What is an RDA tank? Simple: An RDA tank is essentially the gold-standard when it comes to flavour and clouds. And below you find out what an RDA tank is, why they rock, and which are the best RDA tanks you can buy right now
RDA stands for rebuildable deck atomiser, and what this means is simple: you build your own coils, using wire and cotton on a deck, which is housed inside the tank.
My favorite RDA tanks, the ones that I’m using right now, are listed in VapeBeat’s Best RDA Guide – so check that out for current options!
What do I mean by coils? Again, simple: these are what make vaping possible, when used in conjunction with cotton and E Juice, and they come in all shapes and sizes.
A coil, once constructed or installed, has a resistance, shown in Ohms, and this, when combined with a mod, is what effectively creates and powers the entire vaping experience.
An RDA is simplicity at its finest. With one of these tanks, you basically have a deck, the tube which covers it, some airflow, and a mouthpiece. And… that’s literally it.
For this reason, RDAs are super-easy to work with, even for beginners and, because there are hardly any moving parts, they hardly ever go wrong.
Flavour and clouds are ALWAYS better with an RDA too. Especially when compared to a traditional sub-ohm tank.
What is An RDA Tank? RDA Downsides?
Yes, there are some. But the one that seems to put most people off is the constant dripping that is required with these sorts of tanks.
An RDA, by definition, does not have any real juice capacity like a sub-ohm tank or an RTA or RDTA.
For this reason, you have to drip E Juice on them to vape. Failure to do this will result in a dry hit.
At least, this was the case for a while.
Nowadays things are a little different, as most RDA tanks come with pretty sizeable juice wells which, when combined with a decent wicking technique, will ensure you get anywhere between 20-50 puffs before requiring a drip of E Juice.
With most RDA tanks, you drip directly onto the coils and cotton. You don’t need to be accurate, and with some you can simply stick the business end of a unicorn bottle down the drip tip and squirt some in. Others, however, might require more finesse.
I use a variety of RDA tanks, most of which are included inside VapeBeat’s Best RDA feature, and I can get around 30-40 puffs from a single refill on 99.9% of them.
Moral of the story: don’t be put off by having to drip all the time, because, with the correct wicking technique, you won’t have too.
Plus – you now have squonking mods. And these essentially give you anywhere from 5ml to 10ml additional juice capacity for your RDA.
With a squonk mod, you NEVER have to drip.
This is why we don’t see many RDTAs getting released anymore.
Squonking effectively killed them off!
What Is An RDA Tank? Pre-Made Versus Making Your Own Coils
I use pre-made Clapton and Alien coils for my builds, though some people like to make their own using wire and various apparatus.
I do this because A) it saves me time, B) I’m not very good at building coils, and C) I can get coils that have the exact resistance I’m after.
Whether you go the pre-made or DIY route is entirely up to you.
It is definitely worth trying your hand at making your own, just to see how you get on, as the more skill you have, the better you will be in the long run.
What Is An RDA Tank? Why I Use RDA Tanks
Simple: for flavour and clouds they are unbeatable.
Pair your RDA with a squonk mod and you’re basically set.
You just need to make sure you use an RDA that comes with a squonk pin.
But the main reason I use RDA and RTA tanks is that I HATE the pre-made coils that you have to use with most traditional sub-ohm tanks.
Not only are they very expensive in the long run, but 90% of them suck and 100% of them are inconsistent when it comes to performance.
Whereas with an RDA, all you need to buy is a box of coils ($6) and some Bacon Cotten ($5) and you’re set for a good three-to-six months.
This applies to an RDTA too, obviously, and also RTA tanks.
What are the best RDA tank options around right now?
There are PLENTY, but all my favourites – i.e. the ones I have used and loved – are detailed in VapeBeat’s Best RDA Guide (or, alternatively, the table at the top of this article)
There are tons of options in there, across a range of prices, so you should definitely find what you’re looking for.
Another great option is the Dead Rabbit RDA (you can see our verdict for it in the review box below).