Best RTA vapes
Welcome to the Vaping360 Best RTA vapes list of 2018. RTAs (rebuildable tank atomizers) are a lot like sub ohm tanks with RBA decks, but typically RTAs will not come with an option for pre-built coils and they generally will offer more flexibility with fine tuning your vaping experience. With countless options for build decks, wicking channels, coil configurations and tank capacities for your e-liquid, RTAs may just be the optimal experience for convenience, performance, and for control of your vape!
Our Best RTA vapes of 2018 list will be a guide for all those out there that either vape with sub ohm tanks and want to start with RTAs, or maybe even those out there that already use RTAs but want a bit of help deciding on the next one. Even RDA users can easily adapt with tanks now since many rebuildable tank atomizers are increasingly designed like build decks on drippers (watch how many times we use the phrase “Velocity-style posts”!)
We made this Best RTA vapes list to show the Best RTAs we consider to be solid choices in an increasingly saturated market of 2018. Not all readers will agree with our choices in RTAs, but this is what we are going with until something else bumps an RTA out of its spot. Updates and amendments will be on an ongoing basis and happening soon.
Sit back and enjoy our list for the Best RTAs. Vape on! Read on.
- Threaded top fill system
- Two large kidney-shaped fill ports
- Two-post single-coil deck
- Top mounted Phillips screws
- Dual wicking ports
- Adjustable air slot sizes 0.8 / 1.0 / 1.2 / 1.4 / 1.6 mm
- Gold-plated 510 pin
Enter a state of wild fury! If you’re a true mouth to lunger, you know how hard it is to find a good affordable rebuildable MTL tank. Alex from VapersMD teamed up with Vandy Vape to make this a reality. The Berserker Mini gives that true MTL experience in this single coil rebuildable tank.
The Berserker Mini MTL is a 22 mm tank that comes with 3 tank section options made of glass, Ultem and steel. It has an adjustable airflow system to achieve that perfect draw and throat hit. The tank holds 2 mL of juice and is easy to build and wick. It’s mouth to lung vaping at it’s best.
- 24 mm diameter
- Single and dual coil build decks
- Single coil deck
- Two post design
- 2 mm x 2 mm terminal per post
- Top-mounted hex screws
- Independent wicking ports
- Interchangeable airflow system
- 4.5 mm full bore
- 2 mm airflow condenser
- 1.5 mm airflow condenser
- Mouth to lung
- Flavor heavy
- Dual coil deck
- Two post dual terminal per post design
- 2 mm x 2.5 mm terminals
- Dual 3 mm x 5mm internal airholes
- Quad 3 mm wicking ports
- Gold-plated contacts
- PEEK insulator
- Top fill system
- 2 mL tank reservoir
- Dual fill ports
- Fully adjustable dual-airflow slots
- 2 mm x 2 mm each
- Delrin drip tip
- 6 mm bore
- 304 stainless steel construction
- Gold plated brass 510 contact
Versatility is the name of the game with the Merlin Mini, a collaboration between Augvape and Roxy. With both single and dual coil decks this is a 24 mm diameter RTA to appeal to all vapers. Two airflow reducers for the single coil deck aimed at mouth-to-lung vapers. Generous top fill slots with a threaded cap, 2 mL juice capacity, completely adjustable airflow and ability to wrap coils in either direction for both decks make the Merlin Mini a winner.
The 18 mm single coil deck contains dual offset posts allowing large inside diameter (ID) coils of exotic wire. The below coil airflow is 4.5 mm unrestricted, and 1.5 mm and 2 mm airflow inserts are included to reduce the atomizer to a satisfying mouth-to-lung draw. The 18 mm dual coil deck utilizes Velocity styled posts and dual 3 mm by 5 mm below coil airflow. Both decks are fed by dual adjustable airslots located on the base.
Both decks on the Merlin Mini are a cinch to build on and wick. Machining is immaculate and devoid of machine oil. Airflow is very smooth in all configurations, but take care not to lose small parts like the airflow reducers.
