Steve at Jungle Juice takes a hard look into the key differences between RTA, RBA and RDA’s. Every option will give the end result in producing vape however some may yield more flavour but the trade off involves some user intervention with building or if your preferred route is convenience then theres an alternate option or that too! Oh and dont forget…Use code JUNGLE15 for 15% off all Juice HERE
So lets dive in, Steve breaks it all down…
The atomizer is a vital hardware piece of a vaping device. Atomizers can be divided into three main categories disposable Atomizers, Replaceable coil head Atomizers and Rebuildable Atomizers (RBA). Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RBAs) are available with varying properties and characteristics which can be further divided into four categories. Each type is labeled with a distinctive acronym starting with the letter “R” (for Rebuild-able). In this article we are going to discuss and compare Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA) and Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer (RTA), to help you find the right atomizer based upon your preferences. It is vital to understand each type of atomizer in order to decide, the best option for your cloud ‘chunking’ needs.
What is an RBA?
RBA (ReBuild-able Atomizer) – a universal term used for atomizer units containing a deck upon which coils and wicks (also known as ‘builds’) are mounted. The word RBA literally denotes the property of physically wrapping the coil, affixing it to the system, and adding a wick to allow for smooth vapor production. The builds can be categorized according to RBA types and can be modified by the user according to their vaping preferences.
Benefits of using RBAs
The main benefit of using these types of atomizers is the option of customizing the coil assembly to achieve the desired resistance. RBAs are one of the options capable of achieving a high-performance vape – another one being the ‘out of the box’ drop-in coils – which are used by perfectionists who want to gauge their vape for a splendid experience with minimum costs. RBAs can be divided into these sub-categories:
  1. Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA)
  2. Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer (RDA)
  3. Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer (RDTA)
What is an RTA?
RTA (Rebuild-able Tank Atomizer) – a type of rebuildable atomizer (RBA) with a posted deck and is enclosed by a sealed metal chamber cap. It is encompassed with a tank pool for containing the e-juice. The chamber cap is linked to a chimney which routes the vape to the drip tip. Gravity, along with pressure, helps push the e-juice into the tank and down the chamber cap and finally up through the channels present around the girth of the deck. Ends of the soaking wick are placed in these channels, and by the process of diffusion, the e-liquid is passed from the wick on to the coil for vaporization.
Pros and Cons of an RTA Tank
Below are some points defining the PROS of an RTA tank:
  • Sub-ohm level liquid quantity, RDA-grade flavor,and cloud production
  • Cheaper to use, compared to sub-ohm tanks
  • A wide variety of options to choose from
  • Cost-effective
  • Superb functionality
Below are some points defining the CONS of an RTA tank:
  • Complex to setup, not recommended for beginners
  • Prone to leaking and can cause major issues in your vaping experience
  • Causes frequent dry hits, compared to RDA or sub-ohm tanks
RTA Tank the bottom-line
Other than these small hitches, RTAs are terrific setups for fine vape production. According to professional vapers (I know right? is this even a thing?), these are considered to be the Holy Grail of all vape devices. It delivers the full potential of vape juice flavors, similar to an RDA setup; which is known for its superiority in dishing out the perfect blend of vape smoke. RTA can store a good amount of e-liquid, saving you the squabble of dripping. It also saves you a good buck due to the cheap components and low maintenance requirement.
After some experimentation and testing, you can pick your option of an RBA, and there is a high chance it will be an RTA! Your first RBA tank should most certainly be a RTA unless you have used RBAs before.
What is an RDA?
RDA (Rebuild-able Dripping Atomizer) – a type of rebuildable atomizer (RBA) with a deck and posts (to fasten the coil and to provide a closed path for electric energy from the batteries that heat up the coil). The tank section to hold the vape juice is omitted in this system, and instead, the liquid is dripped by the user directly onto the coil or the wick by removing the cap and replacing it before vaping. In some cases, there is a small reservoir present under the coil assembly which holds a quantity of e liquid.
The RDA is known to be the best vaping hardware unit, in terms of pure and intense vapor output. It has become a ‘measuring standard’ in the vape community all over the world, setting up a qualitative as well as quantitative comparison scale for all other vaping merchandise.
Pros and Cons of an RDA Tank
Below are some points defining the PROS of an RDA tank:
  • Provides a truly wonderful vaping experience, with thick clouds and intense flavor – a true standard!
  • User-friendly
  • Easy on the pocket – cotton and coils are cheap
  • A wide range of choices
  • Customizable coil options – bring out the inner creative you!
