Best RTAs & RTA Reviews of 2018

Which RTA (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer) Should You Buy?

Ranking Features Expert Rating
Joytech Exceed D19
#1
  • Top Fill Tank
  • MTL and DTL hits
  • Tank holds 2 mils

Halo Triton 2
#2
  • Cute design, small and portable
  • Juice pods are leak-proof
  • Tap twice to view battery life

Halo Triton 2
#3
  • Larger tank capacity
  • 1-button functionality
  • Easy to use and easy to clean

Our # 1 RTA (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer) for 2018

An RTA is a rebuildable tank atomizer. It’s like a cross between a tank and a dripper, it has a glass tank to hold your e-liquid and a base for building your own custom coils. We tested and reviewed about 15 of the best RTAs out on the market and have chosen the Pharaoh Mini RTA as out number #1 top pick. It out-performed the rest and produced clouds that were thick and dense.  The Pharaoh Mini is our Editor’s Choice for the Best RTAs for 2018

Why the Pharaoh Mini RTA?

  1. Designed by vapers for vapers
  2. Unique clamp-style post design
  3. Adjustable juice-flow control
Editor’s Choice

The Best Vape Pen of 2018

Halo Tritton 2

 

Which Type of RTA (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer)

is Right For You?

If you want to enjoy your vaping experience without having to drip juice on your coils after every other draw then you need to get an RTA (Rebuildable Tank Atomizer). Tank atomizers will let you take puff after puff without worrying about your wicks going dry, which makes them perfect for when you are going for a long drive, or for when you just want to sit back and relax. Check out our list of the best RTAs to find the one that is right for you.

What to Look For

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Tapered Tip

Disassemble the RTA and check the insides of the chamber. Ideally, the top of the chamber should taper towards the drip tip. This will ensure that the flavors of your clouds are not muted.

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Position of the Airflow Holes

Another thing to look for when buying the best RTA, is the position of the airflow holes in the build deck. The airflow holes should be directly underneath the coils for maximum flavor. The holes should also be slightly raised to prevent excess juice from leaking.

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Large Tank Capacity

If you are planning on using your vape for an entire afternoon, choose the RTA with the biggest tank capacity that you can find. Usually, an RTA with a 6ml tank can last you all day, depending on how heavy you vape.

What to Avoid

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Too Many Parts and Pieces

Avoid RTAs that have very complicated build decks. The earlier RTAs that came out consisted of almost a dozen parts, and you have to be really careful when installing coils and cotton, or else you will be spilling the entire contents of the tank. A good RTA is not just easy to build on, it is also easy to assemble and take apart.

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All-Metal Tanks

You need to know when you will need to refill the tank with e-juice, so having a completely clear glass tank will serve you well here. Other RTAs have small glass windows that do not reach the bottom, and others don’t have windows at all; this makes it easier for you to vape the tank dry and burn your cotton wick.

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RTAs with No Spare Glass

Do not buy RTAs that do not come with spare glass tanks. Even if you are the most careful person in the world, you might still accidentally tip over your mod and crack the glass tank of your RTA. Having a spare one already included in the kit will ensure that you will be vaping again in no time at all. It can take a week or more to get a replacement by mail.

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Top 8 Best RTAs For 2018

After hours of extensive research, testing and reviews, we’ve determined the best products (for any budget) on the market today.

Digiflavor Pharaoh Mini RTA
99%
OUR SCORE

Features

Build Deck
10
Durability
10
Liquid Capacity
9.6
Value
9.5
Vape Flavor
10
Vapor Cloud
10
Pros
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Single coil build
  • Top fill design
  • Unique chamber lock key
  • Two post clamp-style design
  • Gold-plated 510 connection
  • Dual slotted airflow control
Cons
  • None
The Bottom Line
The Pharaoh Mini RTA by Digiflavor and Rip Trippers is a single coil rebuildable tank atomizer that goes from a 2mil "mini" to a 5 ml "full-size" RTA tank with a custom extender. 2 glass tanks come with it, a 2 mil and a 5 mil so you can choose how you want to vape it and change it when you want. The clamp-style deck is easy to build on and wicking it is a breeze. The top fill design is a plus and juice flow control ensures that there is no leaking. It comes with a chamber lock and key for switching tanks, it tightens everything down so your tank doesn't try to separate when you twist off the top to refill. It really is a good tank and performs like a dream. It creates clouds upon clouds of vapor and the flavor is as good as it gets.
The Troll RTA
98%
OUR SCORE

