The EVL Reaper RTA Review: Don’t Fear the Flavor

Introduction

Disclosure: I purchased this atomizer for RRP after waiting for a few months for my list spot to pull through!

Let’s do some specs before getting into this:

Specifications

  • Price: $200.00 (as tested: $270.00)
  • Height: 52mm/45mm (mini)
  • Diameter: 22mm tapering to 21mm
  • Volume: 3.5mL/2mL (mini)
  • Tank Material: Pyrex glass or titanium
  • Airflow: 2x0mm to 2×2.5mm
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Oh no, there goes Tokyo

The EVL Reaper is a difficult atomizer to review. It is expensive. Real expensive. The base kit is $200 at the time of writing with the exchange rates. The full kit with drip tips, stand, and mini kit was $300 shipped. That’s a lot of dough for an atomizer.

But let’s break it down and compare it to the Hurricane: the Hurricane’s base price is around $170.00, and a pyrex kit is going to be $35.00 on top of that, so the base kit is already making a pretty good case for itself. In addition to that, you get a metal tank section as well, which costs $30.00 at the time of writing. You’re coming up a little ahead at this point compared to the Hurricane at the base kit price, so that’s pretty good.

The mini kit, pair of drip tips, and atomizer stand and shipping all come up to about $100 on top of that, which is toootally fine by me. All at once, it’s a big price to pay, but when you break it down to its components and compare it to the competition, then things are looking pretty good. If performance is comparable, then we’re in a pretty good place! I lose sight of the price breakdown pretty frequently, and that was contributing a lot to the difficulty of this review.

One last thing to note before moving on is that this atomizer is made from Grade 2 titanium and chemistry grade borosilicate glass.

Impressions

I opened up the bubble mailer once it arrived and saw a really neat packaging setup.  There were two packages – a tall metal cylinder (a portent of what was yet to come) and a smaller puck of a tin.  I removed the plastic cap and the cylinder was sealed with a pull-tab lid!  I’d never had a canned atomizer before and eagerly tore it wide open.

There is a lot of cotton padding in there.  A lot.  A lot a lot.  There is probably about half a bag of Japanese cotton pads in there, and that largely ensured that my atomizer arrived safely.  Buried within the cotton were the atomizer, tank sections, and a bunch of spares.  I put the cotton and spares aside and set to work.

Everything inside except all the cotton. So much cotton...
Everything inside except all the cotton. So much cotton…

The Reaper is not a handsome atomizer. I’m going to get that out of the way right now. It looks a little lanky and doesn’t have anything exceptional going for it appearance wise. The Reaper is a beast purely of function. An aftermarket top cap would really do this thing a lot of favors, and if possible shortening up the base because he is a tall boy.

The airflow is controlled by two screws on the base, and this is a bit of a negative for me. I like easy to access airflow with discrete options (as one finds in the Squape R series and the Hurricane). This also contributes to the empty kind of space going on with the base – there isn’t much to break up how plain it looks.

The two airflow screws.
The two airflow screws.

The build deck is very clean. Mine was missing a screw when it came in, but John was quite responsive about getting it replaced and the next time I need an order he is throwing in a spares pack. That is one thing that doesn’t get a ton of space in a lot of my reviews – John, even months before I purchased the Reaper, was always responsive and willing to shoot the breeze with me about this atomizer, which was fabulous and a real treat for me. He even helped get some of the specs for me to put up in my earlier section!

The deck.
The deck.  It had been used by the time I took this photo.

Building is dead simple. Just mount the coil and drape your wicking material over the wicking holes! No need to jam anything anywhere or anything like that. It’s handled regular and twisted wire quite capably, and I’ve seen a few Clapton coils in pictures on Facebook that appear to be working quite nicely as well!

Filling up the Reaper is a simple affair, just twist off the top cap while holding the liquid flow control and fill it up as you do on your usual tanks. It’s quick and easy!

Everything threads together smoothly. There isn’t really a hint of crunchiness anywhere, which is nice, and the threading is large enough that it doesn’t really take much of a starter turn counterclockwise to find its catch anywhere.