  • Stable and solid performance
  • Easy to maintain and manage
Below are some points defining the PROS of an RDA tank:
  • No e-juice storage capacity, other than small wells
  • Wicking can be complex and difficult for beginners
  • Frequent dripping of e-juice is required, making it a hassle
  • An initial investment of buying a decent RDA tank is high
RDA Tank the bottom-line
RDA tank is undoubtedly one of the top favorite vaping devices, especially among picky vapers, in terms of flavor and performance. It is a cheaper option than a sub-ohm tank. But the absence of a reservoir means constant refilling (by dripping) and carrying e-liquid bottles everywhere you go.
Also, the wicking task is cumbersome and requires a lot of practice till you get use to it. The small and complex design makes it hard to reach the tight spots and place the wick in a perfect position.
The cost of buying a decent quality RDA is comparatively high. All these key characteristics make the RDA a disadvantageous buy for beginners. You might want to try this setup once you have some experience in hand!
 RDAs Vs RTAs: A Comprehensive Comparison
The main difference between an RDA and an RTA is the tank. There’s no manual dripping with an RTA.
Benefits of using RDAs
A broad spectrum of benefits is linked to the RDA option. Without a doubt RDA produces the best vapors and clouds, however some might need a more practical approach to dripping e-juice after 5-7 drags.Its just too much for some. If you already have a good RTA tank and you want to buy an additional RDA for leisure time vape, you certainly should. However if it’s the first RBA, you should buy a RTA, a more practical and essential approach. In a way the RDA is a luxury whereas the RTA is a necessity.
The drawback of the absence of a juice well, as explained earlier, can be pacified by integrating extra equipment; therefore if you prefer a deep well to store all that extra liquid, RDA can be a suitable option. Also, if you prefer extensive airflow for thicker clouds and an energetic flavor, again RDA is a suitable option.
To conclude, RDA is an ideal choice for experienced vapors. If you are just starting out with RBA, you would already have to take care of the coil and wick, why add an additional task of constantly dripping the e-juice. Remember vaping is not only a heathy alternative to smoking, but a rather enjoyable passion, it should never become a hassle. Choose you vape products wisely as per your preferences.
Benefits of using RTAs
When speaking of RDAs, they are fun to dabble with, and you can apply different techniques to spice up your vaping pleasures. There is just more room for experimenting with an RDA.
But not everyone likes to tinker around with their vaping hardware, and just want the subtle taste of a good old vape smoke. For users of this sort, the RTA is a great device!
Moreover, using an RTA is less hassle as the e-juice needs to be filled once every day (for frequent users) or less, whereas the RDA has to be filled more often, and if traveling or away from home, you might have to carry the e-juice bottle in-case your wick runs out of flavor. This only adds to the inconvenience.
Conclusively, RTAs are better for simple vape lovers, who don’t like to experiment with altering their devices and juggle around to bring variation and innovation to their vaping taste.
The Better Choice
With the basic understanding of RTAs and RDAs, which one is the better choice? Of course, this is not a case of ‘one size fits all’, and it’s for you to decide the right one.
As a general consensus, the RTA setup is more convenient to use, and delivers a superb flavor output. RDA looses points due to the absence of a storage tank and complex wicking. Casual vapers would almost always choose RTA over RDA.
In either case, make sure you feel comfortable with your choice of atomizer unit after carefully considering both. And of course, choices can differ from time to time – some days you want a simple vaping experience while on others, you might want to feel a different pleasures of taste and smell. It is a good practice to follow the latest trends and refer to professional vapers for your ultimate option!
Other Considerations for Choosing your Tank
After you have chosen between a Rebuildable Tank Atomizer and a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer, there are a few things to consider before building your kit:
  • An accessible deck – some RDAs are extremely compact and complex and are difficult to handle for new-comers. Be sure to choose something ‘user-friendly’, before you get putoff by the first purchase.
  • Be sure to get something with manageable sizes of screws and post holes. Puny ones can be hard to handle for users with large fingers or bad eyesight.
  • Screw types can be a consideration. Philips screws are straightforward to work with, but they can damage and cut the Grub screws are better as they don’t harm the wire, but needs a special Allen Key to operate, which may or may not be included in the box.
  • For beginners, it is advisable to choose a unit with a bigger deck. Tiny and compact sizes can be a turn-off for new-comers.
  • Be sure to gather your research on coil and wick materials so you end up buying the right items for your device.
  • You might want to investigate the resistance of your coil using an ohm-reader to make sure it is safe for your atomizer.
  • It is important to understand the Ohm’s Law before building and using your mod.
  • Be sure to purchase a high-quality battery to get the most out of your vaping equipment.

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