If you’re planning on buying a dab rig, there are a few factors to take into consideration before you purchase.
Here are 4 of the most important factors to consider when choosing a new piece – especially a rig.
Pipe Design & Functionality
Every glass pipe expert in the industry understands that these four things determine the overall value of a piece. With dab rigs, these factors are even more important to consider, to ensure you get the best rig for your money.
What to Know About Dab Rigs Before Buying
Pipe Design & Functionality
While this may sound self-explanatory, the method how dab rigs are made is no simple matter. The entire shape and design of a rig will affect how well it will hit. It can take glass blowers years of practice and training before they can make rig designs that are consistent enough in their shape, design and functionality to put them up for sale.
Borosilicate glass pipes are some of the strongest glass pipes you can buy. Pyrex pipes are also decent however, double or triple-blown borosilicate glass pipes are by far the strongest available.
This is always a good factor to consider, as buying from a well-known name brand can give you added security and peace of mind knowing your piece will be high quality from a reputable glass provider.
This factor you could consider the ‘heady glass’ test. How unique is the piece? Is it a custom one-off design? Have there been several made, like a limited edition piece? Or is it in the boro genre where 20+ of the same style pipes have been made to be sold? Obviously the more intricate and unique the glass pipe is, the more expensive it will be.
The Internet Is The Best Place to Shop for Dab Rigs!
You may find it difficult to locate high quality rigs in local glass shops but don’t worry!
The place for high quality, affordable glass pipe shopping right now is online – and dab rigs are front center!
Not only are the glass blowers fantastic artists, their amazing creations allow others to express themselves through their own collection of glass pipes to share with the world! Truly glass pipes in all respects are – a form of self expression – an art.
We are committed to helping our readers become knowledgeable in all four categories. We want to ensure you purchase high quality rigs at accurate prices.
We are not the salesman at your local glass shop. You know which one I’m talking about, right? The one trying to convince you to purchase that boring piece of unoriginal glass at a price four times they paid for it.
We’re just like you. A group of college students, entrepreneurs, 9-5ers and artists. We were tired of getting duped, ripped off and the same old glass selection – and wanted to educate our fellow brothers and sisters out there experiencing the same issues. We are here to educate you and help find the best glass, for you!
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Just remember the four factors I mentioned earlier!
Imagine having a high quality dab rig of your own, that represents your style. There is a bond between a rig and the owner that cannot be broken (no pun intended).
With hundreds of head shops being opened up every month, there should never be any excuse for not owning a cool dab rig. And by cool, I don’t mean the usual 4 inch by 4mm transparent dab rigs found almost in all shops.
A cool dab rig should define who you are, what you stand for, and every time you look at it you should feel gratified and happy with it.
Dab rig owners are not the same typical glass pipe owners. It is no longer just about dabbing or vaporizing.
Owning a dab rig is about efficiency, health, style, and expression.
When someone finds out you dab – there is an almost automatic understanding & friendship that happens between dabbers, isn’t there? 😉
Imagine your friends seeing this stunning piece of artwork in your collection.
The Brandon Clarke mini Fabegg rig and Bruce Wayne Klein recycler rig are two other examples of such elegance.
These handheld pieces of functional artwork are not often found in typical head shops.
With the Internet you know have access to this level of quality 24/7.
So, if you don’t have a dab rig, you want to replace yours or if you just want to have an extra dab rig in the house, the Internet should be the place to buy. Our comprehensive list of cool and affordable dab rigs is the widest you can get.
A dab rig adapter is a type of hollow short pipe with joints at either ends. It is used to connect the dab rig with a drop-down, down-stem, or vapor dome.
Why Do You Need a Dab Rig Adapter?
Any seasoned smoker knows a dab rig adapter is important for a few reasons:
First, not only is it efficient but it is economical – who says smokers can’t be smart too? It enables your rig to become more than just a rig by connecting to a glass smoking bowl, the adapter will ensure you smoke with the convenience of a bowl but smoke quality smoke with your rig.
Second, convenience. Rig adapters are small, usually not more than 15cm long while the width can vary but most are either 14mm or 18mm. Some glass adapters can connect your dab rig with a nail which may be different in size from the rig itself. This is especially possible because most dab rig adapters are designed to ensure they can get connected to a number of smoking tools. Intriguing right?
Third, design ability. Most adapters are simple in nature since their functions are also simple so it can be rare to find a sophisticated adapter. Most however, can either be straight or angled. Angled adapters look better and can be comfortable to hold and use. When connecting them with a glass pipe for example, they get through easily but seal the openings to prevent any possible leakage.
When The Right Size Dab Rig Adapters Unite!
You may be asking yourself, are other types of rig adapters other than glass?
The answer is yes.
You can find quartz, titanium, ceramic, or glass adapters on most online head shops at an affordable price.
Glass rig adapters seem to be the most popular in the market right now. Glass adapters often fit with a number of different dab rigs and water pipe setups and are also very affordable.
Purchasing a rig adapter discreetly can be difficult but not with us.
If you’re an active participant in the smoking and vaping community, by now you’ve heard words like “dabbing” “rigs” or “dabbers”. Many people who are used to traditional glass and water pipes that try dabbing often find it a deliciously smooth and enhanced experience!
If you’re the new guy with questions when it comes to dabbing or vaporizing concentrates.
I’ll fix that right now.
Question #1: How?
If you enjoy smoking from glass hand pipes and other dry herb pipes – I guarantee you’ll love trying out a dab rig! It is a glass concentrate pipe used to vaporize herbal concentrates, these concentrates are known as as “dabs”.
