RTAs fall into the rebuildable atomizers family. These bad boys provide the convenience of vape tanks and the versatility of rebuildable build decks. But you don’t even need advanced skills to start building and wicking with your own coils and cotton. Most recent RTAs allow users to easily re-wick and swap coils from the build deck, making them ideal for newcomers and apprehensive builders.

 

The following list is our recommendation for the best RTAS in 2021.

1st Place
4/5
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Vandy Vape Kylin Mini V2
2nd
4/5
DOVPO BLOTTO MINI
Dovpo Blotto Mini
3rd
3/5
Wotofo Profile M

When it comes down to DIY vapes, your choice is always limited to the Rebuildable Atomizer (RBA) family of vapes. These are atomizers that allow you to assemble coil and use your own cotton for wicks.

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Vandy Vape Kylin Mini V2

9.6

The KYLIN Mini V2 implementing postless build deck, single coil configuration, and offers 270° honeycomb airflow coverage. 

DOVPO BLOTTO MINI

Dovpo Blotto Mini

9.5

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Wotofo Profile M

9.4

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Geek Vape Zeus X

Geek Vape Zeus X

9.3

The Geek Vape Zeus X deploying an elevated postless build design to accommodate a complex range of builds while improving upon the dynamic, performance-driven top airflow design. 

OXVA ARBITER

OXVA ARBITER

9.3

The ARBITER RTA offers a quad post build deck to accommodate a dual coil layout. Outputting through an internal flavor chamber the vapor produced is condensed and channeled directly to the tongue. Airflow is intaken via top airflow slots and is guided directly beneath the coil structures for maximum flavor creation.

Wotofo Troll X RTA

Wotofo Troll X

9.3

The Troll X RTA can utilize a single or dual coil configuration, fastening the leads from the side. At the center of the build, the deck is an interchangeable airflow insert to throttle or open up the airflow hitting the fastened coils. 

vHELLVAPE DEAD RABBIT V2

Hellvape Dead Rabbit V2

9.2

The Dead Rabbit V2 RTA features dual Y-shaped build deck posts, affixing the coils via side secured connection. The leakproof airflow control system at the top is dual slotted and ventilates to a honeycomb outlet that vents to the top side of the installed coils, allowing for a single or dual coil configuration. 

VAPERZ CLOUD TRILOGY XL

Vaperz Cloud TRILOGY XL

9.2

The TRILOGY XL RTA intakes airflow via 78 air ports divided among the two sides, delivering substantial airflow directly to the bottom of the coils at the center of the build deck for maximum flavor and vapor creation.

Digiflavor Torch

Digiflavor Torch

9.1

The Torch RTA is filled beneath the threaded top fill system, offering dual fill ports to refill your favorite eJuice. Constructed from durable stainless steel, the build deck features two posts built in a Y shape with two terminals per post. 

VAPEFLY SIEGFRIED MESH

Vapefly SIEGFRIED Mesh

9.1

The Vapefly SIEGFRIED Offers a clamp-style build deck and can be utilized with a single mesh sheet or traditional wires for delicious vapor delivery. Equipped with multi-hole side airflows, the SIEGFRIED RTA can be carefully metered for optimal flavor creation from your favorite eJuice in a MTL or DL fashion.

What is an RTA?

RTA is short for rebuildable tank atomizers. These bad boys feature a rebuildable deck in which you build your coils. It’s usually located at the bottom of the atomizer and surrounded by a chimney chamber and tank section. The e-liquid goes in the tank and gets wicked from the side or bottom of the chimney chamber.

 

This way, RTAs offer the flexibility of a build deck and the convenience of a vape tank. You get multiple options for coil arrangements and tank sizes for your vape juice. RTAs are usually larger in profile than RDA’s and can store e-liquids.

How does an RTA work?

Depending on your build deck design, you build one or more coils, fit them on the deck, then wick them with your own cotton. You simply have to place the tails of your cotton in the build decks wicking holes, fill the tank with your favorite e-liquid and allow the wicks some time to soak it up. Finally, fire up the atomizer and get ready to start vaping. As you pull the vapor, air rushes through the airflow hole inside the build deck, hitting the coils, and then rises towards the chimney, eventually making its way towards the drip tip.

What type of RTA is best for you?

As already mentioned, selecting a vaping tank always comes down to personal preferences and vaping style. There’s no one size fits all. You’ll likely have to choose between the following categories:

  • Top airflow vs. bottom airflow: Some bottom airflow RTA systems have leaking problems, so most people prefer top airflow systems, but some top airflow systems sacrifice flavor.
  • DL vs. MTL: if you prefer mouth-to-lung to direct-to-lung experiences, get atomizers with narrow airflow holes and vice versa.
  • Single Vs. Dual coils: single coil RTAs offer MTL or restricted DL draws, while multiple coil RTAs allow bigger airflow and vapor production

  • Deck placements: if you buy a GTA, you have to get longer wicks than when using an RTA. That’s because GTAs feature raised decks placed high in the tank section.

Tips and tricks for RTAs

Start with clearomizers that have an RBA section if you are not sure of your deck-building skills. That way, you can practice building and wicking before you get to this. You can also simply just purchase a separate RBA deck for your replaceable coil tank and start practicing.

 

Make sure to place coils across the air slots in your RBA or RTA. This will keep the wicks from dripping the juice into the air holes and prevent flooding. Also, make sure wick tails block juice from flowing onto the deck. Otherwise, the RTA will flood too. But don’t block the air holes too much lest you get a dry hit.

 

Avoid overfilling; leave an air bubble so the e-liquid flows smoothly to the wicks and trade air for vaporized juice.

Why Use An RTA?

There are many advantages to using RTAs over other atomizers and tanks.

 

To begin with, they perform better than MTL and sub-ohm tanks with replaceable coils because you build your own coil and wick with your own cotton. This saves money on coil and cotton purchases because the entire cotton or roll of wire package costs less than a single ready-made wick or coil. From these bundles, you can build several coils or wicks. Plus, you don’t have to rely on the manufacture to supply coil heads or wick. RTAs are also often designed bigger than RDTA’s and RDA’s, and unlike these two, they don’t need the juice to be dripped onto the coil continually.

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