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If you've been vaping for a while, you might have gotten past the phase of convenient store-bought e-cigarettes and pre-packaged coils. You've likely been subjected to the debate over dripping and custom coils. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it.
In our last article, we explored the differences between RTA and RDA tanks. But maybe you're looking for something that combines the best of both worlds? The RDTA tank system is designed to bridge that gap effectively.
What is an RDTA tank?
RDTA stands for Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer. RTA atomizers put their tanks on top of a buildable deck and use a chimney to draw the smoke juice to the drip cap. You don't have to refill it as often, though you do trade off a little flavor with the extra space between the drip cap and the coils.
RDA's eliminate the tank. In its place, the drip cap is closer to the coils, meaning you plenty more direct flavor from your vape. Of course, this means that you exchange the ability to be mobile with your vape while using it, which is a significant trade-off you need to consider.
RDTA's bridge that gap between mobility and taste by situating the build deck over the tank. It uses a wicking system, and in some cases, a pump system to pull the e-juice from the tank directly onto the coils. You can carry more e-juice at a time and don't need to refill it as often, making you just as mobile as if you had an RTA tank but with none of the drop off in flavor.
RDTA's come with a variety of parts. There's usually the build deck, a housing, and the tank. Most RDTA's also have several adjustable air holes to allow a tighter draw and a better throat hit. The build deck can have between two and four posts for additional coils depending on the model you buy.
Essentially, you'll get all the flavor from an RDTA that you lose from an RTA, while still being able to carry more vape juice than with an RDA.
What is an RTA?
An RTA is similar in many ways to the RDTA in that it has a tank that allows you to carry more smoke juice around with you while you vape. Unlike the RDTA, however, the build deck is beneath the tank and uses gravity to move the juice down onto the coils. The smoke is then sucked up to the drip cap by way of a chimney.
Both the RDTA and the RTA allow you to carry a decent supply of vape juice with you on the go, but the chimney function on the RTA means there's a little more space between you and the coils. You'll get noticeably less flavor out of most RTA vaping systems because of this small difference.
Like the RDTA, most RTAs have adjustable air holes to allow you to customize the draw on your coils. But because of the gravity pushing down on the liquid, RTA's have more leaking issues than the RDTA unless you remember to close the vents. Even then, some leaking can continue.
Which One is Better?
Though they both have advantages and disadvantages, in our opinion the RDTA is superior.
Unlike the question of the RTA vs. the RDA, there is a pretty clear advantage to the RDTA. You get the tank, more flavor, less chance of leaking, and a pretty good system, all in one neat package. Quite a few people still say that there is a difference in quality and flavor between the RDA and the RDTA, even though they are very similar in many ways and operate on the same principles.
But the RDTA is not the last word on rebuildable atomizers. There is still that pesky loss of flavor, though not as steep from the RDTA and the RTA.
There are currently efforts to bridge further the gap between the flavor offered by an RDA and portability of the RTA or RDTA. So-called Squonk mods pull liquid straight up from a massive tank with a simple pump and inject it directly onto your coils. We'll be sure to keep you informed on developments with this in future blog posts.