- 24 mm base diameter
- 2 mL standard juice capacity
- 5 mL maximum juice capacity – expansion tube & chimney
- Premier stainless steel construction
- Superior pyrex glass reinforcement
- Interchangeable build deck designs
- Preinstalled clamp-style two-post design
- Centrally secured via Phillips screws
- Spring-loaded clamps
- Domical top cap design
- Shorter shaft section
- Large dual-slotted airflow control – click Adjustments
- 7mm 810 red Delrin widebore drip tip
- 10mm 810 ULTEM widebore drip tip
- 10mm 510 black Delrin wideore drip tip
- 510 drip tip adapter
- Adjustable gold-plated 510 connection
Digiflavor teamed up with Rip Trippers, one of the biggest names in the business. Known for his vaping reviews on YouTube. He continues to build on the success of the Pharaoh Dripper Tank. The Mini is a traditional single-coil RTA with impeccable flavor and options for customization.
The Pharaoh Mini is a 24-mm atomizer that holds 2 mL of e-juice, but can be expanded to a 5 mL tank with included accessories. The deck uses two clamp-style posts to make building easy. It has a dome-shaped top cap for great flavor and adjustable airflow that clicks into position.
- 24 mm diameter base
- 26 mm at widest point
- Threaded top-fill design
- 2 mL standard capacity
- 6 mL maximum capacity
- Chimney extension and 6 mL glass included
- Postless quad terminal build deck
- Side-mounted hex screws
- 6 mm space between terminals
- Two 3 x 3 mm centralized air channels
- Two 6.5 mm x 2 mm outer airslots
- Two unified wicking port cutouts
- 10 x 4 mm each cutout
- Adjustable juice flow control
- PEEK insulator
- Gold-plated build deck
- Dual adjustable airflow
- Three positive locking positions
- 14 x 2 mm each airslot
- PEEK splitter divides into two sides
- 24 K gold-plated 510 contact
- 304 Stainless steel and glass construction
- 810 drip tip
- 9.5 mm bore delrin drip tip
- 13 mm outer diameter
- 11 mm bore delrin drip tip
- 16.5 mm outer diameter
- 10 mm bore delrin drip tip
- 18 mm outer diameter
- 510 drip tip adapter
The Vandy Vape Kylin RTA is one helluva flavor chasing RTA! Featuring two juice capacities in 2 and 6 mL, the Kylin RTA is 24 mm in diameter with a threaded open-tank top fill, dual adjustable airflow, and a draw that is smooth as silk and open as it can be without sacrificing flavor.
The deck is a gold-plated postless set-up that accepts single or dual coil builds. The deck receives its airflow from two slanted side-sots and two square holes underneath the coils. While the Kylin can accept single coils, it’s optimized for dual coils of exotic coil types due to the dual-directional airflow.
If you are into lip smackin’ flavor and luscious vapor, the Kylin RTA needs to be on your list. It’s also immaculately constructed. The Kylin comes with a plethora of accessories, like two 810 Delrin tips that are compatible with Goon tips, and two tank configurations with a chimney extender. The Kylin shines from performance, build quality, and options. It’s a superb RTA! For the price, it doesn’t get much better than this… for dual coils.
- Height: 38 mm
- Base diameter: 24 mm
- Drip tip height: 10 mm
- Drip tip diameter: 15 mm
- Post holes: 2.5 x 2 mm
- Tank capacity: 2 / 5 mL
- Top-fill system
- Grub screw type: flathead
- Grub screw size: 2.5 x 3 mm
- Threading: gold-plated adjustable 510
Geek Vape rarely disappoints, and this RTA is no exception. The Ammit 25 is a single-coil, with two included tanks sizes – 2 mL and 5 mL. It’s a 25 mm RTA with top fill and adjustable bottom airflow and a deck to write home about! It’s a single coil deck that couldn’t possibly be easier to install builds on. It takes most exotic, multi-strand wires and it gives great single-coil performance with IDs up to ~ 3 mm.
The deck gets it airflow from the bottom slots and from the sides, creating a “3D airflow”. Although it’s a single coil RTA, this is not a MTL vape at all. It puts out a lot of vapor and even more flavor, but this is for the intermediate builders. The installation of the coils is easy, but wicking it is not for the beginner. All in all, if you have some experience wicking RTAs, it doesn’t get much better than this.
