Sometimes you wanna get past all the technical lingo and just vape. That’s fine, but having a working knowledge of your gear tends to be very important to get the most out of your dollar and your vape. Today, let’s cover three of the three-letter acronyms that dominate the industry.
At one time, RBAs were the go to for a quick solution, but things evolve quickly in the vaping world.
This is arguably the largest facet of vaping atomizer systems. Rebuildable atomizers are typically intended for experienced users that have an understanding of the mechanics involved in a build. But everyone has to start somewhere. RBA’s essentially mean that the user is interested in using their own custom coils but needs a place to start.
Rebuildable means that the atomizers can be assembled over and over using a wick and wire. RBA's do not work right away, the buildable aspect means that they require assembly.
RBAs are some of the most basic types of vaping devices. It has no tank so you have to physically drip your e-juice onto the device’s wick. There is a small juice reservoir inside the RDA that can hold several drips of juice, but after getting around ten good puffs, you have to re-drip more e-juice onto the cotton or wick medium.
On a separate note, this lends itself to why cloud chasing and the like get so competitive. There’s an aspect of engineering involved as the performance of a rebuildable atomizer is very much dependant on how well the user assembles the wick and wire and the quality of both elements.
Regardless, RBAs are among the most basic types of devices you’ll find for vaping.
What are the benefits to using RBAs?
At one time, back in the stone-age of vaping, store-bought "drop in coils" were not as readily available. Rebuildable atomizers were the only way to get a high-performance vape.
That’s changed, but now RBAs are used by purists who not only want to save buck or two, but want to calibrate to a specific preference or search for that preference with a wider variety of options.
Though the landscape of vaping technology has continued to change, it’s worth noting that this basic piece of gear has its place in every serious vapers arsenal.
Rebuildable Drip Atomizer
RDA is a class of atomizer that is certainly divisive among vapers. Inside, you will find negative and positive connection points where the coil is inserted. Some experienced users will tell you that the flavor that you get from a freshly dripped atomizer is out of this world.
If you’re going to be the encyclopedic wealth of knowledge on vaping that your friends expect you to be, then you’ve got to try it!
Perhaps the biggest reason for getting into this style is that they allow for a more complex coil setup and the airflow makes your coil less likely to overheat. With all the airflow and extra room for coils, one might try firing their vaporizer at higher temps too.
This is all open for experimentation, that’s the reason for getting into rebuildables after all!
Rebuildable Tank Atomizer
The RTA category is for anything that falls under a tank system and is rebuildable. This is quite the voyage. The main concept here is that an atomizer inside of a tank filled with liquid will slowly feed juice to it through the wick, rather than all at once, or directly like we discussed with the previous categories.
So where do the categories meet? RTA's and RDA's are both types of rebuildable atomizers.
The Rebuildable Drip Atomizer: This is a dripper system
The RDA is by far the most popular system among cloud chasers. If you want large, dense clouds,try to start a build on an RDA. With an RDA, you literally drip the liquid from a bottle into the tank, sometimes referred to as re-dripping.
With rebuildables, the main construction comes down to optimizing your own coil. Essentially, you’re deciding which materials work best for your needs and then physically wrapping a coil, attaching it to whatever system you’re working with and then adding a wick.
There are a plethora of options when deciding how to customize your build. Consider your RBA type and the desired vape style you wish to achieve.
RDAs typically require that you drip your juice inside, vape it off (two or three puffs), then drip some more. An additional advantage with this is that you can change up your liquids more frequently, rather than get stuck with a flavor you’re not actively enjoying.
If you find that packing the extra bottles of e-juice to be more hassle than perhaps it’s time to look into the next phase of your vaping journey, the RTA may be a better choice.
RTAs: Rebuildable Tank Atomizers
This is a tank-based system.
An RTA is a tank system with a rebuildable coil which you fill and vape until the liquid is gone and requires a fill again. The convenience comes with a small performance sacrifice and RTAs tend to have more difficulty associated with the build because they are assembled in multiple segments.
Nevertheless, RTAs are still popular with those prepared to invest some learning time. Many vapers got to this setup for the flavor qualities it can provide. So if you’re doing this build and end up with some off flavor, then it’s best to try again or adjust. Just remember to be patient and try again.
RTAs are perfect when you are out because you don’t have to re-drip your atomizer constantly. Instead, you just fill the tank and start vaping. In most cases, RTAs typically offer lower power levels than the RDAs, which is the reason why the latter is capable of producing larger clouds.
However, the RTAs provide vapers a more convenient and vaping experience and is better at preserving flavor than most of the RDAs.
Sub Ohm Tanks
RTAs transition nicely to discussing sub-ohm tanks. Sub-Ohm tanks are easy to install and feature some particular conveniences ( more on that) and the price point is agreeable, if you’re vaping on a budget.
The setup for a sub-ohm tank uses pre-made coils, these can come seperate for the tank, so the drop-ins here allow for some customization. The coils that you pick out here are loaded with cotton and wire.
Like many technologies in the vaping world, sub-ohm tanks have advance greatly. Over the years they’ve become much more powerful. Where the power cutoff was much lower, now we see these kinds of tanks running over 100 watts.
Sub-Ohm Tanks are ideal for beginners, but you’ll find some experienced users with these in their arsenal as well.
It’s a convenience option for many, as one simply installs the coil, primes the device then screws it together.
Give the coil some time to absorb the e-juice and then you’re good to go. Times can vary based on the size of the tank you’re using, coil, materials etc.
Like we said, these easy to use – even for beginners, and you’ll get cloud density without the hassle of a complex set up (Cheating? We don’t think so). This is another option that has many choices for great tank setups. So do some research and experiment to find your preference.
Which Atomizer is for you?
As you will find, there are several kinds of atomizers, but they will all have something in common:
When rebuilding or building for the first time, you will always find the posts to be positive and negative charged. There will always be at least one positive post, for connecting to the mod, and one negative post.
Let’s say your atomizer is running more than one negative post and running more than one coil, for instance dual or quad coils,(this is called running your atomizer in parallel because there is only one source of power via the positive post). This is called dividing the resistance because the coils use the same power source.
Now, check out the ideal setup for you, rebuildables are a great way around wasting money on a stock coil. If you’re particularly concerned about flavors or not getting what you want out of your current setup, it’s time to try your own build.
As for which one is better, that all depends upon your preferences and needs. If you just want to vape without re-dripping too constantly, then you’d better choose the RTA. But if you are a cloud chaser or you want to have a taste of different juice flavors, then you will probably appreciate the experience the RDA can offer.