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Best Vape Juices in 2021: E-Juice Flavors and E-Liquid Brands

We have compiled a list of the best vape juices on the market, as well as the best e-juice brands, based on our experience of years in the vaping industry. Buying e-liquid is the vaper's most difficult and expensive (over time) choice and there is no sense in wasting your money on junk.

Best Vape Juice Flavors

Classes of Flavor Types

One of the best parts about switching from cigarettes to vaping is all the variety of flavors you will now have the option to try. 

Everyone has their own taste buds so opinions will vary but most people like the fruity flavors, bakery style, or dessert E-Liquids.

I personally stuck with the tobacco flavors exclusively for the first few months after kicking cigs before switching to different types of flavors to make sure smoking was out of the picture for good.

Whether you are looking for a new all day vape or just something for every once in a while, there is sure to be a flavor here for you!

Best Vape Mod: Box Mods, Squonk Mods

Looking for one of the best vape mods that came out recently? Find the best vape mod for your vape rig with the features you want.  More power? Temperature Control? Faster Firing!

Best Vape Mods

Almost everyone likes blowing a huge cloud every now and then (or all of the time).  A lot of recent mods are capable of sub-ohm vaping, which is to say it is capable of handling lower ohm resistance builds.  

When finding the right mod for direct lung vaping, we are looking for a few features in particular:

  • capable of low ohm resistance builds. .1ohm lower bound is now available in wattage modes and .05ohm is common when using Temperature Control (TC) mode
  • capable of higher wattage for fast powering 
  • multiple batteries are a nice feature

To complete your cloud blowing rig, you are going to want to get a vape tank that has good airflow for huge lung draws as well as a high or max VG (vegetable glycerin) e-juice.  The VG is what actually causes the visible cloud in the vapor. 

Augvape VTEC 1.8 Dual 18650 Vape Mod
Augvape VTEC 1.8 Dual 18650 Vape Mod


Augvape's VTEC 1.8 is the update to the V200 mod that gets its design inspiration from the Honda VTEC race engines. This is a powerful 200W, dual 18650 device that is easy and fun to use.

Tanks up 26mm fit perfectly up top on the slightly raised, centrally located 510 pin and plate. 28mm tanks will fit but will have a slight gap due to the raised plate.

On the front is a very easy to read, simplified display with dual battery indicators that is bright enough to see in direct light but won't blind you in the dark due to the placement and hand position.

The best thing about the V200 is even better on the VTEC 1.8 -- the form factor and firing button. It has a rectangular shape and has the firing button right above the display which feels great to hold and is a joy use


  • Awesome variable wattage dual 18650 vape mod
  • one of the best thumb firing experiences
  • easy to hold and feels great - like holding an ice cream sandwich without the mess
  • instant on and AUTO mode for super easy use
  • lots of space up top with central 510
  • well placed, easy to read OLED display -- doesn't shine in your face in the dark but still easy to read in direct lighting
  • upgraded battery door over the original V200 with clear battery markings

Augvape VX200 Vape Starter Kit
Augvape VX200 Vape Starter Kit


The Augvape VX200 is a small form factor, high powered dual 18650 box mod constructed from durable ABS and PC plastics that may be one of the lightest mods on the market. 

Augvape paired the VX200 mod with three disposable Jewel kanthal mesh subohm tanks, which perform quite well, making this a high performing, lightweight and resilient vape kit. 


  • Affordable! 
  • great flavor and vapor production from the disposable mesh tanks
  • easy to use kit and enjoyable vape experience with comfortable hand feel
  • light weight, sturdy and resilient to abuse
  • *clicky* side firing button (auto on and fast firing)
  • well designed display and it's color customizable!
  • easy to use menu system with lots of options, and firmware upgradable
  • centrally located 510 that can situate atomizers up to 28mm with no overhang

VooPoo Drag 157W Box Mod collage
VooPoo Drag 157W Box Mod collage


The VOOPOO DRAG 157W TC box mod features the GENE chip and is a absolute beast. The Drag, a dual 18650 box mod, hits like a champ and has a sleek, classic box mod look with all the most up to date features and safety protections.

The GENE chip has received accolades from vapers every where and for good reason. This chip is state of the art for vape mod technology. 

Not only can it do everything a high end chip such as the DNA chip found on super expensive mods can do but it is one of the fastest firing and most powerful chips around. 

The Drag is highly power efficient with a chip efficiency rating of 95% which translates into accurate and reliable power output regardless of whether the mod is in wattage or temperature control mode.

This mod has a smart VW (variable wattage) that can recommend the ideal output for the attached atomizer and can easily adjust. It even has a SUPER mode that activates between 130W and 157W for high wattage vapers.

Complimenting its slim, classic two battery design, the Drag also features a simplified display. This simplification makes the menu navigation take a little more effort than mods that feature displays on the mod face making this mod a bit difficult for new vapers but if you have been around mods a little bit you will fall in love.

Voopoo really went all out on the build quality of this mod. It is made from what seems like a solid piece of high quality stainless steel which give the mod a bit of heft and sturdy feel. The sides of the mod features on one side stylized laser etched DRAG and the other is a carbon fiber panel.

With a atomizer resistance range of 0.05 ohm to 3.0 ohm, high power output and a full featured and accurate temperature control and very fast firing this mod is a good fit for the vaper looking for strong performance.


  • uses the badass GENE chip
  • extremely fast firing and very powerful
  • looks great with sleek design, laser etching and carbon fiber
  • very high build quality
  • has a smart variable wattage that can automatically adjust and recommend ideal output based on resistance
  • has a SUPER mode for high wattage vaper
  • Temperature Control supports -  SS316, Ti, Ni200 and TCR
  • can fire down to 0.05ohm - even in TC mode
  • simplified display
  • strong battery door magnets
  • firmware upgradeable

Augvape Druga (Regulated VV/VW Box Mod)
Augvape Druga (Regulated VV/VW Box Mod)


The Augvape Druga Foxy is very sleek dual 18650 regulated box mod that  combines an attractive design with ease of use. Augvape aimed for a classy looking mod with classic features and hit the mark with the Druga Foxy.

The mod is variable voltage and variable wattage (VV/VW) only, the firing mode which is preferred by the wide majority of vapers, particularly the sub-ohm crowd.  

It is fast firing and automatically turns on after a battery swap.

In a time when the trend is bigger screens, Augvape goes back to a simplified display, which shines through a tinted window on the face panel.

With the controls hidden behind a glossy magnetized panel, there are no more accidental setting adjustments, the mod is basically set and forget.

On the side panels is a faint geometric design along with the Druga logo, which is reminiscent of designer sunglasses. Alternative side panels are available for a more custom look.

Swapping atomizers is fast and easy thanks to an innovative quick release button that allows the tank to just pop out of the 510 connection. No more annoying struggles with RDAs that won't disengage! 

Overall, the Druga Foxy is a very attractive vv/vw box mod, with a straight forward feature set and quick release, that is perfect for vapers that appreciate form AND function.


  • Fast firing! 
  • Looks Great! Sleek design with hidden controls and changeable panels
  • Auto start after battery swap
  • simple to use 
  • Quick release for easy tank swaps
  • heavy, sturdy, comfortable hand feel

GeekVape Blade 235W two battery mod collage
GeekVape Blade 235W two battery mod collage


The GeekVape Blade vape is a quality two battery box mod kit that features the versatile and fast firing AS chipset.

The body of the Blade is made from an aircraft grade polymer (PPS), giving the mod durability, a lighter weight and an interesting tactile sensation that isn't slippery.

The 510 platform has a 25mm diameter and the pin is spring loaded. The mod has rounded edges with a curved top and bottom on the front. This curve gives it the mod an interesting look but limits the diameter of atomizer to 25mm without overhang.

On the back side, the battery door has prominent, stylized venting and is secured by four strong magnets with no rattle or looseness. 

This mod is able to use 3 types of batteries for lots of choice on power: 18650, 20700 and 21700. The sled is prefit for 20700/21700 with a secure fit on both. To use 18650s, GeekVape includes a tray that adapts the battery sled to size.

Overall, the GeekVape Blade is comfortable, performant mod that is fast firing and easy to use with a slew of battery options. 

  • mod has a comfortable hand feel and button position
  • AS chipset is fast firing, accurate and powerful
  • battery sled handles 20700, 21700 batteries by default (18650 with tray insert)
  • using 21700 batteries will give long lasting performance
  • the screen displays all the desirable information is a clean arrangement
  • the mod made from a durable, lightweight aircraft grade polymer (PPS)
  • comes in a bright color blend but also available in standard matte black and a blue
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Smoant Cylon 218W Box Mod collage
Smoant Cylon 218W Box Mod collage


The Smoant Cylon is a dual 18650 218W box mod that is fast firing with strong performance from the Ant218 v2 chipset, is easy to use and comfortable to hold as well as fire.

On the top of the mod, the spring loaded 510 is firm and well secured by a perfectly flush, wide, surrounding top plate.

The central placement of the 510 pin is fantastic and enables the use of very wide diameter tanks, up to 30mm with no overhang or aesthetic issues!

The 18650 batteries are bottom loading and the battery door is utilizes a slide and lock system, which is easy to secure but may be a little on the loose side.

The color screen is large and bright. This mod has a very easy to use menu system with a lot of options.  During regular usage mode, the display has multiple layouts including a simple display with a changeable wallpaper and a second display with a speedometer design that looks cool and is fun.

This mod has a comfortable hand feel and a large fire button on the side of the device for index finger firing.

Overall, the Smoant Cylon is a comfortable, two battery mod with great performance, particularly for variable wattage vapers.


  • fast firing, accurate and high powered
  • large tanks are no problem thanks to central placement of the 510 pin (even 30mm looks good!)
  • large well placed button for easy firing (on the side for index finger triggering)
  • comfortable hand feel
  • huge color screen with cool firing display 
  • easy to use menu system
  • batteries are bottom loading and secured with a slide and lock system
  • able to set your own wattage curves

Smoant Battlestar Collage
Smoant Battlestar Collage


The Smoant Battlestar was first released back in the second half of 2016 and has been one of the vape community's favorite two battery mods ever since.  It is powerful, feels good in the hand and is good looking.

Able to handle down to 0.1ohms, this mod is fast firing and is able to handle pretty much any build.  The Battlestar with go up to 200w in wattage mode but can also handle nichrome, titanium and three types of stainless steel in temperature control mode. It even has TCR for a more custom TC experience. 

It was the first two battery mod to feature the faux triangle shape that has become something of a trend. This shape gives it a comfortable hand feel and is easy to fire with the finger or thumb depending on positioning.


