A Dab Nail is basically like the bowl for a bong, while they are heated at different points in the process, both are used to place your concentrate and to feed the vapor (smoke for a bong) into the rig for the user to inhale. The dab nail is placed in the joint of the rig and is the component that is heated to extremely high temperatures. Once it reaches the proper temperature, a dab nail can vaporize a small amount of concentrate instantly, producing tasty clean vapor.
There are many types of dab nails on the market today, some go inside of glass joints and need a dome to be used, while others go over the glass joints and do not require a dome. Every dab rig is designed different and has different needs to function, so be sure to choose a dab nail that is best suitable for your piece. You can find dab nails made of glass, quartz, titanium, and ceramic.
The different types of dab nails available are:
Glass nails are very inexpensive and usually come included with a vapor rig. Glass nails should be heated slowly to prevent them from cracking. They are favored among smokers with some saying they give the best flavor.
Quartz nails, cost more than glass nails, but do not need to be heated as slowly and last longer than glass. When heated to the perfect temperature, quartz nails will provide the perfect dab, producing extreme flavors. Glass and quartz nails are a budget friendly option, but they can be hard to keep from breaking.
Titanium nails are made from solid medical grade 2 titanium. These nails are excellent for those dabbers with butter fingers, if you're prone to dropping your nails, upgrade to a titanium nail for a worry free sesh. Titanium is strong and will hold up to the constant heating and cooling through your dabbing sessions.