How To Smoke Dabs Without A Rig

How To Smoke Dabs Without A Rig

In the before-time of concentrates, the only way to enjoy a top shelf gram was to lug around a glass rig and light it with a mini-flamethrower. Thankfully enjoying concentrates has caught up with technology and there is a multitude of ways users can enjoy any consistency of concentrates, pretty much anywhere. The old school torch and rig combo leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to temperature precision, users have to rely on their internal clock to remember just how long they held the flame to the nail in order to get their preferred taste and cloud size. Having the ability to zero in on the exact degree you want your concentrate vaped at opens users up to a plethora of taste profiles and cloud sizes. As low-temp dabbing becomes more popular, concentrate users are learning just how much taste their favorite strains have. 


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You Have 3 Choices: E-Nails, Vape Pens, & Desktop Vaporizers


A step up on the “portability” scale vape pens offer a little more in the way of convenience compared to e nails but can still produce sizeable clouds. Drenched in simplicity, vape pens are a great “transition” method for people looking to smoke dabs without a rig: vape pens are usually constructed of a mouthpiece, atomizer, and vape battery in one sleek package. Much like the rig-torch setup most vape pens utilize conduction heating, meaning your concentrate will be in direct contact with the heating element. This form of heating reaches temperature faster than convection or induction, but produces vapor that might not be considered as “pure” as an e nail or desktop vape. By utilizing conduction heating vape pens are the fastest way to enjoy concentrates out of the e nail vs. vape pen vs. desktop battle royale.

Rig aficionados that decide to add a vape pen to their arsenal will be pleasantly surprised at the combination of usability and discreteness when compared to their rig. Vape pens allow you to enjoy your concentrates without drawing attention to your session, as they are shaped like office pens these devices have a clandestine quality about them. Don’t let the size fool you though, pen style vapes with double or triple heating rods can generate humongous clouds in conjunction with their batteries.

Not all vape pens are designed alike, some have more of a “vape marker” type shape to them, but still offer extreme portability and quick session capabilities.

Groove Cara+ Vaporizer

The Groove CARA+ Vaporizer is an advanced and sophisticated device designed for the modern concentrate consumer. This model marks an evolution from its predecessor, boasting not only a larger size but also a coil-less quartz cup. This unique feature, combined with a swift 10-second pre-heat function, ensures a smooth and consistent vaping experience every time. The design is sleek, solid, and compact, making it convenient to hold and carry - a true companion for those who value dependability in their devices.

Groove Cara+ Vaporizer


From the Latin word cārus, 'Cara' translates to "friend, beloved, darling, loved one", embodying the intimate and personal relationship users will develop with this vaporizer. One significant advantage of the CARA+ is its variable voltage settings, marked by different color LEDs: Low (White, 3.4V), Medium (Blue, 3.8V), and High (Green, 4.2V).

To use the Groove CARA+, the user unscrews the mouthpiece and coil cap, carefully adds their material into the coil without stabbing the heating elements, and screws the coil cap and mouthpiece back onto the device. Users then press and hold the button to begin vaping and can repeat this process as desired.

Key features of the CARA+ include compatibility with concentrates, a variable voltage battery, and a substantial 1700mAh battery capacity. The device employs USB-C charging technology, achieving a full charge within 2.5 hours. Other notable features include the coil-less quartz cup, a chamfered mouthpiece for user comfort, heating in waves for a more gradual and controlled experience, and the efficient 10-second pre-heat function.


The granddaddy of vaporizers is the desktop vape. The iconic Storz & Bickel Volcano has been a long-time fixture in the vape game and has cemented itself as the “OG” of desktop vapes. Up until recently, desktop vaporizers have been confined to dry herb usage as dab rigs filled the role of default “desktop rigs” due to their inability to be used on the go. While the Volcano can now vape concentrates, there are new products and methods of heating that have just recently come on the scene with the potential to dominate the market. Conduction and convection have long been the staples of the industry, but induction has finally arrived and it’s ready to revolutionize vaporizers.

Dr. Dabber created the world’s first vaporizer to employ induction heating. While designed for both concentrate and dry herb use, this desktop vape excels in both without the need for extra parts or pieces to use. In this unit, induction heating creates a magnetic field that is absorbed by the included induction cups, which creates the heat. This heating system eliminates the need for atomizers, saving users money in the long run. By pairing the induction method with the cups, the Switch heats up faster than any other desktop unit, and the cups are engineered to create an even heating surface saving you from the dreaded “hot spot” that heats some parts of your concentrate hotter than others.


The Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer is the latest innovation brought to you by Storz & Bickel. This device offers a dual-inhalation system that allows users to enjoy the vapor through either the classic balloon bag or a new whip delivery system. Featuring enhanced airflow, a cutting-edge app for complete session control, and a heat-up speed that outperforms the Volcano Digit by a factor of 10, the Hybrid Volcano stands out in its class.

Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer Vaporizers : Vaporizers Desktop Storz & Bickel

Where the Volcano Hybrid truly shines is in its innovative inhalation system. Combining both balloon and whip-style inhalation, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. You can easily fill the built-in air pump with the Volcano Hybrid bags for those who prefer the balloon method. For whip-style vapors, the Hybrid allows quiet, resistance-free draws directly from the heating chamber, enhancing flavor production.

The Volcano Hybrid's convection heating system, a signature of Storz & Bickel, gently heats your material by circulating air through the vapor path via a 100-watt heater. This prevents combustion and guarantees a smooth, clean vapor free of any unwanted tastes or odors.

The easy-to-use “+” and “-” controls and bright LED screen provide precise temperature control, ranging from 104 °F to 446 °F, ensuring an optimal flavor experience for every user. The Hybrid's compatibility with an app allows you to manage your vaporizer easily from your phone. Experience the future of vaporizers with the Volcano Hybrid.



In utilizing induction heating Dr. Dabber created a desktop vape that has little to no oxygen within the vaporization environment. This means that at higher temps your concentrate can actually be heated past the point of combustion, without actually combusting, so 100% of your flavor profile is extracted while discarding any irritants. The heating technology on display in the Dr. Dabber Swtich is a beacon of hope for users who want to smoke dabs without a rig, the 25 different temperature settings are designed for avid users who want to discover every single flavor and effect aspect of their concentrate.

The majority of desktop vaporizers on the market were initially designed for dry herb and require an insert of some kind to enjoy concentrates which can sometimes be a hassle. While there aren’t a lot of purely concentrate focused desktop vapes the tide seems to be turning thanks to units like the Switch. As technology moves forward (heck we already have induction heating) there will surely be a desktop vape specifically designed for concentrates that will rival the old-school rig setup. It used to be almost impossible to dab without a rig but as the vaporizer world expands technologically users will soon be able to ditch their torch and rig setup for a simple desktop unit.


Well there you have it, three fantastic vapes to help you dab without a rig. With concentrate use on the rise, companies want to offer new ways for users to “ditch the torch” and get rig-like satisfaction from their vaporizer. It doesn’t matter if you’re an on-the-go concentrate user or strictly a “5 feet from my bed” user, there is a concentrate vape out there for you that can produce a satisfying concentrate experience without the need to wield a torch.

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