This might be a bit controversial as you always hear the exact opposite, that drippers giver you superior flavour, or at best, that the flavour of modern tanks is getting close to the flavour of drippers - but for me it has always been the other way around
Ever since I bought my first RDA and RDTA and put in my first simple roundwire builds, I have had better flavour from the RDTA than I had from the RDA. At the time I just thought it was because my RDTA was of better quality than my RDA, and that I just needed to find a better RDA. But now a year down the road and with several RDA’s and RTA’s in my collection, though not nearly as many as some others here, I am beginning to doubt that
You know what they say: Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action And I still consistently get better flavour from my RTA’s, so I am all but ready to declare this an ene… a pattern .
I will concede that I might simply be better at picking RTA’s than RDA’s, that I have somehow managed to avoid all the best RDA’s while picking the very best RTA’s available. But the more gear I acquire the less and less plausible this sounds.
There might also be other factors afoot, like my favourite builds simply works better in RTA’s than RDA’s, that my preferred wattage range is more suited for RTA’s, or that the flavours I prefer simply taste better in a RTA, but I have made some hypothesises of why RTA’s might simply be better for flavour than RDA’s:
Size matters, and in the world of vaping bigger is not always better, in fact smaller is usually better. Because of having to sit inside the tank, both the build deck and the chamber has to be much smaller than on a RDA, this also means that there is much less dead air or corners where the flavour can hide. Even when comparing it to a small RDA like the Wasp nano, or including the chimney, there is less air in a standard size RTA than in a RDA.
Almost all RTA’s have bottom airflow, whereas it is rather rare in RDA’s because of leaking problems, and the most common type for RDA’s is side airflow. There is I believe a general consensus that you usually get better flavour from bottom airflow, though there might also be some exceptions to this rule, or some dissenting opinions.
The biggest difference between RTA’s and RDA’s is that in a RTA the wicks are constantly submerged in e-juice, this should also mean that they are constantly 100% (or close to 100%) saturated. Only if there is some kind of problem with your wicking will the saturation level drop considerable under 100%. On a RDA however the saturation level is constantly fluctuating, when you drip or squonk it takes a little time for the juice to work its way into the wicks, and as you are vaping the wicks will get dryer and dryer until you drip or squonk again.
If this hypothesis is true, then it should also mean that the frequency of your dripping/squonking should have an impact, e.g. the better you are at keeping your wicks wet the better flavour you should get.
Personally I’m inclined to believe that it is point 3 saturation that is the most plausible explanation. The fact that I also got better flavour from my RDTA even though it had a big build deck and side airflow, makes the first two hypothesises a bit questionable, though they might still be a contributing factor. Unfortunately my RDTA is out of commission, otherwise I could have made a direct comparison with it against my RTA’s.
Anyway the reason I’m writing all of this is not just to share my experience, but also to get your take on this:
Am I really the only one that gets better flavour from tanks than drippers?
What do you think is the main factor for why one type gives better flavour than the other?
Have I just not found the right dripper yet, is it a matter of personal preference or am I doing something wrong?
And for convenience I have also added this little poll:
- I get better flavour from RDA’s
- I get better flavour from RTA’s
- I get better flavour from RDTA’s
- Depends on the individual atomizer
- Ehh… it’s all the same to me