pack, including two coils which will last a long time assuming you are ok with Nichrome (N80), and don’t mind cleaning and re-using them. Those who have ever put up with reading any of my reviews know I love building my own coils from scratch, but the Wotofo coils are well worth trying, you’ll see how they come out later in my review. The drip tips on offer suit the RDA well, both are exactly the same in dimension with only the material being different (PC or Resin plastic). Whilst both are 810 they have a 510 bore which flavour chasers know plays into a smaller RDA’s strengths. Both are also tall enough to ensure your lips avoid touching the top cap (which does heat up a fair bit). Should you want to use your own they include a 510 adaptor. Although the RDA is technically 22mm and the deck diameter is only 20mm it feels and looks more like a 24mm RDA due to the girth around the middle, the thickness of the top cap, and the way the cap sits on top of the deck….so the design might not suit those who like smaller mods, or detest overhang, but on the plus side if you have a mod to suit you’ll get a decent juice well depth of approx. 8mm which puts this firmly in the viable dripping and squonking camp. The Squonk pin doesn’t protrude into the decks centre platform so will suck juice back into the bottle after you’re done squeezing, however despite the relative height of the airflows it’s quite easy to over squonk this RDA due to the two little channels for juice to escape. You definitely don’t’ want to over stuff this RDA with wicking, the same is true if you enjoy dripping. (N.B - I know these pics above have the dripping positive pin in, its to show the channels being narrow, but the squonk pin also stops as the same level) Whilst I’m on the subject of positive pins, you’ll notice in my specification overview I noted the base has “thread length measurement range”. I didn’t experience issues with the squonk pin, but with the dripping pin (the one without a centre hole) once fully screwed in; it left the threading very short at just over 4mm, which was just too short for my mod to pick up, and it was displaying (“No Atomiser”). Most mods need about 4.5mm - 4.8mm of threading as a minimum, so I just unscrewed the pin a turn or so and it was fine. The result of this did make the pin a little wobbly, but they included an O-ring so I wasn’t experiencing juice leaking into my mods 510 section. Either way this is an oversight so will be listed as a con, and wouldn’t look to use it on a hybrid either.