10 Best Dab Torches of 2018 and 4 AWESOME Tips for Using Them

Higher Standards Big Shot is one of the best dab torches, setting a higher standard for dabbing.

With all the talk in the dabbing world about the best dab rigs, it's easy to forget one little detail that is the foundation of enjoying concentrates: The dab torch.

Whether you use a titanium, quartz or ceramic nail, you'll need a torch to heat the nail and extract all the flavor and potency.

Most people understand that. But here's what they get wrong...

If you choose a poorly made torch or simply dab incorrectly, you'll get harsh, burnt-tasting hits. It happens ALL the time.

Even if your dabs are fairly good, you're still missing out on EVEN BETTER hits.

Today, all that changes.

To Benefit from Dab Torches, You Need to Know How to Find (and Use) Them

If you can master using a dab torch, you can enjoy the best flavor possible. But first, you'll need to find the best option. Your choice should meet your expectations AND be geared for dabbing.

Even though finding the right torch is essential to vapor quality, most people's process looks something like this:

The usual (and wrong) steps to finding the best dab torch.

We're going to change that for the better.

I'm going to give you 5 essential tips for finding the best dab torch so you know PRECISELY what you need.

Then we'll go over EXACTLY how to unlock intense flavors while keeping rips smooth--giving you the best dabbing experience possible.

1. How to Easily Find the Best Dab Torch

If you want to own the best dab torch, find one with F.L.A.M.E.

These are the five most important things to look for in a torch.

The five key features to look for in a dab torch.

2. The BEST Way to Use a Dab Torch

If you ask a dab-enthusiast how dabbing works, their instructions will probably sound something like this:

  1. Attach nail to rig.

  2. Grab a small piece of concentrate using a wand.

  3. Heat the nail until it glows red.

  4. Allow the nail to cool before dabbing.

  5. Place the piece of concentrate on the nail as you inhale.

But here's what most people forget…

There is an anatomy to every flame that consists of three different parts. One, in particular, is perfect for dabbing. Knowing where this sweet spot is can make a HUGE difference in vapor quality.

Here's what you need to know...

When you look closely at a torch flame, you'll notice three zones: Interzonal region, primary combustion zone, and secondary combustion zone.

Here's how they look:

 A torch flame consists of three different zones.

The primary combustion zone is the first place where fuel bursts into a scorching hot flame. Must be the hottest part right? Wrong.

Any welder worth their salt knows that using the interzonal region of the flame to heat an object ensures quicker heating and minimal burning.

If you're looking for awesome dabs, you'll want to place the interzonal region in direct contact with the nail.

3. The REAL Answer to 'How Long Should I Torch My Dab Nail?'

There's no way of knowing the exact temperature of a dab nail.

But here's a little secret…

Titanium and quartz nails will turn bright red when torched. And the level of redness gives away their approximate temperature.

Here's a quick guide for understanding how hot your dab nail is:

If the nail is red hot, let it cool off before dabbing.

If you want HUGE clouds, go for the higher temperatures. But for smoother rips with awesome flavor, let the nail return to its normal color before dabbing.

Ceramic nails don't turn red, so it's tough to know how hot they are. We recommend heating ceramic nails for 30 seconds then letting them cool for 45 seconds to a minute.

4. Why You Should Never Use Propane Torches for Dabbing 

There's a reason butane and dabbing go hand-in-hand. Butane is perfect for dabbing. Propane… not so much.

Here are four reasons why you should never use propane for dabbing:

  1. Terrible Flavor - Propane contains a smelly gas called Ethyl Mercaptan. It's added to make gas leaks easier to detect by smell. That putrid smell will rub off on the flavors of your concentrates, making your dabs taste terrible.

  2. Too Hot - Propane can reach 3,623F, far too hot for dabbing. (It can actually melt a titanium nail). It will also overheat concentrates. You'll miss out on the awesome flavor you get at lower temperatures.

  3. Bad for Titanium - If you use a titanium nail, the hotter temperature of propane will eventually coat it in Titanium Oxide. The dab nail won't retain heat as well. Nor will it vaporize concentrates efficiently.

