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.
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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