  • powerful device, fires down to .1 ohms at wattage up to 200w and supports temperature control for Ni, Ti, three types of stainless steel and has TCR for customization
  • ergonomic shape that feels good in the hand and can be fired with index finger or thumb based on your hand position
  • recessed area around spring loaded 510 pin for handling seepage
  • strong build quality and no more button rattle (Thanks Smoant for listening to customers)
  • magnetic secured battery door
  • usb charging and firmware upgradeable
  • reverse battery, low resistance, low input voltage, short circuit, overheating protection

Augvape V200 Box Mod Collage
Augvape V200 Box Mod Collage


Inspired by a powerful car engine, the Augvape V200 is a dual 18650 200W box mod that has a different style than other mods out there. 

It has a tough looking design and features a prominent, knotched button offset on the top right of the device. It is rotatable to scroll up and down in the settings and wattage (one watt increments! nice!). 

There is no menu to navigate which keeps things easy, just different modes and wattage is adjustable.

The fire button is actually the top of screen believe it or not and it works pretty well for a click thumb fire.

This mod has three modes:

  • a normal variable wattage mode
  • V mode - a faster ramp up setting that provides stable power at higher wattages (most users will be happy with this mode)
  • BYPASS mode for classic mechanical style usage (advanced user mode - don't recommend this mode for new vapers)

There is no temperature control on this device which keeps things simple, particularly for vapers that don't use TC anyway!

The slide and lock bottom battery door is quite secure and isn't loose which has been a problem for these type of doors in the past. Battery orientation is clearly marked, which is a nice thing to see. For people worried about the lack of visible battery venting, the gap around the door acts as venting.

On the top of the mod, the platform surrounding the centrally located 510 is slightly raised, fitting 24mm and 25mm tanks perfectly but larger diameter atomizers will experience a slight gap.

Overall, the V200 is a strong performing variable wattage device for vapers that are looking to keep things simple, yet not sacrifice any power.


  • Fires right away
  • simple and straight forward to use!
  • top of the screen is a clicky thumb fired button that feels natural
  • wattage adjusts in one watt increments
  • centrally located 510 pin
  • secure slide and lock bottom battery door which is clearly marked
  • interesting fire mechanism and rotating adjustment buttons
  • bright, clean display and dimmable screen
  • comes in matte black, red and white
  • the included micro USB is pretty nice and is wrapped with a red nylon fiber


Smok GX 2/4 - two / four battery APV box mod
Smok GX 2/4 - two / four battery APV box mod


The Smok GX 2/4 APV (advanced personal vaporizer) box mod seems to be the spiritual successor to the Alien 220W.  It is stylish, well designed, and powerful.

When the Alien was first released it was received extremely well. It was the everyday workhorse mod for a large number of vapers including myself.  This mod has become started to take over that spot.

It has the ability to fire up to 350W when using four batteries and 220W in two battery mode.  The mod features a slim profile squeeze or front firing bar that is natural feeling to depress.

Smok bills the GX2/4 as the smallest two battery mods on the market and when in 4 battery mode it isn't much bigger than some three battery mods.

If you are looking for a powerful mod that is also easy to use and also looks attractive, this may be the mod for you.


  • squeeze fired with a slim profile front fire bar (feels natural)
  • two battery (220W) and four battery configurations (350W) with four battery door included
  • very well designed, sleek and stylish looking , high build quality
  • upgraded paint (very smooth like a waxed car) in a variety of colors
  • can take 25mm tanks without overhang 
  • comfortable in the hand
  • spring loaded 510 pin


  • fire bar is slightly offset in two battery mode and perfectly centered when in four battery mode (may be a con to some)

Best Single Battery Mod

Lower wattage, Mouth to Lung (MTL) vaping and vaping on the GO!

A lot of new vapers and recent ex-smokers are really well served by getting a vape starter kit as it cuts down on the extra pieces like tanks and batteries.

Vapers that already have a good MTL vape tank or other tank in mind however are going to want to look for a few features to make the right selection.  

Features that you want in a mod for quitting smoking, lower wattage (50w and under) and MTL vaping:

  • Small and portable for easy storage as well as possible stealth
  • single 18650 battery (due to size) or perhaps a built-in battery
  • regulated device for safety features such as battery protections
  • on/off capability for safe storage
  • ability to take a common 510 threaded tank capable of mouth to lung hits

Getting a single battery mod that can handle a 26650 will accomplish the same tasks as a slightly smaller 18650 only mod but comes with the added benefit of longer battery life and higher wattage ranges.

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Best Vape Tanks 2021: Sub-Ohm and RTA Tanks

We are including the best tanks, RTAs (rebuildable tank atomizers) as well as sub-ohm (replaceable cartridge) tanks, for cloud chasers and flavor chasers alike. Find the tank that suits you best.

Best Sub-Ohm Tanks for Clouds (Clearomizers)

Tanks or consistent cloud chasing (direct lung vaping)

Sub-Ohm tanks have come to be understood to mean: tank with a pre-built coil insert that has a low resistance.  

Features that we want to see in a sub-ohm cloud tank:

  • well designed pre-built coil
  • coils must be widely available and easy to acquire
  • good airflow that is controllable
  • easy to fill
  • good juice flow to prevent dry hits

Vaporesso Cascade collage
Vaporesso Cascade collage


The Vaporesso Cascade is a 25mm diameter sub-ohm tank that can hold 7ml of e-juice and can handle up to 200W (although the GTM 8 coil gives the best performace under 150W).

Filling the tank to capacity is easy with the slide top fill port. 

The liquid sits in the glass up top as usual and the juice cascades down to sit around the coils, instead of the coil just being parked in the juice.

It comes with two GTM coils, one 0.4 ohm (40-80W) and one GTM8 coil (0.15 ohm quadruple vertical coil) that can go from 80 to 200W. 

Vaporesso also included a GT coil adapter that lets you use GT family coils for the Vaporesso NRG tank as well as Smok TFV8 Baby Beast coils which is pretty cool. 

The coils themselves have double o-rings and are plug style just like the Uwell Crown 3, which is a convenient feature.

Around the base is triple adjustable airflow which provides more than enough airflow to give a pretty huge cloud. The adjustment ring is smooth and has some raised shapes around the ring which provides plenty of grip.

Using the GTM 8 with the quad coil and the airflow open, the flavor is pretty good and the clouds are gigantic! The Vaporesso Cascade provides plenty of vapor production that is sure to satisfy pretty much any cloud chaser.


  • Huge clouds! Particularly on the GTM 8 coil, but could get similar results with the coil adapter
  • Pretty good flavor
  • easy to use plug style coils
  • cool coil adapter for using Vaporesso NRG coils and Smok TFV8 Baby Beast coils
  • comes stainless, matte black, Rainbow metal as well as metallic blue and red

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Best All Around Sub-ohm Tank

tank for normal vapers that arent looking for just clouds

Augvape Skynet (Mesh Sub-ohm Tank)
Augvape Skynet (Mesh Sub-ohm Tank)


The Augvape Skynet is a very straight forward 24mm mesh sub-ohm tank that draws on a now classic triple airflow design with good aesthetics.

If you are looking for an easy to maintain, affordable, well performing, sub-ohm tank that really pumps out lots of vapor with good, saturated flavor, this may be the pick for you.


  • Can use Falcon Mesh Coils or Augvape Skynet Mesh
  • Huge clouds! Great flavor!
  • easy to use screw on top with dual fill ports
  • smooth, easy to adjust triple airflow
  • affordable! Tank is reasonably priced and replacement coils have a really good average price on a 5 pack
  • comfortable 810 drip tip

Uwell Crown 3 - Sub Ohm Tank - Collage
Uwell Crown 3 - Sub Ohm Tank - Collage


Version 2 wasn't as well received as the original but now the Uwell Crown 3 has been released and has brought a lot of attention. Everyone is talking about how the new version has brought back the glory to the Crown sub-ohm tanks and this may be the best version yet.

This tank is a real beast. Amazing flavor, great airflow, lots of vapor. 

The Crown 3 is a 24.5mm wide vape tank that can hold up to 5ml of juice.  It features an anti-leak top fill system that has two 3mm by 6.5mm fill ports.  

The  "precision adjustable triple airflow system" that has three 11mm x 2mm bottom airflow slots which provide all the air needed for any vaper. 

The Crown 3 coils use the new "plug and pull" system that has no threads!  Just unscrew the bottom of the tank, pull the coil, plug in the replacement and that's it. Super easy!

Uwell has included 2 stainless steel (sus316) coils one .25ohm (80-90W) and one .5ohm (70-80W) which are parallel vertical coils with 3 juice channels for fast, even wicking.  

Another feature is a two piece locking system, which consists of a locking nut and key, that keeps the tank from coming apart when unscrewing the top or bottom.  Interesting but if you don't like using it, you can just remove it as it is not necessary.

Overall, this a very good sub-ohm tank (under 100w) that goes well with two battery mod.


  • Great Flavor! 
  • Lots of vapor production!
  • coils are super easy to replace and have a very short break in period
  • The build quality of this tank is high. It has a really well thought out design and excellent machining.
  • has a minimum juice indicator on the side of the chimney / coil housing that helps prevent those dry hits
  • comes with 2 SS (SUS316) coils (.25ohm and .5 ohm), a nice 510 but is easily replaceable, one replacement quartz glass, a uwell crown key (a tool for locking the tank to prevent disassembly) and the usual spare parts

Smok TFV12 Prince Sub-Ohm Tank collage
Smok TFV12 Prince Sub-Ohm Tank collage


The Smok TFV12 Prince is the new workhorse for the Smok family of starter kits. 

It has the strong flavor of the Big Baby and the clouds of the cloud beast with an incredible 8ml capacity!

It comes with three coils: 

  • one T10 - decuple coil with 5 sets of dual coils for max flavor
  • one X6 - a sextuple coil head with two triple coils for a mix of strong flavor with a restricted lung hit. Probably a good fit for most vapers.
  • one Q4 - a single quadruple coil head that has good flavor and the biggest clouds in the line up

The TFV12 Prince coil heads have a limited break in period and last for what seems like a long period of time compared to other traditional sub-ohm coils. 

Smok is releasing mesh and net coil heads with even better flavor and longer life. Mesh sub-ohm coils is the future it seems and Smok isn't letting it sail past.

The tank has a locking hinged top fill which works well and no more accidental openings like with the Big Baby.

With the convex glass installed, which doesn't have a terrible round shape, the Prince has a huge 8ml capacity and 5ml with the standard glass.

Smok includes a color matching, tight fitting 810 drip tip with a snake skin appearance that really makes this tank stand out looks wise.

The Smok TFV12 Prince is a good pick for most vapers. It looks good, has high capacity and performs well thanks to its large selection of widely available and versatile coil family, which now includes mesh coils! It produces strong, saturated flavor and chucks huge clouds. 


  • strong, saturated, on point flavor
  • dense, huge cloud production - depends on coil choice however
  • high capacity with convex glass
  • comes with three different coils - from huge clouds with Q4, a mix X6 and flavor with T10
  • Smok is releasing Mesh and Strip coils for this tank for huge flavor and long life!
  • coils are available everywhere!
  • looks good with cool scale color matching tip
  • easy disassembly 

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Uwell Valyrian Collage
Uwell Valyrian Collage


The Uwell Valyrian is the new sub-ohm tank from Uwell that takes several design cues from its sister tank, the enormously popular Uwell Crown line. 

