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What is A Dab Rig and How to Dab?

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Dab rigs take concentrates to the next level. A powerful and exciting method of using concentrates, dabbing, delivers the most mind-blowing effects. It is the purest method of imbibing these delicate, high-quality, and expensive concoctions.

What is a Dab Rig?

Swiss Fab Egg Dab Rig

A dab rig delivers so much in terms of purity and intensity. It's a glass device with a combination of tools and accessories designed to vaporize concentrates. Just like bongs, dab rigs filters vapor through the water at its base. However, dab rigs are small than the bongs, providing less drag, so the smoke moves to the lungs in a quick manner and retains more potency. Dab rigs are not for beginners; they are best in the hands of legends who appreciate the strong, streamlined effects and heavy flavors that the extract and dab rigs provide. There are several components required to use dab rigs and pipes. Herein are the materials that are required to use a dab;


It's a device that is used for the consumption of concentrates. Most of these rigs are made up of a glass water pipe that vaporizes concentrate. Dab rigs and bongs are considered rigs. The rig connects to a nail or bowl.

Dab Nail:

It is an element of heating that is attached to a rig. It's made out of glass, ceramic, quartz, and titanium. Each material has its own unique set of slightly different qualities that help them retain heat for a given period. The longer the retention, the better. There are different types of dab nails whose heating temperatures vary differently.

Quartz Nail

It heats up very quickly; however, it has very less heat retention. This allows the dabbers to get to ideal temperatures quicker and enjoy their terpenes' true flavors. It never gives off harmful gasses since it's the type that heats up fast.

  • Electric Nail:

Enail Kit

Unlike quartz nail, it's the most expensive nail. E-nail is an element of heating that is powered by an electric current. It has a box controller that drives the electricity flow to a coil, which then heats the nail. For electric nail, you don't have to wait for temperatures to cool off to load concentrate on the nail; it regulates its own heat to desirable good temperatures.

Dabber(Dab Wand):


A Dabber(also known as Dab Wand) is a must have dab tool for every dab lover. There are variety of types of dabbers in the market now. Stainless steel, titanium, quartz and glass are the most commonly used materials. Choosing which dabber is usually determined by the concentrates that you intend to use.

Dab Wax:

Dab Wax

This is the concentration that is added to a dab rig for vaporization to take place. It is a dose of concentrate of half-size a grain of rice put in a banger and vaporized for inhaling.

Dab Container:

Concentrate Container

They are nonstick containers made of either silicone or glass and can be used for storage containers for wax. They are accessories used by anyone who is regularly dabbing, and it is already known that waxy buildups can plague incorrect storage space.

Carb Cap:

Carb CapIt's like a lid; it covers your dab as it vaporizes. A carb cap traps heat and allows you to have a long time for your dab session before it needs to be heated again. It lets you dab at lower temperatures; high temperatures interfere with the terpene's concentrate flavors, to the extent of burning the extract.

Quartz Insert:

Quartz Insert

They are bucket-shaped containers that are loaded with concentrate and placed inside a banger. They are made to fit in a banger. The insert creates a thick barrier of the quartz between your banger's bottom side, concentrates on the direct heat, and helps with temperature control. With this barrier in place, your concentrates are well vaporized by induction instead of the direct-contact heat. In fact, you can try and skip your 'cool-down' time at once and place the insert inside your banger right after hitting it up a torch and still get a super low-temperature dab.

Terp Pearls:

Terp PearlsThey are tiny pearl-like balls that assist you in achieving low-temperature dabs that preserve terpenes. The goal is to achieve lower-temperature dabs; terp pearls are a hit. With terp pearls, dabbers will experience less "puddles" and more flavorful hits. There will be no room for burning high-quality concentrate.


Butane Torch

Unlike E-nail that uses electric current, a torch is used to heat a traditional nail to the desired temperatures. The torch heats the nail that vaporizes the concoction for dabbers to inhale and feel a lot of goodness.

How Does A Dab Rig Work?

Dabbing offers powerful highs and a flavor-packed experience. Heat is not directly applied to the concentrate. Dab rigs vaporize the concentrates without the need for combustion. By heating its nail for a given period of time, a hot surface glows, turning the concentrate on the nail into vapor. As you inhale, the vapor is drawn from the water chamber to your lungs.

