How to clean a quartz banger
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- What are the most common banger materials?
- Why do people choose quartz?
- Do different materials require different cleaning methods?
- How do you clean a quartz banger?
One of the defining features of a dab rig is a component called a “nail,” or alternatively, a “banger.” When you dab, you apply heat to the banger until it gets hot enough to vaporize a cannabis concentrate. At that point, you drop a “dab” of concentrates onto the hot banger and begin inhaling. Without a banger, your dab rig would essentially just be a water pipe—you would have no way to vaporize your dabs.
When you dab, you apply heat to the banger until it gets hot enough to vaporize a cannabis concentrate. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Given the central role of bangers, it’s important to know what types of bangers are available, how to choose the right one, and especially how to maintain your banger to ensure optimal performance. This guide will give you all the information you need.
What are the most common banger materials?
There are four main types of bangers, each defined by what they’re made out of:
Titanium: Titanium bangers are extremely durable, heat up rapidly, and retain heat well. However, after heavy use they can sometimes start building up titanium oxide, which can compromise the performance of the nail and in some cases potentially leach harmful substances into the vapor you’re inhaling. As a result, do some research before buying and using a titanium banger and make sure you’re getting a medical grade product. This will decrease the chance that it will leach harmful contaminants into your dabs.
Ceramic: Ceramic is an inert substance so it will not leach anything into your vapor when it heats up. However, ceramic can break so you need to handle it with a bit more care than a titanium nail. As far as dabbing performance goes, ceramic takes longer to heat up than most other nails, but it also retains heat the best once it’s hot.
Quartz: Quartz nails are extremely durable and they retain heat well, making them very versatile for high and low temperature dabs. Like ceramic and glass, quartz is known for being a clean substance that won’t leach contaminants.
Glass: Glass has the benefits of being clean, heating quickly, holding heat relatively well, and of being the most affordable option. But they’re also the most prone to breaking, in some cases shattering under extreme temperatures.
Why do people choose quartz?
There are several key benefits to choosing a quartz banger. Some of the most important include:
Durability – Quartz is a very rugged material that holds up well under all sorts of conditions. That means you won’t have to worry about your quartz banger breaking or getting damaged under extreme temperatures or degrading over time with sustained and heavy use. As long as you keep it clean, you won’t really have to worry about anything bad happening to your quartz banger.
Clean vapor – Because quartz is a clean, inert substance it will not leach anything into your dabs. First and foremost, that means you won’t have to worry about any potentially harmful contaminants working their way into your vapor. It also means super clean, pure, and tasty dabs.
Handles heat well – Because quartz is so durable, you can heat a quartz nail to very high temperatures with little fear that it will break, shatter, or otherwise deteriorate.
Good for low temp dabbing – Not only can quartz bangers handle extremely high temperatures without any problems, they also retain heat very well. This is important for anyone who likes low temperature dabs. Vaporizing concentrates at lower temperatures tends to produce much more flavorful vapor and really lets you taste the nuances of the terpenes in your concentrate. By retaining heat for a long time, quartz nails make it very easy to do low temp dabs.
Easy to clean – Quartz bangers can definitely get dirty, especially with heavy use. But compared to other types of bangers, quartz is relatively easy to clean—as long as you do it regularly and correctly.
Do different materials require different cleaning methods?
There is no one single cleaning method that works for all types of nails. In fact, cleaning methods that work for some materials can actually be very harmful to other materials. For example, isopropyl alcohol can be an excellent way to clean a glass nail but can damage a titanium nail. That’s why it’s important to understand the best cleaning method for the specific type of nail you use.
How do you clean a quartz banger?
The best way to keep your quartz banger in like-new condition is to give it a quick clean after every dab and then to give it more thorough cleanings every couple weeks or so. Here’s a step-by-step guide for each type of cleaning:
Cleaning method 1: Clean your quartz banger after every dab
When dabbing with your quartz banger it’s a good idea to have some Q-tips and isopropyl alcohol on hand. After each dab, when the banger is still warm but not too hot, dip one end of a Q-tip in the alcohol and swab out any residue in the banger. Use the dry end of the Q-tip to wipe up the alcohol and dry the banger. If you do this after each and every dab, your banger will always be in excellent working condition and you won’t need to do deep cleans as often.
If you do clean your banger after each and every dab, you won’t need to do deep cleans as often. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Cleaning method 2: Deep clean
Even if you do a good job of swabbing out your banger after every dab, you will still need to give it a deep clean every once in a while. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Kosher salt
- Zip-top plastic bag big
- Warm water
Step 1: Soak your quartz banger in cleaning solution
Pour isopropyl alcohol into the plastic bag. Make sure there’s enough to fully submerge your banger. Then add 3-5 tablespoons of kosher salt. Give it a shake to mix up the cleaning solution, then drop the banger into the bag. Let it soak overnight. Every once in a while shake the bag to agitate the solution and start breaking off the bigger chunks of residue.
