Today we’re going to take a look at some of the best RDA tanks the VapeBeat team tested in 2016.
RDA stands for rebuildable dripping atomizer but these setups are sometimes called “drippers” — especially if you’re down with the kids, as we quite clearly are.
RDA tanks offer unparalleled performance and flavour. They can be fiddly and they don’t hold much E Juice, but for sheer cloud output and precision with flavour it is very difficult to beat them.
This is why RDA tanks are so popular with pro-vapers and those that take vaping very seriously. If you’re after something similar to an RDA, just with more E Juice capacity, you might want to check out RDTAs.
I recently reviewed the GAIA RDTA by Cthulhu Mods and it blew my socks off! Not only is it stunningly engineered, but it is also a brilliant tank to work with, as it is super easy to build on and it wicks like a dream.
If you’re interested in RDA performance, but want more juice capacity make sure you check out our guide to the best RDTA tanks you can buy right now.
But what are the best RDA tanks to buy as of right now?
In the past 12 months, VapeBeat has tested a bunch of different RDA tanks, and this list is where we collate the best of the best.
The Best E Juice Guide 2017
|E JUICE BRAND||MICRO-REVIEW||RATING||PRICE||BEST PLACE TO BUY|
|ONE HIT WONDER||OMFG!||10/10||$49.95 (180ML)||DIRECTVAPOR|
|ANML E JUICE||TASTY AS HELL||9/5/10||$29.99 (60ML)||VAPORDNA|
|DINNER LADY E-LIQUID||GORGEOUS||10/10||£14.99 (10ML)||UK ECIG STORE|
|VAPORFI – MULTIPLE LINES||HIGH-QUALITY-SHIZZ||9/10||VARIES BY RANGE||VAPORFI|
|COSMIC FOG||LEGENDARY STUFF||8.5/10||$23 (60ML); $44.95 (100ML)||DIRECTVAPOR|
|NAKED E-JUICE||SO VERY MOREISH||9/10||$21.95 (60ML)||DIRECTVAPOR|
|BEARD VAPE COMPANY||EPIC. JUST EPIC||9.5/10||$23.95 (60ML)||DIRECTVAPOR|
|JUICE ROLL UPZ||FLAVOUR-EXPLOSION||9/10||$24.95 (60ML)||DIRECTVAPOR|
|ELEMENT||EXTENSIVE LINEUP||8.5/10||$29.95 (60ML); $12.05 (20ML)||DIRECTVAPOR|
|FLAWLESS||LOVELY STUFF ALL ROUND||9/10||$24.99 (60ML)||VAPORDNA|
|VAPETASIA||LIKE LICKING A STAR||9/10||$23.95 (60ML)||DIRECTVAPOR|
RDAs don’t have a storage tank, per se, but a lot of the newer models do have wells inside them where you can store some surplus juice. They still require a top up pretty regularly, but they aren’t quite as bad as they used to be.
If you want the best of both worlds – sub-ohm tank-style capacity and the ability to build your own coils – you’re likely better off with an RTA tank.
All of this might sound rather complicated if you’re used to standard tanks. But rest assured, RDAs are fairly simple to set-up and produce excellent flavour and bloody enormous clouds. They’re also quite a bit cheaper and smaller than the more traditional vape tanks you might be used to, which is handy if you’re rocking a big mod.
Three Reasons You Should Try An RDA Tank:
- Better Flavour – If you’re chasing BIG flavour than an RDA is the way to go, as there really is no comparison when it comes to bright, crisp notes and sharp detail when vaping. For many, this is why RDA tanks are the ONLY option when vaping.
- More Clouds – The clouds you can produce with these things, once coupled with a decent mech-mod or box-mod, are INSANE. You know when you go into a vape shop and you can barely see a thing? Yeah, that’s because of RDA tanks and the insane amounts of clouds they kick out.
- More Cost Effective – You don’t have to buy replacement coils, which are bloody expensive, if we’re being honest, as you build your own. And while this might sound like a pain in the ass, once you have a couple of builds under your belt you’ll be able to build a new coil with your eyes closed.
The ULTIMATE Coil-Builder’s Kit
This one’s for all you serious vapers out there; the guys and gals that rock RDAs and RDTAs, basically.
If you build coils regularly and, like me, you’re a little unorganised, allow me to introduce to you the perfect solution – Coil Master’s DIY Kit.
It’s designed for master and apprentice builders, and it is basically a one stop shop for everything you will need to build EPIC coils for your RDAs and RDTAs.
- 521 Tab Mini
- Coil Kit V4
- Silicon Rubber Case for Jigs
- T-Style Hex Screwdriver – 1.25mm, 1.5mm, 2.0mm
- Flush Wire Cutters
- Needle-Nose Pliers
- Folding Scissors – Stainless Steel
- Phillips Screwdriver – Pen-Style
- Flathead Screwdriver – Pen-Style
- Ceramic Tweezers
- Elbow Tweezers
- Kanthal A1 Wire Spool – 24 GA – 10 Feet
- Japanese Organic Cotton
But the best thing about this kit is the price – you can pick one up for just $48.95.
