What Is An RDA?
In its simplest definition, a rebuildable atomizer or RDA is an atomizer that is a base for a vaper’s own custom wick and coil build. RDAs are the rebuildable versions of standard atomizers and tanks that most every vaper has used before. Because they are rebuildable by design, RDAs are intended to be used by advanced vapers. RDAs are meant to be a more customizable, cheaper and more sustainable way to enjoy your vape. This is because as soon as you have an RDA that you like, the materials used to rebuild your wick / coil setup is actually quite cheap.
RDA – CALDERA Parts:
A. Fully Assembled RDA
B. 3-post build deck with copper center post & 510-connection
D. Top cap with unique spiral cone design
E. Wide bore drip tip
RDA / Dripper: The Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer
The RDA or the dripper is the most commonly used rebuildable among advanced vapers. It has no tank, although it may come with a slight pit or well that may hold a little e-liquid run off. The wick and coil in this setup is what holds all of the e-liquid.
RDAs are so popular with vapers because it produces a lot of vapor, which is very satisfying. Depending on the type of coil build you have, it is the type of atomizer that will give you the most flavor as well. The user drips directly onto the atomizer and a fully saturated wick will normally last a user from 10-20 puffs. But that is dependent on a few factors such as the coil and wicking material you use.
With the cap on, RDA’s all look pretty much the same, but when you take off the top their base, which houses the posts all have their own characteristics. Each “deck” will have a different number of posts in different arrangements and these posts are where you will be attaching your wires to, for your build to work.
How do they work?
Each RDA has a positive post, normally located in the center, with one or more negative posts surrounding the center post. When you build your coils, you will attach one end (lead) of your coil to the positive post and the other end to the negative post in order to complete the circuit.
Most RDA posts have holes drilled into them to make attaching the wires easier, for ones with no holes the wires must be wound between the top of the post and the bolt.
Drippers that have more than one negative post means that an atomizer with multiple coils can be built more easily.
It is recommended that your first dripper have only 2-3 posts, as these setups are a lot easier to use and practice on.
Mech Mod Safety: The Importance of Understanding Ohm’s Law For A Safe Vape
When it comes to vaping, especially with mechanical mods your battery is the most important part. Even over your coil build and the wicking material that you use.
With regulated devices like the LAVATUBE, there is a regulatory chip that keeps your battery in safe range of operation. But when a user moves to more advanced devices like mechanical mods with rebuildable atomizers, there is no longer a safety net.
Before you even think of building your first coil you need to have an ohmmeter in your vaping arsenal. Your ohmmeter will be able to tell you the ohm rating (resistance) of your coil build and it is what you need to be able to figure out if your setup can operate in the safe range.
The batteries that are most used (recommended to be used) in mechanical mods today are safe chemistry IMR LiMn 18650 and 26650 batteries. These batteries operate in a huge variety of amperage ratings (amps). Amperage is the battery’s capability to safely discharge its stored energy (current).
If a battery is used above its amps rating, that is when it can suddenly become very hot and begin failing during use. Being that mech mods do not have a chip that regulates amperage draw, there is nothing preventing battery failure from occurring. The user is essentially vaping from an unregulated simple metal tube with a high voltage battery packed inside. So now you can see why learning Ohm’s Law is so important for you to have a safe vape.
So How Can I Apply Ohm’s Law To My Vape?
In order to figure out if your battery can handle the ohm rating of your coil build, we need to know a few things. First, you need to read your battery label.
Let’s Breakdown the 18650 Battery Label:
Is the size of the battery 18mm in diameter & 65mm in length
Means that this type of battery can handle higher current loads than a regular 18650 battery. It can put out the same amount of power but over a longer period of time.
Is the battery’s chemistry. In this case it is lithium (Li) manganese (Mn), which is considered a safe battery chemistry.
Is the average voltage output of the battery, most batteries this size depending on how much it is charged will put out from between 3.5 – 4.2 volts during its drain time.
Is the battery’s milli-Ampere hour and is the measure of how much energy the battery can store. It is also the rating that measures how much current a battery can discharge over a certain amount of time (usually an hour).
Is the battery’s max rating for its continuous discharge rate.
All of these labels are important, but the most important to know for your battery is its amperage rate. If the resistance of your coil build pulls over the listed amp discharge rating that your battery is rated for, that is when you will enter the danger zone.