- Dimensions: 2-3/16 x 1 inches (Including Drip Tip and Threads)
- Diameter: 25 mm
- 510 threaded
- 5.2 mL capacity
- Isolated rebuildable deck and base to reduce heat
- Unique wick reservoir design for optimal wicking and minimizing leaks
- Dual-post velocity style deck
- Wide 17 mm build deck
- Hidden side-fill design
- Top adjustable airflow valve
- Advanced airflow circulation system
- Locating slot and bar allows for consistent and accurate performance
- POM (delrin) drip tip shield
- Quartz glass tank
- 304 stainless steel construction
- 510 drip tip compatible
The OBS Engine RTA is a great value for performance and ease of use for mid-range wattage. A 25 mm RTA that has top fill and top airflow with 5.2 mL of juice that uses the industry-standard Velocity-style deck. The deck is ideal for dual coils with single-strand wire or smaller diameter Claptons wire.
The OBS Engine is a good choice for intermediate users in the RTA world. Solid flavor, nice vapor, ease of build, and a great price point. It can be a bit tricky to get the wicks to the right size due to the individual wick holes, but keeping that in mind, it can be figured out fairly quickly. The draw is an open hit for direct lung vaping, but it’s got a tad bit of resistance compared to cloud chucking RTAs. If you’re on a tight budget, the Engine is a good choice.
- Size: 24 x 52 mm
- Weight: 58 g
- Capacity: 4.5 mL
- Material: SUS304 stainless steel
- Patented triple-coil deck (gold plated)
- Interchangeable dual-coil deck (gold plated)
- Stainless steel wide-bore cap
- Delrin 510 adapter/cap
- Top fill
- Triple adjustable bottom airflow slots
Experienced RTA users that want incredibly saturated flavor, check out the Coil Art Azeroth RTA. It’s a 24 mm tank that holds 4.5 mL of juice and comes with two gold plated decks: a dual-coil Velocity-style deck and an exposed post-less deck for three coils. It uses top fill via large ports accessed by an easy-to-use threaded drip cap with a non-removable wide-bore tip. With three adjustable cyclops slots measuring 2.4 mm x 9.4 mm, there is ample air… though even with some nice clouds, it’s all about the flavor for the Azeroth RTA!
It’s a very well made RTA and has some buttery smooth threads on the drip top cap. It’s got knurling where it should, and the airflow stays in place when set. The three-coil deck uses some really tiny screws though, and without wicking (either deck) just right, it will leak… but getting a build just right will provide flavor that is almost unparalleled in RTAs. This one of the best RTAs of 2017 for experienced users.
- Diameter: 22 mm
- Expandable tank section with accessories
- Juice reservoir: 2 mL
- Newly redesigned fill port and top cap
- 1-2 mm of airflow
- step adjustable
- Solid stainless construction
- AISI 316L (V4A)
- Borosilicate glass tank section along with SS tank section
- PEEK insulations
- POM-C drip tip
- NBR 70 o-rings
- An engraving on the SS tank section shows one of five different major Russian cities
The original Kayfun experience meets modern day. The Kayfun Prime is the latest rendition of the classic single-coil MTL rebuildable tank. Unlike the Kayfun V5, it’s a true mouth-to-lung device that encompasses everything you know and love about the Kayfun, and then some.
The secret to its great flavor is the airflow. The Kayfun Prime has an airflow system that delivers an even amount of air to your coil which positively impacts flavor. The Prime is 22 mm and has a 2 mL capacity. If you want the crem de la crem of MTL RTA’s, the Kayfun Prime is the one.
Introduction to RTAs
There are three styles of rebuildable atomizers: RTAs (Rebuildable Tank Atomizers), RDAs (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers) and Genesis atomizers. A fourth category called an RDTA, for Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer, has also been created, but for the purposes of this article they will be considered the same as RTAs. All three styles use a coil or coils made by the user by wrapping wire around a small rod; generally 24 mm in diameter. The user then must also create a wick to transport the e liquid to the coil(s).
Vapers use a variety of wire to wrap coils. Kanthal A1 can be used in variable wattage (VW) mode on all mods because it has very stable resistance when heated. Other wire types must be used in temperature control (TC) mode due to their varying resistance when heated. These wire types would be ni200 and titanium (ti grade 1). Stainless steel has a slight variation in resistance when heated and can be used in both VW and TC modes.
