How long do you heat a dab nail?
In recent months dabbing has continued to gain massive exposure and popularity among smokers worldwide. Dabbing can be a daunting task for people that are new to it, but no worries we will show you the easiest way to get the perfect temperature on your dab nail every time. Getting the right temperature is one of the most important aspects of dabbing. If your nail is too hot your vapor won't taste good and if it's not hot enough you can waste your precious concentrates. Just to make things more complicated different types of dab nails require different heat up times. A quartz banger nail heats differently than a titanium nail, so it's important to know the best way to heat the type of nail you will be using.
What temperature should you be dabbing at?
One of the most popular questions our customers ask us is, "What temperature should I be dabbing at?" The quick answer is whichever temperature you prefer. Some people prefer hotter dabs that give you bigger vapor clouds, while some people prefer lower temperature dabs that give you better flavor. High temp dabs give you a very quick and strong effect that only takes a few minutes to settle in. Low temp dabs are much more gradual with the effects and much better with flavor. If you're not sure which is right for you it's best to test them both for yourself to see which you prefer. I personally prefer low temp dabs and try to keep my temperature between 500-540°F. Some people even prefer to go lower than 500°, as the low temp dabber motto goes "you gotta waste it, to taste it". So now you're probably wondering how the hell do you know when your nail is the right temperature to dab at.
How to monitor and control the temperature when dabbing!
Trying to monitor the exact temperature you are dabbing at can get a bit of a chore or it can be really easy depending on the type of dab nail and dab rig you are using. Below I will list the three easiest ways to keep your temperature accurate and dialed in for every dabbing session.
1. Using an E-Nail with Digital Temperature Controls.
Monitoring your temperature using a digital readout is the most accurate and effective way to vaporize your concentrates at consistent temperatures. The quickest and easiest way to keep a steady and consistent temperature everytime you dab is to invest in a good electronic nail usually referred to as an e-nail. All E-nails consists of the same basic components:
- A dab nail or dabbing surface, usually quartz, titanium or ceramic. Most e-nails tend to use titanium nails.
- A heating coil that is attached to a cord and sits on or around your dab nail to keep it hot.
- A power cord that plugs into a standard electrical outlet and powers your e-nail
- The best e-nails will have a digital temperature screen and allow you to control the temperature with precision.
E-nails aren't perfect however they do come with some downsides. The biggest downside is they are usually expensive and may not be within the budget for the average dabber. The are some affordable e-nails on the market but most of them do not have the digital temperature monitor that the higher end models would have. These can actually make it harder to find the right temperature so if you can afford a good e-nail I recommend holding off until you can. The other downside to using an e-nail is they need to be plugged into the wall so that limits where you are able to dab.
2. Use a timer to measure temperature!
My favorite type of nail to use for dabbing is a quartz banger nail and using a dab torch to heat the nail. This does not allow you the same precision control that a digital e-nail would but with some experimenting, you will find that perfect temperature for your quartz banger. To start you will want to torch your banger nail with your butane torch until its red hot. Quartz holds heat really well and cools down slowly. The slow cooldown allows you a window of perfect temperature for dabbing. This is where some trial and error comes in, time your cooldown of the nail with a timer. I typically use a small hourglass sand timer or a stopwatch on my phone. You should time how long you are heating your nail in addition to how long you are letting it cool down before dabbing.
The amount of time required to heat and cool down your nail will vary depending on the thickness, age, and quality of the quartz banger you're using. Typically you want to heat your banger nail for about 30 seconds and then let it cool down for just under a minute. If you're dabbing in a cold room or have been using the nail for a while you can adjust that time by 10 seconds or so. This will take some trial and error but eventually, you will find the perfect window and temperature that you prefer. When you start out you may torch your concentrates or leave some left over by over or underheating the nail. Don't worry that happens, after a few tries you will get the hang of it!
3. Lots of experience!
When trying to find your ideal dabbing temperature there is no better substitute than trial and error. The more you try and practice, the better and more accurate you will become at it. So even if you don't have a fancy digital e-nail or a special sand timer, stuck with your gut and you will be just fine. Dabbing is like riding a bike, once you do it for a while it just becomes second nature.
The good thing is even if your nail is too hot or not hot enough you can correct it the next time around. If you happen to not heat it enough you can always re-heat the nail to ensure you vaporize any extra concentrates that may be left over. Also, it is very important to use a carb cap when dabbing to ensure all your concentrates are vaporized. Carb caps restrict the airflow into your banger nail to ensure the nail stays hot long enough to vaporize all of your wax and oils.