While sub-ohm tanks are used by the majority of vapers, thanks to their ease of use and convenience, RTAs introduce a greater sense of customizability and give vapers a more in-depth way to control their vaping experience. At their core, RTAs, or Rebuildable Tank Atomizers, combine key features of RDAs with the deep e-juice reservoir of a tank. This does make RTAs slightly more complex when compared to RDAs, but also makes them far more efficient for everyday use.
Regardless of what RTA you end up choosing, the common denominator with all RTAs is a small build deck, enclosed in a tank that is meant to be filled with e-liquid. Generally speaking, the build deck on an RTA is much smaller than an RDA, and will not allow for overly large or powerful builds. Despite this restriction, RTA users prefer the smaller build deck, as it allows for greater flavour, and many RTAs have been specifically crafted to fit this preference.
Why choose an RTA
First and foremost, we generally do not recommend RTAs for beginner vapers, as the act of building on a small deck can be quite difficult and vapers will have to have a general knowledge on battery safety before they attempt any type of coil rebuilding.
With that in mind, we recommend using an RTA purely for the sense of customizability without having to sacrifice the convenience of a tank. Much like RDAs, RTAs give vapers in-depth control over their vaping experience and do require users to install their own coil and wick. With features like this, vapers can truly tailor how their tank works, changing everything from the amount of vapour produced, to the heat and density of the vapour. All of this comes together in a convenient package which can be easily carried around and doesn’t require users to constantly drip e-liquid directly onto their coils.
Vandy Vape Kylin RTA
Complete with a gold plated postless build deck and adjustable dynamic airflow, the Kylin RTA offers vapers a truly robust and customizable platform to suit a variety of needs. The build deck, while still small compared to an RDA, is large enough to support both single or dual coils and works alongside large wicking channels to prevent dry hits. All of this is tied together with four airflow channels that are positioned to the side and above the coils.
OBS Engine 2 RTA
Based on the incredibly popular original OBS Engine, the OBS Engine 2 features a host of new upgrades, including a unique inverted 2 post dual coil deck. The robust RTA also comes with triple adjustable airflow, large wicking channels, and an overall capacity of 5mL.
Wismec Theorem RTA
Designed by renowned vape designers Jaybo and produced by Wismec, the Theorem RTA reinvents the idea of an RTA and incorporates interesting design features to improve the experience. Built to be a drip tank hybrid, the Wismec Theorem RTA uses an open wicking system and integrates a leakproof sleeve design. The RTA is also designed to work with a pre-built NotchCoil, meant to offer a better vaping experience.
Why we chose these vape mods
Finding the right RTA isn’t the easiest thing to do and the market for these devices may be the smallest in all of vaping. This can be attributed to the steep learning curve that goes along with an RTA, but for users looking to take the time to learn how to properly build and use their RTA it can be a very rewarding experience. In this list, we tried to encapsulate some of the more unique and innovative devices on the market. Each of the RTAs featured are perfect for both novice builders and experienced builders, and should provide a satisfying vaping experience.