Soak your quartz banger in cleaning solution. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Rinse your quartz banger
After the banger has soaked for 24 hours, carefully remove it from the alcohol-salt solution. Discard the liquid. Rinse the banger in warm water, washing off as much of the dab residue as you can.
Rinse your quartz banger. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 3: Swab your banger
Use a Q-tip to swab out the inside of the banger. The alcohol soak should have softened and loosened all the dab residue, so during this step focus on scrubbing off all the stickier, more tenacious gunk.
Swab your banger. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 4: Rinse clean
Give the quartz banger another rinse in warm water. This time, you should be able to get rid of all remaining residue.
Step 5: Let the banger dry
Finally, let your banger dry. Use a clean paper towel to dry it as much as you can, then let it sit out until it’s fully dry. At that point, your banger should be as good as new and ready to start dabbing again.How to clean a quartz banger Copy article link to clipboard. Link copied to clipboard. Contents What are the most common banger materials? Why do people choose quartz? Do
How to Clean a Quartz Banger: The Two Easiest Methods
No one likes to rock up at their friend’s place for a big dabbing session to find a filthy banger waiting for them. It’s not so pleasant and it’s bad for the equipment itself!
Fortunately, cleaning a quartz banger is pretty easy. If you’ve never done it, don’t worry. We’ll guide you through a couple different methods for getting your quartz looking and (smoking) as close to new as possible.
In this article all about how to clean your quartz banger, we’ll cover:
- Why it’s important to clean your quartz.
- How to keep on top of maintaining your dab nail.
- Cleaning a completely chazzed quartz banger.
- How to make sure cleaning your quartz bangers is as easy to clean as possible in the future.
With a lot to cover today, pack a bowl, spark a blunt, or load up a dab, and join WeedRepublic as we show you exactly how to clean your quartz banger.
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Why Should I Keep my Banger Clean?
Keeping a bong clean is mostly about aesthetics and fragrance. No one likes to have a crusted up piece caked in old resin stinking out their bedroom. Eventually, the dirt in your bong will cause issues with smoking – percolator bongs (like Mav’s Single UFO Perc bong) are usually those that will get blocked up or suffer from suction issues quickest.
What we like about this bong is that, even though it’s a showstopper on any shelf, it remains subtle. It’s not some crazy recycler with tubes and glass everywhere.
Mav’s Pyramid to UFO Beaker Bong offers a smooth toke with no fuss. You’ll want to come up with a regular cleaning routine though to make sure those percs keep working as well as they can!
With a banger of any material, the resins left before when you dab your wax will quickly change how heat dissipates through the device. This will make it more difficult to take perfect dabs.
You want your dab nail to always heat up evenly and without cool or hot spots. If left unclean, resins can cake on in a black layer that’s very difficult to remove and makes quartz bangers much less efficient.
This black layer will have a big impact on how your banger heats. If you have a high end banger, like the Diamond Knot below, you should want it to heat up right every time. Otherwise, what was the point in spending extra in the first place!
For one of the smoothest dabs hits you can imagine, get this Diamond Knot Quartz Banger.
Made out of thick glass, there’s an ingeniously placed loop for unvaped oil to recycle through, meaning you’ll never waste any precious concentrates.
Don’t worry. Our second method below will show you how to clean a really filthy banger. However, it’s much better staying on top of cleaning your quartz nail so that you never need to bother with this more time consuming option.
If your dab rig performing optimally wasn’t incentive enough, you should also keep a clean nail because it makes for a more pleasant experience. You only want to taste the wax you just dabbed, not the stuff that got you ripped three weeks ago!
Finally, your friends will thank you for cleaning your quartz banger. They’ll be more inclined to want to use your equipment and will likely bring their own shatter to share. Bonus!
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Method One: Clean Quartz Bangers as You Go!
The first method we recommend for cleaning quartz bangers is really easy. It’s no good for a really crusted up banger though. This one is intended for use between literally every dab. It sounds like hard work if you’re not in the habit of cleaning your dab nails. But, trust us, it’ll make your dabs so much nicer and save you a lot of effort in the long run.
- Isopropyl alcohol (at least 90%).
Basically, incorporate the above into your dabbing gear. Since WeedRepublic recommends a little touch up clean after every dab, it’s best to always have a little bit of rubbing alcohol and a few Qtips on hand.
If you’re in need of a new quartz banger, this 100% Quartz Splash Guard Banger crafted by Miami Glass is a great option.
