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Types of Rebuildable Atomizers.


Today we will be covering different types of rebuildable atomizers and discover how far beneficial they can be; our normal sub ohm tanks as well as deciding what tanks suits your vaping style. There are a lot of different names for different rebuildable out there. Let’s talk about RBAs (Rebuildable Base Atomizer) which essentially is a blanket term for all three of types of rebuildables.

The first and most original form of rebuildable is known as the RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer)

This is regarded as the best for flavour delivery as well as vape production with immense cloud. It’s set by an easy installation of prebuilt coils- which we’ll talk about later in the conversation, in the post of the atomizer. After this we will fit organic cotton through the channel of the coil. Once this is done one will apply E-Liquid or juice onto the cotton which is more commonly known as the wick.

Now as you vape the juice the cotton will start drying up leaving the wick unsaturated or primed with liquid at which point you’ll need to drip more flavour to saturate the wick and can then continue vaping.

The wick, depending on the coil and juice you using, averagely goes dry after between 4-10 hits. This style of vaping is very direct, however can become quite tedious and non – convenient for users, especially if they’re people on the go. This tank requires vaper to constantly carry there bottle of juice with them.

Which bring us to our next rebuildable which is known as the RTA (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer).

An RTA is very similar to our normal sub-ohm tanks as there’s a glass around the entire atomizer and instead of having a screw in coil the RTA will have a RBA, which is located at the bottom of the tank and is where you would install your prebuilt coils and wick. Now just like the RDA there are many different designs and sizes of RTAs out there, with some allowing for single or dual coils.

As the tank has the surrounding glass around the build deck, it becomes a genius way to keep the cotton saturated without the vaper having to drip after a couple hits. The flavour and cloud production coming off and RTA can match the likes of a RDA.

However the only issue that can arise is that certain RTA’s have a bottom adjustable airflow (usually older RTA tanks) and depending on the design of the tank there might have to require a specific wicking style to ensure that it doesn’t leak. Newer RTA’s have the adjustable airflow at the top of the RTA which promises no leaking.

We can combat leaking issues with our third and last rebuildable which is also know as an RDTA (Rebuildable Dripper Tank Atomizer).

RDTA’S move the build deck to the top half of the tank or atomizer, when put into perspective it looks like and RDA on top of a tank.

Again, you’ll need to install coils in the deck alongside your wick. The wick is altered, compared to other rebuildables, as the wick must be quite long on the outside of either end of the coil, allowing the wick ends to sit in the tank filled with juice underneath the build. Basically the tank at the bottom serves as a reservoir of juice.

If you have your tank/reservoir filled your cotton will always be saturated, as the cotton that sits in the tank will absorb the juice and send it along the wick straight to the coils.

In terms of flavour and cloud production the RDTA won’t necessarily deliver as opposed to the like of the other rebuildables and this is because there is not enough juice allowed in the wick and must be vaped at low wattages, to maintain a saturated wick. Sadly RDTAs are becoming very few and far between.

Here is a breakdown of the various vape devices below.

Types of Rebuildables Pros Cons
RDA -Best flavour -Tedious to drip
(Rebuildable Dripper Atomizer) -Best cloud and vape production -Dry hits if you forget to drip
  -Relatively cheaper -Constantly must have E-liquid on hand
  -No leaking  
  -Comes with an option for single or dual coil  
RTA’s -Faster wicking than RDTA -Leaks if not wicked correctly and has bottom airflow
(Rebuildable Tank Atomizer) -Convenience of a surrounding tank -Not versatile
  -Easy to fill  
  -Great will flavour and cloud production  
  -Leak proof if has a top airflow  
RDTA -Perfect as it combines the RDA as well as theRTAs -Some are hard to refill
(Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer) -Great flavour -Harder to wick
  -Leak proof -Wicking is slower than RTA
    -Too large


When it comes to coils for rebuildables, we refer to them as pre built or wrapped coils, with allocated informational display of the coil itself, along with the ohms of the coil.

One can also purchase a spool of wire and wrap it yourself, which comes in different gages or sizes as well as different property of metals.

Coil gages are commonly used between 18-40 gage wires, the higher the gage, the thinner the wire essentially. Most common properties of metal used n coils are Kanthal, Titanium, Stainless Steel, Steel and Nichrome (NI80).

Each metal property will allocate a unique vaping experience as some are more stipulated for cloud production and others are more for flavour. Depending on the amount if wraps your coil has and the type of metal property that is used, will determine the coils resistance, versus the mods battery output in terms of power or wattage.


Every tank that is built and designed has its own unique design of airflow that indefinitely contributes to the flavour output.

Sounds silly however, the science behind it proves elsewise. It’s important to remember that the airflow is a vital part of the vaporization cycle, and it’s up to the user to see what tank best suits them, not only to flavour, but also on the airflow ability, wether it’s a harder pull or a free flow.


Essentially when it comes to an RBA tank, the best way to decide what’s best suited for you is if you have a look at the convenience of the tank and how it matches your day to day life, as well as your vaping goal.

Ideally if you looking for a vast amount of volume in terms of flavour and cloud production, the RDA will be a better option. However, it can be tedious and not very convenient especially, if you’re a person on the go.

If so, a RTA will best suit your needs, as this caters for one not to carry a bottle of juice with them, and depending on the tank and the design, this can promise no leaking.

RDTAs are becoming obsolete, as newer designed RTAs are taking over the market.

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