If you are relatively new to the world of marijuana, you may be confused by some of the terminologies. For example, a dab rig is a device that heats marijuana and is primarily used to consume concentrates such as shatter or wax. It is a specially designed piece usually made from glass, and it consists of several parts and accessories including a banger.
A banger is a dish that holds the weed on the rig and is a form of nail. It is normally circular and made of glass, titanium, ceramic or quartz. Regardless of the material used, the banger must have the ability to hold the concentrate at the perfect temperature to release the terpenes and vaporize the material.
Why Use a Quartz Banger?
While titanium is a popular option for a banger, the metallic taste can leach into the concentrate and provide an unpleasant taste. There are several advantages to using a quartz banger above other materials.
Aside from the significantly higher CBD or THC content, one of the main benefits to using a concentrate is the immense level of flavor you get when inhaling the vapor. When you use a quartz banger at low heat, and also add a carb cap, your wax will retain its terpenes which provides a better smelling and tasting material. Terpenes also have potential health benefits so your high could be of the healing variety.
As long as you use your quartz banger correctly, it is among the easiest materials to clean. We recommend consistent dabbing at lower temperatures. After your session is finished, use a paper towel or a cotton swab to clean. If you heat the surface to a very high temperature, the remaining concentrate will oxidize the quartz and leave behind dark, hard to clean residue.
There are certain water pipes for concentrates that have too much airflow to allow for longer lasting dabs. With a quartz banger, you can restrict the airflow, increase the overall function of the glass, and take advantage of the small air hole.
One of the issues faced by users of glass or titanium bangers is that they don’t retain heat particularly well. Although the level of heat retention varies depending on the thickness of the quartz, it is a material that keeps heat in very well. All you need is a quartz banger with a minimum wall thickness of 3mm. Also, the longer the banger stays warm, the more time you have to clean it with a cotton swab when you are done.
Other materials have issues with durability. For example, glass bangers can shatter if overheated and ceramic breaks when heated in the same spot regularly. With quartz, you can heat it to a very high temperature, but it will never break or shatter even when you heat it continuously in the same spot. There is even a clever way to clean a dirty quartz banger; heat it until it is red hot and it should clear up!
Quartz Banger Designs
When you go shopping for a quartz banger, the long list of options may confuse you. Never fear, here is a quick guide to the most common types.
This option has thin walls, so it takes less heat to reach the right dabbing temperature and also cools down quickly. The dish diameter typically ranges from 14mm to 40mm, and the joint sizes are normally 10mm, 14mm, and 19mm male and female.
This type of banger is considered an upgrade on the standard option and is designed to let you dab at an extremely low temperature. As a result, you enjoy the terpenes even more and are less likely to suffer from lung irritation. It retains heat longer due to its increased mass, and it works brilliantly.
Flat Top with Insert Cup
This is a relatively new design which makes it easier to clean. You can use almost any type of carb cap to boost flavor and vaporization. The banger cup insert enables you to heat the banger and fill the insert with the concentrate; then you drop it into the flat top banger. Alternatively, heat the insert and use a pair of tweezers to drop it into the banger.
If you heat your banger as normal and drop the insert cup into it filled with concentrate, you will benefit from an astounding flavor and a rate of vaporization you may never have seen before.
Reactor Core Banger
This design involves a quartz heat sink at the bottom of the bucket. As a result, it gives the banger more mass. The chunk of fused quartz at the bottom retains heat for an extremely long time which means longer dabbing sessions! The sink creates extra surface area and the heated canal between it, and the banger’s wall means you benefit from the right dabbing temperature for longer.
Using Your Quartz Banger
There are several methods of using your dabbing rig, and we cover three of them below.
This is the method to use if you want large dabs. The higher temperature means that fats and lipids get burned off, as do terpenes and cannabinoids, and you may also develop a coughing fit. While you can dab several grams using this tactic, we don’t recommend it; but here it is in case you want to give it a try:
- Get your banger, dab tool, carb cap and torch ready.
- Heat the quartz banger with the torch until it glows orange or red.
- Allow the banger to cool to the point where it has stopped glowing.
- Get some concentrate with your dab tool and place it in the banger dish. You can inhale at this point if you don’t wish to waste anything.
- Place the carb cap on the banger and inhale. The air hits the oils and helps them vaporize so you can inhale the vapor.
Hot and Cool Dabbing
- Heat your banger with the torch until it starts glowing.
- Allow it to cool for up to 45 seconds.
- Use your dab tool to place concentrate on the banger.
- Add the carb cap and inhale. If the oil pools, it means you have allowed your banger to cool for too long.
- Ideally, you will vape your concentrate at approximately 428 degrees Fahrenheit for ‘full-spectrum’ vaping.
- This method is faster, uses less gas, and provides the best flavor.
- Place your concentrate on the banger using your dab tool.
- Heat up the banger with the torch. As soon as the material starts to melt, take the torch off the banger. It is a bit hotter outside the banger, but the heat should soon reach the inside. A thicker quartz banger is better because it holds more heat.
- Place the carb cap on top of the banger and inhale. If you don’t get much vapor, heat the banger for a few seconds and try again.
Final Thoughts on Quartz Bangers
Once you get some practice, you will find that dabbing with a quartz banger is one of the best ways to enjoy cannabis concentrates. We have mentioned a carb cap a few times in this article. It is a small lid that you add on top to restrict airflow into the banger. The result is cooler vapor, and more vapor enters your lungs rather than air. It is a highly recommended dabbing accessory.
Although quartz bangers have plenty of advantages over other materials, not all bangers are created equal. While a high-quality quartz banger will enhance your dabbing experience, a low-quality version could ruin it. When it comes to finding the best options, look for brands such as Toro, Dark Crystal, EvanShore, and Quave, because they are all reputable companies that have earned their reputation. One final note: Concentrates are potent, so please dab carefully!