Best of Enails and Dab Rigs 2023Lastest update January 17, 2023
Puffco Peak Pro
If you are still using an old school rig and torch, ditch it. The Peak Pro is the latest reason to do so. At $400, the Peak Pro one of the more expensive eRigs out there, but it is also one of the best. The real-time temp control keeps a precise temp at the bowl, a game-changer in terms of efficiency and vapor quality. The Pro can be used as a point-and-shoot device by a total beginner, but it's also powerful and smart enough to satisfy experienced users.Read Review
At first glance, the Pulsar Sipper may look like a typical eRig, but it is not. It has unique features such as an internal air pump to extract the vapor, then it stores it in the glass attachment, and it can be "sipped" on-demand. This separation of the "extraction" and "consumption" makes a more laid-back experience that is appealing, especially for new users. The Sipper is an innovative and functional device that comes at a lower price tag than comparable rigs.Read Review
Vista Mini 2
The Vista Mini 2 definitely lives up to its namesake- it’s one of the smallest and most portable dab rigs on the market to date. It features a replaceable atomizer, four pre-set temperature levels, and wireless charging. It may not be the most powerful device, but the vapor quality is definitely far above average. Its straightforward user interface is appealing to beginners who are looking for their first dab rig but find others too complex or expensive.Read Review
The XMAX Qomo is an inexpensive, micro E-rig with a built-in water bubbler, a ceramic cup chamber with three temperature settings, an LED light indicator, and a 1350mAh battery that charges via USB-C. It's probably one of the smallest all-in-one e-Rigs we've ever tested, and so far, the easiest one to use.Read Review
The Session is smart and uniquely designed to be an all-in-one extract vaporizer or what’s better known as a hybrid vape. This device can be used both as an eNail with existing Rigs or as a “standalone” wax vape. It features a neutral ceramic coil, three pre-set temperatures, and a simple straightforward user interface. The vapor produced ranges from mild to dense but is quite flavor-forward. Although, the best reason to buy the Session would most likely be its duality.Read Review
The G-Pen Connect is a relatively small e-Nail that connects to any 14mm glass water pipe. Sleekly designed and conveniently modular- each of the Connect’s parts attaches magnetically, including the magnetic lid which replaces the traditional carb cap. It also features a ceramic bowl, which means this device is better suited for users who prioritize flavor over vapor density.Read Review
Best Hybrid Vapes
The Puffco Proxy looks like a traditional pipe but has a high-tech modular design with a Ceramic chamber and Puffco's advanced 3D heating technology. It is compatible with Extracts right out of the box, and there is a dry herb attachment available separately. It is another groundbreaking device from Puffco, it delivers big on vapor quality, and it is approachable with zero learning curve. Worth it if you can afford it.Read Review
The G Pen Roam is a portable concentrate vaporizer that features a unique self-contained water filtration tube that results in cool & pure vapor. This is an unusual feature in any portable vaporizer but is especially interesting in a wax vape. A lot of thought and creativity went into designing and engineering this vape. The Roam is a dab rig packed into a vape that can fit in your palm.Read Review
What are e-Nails / Dab Rigs?
E-nails, aka e-rigs or dab rigs, started out as a simpler way of using traditional dab rigs, where the user employs a blow torch to heat up and vaporize the wax. This is hardly convenient, and so e-nails were invented as an easier way to vape wax at high temperatures. E-nails use electricity instead of a flame to heat up and vaporize the wax, they also have a water bubbler to help cool down the vapor because the wax is vaporized at very high temperatures. Every dab rig consists of the following parts:
The Body – This holds the battery and supports the other components of the e-nail.
The Heating Element – As you can guess, this is used to heat up the wax.
The Nail – This is where the wax is placed, and it can be made from various different materials.
The Mouthpiece – All dab rig mouthpieces have a water bubbler attachment. This is necessary to cool down the hot vapor created by the heating element.
All of those components mean that e-rigs are far less portable than vape pens. The kit of many e-rigs usually includes some kind of carrying case that makes storage and transport a little easier. Nonetheless, the assembly involved means that e-nails are mainly stay-at-home devices.
Things to consider when buying an e-Nail
1. Advanced use
E-nails are not meant for beginner wax vapers for many reasons. For one, they produce very intense vapor, which might be too much for newbie vapers to handle. They are also more complex to use than vape pens since they consist of several different components that require some assembly. Portable dab rigs are less complex than e-nails but are still not suited for beginners. New wax vapers are better off starting with vape pens since they are the easiest wax devices to use.
