RTA tanks are funny things. They can be tricky to live with if you’re wicking technique isn’t on point and this, more often than not, results in and dry hits. RTA tank leaks are VERY common too – and super annoying.
For newbie vapers, this can be really demoralising as well because RTA tanks – at least, on paper – are the perfect combination of juice capacity and RDA-like flavour. On paper, they take elements from sub-ohm tanks and RDAs and combine them inside one device.
But AGAIN, if you’re wicking isn’t 100% on point, you will run into problems time after time. I know this because I too have suffered at the hands of an RTA – suffered with leaks, dry hits, and the ensuing anger that results from the tank just not working properly.
RTA Tank and Correct Wicking
Wicking is an art form. Once you have it locked down, it becomes second nature – sort of like driving or riding a bike. There is a big learning curve, however, when learning correct technique, especially if you’re a noob vaper.
For this reason, you need to dedicate time to learning the craft of wicking. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, either; buy pre-made Clapton or Alien coils to begin with. They’re cheap and will deliver way better performance than your home made ones.
I’ve used RDAs and RTAs for years and I ALWAYS buy pre-made Clapton and Alien coils. Why? Simple: it’s just easier, less fuss. And I’m all about that.
FYI – I have put together a guide on wicking, which you should definitely check out: Wicking 101: How To Wick Like A Pro.
How To Wick An RTA Tank Properly
Every RTA tank will be slightly different. This means you need to take each one as an individual and work with its specific nuances. And RTA tanks are unforgiving; things have to be just right or your RTA tank leaks or you get burnt-tasting dry hits. And no one wants that.
Some RTAs are easier to wick than others; the Griffin 25 RTA, for instance, is notoriously difficult to get right, while the Vandy Vape Kylin RTA is a lot simpler – RTA tank leaks are A LOT easier to handle on this RTA, for instance.
Things To Keep In Mind:
- Ensure cotton is the right thickness; it should have slight resistance against the coils when you move it, but not too much. Less is more in this regard.
- Ensure coils sit above (but don’t touch) the air hole inside your deck – this will stop leaking
- Trim your cotton and keep it OUT of the juice channels; they should rest on top of them
- Keep ALL your cotton inside the deck (and make sure the ends are nice and fluffy)
- Add SMALL amount of juice to test things out; if it’s working as desired, fill her up!
RTA Tank Leaks ALL THE TIME?
This could be down to your wicking and/or the tank itself. It’s most likely the former, though defects in RTA tanks (like all tanks) can happen.
Make sure all your O-Rings are in place and sit as they should; these O-Rings help create a vacuum inside the tank and, once you’re coil is installed correctly, with proper wicking, this ensures leaks do not happen.
RTA Tank Leaks & Other Issues
Bottom line: RTA tanks are fiddly. And everybody that has ever used them knows this. For this reason, you gotta bring your A-Game when using them.
I never recommend RTA tanks to newbie vapers, as there are just too many moving parts and results are always a little, umm… squiffy.
Speaking personally, I’ll take an RDA with a big juice well over an RTA everyday of the week and twice on a Sunday. They’re easier to build on, easier to wick, provide better flavour and clouds, and create hardly any issues – even for noob vapers.
RTA tanks can be great though, especially when you can get them working properly. If you’re struggling with your RTA right now, just keep working on your wicking and dig into the engineering of the tank, find out what makes it tick.
Otherwise, just get yourself a bad ass RDA.
Want An RTA Tank That DOES NOT Leak?
Well, I have news for you: there are two RTA tanks that do just that – not leak. I recently tested out Coil Master’s ELFY RTA and RAY RTA and both were thoroughly excellent. They’re also very cheap as well (under $25) and they produce intense, precise flavor.
I’ve included the review verdict box for both below, so you can quickly check them out. My personal favourite is the ELFY RTA, as it’s a single deck RTA that you can run at 35W and still get awesome flavor and clouds. The RAY RTA is bigger, uses dual-coils, and is more of a heavy hitter. It’s also larger.