What's the Difference between an RDA, RTA and Tank?

Posted by Johnson on Jan 25th 2017

In the vaping industry, the beauty of the open systems is the ability to customize to your preference. With atomizer options, there are three major categories that most will fall under. First up is the RDA, which is an acronym for Rebuildable Drip Atomizer. RDAs are for vapers who have a hobbyist interest and enjoy the building aspect of coils. There are a variety of build deck designs that can accommodate different formats and placements of coils. In general, an RDA will have at least 1 positive post and 1 negative post to properly connect the circuit with a coil. After coil installation, cotton is twisted and wicked through the inner diameter of the coil. E-juice must be dripped directly onto the coil or cotton frequently. A properly saturated RDA coil will ideally last approximately 3-10 puffs depending on the coil build and wattage.

Next up is the tank, which is the “easiest” of all atomizer options. Tanks have a larger reservoir of 1ml-6ml+ to store e-juice without having to constantly drip, like a RDA. Also, most companies who design and manufacture tanks also have a dedicated coil or family of coil options that are compatible with specific tanks. This allows a vaper to “plug and play” coils by simply screwing them into the base. After filling the tank, it’s reminiscent of the phrase “set it and forget it”.

Last but not least in the roster is the RTA, which stands for Rebuildable Tank Atomizer. The RTA is the medium between an RDA and a conventional tank. RTAs allow the vaper to build their own coils on an RDA-styled build deck AND maintain the ease of vaping that comes with having a tank. The RTA is quite literally a hybrid of an RDA and a tank.

Vaping often seems very complex with all the terms and acronyms but once broken down, it’s quite simple to catch on and fall into the endless pit of vape hobbyism.