Dab Rigs also called oil rigs or wax rigs, are bongs used for concentrates and can also referred to as waxes, oils, shatter, or "dabs." Most any bong can be used as a dab rig (as long as you swap out your bowl for a banger or nail)
What exactly is a dab?
Dabs are oil concentrates containing high dosages of THC extracted from cannabis. Dabs are often created by using butane or ethanol to separate the THC from the plant. The end result is a strong concentrate that is strong in small amounts(dabs).
What exactly is dabbing?
The dabbing is the process of smoking the dab. Normally achieved by using a wand to apply a small amount of wax (a dab) to a heated nail (which vaporizes the dab) click here to learn more about dab nails.
Difference between a Banger and Nail
There are two different technologies used for dabbing that basically just comes down to preference.
Aquartz Bangeris typically heated with a torch until it becomes red hot, then (after allowing it to cool briefly) the concentrates are simply applied to the banger.
Anailthe, same way, is heated until it's hot and then allow it to cool for some time
Keep in mind, in both methods, heat should be applied only to the nail or quartz banger. Any heat applied to other parts of the rig can damage the glass.
How Do You Use a Dab Rig?
First, you will need a rig such as those presented below. Be sure that you are using a quality nail to heat your rig. It is important to seasonI(prepare) a newly bought nail to remove any chemicals it might have from manufacturing. season the nail by placing it on to the rig and torch the nail until it is red hot. Apply wax(preferred) or water. Repeat about 3 times and the Nail and rig will be ready for use.(Seasoning the nail only has to be done once for new nails).
Glass Rigs Vs Ceramic and Metal Rigs
Most Dabbing rigs are made of glass but some can also be found to be made of silicone, or some other composite material.
The same goes for the nail:You can find glass and ceramic nails as well as metal nails.
The different materials will have different heating tolerances and you might need to experiment with them to figure out the right combination of heating time and cool down.
Ceramic and Metal nails retain heat far differently then a glass nail would.
Dab Rig Design
Dab Rigs come in all shapes and sizes just like a bong. A bigger rig has more volume and can handle more smoke. This gives your smoke more time to cool down.
A smaller rig might not have the same volume but the smoke will tend to retain its flavors better for a better-tasting hit.
Certain Rigs may combine the use of percolators to further filter the smoke.
Dab Rig Price
Naturally, the bigger rigs with more percolators will tend to run higher in price as these rigs require more glass and craftsmanship to manufacture.
Smaller rigs may be cheaper but it gets the job done when you are just starting out.
Consider spending the money on a bigger rig if your looking to get more serious with your smoking sessions in the future. These higher-priced rigs are also better for entertaining and a lot of them tend to have really interesting designs
Can I buy dab rigs for cheap?
Dab rigs tend to be higher priced and users typically demand a better quality of pice. However, we proudly present dab rigs for sale under $30 dollars. Keep in mind that any bong can be converted into a dab rig as long as you have the proper nail and joint size.
-Be sure to point the flame away from the bong so that your glass does not break. Nails are designed to absorb the heat of your torch but not the bong glass!
-After heating the nail waiting 10-20 seconds will give the optimum rip(depends on the type of nail used) You might need to experiment with the optimal heat amount for your particular nail. Excessive temperatures can effectively destroy the cannabinoid compounds so its well advised to allow a brief cool down. Optimum temperatures for vaporizing lie between 300-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Not allowing the nail to cool will lead to burnt smoke that does not result in a high or benefits.
-some users use a dedicated dab rig so that resin from smoking flower does not interfere with the clean dab rip.
-Be warned it is easy to develop resistance to THC if one excessively dabs.