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A dab rig is a specific type of water pipe used for enjoying oils, concentrates, or extracts. Some dry herb water pipes come with a multitude of percolators that filter vapor and cool hits, but this is less crucial with a dab rig because there are fewer particulates created than with dry herbs. As the popularity of dabbing continues to grow, dab rigs have grown exceedingly advanced, making it more convenient to enjoy wax concentrates.
Dab and oil rigs offer highly concentrated dabs that are tamed through moisture-conditioning for a smoother inhale. Oftentimes with a glass dab rig, a nail is heated by a torch, after which a dabber tool is used to place a bit of wax on the heated element. The user inhales as the wax is vaporized. The pressure of the inhalation pulls a highly potent and dense cloud through the water chamber of the dab rig. The vapor attaches to moisture as it bubbles up from the water to travel up the mouthpiece and into the lungs.
Made of high grade glass, dab rigs are durable, highly thermal-resistant pieces that deliver smooth, flavorful hits. The inert nature of a glass dab rig preserves flavor notes rather than adding unwanted tastes and odors. The glass also lets vapor cool down as it travels through the airpath. These hits are further smoothed out by the advanced water filtration systems found in a dab rig.
Glass quality is an important factor in terms of flavor, potency, and smoothness. This characteristic is determined by the material used and the skill level of the glass blower. Most big brands of dab rigs made in the USA will use borosilicate glass, a lab-tested material that is highly resistant to heat. Higher quality glass will not only provide smoother, tastier rips, but will ensure that your dab rig is more durable and easy to clean. The skill level of the glass blower can be determined by just looking at your piece. Clean joint welds are the mark of a talented glass blower.
Glass thickness will greatly affect the durability of your dab rig. A heavier glass rig will last longer and won’t break or crack as easily. However if faced with the choice, higher quality glass that is thin is better than thicker glass that is low-quality
You can enjoy the lung-busting rips of a glass dab rig with minimal harshness. Dabbing generally involves heating wax at temperatures as high as 700F with a butane torch, creating hot vapor. A glass water pipe for wax concentrates and oil subdues the high heat of dabs by effectively soaking the vapor as it bubbles up from the rig’s water chamber. Each bubble allows the vapor to attach to moisture. At the same time, harmful irritants are being filtered out in the water. This water filtration delivers the potent enjoyment of a dab rig with no smoky harshness. A glass dab rig is a cleaner, more comfortable and flavor-rich way to enjoy wax concentrates, making them an essential addition to any oil aficionado’s stash set.
Once you have your starter dab rig situated you can start exploring the many accessories available that will greatly enhance your dabbing experience. As dabbing becomes more popular, a number of accessories such as dab nails have reached the market, enabling you to customize your sessions. When choosing your nail, the most important part of the rig, you have the option of glass, ceramic, quartz, and titanium.
A variety of dab nails are available, each offering a different way to enjoy wax concentrates. Here is a quick breakdown of what each kind of nail has to offer:
Glass: Glass nails usually come with your first “real” dab rig purchase. These are easy to clean and great for experiencing the overall flavor of your wax. Unfortunately these nails are easier to break and cannot withstand the same level of heat that others can.
Ceramic: Ceramic nails are the next step up from your beginner glass nail. With better heat diffusing capabilities, you won’t have to be quite as touchy with your torch. Like glass these are easy to break. If your ceramic nail gets a chip or crack, residual oil will start to seep in.
Quartz: When it comes to flavor, a quartz nail has all the benefits of glass. The mineral will not impact the taste of the dab at all. A quartz nail is pretty durable so those who are a little clumsier might find this a good option. The one negative about quartz is that it cools off quickly, meaning once you heat it, you have to get the wax on quickly so as not to burn it on something that won’t create vapor.
Titanium: These nails are pretty much unbreakable. They can withstand extremely high temperatures and offer greater heat transfer.
Electronic Nail: Also known as an “enail”, these nails are the top tier when it comes to dabbing. Due to their great performance, these are the most expensive of the dab nails. The immediate benefit of an enail is the fact that it eliminates the need for a torch, allowing you to get the perfect temperature every time. E nails can use either a titanium or quartz piece.