Aivape Scale MTL RTA – Review

Aivape is a recently established Chinese brand (2019) whose founder, after many collaborations with other famous Chinese brands, decided to set up on his own by designing and subsequently creating the first Aivape brand devices. The Scale MTL RTA atomizer is certainly the best known among the Aivape branded products at the moment. It was presented in the second half of 2020 and arrived in Italy in the autumn of the same year, arousing curiosity, especially because it resumes the e-liquid feeding system with drips, lately rather appreciated among vaper lovers of rebuildable systems.

Before starting to discover the cards of the Aivape Scale MTL RTA, as always let’s take a quick look at the main features of the atomizer and the contents of the package.

Aivape Scale MTL RTA contenuto della confezione

AIVAPE SCALE MTL RTA FEATURES AND BOX

FEATURES

  • Name: Scale MTL RTA
  • Type: RTA atomizer
  • Colori: Black, Stainless Steel, Gold
  • Price: ~ € 30

IN THE BOX

  • 1 x Scale MTL RTA
  • 1 x 4 ml Glass tube
  • 1 x 4 ml Tank cap
  • 1 x O-ring set
  • 2 x Slotted head screws
  • 1 x Screwdriver

Aivape Scale MTL RTA colori disponibili

DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY

The Aivape Scale MTL RTA atomizer is built entirely in stainless steel (the manufacturer, however, does not specify the type of steel used) and has a design from my point of view that is not particularly studied and cared for. The main aesthetic characteristics of this atomizer are the fish scale embossed finishes (hence its name) on the top cap and on the base, the shaping of the drip tip (very pleasant), the airflow control with a lever system and the big logo printed on the body of the atom itself. The Scale MTL RTA in the 2 ml configuration is quite compact and obviously becomes much more slender in the 4 ml configuration, which is typical for all atomizers developed according to the concept of dripping the liquid from top to bottom.

Aivape Scale MTL RTA atomizzatore rigenerabile

If from an aesthetic point of view the Scale MTL RTA did not completely convince me, the same thing cannot be said for its build quality which instead appeared to me to be more than good. This product gives a very good feeling of solidity, is massive and has been worked very well, with precise finishes and without imperfections. The only but almost imperceptible imperfection I found is on the o-rings of the tank on the base which, while doing their job very well, do not make the body of the atom go completely in contact with the base.

Overall, however, I can only conclude that the Scale MTL RTA is a quality product for the price range to which it belongs.

TECHNICAL FEATURES

The Aivape atomizer has a diameter of 22 mm, a height of 58.5 mm in the longest version, a weight of just under 70 grams and can host 2 or 4 milliliters of e-liquid. As you can see from the image below, the atomizer is composed of 6 pieces and appears to be assembled immediately even if an instruction manual is completely missing in the package. Although the Scale MTL RTA is not an atomizer designed for entry level users, it must also be said that in the field of rebuildable and hard vaper devices, it is undoubtedly a very intuitive and probably a product easy to use.

Aivape Scale MTL RTA atomizzatore smontato

This RTA is a single coil with dual airflow control (side and bottom); the deck has opposing posts with two slotted screws protected by lateral bulkheads to facilitate the grip and tightening of the wire and the building can be carried out in a natural way for both right-handed and left-handed vapers. On the deck there are the airflow holes, to be precise a small slot under the coil and four small holes (two per each post) placed immediately under the wire tightening screws.

Aivape Scale MTL RTA atomizzatore in mano

On the outside of the deck there are two windows with the air inlet holes selectable by a small lever; the window for the bottom airflow is marked with a letter “B”, while the one for the side ariflow with a letter “S”. The air inlet holes are 0.8 mm, 1.0 mm, and 1.2 mm in diameter and for each side it is possible to choose whether to use the smaller hole, or two holes (the smaller and the intermediate) or all three holes.

The bell of the Aivape Scale MTL RTA, unlike other chambers from other devices, has a dome shape internally and the drip trays are protruding and therefore go to lie down and touch the cotton whiskers on the deck. Going up along the tank it can be seen that the chimney has a length of 13 mm in the 2 ml version and about 18 mm in the 4 ml configuration, while the internal diameter is 4 mm.

Aivape Scale MTL RTA deck

If the top cap with its two large refill slots does not have any details that may deserve further attention, it is important to focus on the last component of the Scale MTL RTA, the ultem drip tip 510 which, in addition to possessing a well-shaped designed to guarantee a perfect feeling on the lips, it has been designed with a feature that makes it unique in its kind: a removable reducer (simply by pressure) which reduces the internal diameter of the drip tip from approximately 4.7 mm to 3.3 millimeters. Ingenious and effective!

