Welcome to the Vaping360 Best RDA List.
Whether you are looking for quality RDAs suitable for beginners, RDAs for flavor, or for clouds and flavor, our goal with this list is to help you navigate that terrain with products that run the gamut in functions, building options and user-friendliness. And of course, we will have our choice for best cheap RDA!
If you want a little primer course on what an RDA is and what an RDA vape is about, see our article here: An Introduction to RDAs and Dripping, or read further down on the page. Our Best RDA list will be for RDAs that are accessible, of reliable performance and quality manufacturing. Whether inexpensive or high-end, we will only vouch for quality RDAs.
So please enjoy our list for the Best RDAs. Vape on! Read on.
The Drifter by Hobo Customs
- 22 mm Diameter
- Specially Angled Airflow Entry
- Airflow Enters Beneath Coil
- Provides Smooth and Effective Airflow
- Minimizes Leaking Due to Design
- 6 mm by 2 mm
- Single Airflow Option
- 3D Machined
- Quad Post Build Deck
- Split Positive Post
- 2 mm Terminals
- Hex Keyed
- Shelf Styled Negatives
- Superior Connection
- Improves Conductivity
- Hex Keyed
- 7 mm Deep Juice Well
- PEEK Insulator
- 316 Stainless Steel Construction
- Extremely Durable and Heavy Duty
- Reduced Chamber
- Focuses Flavor
- Additional Recessed Top Heatsink
- 510 Drip Tip Compatible
- 7mm Bore Included Drip Tip
- Copper Contact
- Individually Serialized
- Product Includes:
- One Hobo Customs Drifter RDA
- Additional O-Ring and Hex Screw Pack
- Allen Key
The Drifter RDA from Hobo Customs is machined in the USA to high standards in Southern California from 316 grade stainless steel. The 22 mm atomizer features a four-post build deck with 2 mm post holes. Despite its short stature of only 21 mm tall without the drip tip, the 7 mm deep well for e-juice gives the Drifter one of the best size-to-capacity ratios in the market. Three heat fins machined at the top ensure the atomizer stays cool while vaping.
A unique feature of the Drifter RDA are its 3D designed airflow slots. The side adjustable 6 mm x 2 mm air slots can be configured for single- or dual-coil builds. The air slots are angled up to direct air beneath the coils and right up to the drip tip. The design is very effective, coupled with the reduced chamber size, for producing crystal clear flavor. But, if you don’t have basic coil-building down pat, you might want to skip ahead.
The Goon RDA
- 24 mm In diameter
- Half Inch drip-tip
- Standard 510 Connection
- Copper 510 Pin
- Gold-Plated Bridge Posts
- Gold-Plated Clamps
- Hybrid Safe
- PEEK Insulator
- Positive & Negative Bridges
The Goon is an RDA that feels like it should be $100+, and it is the RDA coil builders have been waiting for. With a two-terminal clamp-style build deck and a 24 mm diameter, this atomizer will take any build you throw at it. On top of that, the plates and terminals are all gold-plated which significantly increases conductivity.
The quality of the Goon far exceeds the price, it stands up to–and crushes many–of the $100+ atomizers on the market with its fantastic build quality. The airflow is very versatile and allows for a wide-range of draws. Due to the size of the chamber, this atomizer is better suited for high power builds and exotic wire builds, hence the intermediate to advanced recommendation (though beginners could easily use this RDA, it’s best suited for those with experience in building).
If you’re looking for an atomizer that allows a lot of creative freedom for builds, look no further, the Goon is the atomizer for you. The Goon comes in SS, brass, copper and black. The Goon is easily one of our top picks for build quality, versatility, performance, and price!
Recoil Performance RDA (Grimm Green X Ohm Boy)
- 24 mm in diameter
- 22 mm diameter build deck
- Dual coil design
- 4 post build deck with 2.5 mm post holes
- PEEK insulator
- Gold plated brass positive pin
- 7 mm deep well
- Flavor Bro top cap with dual 2.5 mm air holes per side
- Clouds Bro top cap with dual 3 mm air holes per side
- 9 mm bore drip tip
The Recoil Performance RDA is designed by two well-respected names in the industry: Grimm Green and Ohm Boy Josh. The 24 mm diameter, dual coil atomizer features an enormous 22 mm build deck with a split 4 post design. The large 2.5 mm offset post holes make coiling a cinch. At 7 mm deep, the well holds an ample amount of e-juice. The gold plated brass 510 pin combined with a PEEK insulator ensure a stable connection capable of high power. Perhaps the most intriguing feature is the side airflow. Each side has dual holes which slant downwards towards the coils, and help prevent leaking from overfilling.
