What is a RDA, RDTA, and RTA?
An RDA stands for Rebuildable Deck Atomizer. These consist of just a coil and a bit of cotton to hold juice. This type of atomizer requires the user to “drip” E-Liquid often to keep the cotton wet. Example of as RDA below.
RDTA is a Rebuildable Deck Tank Atomizer. These function similar to an RDA, but has a tank of juice below the coil so the cotton can absorb juice from the tank instead of having to drip. Example of RDTA below.
Finally, an RTA is Rebuildable Tank Atomizer. These are like “tanks” but instead of buying a new coil and screwing it in, you rebuild the coil yourself. You can buy an RTA or some tanks include a rebuildable coil in the box. Example of a RTA below.
What Tools do I Need?
For building you need at least something to wrap the coil around, usually a bit, wire cutters, ceramic tweezers, and scissors. The easiest way to get everything you will need is to buy a building kit. These kits range from $20 to $50 depending on what tools are included and brand.
Which Wire Should I Get?
You can purchase wire from your local vape shop or order online. I recommend Lightning Vape for online purchasing. There are different types of wire such as kanthal, stainless steel, nichrome, ect. To start just get kanthal wire, every wire does different things for different builds but just to start off with kanthal is the easiest. Next thing to look at is gauge (AWG). Guage refers to the thickness of the wire. The lower the gauge the thicker the wire. For a first build i recommend 22 AWG or 24 AWG depending on how big of a deck you are working with.
What Cotton Can I Use?
I personally use Native Wicks cotton (Also found on Lightning Vapes website), but you can use any japanese organic cotton. You want organic because bleach is found in some cotton to make it whiter, and you do not want to vape on bleach. Japanese cotton is also very absorbent and wicks easily to the coil.
For the first coil, just do 5-7 wraps around a bit, install it into the deck, put cotton through it, and you should be good. Making coils is more of an art than a science, so it takes time to master along with practice. Watch videos and practice is the best way to learn.
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