VapeFly Pixie RDA | Review

A fantastic little flavor banger.

9 min read

VapeFly Pixie RDA Review

VapeFly Pixie RDA

Vapefly has followed on from the success of the Galaxies MTL RDA with a low profile flavor-centric RDA – the Pixie.

The Pixie is a 22mm atomizer which features interchangeable airflow adapters, an anti-heating top cap and an easy to use build deck.

It’s available in black, stainless steel, gold, gunmetal, and rainbow.

The Good

Simple elegant design, good build quality, airflow adapters with a really smooth draw, fantastic flavor and a simple build deck.

The Bad

No locking mechanism can leak if oversquonked.

The Bottom Line

Vapefly has done an excellent job with the Pixie RDA. It has everything you need in a single coil RDA. It produces a fantastic flavorful vape, has plenty of airflow options and has the ability to be used in MTL mode. Highly recommended.

9.0

Disclosure: This product was sent to us by Buybest for the purpose of this review.

Vapefly Pixie RDA Specs

  • Diameter: 22mm
  • Height: 24mm
  • Tank Material: SS/Delrin
  • Drip Material: Delrin
  • Coil Building: Single Coil
  • Super easy single coil build deck
  • Interchangeable airflow set
  • Heat-resistance design
  • Side coil design to prevent juice spit
  • BF(Bottom Feeder) pin for squonk mods
  • Thread: 510
  • Colors: Gold, Rainbow, Stainless Steel, Gunmetal, Black

Vapefly Pixie RDA Includes

  • 1x Pixie RDA
  • 1 x BF Squonk Pin
  • 2 x Hex Screws
  • 2 x Drivers
  • 2 x Vapefly Firebolt Cotton
  • 2 x 0.35ohm NI80 Coils
  • 1 x Manual
  • O-rings
Design9.0
VapeFly Pixie RDA

The Vapefly Pixie is aptly named, as it’s incredibly tiny. It’s 22mm in diameter and only 24mm from the drip tip to the base.

The Pixie has quite a simple but modern look to it, and at first glance, you’d think it was just like most other low profile single coil RDAs. However, Vapefly has made a couple of interesting design choices to improve its functionality.

The first of which is the top section of the top cap is made out of Delrin, it’s barely noticeable and blends perfectly with the styling of the RDA. This simple and subtle choice is excellent as it acts as an anti-heating solution which is essential for low profile RDAs. The 510 is also incredibly short in stature and made of Delrin.

The Pixie also comes with plenty of airflow options thanks to two different sized airflow slots and designated airflow adapters.

VapeFly Pixie RDA

The top cap has one small round airhole for mouth-to-lung and a larger cyclops style slot for direct-to-lung vaping. It also comes pre-installed with the airflow adapter that consists of three small holes. This adapter can be used for MTL by lining up the small airflow hole with one of the holes on the inlet. While it does produce a good MTL vape it is on the looser side, so those that like a right tight draw might be better suited to a straight-out MTL RDA.

To set the Pixie in DTL mode, you can either use the cyclops slot with the three holes which produce an incredibly smooth but slightly restrictive DTL draw. Or you can switch the insert to the other which Vapefly include, which is one full open slot.

VapeFly Pixie RDA

The inserts are relatively easy to switch, as Vapefly has been kind enough to leave a small groove in the top side of the build deck where you position a small screwdriver and push the insert out. You then just slide the other when in from the outside. Both the slot for the adapters and the airholes themselves are slanted downwards, this not only means that the airflow will be angled to cover the bottom of the coil but also it’s harder for the juice to leak out.

The only other piece of styling on otherwise plain but elegant RDA comes from the word ‘Pixie’ written on one side of the barrel. While it’s not obtrusive, I do wish they had used a different font, as the fancy writing just looks like lines and squiggles and is quite unreadable.

VapeFly Pixie RDA

Build Quality

I was impressed with the build quality of the Pixie. All the machining seems to be precise and clean, and all the o-ring tolerances are spot on.

On the black version, we have in for review the matte black finish is very nicely done and blends perfectly with the Delrin of the top cap and drip tip.

For a low budget RDA, I have no complaints about the build quality. In fact, it’s far better than RDAs that are twice its price.

Build Deck8.5
VapeFly Pixie RDA

The build deck of the Vapefly Pixie is nothing new or extraordinary.

