UPDATED 2020: Finding the Perfect Temperature For Your E-Nail or Vape
It’s a little known fact among dab users that if you know how to control the temperature of your vape or e-nail properly, you waste a whole lot less of your concentrates and can taste a lot more of your cannabis terpenes.
The temperature of your e-nail or vaporizer should adjust based on a couple of factors, being how much vapor you want to consum, the type of cannabis concentrate, and what type of materials you are using to consume the concentrate.
In general, you want to have your e-nail or vaporizer set somewhere in the 500°F to 800°F range, but as this guide will show, there is plenty of room to find your own preference. The Bee-Nail v2 E-Nail is preset to 710°F to give users a nice starting point to dial in their preference.
Large Hit or Prolonged Flavor?
The main and most noticeable difference between higher and lower temperatures is the harshness and strength of the hit. This is the first factor to consider in getting the hit you are looking for, as it has the biggest effect on where you should set your vape or e-nail.
Higher temperature dabs, at around 600°F to 800°F, produce more vapor but may burn off certain terpenes, sacrificing some flavor.
Lower temperature dabs, at around 500°F to 600°F, do not produce as much vapor but these low temp dabs preserve terpene profile a little bit longer contributing to better flavor.
Remember high temp dabs equal more vapor but less flavor and low temp dabs give you less vapor but more flavor. Choose the right temperature that works best for you!
Different Dabs Need Different Heats
Various heats work better or worse for various concentrates. Generally, if the concentrate tends to be really viscous and it liquefies and pools in the bottom of your nail or atomizer, such as with shatter or distillates, it requires a higher heat to be able to fully vaporize without collecting and being hard to consume.
If you find that your concentrates are being incinerated or leaving behind un-smokable black residue consistently, as may happen with some dry cannabis concentrates like your waxes and crumbles at very high temperatures, you will want to turn it down.
The more viscous the concentrate, the more likely you will need a higher temperature to ensure that it has all been consumed. Below is a short list of suggestions for some different concentrate styles and what temperatures work best for them. Use this as a way to compare your concentrate to some of the more well-known varieties out there, and play around with the highs and lows of each section to figure out what works for you.
Low Heat (400°F to 500°F): Wax, Crumble
Mid Heat (500°F to 700°F): PHO, BHO
High Heat (700°F to 800°F): Shatter, Oil
Atomizer or Nail Material
Most vaporizers and e-nails are equipped with safe materials but not all vaporizers are safe. Safety is a top priority at Bee-Nails and that is why you will only find medical and food grade materials with the highest boiling points to avoid the potential of inhaling any toxic fumes. The three most trusted materials are titanium, quartz and ceramic.
The Bee-Nails GoBee Portable Vaporizer comes equipped with a dual quartz coiled atomizer in a ceramic chamber with titanium coils, including the three top rated vaporizer materials.
There are other good materials out there that other vaporizers may have like aluminum and stainless steel but with higher heat capabilities with an e-nail the three mentioned materials are most recommended.
As an example, the boiling point of aluminum is only 1220°F compared to the higher boiling points of quartz at 2192 °F, ceramic at 3000°F, and titanium at 3034 °F. Higher boiling points means less probability of toxic fumes in your lungs.
You also have to keep heat retention in mind because it’s not all about heat resistance. Glass nails have a very high melting point but they can easily break at very high temperatures and don’t retain heat very well.
Instead, opt for titanium, ceramic or quartz nails to go with your e-nail. Not only do they retain heat more effectively, but they can reach much higher temperatures without danger of damage.
Choose safe vaporizers. Be sure to check for suggested temperature specifications to make sure you are not going to fry any circuitry. Usually, vaporizers can handle all temperatures suggested in this list, but some models may only support specific wattage and therefore restrict your temperature options. Happy vaping!
This article highlights the key things to consider when finding the perfect temperature for your e-Nail or vape.
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The Ultimate Dabbing Temperature Guide: Finding the Best Enail Temp
When it comes to choosing cannabis concentrates to use with your enail kit, we won’t be the first to tell you that the options out there are endless: between juicy live resin, pungent shatter, and frosty diamonds, the types of sauce are as unique as they are diverse. There’s an option out there for everyone, and that’s exactly why things can get a bit tricky for dabbers looking to try them all – figuring out how to get the most out of each one is no easy feat!
