We Look at the Best RDAs and RTA’s So Far This Year Judged By Our Reviewers
So as winter approaches we thought we’d take a look at what our reviewers think have been the best RDAs and RTA’s released so far this year.
This year we’ve seen a real surge of RDAs and RTAs released in conjunction with YouTube reviewers and many of these have been well received.
However for this exercise we’ll look at only the ones reviewed by us and there is at least one designed by a vape famous dude.
The below ‘best of’ list is taken from atomizers we’ve used, reviewed and thought worthy of your hard earned cash.
What is interesting looking back at our reviews is that flavour seems key to recent releases with cloud production taking a back seat which in my opinion is a move in the right direction.
Do let me know your thoughts on that statement in the comments below – Flavour or Clouds or Both 😉
You might want to bookmark this article as I’ll endeavour to update as and when more RBAs are reviewed and/or released.
Best RDA’s and RTA’s for Flavour in 2018
Let’s face it most of us in vaping put flavour front and centre when it comes to a good RBA.
Sure clouds are fun but what really is the point of vaping what is pretty much fresh air!
Let me know your take on ones that manage to combine both flavour and vapour – the holy grail of RBAs – in the comments below!
OK so let’s see which ones have tickled our reviewer’s taste buds.
The Wotofo Recurve RDA
Dean the Devil Vaper is a tough taskmaster especially when it comes to RDAs so to see him score the Wotofo Recurve RDA and Mike Vapes collaboration so highly should make you all sit up and listen!
He loved the individual look of this and especially the half pipe deck design that is easy to build on.
However it was the amount of clean flavour he was getting that impressed him the most as he said in his review, for him, it is one of the best RDA’s for flavour he has used:
Perfect in more ways than one and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new flavour orientated RDA!
High praise indeed and definitely a flavour chasing RDA to consider adding to your armoury.
Vandy Vape Mesh RDA
This RDA is a little different from most others on the list with it’s use of mesh rather than your conventional coil builds. In our recent review it hit full marks for flavour which is no mean feat!
It features an interesting build deck made to accommodate the mesh (and standard coils) and thankfully it’s a breeze to build on. Add to this a top quality all around build we are sure this will appeal to vapers wanting to add that something different to their dripper collection.
The Worthing Vaper absolutely loved this RDA saying:
I love the Vandy Vape Mesh RDA. Since it entered my life 2 or 3 weeks ago it has become my favourite RDA so far. Very easy for experienced and novice vapers to coil and use!
Kaees Solomon RTA
I’m more an RTA than RDA vaper and without doubt I stand by my claim that the Solomon is the best RTA for flavour I’ve ever used.
So simple to build on with great clouds but the clincher for me is the flavour you get off this beauty.
It is quite simply insane and when I put it up against my much loved Troll RTA the Solomon beat it out of the park:
No getting away from the fact this is flavour chaser and a cloud chasers dream RTA.The flavour is intense and even at higher temperatures the vapour stays on the warm – not hot – side which really makes your taste buds pop!
Digiflavor Aura RDA
A joint project between Digiflavour and Daniel from DJLSB Vapes this has had reviewers and vapers enjoying superb clouds and flavour since its release in late summer.
It’s a good looking RDA with an easy build stepped clamp style deck and a unique airflow which our reviewer Laura-ann couldn’t praise highly enough calling it a ‘must have RDA’:
DJLSB Vapes and Digiflavor did what they set out to do, create a flavor chasing RDA with innovative airflow and an almost leak free system.
I think this RDA is very well designed; the bottom airflow makes an incredible difference, as does the domed top cap. This is must-have RDA for flavour junkie intermediate and experienced vapers and I highly recommend it.
Advken Manta RTA
A recent release and so close to getting full marks from Kevin Jeffrey the Worthing Vaper scoring 4.9 out of 5!
The only let down appeared to be the ease of use – in this case the airflow was maybe a little too airy for Kevin and wicking can be a tad tedious!
