How long to heat a Banger
Dabbing is quickly becoming one of the best ways to enjoy your cannabis, and the devices are also developing more and more. But if you wish to get the most out of your sessions, a crucial thing to know is how to use your rig/device properly.
Here at Destination Smoke, we’ve been bringing you a series of informative pieces on how to get the maximum out of your dab sessions. From detailed articles on how dabbing rigs are made to some of the best dabbing rigs available. We’re glad that a lot of you are reaching out to us and sharing about other issues you want to learn more about.
One of the recurring issues we’ve come across is the ideal time for heating nails. To start with, you have to know what kind of nail or banger you have. Each type of nail or banger may have an ideal amount of heating time that works best. However, we can say this – try to avoid hot dabs. Hot dabs can have negative impacts on your health in general and your lungs in particular.
Today, we’ll share with you all the stuff you need to know about heating the nail. From the type of nail/banger to finding out the right temperature for heating, we’ll cover it all.
Read on to make your next dabbing session bigger and better!
Different types of nails and bangers
The nail or banger is one of the core elements of your dabbing rig. You can’t just switch nails willy-nilly and assume that the quality of hits will remain the same. With the way dabbing technology has developed recently, there’s no lack of options when it comes to nails and bangers. It also means that there is much higher quality gear available today. So, if you choose wisely, your dabbing can be even more enjoyable than it was before.
The general perception is that glass nails are slightly low-end, while ceramic ones are of better quality. Ceramic nails are still affordable, so you don’t have to invest a lot for quality. They make an excellent choice for casual dabbers and newbies alike.
Today, there are even higher quality nails made of quartz. These quartz bangers can come in high-end models or they can still remain budget-friendly without compromising on quality. They’re among the most popular options when it comes to nails and bangers in the current scene. Some users find that titanium nails work better for them.
E-nails are also gaining a lot of traction among users because of their ease of use. These electronic nails do most of the heating calculations for you. Although they’re sometimes known to be inaccurate, e-nails are way more convenient to use. The precision problem may only be with some models because most e-nails work close enough to give good results.
To summarize, you have a lot of product options when it comes to nails and bangers. However, you have to remember that besides the nail’s quality, it’s make, model, and your torch quality all matter in heating.
Judging by your puddle
Hitting that perfect low-temperature dab can be tough to figure out at first. You have to learn how to judge two elements – the flavor you got and the puddle remaining. If you managed to pull off a good low-temp dab, there should be a puddle of remnants. The puddle should likely be smoking as it turns from a healthy gold color to a brownish-yellow.
If there’s no puddle, it means you overdid the heating and fully combusted the strain. Or if the puddle takes a black shade, you may want to try with less heat the next time. If you keep overheating by a tinge, try pausing for a moment to let the nail cool down a bit.
Some users enjoy lighting up the puddles for another round. The second flavor may not be as great as the first dab, but why waste a good strain, right? Just remember to hit lower heating temperatures consistently.
To get that perfect heating balance, you’ll have to rinse and repeat. The more you pay attention to the puddle and flavor, the better you’ll get at subsequent hits. Given enough tries and some mistakes, you’ll be able to narrow down on the ideal temperature.
Finding that ideal temperature
To put it bluntly, there’s really no perfect dabbing temperature that suits everyone. As you’ll notice among experienced users, people develop a taste for dabs at varying temperatures. While some dabbers prefer the red-hot treatment, others enjoy the cooler hits a bit more. And there’s no objective way of grading one style as being the better dab. Like many other things in life, it’s a ‘to each his own’ kind of situation with dabbing heat.
However, there’s always a low-temperature hit that can maximize the flavor without sending scorching hell down your throat. Even the terpene profiles in the cannabis reach an optimum flavor when the temperature isn’t at its hottest. Based on how cannabis concentrates usually react to heat, this ideal temperature maybe somewhere between 340° F and 400° F. Beyond the 400° F mark, your strain will start to undergo combustion. The more the strain combusts, the more you’re compromising on flavor profile and ideal hit levels.
When you consistently keep heating levels lower, you’re getting more out of your strain too. A Lower level of heating ensures that vaporization happens evenly. Also, you reduce the likelihood of releasing more harmful elements from the strain and nail. You’ll also have the additional benefit of making your nail or banger more durable.
Fans of the red-hot temp dabbing will still prefer hits at higher temperatures. However, there are potential risks associated with high-temp dabbing. Temperatures beyond the 700° F mark run the risk of releasing toxicants like benzene into the mix.
Whatever your preferred dabbing style, remember to factor in the right elements. The quality of your nail and torch both matter when you want a precise result. If you’re in a fix and don’t mind investing in a reliable heating option, consider using e-nails. They’re consistent, and you can’t go wrong with these handy pieces.
Ultimately, it comes down to your preferred dabbing style. But the lower-temp consistency generally gives the best flavors in your hit. Whatever your choice, dab safe and dab responsibly!