A Step-by-Step Procedure of Dabbing

Step 1

Secure your nail to the dab rig. It is absolutely very crucial. Ensure it is well-positioned and fastened to avoid wobbling before you heat it up.

Step 2

After heating the nail fully using a heating element, it is advisable to heat the nail uniformly until you notice a reddish glow on the hot nail. Depending on the nail's thickness and your torch's power, heat your nail for 30 seconds. Some nails have materials that heat quickly while others are slow on heat. If you are using a quartz nail or banger, heat it until it turns red.

Ensure the nail is not so hot to burn the extract but hot enough to vaporize the concentrate immediately; it lands on the nail. It's a delicate balance, which is why an electric nail can work best since its heat is always under control. It might be expensive but worthwhile.

Step 3

Let the nail cool down. The amount of time you need depends on the thickness and material of your nail or banger. However, a general rule is to let your nail cool twice as long as it took to heat it. The nail retains its heat after torching, therefore, be cautious not to burn your skin. Low-temperature dabs have very high flavor but smooth on the lungs.

They give a good hit to veterans when inhaling. If using an electric nail, you don't have to wait for it to cool down. The current will heat the nail to the precise temperature you tell it to. Your nail's target temperature should be around 300-450 degrees Fahrenheit (149-232 degrees Celsius) to get the most flavor out of your concentrates; the highness that comes with it is heavenly!

Step 4

After the heat is lowered, using a dabber, place as much concentrate as you want on the dab's rig hot nail. When you heat properly, the concentrate evaporates very fast. Place your mouth slowly on the dab rig, and calmly start to inhale the vapor. Don't be quick to inhale. Else you will choke and mess with your throat or even the lungs, be slow on the concentrate.

In case you cough, the heat on the nail might still be high; allow it to cool off. Place a carb cap on the banger to vaporize the dab better while inhaling. The cap should be airtight until all the extract has evaporated. It traps all the heat to ensure you get a breathtaking experience. To clear all the vapor out of the rig, lift the cap for air to escape. You start experiencing the impact of the dab within seconds after exhaling.

Step 5

Once finished inhaling, ensure to clean your nail. During dabbing, toxins collect on the nail. Therefore, always keep the nail clean to avoid the residue from changing the flavor when having another session of dabbing. First, allow the nail to cool down a bit, then use a cotton dipped in alcohol to wipe the inside of the warm nail and clean away excess residual from the nail. Besides, cleaning the nail makes your dab rig last for a long period of time.

How to dab without a rig?

Dab rigs are really fun and efficient; however, they are not the only tools that one can use to consume concentrate. Some ways are more convenient if you do not want to attract a public eye. While others are cost-effective. Whatever the reason, it is worth the effort to learn more than one method of smoking dabs.

(1) Use a Nectar Collector to Dab

Nectar Collector

A nectar collector also called a dab straw, does not waste any wax. Nectar collectors are becoming increasingly more common. A nectar collector is an elementary device that is generally very easy to use and easy to clean. To use a nectar collector, you will need a dab mat and a torch. After you place the extract in a glass, heat the nectar collector's tip with a torch until it's reddish.

Allow the device to cool off, place your mouth, and then inhale gently from the sector's cool side. There are also electric nectar collectors that make torches completely unnecessary to carry.

(2) Water Bong or Bubbler

Water Bong

A bong is not as complex as a dab rig. It's a simple filtration device with a bowl, carb, stem, base, and tube. First, you put water in the bong. Then load the bowl with a concentrate. Light up the bowl as you inhale gently. The smoke is filtered through the water for a smooth hit.

(3) Wax Vaporizers

Wax Vaporizer

Wax vaporizers come with all that you need to get started, including a cleaning brush. They are specifically designed with the products of wax in mind. The vape pens use the lithium-ion as well as batteries of the lithium-polymer and durable waxy chambers to heat wax products consistent until the production of vapor.

(4) Dab Pen

Dab Pen

Dab pen, also called a wax pen, is a pen-style vaporizer for concentrate called wax. They have rechargeable batteries attached to them; hard-hitting ones use coils while others use ceramic coil-less heating system geared towards vapor. Remove the cap to access the coil and load the dab directly into the heating chambers. However, ensure the device is charged and turned on to hold the fire button down while inhaling. A dab pen is easier to use than a dab rig.

