For a long time, RTA had been synonymous with pain in the rear. The learning curve going from a clearomizer tank to building Russians was very steep. Even those who built RDAs often had trouble with the small deck and screws on the Russian (myself being one of them). Not to say that they are impossible, or even difficult to build on now, but when I was first getting into RTAs they were.
Given the fact that an RDA is nice and open and easy to work with, one would think that a dripper would be an easy choice. But now we have some new players in the game of the RTA market. Devices like the Lemo or Subtank are making it easier and easier for people to get into rebuilding with an RTA.
My question to everyone is: Will these new tanks replace others like the Russian, and could they potentially replace RDAs as a means for getting that rebuildable quality flavor? As far as replacing expensive RTAs that are difficult to master, the answer is yes. But as far as replacing RDAs the answer is a hard no.
It is convenient to be able to fill up a tank and take it with you without the need to drip, without question. However, I still get a much better flavor, many more different coil combos, and the ability to switch flavors when I want when I am using my RDA. It’s just more practical for me personally as I am constantly switching and testing new flavors.
That is not to say that there may be people dripping now who have or plan to move to one of these types of RTAs. But I don’t think it will be as drastic of a movement as it was when we went from cartomizer tanks, to coil head clearomizers. Almost no one uses cartomizers for day to day vaping anymore, in the same way, no one drives a model T as their day to day transportation. It doesn’t mean that a cartomizer can’t offer anything to us, but rather that there is something that offers MORE in an easier to use fashion. This is just the natural evolution of the products we use, and should be something to look forward to. It means our devices are getting better and more efficient!
While shelving our used-to-be favorite devices can be hard to do, it is exciting to see what the industry is doing with innovation. In just one short year, we have seen regulated devices go from 15 watt tube style mods to 150 watt boxes with multiple batteries and Micro USB charging ports. We have seen more and more people move to advanced clearomizers like the Mini Nautilus or even the new sub-ohm tanks. The industry is constantly changing, and with it, us as well.
Written by: Grant