Most of us already know the difference between the two. Clearomizers are a little different than the RTA, RBA and RDAs. Although, all of these atomizers work on the same principle but the only difference is that clearomizers are not really rebuildable atomizers. Whereas, the RTA (Rebuildable Tank Atomizers), RBA (ReBuildable Atomizers) and RDA (Rebuildable dripping atomizers) can be rebuilt with your own wire/coil and wick.
Clearomizers vs Rebuildable Atomizers
Most people who are new to vaping, should stick to clearomizers unless you wish to take all the hassle of learning to make you own coils/wick and stuff. Some of the good clearomizers that we have seen are the Nautilus Mini, eGo ONE Clearomizer, etc. These are mouth to lung clearomizers (you can fill the vape in mouth and then inhale). However, the Tritons, UWell Crown and many other sub-ohm clearomizers come with sub-ohm coils and those are for direct lung hits (Inhale vapor directly to lungs).
Clearomizers are good for new vapers who are just transitioning from smoking to vaping. Mouth to lung clearomizers are good for such folks because they are somewhat like smoking where you fill your mouth and then inhale.
A few mouth-to-lung clearomizers can be found in this list: Best atomizers for mouth-to-lung vaping.
Rebuildable atomizers (RTA, RBA and RDA) are a step further. It is advisable to stick to clearomizers for a few months before rushing for the rebuildables. The only reason is because there is a learning curve associated with rebuildables. Also, you would require a good number of tools before you can fully adapt to rebuildables.
There are many different types of rebuildable atomizers. Some are mouth-to-lung (see that above link for M2L rebuildables) and some are direct lung hits rebuildable atomizers. I would always advise people to stick to M2L atomizers than to go for lung hitting.
Tools required for rebuildable atomizers
Alright, so you've made your mind to go with rebuildable atomizers! Here is a list of all the tools you will need to make your own coils and wick and get going. Of course, you will need a good RTA/RDA to begin with but I'm just listing all the tools that you will need to build/rebuild your atties.
You could refer to this video review that I made for vapers new to rebuildables: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AONV-sQDd0o
These are the basic tools that you will need to begin making your own coils and wick and get going with rebuildable tank atomizers or drippers. Now that you know what all you need to begin with rebuildable tank atomizers, be advised of the most important thing ..
- [li]Thrum Scissors: $1.27 (SKU 1444508)[/li]
[li]Nose Pliers: $3.67 (SKU 1877406)[/li]
[li]Scissors: $4.22 (SKU 1596104)[/li]
[li]Screwdrivers: $3.12 (SKU 1200203)[/li]
[li]Kuro Koiler: $5.32 (SKU 2066300)[/li]
[li]Tweezers: Flat one $3.25 (SKU 2134901) and pointed one $3.31 (SKU 2134905)[/li]
[li]OHM Tester: $10.70 (SKU 1721500)[/li]
[li]Would advice to stick to 0.30 mm (28 AWG) wire in the beginning: $1.78 (SKU 2675100)[/li]
[li]Koh Gen Do organic cotton: $2.98 (SKU 3556900)[/li]
SAFETY: The wires you will be using are a bit sharp, make sure to "wear eye wear" and keep yourself protected at all times. Secondly, please get that OHM Tester if you do not have a higher end vaporizer that has all the security features, please please please get that Ohm tester. If you are vaping on a mech mod, OHM Tester is a MUST HAVE DEVICE. There is no excuse for not getting one.
If you have any questions, please ask. Nobody here is going to be upset if you ask questions. However, some of us might be upset if you don't
As a word of advice, don't buy stuff just because the guy next to you has upgraded to some newer atty. We vape for a reason and that reason is to stay away from stinkies. If that purpose is fulfilled, don't just pounce on the new and shiny. However, if you are finding hard time to get coil heads and stuff, go ahead with the rebuildables. All the best!