How to clean a dab rig?

You will need the following substances to clean and leave the components of your dab rig sparkling clean:

  • 99% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • Water
  • Sea salt
  • A sealable plastic bag
  • Cotton swab

Step 1:

Torch Your Nail

When you torch your nail, you get rid of the combustion that can clog your nail. If the carbon burns remain on the nail, the flavor in the concentrate changes as well. Torching will allow the build up of residual to burn off completely to prepare the dab rig for the next round. However, you can still soak a cotton swab in alcohol and clean your nail's surface to get rid of the residues completely.

Step 2:

Detach the nail, soak it in alcohol.

Dabbing repeatedly causes the nail to have buildups. In case you touch, and still, the pin isn't clean enough, soak the nail in a container filled with alcohol then seal it. You can add salt and often shake the bag to remove the residue.

Step 3 :

Drain the water from your dab rig.

It is advisable to change the water in your rig daily. Especially if you use your rig more often, drain the old water in a sink. This helps prevent the residues and ensure the flavor and purity of the vapor is a bit top-notch.

Step 4:

Add alcohol to the rig

The bottom of your rig might have buildups too after heating. Fill it with alcohol. For deeper clean, add some sea salt until it covers the bottom part.

Step 5:

Shake your rig.

You cover all the openings of your rig. You can use your hands or fitting caps then shake your rig well to dissolve the build ups around it.

Step 6:

Rinse the rig and nail.

After shaking and clearing the build-ups from your rig and nail, rinse them well

Using warm water. Keep shaking the rig as you rinse to wash off the remaining residue as required.

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15 Best Dab Pens and Wax Vaporizers in 2020

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The popularity of waxes and concentrates in legalized states has been on the rise in recent years. The high demand has led to the production of the dab pen that can handle shatter, extracts, waxes, dabs as well as concentrates.

What Is Wax or Dab? 

Wax is a product of marijuana that’s made of extracted oils that are highly concentrated. Wax is available in three textures; shatter, crumble, and budder. The two types of wax with the same texture are crumble, and budder and they use the same type of the dab pen. The shatter has a different texture and needs a different pen to vape.

What Is a Dab Pen or Wax Vaporizer?

Dab pen is a vaporizer shaped as a pen used to vape wax and dabs. They are also known as wax vaporizers.A dab pen usually features a battery that is attached to a wax atomizer.

There are wax vaporizers that use heating coils while other coil-less heating systems made from ceramic. The heating systems that are coil-less focus more on the flavor of the vapor. The charging systems of dab pens vary as some use eGo chargers while others utilize Micro-USB cables. A dab pen is more efficient than a dry herb atomizer as it hits much harder and can easily be stored in between vaping sessions.

Best Dab Pens and Wax Vaporizers in 2020

  1. Airis Headbanger Dual-use Wax Vaporizer

The first Wax Vaporizer we will look at is the Airis Headbanger.

Wax Vaporizer and Nectar Collector

The Headbanger has a coil that can turn this wax vaporizer into an electronic nectar collector. Using the Headbanger as a dab pen, with just the press of a button, you can dab on-the-go. It is a dual-use dab pen; therefore, you can choose whether to use the Headbanger as a nectar collector or a wax vaporizer.

The Headbanger wax vaporizer has a large battery capacity of 1500mAh. You can use any Micro USB cable to recharge this vaporizer. This wax vaporizer also has different voltage settings that can be adjusted according to your needs. If you have extra wax, you can easily store it using the quartz storage jar.

  1. Storz and Bickel Mighty

If you’re looking for the best portable wax vaporizer, look no further than the Storz and Bickel Mighty. You don’t need any special technique to learn how to operate this vaporizer. When you use the Storz and Bickel vaporizer, you are sure your herbs will be shred to the right consistency thanks to its grinder.


The Mighty vaporizer has dual lithium-ion batteries that sustain this wax vaporizer for extended vaping sessions. This vaporizer comes equipped with a liquid pad, a cleaning brush, and a wall charger.

