District F5ve is a manufacturing company based out of Los Angeles, CA infamous for releasing high quality products to enhance your daily setup. Although the Cosmonaut (CSMNT) RDA is their first atomizer project, you would not be able to tell if it was under inspection with a neutron microscope. What I’m saying is, District F5ve has executed an awesome design with extreme attention to detail. With years of experience manufacturing accessories for other company’s atomizers, District F5ve has finally decided to step into the manufacturing spotlight. With no pun intended, I will be the first to say that both the design and precision of this RDA are out of this world! Let’s take off into the unknown and explore the magnificent wonders of the CSMNT RDA.
One of my favorite aspects of this RDA is definitely the airflow. It’s not often that you find an RDA that you can honestly say has the perfect draw, this one did it for me. The airflow on this atomizer is ideal for any experience you desire. The AFC system is by far the smoothest I’ve ever felt, it just seems to glide along the sleeve as you adjust it with your fingertips. The tolerance of the AFC o-rings is just tight enough to maintain its placement while in your pocket or bouncing around in your car. Besides the fact that the AFC system is buttery smooth, the draw does not get wonky as you adjust it down. This is something I have experienced with Tanks, RDA’s, RDTA’s, you name it. When the draw is full open it’s always fantastic, but as you dial it down the draw is not the same.
This is not the case with the CSMNT RDA. This improvement in AFC functionality may have something to do with the way the chaffer directs airflow into the slots, delivering a consistently smoother draw.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the design of the deck is definitely a love/hate relationship. First of all, I have to give District F5ve mucho brownie points for utilizing such a unique deck design. The conceptualization of the deck is flawlessly executed, and results in an extremely easy building experience. I built mine with ease without it even being mounted to a mod! At first glance I was skeptical about the skill level needed to build this RDA, but was quickly blown away by the simplicity. Simply build your coils, cut your leads short, and install. Also, I cannot express how much gratitude I have for District F5ve for opting with stainless steel flat-head screws, opposed to the cheap aluminum allens we would expect from this deck design.
Additionally, the work that went into the etching of both the deck and sleeve is impressive to say the least. The gold plating is extremely solid, and does not rub or scratch off after short term use. All of these superb features factored in with the astronomically huge post holes result in a deck that can virtually fit any coil. Check out this build from @rockinbuls, for an example of just how absurd of a coil you can fit in this RDA.
Also, more brownie points to District F5ve for spotlighting the use of the unique material ultem for the CSMNT’s drip tip and comp cap. Although ultem does not serve any superior purpose over a material like delrin, it does look really cool. Plus who’s better at adding decorative items to their setups that offer no legitimate performance boost than a bunch of car guys! JK D5, I know low blow.
But enough comparing deck sizes, let’s launch off into another category! Another huge talking point of this RDA is the functionality. I’ve been using the CSMNT nonstop for a week, and not once have I experienced spit-back. While other companies include little turbo fans or annoying screens to combat spit-back, these guys did it with no additional features. Also, I have not yet experienced any leaking from this RDA. I accredit this to the huge gap between the juice well and airflow slot, forcing juice to travel much further before for it to leak out of your atty. Is this just a bi-product of an amazing design, or did District F5ve plan-et that way?
Now with all these positives there is sure to be some negatives, unfortunately that’s just the way the world works. I do not have a long list of cons for this device, but there are a few specs that rattle my bones. Lets step back to the deck for a second. As I stated before, my relationship with this deck is a double edged sword. Although the unique deck design grants passage to the most alien of coils, that exact design creates the most noticeable con; the flavor intensity. I attribute this to all of the negative space left in the chamber, due to the post-less deck. The flavor on this RDA is honestly 2 or 3 steps above par, which is just not good enough these days. Consumers demand a product that blows massive clouds, retains leaking and spit-back, and still offers exceptional flavor at a low price point! Only in a perfect world right…
Additionally, I do have a few more cons about this deck that need to come to light. Firstly, the reoccurring theme seems to be that the design of this deck is both a blessing and a curse. The post-less deck creates an enormous build space, as well as a user friendly build platform. However, removing the deck from your mod can prove itself to be quite difficult. Since the deck is post-less, this does not leave any room for grip to remove your atomizer. If you do not wish to burn your fingers on hot coils or wet your fingertips from moist cotton, you better hope you have some tools nearby. I am forced to use needle-nose pliers to remove the deck from my mod, although I’m sure there is a much more logical solution.
