While most dab rigs and recyclers come with a nail many people prefer to upgrade their nails and opt for a domeless version, which are easier to use.
As with bowls, dab nails come in a variety of sizes—either 10mm, 14mm or 18mm. In order to purchase the right nail you need to know what size the joint is. But for those who are uncertain there a few universal nails on the market that fit a variety of joint sizes.
Dab nails are made with a variety of materials but the three main types are titanium, ceramic and quartz. In recent years there has also been a trend toward electronic nails, or ‘e-nails,’ which heat up electronically and do not require the use of a butane torch. It’s a matter of personal preference which materials you choose, but we will examine the differences here to help educate our customers who are new to dabbing and to dab rigs.
And of course if you're seeking other tools and parts for your bongs, vapes or dab rigs we also carry a full line of bowls and downstems, ashcatchers, vape accessories and dab tools.
Types Of Dab Rig Nails
Titanium: Titanium nails have been around since dabbing started, and they are the OGs of the dab nail world. These nails are strong and durable, and they heat up very quickly. A good titanium nail can reach 600 degrees Fahrenheit within 30 seconds, which is hotter than is needed to dab. All of the titanium nails that we offer are made with grade A titanium, and you should never purchase a nail that is not grade A.
Ceramic: Ceramic nails are made with food grade materials and offer a safe alternative to titanium nails. While they do not heat up as quickly at titanium nails they offer superior heat retention, which makes them a popular choice for group dabbing and parties. Those who favor ceramic say there is a slight improvement to the flavor profile of the vapor that is produced by a ceramic nail. We invite you to try one to see for yourself. In some ways it’s the Coke vs. Pepsi of the dabbing world.
Quartz: Quartz is the materials of choice for those who truly seek the best flavor in their vapor. It’s the gourmet’s choice. While quartz retains heat less well than either titanium or ceramic it does heat up very fast, and it does offer the best, most tasty vapor profiles.
Electronic Nails: E-nails are electronic options that heat up a dab nail without the need for a butane torch. As such they are seen as a safer option by some, and they are simpler to use. In most cases you just turn them on and pick a heat setting, and the internal coil does all the work. While some e-nails require a plug there are now a number good portable units that we offer, and these allow for dabbing on the go.