As a continuation of our series about choosing your first vape mod, we should note that there are two main categories of atomizers in these devices. There are RBA’s or Rebuildable Atomizers. And there are RDA’s or Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers. What’s the difference?
Notice that the word “rebuildable” appear in both names. This is because the vape mod owner must “build” the device themselves. The primary difference is that an RBA tank holds your e-juice while the RDA requires dripping the e-liquid onto the wicking material with each use. Both have their pro’s and con’s, and your final selection will largely depend on your personal vaping experience. We should also note that you can substitute cartomizers and clearomizers instead, which makes things easier because they require no building or rebuilding.
RBA Pro’s and Con’s
Remember, we are dealing with electricity here. So RBA’s and RDA’s are not for the inexperienced. The first thing that you need to know is that most RBA’s do not come out of the package ready-to-use. The user should have a basic knowledge of wicking material and coil construction, including the differences between Kanthal Wire, Cotton Wicks, Ekowool, and Silica.
But an RBA can be built, rebuilt, and customized numerous different ways. By adjusting the wattages, voltages, and coils, you get a different vaping experience each and every time. Another positive benefit is that RBA’s hold much more e-juice than your traditional vape pen. An RBA can hold up to 5 ml of Rusty Nails, whereas a regular clearomizer tanks will likely only hold about 1.5 ml. This means that you can vape longer without having to refill.
RDA Pro’s and Con’s
The “D” in RDA stands for “dripping.” As a result, RDA’s have no tanks. Instead, you will “drip” the e-juice onto the atomizer’s wick as needed. This means that approximately every eight to ten drags, you will need to drip more e-juice onto the coil. The frequency rates will depend on the model customization of your vape mod.
This dripping process allows the user to manage his or her personal vaping experience more easily, manipulating the flavor and intensity of the e-juice based on the amount of applied e-liquid to the wick. Some vaping enthusiasts use RDA’s to experiment and “taste-test” new brands of e-juice. You can also experiment further by mixing a couple of flavors together to see how they taste before combining the entire bottles. Have you ever wondered how those Vloggers can review multiple e-juices so quickly? They may be using an RDA.