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What are RBA Vapes?

What in the World are RBA Vapes?

If you’re beginning your vape journey, you might have heard the term RBA being thrown around by more experienced vapers. You might be wondering what exactly they are referring to when they talk about RBAs. In this blog, we go over the meaning of RBA in vape terms and what RBA stands for in vaping

Table of Contents

  1. So, what are RBA Vapes?
  2. Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs)
  3. Rebuildable Squonk Atomizers (RSAs)
  4. Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTAs)
  5. Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizers (RDTAs)
  6. Rebuildable Coil Heads
  7. Genesis
  8. Which is the Better RBA? 
  9. Conclusion

So, What Are RBA Vapes? 

RBA’s are Rebuildable Atomizers. They get their name because, with these atomizers, you can build your coils and use them alongside these devices. When we talk about RBAs, technically, we are not talking about a particular type of vape; we are talking about the atomizer, which nowadays means that coils, wick, tank, and the deck where the coils go.

RBA is also an umbrella term for different kinds of atomizers. There isn’t one type of RBA. There are various, all with other pros and cons. The most common RBAs we’re going to highlight in today’s blog are the following:

  • Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs)
  • Rebuildable Squonk Atomizers (RSAs)
  • Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTAs)
  • Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizers (RDTAs)
  • Rebuildable Coil Heads 
  • Genesis

Now that you know the most common RBAs let’s explain a bit further how they all differ. 

Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers (RDAs)

A Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer is a type of RBA that requires that the user manually “drip” vape juice into the atomizer and coils for the vape to start working. They work by having a small pool or well at the bottom where the vape juice is stored and where the legs of the wicks rest and absorb the vape juice and lead it to the coils where the vape juice is evaporated. Since this pool is not very deep, the user must continually be dripping vape juice every time it runs out, which is often. 

Rebuildable Squonk Atomizers (RSAs)

Technically, Rebuildable Squonk Atomizers or RSAs are RDA types that use a plastic container that facilitates dripping. Instead of manually pouring vape juice into the coils and wick, the user presses on a plastic container at the bottom of the vape, which due to the pressure created by squeezing it, drives up vape juice up to the well and fills it up again. Although RBAs are atomizers, this is a particular case since it requires that the mod has a plastic bottle, so in this case, the RSA is a type of both a vape and atomizer. 

Rebuildable Tank Atomizers (RTAs)

Another kind of RBA is the Rebuildable Tank Atomizers. These RBAs are rebuildable atomizers that allow you to install homemade coil, but the difference is that the atomizers come with a tank installed either around or below the well or pool RBAs have. With this tank, you can fill up your vape with a lot more vape juice than using an RDA. The wicks, which are the only element of the atomizer that access the tank, again absorb the e-liquid and send it to the coils where it is evaporated. 

Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizers (RDTAs)

The rebuildable dripping tank atomizers are a combination of both RDAs and RTAs. They function because rebuildable dripping tank atomizers look exactly like RDAs but underneath, a tank can feed vape juice to the wicks without having to drip constantly to refill the vape with vape juice. 

Rebuildable Coil Heads

Rebuildable Coil Heads work with two types of vapes, Sub-ohm Tanks and Pods systems. They are often screwed on and off and are factory-made. The benefit of this rebuildable is that instead of replacing the whole coil head, you replace the coil and the wicks. The downside is that the deck is tiny, and these rebuildables are only compatible with a few specific vapes.


This rebuildable, which is no longer available is, was one of the firsts rebuildable ever conceived. It was also tough to work with, which is why you probably won’t find it online or in a vape shop. The Genesis rebuildable only allowed for two coils and used rolled mesh instead of cotton. We include it here more so for the sake of vape history since you probably won’t find it in any vape shop. 

Which is the Better RBA?

After learning about all the kinds of rebuildable atomizers, you might wonder which one is the best? The truth is that there is no “best” rebuildable atomizer. 

For example, RDAs might be considered inconvenient since one has to add vape juice to get it to work constantly. However, because the vape juice is applied directly to the coils and wick, the flavor of RDAs is superior to many of the other rebuildable atomizers. This is at least according to some people. 

And that’s what it comes down to. Personal preference. For some people, RTAs that don’t require that you drip might be the better atomizers; for others, the combination of the RDTAs might be the best solution. It all depends on your preference.  


The most important thing you should know is that you should know Ohm’s law and battery safety inside out when handling and creating your own coils. And this is extremely important since handling coils, and your vape can cause short circuits if you don’t know what you are doing. Although you can buy premade coils; you still need to research and find out exactly how to install them and measure their resistance (which you can do by following Ohm’s law). 


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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.