Swapping between the standard and mini kits is pretty quick, too! Just unscrew the top cap, remove the long tank, swap in the chimney, and install the mini glass. If you don’t get the glass installed correctly, it can get screwed in a little crooked. Ensuring that it’s evenly and tightly installed will make life so much easier – if you don’t, you pretty much have to fiddle with it every time you refill.

The mini kit accessories.
The mini kit accessories.  Less blurry in real life.

The included drip tips are going to get a quick mention here. Well, one of them is at least. I put the vase drip tip in the Reaper and it hasn’t come out yet. It has fabulous mouthfeel and gets me just like the Sat22 drip tip does – it feels like a cigarette and the flavor is fabulous compared to a lot of the other ones I have. The rest of this review uses that drip tip as the material to gauge performance, so keep that in mind!

Performance

The performance is excellent, exactly what you expect from the high end. This is, unlike the Hurricane, a strictly MTL atomizer. You can get some fairly well restricted lung hits from it as it feels just a hair more open than the Squape R wide open, but not by a ton.

I’ve become a little spoiled with flavor – it’s hard to substantially improve flavor on the high end at this stage – it appears that everyone in the space knows what they’re doing and are able to get it right. It’s about the same as the Hurricane, just with less throat hit (the Hurricane is the reason why I dropped to 3mg in the first place), but it is perfectly balanced.

I thought, initially, that I should build the Reaper so that my coil legs were above the actual coil, so it looks like it’s kind of hanging down there, but I got some weird gurgling doing that. It wasn’t quite the right amount of distance away. Turning it right side up (as it were) eliminated the issue handily!

I did get some leaking initially. And it persisted, which I thought was odd, since I wasn’t getting any leaking anywhere else. Turns out I hadn’t adequately rinsed out the base to get rid of that excess liquid.

Temperature control has been…interesting. I’ve been spoiled by the In’Ax for a while with its spot on TC. The temperature of the Reaper is consistent but not <accurate. What I mean by that is I can get it working perfectly fine, but I have to crank my temperature way up (550F) for it to work, where the In’Ax is right in line with real readings. Even at this high setting, I don’t get burned hits or anything and it cuts out when the tank is empty.

Overall, the performance is quite good. It’s a sturdy tank that is providing a sturdy vape.

Conclusion

Everything about the construction is just…nice. It is just a series of little luxuries in plain packaging that is easy to live with. The Reaper doesn’t operate by any special rules, there are no unique considerations you need to make when building it. It just works, and it works damn well.

Who is it for?

The EVL Reaper is for:

  • Someone who wants an extremely flavorful vape.
  • Mouth to lung vapers.
  • People who want a tank of a tank.
  • Folks who don’t mind the looks of the setup.

Relative to the other stuff that’s out there, it performs really well, but I’m having a bit of a hard time recommending it. Between this and the Hurricane? Definitely pick up the Reaper. It’s just a smarter move with all the parts and bits you get for it. If you’re a VW vaper, the Squape R[S] still holds the crown for me on that end, and the price performance is just getting better all the time on it. The EVL Reaper is definitely an excellent tank and depending on the package you get it comes with a load of goodies (relative to the competition it comes with more goodies anyway), but most of all it performs great. It tastes great. It wicks like crazy, and is definitely a tank worth owning in its price stratum.

e: There are a few atomizers coming up in my reviews that may be worth waiting for. I had finished up my main thoughts on this review before really leaning into some other RTAs. A few atomizers (especially the Heron V2) is punching well above its pricing weight, so it may be worth holding off on snatching up an EVL Reaper. I’ll hopefully have that review done soon enough so you can decide for yourself!

Everything inside except all the cotton. So much cotton...

The mini kit accessories.

Reaper 7

The two airflow screws.

Reaper 5 Reaper 4

Oh no, there goes Tokyo

Oh no, there goes Tokyo

The deck.

Author: New Fat Mike

I herald a gilded future of Gennies and Genny accessories.