  4. Impurity - Butane is purified. Propane is not. Butane is refined specifically so you can use it for smoking. That's why BIC lighters feature butane, not propane. It's cleaner, safer, and better for dabbing.  

You'll notice propane torches are cheaper. That's because they're not purified like butane. It's better to spend a little more to have way better dabs.

ALL items on this list are butane because you guessed it, butane is better.

Now let's find the best butane torches for dabs.

The Absolute Best Dab Torches of 2018

 

Higher Standards Blazer Big Shot - $89.99

Higher Standards Blazer Big Shot is a sleek, functional dab rig.

Features:

  • Adjustable Flame Size
  • Heat-Resistant Brass Nozzle
  • Refillable Tank
  • 35 Minutes of Continuous Vaping
  • Piezo Crystal Ignition
  • Sleek, Reliable Design

Dab torches are industrial tools. They're not sleek, sexy or fun.

That's why Higher Standards is awesome. They made a stylish AND functional torch you actually look forward to using.

But here's what I love most...

It's an upgrade of the Blazer Big Shot, considered one of the best torches EVER.

What that means is...

You get the outstanding features of the Big Shot with a sleek, simple and compact design by Higher Standards. That style and performance fits perfectly with the Higher Standards Heavy Duty Rig.

Power, quality, style--it's all here. And it looks AND feels amazing.

Newport Torch Lighter - $39.99

The Newport Torch is small and mighty with a brass flame nozzle.

Features:

  • Affordable and Reliable
  • Big Adjustable Flame
  • Child-proof Lock
  • Self-Igniting
  • 1-Year Warranty

This is a good affordable alternative to the Blazer Big Shot.

If you like huge dabs, this torch is a little flamethrower.

Even on the low setting, it emits a four-inch flame.

I'm not in love with the plastic trigger and locking tab. But the torch still performs like a beast. The dabs were huge and flavorful with my quartz nail.

A big, clean flame, advanced safety features and a 1-year warranty seal the deal for me. This is one of the best torches for dabs that won't break the piggy bank.

R Series Micro Torch - $21.99

R Series Micro Torch features a powerful 10 port fuel system.

Features:

  • Very Affordable
  • Huge 9" Maximum Flame Size
  • Controlled Heat Dispersion
  • High-Grade Ceramic Inner Barrel
  • Adjustable Flame
  • 10 Port Fuel System
  • 2700F Maximum Flame Temp
  • Anodized Outer Barrel

#ThisThingRips specializes in dab pens, which made me wonder how their new line of dab torches would perform.

It turns out they make a mean torch, too.

If I had to narrow down what's greatest about the R Series Micro, I would say this…

Even though the torch is micro, the flame is insanely big and hot. Perfect for huge dabs.

Maximum flame heat is 2700F--200F hotter than the average dab torch. And the flame extends to a maximum of 9 inches.

You can thoroughly heat the nail up to infernal temperatures and extract huge clouds.

This is a quality torch--ceramic on the inside of the barrel, anodized metal on the outside. It really does rip.

Blazer Firefox Mini - $39.99

Blazer Firefox Mini is just 4.5" tall with a 2500F flame.

Features:

  • Adjustable Flame Size
  • Child-resistant Lock
  • Flame Lock
  • 2500F Flame
  • Refillable Tank
  • 20-Minute Flame Time
  • 7-ounce Weight
  • 4.5" Height

We've all heard that "good things come in small packages." In this case, it's absolutely true.

Firefox Mini packs the quality for which Blazer is known into a 4.5" torch.

Here's what makes it great…

Despite its small size, it really rips with 2500F adjustable flame.

I love the sturdy base. The torch won't tip. You can lock the flame and put the torch down in-between dabs.

Blazer is at their very best here. The pure, clean flame is perfect for dabbing. And you can carry that power with you anywhere.

Blazer Big Shot - $89.95

The Blazer Big Shot features a precision flame adjuster.

Features:

  • Piezo Crystal Ignition
  • Brass Flame Nozzle
  • Detachable Base
  • 35 Minutes of Continuous Torching
  • 2500F Heat
  • Adjustable Flame

The Big Shot may look very similar to the Higher Standards Blazer Big Shot. That's because it's the same torch without the sleek white and black color scheme.