2. E-Nails VS traditional Nails
E-nails have a lot of advantages over traditional nails, the main one being that they are easier to use since everything you need to vape is included in their kit. Traditional nails require the use of a blowtorch to heat the nail and vaporize the wax. E-nails also allow you to more precisely calibrate the temperature, which is something that isn’t possible with a blowtorch. E-nails also take up less space than a rig and torch setup. The only real advantage traditional nails have is that the blowtorch allows them to reach higher maximum temperatures than e-nails. However, that is only an advantage for hardcore users who like really intense vapor.
3. Size & Portability
Both e-nails and portable dab rigs aren’t exactly portable. It’s not just their size that limits portability, it is also the fact that they consist of several different components that need to be assembled. Plus you need water to fill the bubbler. All of those factors prevent them from being travel-friendly devices. With that said, some are pretty sleek and include a carry case for easy traveling.
4. Portable Dab Rig VS Nail only Devices
One alternative to both e-nails/portable dab rigs and traditional nails is the electronic nail device. These are devices that consist of a battery powered nail that can be attached to traditional rigs. There is no need for a blowtorch since electricity is used to heat up the wax. These devices are good for those who already own a rig but want an easier, more convenient way to use it. They are not suited for anyone who does not already have a dab rig because of the expense of purchasing both a rig and the device.
5. Nail Types
There are three different coil types available for e-nails, they are titanium, quartz, and ceramic. Some e-nails will include all three types of nail in their kit, while others will have one or two. The differences among the three of them are as follows.
Ceramic – They heat up slowly but retain heat well. The flavor they produce is very good because ceramic is a neutral material that keeps the flavor pure.
Quartz – Quartz is also a neutral material that keeps the flavor pure. It also heats up quickly, but it loses heat more quickly than the other materials.
Titanium – These nails heat up fast and have high-temperature retention but the vapor quality is lacking compared to the other nails. That is because titanium can leave a metallic aftertaste to the vapor.
- Nail – The part of the e-rig where the wax is placed.
- THC Dab – The wax that is placed into the nail.
- Dab Tool – The instrument that is used to place a dab into a nail.
- Water Bubbler – The place where the water that is used to cool down the vapor is placed. This is also the place where the vapor is inhaled.
Where can I buy the THC Dabs/Wax?
You can buy them at online head shops and dispensaries in states where marijuana has been legalized.
What is dabbing?
The small amount of wax that is placed in the nail is called a dab, so dabbing is the act of placing the dab into the nail. However, many people use the term as a shorthand for using a dab rig, e-nail, or portable dab rig in general.
What is the ideal dabbing temperature?
There are low temperature dabs, medium temp dabs, and high temp dabs. The one you choose depends on the effect you want to feel when you vape and your level of experience.
Low temperature dab (315°F – 450°F) – You get a lot of flavor at this temperature, but the vapor is not that dense, and it takes longer to feel the effects of the THC. Hits in this temperature range are smooth and easy on the lungs, making it the ideal range for beginners.
Medium temperature dab (450°F – 600°F) – This temperature range gives vapers a good balance of flavor and intensity, though it offers less of either quality than the more extreme ranges. This is good for intermediate users.
High temperature dab (600°F – 900°F) – This range is all about intensity. The vapor is hot and harsh even with the water bubbler to cool it down. Plus the effects of the THC come on much faster, though the flavor is the weakest at this range.
How do I use an e-nail?
Using an e-nail is easy since they all share the same general design. First you pour some water into the bubbler, then you place a dab into the nail. Next you turn on the power and select a temperature. Once it reaches the selected temperature, place the carb cap over the nail and inhale from the bubbler.
Are e-nails a better way to vape wax than vape pens?
They are the most intense way to vape wax and they tend to offer a lot more customization than vape pens do. However, they are not very portable and take a while to set up. So, the answer comes down to what you want from a wax vaporizer, the portability and convenience of vape pens, or the customization and intensity of e-nails.
Which nail material is the best?
It comes down to personal preference, but most people prefer quartz or ceramic nails because they do not affect the flavor of the vapor. Titanium nails tend to leave a metallic aftertaste that most vapers find unpleasant.
Can I use an e-nail without putting water in the bubbler?
You can, but that is not advised. Most e-nails can heat the wax to 600° and higher, which means that the vapor produced is extremely hot. The water is needed to cool the vapor down otherwise it would be uncomfortable and unpalatable for users.
Should I get a regular e-nail or a portable dab rig?
It depends on what you want when you vape. If you want more customization options, then traditional e-nails are the better choice. If you prefer convenience and ease of use, then portable dab rigs are the more appropriate choice for you.