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How To Use A Dab Rig Properly

How To Use a Dab Rig? 

Dabbing has gained immense popularity in recent years. With new  dab rigs coming out every day, this form of smoking is appreciated worldwide for its potent hits. For the uninitiated, dabbing is the process of smoking concentrated forms of cannabis through a device that users heat up manually. Because concentrate has a higher amount of THC than traditional flower, these hits will get you very high very fast. 

Unlocking the potential of a dab rig can elevate your smoking experience to a whole new level. Whether you're a seasoned smoker or new to the world of concentrates, mastering the art of using a dab rig is essential. But with so many moving parts and unfamiliar terminology, it can seem daunting at first. Fear not! In this step-by-step guide, we will demystify the process and empower you with the knowledge you need to become a dab rig aficionado. From understanding the different components of a dab rig to heating your nail just right, we'll walk you through each stage, ensuring you have a seamless and enjoyable dabbing experience. Get ready to unlock a whole new world of flavors and sensations as we dive into the exciting world of dab rigs. So grab your torch, gather your concentrates, and let's embark on this journey together. It's time to take your smoking game to new heights!

Why Do People Like Dab Rigs?

THC Concentrate

For those with a high cannabis tolerance, dabbing is the answer. Cannabis extractions are 3-4 times stronger than top shelf THC potency. The effects are much more intense and felt faster. The increase in popularity has moved dabbing from a niche practice to a worldwide phenomenon. The complexity of dab rigs, especially compared to something like a joint or a bowl, can scare people off. However, dabbing is very easy to pick up. The average dab rig consists of five moving parts. The parts are:

What is a dab rig and how does it work?

A dab rig is a specialized smoking device used for consuming cannabis concentrates. Unlike traditional smoking methods, such as smoking dried flower, a dab rig allows you to vaporize concentrated extracts for a more potent and flavorful experience. At its core, a dab rig consists of three main components: the water pipe, the nail, and the dome or banger. The water pipe, also known as the dab rig itself, is similar to a bong and is used to filter and cool the vapor before inhalation. The nail is the heating element where the concentrate is placed and vaporized. The dome or banger is a piece that fits over the nail to capture the vapor. To use a dab rig, you will need a torch or an electronic nail (e-nail) to heat the nail, a dabber tool to handle the concentrate, and a carb cap to control airflow. Now that we have a basic understanding of what a dab rig is, let's explore the different types and features available.

How Do You Use A Dab Rig? Step By Step 

How to dab wax

Dabbing is a bit of a process, but it can be broken down into six easy steps. 

Lets start with your concentrate (Wax, Shatter, Oil,...). Take the dab tool and place the concentrate onto it. Set this aside for the moment. Remember, dabbing concentrates have high THC, so a little goes a long way. 

Step 1: Put Water into the Dab Rig

The chamber on a dab rig works the same way as it does on a bong. Simply fill the chamber with water for smoother hits. Dabs hit hard, so you’re going to need that water filtration. 

Step 2: Choose A Dab Nail & Heat It 

Dab nails are the part of the rig that you heat up. They come in different materials, including quartz glass, titanium, and ceramic. The standard dabbing nail is quartz glass. Dab nails need to be seasoned, like a skillet. Grab a miniature blow torch and heat the dab nail until it turns red. Once it’s red, use a dabber wand to apply oil to the nail.

Step 3: Heat Your Dab Nail

Take the torch and heat up the dab. Try to heat evenly to prevent cracking. Once it is glowing red, allow the nail to cool for 45 seconds. 

Step 4: Place The Concentrate On The Nail

This is the part where you take the dab. Grab the dabber wand and press it onto the dab nail while inhaling. Vapor will fill the chamber. Then keep inhaling until the vapor is gone. 

Step 5: Repeat (If You Want) 

A good rule of thumb with dabbing is to start low and go slow. If it’s your first time, let it sit for a while and see how you feel. If you want to smoke again after 20 minutes, go for it. Remember, you can always smoke more, but once you’ve passed your limit, you’re stuck there for a while.

Different types of dab rigs and their features

Dab rigs come in various shapes, sizes, and materials, each with its own unique features and advantages. The most common types of dab rigs are glass dab rigs, silicone dab rigs, and electronic dab rigs. Glass dab rigs are the most popular choice due to their aesthetic appeal and ability to preserve the flavor of the concentrate. They are usually made of borosilicate glass, which is heat-resistant and durable. Silicone dab rigs, on the other hand, are a more portable and affordable option. They are made of food-grade silicone, making them virtually unbreakable and easy to clean. Electronic dab rigs, or e-rigs, are an all-in-one solution that eliminates the need for a torch. They offer precise temperature control and are ideal for those who prefer a hassle-free dabbing experience. Now that you have an idea of the different types of dab rigs available, let's move on to the essential tools and accessories you'll need for dabbing.