OK it’s a simple velocity style deck and certainly a looker that’s been on my radar since I first saw it released.
However there’s no doubt that this is a flavour chasers RTA that also delivers decent cloud production.
The Manta RTA by Advken is a beautiful looking tank that is easy to coil and feels great in the hand. It vape’s very well at medium to higher wattages with good flavour, if you like an airy draw then this might be the rda for you.
Digiflavour Themis RTA
A stunning RTA (albeit on the big side), the Themis offers both single and dual coil builds. We found the flavour in the single coil mode to be just OK but popping a dual coil build in there and the flavour seriously comes to life.
The Themis offers the ability to pull deck out through the base of the tank so no juice emptying when changing the coil or re-wicking. It also gives us an easy top fill mechanism.
Here is a little snippet of what our reviewer Kevin Jeffrey was blown away by the flavour this little cutie gave:
The Digiflavor Themis RTA is most definitely guilty of giving off great flavour and it would be criminal for you to not free this one from your favourite vape shop cupboard.
Best RDA and RTA for Clouds 2018
Next to flavour I guess cloud production is important to many vapers.
However there is of course a hard-core bunch known as cloud chasers who can accept a dimming of flavour if that means they can create a sub-climate wherever they go!
So this is a list of the best cloud chucking RBAs we’ve reviewed so far this year!
Innokin Thermo RDA
I had the pleasure of reviewing this absolutely stunning RDA from Innokin.
I was blown away by the design and build and intrigued – as you were – by the tornado style feature in the huge glass top-cap – would it dim the flavour?
As I said in my review yes the flavour was just about OK – tasty but not brilliant – however this RDA is an out and out cloud machine!
Boy oh boy does this chuck!
I gave this full marks for cloud production adding:
Stunning design and incredible cloud production with not a bad flavour profile makes this a fun if a little thirsty RDA that I have no hesitation in recommending…
Anarchist Riot RDA
Another RDA almost receiving full marks overall but hitting the max for cloud production.
The flavour off this scored max points too making this one of the best overall RDAs reviewed by us this year!
It has a chunky build deck with two huge posts with 4 staggered airflow slots which I’m assuming when fully open really chuck those clouds.
Laura-ann absolutely loved the way this RDA performed saying:
Simple design, quality construction paired with great performance makes the Anarchist RDA one of the most enjoyable RDA’s I’ve used in a long time.
Druga RDA by Augvape
I actually scored this sexy looking and relatively expensive RDA quite low at 4.3 out of 5 but gave it max points for cloud production.
It features a stunning design with a two post deck described as CSS (Clamp Snag System) which Augvape says makes for easy building.
I tended to disagree with that and even now and more experienced in building I still believe that – it’s fiddly and those posts can’t take much pressure if I’m honest.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a great RDA for cloud production this blew my mind, also no slouch in the flavour department:
It’s going to be one of those ‘almost a great piece of kit’ reviews I’m afraid. The Augvape Druga RDA looks very smart with superb flavour and truly wondrous cloud production.
iJoy EXO RTA
It’s not often you can surprise our reviewer Kevin the Worthing Vaper but this RTA certainly did!
Apparently he’s had some up and down experiences with iJoy gear but ever the professional he went into the review with an open mind.
He gave the iJoy EXO RTA 4.9 out of 5 with max points for the cloud production and flavour – so yet another all-rounder to consider!
Kevin summed it up:
Great flavour. Wonderful vapour production.
Definitely an RTA to consider for those looking for clouds!
Best MTL RBAs 2018
To be honest it’s been a quiet year for MTL rebuildables however we’ve seen two stand out tanks in the Berserker MTL RTA by Vandy Vape and the Siren 2 from Digiflavour.
Digiflavor Siren 2 GTA
A superb mouth to lung performance with the added bonus of a top quality build. The Siren 2 GTA is a tank that needs to be looked at for all the MTL (RBA) vapers out there.
The 2nd edition has ironed out any short falls from the first and includes the added top fill for ease of use. To go with this the deck is also simple to build on.
