Dab tools have really made it easier to use your concentrates. Long gone are the days where getting smoking was a simple affair. All you really needed was quality herb and some rolling paper or a pipe. While you might miss how simple and straightforward it might have been back then, there's a big payoff in the current transformation.
Concentrates are making large strides in innovation and effectiveness along with efficiency. Rolling and smoking simply won't do anymore and dab accessories are starting to lead the way. Especially when alternatives such as dabbing exist to revitalize the entire experience altogether. This is why dab tools and accessories are required now.
Why You Need Dab Tools?
As awesome as dabbing sounds, you're going to need a set of basic dab tools and accessories to get you started. Having these dab tools in your arsenal makes it a whole lot more convenient for you. Some of the items listed down below are also mandatory for anyone who's looking to dip their toes into the world of high-end dabbing accessories.
Before anything else, it's important to get acquainted with the most commonly used materials utilized in every dab tool. Each material has its own unique strengths and weaknesses so it's vital to know what's what in order to discover the gear best suited for you.
Glass has always been the go-to material for pretty much everything smoking related since time immemorial. It's easy to find a purchase, inexpensive and comes in a large variety of shapes, sizes and designs to tickle your fancy. Unfortunately, glass is one of the worst materials to use in any dabbing rig as it really doesn't have any benefits aside from its lower price point.
Its most notable drawback is that glass breaks too easily from being heated up to high temperatures. This is something that's a no-no in dabbing where the nail has to be heated up to a point where it can vaporize your concentrate. For first-timers or beginners, you might be tempted to pick up the cheapest basic dabbing rig which will no doubt be made out of glass. Just keep in mind that you'll be getting your money's worth out of that purchase especially when compared to performance and durability of the materials listed below.
The most durable material for a dab tool is titanium. It can definitely take a beating even when exposed to high temperatures from your torch. Titanium dab tools have a decent ramp-up time when heated. They usually require only 15-30 seconds of heating up before its ready. Titanium nails are accessories that are practically impossible to break and can only be damaged when subjected to maximum abuse.
Now, this might not come as a surprise but titanium is the most expensive out the three materials. It can merit a serious investment on your part. Titanium nails also need to be seasoned prior to use as heating it up without seasoning will have a strong tendency to affect the overall flavor of the concentrate for the worse.
On the other hand, titanium nails have excellent heat retention properties, making it a lot easier for you to control the temperature of your dab.
Considered to be a good median between glass and titanium price-wise, quartz nails heat up the fastest requiring only 5-15 seconds of torching before its ready to go. While not quite as durable as titanium, quartz has a strong upper hand when compared to the fragility of glass and as long as proper heat application is followed, you really won't have to worry about breaking a quartz glass banger when heating it up.
Another great quality of quartz is its consistently viewed as the material which delivers the best flavor from all dabbing accessories. This makes it the most popular option of all three. Unlike titanium nails, quartz glass banger are ready for use straight after purchasing and don't require any seasoning at all.
Different Tools for Dabbing Accessories
Usually crafted out of durable quartz or glass bangers have been the go-to weapon of choice for most dabbers as they are easy to use and easy to find. When choosing a glass banger, it's important to take note of the joint connection. If your water pipe rig has a narrow joint opening, you'll most likely need a female glass banger. If the joint of your rig has a wider open bore diameter, a banger with a male joint should be the way to go.
As popular as bangers are for their ease of use and excellent performance, there are those who aren't impressed with the aesthetics of your average glass banger as the visual design can be quite reminiscent of dab tools. This is why some turn to titanium or ceramic nails instead for their much improved and more modern look.