Uwell designers tried to up the ante when they decided to add some extra features and a new quad coil system to make this a high quality sub-ohm tank with high performance.

One of the major pluses of this tank is the push button flip top. Filling is made fast, easy and convenient with its hinged design. The top is lined so leaking isn't a worry, however the hinge feels a little loose but doesn't effect the utility of this design.

The Valyrian features a new 0.15ohm quad coil design with the coils attached with the standard style threading.

Having quad coils packed into a wide housing really boosts flavor and vapor production. With lots of surface area on the coils to breath and come into contact with the wicking, ramp up time is very low and the vapor is thick and flavorful. 

The coils also features wide wicking ports which help for those rapid succession chain hits we all love.The draw back to fast wicking, thick vapor production and high power is the Valyrian is a bit of a thirsty beast.

In addition to the new coils, Uwell also features a new design element: swappable shaped airflow pins. There are two pins included, in addition to the default pin. These shaped pins are actually the contact with your mod and extend into the chimney opening in the coil. 

By default, the normal pin is installed, which doesn't extend. This one can be replaced with a spiral shaped pin to swirl the air giving it a kind of vortex or a wave pin which takes up some extra space boosting the flavor by condensing the air. Pretty cool little customization feature for sub-ohm vapers.

Overall, Uwell has released a high quality, high powered sub-ohm tank that really provides a very enjoyable experience with lots of flavor and vapor production.


  • hinged push button release top fill cap (Very Nice!)
  • very good, easily controllable triple airflow
  • lots of vapor production from the wide sub-ohm quad coils
  • fast coil break-in period on the coils
  • widely available coils

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Best Flavor Sub-ohm Tank

Wotofo Nexmesh Subohm Tank - collage
Wotofo Nexmesh Subohm Tank - collage


Thanks to an ingenious coil design, the Wotofo nexMesh delivers saturated flavor and dense clouds.

This tank is awesome for subohm vapers that like huge clouds, chain vaping and want awesome flavor without sacrificing convenience.

The Wotofo nexMesh looks cool, has high build quality, has a lot of subtle features and the performance to take your vape to the next level.


  • Awesome performance! 
  • Delicious Flavor and Thick Vapor
  • nexMesh coil system is fantastic - Conical mesh design compresses vapor as it moves upward
  • Double wicking (Twin Absorbtion System) for reliable wicking for cloud chasers and chain vapers
  • 2 coils included - Kanthal-A1 and SS316 coils included
  • Sliding top fill system with leak prevent gasket - works great
  • High build quality and Excellent performance driven design
  • Peak aesthetics - Looks good  - Available in all the colors

FreeMax FireLuke Mesh Sub-ohm collage
FreeMax FireLuke Mesh Sub-ohm collage


The FreeMax FireLuke Mesh is a fantastic 24mm sub-ohm tank with several unique design choices, coming in a hatched (to resemble a mesh grid) stainless steel body in several colors. 

This tank is also available with varied colors of Resin and Carbon Fiber for vapers that don't find the hatched grid look appealing.

The FireLuke has classic clearomizer design features such as adjustable two slot bottom airflow, basic coil configuration and screw on top fill with large kidney shaped juice ports.

So what is so special about the FireLuke? The mesh sub-ohm coils!

Building with wire mesh is a real pain but these sub-ohm coils are simply incredible! 

The flavor coming from these coils is top notch and the best part is that the coils keep performing well for a really long time!

With most sub-ohm coils, the flavor really starts the drop after around 50-60ml or a few days but these coils keep vaping like new for far longer up to two weeks so far. 

This tank keeps putting out incredible tasty vape and the coils keep on trucking for weeks? Imagine the savings when you don't have to pop a new coil in every few days!


  • Great Flavor!
  • the coils last a really long time!
  • Big savings with long lasting coils
  • classic design with slotted bottom airflow
  • easy to use classic screw on top fill with really wide fill ports
  • lots of different designs with either  hatched stainless steel, carbon fiber and resin
  • lots of different color choices and matching coil colors
  • 810 drip tip capable and comes with one

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HorizonTech Falcon Sub-Ohm Tank collage
HorizonTech Falcon Sub-Ohm Tank collage


Looking at the HorizonTech Falcon nothing seems to really jump out about it. At first glance actually resembles the Uwell Valyrian quite a bit, but the looks are secondary on this tank.

The top fill on the Falcon is threaded but the top can be undone with just a quarter to half turn making refills pretty quick.

The best thing about the Falcon, is the awesome flavor being produced by this sub-ohm tank. While it also produces quite a bit of vapor, like most tanks these days, the flavor is top shelf.

The Falcon family of coils are really something new that we haven't seen before. Instead of plain organic cotton for wicking material, the coils that come with the tank (F1 and M1) use a combination of 70% organic cotton and 30% wood pulp. 

The F2 and F3 coils, which aren't included, contain flax fiber and flax paper respectively.

Adding the wood pulp helps the coils really soak up the juice quick which helps to reduce the chance of getting a dry hit on chain drags. 

This new combination of material really doesn't have much a break in period either! Right from the start the flavor is pretty fresh.

The F1 coil that comes with the tank comes with the enhanced wicking material and in a parallel coil configuration. The flavor from the F1 is pretty good.

The best coil for the Falcon may not be the F1 but the M1 mesh coils. 

Like the FreeMax FireLuke Mesh, the Falcon when utilizing the mesh sub-ohm coil is fantastic. The mesh M1 coils produce simply incredible flavor and last what seems like forever. 

The best part of them lasting so long is they don't experience a degradation in flavor like your standard sub-ohm coils.

With the Falcon you can install some enhanced wicking sub-ohm coils, like the F1, F2, or F3 and get decent performance but you really should stick with the M1 mesh coils.

Amazing flavor and the coils really last.


  • Great flavor!
  • Amazing coils! (particularly the M1 Mesh coils)
  • these innovative coils utilize a combination of organic cotton and wood pulp for maximum wicking
  • good vapor production and nice airflow
  • high capacity 5ml and 7ml respectively depending on tank glass
  • half turn top fill
  • wide range of metallic colors

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Aspire Cleito EXO - collage
Aspire Cleito EXO - collage


The Cleito EXO is the update to widely popular Cleito sub-ohm tank.  Some big changes have been made but this tank still delivers amazing flavor at an amazing price.  

The design for the Cleito was very straight forward, as well as traditional, and delivered great results.  The EXO got rid of some standard features such as bottom controlled airflow along with the glass tank in favor of top down airflow built right into the PCTG barrel that is impact and chemical resistant.  No more breakage and it is also designed to prevent leakage. The new airflow design provides a non-adjustable restricted lung hit that is a similar draw to the Augvape Merlin.

The design of the tank is based around the coil, which uses it as the entire chimney. Aspire altered classic Aspire Cleito coils, which it is still able to use and even comes with one, to have a wider chimney housing.    It still contains the same clapton wire but now has a lower resistance and has an extra wicking port. 

However when the EXO coil is in place the tank capacity drops from 3.5 ml with the classic coil down to 2 ml making this tank TPD complaint for the U.K.  Both coil types perform well, but I prefer the .4 ohm classic coil.

At under $20 for the tank and the coils are widely available thanks to backwards compatability, picking up one of these toppers is an easy choice.


  • huge flavor! The clapton wire inside the coil insert really shines.
  • smooth draw with a restricted lung hit. A very enjoyable vape.
  • comes with a .16 ohm EXO coil and a .4 ohm classic Cleito coil
  • no glass to break! This feature is quite nice for the more accident prone among us, believe me.

  • uses a delrin sleeve instead of an actual drip tip 
  • if you are looking for controllable airflow and/or glass check out the classic Aspire Cleito!

Price: very affordable - under $20!
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Aspire Cleito SubOhm Tank
Aspire Cleito SubOhm Tank


This is a very simple designed sub-ohm tank that delivers plenty of air flow for good vapor production but was designed for max flavor.

The coil uses a vertical spaced clapton coil and acts as the chimney also making the flavor go right off the chart. Coils come in two resistances and are very common, available at pretty much every vape shop.

If you are looking for an affordable, straight forward, direct lung flavor chasing sub-ohm with controllable bottom airflow, this is the tank for you.


  • designed give the most flavor!
  • The coil pack / coil heads for this tank are widely available and relatively inexpensive.
  • simple chimney design that provides plenty of airflow 
  • Affordable!


  • since the coil and chimney are connected right to the top cap, the top can heat up but Aspire included a heat sleeve to prevent discomfort.

Price: under $20
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Flavor Mouth to Lung Sub-ohm Tank

Innokin Zenith MTL Sub-Ohm Tank collage
Innokin Zenith MTL Sub-Ohm Tank collage


The Zenith is a fantastic, low wattage, mouth to lung (MTL) sub-ohm tank design by Phil Busardo and the Vaping Greek. 

This tank is the perfect fit for current or recent ex-smokers. When paired with a higher nicotine content tobacco flavored e-liquid, shut the air down to one air hole and this tank could really make a change in someone's life.

It is also great for sub-ohm vapers looking for a good MTL flavor chaser.

Filling the tank is quite straight forward as the Zenith uses a twist to fill design featuring a quite large single fill port.

The tank portion itself is made of glass which is surrounded on the outsides by a metal exoskeleton as seen in other tanks. This gives the tank a juice window appearance which is good for checking the juice level. 

The glass is partially protected by the metal but if the glass is somehow broken, it isn't replaceable.

There are five bottom airflow holes on one side of the tank, each of the same dimension, with a easily gripped bottom airflow ring for adjustment. 

The airflow can use a single airflow hole up to using all five, which is considered fully open.

This tank is capable of some serious old school mtl flavor chasing with a single air hole (even one partially closed). A very restricted direct lung is achievable with the airflow wide open. The best flavor however comes from three or less airflow holes.

Included with the Zenith are two pretty good 510 drip tips. One of the tips is the standard straight tip and the other is a lip contoured tip. Both tips are quite usable.

Included with the tank are two kanthal coils, one 1.6ohm and one 0.8ohm. 

The coils are pretty simple to install as they are pluggable and are notched to correspond with the chassis. The notches are used to align the wicking ports on the coil with a psuedo juice flow control that is closed when the top fill is opened and vice versa. 

The weird thing about the coils is that the break-in time seems quite short on the 0.8ohm coil and 1.6 ohm coil takes half a tank or more to break in. 

The coils are rated for best use under 18W, so pairing it with a small single battery regulated mod would be a good fit.

While none of the features are new on this tank, it is a great mtl sub-ohm tank that provides a rich, flavorful vape experience.


