A dab rig is a type of water pipe that was designed to be used with concentrates. In this article, we will dive deeper into what a dab rig is, how it is different from a standard water pipe, how to use it, and how to clean it.
This article goes over everything you should consider and know when learning to dab or getting started in dabbing.
What is a dab rig? A dab rig is a type of water pipe that was specifically designed for concentrates and or dabbing. These rigs, typically made from glass, can be a water pipe, similar to a bong, a straw, or even electronic.
So, how does a Dab Rig work exactly? To begin, you need to fill your base chamber with water. Water can be added through the stem joint opening or the mouthpiece opening. After you add your water, inhale to make sure you have enough and not too much water.
If the water splashes into your mouth on inhale, you can pour a little out. After that, you add your banger to your joint, heat the banger, drop your dab, cap it, and inhale! As you inhale, the vaporized product filters through the percolator in the base chamber and up through the mouthpiece, delivering a nice milky hit!
A dab rig's anatomy is very similar to that of a water pipe; your main difference is going to be the product you choose to smoke out of it.
A dab rig is going to be made from glass or silicone and will have a base, a type of filter/percolator, a fixed stem, and a straight or bent mouthpiece. You will always have a joint, whether male or female, to connect your dab nail of choice, too.
When it comes to buying a dab rig, you have a ton of options out in the world. Rigs can come in many different sizes, shapes, and materials. They can have male and female joints. Rigs can be pricey depending on how they are made or who made them. Consider all these options before making your decision:
Some people believe dabbing can be more complicated, but we are here to make it easy. Here are all the essentials you need to get started:
Tab your main difference between a dab rig and a water pipe is going to be the product you choose to smoke out of it. A dab rig is specifically designed for concentrates, whereas a water pipe is designed for flowers and herbs.
Since you can consume these products in different ways, your rig and pipe function in different ways as well; consider the following when choosing what is best for you:
|Feature||Dab Rig||Water Pipe|
|Purpose||Designed specifically for vaporizing concentrates||Designed for smoking dry herbs or tobacco|
|Components||Dab nail or banger, carb cap (optional)||Bowl, downstem, and slide|
|Filtration||Minimal filtration, focused on flavor and potency||Extensive water filtration for smoother hits|
|Heat Source||Torch or electric heating element||Lighter or match for igniting the dry herbs|
|Temperature||Higher temperature for vaporization||Lower temperature for combustion|
|Size||Often smaller and more compact||Varies in size and can range from small to large|
|Accessories||Dab tools, carb caps, e-nails (optional).||Screens, ash catchers, percolator attachments|
|Usage||Intended for dabbing concentrates||Used for smoking dry herbs or tobacco|
|Experience||Intense flavor and potency, precise dosing||Smoother hits with less harshness, larger clouds|
|Cost||It can be more expensive due to the specialized design||More affordable, wider range of options available|
Dab rig maintenance is easy peasy. We always recommend that you clean your dab rigs frequently to cut down on bacteria build-up and product build-up in your rig.
To clean your rig, you will need ISO Alcohol, Coarse Salt, or a Cleaning Solution of your choice. Then follow these simple steps:
There you have everything to know about a Dab Rig! From the components that make up the Dab Rig to how to use and how to clean, we have you covered!
A Dab Rig is an easy-to-use and easy to take care of dabbing essential. If you would like to learn more about the ins and outs of dabbing, check out some more of our blog posts!