What Is The Best RDA Atomizer? (2017 Edition)


When vaping on a budget, it can be difficult to afford authentic merchandise. Some of the best rebuildable dripping atomizers cost $100 or more, and that can be unreasonable for many people. Fortunately, there are more affordable options.

Recently I wrote up a list of the top authentic mods for under $100. To pair with that I now offer you a list of 5 of the best rebuildable drip atomizers for under $40, so you can own a fully authentic setup for under $140 total!

Without further ado, let’s dig in!

Best RDA Atomizers under 40 USD​


Product Name




Wotofo Freakshow

Wotofo Freakshow​

Removable top

Fogwind Mutation X v2

Mutation X V2

Airflow design

Sigelei Tai Ji

Sigelei Tai Ji

Adjustable air holes

Cloupor Taotie

Cloupor Taotie

Spring-loaded post design

Focusecig 2 Wind

2 Wind

Shower head style drip tip

Wotofo Freakshow​

Wotofo Freakshow

AMOD Watofo is the company behind the Freakshow. It’s well known for creating top quality clones and also for their refusal to do 1-1 clones. All their products come branded with their own logo so as to distinguish them from counterfeits. Freakshow is among the two products of their own that AMOD recently put out (the other one is named Troll RDA).

Product Description And Specs

The Freakshow is a quality stainless steel tri-post dripper, featuring a skeleton swallowing a sword etched onto the side as a homage to the name. It has wide air holes in the base on each side, which bring massive airflow up underneath the coils as you vape.

Thanks to the two heatsink fins on its top cap coupled with a relatively sizeable body, you won’t be experiencing any noticeable warmth from this unit even with your dual twisted coil set-up set between 55 to 70w.

The air holes can be adjusted down to a sliver for a more flavorful vape if you like. This RDA is dual coil only and has a removable top for easier dripping. It also features hex screws in the posts, which are less likely to need tightening over time.

Other Significant Specs Include:

  • 22m diameter
  • Large post holes
  • Supports both single as well as dual coil builds
  • Copper Contact (Rhodium plated)


  • Really great value for a genuine RDA
  • Remarkably great flavor (in dual coil setup) but pretty average in single coil setup
  • Pretty deep well
  • Large post holes and great screws
  • Plenty of airflow
  • Top build quality
  • Top Cap Lid can be removed


  • Failure to drip properly will lead to leakages
  • Removing the top may require extra force
  • Juice capacity is below average (5-10 drops)
  • Drip tip isn’t included in the package
  • Chuff cap is sold separately

Overall, what seems to matter most to many vapers in deciding which RDA to go for is the airflow design. If the airflow design is more innovative and efficient, that will translate to good flavor. What’s so great about the Freakshow is that it utilizes a bottom airflow design and it’s for that reason that it’s able to give out some incredible flavors.

But it’s also not without a few downsides, top amongst them being it doesn’t hold plenty of juice and if you over drip it, it’s sure going to leak. But thanks to its removable top cap lid, you’ll have it easy checking your coils and see where it’s dripping.

If you are the type who doesn’t wish to see their e-juice go to waste, you may have to think twice acquiring it but all in all, it’s still a banging atty for most vapers out here.

Mutation X V2 by Fogwind Vapor Company

Fogwind Mutation X v2

An original product designed in the United States by Fogwind Vapor Company, the Mutation X v2 has taken the vape world by storm.

Product Description And Specs

Its most recognizable feature is the airflow design – nine air holes arranged on opposite sides, staggered in a diagonal pattern that looks almost digital and intended to create a vapor swirl within the RDA as you vape.

The top cap for the v2 retains this pattern, allowing the air holes to be partially closed off while still maintaining their diagonal edge. Also, the spiral top cap lets you use both single as well as multiple coil builds. With it, you can block off three airflow holes at a go.

In addition to that, the RDA comes with its own extra wide bore drip tip to allow full airflow with no obstruction. The deck features four-post holes for ease of build and hex screws to ensure the screws stay in place.