  • Mouth to lung flavor chasing! 
  • pretty good airflow control allowing a single hole to be left open all the way to all five
  • airflow is easily gripped with adjustment stops on either side
  • twist to fill system is great and even closes off the wicking channels on the coils
  • the coils use a plug style insertion system which is great
  • includes two pretty good Delrin 510 drip tips; one regular and one contoured
  • comes in stainless steel, black or red

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Classic Sub-Ohm Tanks

Smok TFV8 Big Baby Beast Subohm tank collage
Smok TFV8 Big Baby Beast Subohm tank collage


Smok offers the Big Baby Beast which is a 24mm tank that is right between the Baby and the Cloud Beast.  

This tank is hugely popular and is featured in several of the sub-ohm vape kits currently being offered by Smok.  Thanks to its wide usage by vapers, coils are fairly cheap and can be found in pretty much every vape shop or store on the planet.

It produces huge, dense clouds and pretty good flavor which can all be customized thanks to a huge variety of coil options available in the V8 Baby line of coils.  Low ohm, high ohm, huge airflow, restricted airflow, multiple coils are all available.

This tank is has a simple and effective design, with easy swap coils, swivel top with wide juice port, lots of airflow and a large included Delrin drip tip.


This is a high performance, well designed sub-ohm tank that comes with:

  • swivel, top fill cap
  • comes with 2 Baby coils with various resistances (.15 quad and .2 sextuple)
  • replacement coil inserts are widely available 
  • RBA deck (an add-on that comes with tank but has to be purchased separately if the tank is part of a kit)
  • lots of airflow 
  • drip tip adapter

Price: $20!
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Best RTA Tank for Clouds

Rebuildable Cloud Tanks

Geekvape Griffin RTA showing the velocity deck

Velocity Deck

When selecting a rebuildable tank atomizer (RTA) for clouds, there are a few primary features that you want:

  • a easy to use build deck (we enjoy building on velocity style decks)
  • a spacious chamber section to house larger coil or more exotic coil builds such as macro coils or clapton builds
  • lots of airflow available to move over the coils 
A good example of a classic modern RTA tank design is the GeekVape Griffin.  This design has become an 'inspiration' for big section of the vape companies out there.  It has a velocity deck that is super easy to build and get a balanced set of coils on each side.

Notice the air flow ports placed directly underneath where the coils would be placed to get a good mixture of air and vapor on a huge lung hit.  At the bottom of the tank is a really wide air control slot.

Other items that you would want to pair with your cloud chasing rig would be a juice with a higher VG to PG ratio.  Since the vegetable glycerin (VG) is what actually cause the cloud, an 80/20 juice to max VG (just VG no PG other than the additives) would be recommended.

Getting the right mod is also important.  When sub-ohm vaping you need a mod that has lower resistance capability as well as higher wattage capability to achieve faster firing and more rapid heating of the coil. It is always a huge plus to get the safety protections to prevent any catastrophic failures.

GeekVape Zeus Dual Coil RTA collage
GeekVape Zeus Dual Coil RTA collage


Following up on the hit single, the Geekvape Zeus Dual Coil RTA is a real strong performer with lots of great benefits from great flavor and easy builds, but the best part is that it is LEAK PROOF!

Being leak proof is a feature of the top airflow, bottom loading deck design we have seen a few times before, such as with the OBS Engine and the Digiflavor Themis, both really awesome RTAs.

For those that are unaware, GeekVape and Digiflavor are sister companies who often borrow innovations from each other to enhance their own products. 

There are several similarities between the Zeus dual and the Digiflavor Themis including the overall leak proof design, quarter turn top fill, the build deck, internal airflow and sloped base. There are obvious external differences including Zeus lacking the metal cage around the chimney found on the Themis.

Airflow on the Zeus comes in to top airslots, then into the barrel, where in flows past the deck and then back up the two air slots cut into the deck, giving it a pseudo bottom airflow performance. With this design, the deck doesn't need to be locked in place as the airflow is the same no matter how the deck is aligned.

The deck on the Zeus is the standard four terminal postless build deck that will take single or dual coil builds. There are raised air channels on the sides and two large wicking channels cut into the side. When building this deck, leave the wicks just long enough to tuck into the base to prevent choking the juice flow. 

After building the deck, it loads right up into the chamber, tighten and it couldn't be easier.

Filling the tank is very simple. The top comes off with a locking quarter turn, which is easy and secure. On the underside of the top is a silicone gasket for preventing any seepage. Straight from the factory, Zeus holds only 4ml of juice, but can be expanded to 5.5ml with a bubble glass but unfortunately it is a separate purchase.

Overall, this is a really good top airflow RTA with great flavor and NO LEAKS!


  • LEAK PROOF design
  • smooth top airflow
  • great flavor and vapor production for an fantastic vape experience
  • easy to build postless deck
  • standard four terminal postless build deck for single or dual coil builds
  • easy to use large wicking slots
  • 810 drip tip compatible (comes with a decent one)
  • includes a drip tip adapter
  • comes in matte stainless steel, gunmetal, matte black and a metallic blue

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Digiflavor Themis Dual Coil RTA
Digiflavor Themis Dual Coil RTA


The Digiflavor Themis a leak proof, top airflow, dual coil post-less build deck RTA. If you liked the OBS Engine, which is a great RTA, you will like the Themis RTA.

It is LEAK PROOF! There isn't any seepage collecting under or around the bottom, it doesn't flood (unless there isn't enough cotton) and it doesn't drain if it gets left on its side. If you have problems wicking other RTAs, this is one to try.

The build deck is a four terminal post-less design that can handle single or dual coil builds as usual. 

The build deck loads into the bottom of the RTA and locks into the chimney keeping the coils perfectly aligned with the airflow slots.

The deck features two half moon wicking channels that have small holes in the bottom to allow juice to come in from the bottom and get soaked up by your wicks.

Digiflavor utilizes a quarter turn locking top which makes for easy filling and remains securely fastened. On the underside of the top is a silicone grommet to keep the juice for seeping out the top.

Included is an 810 drip, but also included is a 510 and an adapter. This RTA takes other 810s as well and 810 seems like the perfect size.

The Themis RTA has smooth and abundant airflow at wide open for plenty of vapor production. At slightly closed it seems to have a sweet spot with a semi-restricted lung hit which is great. This RTA does get a bit noisy when shutdown half way or more.

The vape you get off this RTA is pretty good. It gives a big cloud with an enjoyable draw. The flavor is also pretty good but the RTA isn't designed around flavor like some other RTAs. The main feature is the top airflow and leak free design.

Overall, the Digiflavor Themis provides a great vape experience, good flavor with plentiful clouds and the best part is no leaks!


  • No Leaks (even when on the side)! Goodbye seepage!
  • Good Flavor
  • top down airflow provides plenty of smooth airflow for cloudage
  • deck locks into place keeping coils perfectly aligned with airflow
  • great price
  • post-less build deck can handle single or dual coils and easy half moon wicking channels
  • easy to use quarter turn top fill
  • don't have to empty tank to take out the deck
  • 810 drip tip, 510 drip tip and a 510 adapter
  • mesh version available

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OBS Engine - quick
OBS Engine - quick


This is probably one of most well regarded tanks of the past year.  It features top down airflow, top fill and a familiar two post velocity deck with innovative bottom wicking.  Huge bonus: No bottom juice seepage!


  • innovative, controllable top down airflow and chamber/chimney design that provides dense, flavorful vapor
  • build deck design features the familiar velocity style two post deck but has fast bottom wicking with the deck locking into the chimney.  This provides juice coming around and under the chimney.  This deck inspired the Troll RTA.
  • The juice fill port is located behind a sliding ring at the top of the tank (5+ml capacity)
  • These design elements combined perform admirably and NO LEAKS!  The top down airflow prevents flooding seen on bottom airflow tanks but there is no seepage either.

Best Flavor Tank (RTA)

Flavor chasing clearomizers

Flavor chasing tanks have come along in the past year.  There are a few decent options available.

Properties of a really good flavor tank:

  • single coil build deck (but not always!)
  • compact chamber
  • well controlled airflow
  • shorter chimney

Wotofo Serpent Elevate RTA (collage)
Wotofo Serpent Elevate RTA (collage)


Wotofo has updated the Serpent single coil RTA and this might be the best one so far. It has an easy to build, single coil, postless build deck and includes just about everything one needs to get a build going fast. 

The top down airflow combined with tried and true design features make this a quite enjoyable, leak free RTA that is sure to please flavor chasers looking for a restricted lung hit.


  • Great Flavor!
  • Top airflow - No seepage! No Leaks!
  • fantastic design, high build quality, aesthetic appeal
  • lots of great accessories - coils, cotton, tips, bubble glass
  • easy to build - coil trimming tool and agleted cotton cut down on time and labor
  • Provides fantastic vape at 50W with a 0.4 ohm single coil
  • Enjoyable restricted direct lung draw

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GeekVape Blitzen Flavor RTA collage
GeekVape Blitzen Flavor RTA collage


The GeekVape Blitzen is a fantastic RTA that looks good and performs like a champ. 

It has several features, like the honeycomb side airflow among others, that remind me of the killer UD Bellus from back in the day. 

This deck has a low profile 2ml glass section that provides a sleek look but the tank is convertible to 5ml by installing an included chimney extension and bubble glass.

Juice comes down from the tank well through slots right to the wicks. The wicking ports are quite large and moon shaped similar to other postless decks. 

The Blitzen features a four terminal postless build deck for a large single coil or dual coils. This RTA works best with dual coils.

The deck is fairly easy to build, particularly if you're familiar with this build style.

The deck locks into the tank chassis with the help of matching notches to align perfectly with the side airflow.

The airflow utilizes a rotating middle ring with oval shaped cutout over 16 air holes configured in a honeycomb pattern. This design makes airflow very smooth and easily controllable. 

The airflow can go from providing a fairly tight restricted lung hit all the way to a vaporous direct lung hit. At a little less than half open the vape is very smooth, warm, dense and flavorful.

The flavor being produced on this RTA is simply unreal. At halfway open the clouds are thick with a bright, saturated flavor. 

The Blitzen is 810 drip tip compatible and comes with a pretty good looking low profile resin 810. 

Overall, this RTA is a real badass! It has huge flavor and the clouds are real dense. The flavor rivals any RTA and is really into RDA flavor territory in my opinion. Don't pass up this RTA just because of the bubble glass look!


  • Great Flavor! 
  • plenty of vapor production, dense flavorful clouds!
  • smooth airflow and plenty of control thanks to the hole configuration and ring shape
  • honeycomb style side airflow - airy when wide open but dense flavorful clouds at little less than half way open
  • easy to use postless build deck
  • notched deck for perfect alignment with the airflow
  • convertible from low profile (2ml capacity) to larger 5ml capacity with included bubble glass
  • cool metallic look in various colors with matching 810 resin drip tip
  • matching o-rings included
  • comes with a chimney key to assist in tank disassembly

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Vandy Vape Kylin RTA - Collage
Vandy Vape Kylin RTA - Collage


The Kylin RTA from Vandy Vape is a fantastic flavor chasing tank that has several really stand out features that make this a pretty solid pick for a lot of vapers out there.  

