What’s up vapefam!
SirRisc here with another gear review!
I’ve had the pleasure for once to receive an RTA before it was released, but I’m never one to race out my reviews to be first because I think it’s a ridiculous thing to do.
However it would seem I’m still one of the first to put out a written review of the new Youde Bellus RTA, I do hope it will answer some questions!
Youde is known mostly for the Goblin (also lovingly nicknamed the Gobbler) and the Goliath RTAs, which both have proven their place in the market.
I personally never owned a Goliath, but to this day I still use my Goblin. It hasn’t declined in quality, it’s still one of the good ones.
More recently Youde Technology has also ventured into the wonderful world that is wire… by providing us with prespooled clapton wire, twisted wire and even fused clapton wire.
Fancy coils couldn’t be made easier unless they vaped it for you!
With all that said the Bellus is an RTA that has a lot to offer, vapes great and has the same qualities as the Goblin, with a few additions.
Sit back and have a vape while I explain why it’s a great choice…
* 304 Stainless Steel
* Pyrex Glass tank
* 5ml capacity
* Dual coil deck with single coil adapter
* Adjustable airflow, 32 airflow holes
* Leakproof design
* Large juicechannels
* Spiraled chimney and driptip
* Ability to reach coils without draining
The packaging is the well known clear plastic casing we’ve all had at some point.
The casing protects the Bellus from scratches and contains a spare glass, a bag with spare o-rings and the single coil adapter, and another bag with a sheet of Japanese organic cotton.
The Bellus itself is clearly visible and pops out very easily.
I’ll let the photos do the talking…
Performance-wise the Bellus is very much on par with the Goblin, even slightly better.
The Bellus features a design that is supposedly leakproof and I have to admit I haven’t had any leaks yet.
A bit of condensation on the side where the airflow control ring sits is as much as I’ve experienced, and even that is easily wiped off with a tissue or even just your finger.
The spiraled chimney does help with vapor production it seems, but the draw is very much the same as the Goblin: slightly stiffer, but very full.
With the airflow fully opened it does lunghits very comfortably, but it can easily cater to people who prefer a mouth-to-lung hit if the airflow is closed to about 1/4th and below.
The airflow holes are right next to the coils, which also benefits the RTA in a great way. The vapor won’t heat up as much, the flavor will be slightly improved and leaking is a thing of the past.
The way the airflow is built was a point of discussion on the latest Plumes Of Hazard, and it seemed like they weren’t fully getting how it works.
Yes, it has two holes on the side which provide the main airflow to the coils. And yes, it does have those 32 holes on the airflow control ring.
See, the two holes on the side of the tank provide the flow to the coil. When you put the airflow ring on and open it up fully (32 holes), the two holes will remain unrestricted. If you were to combine the 32 holes, you’d get the same hole as the one on the tank.
When you close off a few of the holes on the airflow control ring, the two holes on the side of the tank will only provide as much air as the AFC ring allows.
The reason there are 32 holes is because the precision is higher, there are simply more options to adjust the airflow.
When you twist the AFC ring you’ll be closing off 3 holes on each side at a time, do this 5 times and you’ll end up with a tiny hole on each side.
After all the bottleneck is always the smallest hole…
The deck is a two post model with ample juicechannels to feed some cotton into.
Two posts make it very easy to center the coils, which means you can also position your wicks a lot better.
The Bellus is a special one though, it’s meant for dual coils as a standard, but it also comes with a small adapter to make it single coil compatible.
The silicone adapter slots into a notch on the deck (which is apparently constantly mistaken for an airhole), and on top sits a stainless steel piece that closes off one of the airflow holes on the base.
A special design, but very effective! In fact I would have loved the Goblin to have this option too, but I think I’ll stick with the Bellus from now on!
The Bellus has top fill holes, making it very easy to fill the tank on the go. The top just screws off, with smooth as butter threading I might add, and reveals a 3mm hole on both sides.
