Best RDAs

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.

Best RDAs

The Drifter by Hobo Customs

The
Pros
  • Brilliant flavor
  • Smooth draw
  • Leak-resistant
  • Easy adjustments
  • Deep juice-well
  • Single-coil option
  • No lead-clipping
  • Perfect O-rings
  • Renowned drip tip
  • A+ craftsmanship
  • Cons
  • Tight sweet-spot
  • Specifications

    • 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

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    Pros
  • Post-clamp system
  • Two posts
  • Easy build
  • Room for big coils
  • Cloud-comp ready
  • Versatile airflow
  • Open & even draw
  • Clean machining
  • Deep juice-well
  • Hybrid compatible
  • Cons
  • Best suited for exotic coils
  • Specifications

    • 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)

    Grimm
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    Pros
  • Notable constrcution
  • Capable of massive clouds
  • Unique, dual-angled airflow
  • Deep juice-well
  • Cons
  • Deck size is a tad small for a 24 mm RDA
  • Specifications

    • 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

    The
    Pros
  • Really good flavor
  • Incredibly smooth draw
  • Body stays cool
  • Versatile airflow control
  • Staggered posts
  • Gold deck
  • Cons
  • O-rings could be better
  • Specifications

    • 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
    • Adjustable
    • 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

    Wotofo
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    Pros
  • Velocity-style build deck
  • Ease of Use
  • Huge juice well
  • Huge vapor production
  • Inexpensive
  • Cons
  • May leak if over-dripping
  • Specifications

    • 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

    Wotofo
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    Pros
  • It's cheap
  • Functions great
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Good flavor
  • Really good vapor
  • Leak resistant
  • Super-simple controller
  • Cons
  • Plain Jane appearance
  • Specifications

    • 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.

    • Easy to build on
    • Changes color
    • Big air-flow
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    • Faith Ellis

      I have a kbox box nano. I wondered if its possible to put a simple rda on it to begin my transition. Im thinking 5 wrap single coil to vape at 40 watts. What would work woth this device?

      • Jeremy

        Well, technically anything would, but for 40 watts and a single coil . . . hmmm . . . what is your price range? The updates are coming this week. We’ll put up a few more.

      • Frogbottom

        I started with a Kbox mini and a Wotofo Freakshow. Ran single 6 wrap, 24g, Kanthal at .45 ohm. Worked like a beast at 35-40.

    • PaidRatingsHere4Sure

      How on earth is the GOON rda not on this list?

      • Jeremy

        At the time of posting this, most places were out of stock of the Goon. As said in the intro: “We will be updating this page soon, and when necessary. This is just the beginning.”

        Thanks for the comment.

        -=J

    • Leo

      Hey, The Sapor by Wotofo, because they have worst customer service ever. I called them because I was having trouble with their website, and they don’t even know how to operate their own website and plus the attitude they showed me was worst ever. I don’t understand why their customer service exist at all.

      • Jeremy

        Sorry to hear you had such an experience.

        How do you feel about the The Sapor?

        Thanks for the comment, even though I wish your situation was differernt,

        • Leo

          Could not get the chance to use it, because of the company. Searching through different website.

          • Kevin

            I have the sapor on a sigeli 150 with 6 wrap claptons. I feel as it is a very good first rda.

      • Zenious

        Why is it that a majority of Americans think that just because they have purchased a product from a company, said company then has to kiss their ass?
        You are paying for their product not for them to be nice to you.

        Little life lesson the poor schmuck sitting on the phone listening to you bitch and moan was in all likelihood not the same person the company paid to create their website hence their lack of knowledge.

        The company’s customer service is for returns and product related issues. Its not their job to teach you how to use the internet. Why put down a good product because you are unhappy because the mean person on the phone didn’t read you a bedtime story. Jeez get a grip.

