RDA or Tanks: What's Right For You & Your Vape

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For those who vape or are interested in vaping, you probably have heard the debate between using RDAs versus using tanks. If you ask anyone using one or the other, it is likely that they will stay loyal towards their pick and fail to see the advantages that the other component may provide. But to understand which one is right for you, you need to know what each component is.


RDA stands for Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer and it is built out of several key components. When you see the inside of an RDA, you will find the positive and negative connection points that will hold the coil that you will use when you vape.

Before vaping, you will take a wick and put it through that coil, saturate it with the e-juice that you plan to use, and then place a top cap on the RDA in order to start vaping. It’s a fairly simple process but be warned, it will take some experience before you can do it without creating a mess. This simple design also led to having RDAs in different shapes and sizes.

Depending on your preference, you can have the opportunity to try different styles and designs such as:

  • Different coils: RDAs typically have enough space inside of them to try various coil options.
  • Wick changes: the designs can making changing wicks easy and therefore make flavor changes a cinch as well, whether the cotton is burned down or if you want to change the thing entirely.
  • Different sizes: they are generally roomier which allows for better airflow.

Using RDAs has some advantages but they require some trial and error, as well as some tinkering to learn how to use them. If patience isn’t your strong suit then might not enjoy using an RDA.


If you ask some people, tanks aren’t that different from RDAs these days in terms of performance, but there are some differences between the two. A tank is an atomizer that has a pre-built coil inside. As you inhale, the liquid pulls through the coil’s wick and turns it into vapour. Before, the tanks wouldn’t wick well for higher power use and the e-juice wouldn’t travel up the e-cigarette fast enough to keep up with the vaporization, causing a burnt taste. That issue has been resolved with more modern tank designs by using larger wicking holes and improved airflow.

Some of the advantages of a tank, when compared to a RDA, are that you can fill up the tank and be done with the process. You don’t have to keep your bottle of juice readily available or re-drip onto the atomizer every couple of puffs like you do with an RDA.

One disadvantage with tanks is that they usually come with limited varieties of coils, which can limit the options for the power may like to use. The selection of coils isn’t as flexible as what you can build with RDAs.

So now that you know more about RDAs and tanks, which one do you think is better for you and your vaping needs? That answer depends on your own preferences. Each one has their own advantages and disadvantages, it all boils down to what you prefer in the end.  If you need help selecting, feel free to contact us by phone or email. We’re happy to help you make your decision.

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