This tank comes with two assembly modes. One shorter, smaller capacity 2ml mode and one larger, taller 6ml mode. The 2ml mode puts out more flavor but the 6ml has more convenience. The tank comes with two chimneys and two glass sections.

The Kylin RTA has a screw on top fill system with wide kidney shaped fill ports. The top is secured with a knurled cap. Included with the tank are several drip tips of varying sizes to suit any vaper. All of the tips were good to use.

It has a very good gold plated build deck. The deck is postless meaning the coils stand vertically out of the deck instead of jutting horizontally. This has the benefit of allowing the coils to be packed inside the chimney in a way that cuts down on empty space, increasing the flavor thanks to more dense vapor. 

This deck is perfect for two clapton coils but is more thank capable of taking a single larger diameter coil if desired.

Build into the side of the deck are two very wide wicking channels. This design assists in single coils builds but really aids in the cotton wicking very fast due to the fact that so much surface area is exposed to the juice in the tank. Dry hits are going to be pretty rare on this tank (unless the tank doesn't get filled)!

The deck has built in bottom and bottom side airflow ports that really makes the flavor pop thanks to the air hitting the coils from all sides.  

The vapor production is pretty good on this RTA thanks to dual air slots. There is a clicky bottom airflow control ring. The airflow is pretty smooth and there isn't any whistling when the air is shutdown.


  • great flavor and smooth airflow
  • The deck is great to look at but provides an innovative air flow design (bottom and under-side) for great flavor
  • takes claptons well in single or dual coil builds. (Single builds will require larger diameter coils to have enough cotton to fill wicking channel)
  • very big kidney shaped top fill ports w/ large notch styled knurling along the top
  • multiple RDA style wide bore drips which are all pretty good
  • 510 adapter included in case you have a favorite tip
  • doesn't whistle 
  • some people reported leaks on the first version of these tanks which has been remedied according to the manufacturer.  I haven't experienced leaking this issue with the new version. 

Augvape Intake Single Coil RTA collage
Augvape Intake Single Coil RTA collage


The Augvape Intake is a collaboration with MikeVapes to bring this top airflow, single coil beast RTA to the market. 

This RTA has combines design features from several successful tanks to try to bring as strong performance as possible while limiting the drawbacks.

This tank is easy to use, fast to fill, a dream to vape and looks great.

The Intake has an excellent flavor profile, smooth airflow, strong vapor production and no seepage, leaks or drains!


  • NO LEAKS or seepage!
  • very good flavor
  • great aesthetics!
  • smooth airflow and easy to adjust
  • higher capacity glass tank preinstalled and standard glass included
  • fast refills with simple quarter turn top fill
  • easy build deck and works well with 3mm diameter coils of all sorts
  • simple top air flow control ring
  • great stubby 810 drip tip included but is swappable 

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GeekVape Ammit 25 - collage
GeekVape Ammit 25 - collage


The Ammit 25 is an update to its well received RTA line of flavor chasing tanks. It features a new two-post single coil deck system and airflow design. 

The tank is a 25mm tank as the name suggests.  A chimney piece and larger glass are including to transform the tank from 2ml to 5ml just like we have seen with the VandyVape Kylin.

This RTA pairs well with fused klapton wire builds.

  • Great flavor! There isn't much extra space in the chimney leading to a tasty vape experience.
  • Smooth airflow overall. Bottom and side airflow hit the coil directly but all those channels restrict the air a bit.
  • The build style is easy and similar to other single coil rtas (the posts just have built in airflow ports). Slide one lead in one post to position then swing the other lead into the other post, clip.
  • wide wicking slots for preventing dry hits
  • large kidney shaped top fill juice slots
  • high build quality as always from GeekVape
  • includes a 510 drip but can take an 810 (goon style) by switching to included 810 sized top cap
  • doesn't come with an 810 even though it includes a different top cap which is strange
  • Not much forgiveness in the spacing between the deck and chimney as the wires have to be clipped very close to post screws to prevent a short
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Best Mouth-to-Lung Tank (MTL RTA)

Flavor Chasing Tank with a Tight Draw

A good mouth to lung tank can be hard to find, much less one that is also rebuildable. 

What makes a good mouth to lung (mtl) RTA:

  • tight draw 
  • able to take a ergonomic lip or cigarette holder style tip
  • single coil
  • excellent flavor
  • fits on single battery mods

Augvape Merlin Nano MTL RTA
Augvape Merlin Nano MTL RTA


The Augvape Merlin Nano is the most compact incarnation of the killer MTL RTA series. The Merlin Nano features a hidden airflow design for leak free usage while retaining customizable mouth to lung draw from tight to loose. 

Use with a high freebase or salt nic vape juice and a single battery vape mod to kick the sticks.  

This MTL RTA is simple to use, simple to build that provides a quite enjoyable flavor chasing experience. This RTA really is too good to not try -- it could be your new favorite!


  • Great MTL Flavor chasing!
  • Smooth draw
  • Use your favorite salt nic vape juice
  • Easy single coil builds - 2mm nano coils and simple wicking
  • Leak Free design!
  • comfortable 510 drip tip included - replace with your own favorite
  • Low wattage for super long battery life
  • 3 draw inserts - from tight to loose mouth to lung - everyone will probably like at least one
  • 2ml standard glass and 3.5ml bubble PCTG tank

Innoking Ares MTL RTA collage
Innoking Ares MTL RTA collage


The Innokin Ares is designed by mouth to lung YouTube legends Phil Busardo and Dimitris Agrafiotis. Their design is a real MTL RTA champ too with really great flavor, an easy deck and really versatile airflow control.

It comes with two 510 drip tips which really match well with mouth to lung style vaping with a standard strait tip and a lip contoured drip tip.

Filling is fast with the ever convenient push to fill top.

The build deck is a two post single terminal build deck that should be familiar to single coil builders out there. 

One the deck is a bottom airflow port with a circular series of holes, which is a design trend that seems to keep the airflow from getting turbulent

Just slide the coils in, position the coil and wick. Wicking is a breeze as you just tuck them into the side of the deck and reattach the top. 

Since the chamber screws around the deck over the wicking, old school style, you have to watch out for the cotton getting bound in the threading. 

The bell shaped chamber really seems  to boost the flavor by compressing the vapor into the slim chimney.

The airflow on the Ares is really incredible in my opinion. The Ares has the standard series of reducing air holes from 2mm down to 0.5mm but unlike other MTL tanks, there is a wide open option to use all or several of the airholes in addition to the single air selector. 

This multiple air hole selector makes this RTA really great as it allows the Ares to be able to do restricted lung hits which is pretty damn cool. Mouth to lung AND restricted lung hits makes this RTA a real all-star.

If you are looking for an easy to use MTL flavor chasing RTA lots of airflow options, give the Ares a try!


  • Great flavor!
  • incredible air flow control
  • the draw can go from tight mouth to lung all the way up to restricted direct lung
  • very convenient push to fill slide top
  • easy build deck
  • comes in classic stainless steel and black
  • the instructions included are actually useful for once

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Vandy Vape Berserker Collage
Vandy Vape Berserker Collage


The Vandy Vape Berserker is a real home run for mouth to lung vapers and flavor chasers out there who are looking for a good RTA.  

With a tight draw and a restricted chamber, the Berserker can really produce some outstanding flavor. Couple that with a deck that takes simple, higher ohm, single coil builds, low wattage all day flavor chasing is made easy with this tank.

The deck is a simple two screw, where the screws act like a hook and post, that reminds one of the Wotofo Serpent build deck. To build the deck: place a single coil right over the air hole, with the leads hooked under the screws. 

Instead of the over hand, clockwise or right handed wrap, just wrap the coils left or counter-clockwise.

Vandy Vape decided to make this RTA capable of two configurations, a smaller capacity (2ml) and a larger 4.5ml capacity, certainly thanks to EU regulations. The smaller version comes with a shorter chimney and an ULTEM glass section. 

The smaller chimney produces warmer vapor in my opinion and since it is a MTL RTA, the capacity isn't a problem. With the taller chimney, the vape is a little cooler and still has outstanding flavor, but doesn't have to be refilled for what seems like more than a day.

Filling this tank is a simple operation. Screw off the top and fill through one of the large kidney shaped ports. The knurling can be a little slick if you have some juice on your fingers.

While this tank has dual airflow, it isn't the normal wide slot style. It has a series of 5 holes on each side, which you can select from, ranging from small (0.8mm) to twice the size of the smallest (1.6mm). I wish there was one more hole just to get a little closer to restricted lung hit but that would defeat the purpose of the tank.

At the largest airflow setting, the Berserker provides a tight draw, that is very close to a cigarette. Paired with a good tobacco flavored juice, this tank would be a good choice for a vaper looking for a close simulation. 

Personally, I like this tank with dessert and fruit flavored juices. The flavors really pop in a way that direct lung vapes just can't provide.

  • True RTA MTL (rebuildable tank w/ mouth to lung draw)
  • excellent flavor production paired with enjoyable draw
  • draw is reminiscent of smoking
  • high build quality
  • easy small builds
  • higher ohm / low wattage builds for all day single battery flavor chasing
  • several airflow settings
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Best Vape Starter Kits: Box Mod, Vape Pen & All-in-One Kits

Often the most effective and budget friendly way to switch from smoking, introduce a new vaper, or get a new rig is to get an e-cig starter kit.  Find the right kit for your situation and vape style.

Best E-Cigarette Starter Kits

Kits are the way to go for new vapers

E-Cigarette Starter kits are the most beginner and budget friendly way to get in to vaping. Most beginners and ex-smokers (including myself) got in vaping with a starter kit.  

The most familiar type of kit that current smokers or non-vapers are familiar with are the cig-a-likes.  This would be a little kit that looks like a cig but is similar to larger vape pen style kits.  We have used these in the early days but think pretty much all of these are trash.  

Vape starter kits don't always have the same target audience.  There is a vape kit out there for every type of vaper and experience level.

Vape pen style mouth to lung vapes are far more easy for a new vaper to use than some of the more complex kits that target intermediate to advanced vapers.

To get started with vaping you need several items:

  • an atomizer (tank) and mouth piece (drip tip)
  • mod (device providing the power mechanism to heat the coil in the atomizer)
  • battery and charger
  • e-liquid

Unless you buy a vape starter kit these are all sold separately; with a kit you can get most of these in one package and with cost savings. Some kits come with the battery built in and some don't.

Vape Pens / Pods / AIOs

The pen style mods on the other hand are more simplistic in design going after the assemble and fire type of vaping.  

The voltage/wattage are set in stone as well as the tank that comes with the kit is usually only able to handle the cartridge designed to go with the tank.

