What is the Best RDA in 2017?

The Best RDAs of 2017 include:

Best for: Name: Price:
Flavor Wotofo Lush Plus $27.99
High End 528 Customs Goon LP $74.95
Cloud Chasing Twisted Messes Squared $62.99
Sub Ohm 528 Customs Goon RDA $55.95
Single Coil Digiflavor Pharaoh $39.95
Dual Coil District F5ve Cosmonaut $64.95
Beginner Wotofo Troll V2 $24.99
Affordable Mutation X V5 $26.95

Best Flavor

Wotofo Lush Plus

Wotofo Lush Plus RDA – $27.99

  • 24mm Diameter
  • Dual Split Post Build Deck
  • Quad Internal Airflow
  • Deep Juice Well
  • Bottom Airflow System

Whenever we mention Wotofo you just know flavor is going to come. Wotofo atomizers have become synonymous with awesome flavor. The Lush is no different. This 24mm RDA has a dual split post deck and really deep juice well. Since we are talking about flavor RDA’s you know the Lush has bottom airflow and lots of it. Each terminal on the split post measures 2.4mm. This allows the vaper to easily mount dual coils for maximum flavor.

Airflow goes through the Lush via its dual exterior 4mm by 2mm air slots. In then travels into dual 3mm air tubes located directly under each coil. Finally exiting with all its Lush flavor through its 9mm wide bore delrin drip tip. Looks, machining, flavor, and build quality. The Lush Plus just has it all and is why it is our best rda for flavor.

Included in the package with your Wotofo Lush Plus you will get a pack of competition coils, phillips screwdriver, spare o’rings, spare deck screws, and a pack of organic cotton. Everything you need to start building. The Lush is available in black and stainless steel.

Vandy Vape GOVAD

Vandyvape Govad – $30.59

  • 24mm Diameter
  • Two Post Clamp Style Build Deck
  • Spring Loaded Coil Clamping System
  • 5mm Deep Juice Well
  • Independently Adjustable Middle and Bottom Airflow

When a flavor chaser is looking for an RDA that provides great flavor the first thing you have to do is ask yourself what attributes make an RDA great for flavor. Some of the more popular thought’s on this are bottom airflow, side airflow, and huge single coils. Well, brace yourself because the Govad checks off all of those boxes. Govad is Persian for wind and this RDA does provide some flavorful “wind”.

The Govad’s deck is a Pharoah style, spring loaded, clamping, two post, deck. It will swallow up any massive single coil with complete ease. The airflow tube is located right under the coil in the middle of the deck. It also has six side airflow slots that allow you keep any four open at any given time. It has a 5mm deep juice well and that better be enough because the one drawback of the Govad is you can’t squonk with it because of the centered air tube. Another huge plus about the Govad is it comes with three, yes count them three different drip tips. Two of them are wide bore with different outer diameters and one of the drip tips is narrower and taller than the other two. This is Vandyvape’s first product to come to market and they knocked it out of the park.

The Govad is available in stainless steel and black, In the box along with your Vandyvape Govad you will recieve 3 drip tips, a phillips head screwdriver, a 510 drip tip adapter, spare deck screws, spare orings, and a user manual.

hop n vape rashomon

Hop N Vape Rashomon RDA – $29.99

  • 24mm Diameter
  • Dual Stepped Terminal Two Post Build Deck
  • Dual Bottom Airflow
  • Threaded 10mm Bore Delrin Drip Tip
  • Squonk Ready Center Pin Included
    • The Hop N Vape Rashomon is one of the premiere bottom airflow RDA’s on the market today. This 24mm RDA has a four terminal two stepped post design that makes building and wicking a simple task. Each terminal measures 3mm by 2mm and is secured by top mounted hex screws. The Rashomon has 21mm of usable, buildable space insuring that you can fit some massive in this RDA.