  1. PAX 3

If you’re looking for a stylish wax vaporizer, the PAX 3 has got you covered. This vaporizer has an outer shell that’s sleek with finishes that are both eye-catching and elegant. The PAX is robust and consistently puffs out vapor. Fitting the PAX 3 into your pocket is easy, with its oven loaded.

 PAX 3 vaporizer

PAX 3 has more to offer than just being stylish. This wax vaporizer comes with a dual-use chamber that accommodates both concentrate and flower vaporization. It also has a concentrate adapter that you can insert into the oven chamber and use for the evaporation of wax. 

One more feature of this wax vaporizer that’s impressive is its battery power. Once fully charged, the PAX 3 can sustain between eight and ten sessions.

4. Firefly 2+ Vaporizer

If you want a wax vaporizer that stands out when it comes to flavor, then the Firefly 2+ is the best wax vaporizer for you. In just seconds, heat reaches vaping temperatures; hence you don’t have to wait for your turn.

Firefly 2+ Vaporizer

Apart from having the best flavor, the Firefly 2+ is stylish and portable. The body of this vaporizer is constructed from magnesium alloy, while quartz is used to make the viewing portal. The ceramic material ensures the purity of your vape in the heating chamber. With the glass air path made from borosilicate, the vaped concentrates purity is not compromised.

5. Kandypens Galaxy Vaporizer

Want to get the best vape? Kandypens galaxy vaporizer provides you the superior vaping experience. It is also among the best versions of vaporizer from Kandypens. It uses a stainless and quartz chamber. The size of this wax vaporizer is about that of a ballpoint pen. It is non-compatible with dry herbs and totally suitable with all concentrates and wax. It has a gloss enamel covering and glows radiance. KandyPens Galaxy Vaporizer

It is made up of 3 components; the double quartz atomizer, battery, as well as mouth piece. The mouthpiece is large to help in providing the thickest vapor when pulled. To switch on or off, you have to click five times, that makes it difficult to accidentally turn on while the pen remains in the pocket.

  1. Arizer Solo 2

Another wax vaporizer that has the best flavor is the Arizer Solo 2. This vaporizer has one noticeable feature, its glass stem. The glass stem is the secret to this vaporizer’s flavor.

Arizer Solo 2 

Your concentrates are passed through the end of the stem by heat. Once the heat passes through your concentrates, it stays in the glass. With the heat remaining in the glass, the resulting vapor is not only flavorful but also clean.

  1. Mig Vapor WASP

If you want a quick cloud without anyone noticing, you need a dab pen that can fit on the palm of your hands when you are using it. You also need to be able to sneak it back into your pocket when you are done.

 Dab Pen WASP Wax Air Vape

The Mig Vapor Wasp is a dab pen that is portable and user-friendly. This dab pen features only one temperature setting. This pen comes with its temperature already set by the manufacturer. You, therefore, don’t need to worry about adjusting the temperature. The pre-set temperatures don’t alter the texture of your dab during vaping.

The Mig Vapor WASP is made using silicone, which gives it a comfortable feel to the hand when holding it. Its battery has a capacity of 900mAh, giving this dab pen a good staying power. 

  1. Utillian 5 Wax Pen

You should get the Utillian 5 Wax Pen if you are looking for a dab pen that is able to handle large amounts of extracts and, at the same time, pump out a lot of vapor.

Utillian 5 Wax Pen

The Utillian wax pen has four voltage settings that offer you with plenty of flexibility during your wax session. The voltage settings will react differently depending on the atomizer that you are using.

If you want to get a thinner vapor that is rich in flavor, it is recommended you use the lowest two settings. The top two heating settings are for use when you want a lot of clouds.

The Utillian 5 has a triple titanium coil. The triple titanium coil is what enables this dab pen to handle large loads of extracts. The three coils provide the Utillian 5 with the right amount of heat and surface area that enables this vaporizer to work quickly, even with massive loads of wax. 

  1. Focus V Carta

One of the best portable dab rings in the market is the Focus V Carta. Let’s see why this wax vaporizer gets popular.


The Focus V Carta comes in four preset temperatures: 500, 630, 770- and 842-degrees Fahrenheit. With these temperatures, a user has a wide range to use with their concentrates.

