Experienced vapers sing the praises of rebuildable atomizers. New vapers or the slowly progressing e cig users view them with a mixture of hesitation, awe, and distrust.
There are people who should and individuals who should not operate RBAs. In this article, we will look at three types of rebuildable atomizers, what they are good for, and also explore the pros and cons.
Three Types of Rebuildable Atomizers
Until a few months ago there were two main types of rebuildable atomizers. They were RDAs and RBAs. These are mechanical items that allowed one to rebuild coils himself.
When adjustable, high-watt mods were introduced, and this also led to the innovation of hybrid tank mods. They also come with pre-built coils and a rebuildable core.
Many, if not all, high-end atomizers are capable of producing excellent flavor from top-shelf juices. They are particularly suitable for viscous liquids containing large amounts of vegetable glycerin. Low-end atomizers (low or mid-range ohms and non-rebuildable coils) become easily clogged when their tanks contain viscous e liquids.
Rebuilding Coils: Joys
If you are a skilled coil builder and an advanced vaper, you know how wonderful vapor tastes at high watts and how much fun it can be to take the DIY approach. You are not tied to the ohms set by manufacturers. As a skilled individual, you are comfortable with many high-end units including RBAs and dripping atomizers.
Styles and selections are many and varied, even beautiful. You could have adjustable airflow, competition RDAs, dual, triple, and quad coil set-ups, deep wells, and many types of metal. Valves in top caps allow one to refill without opening the atomizer or to cool vapor on its way through your tip.
Many of these items are expensive, especially authentic stainless steel or copper RBAs/RDAs engraved and serialized by specialist manufacturers. They are usually 510-threaded and a standard size is 22 mm since they were developed to sit neatly on top of 22-mm mechanical mods.
When you are vaping at low resistance and high watts, the clouds you can produce are amazing. It is possible to alter the flavor of vapor just by changing airflow (when attached to a mechanical mod) and possibly watts (with adjustable box mods).
Another possible outcome of building coils is that you will ruin your device. Ohms that are too low for your mod to handle can ruin it.
While the entire set — battery, mod, and atomizer — are potentially expensive for an advanced vaper, that money seems wasted if you end up wrecking your investment. Most variable watt devices monitor resistance and come with low-ohm protection: warning the user of this problem and refusing to operate until the situation is corrected.
Anyone with experience will be quick to advise you to buy an ohms meter and test coils before they are used. Mechanical mods provide no such support.
Selecting an atomizer that does not quite fit the mod creates a gap, causing inhalations to be airy and vapor to lose temperature. Cheap mods with rough threading or made from alloys that deteriorate quickly also cause problems.
Clones can be good or bad news depending on who makes them. The same is true when it comes to atomizers. A good atomizer in unskilled hands is a mess.
An RBA is filled with e liquid which is kept inside the vessel using a cap. An RDA is a dripping atomizer. Instead of filling a well and covering it, you have to drip regularly and add a drip tip.
A tank atomizer is much like an RBA except that companies supply two types of atomizer heads. The pre-built one either offers low resistance or sub-ohms, but the second one is ready for you to wrap.
Atomizer Models, Makers, and Prices
Youde, Smok, JoyeTech, Kanger, and Vicious Ant are some of the companies that produce atomizers. Some atomizers were designed to be attached to a particular mod.
Kanger had their KBox in mind when the Subtank Plus was developed. JoyeTech’s Delta II is suitable for their eVic Supreme.
HCigar, EHPro, Infinite, and Cigreen all make clones of top end atomizers and also produce originals from their own R&D teams. Eleaf developed the Melo and Lemo atomizers for the three sizes of iStick.
While it is possible to purchase a good rebuildable atomizer for less than $20, you can expect to pay between $20 and $50 for some of the decent but affordable ones. Vapers are even paying more than $100 for an RBA which makes their vaping system expensive in the extreme.
If that is the price of their atomizer, the mechanical or VW mod beneath it must be a high-priced device too, and it would be no stretch to imagine the same vaper purchasing a $25 drip tip.
Congrevape has produced a competition series: the Doge. This atomizer gradually becomes narrower towards the tip to force greater density from vapor and win cloud chasing competitions.
The drip tip is one element which might not be included with your atomizer and could be an extra expense. Cheap ones cost about $1 and up, but for best results you want to buy stainless steel and/or Pyrex examples.
Vapers also have to replace coil and wicking regularly. For purest flavor, vapors prefer organic Japanese cotton. They will also need tools for building coils: tweezers, pliers, special scissors, a coil jig, and possibly other items.
Whole systems have been developed so you can buy a ready-made kit, but many people have learned how to make do with whatever tools they already have lying around.
Pyrex atomizer tubes are replaceable so that you can keep valves and caps still working fine and looking good. Most tank atomizers and RBAs are made with Pyrex because this is the cleanest medium which is also tough at the same time.
O-rings can be replaced. Vape shops supply cleaning materials so you can maintain devices and prolong their lives. If you are sensible and careful, an expensive product will outlast a cheap one many times over.