The inclusion of two different top caps gives the Recoil Performance RDA quite a bit of versatility. The Flavor Bro top cap has dual 2.5 mm airflow holes per side to appeal to flavor chasers. Also included is the Clouds Bro top cap featuring dual 3 mm airflow holes per side for those who enjoy chucking large clouds.
The Aeolus Lite by SynthetiCloud
- 22 mm Diameter
- Combination of Aeolus V1 and Aeolus V2 Pro
- Three Piece Assembly
- Aluminum Sleeve
- Double O-Ring Sealed Base
- Signature Vertical Airflow System
- Entry from Side Top
- Funneled Into Four Differently Sized Airholes
- Anti Leak Design
- Split Positive Build Deck
- 2 mm Terminals
- Stainless Steel Construction
- 18K Gold Plated Center Post
- Flathead Screws
- Deep Juice Well
- 11 mm Delrin Competition Top Cap
- Standard 510 Drip Tip
- 18K Gold Plated Brass Contacts
- PEEK Insulators
- Anti-Spin Square Center Post
The Aeolus Lite is an RDA that provides vibrant flavor with way more than enough vapor! And even for your hot builds, the vape performance stays pleasurable and comfortable. The Aeolus Lite is an easy recommendation.
The Aeolus Lite by Synteticloud is a slick-looking top-fed airflow RDA—via two sets of four adjustable vertical air inlets—with one of the most pleasurable draws we’ve ever used on any atomizer! The Aeolus Lite is one of our favorites here for the depth of flavor, the amount of vapor it produces, its virtual leak-proof design, that draw, and, especially, its lower cost.
Wotofo Troll v2 RDA
- 22 mm diameter
- 10 mm deep well
- 2.7 mm post holes
- Two post Velocity styled deck
- Gold plated 510 pin
- PEEK insulator made in Germany
- 13 mm diameter chuff drip tip
- Side adjustable air slots with two options
- Dual coil design
Wotofo is back with a new version of the popular Troll RDA, the v2. This 22 mm diameter, dual coil RDA vape that features a large, Velocity-style build deck with enormous 2.7 mm post holes to make fitting large coils simple! Side airflow can be adjusted for either horizontal slots or angled ones, and combined with the chuff drip tip, the Troll v2 can chuck some incredible clouds! The 10 mm deep well and PEEK insulator made in Germany are welcome additions, especially for those who wish to run the atomizer at its capable high power level. And the gold plated 510 pin ensures a stable connection in temperature control (TC) mode. The top cap is a tight fit to the deck using three o-rings to prevent bottom leaking.
Although the Troll v2 is primarily a cloud chasing RDA, it produces incredible, thick plumes of flavor to boot!
The Sapor by Wotofo
- Compatible with 510 drip tip (510 drip tip sold seperately)
- Adjustable airflow control (2 air slits on the sleeve)
- Quad poles design for dual coil build
- 510 threading connection
- Adjustable center screw
- 22mm bottom diameter
- Comes with a POM wide bore drip tip (11mm bore diameter)
- and a SS wide bore drip tip (8.8mm bore diameter)
The Wotofo Sapor is a really good performer that is easy to use. It also comes with three different drip tip options and is available in a wide range of colors/finishes. Plus, it’s inexpensive!
Built on a dual coil platform, the Wotofo Sapor RDA has top-fed airflow, a deep well and a split-post deck. Also, it holds a lot of liquid and is virtually leak-proof because of the top-fed airflow. With the airflow fully open the Sapor RDA has a wide open draw with its dual 12 mm x 2 mm slots, but the airflow adjusts, fully and easily, by turning the top cap’s rim. Setting aside its plain-Jane looks (if you can even call it that?!), there’s not much we can objectively find as a negative with this RDA.