And that, my fellow vapers, is what you call a MASSIVE bargain.
Since I started building more this year, this kit has become invaluable. It’s portable and easy to store and has literally everything you will ever need.
For more information on wicking and building your own coil, check this piece out — How To Build and Wick Your Own Coils.
Below is a selection of some of the best RDA tanks we tested in the last 12 months listed, as always, in no particular order.
This RDA is a BEAST. If you’re looking for one of the best RDA tanks in the business, that’s also extremely popular with vapers, and made right here in the good ol’ US of A, the Plume Veil V2.0 RDA is 100% worth a look.
The Plume Veil RDA V2.0 has a myriad of improvements over the 1.5V of the tank, which include: a complete redesign of the top cap, increase vapor production, a wide bore drip tip, 24K gold plating and longer screws for a better connection.
Basically, if you’re looking for a no-nonsense, potent RDA that is brilliant to work with and vape on, the Plume Veil V2.0 is one of the best in the business – providing you can actually find one!
Most places are completely sold out! Though if you can find one, expect to pay around $124 – VaporDNA “might” have new stock soon, so keep tabs on those guys.
Grim Green and Ohm Boy joined forces to create this amazing RDA. The Recoil Performance RDA is a 24mm tank, meaning it’ll sit nicely on top of pretty much anything, and it also features three posts with the added bonus of a split center post with 2.5mm terminals.
Nick had a great time testing the Recoil Performance, so if you’re looking for more detail on this excellent RDA check out his Recoil Performance RDA Review.
Coil positioning is excellent on this bad boy and, because of its size, it will hold pretty much anything you fit inside it. The overall look, feel and finish of the Recoil Performance RDA is utterly brilliant – it looks and vapes like an absolute champion.
If you’re seriously into you builds and want something that is not only eye-catching, but also a performance set-up, then you NEED to check out the Recoil Performance RDA. It is just about the best RDA we have sampled inside 2016. Bar none…
Recoil Performance RDA Specs & Features
- Huge 2.5mm post holes for complex builds
- Fine-tuned, angled airflow channels for leak resistance
- Ultra-simple and elegant look
- 304 solid stainless steel construction
- 24mm diameter
- Clouds bro clouds cap – two 3mm airflow holes
- Flavor bro flavor cap – two 2.5mm airflow holes
- PEEK insulators
- Gold-plated brass 510 pin
- 15mm Chuff Delrin drip top
- 22mm build deck
- Raised negative posts and holes for easier builds
GOON LP RDA by 528 Custom Vapes
I love this RDA so much that I have a picture of it on our Facebook page, and if that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about this exceptional RDA then nothing will.
The GOON LP RDA by 528 Custom Vapes is a beast. The performance this thing kicks out is quite frankly ridiculous. You have 24 karat gold-plated clamps inside and a dual air slot on the side that delivers air straight to the core for improved performance.
I love the way it looks, it kind of looks like a droid’s head, and the ULTEM High-performance plastic chuff top cap ensures perfect vaping that never gets too hot.
Yes, the GOON LP RDA by 528 Custom Vapes is pricey but once you’ve set this bad boy up and vape on it, you WILL KNOW where all those extra dollars went. Awesome stuff, all round.
Cosmonaut RDA by District F5VE
Holy crap on a stick… this is one crazy RDA. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. My good buddy has one of these and, a few weeks back, he loaned it to me for the day.
I had high expectations. But this thing surpassed ALL of them. It’s easily one of the best RDAs on this list, if not THE best, for both looks, flavour and overall awesomeness.
The Cosmonaut RDA by District F5VE is decked out in 24 karat gold and benefits from a post-less design, which means you can stick some seriously crazy coils in it.
You can literally put anything in the Cosmonaut RDA by District F5VE, as well as dense pack it with cotton, and it’ll vape unlike anything you’ve tried before.
A legend in the making, this one.
Wotofo Troll RDA V2
I could rabbit on about this RDA all day. But I won’t; instead, I’ll just use a snippet from our review to whet your whistle:
“I decided to use the included twisted coils. After putting them into the Troll RDA V2 and making my final adjustments and wicking them, I set them up for .3ohms. I then proceeded to juice the coils up; again, you can be pretty liberal here as the juice well is pretty deep.
After all was said and done, I ramped it up to 80W and took my first vape — it hits like a freight train, giving even my Doge 3 a good run for its money. I took the Troll RDA V2 past my comfort zone just to see what would happened.
The got it up to 175W and it held its own. I took 4 pulls and the Troll RDA V2 got a little warm but not hot. I love the wide open slanted airflow system, as it seems to give my vape a sort of tornado effect versus the left to right airflow slots which give a normal RDA vape. Either way both airflow systems work brilliantly, cooling the vape right down, even at super high wattages.”
You can read the full Wotofo Troll RDA V2 piece in its entirety by clicking through here.