Features

Build Deck
9.3
Durability
9.5
Liquid Capacity
9.7
Value
10
Vape Flavor
10
Vapor Cloud
10
Pros
  • Nice flavorful cloud production
  • Single or Dual Coil Configurations
  • Innovative build deck
  • Dual Adjustable Airflow
  • Can support thicker wire gauges
Cons
  • Is too tall when using other drip tips
  • Build deck is a bit cramped
The Bottom Line
* Wotofo is known in the industry for making great flavorchasing tank atomizers, and The Troll RTA is their best one thus far. The Troll RTA is not like your regular tank atomizers where the cotton wicks peep out at the bottom of the tank. The deck of The Troll is suspended halfway up the tank, similar to a Genesis-style RTA. This means that the wicks can soak up e-liquids much better, and the vape will have more flavor since the chimney is quite close to the drip tip. Speaking of the chimney, The Troll’s is shaped like a dome, which helps concentrate the flavor even better, add that to the chamber size reducing build deck, and you have a mean flavor monster in your hands. If you want a tank atty that can deliver both on flavor and cloud production then The Troll RTA should be on top of your list.
Serpent SMM RTA
96%
OUR SCORE

Features

Build Deck
9.4
Durability
9.5
Liquid Capacity
9
Value
9.4
Vape Flavor
10
Vapor Cloud
10
Pros
  • Lots of airflow
  • Easy to build on
  • Tons of flavor
  • Comes with a lot of extras
Cons
  • Single coil only
  • Prone to over wicking
  • Tank is a bit small
The Bottom Line
The original Serpent RTA is one of the original favor chasing RTAs to come into the market, and this new version, which is a collaboration between Wotofo and Matt from Suck my Mod (a popular YouTube review channel) is certainly an improvement. The Serpent SMM is probably the best RTA for flavor for beginners since it is by far the easiest one to build on, it is so easy in fact, that you actually really have to try to mess with your coil installation. This is also a great atty for those who love using single coils (uses less power, produces a decent amount of vapor, lots of flavor, etc.) and are more into favor chasing rather than chucking out huge clouds. Should you get the Serpent SMM by Wotofo X Suck my Mod? Yes, you really should make this one of your top picks, and it might just turn out to be your go-to atty for everyday use.
The Kylin RTA
96%
OUR SCORE

Features

Build Deck
9.3
Durability
9.4
Liquid Capacity
10
Value
9.4
Vape Flavor
10
Vapor Cloud
9.4
Pros
  • Easy to build
  • Postless build deck
  • Expandable tank capacity
  • Tons of airflow
  • Can fit even large diameter wires
Cons
  • No barrier on the top fill to prevent spill-over
The Bottom Line
The Kylin RTA by Vandy Vape looks similar to Geekvape’s Ammit, and for good reason because Vandy Vape was founded by a former lead designer from Geekvape. However, besides the looks, and the way the airflow is set up, the Kylin is a whole other vape monster. The great thing about the Kylin RTA is that it is fully customizable; you can use it as a dual or single coil device, you can swap out tanks so it can go from a 2ml capacity to a 6ml. The airflow is pretty much the same as the Ammit, but the Kylin’s hits three parts of the coils. The postless design also lets users go crazy with their coil builds; you can use regular dual coil builds, or you can install one massive single coil for insane clouds. Is the Kylin RTA worth your time and money? Absolutely.
Ammit 25 RTA by GeekVape
95%
OUR SCORE

Features

Build Deck
9.1
Durability
9.4
Liquid Capacity
10
Value
10
Vape Flavor
9.3
Vapor Cloud
9.3
Pros
  • Three-dimensional airflow
  • 2ml or 5ml Capacity with expansion
  • Two Post Rebuildable Deck
  • Large 8mm by 3mm Wicking Slots
Cons
  • No Goon-style 810 drip tip
  • Too much airflow, may not be a con to some
The Bottom Line
The Geekvape Ammit is quite a trailblazer in the RTA scene. First of all, it is one of the first RTAs to only make use of a single-coil build deck, with both posts on one side, and it is the first to use an innovative airflow system that hits two sides of the coil at the same time (one airflow directly under the coil, and another hitting diagonally up from the bottom). This much airflow on such a small atty means that the Ammit RTA can produce some seriously flavorful clouds. The small juice capacity of the tank may be forgiven seeing as the Ammit is just a single coil RTA and does not use that much juice in the first place. However, it can still produce a significant amount of clouds, and its flavor production is top-notch, which makes it a perfect addition to your arsenal.

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Hailing from the east coast, Lisa is a long time Vaper whose knowledge is derived from years of experience and testing a wide variety of vaping products. If you have questions or comments don’t hesitate to reach out. lisa@licensetovape.com

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