What Is an RSA Tank?
12 Feb 2018
The complete guide to everything you ever wanted to know about RSA Tanks!
You could be forgiven for being confused. The types of atomizers available for vapers is growing and evolving every day. RSAs, RDAs, RTAs, RDTAs, see what we mean? In this article, we are going to focus on RSAs and RDAs. RSA tanks are a relatively new acronym. RSA stands for Rebuildable Squonk Atomizer. It’s the combination of a Squonk vaporizer with a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer. That probably left you with more questions than answers, so we’ll try and break it all down a bit more.
What is a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer or RDA?
A Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer is basically an atomizer deck with posts. You can make your own coils and then instead of the coil sitting inside a tank, you drip e-liquid directly onto the coil as you vape. For many vapers, this is a simple and easy way to vape. If you’re chasing serious clouds, and RDA may be for you. Just be prepared to have your e-liquid close by as you’ll need to drip every time you have a vape. RDAs are normally referred to as drippers. Most RDAs are just drip and vape, but some have a small well underneath the coil which can hold e-liquid so that you don’t have to refill as often.
What is a Rebuildable Tank Atomizer or RTA?
A Rebuildable Tank Atomizer is the same concept as the RDA, but the RTA isn’t a dripper. After you build your coil, the coil goes inside a tank. You fill the tank with e-liquid. It may be more convenient than dripping e-liquid directly onto the coil but assembling the coil and tank will take longer than a simple RDA.
What is a Rebuildable Squonk Atomizer or RSA?
This is where things get a little bit different. An RSA is a rebuildable atomizer, but instead of a tank for e-liquid or dripping e-liquid, you squeeze e-liquid directly into the coil. This is Squonking! You can still build your coils on the deck, but e-liquid is fed up through the bottom of the deck when you squeeze the bottle.
Are RDAs or RSAs for you?
Rebuildable Atomizers aren’t for everyone. They require a knowledge of Ohms law and a basic understanding of how coils and vaporizers work. They aren’t for beginner vapers, and most experts agree that you should have been vaping for at least six to twelve months before attempting to build your own coils.
Depending on how you setup your coil and wicking, you’ll need to drip accordingly. Some drippers setup with a lot of wicking so that they can vape more often without having to drip as much. Others, setup running high wattage and will need to drip almost every time they vape. If you take too many hits on your vaporizer without re-dripping e-liquid, you could burn the coil or wicking. Then you’ll need to rebuild the coil again and add fresh wicking to get rid of the burnt taste.
The build decks generally have two posts, and you start wrapping your coil around those two posts. You can choose to run either a dual or single configuration. Most RDAs have air holes set up for either configuration, and you can adjust the airflow to suit your coil and vaping style. The more airflow and the bigger the coil, the more vapor you’ll pump out.
The RSA setup allows you a little more freedom than dripping. You won’t have to carry as much e-liquid around with you and will be able to vape more often between refills depending on the size of the bottle attached to the mod. The biggest drawback to RSAs is the bottle. Sometimes the bottle can split and leak e-liquid, other times it can feed to much e-liquid into the coil flooding it. As with anything it all takes a little bit of time and practice to establish how much to squeeze the bottle and how often.