RBT Splinter Review – The 510 Sensei

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RastaBuddhaTao is a one-man operation who has brought us sweet devices like the Milaana before. Steph sought out to bring the heating tech in the Milaana into a 510-compatible format. Thus, the Splinter was born. A powerhouse of a dry herb 510 vape atomizer that can stand toe-to-toe with even desktop units in the right configuration, it’s a real looker. Check out our RBT Splinter review here!

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Review: RastaBuddhaTao Splinter (RBT Splinter)

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter Review

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter heating chamber

How it Works

The Splinter is a bit more involved than other devices. Once you’ve found the right mod and twisted the Splinter onto it, load up one of the basket screens. The screen should already be pressed into a stem.

After that just insert the stem, depress the power button of your mod and inhale. We recommend twisting the stem after each hit or so to get the best results.

The RBT Splinter vaporizer is more involved due to the mod selection, firmware choices and of course wattage settings. What settings work for one person is not guaranteed to work for you, so you’ll likely have to tinker around before you can even start getting optimal results.RastaBuddhaTao Splinter available colors

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter power control

Temperature Flexibility

The options are limitless in this regard. You have three main options to choose from with the Splinter; the default firmware on your box mod or ArticFox and FunkyJunky firmware for compatible devices. FJ firmware allows you to use ‘Cruise Control’, which we covered in our Tubo Evic review.

So you can go from scorching hot and even combustion to smooth wispy hits that are packed full of flavor. And if you want something with more cloud, then check out the Utillian 421 that has 6 different temperature settings for more options and temperature control. It’s hard to say what the best setting is as it depends on your mod, batteries, preferences, and even ambient temperature!

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter mouth piece

Vapor Quality

For a 510 powered device, we were pleasantly surprised. Genuinely a heavy hitter, provided you have a mod capable of the performance.

The cooling stem in our eyes is a must-have accessory and almost makes a water bubbler redundant.

Not to say bong hits with a Splinter aren’t heavenly. Full of flavor, good extraction, and nice clouds of vapor. However, if you are looking for something with better airflow, the Utillian 722 with its convection heating chamber could be it.

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter front display

Manufacturing Quality

Gorgeous. Handmade by a 1 man operation, the Splinter and related units are all just great to look at. The heating element is intricate yet durable and extremely powerful. Compatible with most 510 mods (we recommend a good one, however), using an 18mm joint for mouthpiece options, and just built like a tank. Unless you prefer a magnetic cap and mouthpiece like the one featured in the Utillian 722, they’re built to last and we don’t doubt it either!

Included in the set is a basic kit consisting of the atomizer itself, glass mouthpiece, pack of screens, stir stick, and 1-year warranty. Not really anything special and we would’ve liked to see one more mouthpiece included.RastaBuddhaTao Splinter tank

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter batteryBattery Life

Whichever mod you choose will play a big role in the battery life. Most single 18650 mods will probably yield you between 4-6 chambers depending on your usage habits.

Double that for mods that house two battery cells. If you’re a daily user and have big group sessions, a double cell mod like the Mighty Vaporizer, would probably do well for you. Most people should be fine with a single 18650 though.

Of course, the battery is removable as well on any mod you’ll want to use with the Splinter, so that’s a big bonus!

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter with armor case

Portability

Portability strictly depends on your choice of stem and mod affixed to the Splinter. It is up to you to decide how to use RBT Splinter. No matter which stem and mod you choose though, the entire package is going to be pretty chunky and not so pocket-able.

Not to say it’s not portable, but you’ll want extra-large pockets or something like the Armor Case. Of all the 510 dry herb vape mods, it’s definitely the biggest one. For those looking for similar vapor production in a smaller package definitely check out the Arizer Air 2

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter in hand

Ease of Use

Compared to your standard dry herb vaporizer setup, the Splinter has a bit of a learning curve. But between all the 510 dry herb vaporizer attachments, the Splinter is among the easiest to use.

Though you can fine-tune the experience by adjusting your power settings and even modify the select firmware manually, it doesn’t require some of the more complex steps like others. No coil changing or TCR settings, just fire and forget once you find your ideal wattages.

Cleaning is incredibly simple. The stem and screen are the only pieces that should be in contact with your herb, which can be thrown into a glass of isopropyl alcohol and squeaky clean in minutes. About as simple to clean as the Arizer Solo 2, which is one of the easiest vapes to clean of them all.

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter in another hand

Discreetness

The RBT Splinter isn’t small by any means. In fact, it’s like a mini log on top of your mod. It has quite the girth and vapes under 28mm in width will have some overhang with the Splinter. The fact it’s so big and bulky (and made of wood) makes it a looker-on top of any mod and will probably generate some attention. If you’re always on the go and need something petite & discreet, it might not be your best pick and we suggest checking out the small but powerful Zeus Arc.