If you are going to stick with vaping for a while and have a more adventurous spirit go with a box mod style kit as you can upgrade as you go.  

Unlike the box mod kits, vape pen kits come with a built in battery and charging capability.

If you are looking for a ready to go, easy to use and understand kit, go with the pen style.

Best RDAs and RDTAs 2021 (Drippers)

RDAs (rebuildable dripper atomizer) and RDTAs (rebuildable drip tank atomizers) are for the hobbiest vaper who loves rebuilding and getting a tasty, warm, more customized vape.

Why get an RDA or RDTA?

RDA or rebuildable drip atomizer is more simple style of top for your vape rig, that were far more common back in the day when there were only unregulated mech mods around.  The drip style of vaping had some big benefits so it is still popular with a segment of vapers.

An RDTA or rebuildable drip tank atomizer is a hybrid of traditional RDA features combined with a tank underneath the deck for rewicking your coils.  This design takes out the actual drip step while keeping the performance characteristics.

We would recommend getting an RDA/RDTA for the following type of vaper:

  • adventurous spirit 
  • vape connoisseur 
  • hobbiest (likes building coils and experimenting with different setups)
  • budget vaper (huge savings from building your own coils)
  • someone looking for an at home vaping rig
  • person who likes warm vapor, great flavor from their e-liquid
  • vaper tired of replacing broken tank glass (RDA only for the most part)

Best RDA for Flavor Chasing

RDAs where Flavor is King!

Since RDAs can do both flavor and clouds obviously some are better than others for flavor but most can do both to a degree.

When we are getting a flavor RDA how we set it can be just as important as the design. As far the design goes, it should have:

  • a good build deck - flavor chasers may look for decks with single coil options
  • a more compact design, chambers with less open space is better
  • easily restrictable airflow - (airflow goes down, flavor goes up) 
  • replaceable drip tip or drip tip adaptor for using delrin style tips - (the super wide tips are more for clouds and airflow)
  • deep juice well is a plus but not necessary

Wotofo STNG - Single Coil MTL RDA
Wotofo STNG - Single Coil MTL RDA


The Wotofo STNG is a 22mm mouth to lung, squonk capable RDA. 

It has amazing flavor, a good MTL draw and a pair of high quality contoured 510 drip tips.

The STNG has a fast to build, spring loaded clamp system for single coils builds

This deck is easy to use, good for beginners and efficient vapers.


  • Awesome flavor of course!
  • Easy to build and use - beginner friendly
  • interesting airflow design - draw ranges from restricted DL, medium mtl and super tight mtl
  • Clamp style dual post build deck with spring loaded clamps (big plus)
  • high build quality
  • deep juice well with well designed wicking channels
  • lots of extras - two drip tips, two coils, tools and extra parts
  • squonk capable with even juice distribution

Digiflavor Drop 24mm RDA collage
Digiflavor Drop 24mm RDA collage


The Digiflavor Drop is a 24mm RDA, with a four post drop in build deck which simulates the way coils drop into a post-less deck but is way better.

After the coils are dropped in the corresponding terminals, adjusted and secured, the excess leads are easily clipped from the inside of the posts. This cut out post makes building the Drop a breeze.

The juice well is measured at 5mm but seems deeper with the amount of juice it holds. 

The bottom of the RDA has two sloped ridges with matching cut outs on the barrel which prevent the RDA from rotating when adjusting the airflow, keeping the air perfectly aligned with the coils.

Airflow on the Digiflavor Drop is amazing with a semi-grid style airflow is arranged in a T-Shape. The top cap is really genius in the way it is shaped in a step formation which can cut each of the airflow holes off one at a time, starting at the top. 

The top cap is easily rotated for smooth and accurate adjustment making the airflow control on this RDA simply unmatched.

With the airflow fully open, the Drop provides incredible flavor and lots of vapor production. Shutting off the top row of holes with give a restricted lung hit and a warm dense vapor.

While the airflow is two sided and can't be shut off completely on side, the air flow can be cut down to just one small airflow hole. The limited airflow, a single coil and a 510 drip tip will allow for pretty good mouth to lung RDA flavor chasing.

Digiflavor ships the Drop with a standard 510 protruding pin pre-installed but have included a raised bottom feed pin for those vapers that love squonking.

The flavor produced by the Drop is just delicious, saturated and bright. The draw is very smooth. 

Overall, the Digiflavor Drop is simply amazing, very versatile RDA that every RDA enthusiast should have in their arsenal.


  • Enormous Flavor! 
  • Incredible Air-Flow Control
  • versatile build deck that can take single or dual coil vertical builds
  • locking barrel with easy rotating top cap
  • squonk capable with easy install raised bottom feed pin
  • 810 drip tips
  • lots of color choices 

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Augvape BTFC RDA collage
Augvape BTFC RDA collage


Augvape and VapnFagn have released a collaboration RDA called the BTFC, which stands for Bottom Airflow, Top Airflow, Flavor Chasing, Cloud Chasing, an acronym that shows this RDAs goals.

The BTFC is a 25mm diameter, squonk (bottom feed) capable, RDA with an innovative build deck that supplies a customizable mix of bottom and top airflow for the flavor and cloud performance you are wanting in your vape experience. 

Want a restricted hit? Cut both top and bottom down half way. Want max flavor? Shut off the top airflow and reduce the wattage a bit. There are lots of airflow options here.

The deck is really easy to build with long diagonal slots built into the post section for fast building. This deck can take larger single coils but really performs best with two 3mm coils.

With an 11mm deep juice well and elevated bottom airflow, the BTFC can take a large amount of juice before experiencing any overflows.

Augvape and VapnFagn have produced a high quality, well designed RDA that is great for both flavor, clouds or both!

The BTFC is a versatile, fantastic performing RDA that is a strong pick for the vaper looking for a easy build and a well-tuned vape experience. 


  • lots of flavor
  • dense clouds
  • top AND bottom airflow
  • DEEP juice well
  • high build quality and well designed
  • great squonker with easy to install bottom feed pin
  • easy to use 4 post build deck with a sloped, slotted terminals
  • pre-built clapton coils work quite well with wide terminals
  • smooth, simple to tune airflow controls for a personalized vape
  • comes in black, stainless, metallic gray, metallic rainbow
  • two 810 drips included but will take other 810s

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Wotofo Profile Mesh RDA Collage
Wotofo Profile Mesh RDA Collage


Wotofo has teamed up with MrJustRight1 to release the Profile Mesh bottom feed RDA. 

The Profile is a mesh RDA done right thanks to high build quality and an excellent design that is particularly well suited for use with a squonk mod.

Using mesh on an RDA has never been easier or performed as well. 

If you aren't into mesh, the Profile RDA also makes for quite the single coil clamp style RDA to use with your favorite squonking rig.


  • really great flavor!
  • super easy mesh building
  • doubles as a fantastic clamp style single coil RDA
  • good airflow thanks to honeycomb ports and step down top cap
  • high build quality and a very well thought design
  • lots of extras including strips, organic cotton ready for mesh builds, a single frame stapled coil, complete toolset for this RDA, plus all the normal o-rings, screws etc.
  • included build tool that gives the perfect curve for your mesh coil or 3.5mm single coil builds
  • pre-configured (and designed) for use with squonk mods (bottom feed) 
  • center piece presses cotton against coil to prevent hot spots AND keep cotton saturated where it counts

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Wotofo Elder Dragon Single Coil RDA Collage
Wotofo Elder Dragon Single Coil RDA Collage


The unique looking, Japanese inspired Elder Dragon RDA is a 22mm, single coil RDA with directed jet inlet airflow system and a curved bell shape that make this one a real flavor machine. 

It is easy to use and easy to build, making this a good option for single coil flavor chasing.


  • huge flavor and dense clouds! - A strong flavor chasing RDA
  • slightly restricted lung hit
  • pre-configured airflow and shaped for max flavor
  • easy to use and easy to build
  • perfect size for smaller or single battery mods
  • squonk ready - makes a great traditional dripper

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Vandy Vape Bonza BF RDA collage
Vandy Vape Bonza BF RDA collage


While the Vandy Vape Bonza doesn't come up with any new innovations, what it does is combine a bunch of the best RDA features to form a super RDA, like the All-Star team or Voltron.

It has an easy to use yet versatile build deck capable of single coil but really shines with big dual coil builds. The Bonza has build deck that is very similar, but reverse positioning, to the OBS Cheetah II, which was also a pretty good RDA. 

The deck is a gold plated, dual post, quad terminal style build deck, which basically means it has one wide standard terminal and a clamp on each of the posts. This deck style makes it super easy and quick to build and it can accomodate fairly large exotic coils. The clamps have some texturing which will grip the coil and make sure they are secure.

While this RDA can handle single coil builds, the airflow can even be shut off on one side, it really shines with larger two coil builds.

This deck style makes this RDA a good fit for beginners all the way to advanced RDA enthusiasts.

Side airflow on this topper is very similar to the Digiflavor Drop. The airflow style really makes the Bonza perform amazingly well. 

The airflow consists of a grid pattern of 15 holes (3x5) on each side, which provides excellent control and smooth air flow from wide open all the way down to closed off. 

With the airflow wide open, the Bonza produces huge clouds while still giving good flavor, but for an extra flavor boost, try it at a little more than halfway open.

This RDA is optionally bottom fed (BF) thanks to the included 510 squonk pin. After installation the squonk pin will protrude about 1mm and since the juice well is pretty deep, you can really give the bottle a few good squeezes and not flood.

The build quality on this RDA is pretty high thanks to the 304 stainless steel, pleasing design, gold plating, quality engraving (particularly on the top) and matching resin 810 drip tip. If resin isn't for you,  Vandy Vape included an ULTEM and a traditional black Delrin 810 drip tip.

This RDA is a good fit for pretty much any vaper, including beginners and pros alike. The Vandy Vape Bonza brings the flavor, the clouds, looks good and is easy to use!


  • very easy to use build deck with terminals and clamps (good for beginners all the way to pros)
  • Great flavor and huge clouds
  • single coil or dual coil capable but is great for large dual coil builds
  • air can be shut off on one side if using single coil
  • Amazing air flow and air flow control (15 air holes per side for maximum tuning)
  • deep juice well
  • comes with three 810 drip tips (Resin, Ultem and Delrin)
  • stylish knurling at the top to allow some grip
  • big flat head screws on the deck

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Vandy Vape Pulse 24 BF RDA collage
Vandy Vape Pulse 24 BF RDA collage


The Vandy Vape Pulse is a 24mm squonk ready flavor RDA designed by Tony B and Vandy Vape. The Pulse 24 is squonk ready out of the box but an adjustable 510 pin is included that needs to be assembled. 

It has a well designed post-less build deck capable of both dual coil and single coils builds. This RDA is a damn good squonker thanks to the build deck being designed to evenly split the juice right into the wicking channels. 