An often overlooked detail is that what actually makes all the difference between different concentrate types isn’t THC or CBD content, but rather terpene type and content. Terpenes are the flavor and scent molecules found in and extracted from the crystal-like trichomes on cannabis plants and are responsible for creating varying flavor profiles and effects. To get the most out of the terpene profiles and maximize their flavor nuance and complexity, finding the right temperature for dabbing is incredibly important. Not only does the best enail temp fit vary by strain and terpene content, but it’s actually sparked (no pun intended) quite a bit of debate about which works best.
In this blog, we’ll dive into some of the idiosyncrasies and best practices when it comes to finding the best temp for dabs with your MiniNail.
Less Heat + Terpenes = Perfect Dab Temp
Let’s start with an overview: having a basic understanding of how dabbing works will help understand why temperature levels are so important. Concentrates are made by extracting cannabinoids from the plant, and their effects are activated when heated convectively instead of conductively. As explained in Hemper, “convective heating is healthier, smoother, and more effective because it doesn’t ‘burn off’ and waste the essential and active ingredients in the concentrate.” Convective heating also allows you to control the temperatures at which you heat your concentrates – which is why so many frequent dabbers have turned to using an enail instead of the classic, yet dated, torching method.
Different terpenes will be more noticeable at different temperatures, for example:
- Humulene (435 ° F): Flavors of woody earthiness will act as anti-inflammatory agents and help with appetite suppression and pain.
- Pinene (420-430 ° F): Sharp and sweet, these flavors of pine are generally helpful with inflammation and asthma.
- Caryophyllene (390 ° F): Peppery, woody, and spicy, this terpene profile assists with muscle spasms, pain, and insomnia.
- Linalool (388 ° F): On the fruitier and floral citrusy side, users will experience relief from insomnia, stress, and anxiety.
- (Limonene 350 ° F): With citrus-heavy notes of lemon and orange, Limonene aids with anxiety and depression.
- Myrcene (330-334 ° F): Myrcene, with flavors of herbal clove and citrus, helps users with its anti-inflammatory qualities.
Getting the Most Out of Terps: Cold Start Dabs
One of the biggest advantages of using lower temperatures when dabbing is the ability to get the most out of your concentrates. This method is called a cold-start dab, in which users will load their concentrate of choice onto the nail before heating it. This creates an opportunity to better preserve cannabinoids that, in a hotter setting, would actually get burnt off and lost.
Understanding Temperature-Based Effects
It’s important to note that there is such a thing as an enail temperature being either too hot or too cold – so, let’s break down some of the details that come with different temperature levels.
32°F – 310°F (0°C – 154°C) : Usually far too low to actually vaporize the concentrate, these temperatures won’t yield much in terms of clouds and vapor, producing little effect or flavor.
315°F – 450°F (157°C – 232°C) : A perfect place for low-temperature dabbing, this temperature range vaporizes terpene profiles without burning them, allowing for the best possible flavor as originally intended by the extraction process.
450°F – 600°F (232°C – 315°C): In this medium temperature setting, you’ll experience lower flavor profiles but likely higher cloud production.
600°F – 900°F (315°C – 482°C) : Users who dab in this range will see their concentrates combust quickly and produce thick, smoky clouds upon vaporizing. Note that much of the unique flavors will be lost at these temperatures as the terpenes will be more burnt off.
900°F + (482°C +) : We don’t recommend any temperatures in this range – not only do they usually create harsh and burnt hits, but they will actually get to the point of being unsafe as carcinogens and toxins are released in vapor form at these temperatures.
Here at MiniNail, we’re all about making sure that you are having the best dabbing experience time and time again. For more information about tips, tricks, and best practices, make sure to follow us on Instagram! We post new info all the time and would love to share it and connect with you!
Heat level is crucial to the dabbing experience. So what's the best temperature for dabbing cannabis concentrates with an enail? MiniNail is here to answer all of your questions on dabbing temp, including what terpenes are expressed at different temperatures!