RTA: Built Like A Tank

Sometimes it’s just flat-out difficult to decide what kind of atomizer you want to try next. Do you want to go with the convenience of a tank, or the performance of an RDA? This is one of the decisions that can drive a vape completely insane. Luckily, there is a device that provides the best of both worlds: the Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (or RTA).


This brilliant tank design really showcases the innovation that this industry brings to the table. A tank with an RDA-style build deck is something most vapers are hard-pressed to ignore. While RTAs are not necessarily a new  development in the vape game, they are just starting to resurge in popularity. These newer designs are more user-friendly. Designers recognized the need for increased airflow and wider juice channels to keep up with today’s demand for higher VG liquid. Whether you are making the switch from an RDA or switching from a sub-ohm tank, you will likely find something in these tanks to love.

You may have heard about these tanks being prone to leaks and dry hits. Don’t let this reputation discourage you! It requires a whole new skillset to make your new RTA run how you imagined it would. It’s all about trial and error when learning how to build on an RTA.
The trickiest part of these beauties is not finding the right build. It’s finding the right way to wick these tanks. Any leak or dry hit on a RTA system is a result of the way the wick was installed. If this material is packed too tight, it will not  soak up the juice properly, and you will unfortunately suffer the dreaded dry hit. When the wick is too loose, the juice will ultimately flood the build deck and flow out your airways. This creates a juicy mess. Leaking is what frustrates most new RTA users.
Thankfully, there are many RTAs out nowadays. Newer models are much more user-friendly. A prime example of this evolution is the UD Tech Goliath V2 RTA. This RTA boasts a super user-friendly build deck and overall design. This RTA is definitely a favorite of mine. The wider juice channels on the build deck make it very easy to wick and keep the chamber from flooding. It’s designs like these that are resurrecting the rebuildable tank atomizer.
Whether you are an avid cloud-chaser, or a casual flavor-seeker, I would strongly recommend trying out one of these awesome tank systems. Put your building skills to the test and see what an RTA can do for you!

Written by Dale Cournoyer

Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor’s resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.


Author: Tim Mechling

Tim is Mt Baker Vapor’s resident creative weirdo. He writes, composes music, draws, designs, produces podcasts, investigates, and blows the trumpet for the Common Man.

14 thoughts on “RTA: Built Like A Tank”

  1. I was sold on RTAs the first time I tried the one that came with my Kanger Toptank kit. This week I’m going to try out the RTA for the Eleaf Melo 2 when I get my hands on it.
    The thing is, I’d have gotten into RDA building if I didn’t need the portability and convienience of a reservior tank during the work-day. And the fact that RTAs even exist saved me from having to only buy replacable coil heads. [I still buy those too, but the thrifty grandpa in me likes to build them cheaply as well]
    Great blog!

  2. I got a Griffin tank a while ago. I love it. Amazing flavor and easy to build.
    Never had a dry hit and only had it flood once, because it was warm and I didn’t close the juice flow control before I took the top off to refill it. Live and learn.
    Great post!

  3. Do I get a discount for buying a new vaping device today which is St. Patrick’s day? I want something that’s compatable with an iclear tank. I don’t like all the coils,,,looks like a hassle. I like the easy top loading style of pouring my E juice into my tank. I’ve been using itaste. What brand works with the iclear top loading tank. I’m ready to switch if necessary.

    1. With the iClear top loading tank, you can use any mod that takes an “ego” style connection. What is your current mod? If you are looking for a new kit I would recommend the Joyetech eGo One Starter Kit. On Monday the 21st, we will be having our Spring Sale where customers can get 16% off all products using coupon code Spring16. With that code, a brand new eGo One kit will come out to just over $27.

  4. Recently purchased Nautilus mini Love the tank but am already tired of changing coils any suggestions.
    Not a subohmer

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