Essential tools and accessories for dabbing

To fully enjoy your dab rig, you'll need a few essential tools and accessories. First and foremost, you'll need a torch or an  e-nail to heat the nail. When choosing a torch, opt for a butane torch with a stable flame. Electric torches are also available for a more controlled and consistent heat source. Next, you'll need a dabber tool to handle the concentrate. Dabber tools come in various shapes and sizes, but they all serve the same purpose: scooping up the concentrate and placing it onto the heated nail. Choose a dabber tool that is comfortable to hold and easy to manipulate. To control the airflow and enhance the vaporization process, you'll need a carb cap. A carb cap is a dome-shaped accessory that fits over the nail and helps create a low-pressure chamber, allowing the concentrate to vaporize at lower temperatures. Lastly, don't forget about cleaning supplies. Keeping your dab rig clean is essential for optimal performance and flavor. Isopropyl alcohol, cotton swabs, and pipe cleaners are some of the common tools used for cleaning dab rigs. Now that we have all the necessary tools and accessories, let's dive into the step-by-step guide on how to use a dab rig.

Dos and don'ts of dabbing

Dabbing can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience when done correctly. To ensure a safe and pleasant dabbing session, keep the following dos and don'ts in mind:


1. Start with a small dab: It's always better to start with a small amount of concentrate and gradually increase the dose. This allows you to gauge your tolerance and avoid overwhelming effects.

2. Use high-quality concentrates: Choose concentrates that are sourced from reputable producers and undergo rigorous testing. Avoid products that contain contaminants or questionable ingredients.

3. Clean your dab rig regularly: Regular cleaning helps maintain the flavor and performance of your dab rig. Clean the nail, water pipe, and accessories after each use to prevent buildup and clogging.

4. Experiment with different temperatures: Different concentrates require different temperatures for optimal vaporization. Experiment with different temperature ranges to find the one that suits your preferences.


1. Overheat the nail: Heating the nail to extremely high temperatures can result in harsh and unpleasant hits. Avoid overheating the nail to preserve the flavors and terpenes of the concentrate.

2. Hold the vapor for too long: While it may be tempting to hold in the vapor for an extended period, doing so can irritate your lungs. Exhale the vapor within a reasonable time frame to minimize discomfort.

3. Share mouthpieces or dab tools: Sharing mouthpieces or dab tools can increase the risk of spreading germs and infections. It's best to use your own equipment or clean them thoroughly before sharing.

4. Rush the process: Dabbing requires patience and precision. Rushing the heating or inhaling process can result in a subpar experience. Take your time and enjoy the flavors and effects of the concentrate.

Following these dos and don'ts will help you maximize the benefits of dabbing while minimizing any potential risks. Now let's move on to the next section, where we'll discuss tips for cleaning and maintaining your dab rig.

Exploring different dabbing techniques

Dabbing techniques can greatly influence the flavors, effects, and overall experience of your dab rig. Here are a few popular dabbing techniques worth exploring:

1. Low-temperature dabs: As mentioned earlier, lower temperatures (around 315-450°F) produce smoother and more flavorful hits. By dabbing at lower temperatures, you can preserve the delicate terpenes and enjoy a more nuanced flavor profile.

2. Cold starts: Cold starts, also known as reverse dabs or "dabbing in reverse," involve loading the concentrate onto a cold nail and slowly heating it. This technique allows for more precise temperature control and helps prevent overheating or burning the concentrate.

3. Dab pearls: Dab pearls are small glass or quartz beads that are placed inside the nail or banger. When heated, the pearls help distribute the concentrate evenly and increase surface area, resulting in more efficient vaporization and enhanced flavors.

4. Directional airflow: Directional airflow involves using a carb cap to direct the airflow across the surface of the nail. By controlling the direction of the airflow, you can ensure that all the concentrate is vaporized and maximize the flavor and potency of each hit.

These are just a few examples of dabbing techniques you can experiment with. Don't be afraid to get creative and try different methods to find the one that suits your preferences. Now let's move on to the next section, where we'll discuss safety precautions when using a dab rig.


So there you have it! Dabbing may involve more parts, but at the end of the day, it’s not so different from hitting a bong. As you become more familiar with it, it’ll eventually be as easy as lighting a joint. Check out our Dab Rigs for sale at our online smoke shop.


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