Dab Rigs are a filtration device used to consume concentrates or "dabs". Unlike a bong, dab rigs are designed specifically for concentrates, and will provide better flavor and consistency when used to vaporize concentrates compared to a bong, which is designed for dry herb or tobacco use.
Dab Rigs have gained popularity in recent years thanks to increasing access to concentrates throughout the USA and internationally over the last several years.
How do dab rigs work?
Dab Rigs use water to cool the vapor produced by placing a "dab" of concentrates onto a hot "dab nail".
While the dab nail acts a a melting pot, a user places their lips on the mouthpiece and inhales. This suction pulls the vapor into the dab rig, through the downstem, and into the water chamber. The water chamber acts as a radiator and instantly cools the hot vapor to a temperature that is comfortable for your lungs to inhale.
Almost every dab rig features some type of diffusion, which forces the vapor through a series of small, submerged holes -- forming millions of tiny, beautiful bubbles! These tiny bubbles put more vapor into direct contact with water, resulting in a faster cooling time than you'd get with one big vapor bubble. This faster cool prevents the concentrates from overcooling, and coating the inside of your glass with unused concentrate.
Factors to consider when you buy a dab rig online:
Pick a style, any style! Popular options include Classic Dab Rigs, Mini Rigs, Nectar Collectors, E-Rigs, Silicone Dab Rigs, and Dab Pens. Read more about the styles we offer below.
Analog or Digital? It's 2019, and the age of bluetooth dabs is here. While many dabbers savor the classic process of heating a quartz banger nail with a dab torch and carefully timing their dabs, many modern dabbers are taking full advantage of the convenience, efficiency, and portability offered by digital E-Rig solutions like the Puffco Peak, Pulsar RoK, and G-Pen Connect.
At home or portable? Whether you like to dab on the couch, in the park, on the beach or a windy mountain, we have a dab rig that will fit your needs. If you're dabbin' at home the options are virtually endless. A classic dab rig with a quartz banger nail makes be a great addition to any living room. Clumsier dabbers may want to stick to silicone dab rigs, as they're virtually unbreakable no matter how many times "your dog" knocks them off the coffee table ;)
Those who dab on the go may prefer the convenience of a nectar collector or E-Rig. A nectar collector acts as a long, dab straw which can be used to take dabs right out of a silicone jar. An E-Rig on the other hand offers a complete digital dabbing experience, complete with low or high temp dabbing, water filtration, and simple breakdown for cleaning.
How often do you dab? If you're a daily user, you'll want something that can withstand the inevitable "oopsies" that happen to any daily driver. If you dab often you'll also want a dab rig you can clean easily, because dabbing from a dirty rig is unsanitary and just generally gross. DankStop offers a wide assortment ofglass cleaning solutionsto keep your dab rig clean.
Keep in mind, glass is fragile no matter how thick or well built. Be sure to protect your investment with our Glass Warranty Program,Piece Protect.
What tools do I need to dab?
Unlike smoking dry herbs -- which requires little more then some herb and a lighter, dabbing requires a few accessories to get started. Unless you're using an E-Rig, you'll need the following items for a complete dabbing experience.
For starters you'll need a dab nail. Dab Nails are available in a variety of styles and materials, the most common being the "Quartz Banger Nail".
Dabbers are used as a want to transfer concentrates from their container to your dab nail. Dabbers are available in a variety of sizes, colors, and tip styles to work with any consistency of concentrates.
Keeping your rig (and especially your dab nail) clean is an essential part of a health dabbing experience. You'll want to make sure you q-tip a banger nail after each dab to extend the life of your quartz banger nail.
Why use a dab rig? How are they different from bongs?
The first thing you'll notice about the average dab rig is its compact size. When it comes to dab rigs, the old saying is true:It's not the size that counts!
Dab rigs tend to be on the smaller side for good reason. Since dabs don't use combustion, the vapor they produced requires a specific range of temperature for consumption. If the vapor is too hot, you'll burn off the terpenes in your concentrate ruining the flavor. If the vapor is too cold, it'll solidify before you can inhale it, covering the inside of your glass with wasted concentrate and robbing you of a dab. A smaller rig ensures quick airflow and a faster cooling time, so the vapor moves and cools quickly, but can't sit still long enough to overcool.