It’s not hard to tell that much effort was put to give it superior quality as evident in its sturdy nature. As for the o-rings, all of them look perfect and they have included a special Allen wrench to help you loosen or tighten the post screws with ease.

Other Product Specs Include:

  • 22mm diameter
  • Heat sink top cap
  • Dual negative poles (Built into the base)
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Contact pin (Silver coated)


  • Large juice well
  • Great build quality and screws hold well
  • Very minimal leaking
  • Great vapor production, thanks to the many airflow holes
  • Massive holes on build posts allow for any gauge wire
  • Adjustable airflow control
  • Affordable


  • Doesn’t accommodate standard drip tips

What really makes the Mutation X V2 By Fogwind Vapor Company special is the huge number of adjustable airflow holes. It’s clear that it was made for clouds. Presence of 18 air flow holes makes it one of the most extremely airy vape. It’s also a very cheap RDA atomizer and authentic at the same time which makes it a solid buy since it offers great value for money. To date, it hasn’t attracted any major complaints besides occasional leaking problems so it isn’t hard to see why it’s the best RDA atomizer.

Coupon code “VC10”

Sigelei Tai Ji

Sigelei Tai Ji

Sigelei has been releasing a lot of unique, top quality devices lately, and the Tai Ji is no exception. Loosely translating into Supreme Ultimate, this RDA is machined from thick stainless steel throughout making its build quality top notch.

Product Description And Specs

It has a removable top cap for easier dripping and huge adjustable air holes on opposite sides. On its sleeve, you have 4 X 2mm air holes (2 on each side) and with the tabs on its deck, you can able to able to close 2 of them which leaves you with a minimum 2 x 2mm air holes. The juice well on this atty is cavernous, measuring over 6mm deep! This 3 post dripper is available in three different diameters: 22mm, 28mm, and 30mm.

The 22mm and 28mm versions have a standard deck design with three large post holes, while the 30mm has four post holes for easier building. Together with its good size chunky screws, you are assured of a tight fit. It also fits well on all recent 26650 mods and so anyone, particularly those out to find a 30mm dripper that will fit well with their 26650 mod need not look any further than the Sigelei Tai Ji Dripper.

Thanks to its deep well, you are guaranteed enough space for maximum building as well as wicking. Inclusion of a drip tip together with a removable top cap allows for adjustable airflow control as well as easy dripping. Another great thing to note is that its O-rings have been well machined so as to allow for easy removable access.

Other Significant Specs Include:

  • 6.3mm deep deck
  • Copper center pin with 510 threading connection
  • Spare red o-rings & screws
  • 3-piece design (22 and 28mm) and 4-post design (30mm)
  • Massive post holes able to accommodate 20 gauge & 18 gauge wire.


  • Great build quality
  • Fairly deep wells
  • Plenty of airflow via its dual opposing holes
  • Removable drip tip
  • Designer top cap
  • Airflow control

Overall, there are plenty of things that make this unit special right from its good sturdy construction to deep wells and the airflow design as well. Re-juicing it is easy, thanks to the fact that its top cap has been secured with only a single 0-ring making it easy to slide it off. You also have a range of three options to pick from (22, 28 and 30mm) and putting into consideration that they are all authentic, they definitely make for a great buy.

Cloupor Taotie

Cloupor Taotie

Cloupor is so popular and for good reasons. Besides the certifications (CE, FCC & RoHS) it impresses many that all their products pass through strict quality control and that over the years, they have been consistent in putting out innovative products to the vaping market.

Product Description And Specs

Best known for their popular regulated box mods, Cloupor recently released a truly original RDA. The key feature of the Taotie is its unique spring-loaded post design. No screws are required to trap the wires – instead, you push down on the top of the post to open the hole and insert your leads, then when you release the post the hole closes and the leads are pinched in.

It also boasts of top build quality, thanks to the stainless steel construction. On top of that, it comes complete with 3 spring pin posts able to support multiple single as well as dual coil builds.