      Airflow is delivered through dual 7.5mm by 3mm slots and is smooth and consistent throughout your pull. The Rashomon can be run in dual coil or single coil mode. The 10mm drip tip is threaded but there is also a threaded 510 adapter included in your purchase. So if 10 mm is too wide for you then you have the option of using your own drip tip. This RDA also has a gold plated 510 pin but if you are inclined to squonk there is a squonking pin included.

      When you purchase your Hop N Vape Rashomon you will also receive a 510 drip tip adapter, single coil Peek block, spare o’rings, spare deck screws, squonking pin, and an Allen key. The Rashomon is available in black and stainless steel.

Best Sub OHM

528 Customs Goon RDA – $55.95

528 customs goon

  • 24mm Diameter
  • Innovative Two Post Build Deck
  • Clamp Style Posts
  • 5mm Deep Juice Well
  • Adjustable Dual Triple Airhole Airflow

Everyone that has ever bought a Goon loves it and there is a good reason for that. It’s just a fantastic RDA. 528 Customs is basically the company that started the clamp style deck craze. By utilizing this type of deck design you are able to fit coils with massive leads and coil placement is very easy. Each side of each clamp is plated in 24k gold to insure consistent and strong connectivity. The build deck has 20mm of buildable deck space and a 5mm deep juice well. This is a roomy deck is made especially for experienced builders.

Airflow on the Goon has a wide range of options and is adjusted using the top cap. The Delrin drip tip measures a massive 10.5mm and makes fantastic use of the Goons smooth airflow. The 510 pin is copper and hybrid compatible.

The Goon is available in black, stainless steel, copper and brass. All of the Goons are beautifully machined and CNC engraved. Every Goon comes with a spare o’ring and screw pack as well as a Goon carrying case.

augvape druga

Augvape Druga RDA – $34.95

  • 24mm Diameter
  • Two Post Build Deck
  • Clamp Snag System
  • Knurled Thumb Screws
  • Adjustable Dual Air Slots

Augvape is at it again and this time they have developed a two post build deck with a clamp snag system that utilizes knurled thumb screws. This 24mm RDA has a 24k gold deck that is not only pleasing to the eye but at the same time it improves performance and conductivity. The clamp snag system features large knurled thumb screws that allows for tool less adjustment of your coils until they are just right and then you can finish tightening them with a flat head screwdriver.

Airflow is provided through dual adjustable air slots that measure 12mm by 2mm and is controlled with the top cap. The top cap pairs with the 810 drip tip of your choice of either the Ultem or Delrin drip tip. Both drip tips have a wide bore of 10mm. With 20mm of usable deck space and a 6mm deep juice well you can fit some pretty big coils in here and chuck clouds all day.

The Augvape Druga comes in black and stainless steel. The Druga comes with two drip tips, one hex key, spare o’rings, and spare thumb screws.

Best Single Coil

Digiflavor Pharaoh

Digiflavor Pharaoh – $39.95

  • 25mm Diameter
  • Specially Designed Juice Reservoir
  • Full Shelf Styled Two Post Build Deck
  • Triple Airflow Intakes Per Side
  • Spitback Resistant Delrin Drip Tip

Digiflavor combined with vaping legend Ripp Trippers and came up with the 25mm Pharaoh. This RDA is a single coiler and it will give you a ride to flavor town. With an overall height of 35mm the Pharaoh also sports a deep juice well can hold up to 2mls. It also has a very innovative rotating slip deck that allows the vaper to open or close the wicking and fill ports as needed. This feature allows you to snug up your wicking and reduces the tendency for leaks.
The dual post deck does is spring assisted and can accommodate dual coils but most vapes just run a big single coil. The massive internal airflow holes measure 5 mm by 2.5mm and it is silky smooth. The chamber itself is screwed onto the base and it has an internal conical design that just makes the flavor pop. The included drip tip has a 11.5mm bore and a honey comb anti spitback guard. If that drip tip is not your style the Pharaoh also includes a 10 mm delrin drip tip.