The original Big Shot has a more industrial look in bright red with the Blazer logo. It has all the trappings of a welder's torch including a child-proof lock, rapid ignition, and over 30 minutes of burn time, making it a torch you can rely on.

What stands out most about Big Shot is this...

A brass flame nozzle prevents sparks and keeps the flame tight. You can adjust the flame with precision to perfectly match your nail and dabbing style for that matter.

I also love the detachable base. You can remove for easier traveling and storage.

Big Shot is by far one of the best dab torches. Period. 

R Series Mini Torch - $35.99

R Series Mini boasts a huge 9" flame with instant ignition.

Features:

  • Ultra-Portable
  • 9" Flame
  • Instant Ignition
  • Flame Lock
  • Windproof
  • Lifetime Warranty

Tiny. Mighty. R Series Mini torch is both.

It is ultra-compact. And still boasts a 9" flame.

That flame is adjustable, as well as wind-proof.

Here's one thing that's really nice about this dab torch…

Sure, the flame is huge. But it starts off soft. There's no blowout.

This is one of the most portable and powerful torches for dabbing--and one of the best out there.

Newport Medusa Series - $49.99

Newport Medusa has a wicked design with a self-igniting flame.

Features:

  • Badass Look
  • High-Grade Metal
  • Soft & Jet Flame
  • Easy Operation
  • Safety Features
  • Self-Igniting
  • Quick Refills

You'll probably agree, dab torches can be boring. Newport fires things up with this creepy/cool Medusa torch.

The best part?

The flame shoots from the mouth of a snake on top of Medusa's head.

I appreciate the features, especially the adjustable flame. You can switch between a soft or sharp flame, accommodating your dab nail's design.

The torch is self-igniting. And a child-proof lock prevents accidental ignition.

This little monster isn't the best torch for portable use. The design will snag on stuff and isn't the easiest to store. But it's right at home on a tabletop.

Blazer Big Buddy Torch - $39.95

Blazer Big Buddy Turbo offers an amazing 60 minutes of continuous flame time.

Features:

  • Great Features for Great Price
  • 60-Minute Burn Time
  • Flame Lock Lever
  • 6" Height
  • Safety Lock
  • Adjustable Flame
  • Multiple Color Schemes

Another budget-friendly alternative to Blazer Big Shot. Just as affordable as the Blazer Firefox Mini but larger by an inch and a half with longer continuous burn time.

Big Buddy lives up to its name with a large six inch build and reliable performance. It's one of the best torches for dabbing, though it's not as high-quality as the Big Shot.

The large flame nozzle emits a big flame, which can be adjusted with precision using the plastic tab.

If you want a large dab torch under $40, look no further.

R Series Mega Torch - $49.99

R Series Mega Torch features controlled heat dispersion.

Features:

  • Large-and-in-Charge!
  • 2700F Max Temp
  • 9" Max Flame
  • Flame Adjuster
  • Flame Lock
  • Long Continuous Burn Time
  • 10 Port Fuel System

R Series Mega has the same features, flame size, and max temp as the other torches in the ThisThingRips line. But it's larger and lasts longer.

This dab torch could dethrone the Blazer Big Shot as best dab torch, and it's about half the price.

ThisThingRips included a 10 port fuel system that generates a huge 9" cloud. Adjust the flame size to your liking and enjoy dabs how you want.

Newport Mini Torch - $34.99

The Newport Mini Torch is super compact with advanced features.

Features:

  • Small 5.5 Inch Design
  • Adjustable Flame
  • Quick Refills
  • Childproof Lock
  • Self-Igniting Piezo Ignition
  • Sturdy Base

Another small but mighty option. This little big guy is under six inches (the Blazer Firefox Mini is actually an inch smaller). But for a more compact torch, the features are all here.

The design is fairly solid, though I prefer torches with enclosed flame nozzles. With this dab torch, everything is exposed with two separate components instead of one seamless nozzle.

Though the flame isn't that big, it is steady and spark-free. This is the best dab torch for easy storage and transportation and is better suited for small dab rigs.

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