RBA (Rebuildable Atomizer) has become increasingly popular among sub-ohm vapers. Not only is it a fun and cost-effective option, but it also allows for the pursuit of larger clouds and a wider variety of flavors. RBA is a great choice for mod vapes, as their high power output can fully take advantage of it. In previous reviews of the WOTOFO Mdura box mod, we replaced the regular atomizer that came with the kit with an RBA and the results were incredibly satisfying.
This guide will cover the basics of RBA and its different types, including RTA, RDA, and RDTA, highlighting their similarities, differences, and benefits. If you’re interested in vaping with more advanced RBAs but have no prior knowledge, continue reading for a comprehensive introduction.
What is RBA?
RBA stands for Re-Buildable Atomizer, which is a type of atomizer that requires users to construct and wick their own coils. Using an RBA can be compared to a DIY project, as it differs from the convenience of using pre-built atomizers. Many vapers prefer RBAs for the ability to customize and control their vaping experience, as they can fine-tune multiple settings to their liking and adjust the size and density of their vapor clouds.
Additionally, RBAs are known for enhancing the flavor of vape juice. RBAs consists of several parts, but the build deck is what sets them apart from regular atomizers. Any atomizer with a build deck can be considered an RBA, regardless of other differences.
What is a Build Deck?
The build deck is located at the base of atomizers and is where we construct wicks and coils. It is a flat metal platform with protruding posts, and the most common options available are two or three-post decks. Non-post and four-post decks are also available. Some RBAs have a build deck that accommodates dual coils, which offer more power and better vapor performance compared to single coils. However, building dual coils requires more skill and practice, so it may take some trial and error before mastering it. It is important to ensure that the two coils are of the same size and aligned to prevent uneven heating.
How to Build a Simple Coil?
To construct coils on the deck, first, wrap the coils and unscrew the posts to insert them. Once the posts are securely screwed, dry heat the coils for cleaning and checking for hot spots. Finally, thread-wicking material, such as cotton, through the coils and you’re ready to go.
Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer (RDA)
An RDA, or rebuildable dripping atomizer, is made up of three main components: a build deck, an outer covering, and a drip tip. Unlike other vaping devices, it does not have a tank to hold e-liquid. Instead, the liquid is stored directly in the cotton. To refill an RDA, you simply drip a few drops of e-liquid onto the cotton and then wrap it up once the cotton is fully saturated. Usually, a single dripping session allows for a few puffs. Once the e-liquid is depleted, you simply repeat the dripping process to continue vaping. However, using a squonk mod with an RDA makes the refilling process much simpler. With a squonk mod, you can squonk the e-liquid directly onto the deck, eliminating the need to constantly remove the cap and drip the e-liquid manually.
- How to build an RDA?
Constructing a coil in an RDA may seem like a difficult task to you. However, with advancements in technology, building an RDA has become much simpler than it used to be. Most RDA kits now come with a coil tool and enough cotton strips to assist you in the process. Additionally, our guide to RDA vaping for beginners is the perfect starting point for those looking to begin their cloud-chasing journey.
You must repeatedly drop, drop, and drop your juice onto the cotton in order to vape.
Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA)
An RTA shares many similarities with an RDA, but also includes a tank to hold vape juice. To refill an RTA, you simply pour the liquid through the fill port into the tank, similar to how you would refill a regular tank. The capacity of an RTA can range from 2 to 5 milliliters.
- How to build an RTA?
In terms of construction, building an RTA is similar to building coils in an RDA. The build deck sections of both an RDA and an RTA are alike, despite their other differences.
The tank typically holds a capacity of 2-5mL of e-juice, allowing for uninterrupted vaping pleasure.
RDA requires fewer steps to assemble than RTA, as it has fewer parts.
Rebuildable Drip Tank Atomizer (RDTA)
The RDTA is a relatively new invention that has quickly become popular among vapers. As the name suggests, it combines the features of an RDA and an RTA. An RDTA kit typically includes one or more tanks that can be used to either drip small amounts of e-liquid or store large amounts by installing the tank. This high level of customization makes the RDTA the most versatile option among the three types of vaping devices.
You have the option to either store your e-liquid in the tank or drip it directly onto the coils like you would with an RDA.
Has a bigger capacity and comprises more components compared to RDA and RTA.
Major Differences Between RTA and RDA
RDAs can be a hassle for those who frequently vape outside of the house. The constant need to remove and replace the cap for dripping and carrying a bottle of vape juice can be inconvenient. In contrast, RTAs have a tank that holds enough juice for longer use and eliminates the need for constant refilling. If you’re looking for a new vaping experience, you may want to consider using a squonk mod. These mods feature a unique, squeezable bottle that holds your vape liquid. By pressing the bottle, the liquid is pushed up to the wicked coil, providing an immediate and consistent flow of vapor. Many vapers have found that squonking is the perfect complement to using rebuildable dripping atomizers (RDAs).
The convenience of Changing Flavors
Switching e-liquids with an RTA vape can be time-consuming, as the tank must be emptied and cleaned before each change. This can discourage some vapers from experimenting with different flavors. On the other hand, using an RDA eliminates this issue as the cotton wicks only require a few drops of e-liquid and can be drained quickly, allowing for easy and quick flavor changes.
Even if an RTA is expertly designed, it will not be able to match the flavor intensity of an average RDA. This is due to the additional distance that vapor must travel in the chimney of RTAs, resulting in a slight difference in flavor. Ultimately, if your primary objective is to experience the fullest and most robust flavors, an RDA is the superior choice.
The benefit of using RTAs and RDAs
All rebuildable atomizers have a common goal of providing maximum control over vaping to the user. By allowing you to adjust various parameters, you have the ability to decide how and in what amount you inhale vapors. For those who prioritize flavor, a rebuildable atomizer is an ideal choice. When you make your own coils, you have the opportunity to enhance the flavors of your e-liquid.
This is a benefit that cannot be achieved with other devices. Additionally, rebuildable atomizers are more cost-effective than traditional atomizers. Building your own coils not only provides a sense of mastery but also saves you money in the long run compared to purchasing pre-built coils. With just a few dollars, you can acquire enough cotton for lifetime use.
After understanding the mechanics of RBAs, you’ll be amazed by their ability to provide a high degree of customization and superior vapor and flavor production. Choosing to explore the world of rebuildable atomizers will not be a decision you regret. Are you prepared to start building your own coils? Give it a try today!