What Is an RDA?

What Is an RDA?

What is an RDA? If you are new to vaping and have heard the term RDA but have never really looked into what is an RDA, you will have a few questions. RDA atomizers have been around since vaping began and millions of users worldwide are fanatics for this method of vaping. RDAs provide an experience unlike any tank and carry the potential for a better experience.

What Is an RDA?

RDA stands for Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer. Simply put, it is an atomizer that requires hand built coils to function and cotton for wicking. It sounds simple enough yet there are endless options when considering an RDA. Unlike a tank, and RDA is completely open except for the cap that affixes over the base. This allows for direct airflow straight from the coils to the mouth. There are no restrictions on the path of vapor coming from the coils.

What Is an RDA?With a dripper there are no tanks to fill, no leaking like you get from a tank. All that is needed to vape on an RDA is to remove the top cap, saturate the wicks and coils in e-juice and start vaping.

This method does require a small bit more effort than a tank as you must re drip each time the cotton goes dry. The benefits long term make this worth while.

This form of vaping provides many benefits over a tank. Flavor is the most notable gain by using an RDA. Because there is no restriction of the flow of vapor, nothing is lost between vaporization at the coil level and inhaling the vapor. This allows maximum flavor output.

Build Decks and Cleaning of an RDA

Build decks on a dripper are much larger and more forgiving than build decks on a tank(RTA). A larger deck allows for larger coils which in turn allows for an even more intense vapor and much larger vapor production. In short, a dripper is superior to any other form of vaping and will provide the absolute best flavor and most vapor.

Cleaning an RDA is much easier than an RTA or Sub Tank. Because these usually only come in 2-4 pieces, it is simple to break down and wash. Rewicking is much faster than a tank as most cotton can be stuffed into the base of the dripper instead of carefully positioning it in a special wicking channel.

What Is an RDA?Different Types of RDAs

Now, not every RDA is alike. Some are large and designed for huge vapor and flavor but there is a wide availability of smaller RDAs designed for intense flavor and moderate vapor.

Years back the standard size for an RDA was around 22mm. The space for building is cramped. As coil builders made larger and larger coils the demand for bigger build spaces got larger.

Since then there are drippers available anywhere from 22mm-40mm. Smaller RDAs are still popular with vapers who prefer this method of vaping but do not use large cloud producing coils. These small RDAs are great for maximum flavor intensity.

There are single coil drippers, dual and even triple and quadruple. No matter the style you crave there is an RDA out there to suit the preference.

Which RDA is Right for You?

This is something only you can answer. Generally, a safe bet is to search for the most popular RDA atomizers, which may be the best RDA on the market. If it is a popular item it is usually for a good reason.


RDAs can provide an excellent experience when vaping. The differences over a tank are enormous. Some people do not prefer to drip on an RDA constantly so if that is a concern you can also look into an RDTA which solves the issue of dripping.

No matter the choice you make a dripper is going to bring your vaping experience to a whole new level.

John Pietersma

I am John Pietersma, a 30-year-old husband and father of three children who lives in Nova Scotia, Canada. Having vaped and built coils for four years, I am very passionate about vaping and writing product reviews for everyone to read.