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Everything You Need to Know About Electric Dab Rigs

Written by Asia Mayfield

Cannabis concentrate sales continue to surge; analysts predict the market will be worth over $13 billion by 2026. One innovation driving increased consumer demand is the electric dab rig, or “e-rig.” This simple, elegant device makes smoking concentrates easier and more accessible.

What is Dabbing?

To inhale a “dab,” you need to expose a dollop of cannabis concentrate to heat. Your regular bong/water pipe and lighter won’t do the trick. Instead, you use a dab rig.

One key difference between a dab rig and a water bong lies in the bowl. Referred to as a nail or a banger, the bowl attached to a rig is thicker and more heat tolerant than regular glass. The conventional rig requires a blowtorch to reach an appropriate temperature, so your nail needs to be able to withstand blasts of high heat.

Benefits of an E-Rig

There are blowtorches designed specifically for concentrate smokers, but they still involve risk. You have to manipulate an open flame. Even if you don’t mind using a blowtorch, there are disadvantages. It’s hard to heat your nail to an exact temperature with such an imprecise method.

These are the problems solved by electric dab rigs. Instead of a blowtorch, the nail heats itself using electricity. Press a button, and you can select a specific dabbing temperature every time.

Here are the main e-rig benefits to think about:

  • They’re user-friendly
  • You don’t have to use a blowtorch
  • They’re portable
  • You can customize your dabbing experience

Devices like the Puffco Peak, the Focus V Carta, and the Dr. Dabber Switch are considered ‘smart rigs’ that maximize functionality and accessibility.

Why You Should Think About E-Nails Too

E-rigs can be pricey. If you want the benefits without paying the full price, you can buy an e-nail instead. They work with almost every conventional dab rig (and even many bongs and water pipes). The electric heating coil attaches to a nail that fits into your rig. After it’s charged (or plugged in), you can set it to heat up to any temperature you like with the press of a button. Desktop and portable enails are available. Kits may also include a water attachment if you don’t own a rig.

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About the author

Asia Mayfield

Asia Mayfield is a freelance writer who focuses on the cannabis industry. She can be reached at [email protected]