To add to that, the stem adds a few inches more of length to the whole package and it very much doesn’t look like your average e-cig at that point. Even though you can knock out a fresh bowl in 15-30 seconds flat and it’s on a traditional box mod, it’s not very discreet at all.

RastaBuddhaTao Splinter full kitOverall Experience

The Splinter is a pleasant surprise for those who want something capable of converting their box mod into a dry herb vaporizer.

Good hits, great flavor, modular, reliable, well made and just rubs us in all the right ways. However, it’s chunky, you’ll have to tinker with it to get the best results, and it’s not all so portable.

If you have questions about our RBT Splinter vaporizer review or just want to let us know what you think, feel free to drop us a comment below! Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to keep up to date with all our contests, sales alerts, and other fun stuff! Thanks for reading and as always, keep vapin’!

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A certified medical patient and longtime enthusiast, James is also a professional athlete and passionate music enthusiast with a love for gaming and travelling. Between enjoying life to the fullest with a focus on health and psychology, he likes to incorporate herb into his weekly routine to strengthen the bond between mind and body. As a self-proclaimed music nerd and tech fiend, he has hobbies all across the board.

12 Comments

  1. Avatar for Simon
    Simon on

    I’ve used the splinter all weekend and it is really a great vape. It works really well, is easy to use and produces very nice vapor and flavor. The battery life could have been better otherwise, this device is giving me the best overall vape experience.

  2. Avatar for Lendal
    Lendal on

    I love this thing and using this one for 2 months. The vapor quality is pretty good and also it’s very easy to use as well as very easy to clean. I am using it with my e-liquid mod and it’s working perfectly with it. Very satisfied with this product.

  3. Avatar for Martin
    Martin on

    I’m really loving what this little device offers! It’s a great overall package and works almost same as the desktop vapes. It provides really great vapors and is very easy to use. I also like the stylish design of it and the material used in the manufacturing of this vape looks real solid!

  4. Avatar for Garett
    Garett on

    It looks absolutely awesome. It is made up of great quality wood and the wood construction gives it an almost vintage style and the dark blue mouthpiece is unusual, but I love it! I also have a small mod which makes this device a fairly discreet vape and it is also easy to set it up and use it. Its vapor is simply delicious and extremely pure-tasting.

  5. Avatar for Habish
    Habish on

    Splinter in beautiful bubinga brings a whole new level to herb vaporization. I love this atomizer the convection power of the Splinter knocks out some super tasty vapour and this also is a huge advantage when it comes to efficiency as you are not heating your herb while not inhaling . Using the Splinter is really quite simple, but there is some guidelines that should be followed.

  6. Avatar for Ruby
    Ruby on

    Best attachment for the herbs. I have recently bought the Utillian 5 and need an attachment to vape herbs and one of my friends suggested me to buy this vape. That was my best decision because it’s working perfectly with Utillian 5’s battery. Enjoying it a lot.

  7. Avatar for Vester
    Vester on

    Is simply amazing, I own a solo 2, firefly 2, mighty, sticky brick and volcano and got to say this is my go to vape from now on … Instant heat up, big clouds, taste is phenomenal and being that any 510 mod is used for it the battery life (depending on mod used) can be a real game changer if out and about and using all day long . Recommend you getting a cooling mouthpiece for this as the standard one can be a little harsh but still decent.

  8. Avatar for Alice
    Alice on

    Best attachment to use the herbs. It works best with all the ejuices and waxes vape that has 510 thread size. I am using this attachment with my Vaporesso Revenger and using it on 30 watts. The quality of vapors is very pure and smooth. Enjoying it a lot.

  9. Avatar for Kieran
    Kieran on

    A great 510 thread size attachment of herbs It took me some time to find the right wattage and draw technique to use, but once I got it down this became one of my favourite vapes. I’ve tried running it in TCR mode as well using a couple of different settings I’ve found on reddit and FC but haven’t really loved any of them as much as a traditional session vape so I am using the Splinter strictly in wattage mode.

  10. Avatar for Isabella
    Isabella on

    I’m finally able to enjoy my herb, for the first time I can taste the flavors. Easy to use, easy to clean and of course it’s Stylish! I have been using this attachment with my Utillian 5 for 2 months and enjoying it a lot. It looks a little odd on my Utillian 5 but surely works perfectly so no problem at all.

  11. Avatar for Allison
    Allison on

    I recently bought this attachment to convert my e-liquid vape into the herbal vape. I have been using the Smok H-priv kit for 8 months and new into the herbal world so don’t know anything about it. One of my friends suggested this attachment and I love using this vape. The quality is good and pure but not very satisfying. I will purchase herbal vape soon.

  12. Avatar for Cherish
    Cherish on

    I have been using the E-liquid vapes since 2012. Recently my doctor suggested me to vape the herbs, and I didn’t have any herbal vape. So I decided to buy this one, so I can convert my E-liquid vape into Herbal one. Good quality, good vapors, pretty easy to use, and cleaning is a breeze. But the glass part is very fragile, so you need to take care of it.

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