Advanced Guide To Vaping

Intro To Advanced Vaping

‘Advanced’ refers to the types of devices where you require a little extra knowledge on how to use. The types of devices that fall into this category are capable of producing very high power and great amounts of flavours depending on how they are used. You may have heard about devices such as mechanical mods and RDA’s – two such types of products, which are certainly considered advanced.

Rebuildable Atomisers – RDA’s/RBA’s/RTA’s

The rebuildable atomiser is a largely broad term, which is used to blanket a variety of similarly styled advanced products that are out on the market today. Typical terms you will hear are ‘RDA’ (Rebuildable Dripping Atomiser), ‘RTA’ (Rebuildable Tank Atomiser) and ‘RBA’ (Rebuildable Atomiser).


The Rebuildable Dripping Atomiser is the most common of these types of device and has been around for the longest period of time. A typical RDA will have a metal wire (coil), which heats up the E-Liquid that has been poured onto cotton. The user creates the coil, inserts the cotton and drips the E-Liquid onto the cotton. Once the device is powered up vapour is produced. As the taste begins to harshen, it’s time to drip some juice back onto the cotton.

As this process is manual, it can be repeated and the coils can be built again and again. Hence the ‘Rebuildable’ name. They can be rebuilt rather than replaced like atomiser heads.



RTA’s are similar to RDA’s in a sense that they can be rebuilt, but the difference is that they have a tank sitting on top of them. Rebuildable Tank Atomisers are a combination of the tank and the RDA. We have recently seen some very impressive RTA style devices hit the market. They offer the ability to use your own coils and cotton, but rather than having to drip e-liquid onto the cotton often, the tank feature means that you can simply fill the tank up with juice leaving the cotton to be constantly soaked in E-Liquid.

These atomisers require a lot of know-how to operate. Coil building is not easy and takes some skill to get right. On top of this, it is important to understand the mechanics behind the devices. All coils have a certain resistance measured in ohms.

Rebuildable Atomisers are not recommended for beginner users due to the nature of their design and safety concerns. However, once you are clued up on the relevant science, you will be able to experience the intense flavour and larger clouds that these devices offer.

Box Mods

Box-Mods are higher powered versions of the standard E-Cigarette battery. Fittingly named, box-mods are shaped like a box. The reason for this shape is to accommodate the extra battery capacity and power. A typical beginner battery will have around 14-20 watts of power. Even lower end box-mods start at around 30 watts of power with the more advanced reaching upwards of 200W. A box-mod will usually have a variable level of wattage allowing the user to adjust the levels to suit their preferences. Box-Mods have become, and continue to be, a more attractive offer for vapers. The reasons for this are fairly simple. They provide longer battery life and more power. The power (watts) helps to improve the vapour production and can assist in creating a better overall flavour in combination with the right tank.

Box Mods are usually powered by external 18650 batteries which can be removed and charged outside of the device. If your device has a USB charging slot, then even if the batteries are removable they can also be charged via a cable. Certain devices do have a battery built within, which can be charged via a USB cable when attached to the device.

High powered mods, both mechanical and those using offering variable wattage, are used together with RDA’s and high powered sub-ohm tank style devices to allow you to get the very best flavour and vapour from your E-Liquid. This is why it’s necessary to use a high powered mod with an RDA. Due to the resistance of the coils used on an RDA, a lot of power is needed to fire up the device and heat the E-Liquid. With high powered sub-ohm tanks, such as the Smok TFV8, you need a lot of power to truly get the best out of the flavour.

These Mods are also necessary for those wanting to do a little ‘cloud-chasing’. There is certainly a culture of vapers who like to create huge clouds of vapour. The right RDA/Sub-ohm Tank combined with a high-powered mod can make a huge difference when it comes to cloud chasing.

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