What is an RBA?
An RBA is a rebuildable atomizer. This is the general term for any atomizer with a build deck where the user builds his or her own coils. The airflow system in RBA’s allows for simple adjusting and great air ventilation going up, through the drip tip, and into your lungs, resulting in big clouds and a bold taste. There are 3 different specific types of RBA’s: RDA’s, RTA’s, and RDTA’s.
An RDA is a rebuildable dripping atomizer. The keyword here, is DRIPPING. This type of vape must be manually dripped directly onto the wick/coils every time the cotton runs dry. This is an atomizer that must be built. It’s only reservoir for e liquid is a small juice well. These have a build deck to anchor coils in and provide electrical connections to the device which heat the coils.
The biggest pros of RDA’s are its clouds and taste! You really can’t beat the flavor because the e liquid saturation is fresh every time you drip. The vapor is also being produced right before it reaches your mouth. One con would be that there can be some mess if spitting occurs if it’s over dripped. These RBA’s can also be somewhat complex to build and take a higher level of vaping IQ to handle safely and are therefore not recommended for beginners.
An RTA is a rebuildable tank atomizer. This atomizer most closely resembles a sub-ohm tank. The deck is sealed by a metal chimney, which acts as the RDA. Surrounding it would the e juice reservoir. This cap directs vapor to the drip tip. Because of this, it does not need to be constantly manually dripped, which is a plus! RTA's also have a unique wick cut out which makes it somewhat complicated to get saturation to the cotton. There are cut outs at the bottom of the metal chimney to expose the cotton.
RTA’s are great for convenience because their liquid reservoir can hold a substantial amount of e liquid. A negative about RTA’s is that wicking can cause a high amount of leakage if not done properly, and can also cause dry hits, if over stuffed.
Lastly RDTA’s are a combination of both RDA’s and RTA’s. They are the newest of the RBA’s to hit the market. The way that they bridge the gap and combine the two, is by performing like an RDA, while incorporating the convenience of the RTA with a reservoir tank. The vape tank is below the deck and coils as opposed to the RTA in which the build deck is inside a metal chimney surrounded by e liquid.
RDTA’s top coils make changing coils easy. The taste is closer to that of the RDA, ensuring a substantial amount of flavor. The reservoir ensures efficiency and no need to constantly drip, which is great for on the go. Like the rest of the RBA’s, leakage can occur from the side, but this can be managed by proper storage of the device and paying attention to it as you use it.
When choosing an RBA:
When in the process of deciding which RBA best suites you, be aware of your vaping IQ and experience level. If you are a beginner, you may want to steer clear of rebuildable atomizers altogether until you become more knowledgeable, as the building process can be complex for some. If you are more experienced and like the benefits of dripping, then go for an RDA. If you prefer a reservoir then you might agree to stick with an RTA or RDTA.
Be sure that when you are starting up with a new type of device you are aware of battery safety and instructions. You can also stop by one of our brick and mortar stores if you are in Southern California. We have 2 locations, one in Torrance and one in Huntington Beach. Here, any of our staff can knowledgeably assist you.
By: Brittany Hale
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