In fact, some brands, such asMJ Arsenal specifically create miniature rigs only a few inches tall. Thanks to the scientifically calculated designs used in the water chambers and pathways, mini dab rigs provide a ton of flavor through a thick, dense vapor consistency.
Over recent years, glass blowers have discovered ways to make high functional, fast cooling dabs rigs in an assortment of sizes, shapes, materials, designs, attachments, themes, and smoke styles. DankStop aims to offer a large selection of dab rigs online to be sure we have something to fit any consumption style.
What's a Recycler Rig?
Recycler Rigs are a type of dab rig that uses carefully placed water chambers and pathways to create a feedback loop, re-filtering the same vapor several times before it's inhaled without overcooling.
Glassblowers have found ways to utilize everything from venturi chambers to propellor percs in their recycler designs, all in an effort to deliver a more potent and flavorful dab. We've collected our favorite recycler rigs from glass blowers, manufacturers, and designers all over the world to create a premium assortment of recycler rigs available online.
E-Rigs, or "Smart Rigs" are all-in-one, battery powered dab rigs. E-Rigs replace your glass dab rig, dab nail, and dab torch combo with one portable, rechargeable device.
Pioneered by the Puffco Peak, Electronic Dab Rigs, or "E-Rigs", have taken the market by storm in recent years. Following the overwhelming success of the Puffco Peak, dozens of similar devices have been launched since with a variety of features and price points.
Looking back, E-Rigs feel like a natural evolution to "E-Nails". A/C powered "Electronic Dab Nails" replace your dab torch with a digital, temperature controlled heating element that's ready when you need it. E-Nailsare great for at-home use and are super convenient on your coffee table. However, you may be better off with a complete E-Rig solution if you plan on taking dabs on the go.
Some of the most popular options today include Puffco Peak, Pulsar RoK, and G-Pen Connect. DankStop offers all major brands of E-Nails, E-Rigs, and their accessories such as replacement atomizers and e-nail coils.
What are the main parts of a dab rig?
1. Mouthpiece -This is where you will inhale from. Different styles and shapes are available to create an airtight seal regardless of your mouth or face shape.
2. Dab Nail - This is heated up using a dab torch to create a melting dish for your concentrates. Dabs are placed in the nail and instantly vaporized, and the resulting vapor is pulled through the joint, through the percolator, and up the mouthpiece for your enjoyment. .
3. Joint - This is the a connection between a dab rig and a dab nail. You'll notice "joint sizes" and "joint genders" referred to on certain products such as bongs, dab rigs, and glass attachments, as they are used to tell is two products are compatible to create an airtight connection.
Popular joint sizes include 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm, and all in both male and female varieties. You'll need to insert a dab nail or dry herb bowl into the joint to use it a water pipe.
4.Diffusion - Diffusion is the effect produced by a "Percolator", or a strategically placed series of openings along a glass tube through which smoke or vapor is filtered in the water chamber of a bong or dab rig. This breaks up your vapor into tiny bubbles, cooling them faster than they would through a single opening.
Dab Rig FAQ
Q: How do I reclaim the dried concentrate from my rig?
A: Depending on your rig, you may not be able to reclaim your unused concentrates. Werecommend always using a Reclaim Catcher to salvage as much reclaim wax as possible, while also keeping your rig from getting clogged with unused concentrates.
Q: How do I clean my dab rig?
A: Keeping your rig clean is easy, but an important part of the dabbing process. Unlike abowl, a dirty banger nail will become virtually unusable if you don't clean it after each use.
While it may seem tedious, cleaning your dab rig and banger nail is easy. For the nail, keep a stack of q-tips near by, preferably with some 99% Isopropyl Alcohol. After each dab, dip a q-tip in alcohol and clean the inside of the banger nail.
Be sure to change the water in your dab rig after every use. After a while you will notice a residue build up on the walls of your glass or silicone dab rig. This resin coating is easily removable using the same 99% Isopropyl Alcohol, or a wide variety of dedicated glass and quartz cleaners. Popular optionsResolution Cleaner, Randys Glass Cleaner, and Klear 420 Kryptonite Cleaner. DankStop offers dozens of options to clean your dab rig including cleaning caps and plugs.
A: From an effectiveness perspective, absolutely! E-Rigs are a great solution to portable dabbing that eliminate the need for a torch and dab nail. High quality e-rigs provide a thick, consistent vapor production when paired with high quality concentrates anywhere - even on a beach!