The airflow is interesting and fairly unique. It has two fixed airflow jets on each side coming in and angled down. This design forces the air to constrict and shoot at the bottom of the coils. 

The airflow jets are fixed in as they are attached to a locking midsection, which locks to the build deck with corresponding notches, but the airflow is controllable with a rotating top cap.

If the well is overfilled the juice will have a pretty good chance of staying in the RDA thanks to the angled airflow jets.

The wicking channels, large half moons on each side, are the deepest part of the juice well, so any juice squeezed in or dripped in will flow towards the wicks. This design help prevent dry hits and is a really great benefit to this build deck.

The Vandy Vape Pulse 24 is a really great post-less flavor RDA that really shines with a squonk mod but is still great as a standard RDA with the regular 510 pin installed. 

Overall, this RDA provides a great vape experience with lots of flavor and it looks good too.


  • Huge flavor!
  • thick, dense clouds!
  • high build quality
  • the build deck can take two smaller coils but is capable of handling a larger single coil build
  • smooth airflow with the angled jet design
  • great for squonking (capable of standard RDA usage as well)
  • two 810 drip tips included as well as a 510 adapter

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Hellvape Dead Rabbit 24mm RDA collage
Hellvape Dead Rabbit 24mm RDA collage


The Hellvape Dead Rabbit is a 24mm squonkable RDA. 

It is made from 304 stainless steel with a hatched texture knurling on the top cap which provides a pretty good grip. While some may not like the hatched look, it really plays well with the cool looking dead rabbit logo along with the colored resin 810 drip tip.

The Dead Rabbit RDA is built around a top terminal, four post build deck that simulates a post-less deck. 

The opposing positive and negative posts are different colors, with the positive terminals gold plated and the negative left stainless. This is a good feature that provides clarity for the builder.

With this build deck, it has space for you to cut any excess coil length off from underneath of the post which is easier than post-less as you don't run as much of a risk of ruining a coil due to cutting a lead to short. 

The terminals themselves are quite large, which can handle larger coils and are secured with either flat heads or hex screws.

As with most post-less build decks, you can build a single larger coil instead of dual coils, if desired.

There aren't any clear wicking channels, which means you can just cut them enough to tuck into the well and reach the bottom. 

The juice well isn't very deep, coming in a 5mm, but the side airflow is place fairly high on the barrel so it may be OK to over fill, just don't take the top off with the juice level higher than the well.

The barrel has a slotted top side airflow that is angled downwards. Placing the angle in the airflow slot allows the air to hit the coil at an angle before coming back up the the top cap and it really works out. 

The air is smooth and isn't too airy. It provides more of a restricted lung hit than just blasting vapor.  The airflow, shape of the top and the coil position combine to provide great flavor.

The Dead Rabbit also includes a squonking pin, with a matching allen key, and a specially designed pre-installed PEEK insulator that helps evenly distribute juice. 

Overall, this is a great flavor RDA with some pretty good easy to use build deck, smooth airflow and a enjoyable slightly restricted lung hit.


  • Great vape over all. Really good flavor and a smooth semi-restricted lung hit
  • the aesthetics of the Dead Rabbit are good with the resin drip tips and the logo looks cool too
  • 4 post build deck that simulates a post-less build deck and is actually easier to use that normal post-less decks
  • clear which post is positive and which is negative
  • protruding 510 pin, also includes squonking pin with directed juice flow
  • hatched knurling for airflow adjustments
  • comes with a pretty cool matching resin 810 drip tip, but does include a Delrin 810 and a 510 adapter
  • comes in the standard black or stainless steel (plus others) with a choices of green, red or purple resin 810 drip tip

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Vandy Vape Berserker MTL RDA
Vandy Vape Berserker MTL RDA


Vandy Vape releases the Berserker MTL (mouth to lung draw style) RDA, following the success of the Berserker RTA

The Berserker is an 18mm RDA as opposed to the regular 22mm or 24mm RDAs we are all accustomed to. Damn 18mm! This RDA is 18mm because it needs a small chamber and barrel section to boost the sweet vape flavor we all enjoy and restrict the air. 

But, if you think it looks too small, Vandy Vape included two styling rings, which each have a small lip, that the RDA secures when screwed into the mod. The styling rings, once installed, make the RDA look wider at the base but seems unnecessary. This RDA is a performance artist not a beauty contestant.

With any mouth to lung tank or RDA the airflow is one of the most important design features and this RDA has tons of airflow options to tune in the exact right draw.

There are several airflow options ranging from 0.5mm all the way up to 2mm on the outside of the barrel. This RDA also has internal interchangeable air slots, which are like little rods, that are inserted into the build deck to provide a nice bottom style air flow, coming in from the side and coming up under the coil. 

The inserts are varied, including options from 3.1mm by 0.5mm (slot), triple 1mm holes, and then single slots from 1.2mm up to 2mm. The easiest internal airflow to use is probably going to be the slot. These inserts can be changed with the build in place or left out completely.

The build deck is a fairly traditional two post design, similar to the Berserker RTA, single coil design with top mounted philips screws. Building is straight forward. Vandy Vape includes a pretty cool coiling tool, one side is 3mm and the opposite side is 2.5m. 

To build the deck, start with the coil leads pulled facing opposite directions leading away from the coil instead of pointing the same direction like with standard two coil deck builds. Slide one lead under one screw, adjust the coil placement to be perfectly centered with the coil facing up or down and then tighten the screw. Then secure the other lead in under the opposite screw, clip and wick. No surprises with this deck.

Another cool design feature is the 9mm deep juice well. It will end up holding a similar amount of juice as a larger RDA but since it is MTL it won't go through the juice as fast. 

Also if you are using a thicker juice, the air holes are so restricted that it won't really leak like other RDAs if you accidentally overfill.

Taking off the top cap is very easy when needing to drip and you can drip right down the center like normal or you can use the included squonk pin if you have a squonk mod. 

This is a pretty good squonking RDA. The positive post lead has a nice little notched design to help insure even distribution of your juice when squonking.

Since the barrel is so constricted, the tip area could get a bit hot so there is a heat sink that plugs into the 510 part of the top cap and 2 included drip tips that screw into the heat sink, one black, one ultem. If you don't like the heat sink top you can just plug in your own 510 drip tip.

Overall, if you are looking for a MTL RDA this is the one to get!


  • Huge flavor!
  • Awesome MTL RDA
  • lots of customizable air flow options for the perfect mouth to lung draw
  • This RDA is easy to use! Easy build, easy to wick, easy airflow adjustment
  • high build quality with a simple, straight forward design in multiple colors
  • squonk capable and is hard to make it leak with a thicker juice, squonks away
  • Nice philips screws that are slotted for flat heads

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Wotofo Nudge 24mm RDA
Wotofo Nudge 24mm RDA


The Wotofo Nudge 24mm RDA is the result of between Wotofo and youtuber SuckMyMod.  Just by looking at it you can tell a lot of time when into designing this RDA.

The Nudge RDA has a pretty good build quality for an excellent price. Overall, the design is aesthetically pleasing, coming in several colors. There is a huge variety of colors outside of the normal black, stainless steel, gold and each RDA comes with a matching resin 810 drip tip. The engraving was all done after the barrel received the color coating, which is a nice touch.

The slight concave indention on the top (barrel section), instead of traditional knurling, makes it very easy to pull the top or adjust the airflow. 

The build deck is very unique and takes a little getting used to building on, so this RDA may not be beginner friendly.

The deck design makes it a little weird to build due with the way the coils need to be slid into notches on the side of the posts instead of just inserted into the posts as with most build decks. 

The posts take up space inside the RDA which in itself has pluses and minuses. The space restriction inside of the RDA will boost the flavor but the the coils being used will not be able to be huge. 

3mm flat or stapled claptons seem to be what the designers were expecting to be used in the RDA but standard wire will still work. 2.5mm coils might even be a better choice seeing as the deck space is limited.

When the coils are inserted they are aligned parallel to the center ramp of the deck. Placing the coils like this will expose the coil to the side airflow at an angle, which makes the air to hit the coil and swirl around the RDA before heading up the top.

The main benefit of the unique design to me seems to be that the RDA has a really nice center ramp that will aid in evenly distributing your juice. This little center ramp area also covers the PEEK insulator and 510 pin. 

Squonking with this RDA is pretty great thanks to the squonk pin included with the RDA. The squonking pin, once installed and used with a squonk box, will let juice out on both sides, again for even distribution of the juice.

Some people are the in the habit of over filling with some squonking RDAs, but with this one you really only need to squeeze once, wait a beat and then give one more easy squeeze. 

This a pretty good RDA that provides great flavor and lots of vapor production with fantastic squonking capability but would generally only recommend this for experienced RDA users.


  • outstanding flavor with huge vapor production
  • high build quality at a really good price point
  • looks cool and comes with a color matching 810 drip tip
  • squonking on this RDA is really good with the included squonk pin
  • squonk pin evenly distributes juice on both sides of the deck
  • center rail for even distribution of juice when dripping
  • interesting build deck
  • adjustable side airflow which hits to coils at an angle and then goes up
  • deep juice well
  • quality philips screws

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Goon RDA with Deck
Goon RDA with Deck


528 customs brings the Goon RDA which has quickly become on of the most favored RDAs on the market thanks to great flavor and a clamp style build deck.


  • Short Chamber that delivers amazing flavor!
  • Clamp Style build deck making exotic coil builds easier to accomplish
  • great, smooth, controllable airflow for dual or single coil builds
  • Flat top cap to limit spit back
  • 24mm


  • Slight Con - brass top clamps are prone to slight bending on thicker coil builds. Flip top plate over on next build to restraighten.
  • Different build versions are slightly different prices, black or brass a bit more than the copper and stainless steel versions

Price: varies around $60

Best RDA for Cloud Chasing

All Around RDAs that have good airflow and flavor

A well designed RDA for cloud chasing would have:

  • a build deck for two coils - velocity for normal coil builds or clamp for exotic coils
  • lots of airflow is necessary to get a huge cloud
  • chuff style or competition tip (wide bore) - these are optional on a lot of RDAs
  • bigger chamber is a plus - more air means more room for vapor
  • deep juice well - more juice equals more vapor

Augvape Occula RDA - huge clouds
Augvape Occula RDA - huge clouds


Augvape teams with Twisted Messes to release a clamp style RDA for some old school cloud chucking with updated features like big clamps, big screws, highly controllable airflow and more.


  • very well designed clamp style build deck - can handle single builds or huge dual coil builds
  • lots of airflow - enormous clouds at wide open
  • adjust airflow down for a restricted, more flavorful cloud (pretty good flavor)
  • a great traditional dripper for prebuilt coils like aliens
  • wonderful screws - big, tough - can use flat, phillips and can even fingers

GeekVape Loop BF RDA collage
GeekVape Loop BF RDA collage


GeekVape continues to innovate with the release of the Loop RDA. The GeekVape Loop is a bottom airflow, squonk ready, beast RDA that has an interesting W-shaped build deck. The W shape is something new and pretty cool.