It’s well priced and well crafted with a beveled edge so you ensure you get to enjoy every bit of your concentrates.
Following a hit, when you’ve cleared the rig of smoke, take a Qtip and run it over the inside of the cup of the nail. Since it’ll still be hot, the resins will be in a more liquid form. The cotton will absorb a lot of it.
Next, dip the other end of the Qtip in your isopropyl alcohol. Repeat the same cleaning action as above, this time with the wet end. It’s best to leave the rig to cool a little before doing this step. If it makes a sizzle noise when you touch the Qtip on the warm surface, it’s still too hot. Leave it another 15 seconds and go again.
Take a second Qtip and again, wet one end in rubbing alcohol. Clean the inside of the nail a second time with fresh alcohol. Next, dry the surface of any remaining alcohol with the non-dipped end of the Qtip. Voila! A clean dab nail!
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Method Two: Cleaning Chazzed Quartz Bangers
As you can see, it’s not at all difficult to keep on top of cleaning a quartz banger. However, all too often, WeedRepublic comes across absolutely filthy dab nails that have a layer of black crud inside them and a clouding and discolouration to the glass.
Although it might look like pretty permanent damage, you can clean your quartz banger to a nearly new-like condition, even if it’s fully chazzed.
- Isopropyl alcohol.
- Hand torch.
- Warm water.
- Something metal and thin enough to scrape inside the banger with.
- First, leave your quartz banger to soak in a mixture of as strong an ISO alcohol you can get and salt. Anything over 99% will work. Leave it overnight, fully submerged, and the crud will loosen up.
- Rinse the dab nail with warm water to remove any alcohol from it.
- Scrape inside the banger with your scraping tool. Really work at the caked on black stuff. A lot of it should come loose.
- Rinse with warm water again.
- Get it really hot. Once you’ve got rid of a lot of the muck from your quartz, you’re going to want to heat it up a lot. Heat it up to around 600-800° Fahrenheit. This will turn the remaining black marks into ash. The ash should flake right off.
- Wait for the banger to cool.
- Take a Qtip and dip one end in alcohol.
- Use the alcohol-soaked end to clean inside the cup of the banger.
- Finally, dry the surface with the non-soaked end of the Qtip.
Hopefully, the above advice will get your dab rig back to as close to new as possible. Your quartz might still be a bit cloudy and may have some discoloration but it will definitely hit a lot better without all that much on it.
It’s much better to not let your quartz banger get in the kind of state where your only option is to blowtorch the crud off it with a high-powered dab torch-like the Blazer Big Shot GT8000 Torch. Using our first cleaning method, and the following advice, you should be able to prevent any discoloration whatsoever.
With plenty of safety features to go with the intense heat this torch supplies, the Blazer Big Shot GT8000 Butane Torch is a must-have for all dabbers.
Getting more use out of it by using it to help clean your banger is simply one additional bonus to having one on hand!
Don’t over-complicate things when you don’t need to. For a reliable banger that heats evenly and is durable enough to take session after session, the 4mm Thick Quartz Banger from Dank Geek is an easy answer to an important question – what’s the best banger for dabs?
We’ve said it a few times during this article but it really is important to keep your quartz banger clean. The longer you leave resins on, the harder they will be to remove, and the more impact they’ll have on the functioning of the device.
As well as making sure to clean your quartz banger regularly, you should also practice good dabbing technique. A lot of the discoloration and eventual chazzing of a quartz banger will occur when you use your waxes or shatters at too high temperatures.
The ideal temperature range will depend on the type of concentrate you’re using, as well as your own equipment. Some bangers heat up quicker and retain more heat than others.
You want to do your dabbing at no more than 400 °F. The perfect temperature will be the exact point that you’re able to vape the entire dab without leaving any wax behind. Ideally, you never want to do your dabs any hotter than this.
Some people like to use an electronic torch to really dial in the temperature. However, they’re not strictly necessary. You can always just experiment with different cooling times after heating the rig up until it glows hot. A good starting point is around 90 seconds. You can then reduce the cooling time or increase it in accordance with how much of the wax you managed to dab at that heat.
It’s very important to never dab too hot. This is the fastest way to Chazz your quartz. Even with our methods, it’s not certain that you’ll restore a discolored quartz nail to its former glory. It’s likely that the glass will remain cloudy. It’s heartbreaking to chazz a brand new high-end banger, so clean it regularly and keep those temps low!No one likes to rock up at their friend’s place for a big dabbing session to find a filthy banger waiting for them. It’s not so pleasant and it’s bad for the equipment itself! Fortunately, cleaning a quartz banger is pretty easy. If you’ve never done it, don’t worry. We’ll guide you through a couple different methods ]]>