Vaping 101: How to pick the right atomizer

Nothing is more important in your vape kit today than the atomizer you choose. A few years ago, that may not have been the case, but recent advancements have made the atomizer a real game changer when it comes to tailoring your vaping experience. Where there was once a basic atomizer in every e-cig you picked up (which you probably never gave a second thought about), there are now countless atomizers on the market and for an aspiring modder it can be difficult to know where to begin. Atomizers have made the journey from being simple disposables to rebuildable mods to help you push the boundaries of what you can achieve. Whether you're new to the vaping game or have been vaping for a while but have some questions about rebuildable mods, here's what you need to know. 

There are two main types of atomizer on the market today - a rebuildable dripping atomizer (RDA) and a rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA).

Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer (RDA)

This type of atomizer is very common among hobbyists. By hobbyist, we mean someone who likes to tinker and play with gadgets, constantly tweaking their vape kit to get the best possible experience every session. The reason hobbyists are better suited to RDA's is because they take a little more work (but can have a much better payout). With an RDA, you have the ability to open your atomizer every few draws and drip your chosen liquid directly onto the wick. This gives you greater control and means that you can apply as much - or as little - eliquid as you want to achieve the right balance. It will also allow you to generate some major clouds if that's your thing.  Some more advanced hobbyists will go as far as building their own coil to customize things even further - nothing is off limits when it comes to RDAs. 

Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA)

These atomizers are far more common, and you're bound to have been in contact with one if you've vaped at all. It simple and easy to use, and instead of dripping directly onto the wick, you simply refill the tank every time it starts to run out. The coil and wick sit in the middle of the tank and will 'soak up' eliquid for you. You can still build the coil to your own specification if you want to increase the voltage etc., but you can't control how much eliquid gets to the wick. The downside of this is that you lose a bit of control and can't customise each draw you like can with an RDA. The upside for newcomers and vapers that just 'want to vape', is that there's never any risk of dry hits (from not giving the wick enough juice) and you can simply pick it up an go whenever you like. 

Whether you go for RTA or RDA is purely a matter of preference, but there are a few reasons you should try one or the other. For example, if you love switching flavours regularly (sometimes even mid-session), then a dripping atomizer may serve you better than having to carry spare tanks and clean them with an RTA. If you want something you can simply carry in your pocket to the bar and vape descreetly without any 'fuss', then an RTA is right for you. Try experimenting with both and see what works! 

What kind of atomizer do you use? Tell us in the comments below how you ended up using an RTA or RDA and what tips you have to share. 

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Eve Wang

Post by Eve Wang , 30 Nov 2017

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