People working in the field of marketing and the reviewing of e-cigs know that many of the questions they receive are unanswerable. If you do market or review e-cigs you are familiar with the “What’s the best RDA?” question. “What’s the best mod?” “What’s the best this or that?” These types of questions are very hard to answer, and the reason is quite simple. Not everyone is the same, something we have learned over the course of the drip tip series. Me telling you which RDA is best is like me telling you what flavor of pizza you will like the best. It’s just something that can’t be done accurately, without knowing how you vape and what you prefer.
However, I can help point you towards high-quality products by letting you know what to look for when shopping for a device. Here are some guidelines on what to look out for:
First and foremost, even before selecting the device you want, make sure the company you are purchasing from has a good track record. Reddit, ECF and the Mt Baker Vapor Forum are fantastic resources when it comes to doing your homework on a particular retailer, and believe me, people will not be hesitant about sharing their experiences. Check the retailer’s return policy and also to see if they have any warranty programs in case you get a defective device. It’s always good to support a vendor who will in turn, support you. Companies with extensive warranty programs show that they stand behind what they sell and have confidence in the products they carry. Do they have a phone number listed on their site, or is it just an email address? Make sure that the company has made itself readily available to you should any issues arise.
The second thing that will be helpful to you is to sit down and write a short list of your needs and expectations that you have for your e-cig. This may seem kind of silly at first, but there are too many devices that offer too many different experiences that having an idea of what you are looking for will help a ton. Is airflow important to you? Do you like to make big clouds, or are you more of a flavor chaser? Is there a certain type of metal you want your device to be made of? Is size more important to you than battery life? These are all things that matter, and to vapers, they matter a lot.
Take your list, and get to researching! The forums mentioned before are a great resource for finding out everything you need to know, and also to cross reference your list of requirements. Ask questions to people who already own the device, and use what they have learned to further your knowledge. Youtube is also a vault of knowledge, and it can often be easier to understand when you can visually see what is being discussed. Just about every reviewer on youtube does a great job of breaking down products and properly getting all the information across.
Once you have made your decision, it boils down to “whom do you want to purchase from?” This is where finding a reputable company becomes important. Remember what to look out for: Companies with no warranty, little to no contact information, overseas websites, and sites with no credit verification are all red flag situations when it comes to shopping online for e-cigs. These type of places often deal with knockoffs or clones of the authentic product you wish to buy, and can be difficult to work with if a dispute ever arises.
Once you make your purchase, be sure that you get a tracking number after your product has been shipped. It’s always best to have as much information as possible so that you can track your purchase during the shipment process.
So to answer the question “What is the best RDA?” My answer is; You tell me.
Until next time, Breathe strong!