        • Leo

          I didnt ask to kiss my ass. At least show some respect to a person who is showing them a respect. What I am concerned about is that how some people are so negative like you. It is their business, they should be on top of it, but I understand that they might not be able to do something, but the attitude come with it is not the best to be on a blog telling people that it is the best. The product might be really good, but the company is not. See, I dont expect them to teach me anything, but they don’t have to give me the attitude. I am kinda curious, are the person that I talked to? because you sure sound like her.

          • Zenious

            Firstly, how the hell are you showing them respect by bashing them in the comment section because they didn’t hold your hand while you were on their website ?

            Secondly, who are you to say the blogger is not entitled to their opinion that the Sappor is his favorite. It’s his opinion. If you want to get your opinion out there go write your own rda blog.

            Thirdly, get a grip, if you phone a company to Bitch and moan like a child 9/10 they will tell you where to go or just hang up on you. It’s a fact of life that the poor person on the other end of the phone likely doesn’t get paid enough to deal with idiots like you. They are not going to kiss your ass. Get over it.

            • worldindo1

              Someone has a stick up their oversized ass… From what I can glean from Leo’s comment, Wotofo’s website was the problem. He didn’t have a problem navigating it at all, as the website was probably either down or not working correctly. You don’t need to attack him and further more, how would you even know he’s American? People like you should get a glass stomach because your head is crammed so far up your own anus that you’re blindly firing off your mouth. Did you forget that America is a combination of many races? There’s no such ethnicity as “American”. Go read a book that doesn’t have pictures in it, moron. You might actually learn something so you can stop running that foul trap of yours. It’s people like you that give vapers a bad name.

            • Zenious

              You are a Moron of Colossal proportions.

              Go and look up the word Nationality.
              People who were born or have citizenship in America are American regardless of their race. The only person who invoked race is you. Idiot.

              I make the valid assumption that the OP is American because of the self-important and entitled attitude of the post. As the whole world and even a majority of Americans know America is home to some of the most self-important and entitled people on the entire planet. That’s not to say that all Americans act this way of course, some of the worlds brightest and best also hail from America.

              ”From what I can glean from Leo’s comment” which is obviously not a
              great deal as it clearly states ”I was having trouble with their
              website” not the website was broken or down, his wording suggests that
              it was in fact him at fault and not the website itself. Alot can be ”gleaned” from the wording people use to describe things.

              The fact that the OP said the Sappor shouldn’t be on the list because of their experience with the company shows monumental sense of self importance. Even though later they state that they have never even used the device. Lets also bare in mind that this is a blog with the writers opinions and reviews of the products.
              The fact this person has the gall to expect the writer to change their review (/personal opinion) on a product that they have not even tried out themself at all is astonishing to me.

              Also for the record it is Vapers like me, who use their brain, don’t think that everyone owes them something, don’t blindly follow trends and what we are told by the media are the ones who are saving Vaping. Standing on the front lines to protest crippling legislation that could destroy Vaping as we know it.

              Let me ask you are you involved in Vape Advocacy?
              Am I likely to see you at rallies and protests next to me?
              I highly doubt it.

            • RoflSirOfTheLawl

              To be fair, I would bet there are more entitled people in Qatar. I assume it’s because they are all so disgustingly rich that they just lost the ability to give away their fucks.

            • The BlackPit

              Zenious, why the bitterness? Was your family thrown out of the USA for being undesireables? You make an assumption that the poster is American because of his (in your words) “self-important and entitled attitude”. Yet your own words show you to be nothing more than a pompous douche. Please type some more posts so I can laugh at you some more.

            • Zenious

              Ahhhhh did someone get butthurt lol

            • Zenious Is A Prick

              You are a stupid fucking prick. Go eat shit and die you worthless, asshole. Hopefully, your hatred, attitude, and negativity will effect your health and you’ll die early of a heart attack or be hit by a truck, and the world will be a lot better off of a hateful asshole like yourself.

