For anyone who wants great flavours and vapour clouds from their vape but doesn't want the hassle of dripping e-liquid after every few puffs, RTAs are a great option. Allowing you to build your coils to perfection and get great performance out of your vape, these devices are popular among many vapers.
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RTAs vs RDAs vs RDTAs
RTAs and RDAs are two types of rebuildable vape. Although they both allow you to enhance your vaping experience by building your own coils, the key difference between the two is that RTA vapes feature a tank to hold e-liquid while RDAs have no tank. Instead, RDAs require you to frequently drip e-liquid onto the coils and wicking material, replenishing the e-juice after every few puffs.
Another type of rebuildable atomiser is the RDTA, a Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomiser. RDTAs combine the features of RTAs and RDAs into a device that uses a tank below the build deck, a wicking system, and adjustable air holes so you can change your draw and throat hit.
RTAs feature a build deck with posts below a tank section and chimney that leads up to the drip time. They often have a ring above or below the tank section which allows vapers to adjust the airflow, and some feature enhanced airflow adjustment options to change the direction of airflow to the coils.
To vape using an RTA, you'll need to build your coils and install them on the atomiser's build deck. Then, wick it with wicking material such as cotton and place the end of the cotton in the build deck's holes. After you've added the e-liquid to the tank and allowed the wicking to absorb the juice, you can start vaping.
Using the vape will cause the battery to send power to the coils, heating the e-juice that has saturated the wicking material and turning it into vapour. This vapour will move up through the chimney and drip tip so it can be inhaled.
When choosing an RTA, you'll have to decide between top or bottom airflow. Many RTAs use bottom airflow, which is thought to provide superior flavour. However, these also have a greater chance of leaking than top airflow RTAs. The choice of airflow system is up to you.
The choice of how many coils you want on your build deck depends on your preferred vaping style. While single coil RTAs are ideal for MTL or RDL vaping, dual coil RTAs provide greater vapour production and airflow and are better for people who prefer a DTL vape.
Although choosing rebuildable rather than pre-built coils has some upfront costs such as for materials and tools, building your own coils can save you money in the long run. Instead of having to buy new coils every week or so, you can buy cheaper wire and wicking material that will keep you going for months.