Everything You Need to Know about Dab Rigs and Water Pipes

When it comes to water pipes and dab rigs, there is so much information out there that it can be extremely overwhelming. Even for those that are experienced in the smoking culture can find the amount of choices and products available to be a bit much to grasp. Luckily for you, this article is going to lay the foundational knowledge of everything that you need to know when it comes to water pipes and dab rigs.

Dab Rigs

Dab rigs have been developed to not catch anything on fire or burn the various smoking materials. The big draw to dab rigs is that the same results for the user can be achieved in much fewer drags than compared to traditional water pipes and other devices. This is because the materials are in a much more concentrated form, so naturally, it does not take as much to achieve the same results. The materials that are dabbed in the dab rigs are usually found in oil or wax forms and are often times applied to the nail using a dabber, which is a small rod used specifically for this purpose.

One of the most common questions asked about dab rigs is if the nail heats itself. For a majority of the dab rigs available, the answer is no. The nail must be heated with a torch that is often times sold separately from the rig. However, there are some dab rigs that have e-nails built in that will heat themselves but these are less popular and not as reliable. To use a dab rig, the user heats up the nail first with a torch, and as soon as it is hot enough, the user places their mouth over the mouthpiece before dabbing. This is important because as soon as the material touches the nail it will vaporize and will need to be inhaled right after.

When looking to buy a dab rig, two of the three components (mouthpiece and torch) will be rather consistent in function and bought more for their look. The nail is where some variety comes into play. There are several kinds of nails available for users to purchase and each one has some strengths and weaknesses. Overall, titanium is the most preferred material by experienced dabbers because it is virtually indestructible and retains heat incredibly well. However, the small downside to titanium is that it may not be the best choice for users new to dabbing because there is the possibility of overheating the nail and causing the concentrated material to burn instead of vaporizing. Glass and ceramic are two other options available for dab rig nails.

Water pipes

Water pipes have become an extremely popular device for smoking tobacco or other dry herbs due to the ability to cool and filter the smoke through percolated water. Water pipes come in all shapes, sizes and can have any number of features to enhance the smoking experience. The main components that most water pipes will have are a bowl, carb, downstem, base and tube leading to the mouthpiece. Percolators are another feature that is commonly found in water pipes to help cool the smoke before being inhaled. Today, water pipes are made to be highly functional, works of art or a mixture of both. Heady glass is the name for water pipes and other smoking devices that are created by glass artists and are usually one-of-a-kind pieces.  

Glass Joints

Whether you are buying a water pipe or a dab rig, it is important to understand the joint sizes and gender types so that you can make the best purchase that will fit your needs. With glass on glass devices, there are glass joints that can be either male or female and come in common sizes like 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm. If your device has a male joint, then for your attachments (domes, bowls or domeless nails) you will need to find female joints and vice versa. This allows for greater diversity and use from devices because glass adapters and dropdowns have been created to allow users to change the gender of the joint as well as the method of use. For example, a male jointed dab rig can be converted into a female jointed water pipe. With a few water pipe accessories, the function can be completely changed.

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