What are the Differences Between RTA and RDA Atomizer Tanks?
If you've gotten this far, you've likely advanced your vaping journey from the store-bought mods and coils. By now, you've probably looked on with envy as friends generated epic clouds. That means you might be ready to take the next step.
If you're looking to get in on the fun of rebuildable atomizers, we're here to help break it down for you. You'll need to learn a few things about Ohm's Law, of course, but beyond that, you will probably need at least some understanding of what sort of rebuildable atomizers are out there and what is best for you. In this post, we'll tackle RTA tanks and RDA tanks - what they are, and which are better for you.
What Are RTA Tanks?
RTA stands for Rebuildable Tank Atomizer. Much like the store-bought tanks you're probably used to, it has a full juice tank on top of a build deck. Most RTA tanks also have adjustable air slots on the bottom to allow a little customization in the amount of air you're drawing in.
It tends to draw a lot like a store-bought tank, using a chimney to pull the smoke up to the drip tip. The big difference is that the build deck allows for custom made coils and provides the ability to use different cotton for a wick. This feature guarantees a better vaping experience with better flavor than your standard tank and ensures that you aren't constantly refilling.
The most significant advantage to the RTA is the tank. Most rebuildable atomizers require that you continuously supply the coils with direct drips. An RTA takes care of that for you, allowing for a much more leisurely and hands-free experience.
Unfortunately, RTA builds tend to leak through the bottom air holes often. They are usually adjustable, however, and you can take care of some of the dripping merely by making sure to close the air vents while it's in your pocket.
What Are RDA Tanks?
An RDA is a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer. That means it doesn't have a tank but draws the e-juice through a wick dipped into a juice well. They usually feature posts to allow from two to four individual coils placed onto the build deck.
Because they don't have a tank, RDA's are usually shorter, meaning they have a shorter path from the coils to the drip tip. This advantage means that it preserves much more flavor during the vape and creates much larger clouds. If you're looking to get the most flavor from the vape, RDA's are the way to go.
Without the tank, RDA's require constant refilling directly into the drip cap to refill the juice well. They're not the right option if you're vaping on the go, but many people think the trade-off in flavor is well worth the effort.
Which is Better, RTA or RDA
There isn't a clear answer to this. Of course, that doesn't mean there aren't strong opinions on both sides. It's mostly a matter of personal preference, where you're going to be and what you'll be doing.