GeekVape designed the deck of the Loop to maximize the airflow hitting the coils from the bottom of the coil but fed from the sides. The airflow is very smooth for having such as weird shape, but it is coming in from the sides hitting the coils and going up. 

This thing produces a lot of dense vapor and it has a smooth draw! Some other huge cloud chucker RDAs really wash out the flavor but this RDA still has pretty good flavor.

When you look at the build deck, you can see that the leads from the two coils will cross if they are left too long, so this makes trimming the leads a little more difficult than with other postless decks. The fact that there isn't a base to lead insertion terminal makes trimming the coils a bit of a guessing game. This isn't a problem for experienced RDA users but could be strange for a beginner RDA user.

Try to get one lead just about right by placing the lead at the correct height clamping down to get a mark on it, then clip a bit longer than the mark, then match the other coil leads. 

GeekVape did decide to go with some beefy flat head screws on this on the deck which could be a pro or con depending on the vaper.

Another big plus for this deck is easy wicking. The Loop has those really wide half moon shaped wicking ports which are fantastic to use with a looser cotton. All that is required is a bit of fluffing, followed a quick snip and tuck. (Insert joke here)

This RDA is good for traditional drippers and squonkers alike. The deck has this center ramp that allows juice dripped from the top to hit the center part of the W deck get evenly distributed to each side of the RDA, but you need to drip it with the RDA held in a straight up and down position and not an angle. 

Squonkers obviously just give a couple of good squeezes, but this RDA performs a bit better with classic dripping.

This RDA provides a pretty good vape experience in general with flavor similar to other RDAs, it provides lots of vapor with a smooth draw, easily adjustable airflow with a locking top cap and to top it all off it looks pretty damn good.


  • huge vapor production without turbulent airflow
  • classic RDA flavor profile
  • Good build quality with innovative design at an affordable price point
  • easy adjustable airflow with smooth intake
  • Notched top cap to lock cap
  • Bottom airflow for max flavor and vapor
  • W shaped (something new!) build deck splits juice for even distribution of juice
  • Squonk Ready 510 pin included
  • 810 drip tip with 510 adapter 
  • uses thick flat head screws

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Vandy Vape Phobia 24 BF RDA collage
Vandy Vape Phobia 24 BF RDA collage


The Vandy Vape Phobia is a 24mm bottom airflow RDA that is designed by Alex from VapersMD (a popular Russian vaper), who has designed other hit products for Vandy Vape. This may be one of his best RDAs so far.

At first sight, the Phobia is striking in stainless steel with its two barrel sections in the packaging. It has one barrel section for use with a very large chuff cap that takes up the entire diameter of the barrel. 

The other included top section that is preinstalled is the traditional top that fits an ULTEM 810 drip tip but also includes a 510 drip tip adapter. 

Both tops work well, but the 810 is more for a mix of flavor and clouds, while the chuff is the reverse with more clouds than flavor.

Using the chuff cap top and the airflow wide open will produce quite a huge cloud.

The really stand out design decision on this RDA is the quad terminal postless build deck. It has big, beefy post screws milled right into the bottom of the RDA and base looks like it is milled from one solid piece (except for the PEEK insulator around two of the terminals of course!). 

In between the terminals, on opposing sides, are two sets of matching bottom airflow holes designed to hit the bottom and bottom-side of the coils for catching maximum flavor coming from the surface of the coils.

The airflow, bottom airflow slots placed right at the lower edge of the barrel, is easily controlled by twisting the top cap like normal. Twisting the barrel is smooth but is also a bit snug. 

Since the airflow holes on the deck are basically air jets for hitting the coil, the RDA can be a bit loud.

Building the RDA is very straight forward on this deck and is made easy with the large 3mm terminal openings which are capable of holding quite wide prebuilt coils. 

This deck design is capable of single or dual coil builds like any other postless deck but performs better with a two coil build installed due to the bottom airflow. With two coils, building closer to the air flows is easier, but a larger diameter single coil build will work.

The juice well is 5mm deep has a special raised cutout over the 510 for even distribution of juice when the bottom feed pin (squonk pin) is installed.

The Vandy Vape Phobia is a strong performing bottom airflow RDA that is easy to build and performs like a champ. It has great flavor, big billowy clouds, is great for squonking, has several unique features, high build quality, looks great and has a great price.


  • great flavor
  • high build quality and design
  • easy build postless deck
  • beefy post screws
  • bottom feed (squonk) pin included
  • squonk pin evenly distributes juice in the well
  • fantastic bottom airflow with plenty of air hitting the bottom and sides of the coils
  • comes in stainless steel, matte black, gold and rainbow

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Troll RDA in Box
Troll RDA in Box


Wotofo has made some significant upgrades to the Troll for version 2 making it one of the best, affordable RDAs.  Significant airflow, deep well, and deck improvements provide a mix of great flavor and huge clouds.


  • Huge Vapor Production for dense clouds
  • great airflow and air control options
  • easy to control airflow for good flavor
  • deep juice well
  • easy to build and use


An RDTA combines the best of the RDA and RTA worlds, the strong flavor profile of an RDA with the ease of having a tank built into the bottom to avoid having to refill constantly.

Vandy Vape Pyro 24mm Collage
Vandy Vape Pyro 24mm Collage


The Pyro RDTA from Vandy Vape is definitely one of the best RDTAs to date. It takes a similar build deck and wide wick ports that was used on the hit Kylin RTA (minus the bottom airflow), familiar adjustable side airflow and has a simple yet profound juice hole plug system built into the top cap.

Refilling the tank now is as simple as on most tanks and RDAs; pull the top, squeeze and recap.

The deck utilizes a post-less system making the coils vertical rather than horizontal. The deck is capable of housing two regular sized coils or one larger single coil if desired.  In single coil mode, the diameter of the coil needs to be wider to have enough cotton to fill the very wide wicking ports.

Building the deck is fairly straight forward, however, since it is post-less the coil leads need to be trimmed before you put them in place. Make sure the leads are too long rather than too short before putting them in place.

I love the performance of the Pyro RDTA, particularly in standard two coil setup. Lots of flavor with enough air to produce thick vapor clouds.


  • Strong flavor profile
  • enjoyable vape experience
  • very similar build deck to the well received Vandy Vape Kylin RTA
  • single or dual coil builds 
  • gold plated philips and allen (grub) screws included
  • very wide wicking ports help prevent dry hits
  • well controlled side airflow
  • 810 Drip tip default (1 ultem and 1 delrin included)
  • 510 adapter included

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Wotofo Faris BF RDTA RDA collage
Wotofo Faris BF RDTA RDA collage


The Wotofo Faris is a RDTA that is also an RDA, with a postless build deck and angled airflow with cyclops style controls.

It is quite the squonker in both modes and when using with the 3ml RDTA section, the Faris is easy mode flavor chasing.

This is very versatile atomizer that provides all the flavor and style of an RDA but can also have the convenience of an RDTA at a moments notice.  This is a strong all around choice for someone looking for a single item that can do everything.


  • fantastic flavor and plenty of vapor production
  • very versatile - squonkable RDA or RDTA 
  • great squonker  (bottom feed) functionality in both modes - hard to flood
  • easy to build - postless deck has plenty of space
  • 3ml capacity with RDTA section and deep well in RDA mode 
  • easy to switch between modes
  • really wide wicking channels

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Geekvape Peerless RDTA collage
Geekvape Peerless RDTA collage


The Geekvape Peerless RDTA may be one of the best RDTAs of the year, thanks to its versatile build deck, single coil capability, high build quality and strong performance.

The Peerless RDTA has essentially all classic RDTA design features plus the killer build deck. This RDTA is like the fusion of the Geekvape Avocado and the Geekvape Peerless RDA. 

The two post, three terminal per post build deck is really suited to vaping enthusiasts with an adventurous spirit. It is capable of both single and two coil builds. 

For single coil: install one coil, trim and pop in the ceramic block. Done. For two coil, proceed as normal. 

However, having three terminals per post is far from normal. Building this deck is simple. It still need to have a lead of the coil in opposing posts, but now you have a variety of placement options depending on the size of your builds. 

There are lots of placement options here. This deck is one of those choose your own adventure type situations.

Everything is secured with top placed, hardened dog grub screws (tool included). Having hardened screws is a real plus here. This deck invites plenty of use.

The Peerless has a good flavor profile on both single and two coils builds. The airflow is easily controllable and provides the right amount of airflow for the selected build, even single coil. 

Geekvape has included both an 810, as well as a 510 (adapter included) drip tips. Every bit of performance is tune-able on this tank.

The build diversity of this deck, hardened screws, high build quality, and overall strong performance make this RDTA a survivor that will be used for some time to come. 

If you could only have one RDTA in your arsenal, the Geekvape Peerless RDTA is a solid choice.


  • Incredibly versatile build deck with unique triple terminal per post design which makes for very diverse build options
  • capable of single coil builds with included ceramic block
  • capable of single airflow to match single coil build
  • hardened screws
  • great performance; great flavor and vapor production
  • high build quality

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Cotton Bacon V2 wicking cotton
Cotton Bacon V2 wicking cotton


Wick'n'Vape has come up with a really great wicking cotton blend here in Cotton Bacon version 2. 

Cotton Bacon was designed with the goal of making a 100% safe, pure and durable wick. Some organic cottons can still contain some traces of organic pesticides or fragrances, but not Cotton Bacon.

Wick'N'Vape uses a U.S. grown dual fiber blend that has been cleaned thoroughly and had all non-cellulose fiber removed. This process leaves just super clean pure cotton wicking material behind.

In the resealable pouch you get several 4" 'bacon' like strips which can easily be separated, torn or cut.  No more cutting a strip off your cotton pad or trying to deal with cotton balls.  This stuff is very easy to build with and looks very clean.

Wick'N'Vape claims no break in period as it is a 100% tasteless wick. When tested it actually did have a very short break in period but it was only a handful of drags as opposed to the half a tank or more break in with other cottons. 

Cotton Bacon can keep up with my chain vaping.This is a very absorbent wick and I have only experienced dry hits when I accidentally let the tank get too low. When this occurred, the cotton was able to recover without giving me that residual 'dry hit' burnt flavor.

Love this stuff. Provides a great vape, easy to use, and it is fairly inexpensive for the amount of cotton strips you get.


  • U.S.A grown cotton, processed and cleaned for a safety
  • looks great 
  • very short break in period and tasteless
  • fast wicking, which helps prevent dry hits on chain vaping
  • easy to use, separate and tear
  • comes stacked in a resealable pouch; just pull a bit out like big league chew and reseal
  • doesn't burn as easily when a dry hit does occur
  • very low flavor retention when switching juices w/o rewicking which could be effected by the coil itself

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