During this process, the dab of oil is pressed against a heated surface (called a dab nail), which produces vapor that you inhale through the mouthpiece of the pipe. This trend is continuously growing as fans rave about the quality of the taste, smoothness, and effects that dabs supply.
Question #2: What?
Dab rigs have three main components:
Water chamber – The vapor travels through water to filter & ensure a smooth inhalation.
Dab nail – Vaporizes the concentrate.
Mouthpiece – For inhaling the vapor.
Further explanation on the nail is necessary because of the many different functions and materials available. A dab nail can be made of multiple materials including quartz (good taste but not great durability), glass (great taste but poor durability), ceramic (good taste but bad durability) or titanium (least favorite taste but great durability).
In addition to these nails, there now exists an electric nail that doesn’t need to be heated up via butane and can stay at whichever constant temperature you desire!
Question #3: Why?
Although vapor rigs tend to cost more than other smoking pieces on the market, you shouldn’t let that be the determining factor on whether you should buy one or not. There are other factors to consider beyond price as well.
1) Conservation – Be aware that oils and concentrates do cost a bit more than dry herb, however, they are also much more potent than dry herb and much less is needed to achieve the results you desire. According to HighTimes, a gram of dry herb will run around $20-30 versus $50-60 for a gram of quality concentrate. To that I will also add that: a gram of concentrate will last far longer than a gram of dry herb (unless you’re tokin’ like Wiz Khalifa or Snoop Dogg!).
2) Quality – From experience, I can personally tell you and I’m sure others will agree that quality beats quantity any day. The quality of concentrate is incomparable to traditional smoking methods. Taste, smoothness, and effect. Those three factors are important.
3) Tolerance – If you appreciate a super-smooth, flavorful vaporizing experience – dabbing is probably the right choice for you. Dab rigs are hand-crafted to be made specifically for vaporizing concentrates and filtering for the smoothest vaporizing experience. Depending on what type of dab nail that’s used, flavors can be enhanced even further.
Quality Is More Important Than Price
If you’ve visited any of the popular smoking forums like: reddit, or talkglass, in hopes of finding people name-dropping quality name-brand dab rig like: Perc Tech, Boom Felazi, Toro, Intrinsic Glass or ZOB can last and provide quality dabbing time and time again for years. As a warning though, on older forums like Grasscity, you may end up just getting links to the cheapest glass pipes online.
Question #4: Where?
There are many sites online that carry bar rigs, including recycler rigs and mini oil rigs. For affordable, quality glass rigs, we recommend: Smoke Cartel, Afro Smoke, Aqua Lab Technologies or Dank Stop is good too but they often sell out fast. You can also get dab rigs from your local smoke shop but many people prefer to buy online so you can compare models, and get the widest variety to choose from while price comparing at the same time.
Already own a dab rig? Share your first dabbing experience in the comments section below!
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You may have recently heard about the world of dabbing on television, movies, online, or from celebrities including Wiz Khalifa. Or maybe few or your friends are talking about “taking dabs” later and you’re asking yourself, what is dabbing?
What The Heck Is Dabbing?
Dabbing is the method of vaporizing herbal concentrates and inhaling the vapor from a rig or (known as a “vapor rig” or “dab rig”). Dabbers (those who dab) are fleeting to this growing trend rather than the traditional smoking for various reasons including:
Dabbing Versus Smoking
Most people will tell you that dabbing is more gentle on the throat and lungs from their personal experience. Scientifically, the reasoning behind this is that you are inhaling vapor rather than smoke which is full of carcinogens that are bad for wonderful lungs.
Quality & Conservation
Now let’s talk conservation. Have you noticed yourself purchasing traditional flowers more frequently? With concentrates (and oils) the product is more potent and therefor less is needed and you will realize it will last much longer than dry herbs. They don’t call it a dab for nothing!
Another major reason people are interested in dabbing versus traditional smoking is the beautiful, artistic glass rigs and innovative products in the vaping scene. There hundreds of brand new products coming out each year sporting: healthier, more efficient, portable, and effective vaporizing experiences. If all that sounds amazing and you are the type of person to try new things, dabbing may be for you!
Rigs (also known as a: “concentrate rig”, “vapor rig” or “dab rig”) are the same as water pipes, but made exclusively for concentrates. For anyone who prefers vaporizing over smoking, your dab rig is your most important and expensive piece of equipment. There are various rig styles, shapes, and brands.
The dab nail is the heated mechanism for vaporizing your concentrate. Material of your nail can be titanium, ceramic, glass, or quartz. All of these nails must be heated with a hand torch but there is also an electric nail which stays at a constant temperature of your choosing.
A dabber is the accessory tool that you will be grabbing your concentrate and applying it to the nail with. There are a variety of dabber materials as well including titanium, ceramic and glass.
The hand torch is a butane fueled handheld torch that can be purchased from your local smoke shop.
Concentrates also known as wax, oil, shatter, butter, and crumble is large quantities of flowers concentrated into oil, giving it a unique quality you haven’t experienced unless you have experienced it.
Now that you are familiar with the equipment, let’s talk about the dabbing process.
Proper Dabbing Etiquette
The general process of dabbing may seem complicated at first but I can assure it becomes second nature quickly. Standard equipment includes: a Dab Rig, Hand Torch, Dabber, Nail, and Concentrate.
Once you possess all the standard equipment, you are ready to begin!
First, apply a dab of concentrate to the tip of your dabber (the tool – not the person).
Second, heat the nail with the hand torch (the nail should just be starting to turn red)
Third, give the nail a second or two to cool off to your preference.
Fourth, place the concentrate onto the nail with the dabber and inhale until vapor is gone.