This 28.5mm wide atty also features a removable top cap, three wide adjustable air holes on opposite sides, an extra deep juice well, and an intricate engraving of a centaur-like creature on its side.

Other Significant Specs Include:

  • 5ml e-liquid capacity
  • 28.5 mm diameter
  • Build using silica wire and wick
  • Standard 510 threading
  • 304 stainless steel
  • Airflow control system
  • Air hole diameter – 1.8mm.


  • Strong heat radiating effect
  • Good build quality
  • Fairly deep well
  • Adjustable airflow control
  • Spring loaded posts (no need for screws)
  • Can match with majority of the 26650 mods
  • Press and shoot mechanism – What this mechanism does is let you secure wires to posts by pressing the posts down so reveal the post hole then sliding your wire through it and thereafter releasing the posts to rap the wires
  • Laser engraved logo.

Of all the RDAs we’ve looked at so far Cloupor Taotie stands out because of its unique spring-loaded design that eliminates the use of screws. This is a rare innovative feature yet exactly what puts it ahead of the pack. On top of that, it comes loaded with plenty of good features including a sturdier construction, plenty of airflow holes, and an airflow control system plus a lot more to refine your experience with it. For its little price, you are guaranteed great value for your money.

2 Wind by Focusecig

Focusecig 2 Wind

If you haven’t heard of Fucusecig before, they are the makers of Orca, Storm v2, and Argus 26650 RDAs). One of their latest innovative RDA, the 2 Wind RDA, is a brilliantly designed dripper named for its fully adjustable double airflow control system.

Product Description And Specs

First off, it has air holes in the base to bring air up underneath the coils, and it also has airflow holes on the side of its top cap. To give it a solid build quality, it’s been made out of 304 stainless steel.

Also, it has two separate airflow control rings so you can adjust the atomizer to only bring air under the coils, bring air in through the side air holes alone, or you can open and use both types of airflow simultaneously. This is great as it enables one to get both clouds and flavor at the same time.

The deck of this RDA has a large center post with two negative screws on each side and a deep juice well, making it ideal for vertical dual coil builds. It also features a unique shower head style drip tip to enhance the flavor in your juice as you vape.

Other Significant Specs Include:

  • 22 mm diameter
  • Single, Dual & Quad coil setup
  • Enhanced Dual Adjustable airflow control
  • 10mm juice well
  • Adjustable center pin
  • Matching drip tip


  • Innovative design
  • Authentic and affordable
  • Solid construction
  • Adjustable airflow control
  • Great for cloud chasers
  • Easy setup
  • Great machining


  • The mouthpiece is a little big.

Just like the Cloupor Taotie, the 2 Wind by Focusecig is also unique in its own way putting into mind that it has double adjustable airflow control (two AFC rings ring, one in the middle and the other at the base). What is so special about this setup is that it allows air to move freely and with less restrictions. It’s also among the very few RDAs with incredible vapor and flavor and a deep juice well. Best of all, it’s a quality cheap RDA atomizer which makes it a solid buy.

Coupon code “VC10”


So these are by far the best rebuildable drip atomizers to try out in 2017. Make sure not to confuse RDAs (rebuildable dripping atomizer) with RBAs. RDAs, like the one’s we’ve just looked at, are those that have the e-liquid drip straight on the wick or coil and usually don’t hold much fluid at a go. Making them and even changing the coils, wicks or customizing the output is much easier compared to RBAs. To learn more about RDA’s, RTA’s, Clearomizers, and other terminologies used in vaping, watch the following video:

Anyway, what’s indeed great about all the RDAs we’ve mentioned is that they all feature a sturdy construction which is an important factor when choosing the best RDA atomizer.

Also within our list you’ll find different styles of RDAs based on posts and so it’s up to you to figure out which one works best for you. Common styles include the two-post atomizer, the three-post atomizer, the four-post atomizer and the five-post atomizer. If you are just starting out, a five-post atomizer will work out well for you.

However keep in mind that RDAs, unlike other related devices, often have a higher battery consumption so they may not last longer. So you may need to have an additional battery or ready yourself to charge it more often.

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