This auto dripper was sent to me by Ebuzzcigs for the purpose of this review.
It is described on the eBuzzcigs website as follows:
The 3D is a mechanically-advanced rebuildable dripper unlike anything else. A 2mL capacity tank has been integrated into the design which supplies the wick with e-liquid by pressing the top cap. The 3D offers all the benefits of a normal dripper without the need to manually re-saturate the wick with e-liquid every time it’s dry.
And is available to by for £27.50
This RDA cam in a nice brown presentation box, with the HCigar logo embossed onto it, alaong with some black vapor. The side of the box slides open to reveal, the white foam padding, with the 3D dripper set into it, along side the matching drip tip. And the bap of spares.
Features and Specs
Technical Specifications:Model : 3D RDA
Manufacturer : HCIGAR
Type : Rebuildable Dripper
Body Material : Brushed Stainless Steel
Tank Material : Stainless Steel
Terminals : 1 positive centre post , 2 Negative Posts
Terminal connection : Philips screws and washers
Coil Configuration : Single or Dual coil set up.
Air Holes : 1 Adjustable 3mm Airflow Hole
Air Flow Control : Twist-On Airflow Control
Tank Capacity : 2ml
Connection : 510 threaded non-adjustable and Nemesis flush fit connection
Width : 21 mm
Height : 24 mm (excluding drip tip)
The 3D dripper comes fully assembled, but with out a build set in it. but can be fully dis-mantled into its component parts.
The 3D dripper comes with a standard 510 stainless steel connection, which is not adjustable, but fits all the mods I have tried it on. The 510 base plate unscrews from the main section of the body, with some amazingly fine well machined threading. The join to the body is seamless .Once unscrewed it reveals the Nemisis style connection.
Nemisis Connection & Base Tank Section
The base of the tank has a Nemesis style connection , with fine extreia threading and a stainless steel pin, to allow you to connect the 3D directly into the Nemisis style Mods, to create that seemless look.
The stainless steel tank or juice well, has the logo of the front of a train on it, and number, mine was 1619 on one side and the 3D logo engraved onto the other side.
Inside the chamber the centre post runs up through the middle, with a threaded connection on the top where the deck connects to.and the positive terminal runs through.
The plunger spring, at the base, is just about the size of the inside of the well, and contours inwards to the top where it sits flush with the top of the centre post. This spring gives the feed back to the pumping action that forces ejuice up onto the deck, when pressed.
The Drip Deck.
The deck section of the 3D fits over the top of the centre post once the spring is in place, and is snugly held in place by a black o-ring, which then creates a seal, only allowing the juice to flow up through the juice hole, rather than around the sides.
The juice hole has a grub screw located in it, with a small 2mm holes though the centre of it. this is where the juice comes through, when the plunger is pressed, the top of the grub screw is raised about 3mm to 4mm off the deck, so once the juice is forced onto the deck, a small amount of juice is then trapped from escaping back down the hole, which then soaks into the wick.
The Terminal Deck
Unlike other drippers I have reviewed , the terminal deck, with the two negative terminals unscrews off, and simply threads down over the top of the positive post, and holds the drip deck in place in the tank.
The only issue I have found with this dripper, is that fact that you have to unscrew the very small grub screew , when you want to remove or replace this terminal deck, as it prevents it from turning, and it is really tricky to put back in. which needs to be done when you are changing out the juice. To the point that I found my self not putting it back in, as it still seems ed to work fine, and wicked perfectly.
The Top ChamberThe top chamber on the 3D has two o-rings at the bottom, to allow it fit snugly on the the lip of the deck.which creates a good seal, and stops any juice leaks when pressing down. Half way up the side of the top chamber is the air flow control, which is made up of a tight fitting control ring, which can be twisted to select the desired air flow, all the way from about 0.5mm upto about 3mm. There are loads of different combinations you can have it set at, depending on how you have arranged your wicks, but allows a good level of airflow across the coil. The air holes are located high enough not to have any juice leak out of them.
There air flow ring is set really tightly, so you do find that once set it stays in place.
The top section of the chamber has heat sink fins running around the top section, to help with any heat that may have built up whilst vaping. I found this worked very well, with no heat issues.
Drip tipThis dripper nicely comes with a matching drip tip, that fits well and is held in place an o -ring. Is has matching detail around the neck of the drip tip, so once in place gives a good overal look.
Aesthetics & Build QualityThe 3D is machined really well, with very fine threading. And it all fits together really well. And feels really solid in the hand. The priming pumping action is very smooth, with just the right amount of resistance when pressing. With the 510 connection plate added it does add quite a lot of height to it, and when added to a mod running 18650 can be a bit of a beast.
The 3D RDA BuildAs with my other RDA builds I started by washing all the parts of the dripper, to remove any oil from the machining process. Then I started by building a simple single coil, by wrapping a lenght of 0.28 gauge wire around my small 4 ml screw driver, as tightly as I could 8 times. Once complete compressed it as much as possible, using my tweezers.
Then simply laid the screw driver across the deck and connected up the negative and then the positive. Whilst holding the coil in place on the shaft of the screw driver. Once tighten down, you can then remove the excess wire tails, and position the coil away from the terminals, and pointing slightly downwards.
Once you are happy with the coils position, you can then pulse fire the coil on the mod to set it in place, and ensure it is fire from the centre and glowing evenly.
Next is to wick the coil, I wicked mine with some organic cotton wool, by rolling a small piece between the thumb and fore finger, then just simply threading it through the coil, pulling a long tail through, which then sits in the drip well. And the cut of the top.
The wick can then be primed with juice. To fill the 2ml tank I simply removed the drip tip and pushed down the deck, whilst depressed filled it with juice, then as you release the top the deck moves back into place, an takes any excess juice back into the tank.
Performance & Real World ExperienceOnce you have filled the tank, and set the air flow as required, your away. I found this RDA was dripper was great to use, once you get used to the refill action. Simply punch down the top action as required, and you get a very satisfying squelch and a little push of vapor out of the drip tip. Amazing.
It really is great to use, all the vapor and flavour you get from a dripper, with the convenience of a 2ml tank.
I found that it produced a great full bodied flavour in the small chamber, and manages to produce clouds of vapor that you would expect from a dripper. On the largest air hole, you get great airflow, and you can set it so to air hole is directly behind the coil.
The only down side I have found to it , unless I am missing something, is that if you want to change the flavour, you have to take it completely apart to wash out the tank, this includes taking the coil off. Were as normally on a dripper, I would just remove the wicks and wash it all out, heat the coils and re-wick.
This is due to the fact that the positive screw is connected directly onto the centre post, so you can't unscrew the terminal deck, with out first removing coil. I'm sure this could be fixed easily by just slightly altering the terminal deck, so the whole l lot unscrews including the terminals, so you could leave the coils in place.
But all in all a great little dripper.
RecommendationI would defiantly recommend the 3D dripper, for all the flavour and vapor product of a standard dripper, but with the extra captivity of the 2ml tank, I found I great for the journey the work.
I personally think this should be a must have dripper for all Vapors.
MVR RatingPresentation: 8/10
Features & Spec: 10 / 10
Aesthetics : 9/ 10
Build Quality : 9/ 10
Ease of Build: 7 / 10
Performance : 9 / 10
Overall : 8 /10
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