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Types Of Rebuildable Decks

Types Of Rebuildable Decks: A Short Guide

If you’re new to vaping, you might have tons of questions that need answering. One of them might be why RDAs have different bases or decks that are completely different from each other. This is why on today’s blog, we go over some of the most common deck styles to help you decide which deck is right for you. But first, let’s start with the basics: what are build decks or rebuildable decks?

Table of Contents:

  1. What Are Rebuildable Decks?
  2. Two Post or Dual Post Deck
  3. Three Post Deck
  4. Three Post “T” Deck
  5. Two Post Velocity Deck
  6. Postless Deck
  7. Spring Loaded or Clamp Style Deck
  8. Conclusion

What Are Rebuildable Decks?

Every atomizer consists of a number of parts. The most well-known parts are the coil and the wick, but a lesser-known part, which is the base or the foundation where both the coil and the wick go, is the deck. Decks, also called “build decks,” usually have two posts, one negative and one positive, that are used to power up the coil; however decks can also come postless (more on this later). There are many different types of build decks, and many companies come up with their own styles and designs. However, some styles have endured the test of time, and in today’s blog, we will talk about them. Some of the most popular types of decks include:

  • Two Post or Dual Post Deck
  • Three Post Deck 
  • Three Post “T” Deck
  • Two Post Velocity Deck
  • Postless Deck
  • Spring Loaded or Clamp Style Deck

Two Post or Dual Post Deck

Originally created to only fit a single-coil, these types of decks have very little room for extra coils in both the post holes and the deck itself. The post holes are so small that only coils less than 28 gauge will fit into them. The posts were also built toward the center of the deck, making complex coil builds impossible to set up in this type of deck. That being said, they are some of the easiest decks to work with and perfect for beginners trying to get a grip on learning how to build and install single coils. Recently, new advances have been made on the original design, especially the addition of vertical screws, that allow for bigger and wider post holes were exotic coils can be installed. 

Three Post Deck

The three post deck was the first deck that allowed for a dual coil setup. The posts on the sides were the negative posts, while a single post in between both these posts was the positive terminal or post. This design makes it easy to trim your lead lengths and adjust your coils and gives more room than a typical two post design. Nowadays, these types of decks come with large posts holes and even adjustable airflow. 

Three Post “T” Deck

The Three Post “T” deck is defined by its shape. It is similar to a three post deck except that in the middle post, instead of having one large post hole where two coil leads can be inserted, it has two post holes side by side, and the post itself resembles a T, hence the name. While this design didn’t make more room for more complex builds or created more deck space, it did make it easier for builders to install and insert coils and wicking. This is one design that might still be found today, but of course, it has been changed slightly to allow for more complex builds.

Two Post Velocity Deck

Velocity styles decks are some of the most popular deck designs currently in the market. They are technically two post style decks but with two post holes in each post that are stacked on top of each other. This allows the users to have two coils or dual coil builds in these types of decks. They are easy to build with; however, the cutting of the leads might be a bit frustrating after you install your first coil since there will be less wiggle room for your wire cutters to cut the leads of the second one. Still, they are extremely popular. One of the major reasons why they are so attractive is the size of the actual post holes. Since they are so big, you can use bigger gauges of coils or more complex coils. For example, Clapton coils work perfectly with velocity decks, and because there are only two posts in the deck, there is more room to work with. 

Postless Deck

Postless Decks are a new type of deck that, as their name states, have no posts whatsoever. The way they function is by having holes at the bottom of the deck where the coils go and screws on the side that hold the coils together. While this creates a ton of space for complex builds and dual coil builds (or even more), they have some drawbacks. For example, because the holes are at the bottom of the deck, they usually don’t have wells, and those that do have very small wells. They are also recommended for more experienced vapers that know how to build because they require that every single component from the coil to the wick is installed perfectly and cut perfectly; otherwise they won’t work and might cause leakage, might burn hotter than intended, and you’ll experience dry hits. So if you have coil building and installing experience, by all means, go ahead and try them out, but if you’re new to vaping, we suggest you stick to velocity or two post style decks. 

Spring Loaded or Clamp Style Deck

Finally, the spring loaded or clamp style deck works by having two clamps hold a single piece of mesh instead of a regular coil together parallel from each other. The most famous of these is The Profile by Wotofo and Mr.JustRight1. The way it works is that the two clamps hold together a piece of metal mesh that functions as the coil, and the spring portion, which is in the center, holds the cotton and prevents it from collapsing, giving you incredible flavor. However, mesh sizes that fit are hard to find, and so it’s hard to find replacement mesh parts but not impossible. 


We hope that with this brief but insightful guide into build decks, you are able to learn a bit more about this aspect of atomizers that does not get enough love but that definitely impacts your vaping experience.


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Andres Roman

Andres Roman is a content writer with 3+ years of experience, a former 3 pack a week smoker who used vaping to kick the habit, he now wants to educate the world about vaping. You can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.