OFRF Gear RTA vs. Wotofo Serpent Elevate RTA Intro
Single coil RTAs have been all the rage recently with most manufacturers searching for the holy grail of producing the best flavor from a rebuildable tank.
Most of us were taken by surprise when a new company OFRF came on the scene with a compact and elegant single coil RTA called the ‘Gear.’ They quite simply didn’t put a foot wrong in its design, and most reviewers will agree it’s a flavor banger.
However, when it comes to single coil atomizers and restricted airflow, there’s one reviewer who knows what he likes and knows how to make it, having tremendous success doing so, Matt from Suck My Mod.
Matt has collaborated with Wotofo several times, and even in the single coil RTA category with the excellent Serpent SMM RTA. This time they have ‘elevated’ the Serpent line to a new level with an improved build deck and leak resistant top airflow with the Serpent Elevate RTA.
But which takes the overall crown for best single coil RTA?…let’s find out.
OFRF Gear RTA vs. Wotofo Serpent Elevate RTA
The Gear RTA and Serpent Elevate RTA are without a doubt two of the best single coil RTAs in the market. Although very different by design, the performance you get from them is of an incredibly high standard and really similar…..so this was a tough one to judge.
Looks and styling of devices can be subjective and although the Gear RTA is quite possibly the better-looking atomizer out of the two, with its incredibly compact form. We think the design element has to go to the Serpent Elevate for its excellent top airflow system.
Both RTAs possess easy to use build decks and can fit coils wrapped in either direction, but the Gear RTA can be a little fiddly when trying to trap larger wire under the post screws. The Serpent Elevate has a postless deck, and although it’s essential to cut the coil legs to the perfect length, overall it’s a joy to use and well-designed build deck.
There’s no competition when it comes to capacity the Elevate being the larger tank wins straight out. It has a 3.5ml standard capacity and bubble glass of 4.5ml, whereas the Gear RTA can only fit 3.5ml with the bubble glass and has a small 2ml capacity with the regular glass. While that might mean you’ll be filling the Gear RTA a lot more, it is worth noting that some may prefer it’s compact design, especially on smaller mods.
When it comes to airflow, we can’t really separate these two. Both have a slightly restricted direct to lung draw which is perfect for maximizing flavor out of a single coil RTA. The airflow is incredibly smooth on both, but the Elevate can be a little noisier due to the top airflow design.
Where the Gear RTA’s minuscule size comes into play is with flavor. This tank produces some of the best flavor we have had from an RTA. This is mainly down to the fact your mouth is so close to the coil when vaping. That being said the Elevate also has superb flavor production, and I think most will struggle to tell the difference between the two. But if you are a flavor hound that simply want the best RTA for flavor, then the Gear just tips this category.
We say this a lot when comparing the top two in any category, but seriously you can’t go wrong with either of these excellent RTAs. Fundamentally it will come down to which form factor you prefer. Is it the cute and compact Gear with the smaller capacity? Or the more bulbous, but leakproof top-airflow of the Elevate?
If you are anything like us then just get both, and run them on different mods. These two single coil RTAs are head and shoulders above the competition right now, either one you go with is a win.