Dabbing allows users to inhale high potency cannabis and experience the onset of rapid effects. However, traditional dabbing can be both more complicated and dangerous than other forms of cannabis inhalation. As with a vape pen, dabbing involves the use of a heating element to vaporize cannabis concentrate. In a dab rig, the heating element is a nail. A traditional dab rig requires the use of a torch to heat that nail. This is where vape pens and dab rigs are most obviously different. Whether you think that pulling out a flame-throwing torch to heat up your nail is cool or a bit much, using an e-nail can make the process of dabbing easier and safer. Here are the best e-nails for concentrates on the market right now.
Boss Micro E-Nail - $149.95
- Box in black, gold, or black and gold
- 16 mm or 20 mm coil
- Titanium or quartz insert in select sizing
Dr. Dabber Boost Portable E-nail - $129.95
- Boost black e-rig
- Glass water attachment
- Domeless titanium nail
- Domeless ceramic nail
- Domeless quartz nail
- Magnetic carb cap
- Magnetic loading tool
- 2 Medical grade silicon storage containers
- Micro USB charging cable
- Limited edition Dr. Dabber Boost Black edition key chain
Cloud V Electro Portable E-Nail - $159.99
- Cloud Electro battery
- Cloud Electro Aqua Bubbler
- Charging base
- Charging cable
- Charging adapter
- Cloud V Pro tool
- 1 quartz nail
- 1 14mm Ti nail
- Owner’s manual
Galaxy E-Nail - $249.99
The Galaxy E-nail is for the dabber who wants the best. This e-nail may be pricey, but you get what you pay for. The quartz coated ceramic e-nail is designed to preserve the flavor of your dab while holding heat and easing cleanup. The Galaxy e-nail is a great option for low-temperature dabs, the safest way to avoid combustion while still enjoying the benefits of cannabinoids and terpenes. What’s included:
- Quartz coated ceramic dish
- Ceramic carb cap
- Titanium 6 in 1 Universal Adapter
- Quartz coated ceramic dab tool
- XLR temperature controller with power cord
- Travel case
- Lifetime warranty on the controller and a limited 1-year warranty on heater replacement or manufacturer defects
Yocan Torch Portable E-Nail - $59.99
- Yocan Torch E-nail
- Quartz dual coil
- Wax tool
- USB cable
- Glass tube
- User manual
The Benefits of Using an E-nail
E-nails rely on an electronic source to heat the nail, completely removing the need to use a torch. There are two benefits to this kind of technology. The first is safety. It’s not wildly difficult to handle a torch, but exposure to an open flame will always be riskier than using a closed-off source of heat. The second benefit is temperature control. It is difficult to read the temperature of a blowtorch. E-nails allow you to use a set temperature. This is important because it is possible to overheat the cannabis concentrate and combust it with a torch, inviting all kinds of unwanted substances into your lungs along with cannabis medicine. E-nails empower users to set the precise temperature they need to vaporize cannabinoids and terpenes so that they can be inhaled without the toxic byproducts of combustion.
Commonly Used E-Nail Materials
E-nails are typically made with one of the following materials: titanium, quartz, or ceramic.
Pros: Titanium is able to withstand extremely high heat and is one of the hardest forms of metal on earth. For these reasons, titanium wins the durability award. It also heats up quickly. It is the most popularly used material to make dab nails. Cons: Titanium can add its own unpleasant metallic flavor to a dab. You can mitigate the taste by “seasoning” the nail. When you first use your titanium e-nail, burn a small amount of wax to the top of the nail. This will replace the titanium taste with the concentrate’s flavor.
Pros: Quartz is easy to clean, can also withstand high heat, and heats up quickly. It also does not interfere with the dab’s flavor. Cons: This material cools off quickly and is less durable than titanium. Handle this fragile beauty with care or you’ll have to replace your quartz nail often.
Pros: Ceramic can hold heat for a long time. Like quartz, ceramic nails do not interfere with flavor as intensely as titanium. Cons: It takes longer to heat up ceramic than it does titanium or quartz. Ceramic is also less durable than titanium. Though not as obviously as titanium, ceramic can interfere mildly with the flavor of the dab.