Goon RDA by 528 Custom Vapes
If you’re new to RDAs, here’s a little rule you can live by – 528 Custom Vapes make amazing RDAs and if you’re after something with great design, excellent performance, and a beautifully engineered deck, you simply cannot go wrong with anything that wears the Goon name.
528 Custom Vapes’ RDAs are always expertly crafted pieces of kit, and the Goon RDA is no exception – this thing looks like an ornament it’s that pretty. But don’t be fooled by its good looks, the RDA will kick your ass when it’s set up correctly.
Expect flavour that will make dribble and clouds that will fog up your entire house in under 20 minutes. This is a pricey RDA, and there are some pretty decent clones around, but I would ALWAYS recommend you go with the real deal, as nothing else really comes close.
So you like colourful stuff? You do! Excellent. Meet the Wotofo Lush Authentic RDA, a colourful dripper that’ll look sublime on any setup. This was one of the first drippers we actually tested, so it does hold a special place in our heart, and if you’re new to the whole RDA thing then this is as good a place to start as any.
It may look fairly unassuming, as most RDAs do, but this thing is designed to very high standards with a deep, DEEP juice well, silver plated contact pin and engineered airflow for maximum cloud output.
Specs & Features
- Deep juice well.
- Silver plated contact pin.
- Four post design with a “T” center post.
- Negative post milled directly onto deck.
- Includes standard cap that acts as an adaptor for your favorite 510 drip tip.
- Angle drilled airholes provide a true cyclone cloud with the best flavor
- Silver plated copper contact pin, for top level electronic conductivity
Indulgence’s Mutation Plus X V4S might look similar to previous releases from the company, but the reality couldn’t be farther from the truth. This all-new RDA is constructed from 304 grade stainless steel, has an extremely deep juice well, adjustable airflow and, last but not least, a two-post deck which makes inserting new coils a cinch.
Spec & Features
- 304 Grade Stainless Steel Construction
- 304 Grade Stainless Top Cap & Build Deck
- Diamond Airflow Holes
- Adjustable Airflow Control
- Bottom Feed Airflow Holes (Underneath Coils)
- Redesigned Wider Top Cap
- Deep Juice Well
- Velocity Style Two-Post Deck
- Large Post Holes
- Wide Delrin Drip Tip
- Laser Engraved Logos
- 22mm Diameter
- 11mm Widebore Competition Drip Cap
- Flush Heat Reducing Delrin 510 Adaptor Top Cap
- 5mm Deep Juice Well
- Philips Screw Heads
- Triple O-Ring Secured Base
This Mutation RDA features plenty of awesome features and has a price — $19.95 — that cannot be beaten. For your dollars, you get a deep ass juice well, great design, uni-deck design, adjustable airflow and a unique air intake system that sends air straight to the coils for maximum flavour.
Specs & Features
- Ultracompact 17mm Height
- Bladed Angular Side Airflow Control
- Threading: 510
- Multi Sized Angular Bottom Airflow (1.5/ 2.0/ 3.0mm)
- Dual Parallelogram Airflow Array
- 18 Total Side Intakes (3×3 array, 2mm each)
- Angular Side Airflow can be adjusted for Single, Dual, or Closed Configurations
- 11mm WireBore Competition drip tip
- Delrin 510 drip tip adapter
- Negative Posts milled directly into deck
- 2mm Post Holes
- Split T style Positive Post
- 5mm Deep Juice Well
- Double O-Ring Base Design
- 304 Stainless Steel Construction
- Silver Plated Copper Connection
- PEEK Insulators
This is a premium RDA built by Flawless. It is the most expensive RDA on this list, but like a lot of things in life: if you want the best possible experience, be it with tech, holidays or strippers, it pays to pay that little bit extra.
So what do you get? Quite a bit as it goes. But the most striking thing about this set-up is its appearance — it looks AWESOME. The Tugboat is constructed from stainless steel and coloured aluminium and features a three-post design, so you can pop in single and dual-coil setups inside. It also has excellent airflow and a lovely engraving of Tugboat on the side.
Specs & Features
- Stainless steel cap and deck with colored aluminum sleeve and tip
- 22mm outer Diameter
- 3 post design
- Large drip well
- Flush mounted cap with Tugboat Engraving and American Flag Engraving
- Large Dual Adjustable airholes
- Serialized Drip Tip with Tugboat v2 Engraving
- Heat resistant drip tip
Designed by Jay-Bo, this gorgeous looking RDA is constructed from stainless steel and, as you can see from the picture, is absolutely TINY — it stands just 19mm from top to bottom.
The Bambino is ALL about flavour and for this reason it features a top cap with “vortex flow design” for the most on-point flavours going. It also features a 6-point airflow system, a large juice well, so you don’t have to constantly re-drip, and a three-post design so you can switch up what type of coil you use.
Like the Reuleaux DX200, this thing is fantastic. In fact, try them together. That’s what I did.
Specs & Features
- Diameter: 22mm
- Height: 19mm (Including Mouthpiece)
- Material: Stainless Steel
- Top Cap With Unique Vortex Flow Design
- Deep Juice Well
- 6 Air-Inlet Holes
- 3-Post Terminal Design