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Rebuildable Atomizers Explained

21st Aug 2017

TanksIf you’ve been getting interesting in somewhat “advanced” vaping, you might have already heard of this concept called a rebuildable atomizer. If you haven’t, we’ll give a short summary of what we’re talking about here. You know that 2-piece electronic cigarettes are very popular as an initial path to make the switch to vaping. You also likely know about vapour tanks and maybe you read up on if upgrading to vaporizers is right for you. Yet, there is even more you can do on your own, if you so choose.

Tank systems give you the flexibility of swapping out different types of atomizers and having more control on the e-liquid you use. Rebuildable atomizers are another jump in terms of control, but also have their own cons. Essentially, a rebuildable atomizer is one that you can re-use and re-configure to your own desires. You would do this for a very specific reason usually: more vapour. With a re-buildable atomizer, you’ll be the one attaching wicking material to soak up your e-liquid, and wrapping a coil around it to transfer the power and thus create vapour.

Basically, you’re building what is used in your current 2-piece vapour tank. You also won’t have to throw in the rubbish so soon, as you’ll be able to simply toss out the wick and coil once they are spent. Hence the name “rebuildable”, as you will be able to re-build this atomizer over and over again. They’re also often shortened to RBA (Re-Buildable Atomizer) and you could have also seen the term RDA (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer) being tossed around in the vaping community. The only difference there is that RDA’s don’t come with a tank to hold e-liquid, so you’ll need to manually drip more on when you want to vape.

Now you know what rebuildable atomizers are. Before you venture out into that wide world, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of using RBAs or RDAs.


The biggest pro that a rebuildable atomizer brings you is flexibility. By this we mean you’re able to re-configure it to your liking and essentially, re-build it from the ground up. Hence the name, right? You can play with different wicking material, different coil sizes, and basically everything that makes up an atomizer.

This also means you are able to bring your long-term costs of vaping down. By re-building instead of replacing your atomizer, you’ll end up saving yourself money. The other big pro here is the sheer amount of vapour you can generate. If you set it up correctly, you’ll be able to create mammoth clouds of vapour that are hard to replicate otherwise.


Like all things, there are the negative flip sides to what we established as pros. So, while RBAs will save you money in the long run, in the short run it will cost you. Your initial outlay for a rebuildable atomizer can be quite hefty, and certainly when compared with the value of the V2 Trinity Kit, for instance.

Besides cost, there is also a great deal of time and effort that goes into RBAs or RDAs. It’ll be up to you to re-build your atomizer properly and safely. You’ll need to be careful that you do your math and don’t end up with an electric short. You’ll have to do your research, buy the parts, and simply put in the labor. Not everyone so freely gives up time and convenience.

Going the route of rebuildable atomizers isn’t such an easy decision. If you’ve considered how much vapour you can muster out of what you are already vaping, you may be on your way. Certainly, more vapour is usually the initial reason why people consider going with a rebuildable. It can be a big jump, so you’ll want to consider the pros and cons above. They certainly aren’t for every vaper, but it’s a growing world that you would be wise to know about.