18650 batteries are clearly labeled with the amp rating for users. But some batteries from different manufacturers may instead be labeled with a “C” rating. It signifies the same thing, but you just need to do a little math in order to get the amp rate.
For example, let’s say you have a regular IMR18650 1600mah battery with a max continuous discharge rating of 15C. Basically this is telling you that your battery is rated for 15 times the capacity (mAh) of the battery measured in amperage. So let’s do a little math:
1600mAh = 1.6Ah x 15 = 24Amp max continuous discharge rate
If the max continuous discharge rate is not clearly listed on your battery, always do the math. In order to have a safer vape, you need to know what your max continuous discharge rate is in amps.
So how do you figure out if the resistance of your coil build is compatible with your battery?
Knowing the maximum discharge rate of your battery is only half of the equation. Now we need to figure out if your coil build will work safely with your battery. This is where Ohm’s Law comes into play.
You need this equation:
Battery voltage / Ohm rate of your coil = Actual discharge rate the resistance of your coils will pull from your battery during use
You can also use an online calculator like this Ohm’s Law Calculator.
The Equation in Real Use Application:
Your Battery Stats:
35 Amps continuous discharge
Your ohmmeter reads your coil build at 0.5ohms
3.7 volts / 0.5 ohms = 7.4 Amps will be pulled from your battery during use
Your battery can handle up to 35 Amps continuous discharge; you are definitely in the vaping safe zone of your battery’s capacity. But if you were planning on using a battery that could only handle let’s say 5 amps continuous discharge rate with the same resistance of 0.5ohms, you would be setting yourself up for battery failure. So always use a battery that can handle more amperage draw than what your coil resistance asks for.
VOLCANO Vaper Tip:
Coils resistances can vary +/- 0.2 ohms in either direction. That means when you build a coil expecting 0.5ohms, depending on your wire and RBA it can sit between 0.4-0.6 ohms. So when doing your math always account for the +/- 0.2 variance, just to be safer.
3.7 v / 0.4 ohms = 9.25 Amps
3.7 v / 0.6 ohms = 6.16 Amps
These are both still compatible with your 35 amps continuous discharge rate of the battery used in the example above.
Steps You Should Take After You Build A New Coil:
Find out your battery’s capacity in Amps:
Battery’s mAh rate / 1000 = capacity in amps
Find your battery’s max discharge rate (usually on the label). If in “C” rating use this equation:
Your battery’s capacity in amps x the battery’s continuous discharge rate (C ) = max discharge rate
Measure your battery’s voltage with a multimeter or always just start with a fully charged battery.
Measure your coil build’s ohm rating
Calculate the discharge rate your coil build will pull from your battery
Battery voltage / ohms of your coil = actual discharge rate
Make sure your actual discharge rate is LOWER than your battery’s maximum discharge rate.
Nothing is ever completely safe. This applies to your vape, especially if you are using a mechanical mod with an RBA. But armed with the knowledge of Ohm’s Law and how it applies to your device will help you keep yourself in the “safer” zone of your vaping.
CBD Oil from Hemp is legal in all 50 states!
In our research for this article we learned that while CBD Oil from marijuana is illegal in most states, CBD Oil from the Hemp plant is legal in all 50 because it doesn’t contain illegal amounts of THC… almost zero to be exact. In addition, we learned that since it’s the CBD that seems to be helpful to people, and Hemp Oil contains lots of CBD, many people are getting great results using CBD from Hemp, with no legal worries at all.
Ailments that CBD seems to help
It’s incredible what our research for this article has shown… as more and more people use CBD, and more research, studies and reporting are done it seems that the vast majority of people who use CBD are claiming amazing and sometimes almost instant relief from a wide range of common ailments. We’ve listed several of them below;
- Epilepsy and other neurological disorders
- Anxiety and depression
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Pain and inflammation
- Diabetes, and much more.
Where can you buy legal CBD Oil made from Hemp?
THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
Every day, more people are learning about and experiencing the benefits of CBD. It’s an exciting game changer in the world of nutrition, and we’re here to help answer all of your questions.Today we’re going to look at how CBD works in our bodies.
