Clearomizer, RDA or RTA: Which One Is For Me?

Hey guys! Just thought I would do a real quick post before going to bed. I had this conversation with my brother earlier today about the differences between a clearomizer, rebuildable dripping atomizer or RDA and a rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA).

A little background on brother, he was a former pack a day smoker who started habitually smoking at the age of 13. He has been vaping for as long as I have but would fall of the wagon every now and then. It’s been about a year since he last picked up a cigarette. I am proud of my brother.

He is more of a casual vaper compared to me. He rocks an E-go Mega V3 along with a clearomizer tank, and only buys 1 flavor of e-juice, which is mint. His little set-up can chuck vapor though, and he is very satisfied with it.

He has been asking me more about my set-up these days, particularly my tank which is usually an Orchid. He’s now finding it to be a nuisance having to go to a vape shop every 2 weeks to buy a pack of cartos.

When I start explaining it to him however, he starts making this face, you know the face that says, “Ugh, you lost me.” I thought I would do a short post giving a simple explanation of the three:

Differences between a clearomizer, RDA and RTA

1. Clearomizer – the easiest to use among the three. Simply fill with e-juice and vape. The new clearomizers allow users to sub-ohm vape, which last year was not even possible.


The only con I see to clearos is it tends to be the priciest among the 3 because of the disposable atomizers. If you don’t mind having a vape budget dedicated to buying replaceable atomizers on the regular, then the clearomizer is definitely for you.

In a nutshell:

– easiest to use

– little vape knowledge needed

– pricey

2. Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer (RDA)

The vape enthusiast’s weapon of choice. This is the go to gadget for sub-ohm vapers. It produces the most vapor and gives the best flavor among the 3 when tweaked right. You save money with an RDA too, all you really need to buy are wire and cotton which both cost cheap and last a long time.


The one thing RDA’s fall short of is juice capacity. One must be careful in dripping because too much will flood your RDA. If you like the idea of rebuilding, ohms, resistance and tweaking with things, then the RDA is for you.

In a nutshell:

– most vapor and flavor

– requires some vaping knowledge

– not as much juice capacity

3. Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA)

If a clearomizer and an RDA had a baby, then that would be the RTA. Basically a tank that you can build coils on. It has the flavor and vapor production of an RDA, while being able to hold as much juice as a clearomizer.


Again, if you don’t like coil wrapping, then stick to a clearomizer. I personally only use an RTA nowadays for the convenience.

In a nutshell:

– good vapor and flavor

– requires some vaping knowledge

– holds a lot of juice

So hopefully everyone has gotten something useful out of this. Remember, vaping should be an enjoyable past time, and having the right set-up will ensure you keep vaping and stay off the cancer sticks.


Author: Mr. Long Drag

Former smoker turned vaper since 2013. I blog about questions that I and others might have about vaping. All I can say is it's a better alternative to cigarettes, nicotine gum, patches or medication, no matter what the Big Tobacco backed media says!

7 thoughts on “Clearomizer, RDA or RTA: Which One Is For Me?”

  1. This post should definitely go viral. All three are explained and looks simple yet all the channels on YouTube and blogs never explain them so simply.
    They complicate them by explain the technology and techniques which a newbie is not looking out for….this is the post!
    BTW I am a veteran but loved that you explained the real core of something which nobody else did.

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  2. Recently bought a rdta by steam crave! Has the best of both worlds. Hits like a rda with benefits of rta! Highly recommended to people that don’t want to drip but want the pros of dripping.

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    1. Thanks for the comment Loui. In my case, I actually did experience that. I guess with RDA’s the vape is much more “direct” compared to RTA’s. Tanks tend to muffle the e-juice a bit, so you won’t get that same kick compared to dripping.


  3. a newbie to vaping, a little over a month now, this blog was a very clear and concise explanation between these three. I am learning more and more everyday. I just purchased 3 more atties today… RTAs. I feel much better about the purchase after reading this. Also learned about wire on another of your blogs. Feel pretty good about buying 24 gauge Kanthal too.

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