November 02, 2020 4 min read
What bongs are to dry herb, dab rigs are to concentrates. A dab rig is an essential tool needed for dabbing, the act of vaporizing potent cannabis extracts like wax, crumble, budder, or shatter. Dab rigs work exactly like your everyday bong, but have an upgraded bowl called a nail used specifically for high temperatures and even heating. Tabletop dab rigs are filled with water and sometimes have extra features like percolators or recyclers, which adds additional filtration.
When it comes to dabbing, technique and the type of concentrate used is just as important as the type of dab rig setup you have. Some people prefer the silky smooth vapor and simplicity of an e-rig, while others like to stick to the original method using a water bong, where they have full control of everything from the temperature to the airflow. Dab rigs typically fall into two general categories: tabletop dab rigs or e-rigs:
Also called portable dab rigs, these high-tech devices are easy to use and require less tools. This new type of dab rig has an internal heat source that automatically controls heating and cooling cycles for you and are made to be taken on the go. The latest product to change the dabbing game is the Airis Dabble 2-in-1 Vape which can be smoked like a vape or used instead of a dab nail to turn any bong or glass dab rig into a powerful e-rig.
This cheap dab rig resembles a bubblegum machine, complete with loose marbles that look like gumballs. The eight-inch Bubblegum Dab Rig comes in in green or pink and features a mini matrix percolator for comfortable dabs that don’t hurt the throat.
Some say too much filtration is a bad thing, but one dab from the Double Barrel Dab Rig and you’ll almost certainly disagree. The highlight of this percolator dab rig is the dual jellyfish percolators and curved neck. With this 11-inch glass dab rig, you’ll have silky smooth tokes every time.
The G Pen Roam e-rig by Grenco Science is the most travel-friendly dab rig you’ll ever find. The water is held in a spill-proof borosilicate glass hydrotube that is fully protected by an aluminum alloy shell. In addition to the portable dab rig, the complete package includes a metal dabber, micro USB charging cable, and travel case so you can start dabbing as soon as you open the box. For more info, check out our G Pen Roam product review.
As the most customizable of portable dab rigs, the Puffco Peak has a sleek volcano-shaped design that adds an elegant touch to your dab routine. The e-rig heats up in just 20 seconds and has four heat settings to choose from. The Peak electric dab rig can dish out around 30 dabs on a full charge, which takes just two hours. If you’re looking for Puffco Peak accessories check out the travel pack in our online headshop. We also did a full review on the Puffco Peak that will help you make the right decision.
Available in five pastel colors, the Kandypens Oura electric dab rig is lightweight, easy to use, and made for smokers on the go. It has four temperature settings that go up to a whopping 1090°F and will automatically shut off when not in use to save battery life because the last thing you want is to reach for your e-rig and it’s out of juice. Read through our Kandypens Oura review for all the details.
For more information about dabbing and roundups of some of the best dab products, check out our articles Best Electric Dab Rigs For Sale, 8 Best Dab Tools,and our Puffco Peak vs Kandypens Oura buying guide.
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