Did you know, we naturally produce some cannabinoids in our bodies? They’re called endogenous cannabinoids. A well known one is anandamide, which is taken from a word meaning joy, bliss and delight.Many other cannabinoids can be found in the hemp plant, such as CBD. While some of these compounds have received a bad rep for causing unwanted psychoactive effects, CBD has been found to be very safe and lacks those negative side effects.Currently, CBD is being studied or used in some states as treatment for seizures, anxiety, inflammation, and more. Learn more about CBD.The way cannabinoids work is by interacting with our Endocannabinoid System. This system consists of two receptors (called CB1 and CB2), located on cell surfaces.CB1 has been found in the brain, central nervous system, and many other areas; and CB2 receptors on cells associated with our immune system.
The Health Benefits of Vaping Over Smoking
Many claim vaping, or using electronic cigarettes, to be a healthier choice than smoking cigarettes. Without words, the figure above explains one of the biggest reasons to choose vaping over smoking: CIGARETTES ARE TOXIC.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking harms nearly every organ in the body. The lungs take the most damage when a smoker inhales over 4,300 chemicals, including 69 carcinogens, or cancer causing chemicals, from a cigarette. In the figure above, the pink lungs and heart on the left are those of a non-smoker. The black lungs and yellow heart on the right are those of a daily smoker.
One in five deaths in the United States are smoking-related, about 443,000 Americans a year, including babies born prematurely due to prenatal maternal smoking and those inhaling second-hand carcinogens. Over 10 times more people have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than have died in all the wars in American history COMBINED. Smoking is estimated to increase the risk of coronary disease and stroke from 2 to 4 times, and of developing lung cancer by 25 times!
Vaping is definitely the healthier alternative. There are four main ingredients in an e-liquid: Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Nicotine, and flavoring. The first, Propylene Glycol (PG) is a common food additive. Vegetable Glycerin (VG) is a thick, sweet oil derived from vegetables like corn. Pharmaceutical-grade nicotine is an addictive liquid derived from the tobacco plant, the same liquid that makes one addicted to cigarettes. E-liquids are available without nicotine and multiple strengths of nicotine so one can ween themselves off of their addiction without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Flavoring for e-liquids is the same flavoring used in foods you eat every day. (NOTE: Pufe Vape Company does NOT carry e-liquid containing diacetyl, a harmful substance found in low quality juices.)
The American Lung Association has publicly stated that nicotine replacement products, such as vaporizers and e-liquids, help alleviate withdrawal symptoms from nicotine. Just one year after quitting smoking, one’s risk for a heart attack drops sharply. Within 2 to 5 years, risk of stroke drops to that of a non-smoker. Within 5 years, the risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer drop by half. After ten years smoke-free, the risk of lung cancer drops by half.
Remember: quitting smoking is tough, but it is the #1 action you can take today to improve your health and reduce your risk of serious health problems in the future.
5 LEADING BENEFITS VAPING HAS OVER TRADITIONAL CIGARETTES
Many, if not the vast majority of those interested in electronic smoking, are current smokers. Chances are you’re one of them – searching for an alternative but wanting to understand the benefits of switching from your current brand.
E-cigarettes are indeed an alternative to traditional cigarettes. They’re a suitable alternative for many because of the benefits they have over “smoking.”
We invite you to continue reading for 5 of the leading benefits electronic smoking has over traditional cigarettes…these benefits were discovered from customer feedback as well as numerous scientific studies examining both traditional and e-cigarettes.
Reason #1 – E-cigarettes do NOT have that distinctive odor
Just about anyone knows – cigarettes smell!! It’s their hallmark.
Scent from cigarette smoke gets into, and clings, to just about anything it comes in contact with – hair, clothes, your car – anything. Not only does the odor cling, many consider cigarette smell offensive and avoid close contact. If you’re a smoker, you don’t notice it so much since you’re immersed in it all of the time. To non-smokers, and especially ex-smokers, this smell is very noticeable.
One reason cigarette smoke smells so bad is because you’re burning tar and chemicals in addition to the tobacco itself. Properties from burning these substances make them cling to clothing, hair, walls, furniture, etc.
Vaping on the other hand do not have this ominous odor because instead of exhaling smoke, you’re exhaling a vapor that evaporates almost immediately. Customers and non-smokers/vapers report the smell from an e-cigarette to be either nonexistent or reminiscent of cotton candy or even pop tarts!!
Whatever it is, e-cigarettes certainly smell a whole lot better than traditional cigarettes.
Reason #2 – Electronic smoking is MUCH cheaper than traditional cigarettes
If you’re a smoker reading this, you can certainly relate to this point – cigarettes are expensive these days.
