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How to Use a Dab Rig - Dabbing Guide 101

how to use a dab rig guide 101

Do you know how to use a dab rig? If not, then you are in the right place. We got you covered on everything you need to know about taking a dab. Even if you are experienced with this, you may find some new and useful information to help you the next time you go for a dab. Below we will show you how to use a dab rig and what equipment is required.

Dabbing Equipment

First things first, before you can take a dab you need to make sure you have all the necessary tools to do so. This requires the glass dab rig itself, a dab nail, dab tool, and torch. Once you have all of these you are ready to get started.

Dab Rig

The dab rig is main glass piece that you inhale from to get the smoke or vapor from your dab. They are typically smaller water pipes that stand on average about 5 to 7 inches in height. On one end of the dab rig you have the “joint”, which is the opening where the dab nail goes, and the other end is the mouthpiece from which you inhale. It is typical for dab rigs to have a big water chamber that connects to a small tube mouthpiece. If you are not able to get your hands on a standard dab rig, alternatives such as bongs and dry pipes will work as a substitute but may not function as well.

Dab Nail

The dab nail is where all the magic happens. It is the part of the dab rig where your essential oil turns into a smoke or vapor. The dab nail connects to the dab rig and is heated up with a torch. The most standard dab nail is a glass quartz banger, however, there are other options such as a titanium nail and more.

Dab Tool

This is what you use to pick up your essential oil or concentrate and place on the dab nail. If you want a cheap and standard dab tool you can pick yourself up a stainless steel one for about $10. If you want one fancier to pair with your dab set up, you can grab yourself a glass dabber tool which is typically nicer in design and has some extra flare.


You definitely can not dab without a torch! You need this to heat up your dab nail, so it gets hot enough to melt your essential oil or concentrate. Handheld torches from smoke shops are always good, but you can also find good ones at places like Home Depot.

Extra Add Ons

-Reclaim Catcher: Reclaim Catchers are one of the most popular add ons for dab rigs. They act as a buffer by attaching to the dab rig and holding the dab nail. They save your left-over material that can run through the dab nail as well as help to keep your dab rig clean.

-Carb Cap: The carb cap goes over top of the quartz banger and helps to make sure no smoke or vapor escapes the dab nail. You can get individual carb caps or carb caps attached to the dabber tool.

-Terp Pearls: These are little quartz glass balls that go inside your quartz banger and help to disperse your essential oil evenly around the banger.

How to Take a Dab

Once you have all your equipment set up you are officially ready to go! The three easy steps below will have you enjoying your first dab in no time.

Step 1 - Secure the Dab Nail

The first thing you need to do is make sure the dab nail is securely connected to your dab rig. For a quartz banger you just need to insert the item into the adjacent joint on the rig. If you are using a standard nail and glass dome, you need to insert the glass nail, but leave off the glass dome.

Step 2 - Heating up Your Dab Nail

hot glass dab nail quartz banger

Once your dab rig is ready, you need to use your torch to apply heat to your dab nail. You only want to heat up your dab nail for about 10 to 20 seconds with your torch. If you see the glass starting to glow red hot, back off you have applied too much heat. Getting your dab nail to the perfect temperature takes some time and experience, but after a couple of times you will become a pro at it.

Step 3 – Apply Essential Oil to the Nail

dab tool kit

Now that your banger is hot and ready to go, you use your dabber tool to get the desired amount of concentrate on the end and apply it to the dab nail. There is no need to rush during this process because dab nails are designed to stay hot for a long time, so you do not need to worry about it dropping too much in temperature. When you apply your concentrate to the dab nail it will begin to smoke, at which time you start inhaling through the dab rig. If you have a carb cap, you place that over the dab nail after dropping the essential oil.

Other Dabbing Techniques

Now that you know how to use a dab rig, you are off to the races! You can now enjoy your essential oils or concentrates in one of the best ways possible. However, if you are still looking for even more information on the subject, there are other little tricks and techniques you can use for dabbing. For example, you can use nectar collectors for dabbing, which utilize a straw hybrid dab nail for dabbing. There are also more add-ons you can get for your dab rig such as heat coils, which substitute for a hand torch by wrapping hot coils around the banger to heat it up to the exact desired temperature. You can even eliminate the whole process by purchasing an electric dab rig. With electric dab rigs everything is automated, so it makes the process of using a dab rig a lot easier. Although these are all good dabbing methods, utilizing a standard dab rig is still the norm and most popular way to use a dab rig.

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We hope after reading this you know how to use a dab rig. If you already knew how, we hope you were able to get some more valuable information on the subject. All in all, it is not too hard of a process, and just requires a little bit of time and equipment to get the job done. You just need your dab rig, dab nail, torch, and dab tool to start, then you must secure the nail, heat the nail, and apply your essential oil. After that, boom your good to go! If you want more information on dab rigs and which one what be the best choice for you, see here.

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