What is it like to Vape with RTA?

What Is RTA? How to Distinguish It

Novices in any sector are often taken aback by some so-called ‘professional terms’. For those of you new to vaping and all things vape, RTA, RDA, and RDTA are such jargon terms. If you are familiar with the development of vaping devices, you should you know what the three acronyms mean.


As we can see, RDA, RTA, and RDTA all end with the letter A, which stands for Atomizer. An atomizer is a device that emits a fine spray.

The first letter R stands for Rebuildable. So, we know that all three acronyms refer to a reconfigurable atomizer.

The middle letter D and T stand for Drip/Dripping and Tank, respectively. Therefore, the three acronyms mean:

  • RDARebuildable Drip Atomizer
  • RTARebuildable Tank Atomizer
  • RDTARebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer
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For example, the vaping device called Geekvape ZEUS X RTA from Vapeciga is a rebuildable tank atomizer. It has a top-filling system and a top-to-side air flowing design which makes the device leak-proof and user-friendly. It has a detachable inner chamber which simplifies do-it-yourself work. It is easy to clean.

Taste really matters

For every vaping enthusiast, taste matters. It is what determines which devices to buy and where to purchase our oils or juices.

Apart from the ingredients of e-liquid, taste is all related to temperature, the resistance of the aspirator, and the suction of the nozzle.

What is vaping and electronic cigarettes?

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Various types of e-cigarettes. (Image: Wikipedia)

An e-cigarette or electronic cigarette is a handheld vaporizer device that simulates smoking. The device is battery powered. Users inhale vapor from it as they would smoke from a tobacco cigarette. The hand-to-mouth actions are the same. However, with e-cigarettes there is no burning of tobacco, and therefore, no smoke.

Vaping means ‘smoking’ e-cigarettes.

A typical e-cigarette or e-cig has a heating element – an atomizer – that atomizes a liquid solution we call e-liquid or juice. The user inhales an aerosol we call vapor rather than cigarette smoke.

The action of sucking the device automatically switches it on. When the sucking stops, the e-cig is automatically deactivated. Some devices have a button that you need to press to activate it.

E-cigarettes come in many shapes and sizes. Some look like traditional tobacco cigarettes, others look like pipes, cigars, and hookas. Most of them are reusable, although disposable ones are also available.

The e-liquid

The e-liquid or juice contains glycerin, propylene glycol, nicotine, additives, and flavorings. Users can get juices with a high, medium, and low nicotine content. You can even get nicotine-free juices.

Brief history of e-cigarettes

Most people think that vaping is a 21st-century phenomenon. However, in 1927, Joseph Robinson created the first electronic vaporizer and applied for a patient. He wanted to use it as a way of inhaling medicinal compounds. His patent application was approved in 1930. However, the device never became available for sale.

During the 20th century there were many patents and devices which created vapors that humans could inhale. As early as 1963, tobacco companies had been developing e-cig like devices. Hon Lik, a pharmacist from China, is recognized today as the inventor of the modern electronic cigarette.

In 2001, Mr. Hon was on nicotine patches, trying to give up tobacco cigarettes. He devised a system using food additives as solvents. He continued improving it until couple of years later he developed what we recognize today as an e-cigarette.

At first, not many people took to e-cigarettes. Their performance was a disappointment. They continued evolving until a new device came out in the UK under the Gamucci brand. This e-cigarette became popular. Since then, the industry has progressed significantly.

Today, hundreds of millions of people across the world use e-cigarettes. It has been shown to be significantly less harmful than tobacco smoking. It is less damaging than tobacco cigarettes but less healthy than total abstinence, i.e., not vaping or tobacco smoking at all.

Tobacco companies dismissed e-cigarettes as a passing fad. However, today they realize that vaping is the biggest threat to their existence. In some countries, the tobacco lobby has successfully curtailed the sale of e-cigarettes.