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What is an RDA atomizer and how does 'Dripping' work?

If you've heard the term 'dripper' floating around then you probably already know a thing or two about RDA atomizers. RDA stands for Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer, but people au fait with the practice nearly always refer to its use as 'dripping'. Some cartridges in pen-style vaping devices come with an atomizer already built in, but eventually you'll want to move onto a rebuildable atomiser to make the most of it. Here we'll talk about what dripping is, and everything you need to know to get started with an RDA.

What is 'dripping'?

You've heard your fellow vapers talking about dripping and you'd like to try it out yourself, but what is it? Dripping is a form of vaping, but instead of filling up a vape tank as you normally would, you drip a small amount of e-juice directly onto the coil or bridge of your RDA atomizer.

Vaping aficionados tend to practice 'dripping' with an RDA because it allows them alternate flavours without having to switch tanks. By dripping e-juice onto your atomizer, you can enjoy several flavours in one sitting without needing any extra kit except the flavours you want to vape.It's also an easy and relatively cost effective way to produce denser vape clouds, which some vapers prefer. However, it's worth noting that 'dripping' as a technique requires a little more effort on your part, and it's not something that can be done everywhere. In order successfully vape in this way you'll need to drip onto the coil every 8 to 10 puffs which can be a little too much work for some vapers. Of course, this isn't really possible if you're hands are occupied or you're on the move, so 'dripping' tends to be something you do in the comfort of your own home or in vape friendly bar with friends.

What is an RDA Atomizer?

As we mentioned earlier in the article, many people start their journey into dripping by using built in atomizers, but these can be quite cumbersome to use after a while. You'll need to remove the rubber tip, remove the filler material, drip your juice, then replace everything and carry on vaping. While using an RDA atomizer doesn't exactle streamline this process, it can certainly make it more of a rewarding vaping experience.

A rebuildable dripping atomizer allows you to drip e-juice directly onto an exposed coil and wick which can lead to hugely satisfying clouds. The wicks are typically made of silica, ekowool or cotton, and juice will usually need to be re-added every 10-12 puffs.

If you want to get technical and become a true vaping hobbyist, the RDA route is for you. There's a lot of tinkering to be had so make sure you've got a bit of time and a nice flat surface to work on when you get started. If you want to dive right in and get started there's a useful checklist and step by step tutorial of how to rebuild your RDA here. There are various coil builds you can try with multiple effects, and you can even achieve the perfect balance for sub ohming with some practice.

Why use a rebuildable atomizer?

Really, it all comes down to vapor production. For most vapers, being able to tailor their vaping experience and change flavours and cloud densities is a big part of the experience. It goes from simply vaping to a full blown hobby with many gadgets and interesting effects that can be constantly tailored and tweaked to your liking. For example, with an RDA you can create much bigger and denser clouds by adding juice directly to the wick. A tank tends to regulate the amount of juice that is allowed to reach the coil at any given time, and while this may offer a fairly consistent vaping experience it can also be somewhat limiting. Using an RDA atomizer allows you full control when it comes to the amount of juice you use, and also allows you to switch up flavours every 10 puffs or so.