            • Zenious

              Please, by all means cry more lol

            • Janne

              His expectations are not unreasonable, the merits and characteristics of a successful company. A customer only wants to be appreciated, respected, and informed. Nothing wrong with wanting excellent service. That’s why it’s called “customer service.” Synonyms of the word service: “waiting on, helping, assisting, servicing, attending, laboring, kindness, favor.” That being said, as far service is concerned: commitment to customers, respect, positive attitude, competence, and the ability to form the customer of all aspects of service you offer can eventually make or break a company. I’ve seen so many businesses fail because they lacked the ability to offer the above, regardless of their quality of products. Nobody wants to deal with bad service, or incompetence. Especially, in this day and age- that’s just how it works. Bad management and representation of a company will unfortunately influence a persons opinion of the services or products offered.

            • Zenious

              His expectations were unreasonable as far as the fact he said the product shouldn’t be on the list because of his poor experience with the company. This is a review blog which is based on the writers opinions.
              A point to also remember is he has not used the product at all.

              You make alot of unfounded sweeping generalisations in your comment. Incompetence and poor management are something completely different than customer service and irrelevant to the conversation.
              A good product speaks for itself. If you have the same product as 1000’s of other company’s then maybe it will play a big factor but to say a company won’t do well without a high level of customer service even if they have a good product is ridiculous.
              It has become a convention in America to expect more than a simple transaction from company’s and sellers, forgetting that you are purchasing a product nothing more, nothing less.
              I won’t try and speak for others but personally I would rather have a Excellent quality product and shitty service than vice versa and the fact remains that Wotofo make good quality products and you don’t need to take out a second mortgage to buy them lol
              I have always been happy with their products. Their service is not terrible if you are actually in need of it. As I said in another comment their customer service is basic it’s for returns and product related stuff not for holding people’s hands on the internet.

            • Daniel Passmore

              All hail the great white knight. Should we construct your statue now?

            • Zenious

              Ooo now there’s an idea hmm I’m thinking bronze xD

            • Daniel Passmore

              You get a grip bro. Who are you to attack this person over their opinion? You seem so bitter. What gives you the idea that your opinion is more important than his? Who the fuck are you?

            • Zenious

              The irony of this post is hilarious. The fact you think I was saying my opinion was more valued is funny to me. When it was the op who said that the sappor rda (which he admits later he has never even used) should be taken off the list because they had a bad phone call. Effectively saying that the bloggers opinion is irrelevant because of his experience. I was pointing out how ridiculous and entitled this attitude is.
              Like I said in the previous post he should write his own blog, If I was trying to suppress his opinion why would I say this ?

    • clowery4384

      The goon by 528 custom vapes

      • Jeremy

        Just today we one of our contributors submitted the Goon blurb for this page. The review will be soon, too.

        • clowery4384

          Had it for two days now and it is my favorite rda now. Such a breeze to build on

          • Nicholas Adams

            I can second that!! Amazing RDA.

            • Bruinsfan199420

              Watched 1 video, had never wicked or installed a coil ever. It was actually easy, this thing is unbelievable, now i get why people drip! what to do with all my other tanks ??? oh well.

    • clowery4384

      wrong picture on the goon lol and it come in brass stainless and black but other than that great review on it. there also seems to be a bunch of the in the vape shop here in tucson az so if you have some contributor here in tucson thats where I would start

    • Nabil A Swileh

      The Sapor by Wotofo

      Cons:

      Single-coil only. Are you sure?!!!

      It is a dual coils only.

      • Jeremy

        Meant “dual-coil only”. I changed it. Thanks. This list needs an update badly. I will try and get on it as soon as I can.

    • Qsylvain

      cyclon is better rda

    • caleb taylor

      i had a question on the Derringer by Praxis, i use a simple mech and im just not getting the results i want, any advice? current ohm .9 after some research i had discovered i needed to be at a 1.0 or above but my deck is so small

    • Phil Carson

      Is there a reason why you didn’t include the Dotmod Petri V2 in your list?

    • Jayson DuVal

      No love for KENNEDY?