Best Electric Concentrate Rigs (Updated for 2021)
The future of enjoying concentrates has arrived, in the form of the electric dab rig, also know as "erigs". Gone are the days of wielding a torch while under the influence, as now you can have desktop vaporizer performance in the palm of your hand. While glass dab rigs have a place in the concentrate world, the technology associated with dabbing has grown leaps and bounds in the last few years, and electric dab rigs are closing in on the flavor saving and cloud producing capabilities of glass rigs. The debate will rage on till the end of time, but for now, let's check out the best electric dab rigs of 2021.
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If you're looking for gargantuan vapor clouds, the KandyPens Oura needs to be the erig in your life. This petite electric dab rig houses an uber-powerful 3000mAh battery that gets to temperature in around 15 seconds and takes less than an hour to charge right out of the box. Four preset temperatures deliver dense vapor and two different atomizers help tailor your experience; the quartz atomizer is geared for those who want throat-feel draws, while the ceramic bowl insert does a good job of providing some flavor of your material. The glass bulb attachment's shape stores up your vapor during your draw, then unleashes vapor thanks to the low draw resistance. KandyPens made the Oura's attachment out of borosilicate glass, while the body is constructed from a zinc-alloy shell, making the Oura one of the more durable electric concentrate rigs available.
Dr. Dabber SWITCH
Prepare yourself, for the Dr. Dabber SWITCH. This striking, monolithic desktop vape/erig is equally adept at vaping wax or dry herb wholly and quickly. No matter if you’re using dense herb or the runniest of wax the SWITCH is equipped with 25 (WHAT?!) calibrated heat settings to handle any situation. Dr. Dabber’s design team knows that no two hits are the same, just as no two concentrates of herbs are the same. Given its size, you might think it takes an eternity to charge the SWITCH once it has arrived, well, you’re wrong. A full charge of the SWITCH only takes 1 hour, and once charged is capable of 150 uses on a single charge. Inside the SWITCH’s box is everything you need to get your session started: multiple induction cups, proprietary tools, carb cap, and storage. With a heat up time that averages around 4 seconds (depending on the selected temp) the Dr. Dabber SWITCH does everything better than your current desktop vape and is ready to take its place.
Puffco Peak Vaporizer
The Puffco Peak is one of the smartest e-rigs we've got on this list. Consistent heating of your concentrate is achieved by way of intelligent heat calibration, keeping your experience constant. A removable high-grade ceramic bowl extracts the flavor of your material while still producing thick vapor. Since the ceramic bowl is removable, cleaning and maintaining your Peak is easy. Puffco gave the Peak four temperatures: 450F, 500F, 550F, and 600F to allow for the full exploration of wax concentrates. It takes around just 20 seconds for the Peak to reach temperature, and once met a vibrant light band and haptic feedback will let you know you're good to go.
Dr. Dabber Boost EVO
The latest innovation from Dr. Dabber is the Boost EVO erig. Dr. Dabber has been in the erig game long enough that the Boost EVO is a future-fied version of the original Dr. Dabber Boost, which at the time was one of the first electric concentrate rigs to hit the open market. The Boost EVO is a lot better looking and functions at a much higher level than the old-school Boost did, offering 6 calibrated preset temperatures, a magnetic quartz atomizer, and a built-in temperature sensor to ensure even heating during vaporization.
Boasting an 11 second heat up time the Dr. Dabber Boost EVO gets to your perfectly calibrated temperature quickly and maintains it throughout your session, avoiding temp spikes that can negatively affect your draws. With erigs becoming more "fun" Dr. Dabber opted to give the Boost EVO some cool lighting effects to help spice up sessions, a nice little bonus to a very efficient device.
One of the more futuristic looking electric dab rigs out today, the Hyer Big-E has one goal: eliminate torches from your life. The Big-E turns your glass water pipe into a torchless dab rig and is equipped with an adjustable clamping mechanism that makes it compatible with around 90% of all flat base water pipes (comically large water pipes aside). This erig doesn’t require a plug while using, so you can easily pass the Big-E around a party if the situation calls for it. While torches cause combustion, the Big-E utilizes an all-ceramic heating element that vaporizes your wax in a combustion-less manner.
No matter the temp you enjoy concentrates at the Big-E will only take 90 seconds to heat up, be it the lowest setting of 320°F or a searing 825°F (which is usually used to burn off excess mess when cleaning), you won’t have to wait long to embrace your new torchless lifestyle.
