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All You Need to Know About E-Nails & Dab Rigs

on May 09, 2018

What is an E-nail?

E-nail stands for 'electronic nail,' this is a titanium nail that provides a consistent temperature which you can utilize to vaporize concentrates to perfection. If you enjoy concentrates and dabs then enails allows you to enjoy your dabbing experience with greater efficiency. 

E-nails and Dab Rigs

No longer relegated to the underground, vaporizing has entered the mainstream in recent years. There are a myriad of benefits to making the switch from smoking to choosing a vaporizer. However, if you're interested in pushing things a little further an e-nail or dab rig may be a cool inventive choice.

A Little History

People have been smoking cannabis for a long time. Shocking, I know. Feel free to quote us on that. But it was the invention of the blow torch that made dabbing a viable technology. Take a nail, heat it in the flame of the blowtorch, apply the dab and bubble the smoke through some water. Instant hit, great flavour and thick smoke.

The trouble with using a crème brûlée torch should be obvious, it is very easy to set yourself, your home, and anyone else around you on fire. The first hit is usually OK, but by the time you want to use the device a third time, your motor functions are a little impaired. Plenty of dedicated marijuana users have hurt themselves this way, which is why it remained purely the method for die-hards, until now. 

Dawn of the Dab Rig

Then comes the e-nail, or electric dab rig. An e-nail heats up the nail using precisely controlled electricity. The safety implications are clear. Combined with vastly improved battery life and safer electronics, the e-nail has become a viable technology for mainstream weed smoking.

All you need to know about Enails & Dab Rigs

E-Nails No Longer Just a Novelty Item

The control given by an e-nail makes it perfect form medicinal cannabis use. In the past if someone used a crème brûlée torch they might really damage their cannabis. The only options are hot and much, much hotter. Getting consistent temperatures and precision was very difficult. Now, though, you can plug your e-nail in, set the desired temperature, crack out the dab and get going.

The quality of the smoke from a dab rig is amazingly good. Bongs do not come anywhere near in terms of smoothness, thickness or taste. Vaping is the method du jour for health conscious cannabis users but for those who love smoking cannabis, nothing is as good as a dab rig.

Hot, Hot E-Nails

With a vaporizer, the highest temperatures they reach are about 260°C, with a dab rig, it can be as hot as 1000°C. These incredible temperatures result in instant vaporization and a unique hit. To get the right taste mix and flavour for you, you need to experiment a bit.

The build, insert type and temperature all affect the taste and density of the smoke, but generally, a lower temperature of around 350°C is delicious and flavourful, a higher temperature of 380°C or thereabouts is about the limit of what most people like. Many people use their e-nails badly, waiting for it to glow red before using it.

If titanium or ceramic is glowing red, it is about 580°C and way too hot for nice smoke. It will get you high but it won’t be as pleasant as a cooler one. So let it cool for a few seconds before having a blast, you will taste the difference.

All you need to know about Enails & Dab Rigs

What to Use on an Electric Dab Rig or E-nail

Dry herbs don't work with an e-nail. You will need to use oils, waxes or concentrates. This includes shatter and dab. A little goes a long way, the nail is extremely hot and instantly vaporizes nearly every part of the extract, meaning you get a very high yield of cannabinoids per gram of your cannabis.

This is one of the most efficient ways to imbibe your favourite herb, so if you are into cost-efficiency, one of these will probably save you money over the years as they can get you quite ridiculously stoned on what looks like very little dab.

Types of E-Nail

From a large desktop based e-nail to a smaller, portable dab rig, the choices are myriad and wonderful. There has never been a better time to get into e-nails and rigs. Here are some of the different kinds of set ups available. 

  • Portable Dab Rig

Not as discreet as a portable vaporizer, but they are certainly transportable. The glassware and electric dab nail sticking out of the body make them quite a distinctive looking device, so it is basically impossible to take a hit in a public place without drawing attention to yourself.

That is OK where weed is legal, but definitely not OK where it is prohibited. Battery powered devices should give you about 30 minutes of power for a couple of hours charging, minimum. They heat up quickly, usually in a minute or less, and once you have the hang of it, are very easy to use.

  • Desktop E-nail

Dab machines are very advanced these days. They offer literally the best smoke in the world with massive precision and tough build characteristics. On the best ones, you put your dab onto the mini nail and the machine does the rest.

Turn it on and blaze away after waiting for the 90 seconds or less heat up time. With digital screens to give precise temperature gauges and status, they make dabbing easy and enjoyable.

  • Insert Types 

There are three main types of insert (the nail), titanium, ceramic, and quartz. Each will give a really high temperature and a very high quality smoke, but it comes down to individual preference in the end as they are basically the same in function. Ceramics take longer to heat up and titanium is the fastest, that is about the only difference. 

  • Carb Cap

This acts as a cover for the nail and is really useful for lower temperature burns. It helps capture the vapor that might otherwise be lost.

Cleaning an E-Nail or Dab Rig 

Cleaning a dab rig is easy. For the nail, just turn it on really high and wipe down with a heat proof cloth. For the rest of the rig, isopropyl alcohol never fails (careful, it’s flammable). If you don’t have it, try hot water and washing up liquid. All you need to know about Enails & Dab Rigs
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