COILING, WICKING AND FILLING

The building of this atomizer is quite easy for anyone who has a minimum of familiarity with the most classic rebuildable devices. The space between the turrets is large and suggests an optimal 2.5mm diameter coil. As always, the wicking phase requires more attention, even if thanks to the space on the deck, it will be enough to make the cotton whiskers very fluffy and receptive to allow a correct and precise delivery of the e-liquid.

Finally, no problem for the top refill which is carried out comfortably after unscrewing the top cap of the atomizer, and using the two huge slots available, really suitable for any type of e-liquid bottle.

PERFORMANCES AND FLAVOUR

The Scale MTL RTA is undoubtedly a pure MTL atomizer and the airflow management together with the possibility of intervening on the diameter of the drip tip, make it possible to have a draw that goes from being very closed and contrasted to a quite airy draw but, without ever leaving the field of the classic MTL. Lovers of this type of vape will also benefit from a very soft and extremely clean draw, to be the envy of much more expensive drip atomizers. Linear, silent and satisfying.

As always for The Flavourist in case of MTL devices, I tried the Scale MTL RTA with different organic tobacco e-liquids and in general I noticed that this atom, unlike other similar products, is not to be considered a very versatile device and suitable a bit for all types of tobaccos. In my opinion, the Aivape atomizer is a rather specific product and I will immediately explain why.

Here is a report on the tests made with three e-liquids manufactured by Officine Svapo in collaboration with our team.

Test with e-liquid “Poncho” by Officine Svapo and The Flavourist

Poncho, is an organic extract of Verona Tobacco, a particular type of flue-cured tobacco; with this extract the Scale MTL RTA performed very well, demonstrating that one of the fields in which it expresses itself best is precisely that of clear, light tobaccos, sun cured tobaccos or South American cigars. With the e-liquid Poncho he managed to show and enhance the light grassy nuances of this tobacco, pleasantly rounding the taste.

Test with e-liquid “Il Monco” by Officine Svapo and The Flavourist

The second of the three e-juices by Officine Svapo’s “Italian Western Collection” line tested on the MTL RTA Scale, was Il Monco, a very complex and structured blend of Syrian Latakia, Verona Tobacco and Kentucky from Benevento. The world of dark tobaccos, whether single or blended, is obviously not the preferred area for this atomizer which rounds and flattens the yield of these tobaccos, and fails to express their right strength. And this is what happened exactly with Il Monco.

OfficineSvapo TheFlavourist Poncho OfficineSvapo TheFlavourist Il Monco OfficineSvapo TheFlavourist Agua Galiente

Test with e-liquid “Agua Caliente” by Officine Svapo and The Flavourist

With Agua Caliente, a blend of Kentucky, Latakia and Perique tobaccos flavored with American sweet potato and black currant, Scale MTL RTA has returned a good aromatic performance, especially enhancing the flavoring component of this bouquet. Although this atom is not a champion in faceting the individual components of a complex tobacco blend, in the case of Agua Caliente its aromatic yield seemed more than satisfactory to me.

In summary, from the tests done I consider the Aivape atomizer to be very at ease with clear extracted tobaccos and with the so-called “flavored” both fruity and creamy ones.

AIVAPE SCALE MTL RTA FINAL VERDICT

The Aivape Scale MTL RTA proved to be a well-made and well-functioning atomizer to the test. From the aromatic point of view, the atomizer defends itself well, giving excellent results, however, only with some types of e-liquid. If you are a lover of these kind of RTA’s and do not have particular aesthetic needs (in my opinion the product design is undoubtedly revisable), then this atom could be for you. Good yield and little expense.

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Recommended to: Hardcore vapers.

THE FLAVOURIST RESPONSE
  • 7.5/10
    In the Box - 7.5/10
  • 8/10
    Design & Build Quality - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Technical Features - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Coiling, WIcking and Filling - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Performances and Flavour - 8.5/10
8.4/10


 

 

THE FLAVOURIST RESPONSE
  • 7.5/10
    In the Box - 7.5/10
  • 8/10
    Design & Build Quality - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Technical Features - 8/10
  • 10/10
    Coiling, WIcking and Filling - 10/10
  • 8.5/10
    Performances and Flavour - 8.5/10
8.4/10