In 1980, you could buy a good quality pack of cigarettes for $1. By the 90s, the cost had risen to $2, on average. Today, a good quality pack of cigarettes will cost you anywhere from $7 to $12 depending on which state you’re in.
Some of this increase in cost can be attributed to regular inflation or rising prices of production (tobacco) and even distribution (fuel).
Taxes however play a big role too. In 2009 for example, the federal tax was raised from $0.39 to $1.01 per pack. Add state taxes, which vary, and taxes end being around 20% of the cost of a pack of traditional cigarettes.
Between all of this, a pack-a-day smoker can spend upwards of $300 each month! And this doesn’t include the cost of other incidentals such as lighters, ash trays and much more.
E-cigarettes do not share this dilemma. While some of the entry costs of a starter kit may be a little bit higher, the month-to-month cost of electronic smoking is typically about half when compared to traditional cigarettes. Cartomizers and batteries constitute the bulk of this expense, which can range anywhere between $20 and $40 depending on how much you vape.
Currently, e-cigarettes are not subject to any sort of taxes like traditional smokes are. Also, as the technology develops and becomes more mainstream, the cost will continue to decline (…think cell phones, DVD players, etc.).
Reason #3 – Vaping are much safer
Since you’re “burning” tobacco, not to mention using an open flame to light it, traditional cigarettes by default pose serious fire hazards. Cigarettes are in fact the #1 cause of fire-related death in the United States and 7 other countries. Worldwide, fires started by lit cigarettes constitute 10% of all fire-related deaths.
With vaping, you’re not burning an open flame and don’t have a hot cherry that can burn you, your clothes, your furniture, and so on.
There was an incident where an vaporizer exploded in the user’s face in early 2012. It was determined though that the particular unit the person was using was a “mod,” which is a way vapers can alter their devices for more power that involves stacking the batteries. When used as intended, there have been no reports of an vaporizer exploding.
Reason #4 – Health
While we can’t make the claim that e-cigarettes are healthier, we can point out how traditional cigarettes are harmful to your health.
You don’t have to take our word for it – there are countless studies out there showing how smoking traditional cigarettes can put you at a higher risk of a whole host of conditions, including (but not limited to) – stroke, heart attack, lung cancer, throat cancer, pneumonia, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and countless others.
Traditional cigarettes contain a litany of chemicals as well, many of which are considered carcinogenic, or cancer causing.
Many of our customers have reported feeling better physically after switching to electronic smoking.
Reason #5 – Social
Last but not least are the social impacts of traditional cigarettes, which is in a way related to reasons one through four. Over the years, smoking has increasingly been viewed negatively by society at-large for a variety of reasons.
The smell, the health consequences, and even the healthcare costs all combine to give traditional cigarettes a bad name these days. If you’re a smoker, you’ve certainly noticed an increasing amount of restrictions around where you can light up, even at private parties where the host is a nonsmoker.
Also, traditional cigarettes can have impacts on your social life, literally. Take dating for an example – it’s pretty rare for a nonsmoker to be with a smoker. Also, smoking can also impact job prospects since more employers are taking a more critical eye toward traditional cigarettes.
As you can see, vaping carry many benefits over traditional smoking. Many have discovered how they can still enjoy smoking and get the relief they crave without using methods that are increasingly seen as intrusive and irresponsible.
The Pufe Vape Company provide this alternative in a cost-effective, easy way. If you’re searching for that alternative, consider trying an disposable vaporizers or take a look at our selection of vape starter kits today.
Online Vapes Communities
Vapenetworking.com is a major site that allows users from all over the country to post their events. There’s an open nature to the site, allowing anybody to submit information. This allows users to feel free to promote their events. Just one look at the month of April shows a pretty busy schedule throughout the country. In each listing there’s a brief description, phone numbers, and addresses to prove the credibility and keep you from being the one man party. The site is also has a mailing list, a Facebook group, and a VapeTV channel if you’re ready for your close-up.
Vapersforum.com is a bustling haven for all vapers. Along with a section for Vape meets there is education and a forum for productive conversation by all members. They have a “Liquid Laboratory”, and “Reduced Harm Alternatives” section for the more curious among us.
Vaping.meetup.com is an international affair. At last look, they had over 32 groups listed across the entire world. It’s a constantly growing listing of Vape Groups, ranked by popularity and even founding date.