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.
Vandy Vape Berserker Mini MTL
- 22 mm size is TPD compliant and great for 22-based platforms
- Easy to build on especially with round wire
- Easy to wick
- Easy to clean
- Quality machining
- Smooth airflow with many options
- No leaking or gurgling
- Tremendous flavor
- TPD compliant
- Excellent design
- Competitively priced
- Top cap O-ring wears out quickly
- Will need to refill often with chain vaping
- Threaded top cap isn’t ideal for quickly filling
- 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.
Augvape Merlin Mini RTA
- Supreme versatility
- Can satisfy most styles of draw
- Easy to build on with entire deck
- Fantastic machining
- Great flavor
- Incredible value for the money
- Lots of parts to keep track of
- 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.
Digiflavor Pharaoh Mini RTA
- Great flavor
- Easy to build/wick
- Airflow clicks in place
- Multiple included drip tips
- Convertible to a 5 mL capacity
- Performs well at low wattages
- No leaking
- Fits larger coil builds
- Slightly turbulent airflow
- 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.
Vandy Vape Kylin RTA
- Incredible flavor
- Dense clouds
- Two tank capacities
- Two included Goon-compatible (810) tips
- Gold-plated postless deck
- Wide assortment of available colors
- Click-in-place arilfow
- Single coils not best for flavor
- 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.
OBS Engine RTA
- Great price
- Holds 5.2 mL of juice
- Velocity-style deck
- Above average flavor
- Good vapor
- Might need to be cleaned upon arrival
- Spit back after refilling
- 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.
Geekvape Zeus Dual RTA
- Single and dual-coil builds
- Smooth top airflow
- Good build quality
- Wicks better than the original Zeus
- Easy building
- Large 27 mm diameter
- Logo too big
- Heat-resistant drip-tip not included
- Diameter 26 mm
- Maximum juice capacity 4 mL
- Superior stainless steel construction
- High-temp resistant silica glass reinforcement
- Enlarged build deck
- Innovative postless
- four terminals design
- Single or dual coil configurations
- Side-secured via flathead slotted screws
- Peek insulator
- Efficient wicking system
- Enhanced 3d three dimensional airflow
- Adjustable dual exterior top airflow
- Single internal central air tube
- Dual internal airslots on each side
- Convenient threaded top-fill method
- Delrin 810 straight widebore
- Delrin 510 straight widebore
- Adapter for 510 drip tips
- Adjustable gold-plated 510 contact pin
The first Zeus came out with a bang. Now the Zeus Dual takes it a step further by adding a second coil to the game but keeping all the things that made the single-coil Zeus special, intact. It features the same leak-proof design due to the top-to-side airflow and a simple, straight-forward deck to build on.
The Zeus Dual RTA can now house two coils and its modified deck makes wicking easier than before. It comes in four colors and the package includes two drip tips, a 510 and an 810 one. Geekvape also has a heat-resistant drip tip available for the Zeus Dual which is sold separately.
Vandy Vape Kylin Mini RTA
- Stunning design
- Awesome flavor
- Ample space for exotic coils
- Nice form factor
- Smooth airflow
- Many color options
- Requires careful wicking
- Designed by Stefan Z.
- Superior stainless steel construction
- Pyrex bubble glass reinforcement
- Gold-plated build deck
- Innovative two-post
- single terminal design
- Single coil configurations
- Peek-insulated positive post
- Dual external airslots – fully adjustable
- Honey comb internal 180° airflow design
- Convenient threaded top-fill design
- Resin 810 widebore drip tip
- Gold-plated 510 contact pin
- Available in stainless | black | gold | rainbow
The Vandy Vape Kylin Mini combines the honeycomb 180-degree airflow of the OG Kylin, with a smaller chamber and a single-coil build deck. Flavor is still amazing, the Kylin Mini is no less of a stunner than its bigger brother. They even managed to squeeze one extra mL of e-liquid in the straight glass configuration of the Mini, while significantly reducing the size. Sorcery…
If you liked the original, you are going to love the Mini. One thing to remember: you might have to comb your wicks a little more with this one, to avoid dry hits. In any case, that’s a small price to pay for the Kylin Mini’s awesome flavor.
Innokin Ares RTA
- Easy deck to build on
- Awesome top fill
- Quality machining
- Lots of airflow options
- Smooth and consistent flavor
- Easy to install coils
- No leaking/gurgling
- Easy to clean
- TPD version available
- Slight airflow whistle
- Top-fill insulator isn’t removable
- Could have a tighter draw
- Innokin Ares RTA
- 3 mL glass section
- Smoked tank section
- Drip tip set
- Hex key
- Meter of wire
- Pre-built coils (2)
- Spare part pack
- User manual
The Ares is an RTA from Innokin’s Platform series, a line catering specifically to beginners, smokers and mouth-to-lung vapers. Phil Busardo and Dimitris Agrafiotis (VapinGreek), two popular vaping YouTubers, worked together with Innokin to design this tank.
The Ares RTA is 24 mm in diameter and holds 4 mL of juice. It’s designed for single-coil building and incorporates some of the top features available right now like easy to use build deck and top fill. The tank also comes with pre-made coils and other goodies like wire, building tools and organic cotton for wicking. It has an airier draw than your average MTL RTA, making it also suitable for restrictive DL vaping.
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.