While vape pens have become a wildly popular way to consume concentrates, primarily for their ease of use and discretion, many seasoned stoners prefer to vaporize their highly potent concentrates with a dab rig . With a similar design to the traditional bong, a dab rig is usually made of borosilicate glass and utilizes a nail or banger instead of a bowl. Using a blowtorch, the banger or nail is heated for about 30 seconds or until it glows red hot. After waiting for about 60 seconds, the concentrate is placed onto the heated area using a dab tool and vaporized for the consumer to inhale. The dab rig setup, also sometimes referred to as an oil rig, enables consumers to activate cannabinoids and terpenes, leading to a highly potent and flavorful hit.
Whether you're just dabbling in the world of concentrates and buying your first dab rig, or you're entering connoisseurship and looking to level up your collection of rigs, understanding what to look for when choosing a rig is crucial. So Weedmaps News put together a guide to the most important things to look out for and keep in mind when making your dab rig kit. The foundation of every dab rig kit is, of course, the rig itself. Depending on your experience level and budget, there are many different avenues that will grant you access to the cannabis concentrate kingdom. If you're curious consumer or a longtime stoner who smokes flower but wants to dabble in the world of dabbing , you'll probably want to start off with an affordable dab rig. It's important to balance price with quality, however, or else you might end up with a lesser-quality rig and an unsatisfying dabbing experience. The lower-priced dab rigs start at $30-$40, but higher-quality glass or quartz pieces can sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
(Photo by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Look for a simple dab rig that doesn't seem too flimsy. Make sure the glass is moderately thick and has at least one percolator to filter the cannabis concentrate byproducts. You can find dab rigs priced on the more affordable side, usually about $30 to $40, at your local headshop or through online glass sellers such as DankGEEK or 420 Sciences . If you want to take your dab rig game to the next level, there are a number of reputable glass manufacturers that will surely garner cred from your true cannabis-loving companions. Some of the most beloved dab rig producers include Grav , Bougie Glass , Diamond Glass , Glob Squad , and many others. Compared with the dab rigs in the budget segment, these higher end pieces sport a more complex design and are made of higher-quality glass. If you decide to shell out some extra cash for a dab rig from a reputable brand, you can find some truly fascinating pieces that will distinguish you from other glass collectors. Take this fiercely horned Banger Hanger Dab Rig from Bouge Glass or the uniquely shaped Rigception by Diamond Glass as examples of what a couple of hundred dollars can net you on the dab rig market. When we're talking about high-end dab rigs, the discussion is going to revolve around customization and aesthetics. Social media are also a terrific resource for finding custom dab rigs made from highly talented glass blowers. These dab rigs are made by, from left: Bronx Glass , Clean & Clear Glass , and dab rig by local artist from Peake ReLeaf . (Photo by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) For instance, searching for the #glassforsale on Instagram will lead you to a treasure trove of upscale dab rigs. Typically, after you find the dab rig you like, the interaction starts with a direct message to the glass blower, and if a price is agreed upon, the dab rig is then purchased from a head shop or directly through the artist. Some include, from left: Doctajownz rig; a mini orange rig by CHTglass ; rig by Macelevenglass ; rig by Reynasays . (Photo by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps) Think of high-end glass as pieces that are artisan-blown, not produced in bulk. The techniques that glass blowers use and the amount of time put into a piece will dictate the value of the piece, which can sometimes reach several thousands of dollars. While the dab rig acts as the foundation for the concentrate consumption experience, there are numerous other components, including the banger or nail, as well as the carb cap and dab tool. Again, the best components and tools will be contingent on what you're looking for. Similar to the selection of dab rigs, there's a choice between a frugal route or a more lavish path. The most integral part accompanying the dab rig is the banger or titanium nail, which is the component that is heated to vaporize concentrate upon contact. Higher-quality bangers are made from quartz, while glass bangers are the most affordable. Compared with glass bangers, quartz is known to be more durable while also offering a cleaner hit. Keep in mind that dab rigs have three joint sizes, so not every banger will work with your dab rig. The three most common sizes are 10 millimeters, 14 millimeters, and 18 millimeters.
You also need to know which gender banger fits your glass. A dab rig with a male joint is compatible with a female nail, while a female joint goes with a male banger. An adapter is needed if you want to use a banger that is the same gender as the dab rig. If you purchase your dab rig without a banger or nail, make sure you know the joint size for future reference. Quartz bangers provide excellent flavor and can be heated quickly, while titanium nails are generally more durable and have much better heat retention. Personal preference will determine which type is ideal for your dab rig setup. If you decide that the titanium nail is best for you, look for products from reputable brands that use medical-grade-2 titanium. Those who are new to dabbing world might be tempted to take the more affordable route and go with a glass banger, but there's an argument to be made for spending a bit more on quartz banger.
A quartz banger will retain and distribute the heat better than a glass banger, making it more durable and better suited for repeated use. It's also important to look at the purity of the quartz used in the banger, as this will improve the flavor of the hit.