What is an RDA?

An “RDA” is a Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer. The basic components of an RDA are the “deck”, or platform, posts, cap and “drip tip” or “chuff cap”.  The posts are anchored to the deck allowing the coils to be inserted, and provides the electrical connections to the battery (mod) that heats the coils. The “deck” is covered with the cap (outer housing) that typically slides on with O-rings. The most common style of RDA’s will have a removable “drip tip” or “chuff cap” allowing the user to have easier access to the coils and/or wicking material.  RDAs have no “tank” section to hold e-liquid, and are designed for e-liquid to be dripped from a bottle directly onto the coils and/or wicks.  Most RDA’s are designed where you only have to remove the drip tip or chuff cap, as opposed to removing the entire cap after “dripping”.  Some are made with the deck having a small “well” under the coils that holds a minimal amount of e-liquid, usually less than 1ml, but allowing there to be less frequent “dripping”.


A commonly held opinion in the vaping community is that RDA’s produce a cleaner and more intense flavor than any other method of vaping. Thus for some, RDA’s are the top choice and present the standard for which all other types of atomizers are measured.  RDA’s can produce astonishing amounts of vapor, especially when outfitted with coil builds with ultra-low resistance (0.05-0.2 Ohms) and vaped at a sufficient rate of power (100+ watts).  Most avid RDA users will typically chose to build their own coils, however there are also many companies that produce high quality pre-built coils ready for use.  Wicking materials used for RDA’s vary from organic cotton, synthetic blended materials, to even quartz crystals.

Apple just banned vaping

Yes, Apple just banned vaping, but no, Apple is not making a vape!

As reported widely last week, Apple has told a British vaping website, Planet of the Vapes, that no more apps or app updates relating to vape will be allowed on the App Store.

Apple is known for its opacity when it comes to its business decisions, so don’t expect any explanation or justification for this.

Around the same time, news broke that Apple has patented a “vaporizer”. You can look at this patent elsewhere. This led many people to put two and two together and impugn a highly anti-competitive motive: Apple bans vape apps then moves in with its own iVape to corner the market. After all, is this the kind of thing Apple would do?

Well, maybe but of course, this isn’t what’s happening at all. Firstly, as Macobserver sleuth, Jeff Gamet, has shown that the application most likely relates to manufacturing processes. This is the type of thing the named inventor does (google patents is good for finding this out). So, it’s business as usual. Apple’s not releasing a vape device.

It’s anyone’s guess why Apple have chosen to ban vape from the app store. Most likely it’s down to the still-poisonous politics of vaping in the US, along with horrible offerings such as “Vape Master”. It wouldn’t have taken much from someone anti-vaping to nudge Apple, perhaps pointing out that vaping is now considered to be a tobacco product by the FDA (not very fair on Europeans, of course, for whom vaping is not considered a tobacco product by their regulators).

One thing’s for sure through this: Apple doesn’t care about the health of its consumers. For all the talk about connected health devices, the fact that they won’t support alternative nicotine products speaks volumes about the ethics of this deeply cynical company.

This is madness. Smokers moving onto non-smoked nicotine products will create far more societal health improvements than a bunch connected heart rate monitors ever will.

Original article written by Oliver Kershaw was posted on Vaping.com

Ocean State Vapes Featured in the Providence Journal

Ocean State Vapes Featured in the Providence Journal exert taken from “‘Vaping’ entrepreneurs, customers in Rhode Island find a place in a $3-billion a year industry”



To Rebecca Boff, electronic cigarettes are a life-saver. Boff, 40, a former Rhode Island state social worker, is the proprietor of Ocean State Vapes, at 219 Putnam Pike, Johnston. She sells e-cigarettes.

Boff, 40, a former Rhode Island state social worker, is the proprietor of Ocean State Vapes, at 219 Putnam Pike, Johnston. She sells e-cigarettes and supplies and welcomes their users to grab a seat and “vape” in her store.

And Boff is a believer.

“I smoked for 25 years,” she recalled. “Vaping literally saved my life. I was so addicted, I would have kept smoking.”

Boff is in the vanguard of the e-cigarette boom, which is now an estimated $3-billion-a-year industry that has become a business and cultural phenomenon a half century after the U.S. surgeon general made history when he reported that smoking tobacco causes illness and death and he recommended that the government do something about it.