Dab rigs – which are sometimes called oil rigs or concentrate bongs – are water pipes that are designed for smoking oils, concentrates and extracts. They come in many styles, shapes and sizes. Yet, a favorite of many on-the-go dabbers is the micro dab rig.
Mini dab rigs are palm-sized concentrate pipes – about a quarter of the size of a traditional glass bong – but they’re big on performance. Micro dab rigs provide huge, flavorful clouds that are easy on the lungs.
Although it might be easy to assume a bigger rig is better, with concentrates, that’s not always true. In fact, big dab rigs tend to generate harsh drags, and the vapor might even become stale in the chamber. The result: Nasty tasting, harsh clouds that waste some of the precious vapor.
A micro vapor rig, on the other hand, provides flavorful, easy-on-the-lungs clouds, with little-to-no wasted vapor. Are you looking for a new dab rig? This quick guide will help you make the choice that’s right for you.
Micro Dab Rigs: Typical Features
In a lot of ways, dab rigs resemble traditional glass bongs. With dab rigs you’ll find scientific and heady glass options, and most feature a chamber, integrated downstem and a mouthpiece. Yet, there are some key differences.
For starters, dab rigs don’t feature a traditional bowl. Instead, dab rigs are designed to be used with a nail (although many still accommodate regular bowls, as well). Nails are typically made from quartz, titanium, or glass, and the nail gets heated with a torch. Once hot, the oil is pressed to the nail, which vaporizes it.
A few features to look for in your next mini dab rig include:
Types of Dab Rigs
There’s a wide variety of concentrate rigs on the market these days – from egg-style dabbers to classic scientific glass bubblers. Most dabbers fit into two main categories:
Bottom line, there’s an endless style of dab rigs out there. So, whether you’re shopping for a daily smoker, or you’re in search of a one-of-a-kind creation, hopefully this gives you an idea of what to look for.