The Pharaoh is available in black and stainless steel. Along with your Pharoh you get the two drip tips that were previously mentioned, spare o’rings, and spare post screws.

Best Dual Coil

district5 cosmonaut

District F5ve Cosmonaut RDA – $64.95

  • Size: 24mm
  • Postless Deck
  • 4mm lead inserts
  • 24K Gold plated deck
  • 24k Gold plated copper pin

The CSMNT by District F5ve was made specifically for massive diameter coils. It has 4mm post holes so you can get crazy with your builds. With it’s unique, innovative deck the CSMNT is really easy to build and wick. Everything from the deck to the post screws is 24k gold plated to insure it looks as good as it vapes. Flavor on the CSMNT is next level and it will keep you coming back for more.

Machining on the CSMNT is top notch, everything fits just right with all of the correct tolerances. The CSMNT comes with a Ultem drip tip so you can chain vape it all day the the drip tip will stay cool. Available in black and stainless the CSMNT is one of the best RDA’s on the market, bar none.

Best for Clouds

twisted messes squared

Twisted Messes Squared RDA – $62.99

  • 23mm Diameter
  • 22mm Deck Diameter
  • Two Split Post Design
  • Electric Cut 3 by 3mm Adjustable Airholes
  • Three Drip Tip Options Included

The Twisted Messes Squared RDA was made in conjunction with Jaybo Designs specifically to create one of the most effective systems on the market today. When you take two of the most highly regarded designers and let them collaborate the result is the Twisted Messes Squared. This 23mm RDA has 22mm of usable deck space. It has a two split post design with two terminals per post. The terminals measure 2.8mm in diameter and your leads are secured with hex screws that are mounted on the top of the post. A 5.5mm deep juice well give you more than enough room for plenty of juice and wicking material.

Airflow configuration is arranged horizontally with each of the squared airflow slots measuring 3mm by 3mm. The Squared comes with a preinstalled 11mm drip trip but if you chain vape and need to keep things cool there is also a 11mm delrin drip tip included. If neither of those choices suit your needs there is a 510 drip tip adapter that allows you to use your own drip tips. Of course like all of the RDA’s from Twisted Messes the Squared has a gold plated brass 510 connection. All of this combined means that the The Twisted Messes Squared RDA has rightfully earned it’s place as the best rda for clouds.

The Twisted Messes Squared is available in stainless steel and black. Included with your purchase of the squared you will get a 1,5mm hex driver, black AFC ring, two drip tips, 510 drip tip adapter, four spare hex screws, four spare o’rings.

Dovpo Bushido II

Dovpo Bushido II RDA – $31.49

  • 25mm Diameter
  • Hinged Top Cap
  • Stacked Two Post Build Deck
  • Dual Bottom Air Slots
  • Copper 510 Connection

The Bushido is a 25mm RDA with a hinged top to make dripping easy. It has a two post build deck with two terminals per post. Each post measures 2.5mm in diameter and the leads are secured with side mounted post screws. In between the two posts is something that looks kind of like an umbrella. Its there to make sure that when you drip the juice is evenly distributed as it hits the little metal umbrella. This is to make sure both of your wicks get enough juice so you can have a flavorful cloudy vape.

The Bushido II has dual bottom air slots that measure 10mm by 2mm and they are not adjustable. You just know with all of that air coming from the bottom that the flavor is on point. It has a 5mm deep juice well and 14mm of space between the posts. Plenty of room for big wicks and lots of juice. The Bushido II also has a resin drip tip and a copper 510 connection.