Let us look at its battery life. The Focus V Carta comes with removable batteries. This wax vaporizer is powered by two 18350 batteries can easily be swapped with a new pair when the need arises. The Carta E-Nail also comes with a USB-C charging that can be used to offer quicker charge times. 

  1. Puffco Peak 

The Puffco Peak is a wax vaporizer that oozes class and sophistication. This vaporizer is an e-nail that has the following features:

 Puffco Peak

The Puffco Peak wax vaporizer features four temperature levels whose degrees Celsius are 232, 260,288, and 316. The first and second settings are suitable for vaping small amounts of wax while the highest two standards are for vaping large amounts of concentrates and producing thick clouds.

When it comes to charging, the Puffco needs just two hours to be fully charged, and the charge will last the vaporizer for roughly thirty sessions when the battery is fully charged.

  1. Linx Blaze

The Linx Blaze is a dab pen that is both stylish and sleek which provides even heating of concentrates and plenty of flavors.

Linx Blaze

As a user of the Linx Blaze, you are provided with four heat settings that get you a lot of flexibility during your wax sessions. The amount of energy flowing through the atomizer as well as the voltage of the battery are changed by the heat settings.

The Linx Blaze dab pen is designed to use with a Coiless Ace Atomizer. This atomizer has a fully in-laid quartz cup that allows your wax to cook evenly while terpenes preserve the maximum flavor. 

  1. Linx Hypnos Zero

The Link Hypnos is a dab pen with a sleek design. It is credited to be made from stainless steel material. In addition to that, this dab pen has some features of medical-grade material.

Linx Hypnos Zero

Ceramic is used to make its oven, which in turn protects the wax from being contaminated without compromising the flavor of your dab. The dab pen comes with a ceramic atomizer, and due to its compact size, you can vape your wax while on the move. 

The pen is temperature-controlled, and it features four different preset temperatures.

  1. KandyPens Prism Plus 

The Kandypens Prism Plus is a user-friendly dab pen. It comes with a single button that acts as the power and temperature control button. To turn on this vaporizer, use five clicks, and to select the voltage, use three clicks. KandyPens Prism Plus

This vaporizer features a glass mouthpiece that helps in cooling the vapor and preservation of the flavor. The glass design also makes the Kandypens vaporizer look pretty cool. The finish on this vaporizer features stainless steel that makes the vaporizer lightweight but still solid.

The Kandy dab pen features a 320mAh battery that allows it to keep power long enough to use it while traveling. It has four temperatures, 320,350,390, and 430 degrees Fahrenheit, all of which are color-coded. 

  1. Yocan Evolve 2.0

This is a dab pen that works with oils, concentrates, and vape juices. It is a pod-based vaporizer with the pods being refillable and magnetic. It has only one button making it easy for you to control it. 

Yocan Evolve 2.0

The Yocan Evolve 2.0 has a quartz duo coil in its concentrate pod. The duo coil provides you with the purest form of smoke from the concentrates. Apart from having a duo coil, this dab pen has three voltage levels. To adjust the voltage levels, all you do is press the power button three times after switching.

Yocan Evolve 2.0 features a 650mAh battery. This vaporizer only requires 10 seconds to pre-heat. It comes with an in-built preheat function that warms up your concentrates before using the vaporizer for the first time.

  1. Focus V tourist

The Focus V Tourist ranks highly when it comes to the best 2 in 1 vaporizer. This wax vaporizer has two different attachments on for handling waxes and the other herbs. Each attachment comes with its water filter. It has a battery life of one hour when using it continuously.

For herbs, the temperatures you use are 80C-240C, and the temperature used for concentrates is 240C-450C. This vaporizer's shell is made from brushed aluminum, while its heating chamber is ceramic.


In conclusion, a dab pen is a portable device and it’s easy to carry. Besides, they also allow you to decide the amount of your desire vapor simply by adjusting the voltage or temperature. So easy, right?

Moreover, batteries of most dab pens enable vapers to use them for several days. So you’d better buy one.

If you have no idea about how to choose a dab pen, there you have it --- the best dab pens and wax vaporizes in 2020 that will provide you with the best vaping sessions every time.

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