Review: Hastur V2 RDA

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The Hastur v1 sits in my lineup as one of my favorite flavor RDA’s.  So I was more than a bit curious about the Hastur v2 as is fixes 2 of the common v1 complaints.  They changed the top airflow to the side so you don’t steam your face and the build deck has more room with the Velocity style posts.

Aesthetics

The airflow is also quite a bit bigger than on the Hastur v1

The airflow is also quite a bit bigger than on the Hastur v1

The Hastur is a fairly plain and squat looking RDA.  This may be a function over form type of deal.  It’s brushed stainless with either the black delrin wide bore tip or the black 510 adapter on top.  The airflow holes are long slits gracing each side of the barrel.  The Hastur logo was moved to the bottom of the RDA instead of on top which leaves the barrel looking a bit plain but again function over form.

The machine work could use a bit of polish on it.  Machining marks can be seen all over the inside but they look worse in pictures than they actually are in normal view.

Build Quality

The build quality seems to be decent.  The metal itself feels lighter and thinner than the previous version.  A light texture from the milling of the barrel can be felt but it’s not rough.  The inner airflow ring is well machined except for the top circle which goes to the drip tip.  This area is rough to the touch and visibly has pits and uneven places with a slightly sharp feel to it.  The build deck has a nice polished finish on the posts and deck.

Functionality

The ever popular Velocity styled deck.

The ever popular Velocity styled deck.

The build deck is great to build on.  It has a decent size juice well but it’s partially taken up by the positive pin and the wick from the coils.  There is no single coil option.

The airflow holes are on the side which solves the v1’s complaint of people blowing into the RDA and hot vapor steaming your face.  The airflow is also quite a bit bigger than on the Hastur v1.  With the modest 26g dual coil build I installed, I have to keep it roughly half closed.  Due to the sculpting of the airflow slants on the inner barrel it requires some finesse to get the flavor just right.  I have found the flavor is improved by closing the airflow off clockwise letting the inner barrel show on the left of the opening versus the right.

The Hastur comes with a drip tip adapter and a wide bore drip tip.  The adapter has double o-rings on it and is a bit difficult to both install and keep installed.  It seems to get hung up on the last o-ring.  

The wide bore tip is both an improvement and step back.

The wide bore tip is both an improvement and step back.

The wide bore tip is both an improvement and step back.  The outside edge is nicely contoured and more comfortable than the v1.  The anti-spitback guard is a suspended circle which requires the vapor to enter from the sides rather than directly from the bottom.  The flavor seems to suffer due to this change in airflow direction so I find myself not using it.

A hollow 510 pin to be used on a squonking device was included but I did not use it.

Summary

The Hastur v2 is a decent RDA especially for the price.  I don’t find it to be fantastic or revolutionary but I enjoy it with my modest 40-50w vaping style.  My main gripes with this RDA are the wide bore drip tip’s anti-spitback guard muting flavor, and the juice well seeming shallow due to the center pin and wick.  The drip tip is easily remedied by using the adapter instead with your preferred 510 tip.  Even after having adjusted to the v2 I find it doesn’t have quite as good of flavor as the v1 had.  However it is a bit more refined feeling overall than the v1.  It’s a functional and enjoyable RDA that I will keep in my rotation.

 

Specifications: Measurements
Medical Grade 304 Stainless Steel Diameter: 22mm
Top Air Flow (Adjustable) Height: 20mm (without tip)
Comes with Squonker pin(bottom fill) and normal pin 1.6 mm Wire Holes
Swirling Air Flow (bigger airflow than V1) 5mm Juice Well
Spit-back protection Derlin Drip Tip
Velocity style posts
PEEK Insulators
Includes 510 Adapter

 

Author: Scott

Vaping since Jan 1, 2014. When I first started I was lost in the world of vaping. I didn't know where to begin. Once I found my way I wanted to help others on their path. So I started writing juice reviews on JuiceDB and eventually started reviewing new hardware I purchased. While I don't consider myself an expert, I am somewhat of a vetern of vaping, and I hope my casual-advanced vaper opinion provides you assistance. You can find me on Reddit as well under the user name sc0lm00.

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