Along with your Bushido II you will also get spare post screws, spare orings and a user manual. The Bushido II is available in black, light green, stainless steel and copper.

geekvape peerless

Geekvape Peerless RDA – $22.49

  • 24mm Diameter
  • Two Post Triple Terminal Per Post Build Deck
  • Three Terminal Per Post Design
  • Nine Air Hole Array Per Side
  • CNC Engraving

If you have been vaping for a while then you know who Geekvape is. They really like to push the envelope and are constantly coming out with new and innovative things. This beautiful 24mm two post triple terminal deck is 24k gold plated. This gives it an aesthetically pleasing look as well as superior conductivity. Each post has three terminals of varying sizes. The top terminal is 4mm by 1mm and the two under it are 4mm by 2.5mm. This type of design gives the vaper a world of possibilities on the type and size of coils that can be run in this RDA.

The juice well is an astounding 10mm deep and it has a channel in it that insures that the juice is evenly distributed between you wicks. If that is not enough capacity for you the Peerless comes with a squonk pin so you can attach this RDA to a bottom feeder. Airflow is provided from the side through a nine hole array. Each of the nine air holes measure 1.5mm and can be throttled down by a simple twist of the top cap. The nine air holes on each side feed intense flavor and clouds to the proprietary 10mm wide bore drip tip.

The Geekvape Peerless comes in gold, magenta, blue, black, and silver. Along with the RDA you will receive one PEI drip cap, one one 810 drip cap, squonk pin, Multi tool, spare o’rings, spare post screws and a user manual.

Best High End

528 customs goon lp

528 Customs Goon LP – $74.95

  • 24mm Diameter
  • Innovative Two Post Build Deck
  • Adjustable Air Slots
  • Three Piece Assembly
  • Squonk Ready 510 Pin Included

528 Customs followed up its legendary Goon RDA with the Goon LP. The LP stands for low profile. You get the same great deck, machining, build quality, and vape experience as the original just in a lower profile package. This beastly RDA measures in at 24mm in diameter and 20mm from the base to the drip tip. The deck itself has 20mm of buildable room with a hungry 3mm juice well. If the juice well is not deep enough for you you have the option of using the included squonking pin that will convert your LP into a cloud chucking bottom feeder.

This three piece RDA is made of high quality stainless steel and is CNC engraved. The 510 is gold plated and along with the posts for superior conductivity. Each LP comes with a full Ultem top cap so you can chain vape this RDA all day and it will not get hot. It also has 11mm by 2mm adjustable air slots so you can dial in the kind of vape you like. The LP is available in matte gold, stainless steel, and black. There is easily the best rda in our high-end category and for those of you who don’t like to settle for anything but the best.

twisted messes tm3 cubed

Twisted Messes TM3 Cubed – $71.99

  • 24mm by 24mm by 24mm
  • 20mm by 7mm Deck Space
  • Two Split Post Design
  • Unique Side Mounted Adjustable Disc Style Airflow
  • Three Piece Assembly

The Twisted Messes TM3 Cubed measures in at 24mm by 24mm. Yes, you read that right, this atomizer is a square. It gives the builder a usable deck of 20mm by 7mm so you can really jam some massive coils in this RDA that are capable of sub ohming or even super sub ohming. What good is a massive deck if the RDA does not have massive airflow? No need the worry because the Cubed has that too. Twisted Messes developed a unique and innovative airflow system to accommodate the square shape of the RDA. They came up with airflow discs on each side of the RDA that give you an extremely wide range of airflow options. The huge 10mm drip tip allows you to drip right down the middle of the Cubed but if a square drip tip is not your style they include a 510 adapter so you can use your own drip tips.

This is a Twisted Messes RDA so you know the quality and the machining are on point. The Cubed is made out of 304 stainless steel and it has a gold plated, brass 510 pin. It’s a three piece design so it’s super easy to break down, clean, and build. The Cubed is available in stainless steel and black. Included in your package is the RDA itself, extra post screws, 510 drip tip adapter, and spare o’rings.