The tank is available in 22mm and 24mm versions featuring 2ml (TPD complaint) and 4.5ml capacity respectively.
A welcome and much needed addition to the MTL vape tank world.
- Superb flavour
- Top notch build quality
- Two versions available – TPD 22mm diameter (2ml) and 24mm (4ml)
- Top Fill tank
Vandy Vape Berserker RTA
The other contender on the MTL RBA circuit is the Berserker by Vandy Vape. Different in the visuals department to the Siren 2 and available in both the Mini 22mm and standard 24mm versions. The Berserker provides a true MTL vape with superb flavour.
An easy deck to build on and the top fill make this a MTL tank to go on your shortlist.
The tank is available in 22mm (2ml capacity) and 24mm (4.5ml capacity) versions with the former for the European market that complies with TPD regulations.
Another top addition to MTL RBA’s.
- Excellent flavour
- Available in Berserker Mini 22mm diameter (TPD Version) and 24mm
- Great airflow for MTL
- Top Fill
Best RBAs for Beginners (Easiest RBA’s to Build On))
I am now a very happy builder and have broken free from the chains of stock coils!
I really have found that RTAs in particular have given my vaping experience a whole new level of enjoyment and I highly recommend anyone considering going down the self-build route to give it a go!
As I said in the piece How to Build Vape Coils for Beginners – it might seem daunting but in all honesty it’s pretty easy especially with all those simple and exotic pre-made coils on the market.
So let’s look at a couple of RBAs that our far more experienced than me reviewers highlighted as being an easy introduction for newbies.
Wotofo Serpent SMM RTA
There’s a reason why this tank is in a couple of categories, it’s simply one of the best RTA’s we’ve used to date.
Dean the Devil Vaper describes this as:
This is a thing of beauty and unlike anything I have seen before. It has a two post design and has two slots on each post to allow left handed and right handed wrapped coils to be installed with ease.
The posts are easy to build on and the way the wicking is designed means this is pretty much a leak free RTA – definitely one newcomers should consider!
WonderVape RDA by CigPet
This one almost made into the flavour chasing and cloud chucking section however Laura-ann says this is the perfect RDA for beginners to build on.
It features a huge deck with plenty of space to get your coils in as well as an easy wicking set up and one that more advanced builders will enjoy too:
This is the perfect deck for a beginner to the RDA game but also a great option for extreme coilers who need that extra terminal space. Extremely quick on the change, nothing is so small that it’s fiddly.
Kaees Solomon RTA
Another RBA that has really impressed me.
Amazing flavour and decent clouds and given the deck is a very simple dual velocity style this RTA is a breeze to build on so perfect for beginners.
Look Kaees hasn’t done anything spectacular with this – they’ve kept it simple and it works like a charm:
Building and wicking on this is about as easy as it gets with generous sized post and wicking holes and they are solid posts and screws.
Geekvape Ammit 25mm RTA
I wasn’t that impressed by the Ammit at first but it has grown on me over the summer.
However for sheer simplicity to build on it’s a single coil and as I said in the review:
The deck is probably the easiest I’ve ever built on with that one open and one closed post hole making it a dream work with – it will take some big old coils too.
It’s definitely a newcomers to building tank and one as I said has grown on me the more I’ve used it.
Summing Up the RDA and RTA Releases
As I said at the start looking back at the standout RBAs released this year has certainly shown much more emphasis on flavour rather than cloud production.
The use of famous vapers to design or just stick their names on products could have become a bit gimmicky however certainly the ones we’ve reviewed have been very good indeed.
For me the Kaees Solomon and the Innokin Thermo have been the standouts but I really am looking forward to the Siren and the Beserker.
And a quick look at those we have reviewed and one of the standouts appears to be the Wotofo Serpent SMM RTA – so definitely one to add to your shopping list!
Let us know in the comments below what your top rated RDA’s/RTA’s for clouds, flavour and ease of use are!