Introduction to RDAs
Styles of RDAs
There are three styles of rebuildable atomizers: RDAs (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers), RTAs (Rebuildable Tank Atomizers) and Genesis atomizers. A recent new category of atomizer has been developed as well called an RDTA (Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer). RDTAs combine an RDA type deck design with a tank that drips e liquid or acts as a large well. Rebuildable atomizers use a coil, or coils, made by the user by wrapping wire around a small rod, 2-4 mm in diameter. Common wire types used are Kanthal A1, titanium (ti gr1), nickel (ni200) and stainless steel. Kanthal can be used on all mods in Variable Wattage (VW) mode due to its stable resistance when heated. However, titanium and nickel must be used in Temperature Control (TC) mode due to their varying resistances when heated. Stainless Steel varies only slightly when heated so may be used in both VW or TC modes. Usually wicks for coils in RDAs are made from cotton or rayon.
RDA Vape Explained
An RDA has a building deck where the user places the coils at the bottom of the atomizer. While an RTA, RDTA or genny have a tank, RDAs have a well to hold e liquid just below the build deck, and the wick tails are placed into the well to transport the juice to the coil(s). Generally the well does not have as much capacity as a tank style atomizer and the vaper must add more e liquid often. Unlike RTAs or Subohm tanks, an RDA does not have a chimney section. Instead a top cap sits on the build deck and vapor rises up to the drip tip. Airflow may be fed to the coils from the bottom, sides or top, or a combination of these. Typically, the user can adjust the airflow to suit his/her vaping style.
Different Types of RDAs
RDAs come in a variety of sizes and styles. They range in size from a diminutive 14 mm in diameter up to a whopping 46 mm. The build deck may allow for one up to 8 coils, though most are single or dual coil designed. Many RDAs work well for both horizontal or vertical coils. Airflow may be suitable for mouth to lung (m2l) or direct to lung (d2l) vaping styles. They are available in a variety of metal types from stainless steel to brass or copper, and some offer several color choices.
RDAs may come with an optional hollow positive pin to allow their use on special bottom feeding mods called squonkers. A squonker has a plastic bottle for e liquid that a vaper squeezes to feed juice to the atomizer. Although they have always been popular to alleviate the constant dripping of juice, a huge number of squonkers have to come to market recently by several manufacturers.
Cloud RDAs vs. Flavor RDAs
Most vapers categorize RDAs as being primarily for clouds or flavor. Cloud chasing RDAs have room for coils of heavy mass and large diameter like Clapton, Alien and other fancy, creative wire designs. Cloud RDAs also have huge airflow to generate immense, thick clouds of vapor, and appeal to direct to lung (DTL) vapers. Some users even enter their RDAs in contests to determine who can create the largest, thickest vape cloud. On the other hand, a flavor RDA tends to have less airflow, and is suitable for the mouth to lung (MTL) vaping style. A flavor RDA will hold only a single or dual coil design, and tend to be 22 mm in diameter or less. As expected, the primary objective is excellent flavor though many create a decent cloud of vapor as well. Of course, many RDAs create both fantastic flavor and respectable clouds.
Advantages of RDAs
Many vapers prize their RDAs for their exemplary flavor, and feel they excel in this category over other types of atomizers. Certainly, they are the easiest style of atomizer to wick. A quick rinse off much fewer parts than tank style atomizers, and it is ready for re-wicking. RDAs do not have wick channels, so they do not require the sometimes delicate balancing of wick tails between flooding and dry hits like an RTA does. Nothing beats an RDA for trying new e-liquids. A few drops of juice lets a vaper know whether that new bottle of e-liquid will stay or be passed on to a friend (or enemy). Additionally, RDAs allow for trying several e-juice quickly.
For those who do not wish to purchase a squonking mod, but want more juice capacity than the typical RDA, many RDTAs may be the ticket. They essentially provide an RDA tank. With a dripper style build deck and top cap they offer the experience of building and vaping an RDA, yet have the advantage of a very large well in the form of a tank beneath the deck. Wicking is similar to an RDA but with longer tails immersed into the tank section.