RTA Vape Tanks Explained: 6 Reasons Why I Use Them

By Drake Equation •  Updated: 10/27/18 •  6 min read

You NEED an RTA vape tank in your life. You just don’t know it yet. RTA tanks and rebuilding coils might sound a bit, well, complicated. But in reality, it isn’t.

In fact, it’s really very simple and SO MUCH cheaper than running a standard sub-ohm tank. Beyond this, you get FAR better flavor from your e juice and much bigger clouds.

I held off getting into the world of RTAs for too long, and that was a mistake.


There are some caveats that you need to be aware of, though, but this guide will basically tell you everything you need to know about buying, using, and wicking an RTA tank.

Things To Keep In Mind When Using RTA Vape Tanks

RTAs can, however, be rather fiddly. And some RTAs are prone to leaking.

Therefore, it is important to go with an RTA that DOES NOT leak.

This is key, especially if you’ve never used an RTA tank before.

RTA Vape Tank PROS (Quick List)

So, if you’re irritated by expensive stock coils that burn out after a few days, maybe it’s time you gave an RTA a whirl?

I will NEVER go back to using expensive, pre-built coils ever again.

I was spending a FORTUNE on those things as well!

I’m talking $15-$20 a week.

And for what? Worse flavor, the same use-life as a custom coil and smaller clouds?

Utter silliness! But now I’ve learned my lesson.

And if you’re still not convinced, here are six points on why EVERY vaper NEEDS an RTA tank in their lives!

1) RTA Tanks Are SO MUCH Cheaper To Run — You’ll Save A FORTUNE

I have a variety of sub-ohm tanks and I have been using sub-ohm tanks for years.

I have been using pre-built coils, which retail from anywhere to $10-$20 a pack for a measly five coils, which tend to last me, on average, about a week and a half.

Do the maths: that’s at least $40 a month for coils. That’s A LOT — especially if you could save 90% of it and spend it on better, more useful things like E-Liquid.

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My Kayfun Prime – Easily My Fave RTA of All Time (For MTL Vaping)

With an RTA you have two fixed costs to worry:

Once you have these you’re done. That’s it. No more cost!

Basically, you’ll have to spend about $12 every three months to run your RTA vs. $40 A MONTH to run your sub-ohm tank.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what you call a NO BRAINER!

2) Building Your Own Coils Is EASY — Like, Seriously Easy

If I’m 100% honest, this was the main reason why I avoided the subject for so long — I just couldn’t be bothered to learn a new skill, even if it’d save me a bunch of cash.

But then I realized that you can buy an array of pre-made coils, so I stopped that right away.

Let the experts make your coils, they’re better at it than us, mere mortals.

Where do I get my pre-made coils from? Right now I’m using OHM Science’s hand-made coils.

They’re badass. All you’ll ever need.

And don’t worry about the price; each coil will last about a month (easily).

3) They Last Longer Than Pre-Built Coils

How long do your Aspire, UWELL, Kanger or SMOK pre-built coils last?

Usually, mine are good for a week, at best, and then they’re done — the flavor goes and dry hits ensue.

But what makes this EVEN worse is that these little coils cost between $2-$3 EACH!

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Wicking Ain’t Hard – Check Out VB’s Guide To Wicking

I know, I know — they’re convenient. This is what I always told myself.

But it’s a lie; sure, they might be easier to install than a homemade coil, but they often crap-out if you get a dodgy batch, which happens ALL too often.

Plus, they’re VERY expensive.

Build your own coil and it’ll last longer than these pre-built ones.

How much longer? That depends — my best is a month before I needed to rewick it.

The coil itself, however, can last for months at a time.

But when you consider all you have to do is change the wick on an RTA or, worse case scenario, the entire coil, this will cost you NOTHING as you’ve already got plenty of wire and a big ‘ol bag of Organic Japanese Cotton.

4) RTA Tanks Deliver Mega CLOUDS and Insane Flavour

The first hit on your first homemade coil is always a special moment and when you taste the flavor and a plume of cloud the size of Kansas comes out of your mouth you’ll KNOW you made the right choice.

I’m no cloud-chaser, but I do LOVE flavor and this for me is the biggest USP of RTA tanks. Flavour.

They beat sub-ohm tanks hands-down for it — my juice tastes better than it ever has.

The insanely large clouds are just a bonus.

5) There Are TONS of Awesome RTA Tanks To Choose From

There are a variety of amazing RTA setups available.

But my favorites right now, based on price, design, and features, are all detailed in VapeBeat’s Guide To The Best RTA Tanks.

Dovpo Blotto RTADual-Coil100% VIEW PRICES
GeekVape Zeus X RTAMesh Coil90% VIEW PRICES
Hellvape Vertex RTASingle Coil95%VIEW PRICES
Wotofo Profile M RTA Dual Coil93%VIEW PRICES
A Quick Overview of 2021’s Best RTA Tanks

6) They Have More Juice Capacity Than RDAs

RTA stands for Rebuildable Tank Atomizer, and, as the name suggests, you not only have a rebuildable deck, but also a tank to fill with E Juice as well.

This means you can install your coil, wick it, and then add E Juice. Just like you would with a traditional vape tank.

For this reason, RTAs are great, first rebuildable tanks for those coming from standard sub-ohm tanks.

Interested? You should be!

Check out our guide to the best RTA tanks right now for all the latest and greatest RTAs.

Drake Equation

Co-founder and Editor of VapeBeat. I make the words.
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