Many different types of wicking materials can also be used for vaping in rebuildable atomizers. Cotton or rayon are most commonly used in RTAs and RDAs. Stainless steel mesh rolled into a tube is usually used in Genesis atomizers.
What is an RTA?
How does an RTA differ from other types of atomizers? RTAs generally have a building deck where the user puts the coil(s) at the bottom, while the tank for e liquid sits above the deck. Depending on the size of the RTA it may hold anywhere from 2 ml to 10 ml of juice. A chimney section surrounds the deck. Air enters the deck from beneath or next to the coils and rises through the chimney’s stem to the drip tip. Side airflow RTAs are often termed RDTAs. Many newer RTAs also have top airflow that comes down through the outside of the chimney stem to the coils, and then back up to the drip tip. RTAs contain slots or holes in the deck to allow e liquid to feed through the cotton wick(s) to the coil(s).
An RDA differs from an RTA by having a small well in the bottom to hold e liquid, and tend to have significantly less capacity. The coil(s) also are in the bottom of the atomizer, and the wick(s) dip down into the well of juice to feed the coil(s). They do not have a chimney section since the juice is below the level of the coil(s). Instead they have a top cap that sits on top of the building deck. Air enters from the top, bottom or sides and rises up from the top cap to the drip tip.
A Genesis atomizer seems like a combination of an RDA and an RTA. It has a tank, like an RTA, but it sits at the bottom of the atomizer below the build deck. Due to the location of the tank section it is similar to a very large RDA well. Wicking is achieved by rolled stainless steel mesh tubes which feed the e liquid up to the coil(s). Genesis atomizers also have a top cap like an RDA and, likewise, air flows from that directly up to the drip tip. Many current popular atomizers are a hybrid of the Genesis style by having a bottom tank and upper build deck, but use cotton wicking like an RTA. Some of these hybridized style atomizers are also termed RDTAs.
Advantages of RTAs over other atomizers
RTAs offer some advantages to vapers compared to sub ohm tanks, RDAs or Genesis atomizers. The primary benefit over Subohm tanks is the freedom from buying factory coil heads. Wrapping coil(s) offers a huge savings over purchasing them. An entire roll of wire can make several coils at approximately the same cost as one or two factory made coil heads. Additionally, the user is less likely to run out of wire at an inopportune time since a roll of wire may last months or years. Similarly, a package of organic cotton or box of rayon for wicking may also last months, years or even decades. Moreover, the user of Subohm tanks must rely on the manufacturer to continue providing coil heads for purchase, while the RTA user does not. With FDA regulations in effect, factory coil heads for Subohm tanks may no longer be available to US vapers in two years (or less).
RTAs edge out RDAs in two categories. The first is e liquid capacity. Users of RDAs must continually drip more juice into their atomizer. Vapers of RDAs must carry bottles of e liquid with them, and this can create a dangerous situation if the user is dripping and driving. An RTA with large capacity may provide vaping enjoyment all day at work before needing refilled. The second merit of RTAs over RDAs is that most do not leak if they are not kept upright. Because an RDA does not use a chimney section it will dump juice if sideways or inverted.
Many vapers find RTAs easier to coil and wick than Genesis atomizers. This is because the user must oxidize the stainless steel mesh on a Genesis, and then work out hot spots where the mesh makes contact with the coil(s). Also, like RDAs, Gennys tend to leak when not kept upright.
Tips and tricks for RTAs
A few helpful tips can guide vapers in using RTAs. The first suggestion is to be sure the coil(s) span the air slots, especially on a bottom airflow atomizer. Too short coil length allows the wick(s) to drip e liquid into the air holes, which leads to gurgling and even flooding. Another trick to prevent flooding is to be sure the wick(s) do not allow e liquid to flow past them onto the deck. The wick tails must adequately block the juice feeding slots or holes. However, if the RTA begins to dry hit, then the user has too much wick blocking or hindering the flow of e liquid. Finding the perfect balance is key to top performance. Most modern RTAs allow the user to access the build deck at any time for rewicking, and are highly recommended for beginners and reluctant builders. Finally, be sure not to overfill the RTA. Leaving an air bubble allows juice to adequately flow to the wicks and exchange air for vaporized liquid.