Best beginner

wotofo the troll v2

Wotofo Troll V2 RDA – $24.99

  • 22mm Diameter
  • Two Post Build Deck
  • Dual Airflow Settings
  • Stainless Steel Construction
  • Gold Plated 510 Connection

Sometimes in life less is actually more and simple is better. That is exactly the case with the Troll V2. It’s nothing fancy at all, just a high quality RDA that delivers in the flavor department. The Troll V2 measures in at a trim, and stealthy 22mm. It has 2.7mm post holes with a massive 10mm deep juice well. Building and wicking the Troll is very easy and forgiving. The airflow is adjustable and smooth. The drip tip is 13mm so if you run this RDA wide open you can really chuck some clouds. If the 13mm drip tip is too much for you the Troll V2 also comes with a 510 adapter so you can use your own drip tip.

Made out of high quality stainless steel each Troll V2 has a gold plated 510 pin that insures excellent conductivity. If you are looking for a flavor RDA that’s easy to build and has great airflow you can stop right because the Troll V2 is it. Available in stainless steel and black the Troll is sure please the flavor chaser in you.

vaporesso nalu

Vaporesso Nalu RDA – $22.49

  • 24mm Diameter
  • Integrated Glass Section
  • Two Post Build Deck
  • Dual Adjustable Slotted Airflow
  • Deep Juice Well

The Vaporesso Nalu is another one of those RDA’s with glass on the sides. I like recommending these types for beginners because it allows them to keep an eye on the condition of their build. This 24mm RDA has a really deep well that will suit a beginner just fine until they get the hang of dripping. The Nalu has a conical shape to it that will provide you with some next level flavor. Even the outside of the top cap is treated with a heat resistant material so you can chain vape this and it will not get hot.

The Nalu’s two post build deck has massive terminals that will accommodate almost any coil. The Nalu can be run in single or dual coil mode. Raised dual internal air slots measure 7.5mm by 3mm. All of that vapor and flavor is delivered to the user via a 9mm wide bore drip tip. Made primarily out of stainless steel and glass the Nalu has an adjustable gold plated 510 connection.

Along with your Nalu you will get three drip tips, (one will match the finish of the RDA) spare o’rings, spare deck screws, and a hex key. The Vaporesso Nalu is available in black and stainless steel.

Best Affordable RDA

mutation x v5

Mutation X V5 – $26.95

  • 22mm Diameter
  • Dual Mode Build Deck
  • Unique Top Airflow
  • Dual Parallelogram Side Airflow Array
  • 10.5mm Wide Bore Competition Drip Cap

The Project Sub Ohm Mutation X V5 is the long awaited addition to the legendary Mutation X line. The X has an extremely unique deck that can be run as a velocity styled deck or in postless mode. All of this while integrating project Sub Ohm’s hall,ark side airflow system. In two post mode the deck is built like a typical velocity style deck. It has terminals that measure 3mm by 2mm. In postless mode it has quad terminals that measure 2.5mm in diameter and each lead is secured by hex screws.

The X has a unique top airflow that can be throttled back independently. The external top airflow slots measure 9mm by 2mm. The side airflow has 18 holes arranged in a parallelogram formation. Each hole measures 2mm in circumference. This is one smooth RDA with super smooth airflow. It is also highly adjustable so you can really dial in your vape. This 22mm RDA also features a wide bore 10.5mm drip tip as well as silver plated copper connection.

The Mutation X is available in stainless steel and black. Along with your RDA you will receive a pre installed 10.5mm drip tip, additional deck screws, hex key, screwdriver, and a user manual.

cthulhu shuriken

Cthulhu Shuriken RDA – $22.49

  • 22mm Base Diameter
  • Two Post Clamp Style Build Deck
  • 6.25mm Deep Juice Well
  • Two Airflow Sleeve Options
  • Sloped 12mm Bore Competition Drip Top

You definitely get a lot for your money when you purchase a Cthulhu Shuriken. This system was designed to provide intense flavor and maximum adjustability. The 22mm Shuriken comes with two airflow sleeves. One is for cloud chucking and the other is for a more subdued flavorful vape. Normally to get that type of range you would have to purchase two different RDA’s but not with the Shuriken.