It has a simple two post deck offset to one side, with the coil slots in the center of the posts. It uses hex screws which are tightened down from the top to secure you coil – which is perfect for such a small RDA.

Vapefly has also cut out two small notches on either side of the barrel to act as guides to position your coil. They are not the first to do this, but I think it’s a good idea and makes it easier for beginner builders.

It’s a straightforward deck to build on, but you do need to make sure you have the coil positioned at the right for the airflow.

You will also notice if using the squonk pin, that it’s raised from the deck. There’s plenty of clearing between the top of the pin and where you position your coil, but just be aware of it especially if you are using chunky high inner diameter coils.

That being said, the Pixie comes with two 3mm inner diameter coils, and there’s plenty of room in there for such a small RDA.

VapeFly Pixie RDA

Wicking

Along with the two 0.35ohm Ni80 coils Vapfly also includes two pieces of Vapefly Firebolt Cotton.

You’ve quite possibly seen this style of cotton before. It has one end covered in a small tube just like a shoelace, which makes it effortless to feed through your coil.

Once you’ve done so, cutting your wicks to length and tucking them into the wick channels as the same process as with any other single coil RDA of this style. It’s an easy process, and the wick helps to reduce the size of the chamber.

VapeFly Pixie RDA

Squonking

The Vapefly Pixie does quonk well, but you do need to be a little cautious with it.

As I mentioned above the squonk pin is raised from the deck, so it’s not the best at drawing back any excess liquid.

If you have plenty of cotton in either side and are not an aggressive oversquonker, it never becomes an issue, mainly thanks to the slanted airflow.

However, wouldn’t say it’s as oversquonk friendly as some other RDAs on the market.

Performance9.5
VapeFly Pixie RDA

You can always tell by the style of low profile RDAs like this that they are going to be good for flavor, but the Pixie still managed to pleasantly surprise me.

Using the coils provided and the three airhole adapter, the Pixie produces an almost perfect restrictive DTL vape at around 35-40W. You can get even more flavor through if you restrict it a little more and shut off one of the holes.

Another thing to note with the Pixie is that even at higher wattages the Delrin top cap does its job and prevents it from getting too hot. I also had no issues with spit back, which is really good for such a low profile RDA.

VapeFly Pixie RDA

Flavor

The Pixie is a little flavor banger, and I’d easily rate it to be up there with some of the best single coil RDAs we’ve seen this year.

It produces a pronounced saturated vape and is also not shy on the clouds for a single coil.

VapeFly Pixie RDA

Airflow

Where I think the Pixie trumps other low profile budget RDAs like the CoilArt Dpro mini, is with its airflow.

Not only is it far more versatile with the different airflow holes and separate adapters. It’s also an incredibly smooth vape and a relatively quiet one.

The Pixie is not going to give you a really wide open airflow and masses of clouds, that’s not what a single coil RDAs are about. But what it does give you is the ability to really dial in that airflow and the restrictiveness of it through the airflow options, and for me, it’s just about perfect.

Even in MTL mode, it produces a satisfying vape, even if it is slightly on the loose side.

It’s important to mention that the Pixie only has one-sided airflow. While this doesn’t hinder its performance in any way, some may find it little different when drawing.

Good Vibes

  • Nice elegant design
  • Low profile
  • Airflow adapters
  • Smooth airflow
  • Excellent build quality
  • Fantastic flavor
  • MTL mode
  • Delrin top cap

Bad Vibes

  • No locking mechanism
  • One-sided airflow (subjective)
  • Can leak if over squonked
VapeFly Pixie RDA

Verdict

There are a lot of excellent single coil RDAs on the market right now, and the Vapefly Pixie has just added to that list.

I was a big fan of the CoilArt Dpro and used it regularly as my low profile single coil RDA on my Pulse 80W – I think the Pixie is about to replace it.

Vapefly have not done anything unusual or innovative with its design, but they have made excellent choices to make it a tidy little versatile RDA.

It produces an excellent, flavorful vape, has plenty of airflow options for those that like restrictive direct-to-lung and it looks really good too.

If you are in the market for a single coil flavor banger, don’t look past this cheeky little pixie.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design
9.0
Build Deck
8.5
Performance
9.5
Cost
9.0
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Marc has been an avid vaper since 2010. His obsession with new vape gear has led to developing his own overflowing vape room, and starting Vaping Vibe with Danny & Jules to help educate other vapers.