Dr. Dabber Boost Black Edition
Being the superficial human that I am, I decided to single out the Dr. Dabber Boost Black Edition as opposed to the regular Boost, because I think this erig looks better. Does it perform the same as the non-black edition? Yes, you have no reason be wary of the original Boost’s performance, and might enjoy the original colorway (which features some subtle blue accents) more. Sleek design aside, the Boost BE is an extremely high performing electric dab rig. Providing you with a premium glass water filtration attachment, the Boost is built for any kind of dab head. Flavor chasers can switch from the included high-grade quartz nail, while those planning for lengthier sessions can opt for the ceramic nail, and if that’s not enough a titanium nail gives enormous cloud production to those who want it.
ELECTRIC VS TORCH
As dabbing has grown in popularity, a debate has been sparked as to whether dabbing with a classic torch heated rig is the best option, or using an electric dab rig. With striking silhouettes, dense cloud potential, and history on their side glass dab rigs fill a massive need in the concentrate world. Dab rigs offer smooth, highly potent rips from your concentrates. Designed explicitly for wax and oils, dab rigs utilize water filtration to hogtie the intensity of your dab rip.
Using a rig is relatively simple: users heat the nail (an attachment that directly vaporizes concentrates) using their torch. Once heated a bit of concentrate is dabbed onto the nail as the user inhales. The water filtration system transforms the smoke in a moistorious, pure vapor. Using a torch is a great way to get your nail heated wholly and quickly, in under a minute your nail will be thoroughly heated and ready to go.
The nail of your dab rig is of utmost importance as it works in unison with the torch to bring out the flavors or intensity of your concentrate. Glass dab rigs tend to do a little better than e nails when it comes to flavor. There are many types of dab nails; some need a dome to be used, others go over glass joints and don’t require one. The most common nail materials are glass, quartz, titanium, and ceramic.
Ceramic nails are the best when it comes to heat retention, so you’ll save a little bit of money on butane with this type of nail. Flavor wise, ceramic nails are above glass, but below quartz regarding “flavor retention ranks.” Being ceramic, these nails are prone to cracking over time, but won’t be as volatile on a use-by-use basis as glass nails.
Quartz nails are the "king of flavor." This type of nail does not need to be heated slowly and will last longer than a basic glass nail. Where quartz nails really shine is in flavor production. If you use your torch and quartz nail in perfect conjunction, you’ll be able to achieve supreme concentrate flavors.
For the clumsier concentrate enthusiasts out there titanium nails can solve your “spending my life savings on glass nails” problem. Titanium nails can hold firm to the constant heating and cooling of your dabbing sessions and have better heat retention that glass or quartz nails, so you can take much larger dabs. The shortcomings of a titanium nail are shown in the flavor department, as a good portion of the concentrates tastes are lost.
Glass nails are inexpensive and usually considered a “beginners nail.” When using a torch on a glass nail, it is important to heat the nail slowly, as it can be susceptible to cracking. The flavor of your concentrate is brought out better by glass nails compared to that of titanium or ceramic.
While a torch heats your nail quickly, the consistency of the temp leaves something to be desired. When it comes to enjoying concentrates the most crucial aspect of your session is just that, temperature consistency. Too cold, and you get not vapor. Too hot, and you’re inhaling something that tastes like burnt plastic, AND your atomizer is scarred from the burned off concentrate residue. For those of us who aren’t blessed with super-human-temp-sensing capabilities, this leaves us in a bind that could end in a wasted dab (gasp).
Thankfully, electric dab rigs take the guessing game out of your nails temperature. The way an electric dab rig heats is pretty simple: units are typically comprised of a controller box which delivers heat through a coil that connects directly with the nail itself. The controller box allows for the controlled manipulation of temperature to the nail, giving you the ability to regulate your temperature with the touch of a button.
Volume wise, torch dab rigs can’t come close to the amount an electric dab rig can handle, making e nails an excellent option for group settings. Designed to expedite and ease the process of dabbing, electronic dab rigs were crafted specifically for the vaporization of wax concentrates.
Portability is another factor that makes electronic dab rigs as popular as desktop units, and wand-style vaporizers are limited in range thanks to their reliance on cords. With no torch needed either, an electric dab rig can be enjoyed pretty much anywhere you wish to dab. As e nails rise in popularity, the price points have started to level out. On the low end, you can find a great electronic dab rig for around $100, with options going all the way up to $300 and up. Higher end models will offer greater temperature control and consistency. Once you’ve gotten over the initial cost, e nails can save you money in the long run as you won’t be spending money on butane.
This list of the best electric dab rigs to keep an eye out for this year does feature the best options available.