The Pico RTA by The Vape Review: Big Review, Small Atty

This is a very special review! Due to the fact that the Pico RTA has a lot of things going on (mesh, fiber, and clearo coil compatible) I have decided to split it into multiple pages! Here is the index:

  1. Impressions and Introduction to the Pico RTA.
  2. Specs & the Playing Field
  3. Cotton Build Review
  4. Mesh Build Review
  5. CLR Coil Review
  6. Use Case Review & Conclusion

You can skip to the last page for as much of a TL;DR as I’ll be able to provide!

Impressions and Introduction

I received this RTA second hand by purchasing it from a cohort of mine. It came with the CLR Adapter, but sadly I was not able to secure a micro chamber.

Pico 1
The Pico RTA, CLR adapter, and spares.

The Pico RTA is an interesting atomizer. I had seen Damian’s review, and that was about it. It provided some useful information as far as building goes, but it didn’t really provide me with the kind of information which interests me (I don’t believe Damian is a TC vaper), but it is definitely a good primer and I highly recommend checking it out.

When I first opened up the package, I saw the PMMA was fogged, which made me so sad! But when I filled it up with my liquid, it became crystal clear, which made me so happy, so be on the lookout if it looks like yours arrives fogged. The whole atomizer is also very smooth, texturally. It’s so smooth. I keep touching (borderline molestering) this atomizer because it’s so smooth.

It really is a handsome tank, as well. I adore the way it looks, especially on top of my DEV2+. I almost like its looks as much as I do the K.Loud+G, but with the Ultem tank section and drip tip on the way, you may not have to wait long for the two to be equally attractive.

Pico 8

The AFC can get a little hairy – it’s a little whistley if it isn’t aligned just so, and sometimes it doesn’t always want to move if the atty is screwed all the way down, and it requires some lubrication because it’s all held together with o-rings, but once it’s all lubed up, it has smooth action yet stays where you put it.

I found the top fill can be a little tricky – you need to have the right pace for filling it, but you need to get it sealed back up quickly, because it can leak all up on you, which makes you sticky and gross. It’s not a pro or a con, but there is a bit of a ritual involved where you have to figure out how hard you need to squeeze your nipple-top bottle (eye droppers can work, but much too slowly to always get out leak-free) to get out of there without a mess.

The fill ports are a little on the small side.
The fill ports are a little on the small side.

A point of order before we move forward – much ado has been made about the “wasted capacity” because the wick holes are so high on the Pico. This is a hair overblown, as the wick holes are as high off the bottom of the tank as the Hurricane, so they just seem higher because the atomizer is so short. Granted, the chamber is further in from the wall than the Hurricane’s, because it is smaller, but you’re really not losing much at all if your wicking method doesn’t manage to reach all the way down to the bottom of the tank.

This is definitely an atty that takes some getting used to. Getting the TC to work takes more than one attempt. It seems a little weak at first, so I turn the temp way up (to around 500*F/260*C), and it performs fine. After letting it sit for 15 minutes or so, I recalibrate and then the TC is spot on and I can drop the temperature to my normal range.

Building this has a bit of a learning curve as well. Because you can’t get into the deck connected to the 510 on your ohm meter/mod, you need to free hand it a bit. It’s not much of a challenge; after a handful of builds, it’s only a few seconds longer than being able to use a 510 stabilized atty.

These two things cut into convenience some, but so much so that I wouldn’t recommend it? Let’s find out.

Author: New Fat Mike

I herald a gilded future of Gennies and Genny accessories.

  • Pinsleepe

    As this site is called meshbuilds i have to comment on the very same here.

    As of now, I don’t have the Pico but am running my Taifun(s) with mesh for about 3 years now. So, this is how I build it (and I asume, the Pico can be done the same way):

    Install the coil, roll and oxidize the mesh. Place it through the coil, screw on the chamber cap and cut the mesh just a tad bit on the outside. Do not bend! I usually take my jig and ‘pipe’ the mesh. So I end up with a hollowed out wick.

    Sure, you won’t get the very last drop of liquid out of the tank but you won’t get hot legs neither. Just pure taste. Give it a try.