My last gripe with this deck has to be the wicking. Not to say that people haven’t figured out how to get this atty to wick great. As myself representing the casual user, I have not. The design of the deck tempts you to extend the ends of the cotton and tuck those ends into the massive well. However, since the coils sit significantly higher up it is difficult to burn the excess juice at the bottom. Currently I am running a dual clapton coil with the wicks short and bow-tied, and that seems to be working pretty well.
Irregardless, it really pains me that I cannot take advantage of all that room for cotton in the well. For optimal wicking, I believe a massive clapton single coil with wicks hanging off the sides would probably work best. Since I am not a builder, I will have to leave it up to you to determine which coil and wick method works best.
Although I have already proven myself to be a solid spokesperson for the CSMNT’s airflow design, I must state some flaws I’ve experienced with the “Beastly” competition cap included with every atomizer. First of all, it is awesome that District F5ve includes their proprietary comp cap with every atomizer, especially at the current price point. It’s even better that it comes in their signature material ultem. However, the design of this comp cap should have been tested by a wider variety of demographics. Particularly demographics with wider lips!
When I first assembled the “Beastly” cap and attached it to the atty, I thought I had assembled it incorrectly. At first I did! It took me a few tries to realize the tabs on the AFC portion of the cap are meant to be facing up, giving space between the channels. Once I had the cap assembled correctly, I put my lips to the beautifully crafted mouthpiece and pulled air until my lungs content. Only to receive no airflow! Well, technically partial airflow.
My lips and surrounding areas of my mouth were blocking the airflow channels, therefore impeding the flow of air. Granted that I may have abnormally large lips and an extremely awkward ritual of how I hit a dripper, I simply could not use the competition cap. I found myself wiggling the tip around in my mouth trying to find a spot where I would not block the channels. This would not be an issue if the attached tip was say, 3-5mm longer. However, since the tip is so short it forces me to bring the entire cap closer to my mouth which in turn blocks the airflow channels. Although I did not find much use for the competition cap on the CSMNT RDA, I put the cap on my Syntheticloud Alpine RDTA. This accessory seems to be made just for the Alpine, as I believe it enhances both the height and aesthetics of that particular tank.
Finally, my last extremely petty gripe with this atty is once again, a double edged sword. The drip tip is fantastically wide, which allows you to drip through the tip with ease. Also since the design of the deck places the coils dead center, dripping through the tip evenly saturates your coils. Compared to traditional post decks, where dripping through the tip results in juice dispersing down your posts. However, I am not a fan of this wicking method. I much prefer to drip juice directly onto exposed cotton and coils for a visual reference of how much juice I am applying. While the overall construct of this RDA is mesmerizing, this design basically forces you to drip through the tip. Removing the top cap to drip results in fumbling to realign the AFC, especially if you are on the go. While removing the sleeve to re-wick will most likely result in juice running down your mod, due to the lack of depth in the juice well. While this is definitely not a deal-breaker it sure does erk the hell out of me, forcing me to relinquish certain tendencies while dripping.
One question that I’ve been getting a’lot recently from friends who see me using the CSMNT, is regarding the small gap in the atty between the top cap and sleeve. People ask me, “Does that gap actually have a purpose to provide airflow, or is it merely for aesthetics?”. My answer is neither. It seems to me that the top cap gap is intended to enhance the tolerance of the AFC. Since the top cap is not making as much contact with the sleeve, this allows the o-rings to do all the heavy lifting. The top cap has a small lip below the where the gap is created, which allows the cap to snap perfectly into the sleeve.
While some may think that District F5ve is incorporating meaningless designs into their atty, the proof is in the pudding. Well, in this case the tolerance of the AFC and the ideal fitment of all of its components.
Despite my extremely petty cons listed above, the CSMNT has quickly become one of my favorite RDA’s. The construction quality of this atty is unparalleled, and one must really admire all aspects that went into this design. One thing that impressed me the most about this atty is the overall weight and solid feel. With my stainless steel version the top cap and sleeve alone is almost a full ounce in weight! I recently dropped my atty getting out of my car (I know I’m not the only one). The atty then preceded to roll down my hill, making contact with multiple objects in its way. When I finally caught up with my atty, the CSMNT remained unscathed! Classy as ever and still completely assembled. Now that’s impressive.
In an age where Tanks are quickly becoming the new dripper, will the CSMNT RDA have enough gravity to pull users back into their manufacturing cosmos? For an authorized retailer that is not light-years away, the CSMNT RDA can be purchased directly from District F5ve or vape stores across the United States.
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