December 4, 2014

What is the Best Dab Rig for Me?

December 4, 2014
Dab Rig

What Is The Best Dab Rig For Me?

Dabs are next level.  I talk to a lot of pot smokers and some of them absolutely prefer dabbing cannabis concentrates to smoking cannabis flower.  Many people, however, are intimidated by the cost of a rig and torch.  Sometimes this is because it does not fit their lifestyle and sometimes it is just too much equipment and set up/clean up.  However, especially for some medical marijuana patients, dabbing is the only method of delivery that allows consumers to get the desired effects of cannabis consumption. If purchasing a dab rig feels right for you, there are several factors to consider.  

Dab Rig Sets and Dab Sets

A dab set or dab rig set are likely the best products to start your search.  Dab rigs are water pipes, or bongs, that have been innovated for consumption of dabs, or cannabis concentrates, such as wax, shatter, or crumble and many others.   The right dab rig for you provides smooth, strong hits, which is made possible by their ability to vaporize and cool the cannabis concentrate and it heats.  Some dab rigs come alone, and others come in dab rig sets that include other accessories and/or attachments for dabbing.  

To begin doing dabs in the comfort of your own home, you will first need a torch, preferably one that will last a long time and efficiently heat any dab rig nail you have.  These can generally be purchased at head shops, smoke shops, cannabis retail shops, and dispensaries (although you should always call first to check on availability and pricing), or you can purchase the Bonjour Creme Brulee torch from Bed Bath and Beyond.  These are essentially the same torches sold in head shops but with a different color scheme, and they are only $29.99.  

Once you have selected a torch, the next thing that you will need is the dab rig itself.  Also known as an oil rig, your dab rig should only be used only for cannabis concentrates, and never for cannabis flower. The resin that builds up in the chamber from combusting flower greatly affects the taste of your dabs, and not in a good way.  Hence the need for a separate rig, rather than simply obtaining an attachment for your existing bong.  

Dab Rig
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A dab rig consists of a glass chamber filled with water, and a male or female downstem where either a glass, quartz, titanium, or ceramic nail rests. The dab nail is also called a banger. My personal favorite of all the nails you can choose from is quartz.  It has the clean flavor of glass, but much more durability, and a good domeless quartz nail can last for quite a while.

How Much is a Dab Rig?

Top-rated dab rigs will cost at least $70Dab Rig and if you want one of the best you are probably looking at spending upwards of $500 with the most expensive dab rigs out there running around $700.  While you can certainly find cheap dab rigs as well, I would suggest checking into the product and brand quality before you make your final decision.  This is the cost of the dab rig itself and does not include the cost of the torch or any accessories or upgrades with bangers etc. 

How Do You Pick a Good Dab Rig?

There are several factors to consider when choosing a dab rig, especially quality, cost, preferred model, and size.  Pick a good dab rig that meets your needs in terms of how you prefer to do dabs and how much space you have to set it up and store it, and expect to spend anywhere from $40-$300 for many models.  

What is the Best Portable Dab Rig?

Portable dab rigs have definitely come a long way in a short period of time, and there are many models on the market now.  Cannabis consumers who prefer to take their dabs on the go and don’t like dab pens will generally agree that the Puffco Peak is the best portable dab rig there is, although it comes at price compared to others that are available. However, as cannabis legalization continues to roll out in the U.S. and the laws change, there will only be room for more innovations in the vaporizer sector with both dab rigs and other cannabis concentrate consumption specialty products. 


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