The Shuriken also features a two post clamp styled deck that has four terminals that measure 2.5mm by 2.8mm. So shoving massive coils in this little beast will not be a problem. Whether you run the Shuriken in single or dual coil mode does not matter either way you will get a great vape. Along with a sloped 12mm wide bore drip tip a 510 drip tip adapter is also included. The 510 connection is adjustable so you can use this RDA on Hybrids and mechanical mods.

Along with your Shuriken RDA purchase you will receive spare o’rings, two airflow sleeves, 510 drip tip adapter, 12mm drip tip, and spare deck screws. The Cthulhu Shuriken is available in stainless steel and black.

uwell rafale x

Uwell Rafale X RDA – $26.99

  • 24mm Diameter
  • Patented Neutral Post System
  • Active Two Post Design
  • Wide Surface Area Build Deck
  • Anti Spit Back System

The Uwell Rafale X features the first neutral post ever on an RDA. What that means is you no longer have to divide your ohms by two when mounting dual coils. The negative post is there to provide a mounting place and conductivity but it will not drop your ohms. Basically you can run dual coils with the resistance of a single coil. This allows the user to run higher wattages through a much larger surface area.

The Rafale is a dual post RDA with an added dummy post. All in all you have four terminals measuring 2 mm by 2.5mm. This allows the user to really get into some complex builds. Airflow is smooth and efficient. The drip tip has an anti spit back system but part of it can be removed for cloud chasing. Remove the top part of the drip tip and it reveals an astonishing 14mm wide bore drip tip that is for pure cloud chucking. The Rafale X also has a brass 510 pin to insure a great connection with all of your mods.

Available in black and stainless steel the Rafale X also comes with one screwdriver, spare o’rings, spare deck screws, and a user manual.

The Best RDAs (Rebuildable Dripping Atomizers) in 2017 include:

  • 1 – Wotofo Lush Plus (Flavor)
  • 2 – Vandyvape Govad (Flavor)
  • 3 – 528 Customs Goon LP (High End)
  • 4 – Twisted Messes TM3 Cubed (High End)
  • 5 – Twisted Messes Squared (Cloud Chasing)
  • 6 – Dovpo Bushido II RDA (Cloud Chasing)
  • 7 – 528 Customs Goon RDA (Sub Ohm)
  • 8 – Augvape Druga RDA – (Sub Ohm)
  • 9 – Digiflavor Pharaoh (Single Coil)
  • 10 – District F5ve Cosmonaut (Dual Coil)
  • 11 – Wotofo Troll V2 (Beginner)
  • 12 – Mutation X V5 (Affordable)

What is an RDA?

In this article we review the best RDAs of 2017. If you are already familiar with RDAs you can skip the next few paragraphs which explain the various features of an RDA.

RDA stands for rebuildable dripping atomizer (or dripper atomizer), it can also be called a ‘dripper’. It is the type of atomizer you need if you want to vape by ‘dripping’. Dripping is when you apply e-liquid to the wick, through the mouthpiece, when it runs out. There is no tank to hold e-liquid so you regularly need to drip more e-liquid onto the wick.

The base of the dripping atomizer contains a juice well to hold some e-liquid. Originally RDAs had no juice well, however these days most RDAs have a juice well so that you don’t have to stop vaping to add e-liquid as often.

An RDA always contains a positive post and at least one negative post. It is common to have two negative posts but one or three is also possible. The positive post is normally located in the middle of the deck and the negative post close to the positive one. The positive post will always be insulated with heat resistant insulation and may have two terminators.

Different atomizers have different airflow designs. Airflow is important as it directly impacts the amount of vapor produced. All good RDAs have adjustable air holes which allows the airflow to be increased or decreased by adjusting the AFC ring.

1 Comment
  1. Reply Joey Petro July 9, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Just bought the Dodge today, awesome flavor and clouds..

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