Dab Rigs are an entire category themselves. These rigs are concentrate pipes or oil rigs, and used specifically for the uses of concentrates such as wax, shatter, resin, and oils or dabs. Dab Rigs are designed to maximize the use of your oil, honey or budder. These water pipes diffuse heat evenly without providing intense filtration for a smooth and easy pull. RA EMPIRE offer a wide variety of dab rigs and recycler dab rigs, which tend to be favored for keeping your water and vapor constantly moving in the glass for the least drag with the most flavor.
Find your perfect dabber is frustrating, trust us, we understand, it took us a lot of trial and error to find the perfect rig, so we’ve put together a selection of the best and highest quality borosilicate glass rigs, and dab tools to make your next sesh much easier. We have everything, from dabbers, quartz bangers, carb caps, titanium nails, and much more dab tools.
Dab Rig Shopping Guide:
Yes that glass bong looking thing is much smaller than a bong, but costs the same as a regualr bong, and yes, it’s totally worth it. RA EMPIRE carries all of the latest, and best quality pieces by top rated brands so that you feel confident in your investment!
You’ll need a nail. In order to dab, you’ll need a banger aka nail, this is where your concentrate is held and waiting to be lit up so you can get LIT! Check out our long list of quartz bangers in varying sizes and materials so you can start enjoying your concentrates as soon as possible!
You need various tools. We can’t stress this enough, the tools you use are very important in the dab world, from percs, to dabbers, even down to the torch, everything is important, choose your accessoies wisely, but if you need more help, don’t panic, we have a guide for you with all the different percolator options.
Choosing your Dab Rig:
Dabbing is a smoking technique that has been around for a little over a decade now, and as the world of Cannabis evolves, so does everything else in it. Nowadays, there is a wide variety of dab rigs on the market, and lucky for you, RA EMPIRE happens to carry only the best of the best.
For example, look at the classic faberge egg rig design, small in stature, these guys really pack a punch. Fab eggs feature a tight water chamber to bounce water and concentrate vapor against the walls, sending smooth, clean hits with all the flavor! Style and shape are big factors in the taste and wualty of your smoke, so check out our informational piece regarding the various Dab Rig designs and styles out there, so you can choose the one best for you!
Getting the dab rig itself is one thing, but the nail is the real showstopper on these pieces. After all, without the nail, where would you put the concentrate? Nails can be bought separately from the rig, and come in a variety of styles and sizes, and are also gender based, so just be sure to purchase the appropriate gender to pair with your glass pipe. Some banger nails do come with an adjustable or universal fit, while others are one-dimensional. There’s a great explanation on how to choose the perfect nail here.
Dab Rig Styles
Direct Inject / Classic
The simplest design of them all. The nail column on this style supports a bowl around the top to load in the concentrates. The vapor then travels from the base of the bowl to the top of the nail column and down into the base of the rig. This style of dab rig does not require a dome thanks to its structure.
Daisy or "Castle"
With this design, the nail forms into a bowl on top with slits along the rim that pull the vapor into the base of the rig. These nails don’t work well with carb caps because of their structure, but at the same time, they also don’t require a dome.
Not only are these nails aesthetically pleasing, with a unique asymmetrical design, but they also provide a larger surface area for concentrates, depending on what angle you are holding your rig. Domes are not necessary for this design either.
The most affordable option of all dab rigs, this design does require a dome to catch the vapors and redirect them down into the base of the rig. The concentrates are dropped into a cupped end on this nail where the melted goodies will slide the dome over the top of the nail.
Now the question everyone always asks.....What’s the perfect dabbing temperature? Well guys.....there’s a science to it....
Dabbing involves heating up a nail and dropping in a “dab” of concentrate goodness so it vaporizes. The cannabinoids, terpenes and other goodies are released starting at 315°F and keep coming until the heat reaches 440°, which is when you’re in scorch territory.
But what's the right temperature for maximum enjoyment?
Most dabbers heat their nail up until it glows an angry red, this is to make sure it’s hot enough. Once it’s heated till it’s red, allow it to cool down a bit before dropping your dab. Impatient smokers don't wait long, while others take the time to let the nail mellow.
Pros & Cons
Be careful not to overheat the nail since higher temps provide more intensity. This intense vapor will not produce flavorful hits because it burns to quickly, and you’ll be coughing for a while from the harshness. Lower temps provide smoother hits and are ideal for experiencing the complex terpene profiles of particular cannabis strains, but be aware, lower temperature hits leave valuable products behind.
At DankCartel, we prefer a lower temperature hit, so we could savor the flavor of the concentrate. Plus, coughing uncontrollably sucks!
Low Temperature Tips
For lower temperature hits, heat your nail up ad you normally would, and wait at least 30 seconds before taking the hit. It’s important for the nail t not be red hot, and you should be able to hold your hand flat just above the nail without neing burned. Use your dabber to let your concentrate slide off the dabber, allowing you to cap it quickly. Once capped, you should see beautiful pillows of vapor start to build within your piece and milk it’s way upwards waiting for you to enjoy!
Keep in mind, wait time will vary based on the type of nail used, and the size, so you’ll need to play with it until you get it right. The right temperature dab is crucial, so take your time with this. Perfecting your low temperature dabbing and carb cap usage will give you all of the amazing flavor that your concentrates have to offer and save you money by conserving your oils
Dab Rigs are water pipes that are specifically made to be used with dabs and concentrates. These glass bongs filter the water carrying the vapor up through a chamber close to the mouthpiece, release the vapor for the user to inhale, while maximizing on flavor and airflow since filtration is not as important as when combusting herb.
Dab Rigs tend to work with concentrates the best, but can also be used with flower and herb.
Many glass water pipes and bongs can be used interchangeably by using the appropriate accessory or attachment.