So the Nimbus, or the V5 RDA as Fasttech calls it, is one of the first RDA’s I ever used. I got my first one months ago. At first, I couldn’t figure out how the hell to remove the top cap, and left it in my box for about a week because I thought it was broken. Then I decided to give it another crack and I realized that it was just stuck on there extremely tight. With the Nimbus and IGO’s from FT, a lot of them tend to come stuck on there really good.
Then it took me another couple days to realize that the weird little screws on the posts need to be moved up and down with the tiny allen wrench they provide. I was still a newb to RDA’s at the time, so a lot of this seemed confusing. Once I did finally figure it out, I was extremely impressed with the performance. Then when they came out with the laser etched version about a month ago, I had to order another one. After all, it’s less than a $6 investment. A genuine Nimbus will probably run you at least $50.
So let’s get into the pros and cons.
Appearance. It looks good. Kind of similar to the IGO-L. It’s not going to blow anyone away, but it’s just a solid, good looking mod. I like it with the laser etching but you can also get a plain one. I also really like the way it looks with the muffler drip tip I have on it in the picture.
Dual Coil Posts. The posts are set up to allow an easy dual coil setup. This makes it a lot easier than say on the IGO-L, where you can have dual coils,but it is kind of a bitch getting them wrapped with only 2 posts instead of 3.
Cost. The cost is so good on this one, it has to be mentioned. For $5, what you might pay for some disposable dripping attys, you can get this beast that will last you forever.
Shitty Screws. I really don’t like the shitty black hex screws that some of the FT RDAs have. This is one of them. They just really suck. They make it so you have to thread your coil through the post, rather than being able to wrap it around the top of the screw. With certain types of wire this can be a real bitch. Plus you have to keep the tiny allen wrench around or you are fucked.
Air hole. It only has a single airhole. I find that it works OK for me on a single coil setup, but if you try to run dual coils you will clearly see that you need more airflow. It’s not super hard to bore out the hole, but it is a pain in the ass. I have one bored out and one stock.
O-Rings. I’ve noticed a trend with a lot of FT RDAS – the orings start off super tight, but very quickly go from tight to loose. This makes it a real pain in the ass to keep your airhole lined up with the coil, and keep the thing from popping off at random times. I am working on figuring out a good solution to this, but just know that this is pretty common with a lot of FT RDAs.
Who is it Good For?
It’s great if you’re strapped for cash. They perform as-advertised, look good, are easy to work with, and cost a little over $5 shipped. You aren’t going to get any cheaper than that.
They are pretty easy for beginners but the shitty hex screws do make it a little more complicated. Overall, though, it is still a pretty good beginner RDA. Maybe a notch lower than the IGO-L or W.
Do I Use It?
Yep. It’s one of the drippers I use for a lot of juice reviews. I have a lot of IGOs which are similar so I kind of just randomly select which one I want to use at a given time, but overall it is definitely one I use, and will continue to use.
Here’s a vid of me fogging up the room with my V5 Nimbus on a P+
Where Can I Buy One?
The Bottom Line
It’s a great piece. It’s relatively easy to use, looks pretty good, performs well, and costs about $5. There are a few cons, but they are pretty minor when you look at the big picture. As far as value for the money goes, it doesn’t get much better than this. It’s definitely worth picking one up on your next FT order. They are great to have around.
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