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As someone who owns WAY to many RDA’s (I love them and can’t stop collecting), I often get asked what is the best RDA available. Well I have to establish some parameters here because when you say “best RDA” that is pretty subjective. Best is going to mean different things to different people so you need to kind of get a feel for what it is you want. Double coils? Quad coils? Low oHm builds? These all need to be taken into account.
Personally I go for vapor production and flavor first. If the device will do those two things, it doesn’t matter if its a double, quad – whatever. To me, if it performs well its the best. So I’m going to go somewhat in order of my favorites.
But first a word about clones.
I’m not agains clones at all. Most of this stuff is in limited supply and the clones are plentiful. I also see the need to save a buck here and there, but I don’t really do clones of RDA’s. Mainly because the build quality is cheaper and they break. Posts tend to come loose over time and this has a huge effect on the performance. You’ll spend money on another and with all the hassle, it would have been easier to spend the money on the real thing to begin with. So clone at your own risk.
What’s the Best RDA out there right now?
In order or preference and why…
The Derringer RDA is one of the more classic and innovative RDA’s to come out. Designed by Praxis Mods, this is a standard diameter RDA, but its extremely short. Pair this up with a 4nine or Praxis mod and you have an incredibly stealth and powerful vaping setup. This is one of my favorites to date for this reason. Because of the shorter chamber, the Derringer produces a warmer, and in my opinion thicker and more flavorful vape. You can use a standard drip tip or do what I do and just vape off the device. Incredible and a must own.
Mutation X V4
The Mutation X by Indulgence is a fantastic rebuildable. Indulgence is on the third version of this RDA and its easily the best to date. The Mutation X combines innovation with affordability into being one of the best deals that you’re going to find. The 2 main features that make this RDA unique are the airflow options and the top cap options. You get 3 choices of controlled bottom airflow, dual parallelogram side airflow and bladed angular side airflow control. You also get a competition top cap and delrin mouthpiece for a sleek look and comfort while vaping. This is one of the best RDA’s you’re going to find and offers an enormous amount of flexibility for setups and a wonderful balance of flavor and vapor production.
Doge X V2
The earlier versions of the Doge had minor problems, but with the Doge X V2, Congrevape have sorted everything out. This RDA was designed for cloud chasing, but as the design has been refined it offers a wonderful balance of flexibility and is extremely well machined. If you use low rated wire on your builds, the Doge has enormous post holes and can accommodate anything. When you get the Doge, you get 2 sets of post screws, copper and stainless steel. I think its really nice that Congrevape now give you this option. I originally bought this for cloud chasing, but I’ve actually switched to daily vaping using only one coil at about 1.0 ohm. The Doge X is surprisingly versatile and is a wonderful value for the price.
The Plume Veil has long been a favorite and I’ve owned every version that Aethertech have released. Yes there have been some dudes and there have also been some major machining problems. The previous 2 versions should have never been released – let alone for the price. But Aethertech have finally got it together with the latest version (version 2.5). This is a wonderful atomizer and was one of the first to offer 3 way airflow. There are airflow holes in the bottom, slot airflow control on the sides and you twist the drip tip to control the airflow on the top cap. The top cap airflow creates a suction and increases vapor production quite nicely. This is one of the more expensive atomizers in this list, but it is worth every penny – its is fantastic. I’m so glad Aethertech finally got things back together with this RDA.
The REMatty follows the new trend of really small, stealth devices such as the Derringer. The REMatty has several advantages over the Derringer – it gives you adjustable airflow control and it is actually smaller than the Derringer as well. This is another excellent RDA for times when you want to carry a mech mod, but you want to be stealth. Pair this up with the Praxis or 4nine and you’ll have an amazing and tiny mech mod that slips right into your pocket. I use mine constantly when I don’t want to draw attention.
Kennedy Competition RDA
The Kennedy Competition RDA is one of the most solid RDA’s I’ve ever used. This thing is built like a tank and the design is practically spill proof which I absolutely love. There are no side air slots – all of the air is drawn in from the bottom notches on the atomizer. The construction is the most solid I’ve ever used – I really can’t go on enough about the quality. The standard Kennedy has 2 airflow holes and the competition has 4. If you like super sub-ohm builds then the competition is for you – no question. This is the best looking and best built RDA I have ever seen. Flavor and vapor are outstanding and its worth every bit of the steep price.
454 Big Block V2
The 454 Big Block version 1 was probably my favorite atomizer from last year. Version 2 is very similar except it is smaller. Reducing the chamber size gives you a warmer and denser vape – this is still one of my favorites. The design is unconventional – you have 1 positive post that can accommodate up to 4 wires (it has a 4 way hole design). There are no negative posts – the negative leads go under the retaining ring and attach right on the deck. This RDA hits like a freight train – its probably got the best performance of anything on this page if you are using a mech mod. Highly recommended.
Freakshow / Freakshow Mini
Apparently the story is that Wofoto went to extreme lengths to design what they feel is the best performing RDA that you’re going to find. I have to say, it is quite good. The regular and the mini are very similar except the mini has a reduced size chamber. The design was tweaked slightly to still give you the best performance you’re going to find for a rebuildable in this category. The price point is nice as well. The wick chambers have been tweaked to allow the best performance with the least amount of dripping. Either choice is fantastic – I personally prefer the mini.
The Big Dripper is the most unusual design of any of the RDA’s featured here. The Big Dripper is certainly big, but it combines a standard RDA with a chamber in the top used to store juice. The chamber is spring loaded to release juice to your coils when needed. You just push down on the top cap and liquid is released. This is a nice option for people who want the performance of a dripping RDA with the convenience of a tank. Interesting design and extremely unique. If you like to drip on the go – this is an excellent option.
I have a soft spot for the Tugboat. I own several of these since they introduced airflow control and its still one of my favorite RDA’s. I also think the Tugboat offers the best flavor performance of any atomizer on the market. This is a serious, everyday RDA that gives you everything you want. You can get a slam, chuff style cap as an option, or use the included 510 drip tip. Either way – these are my day to day go to RDA’s. I think you will agree these are the best in class. Moderately priced, but worth every penny. Available in multiple colors and finishes – you won’t go wrong with the Tugboat. In fact, if I could only own 1 RDA on this entire page, this would be it.
The Hobo is absolutely fantastic. One of my favorite designs to be honest. This is extremely well built and has an interesting configuration of an inner sleeve that screws on to the deck before you attach the outer sleeve. The chamber size is very much reduced. The posts feature a proprietary hex key – they are tiny. This is not optimal, but because of the small chamber I can see why its done this way. You also get a delrin slam cap for easy dripping. Their are airflow holes on the sides of the top cap that give you a little bit of suction control – this is a really nice RDA. The quality and machining are outstanding. Flavor and vapor production are top notch as well. This one looks amazing as well with the stainless body/black delrin cap mix.
Best RDA Wrap-up
So there you have it! This is the best of the best in RDA’s based on my own personal experience and review. I would actually recommend you get 2 if you’re starting out. You’ll want to experiment with different builds and even vapor flavors. As cheap as these have become, I think this is the way to go to find what you like.
Got a favorite not covered here? Let us know in the comments!
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