RDA? RTA? What's the difference? Break through the jargon and find out!
RDA or RTA? Is there any difference? Sometimes vaping jargon can be confusing, which is why I am going to explain what sets these tanks apart.
What Is An RDA?
An RDA, or Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer, is made for short bursts of high wattage vaping. There isn’t actually any ‘tank’ that you can fill up with e-liquid, instead you have to ‘drip’ liquid directly on to the coil.
The coils are usually built yourself or can be purchased separately to take some of the hassle away. Because an RDA is a DIY tank, you also have to wick the coil using cotton to complete the coil setup.
Aimed at experienced vapers, RDA’s work best when used with higher VG liquids.
What Is An RTA?
RTA stands for Rebuildable Tank Atomizer. As you may have guessed, this tank does actually have an e-liquid tank and does not require dripping. A more advanced tank, RTA’s still require coils to be built and cotton for wicking to function.
An RTA in many cases is a more advanced sub-ohm tank. Although MTL versions do exist, they are less common than their lower resistance counterparts.
What Is The Difference?
The main difference is that one requires e-liquid to be dripped on to the coil (RDA), and the other functions much like a standard tank (RTA).
RDA vs RTA
RDA vapes are suitable for advanced vapers that have the time to invest into building and wicking coils. They are best when used with high wattage, and can produce excellent flavour. If you want something with the best flavour and aren’t bothered about the additional work, choose an RDA.
RTA vapes offer similar functionality to sub-ohm tanks, but do require the same coil skills and cotton wicking seen in RDA’s. The ability to fill with liquid makes the RTA easier to use and would be good for vapers who don’t want to worry about dripping liquid on the coil.
Best Sub-ohm Tanks
The Electronic Cigarette Company currently does not stock RDA’s or RTA’s. The main reason for this is to offer customers a hassle free vaping experience. With the advancement of sub-ohm tanks, most offer vaping experiences that are not unlike using an RTA or even an RDA.
Hobbyist vapers tend to enjoy the complexity of RDA’s and RTA’s, but if you are after great flavour and cloud production, there really isn’t much difference in some sub-ohm tanks.
Below you will find a list of our top 5 sub-ohm tanks that offer a hassle free alternative to RDA’s & RTA’s.
SMOK TFV Mini V2 Tank
The SMOK TFV Mini V2 is the successor to the TFV8 Baby Beast. With mesh coils equipped with large wicking areas, the TFV Mini V2 is ideal for producing excellent flavour and clouds.
The Z Tank from GeekVape has been built to compete with RTA’s. With large push fit coils and simple top fill system, the Z Tank is a hassle free alternative to the more complex tanks.
The TPP Tank has it all. Powerful mesh coils? Check. Outstanding flavour? Check. Wide open airflow? Check. The only thing you need to do is get your hands on one and forget about those RTA’s.
SMOK TFV16 LITE Tank
The SMOK TFV16 LITE, as the name suggests, is lightweight and powerful. With simple top filling and large mesh coils, the TFV16 LITE looks great on a wide range of mods. Couple this with an open airflow and you have a true recipe for success.
Ok, so while this technically can’t really compete with RDA’s or RTA’s, hear me out. Despite its smaller coils, the PnP tank is so versatile that there is bound to be a coil to suit your vaping style. It may not reach the heights of other tanks on this list, but it makes up for it with versatility.
That brings our list to an end. The difference between an RDA and RTA has been laid bare along with a list of easy to use alternatives. If you require assistance to find the best tank for you, call our team on 01254 269380.
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