The holes fit fine drip droppers easily, and most if not all plastic dripper bottles. Fat tip droppers are tricky though, they tend to spill a bit of juice into the chimney.
Regardless of that little disadvantage, the top fill works great. You don’t have to close off the airflow to fill it, no messing about with 5 parts to fill a tank; just unscrew, fill and vape.
Another big advantage to the Bellus is the ability to switch your coils or wicking without having to drain the tank.
The deck simply comes out of the tank if you unscrew the bottom and keep the tank standing upside down.
The deck fits into two small indentations in the tank, to assure the coils are always positioned just in front of the airflow holes.
Speaking of coils, the tank does have a big disadvantage and that is the restricted room to build coils in.
Anything bigger than 2.5mm will risk touching the chamber and short out, there’s really no room for anything else.
I’ve found 2.4mm inner diameter works best and still has ample room for wick to feed through the coil.
The first build I put in the Bellus was a 0.4ohm dual coil build with 0.51mm Kanthal A1 wire, and it was a good vape.
Very airy, very flavorful, and vaporproduction was on point but it did suffer from slightly dryer hits when chainvaping.
The second build however was a Titanium build for temperature control. 0.1ohm dual coil with 0.49mm Ti01, running on the IPV D2 (which I will also review soon) at 40J limiting at 200°C (392°F).
It’s as if it’s meant to be used like this, it works better than Kanthal, it feels like a perfect vape.
One thing I didn’t quite get was the fact that a spare glass is provided, but there seems to be no way to remove the glass from the tank.
I think it might be easier when you break the tank as you can then reach the chimney, but I don’t plan on breaking it.
UPDATE: I’ve managed to disassemble the glass and chimney after putting the tank in the freezer for a couple of minutes. What happened is not an uncommon occurance with parts that fit together this tightly. The metal alloy used is stainless steel, which can contract and expand depending on temperature. Add the presence of o-rings into the mix, and you have a solid way to keep busy with prying the parts from each other.
The Bellus looks good. It does. There’s no question about it, I don’t care what you say. It’s a sexy looking RTA.
The simplicity is what works for the Bellus. The only thing I don’t like is the font they used for the branding, but it’s still subtle so it’s also easy to overlook.
One thing I would have loved is that they followed Innokins example and included a glass driptip, which would look so great on this tank.
Unfortunately that would also negate the spiraled driptips functionality though…
Other than that the Bellus just looks good with its straight lines and small profile.
Because despite being a 5ml tank it does actually look smaller than most others of that capacity.
Have a look for yourself…
Pros and Cons.
* Wide airflow
* Looks awesome
* Leak proof!
* Spiraled chimney and driptip
* Threading is smooth as butter
* Single coil adapter
* Big juicechannels
* Switch coils/wicks without draining the tank
* Almost impossible to switch the glass See UPDATE above.
* Somewhat stiffer draw
* Can only fit coils below 2.5mm inner diameter
* Comic Sans
* The airflow seems to confuse people (I’m kidding, people!)
The Bellus is proof that Youde Technology knows what it’s doing. The design is beautiful, the machining is perfect, the performance is great.
I never thought I’d set my Goblin aside but the Bellus will replace its spot in my rotation and will surely pop up in my juice reviews in the future.
Running Ti01 builds feels as a perfect vape, and carrying the tank around on the IPV D2 makes for a perfect on-the-road setup.
I think the Goblin has finally been replaced in my rotation, and that was hard to do.
In closing I would like to thank Youde Technology for sending me the Bellus for review! I hope to review more Youde gear in the future!
And of course all of you who read my reviews, thank you very much!
Join me for the next review where I will discuss the new Innokin iSub Apex tank combined with the Innokin Disrupter, a perfect starterkit or flavorchaser!
I’m always looking for more opportunities to review! Do you think your stuff has what it takes? Get in touch!
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*SirRisc disappears in a cloud of strawberry cream scented vapor*