What Is An Enail?
As the vape-scape has grown the consumption of concentrates has become a streamlined process. Gone are the days of having to scrape your material onto a nail and wield a torch in hopes that your perfect temperature is met, we’ve now entered the digital age of consuming concentrates.
Enails (sometimes known as erigs) are ideal for concentrate users because of their ability to produce a consistent temperature. The aforementioned torch method leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to consistency, users have to play kind of a “guessing game” as the nail heats up to ensure thorough vaporization. Thanks to the wonders of technology, enails provide a consistent concentrate experience every time.
These devices have been around long enough to evolve into portable devices, allowing for elite concentrate consumption on the go. Let’s breakdown how the original enail worked and take a look at where the technology stands today.
So How Does An Enail Work?
Thankfully the design of enails has been streamlined...
The original enail design was a heating box, coil, and nail with the titanium nail attaching to your banger. Simple right? An included heating coil would heat up the titanium nail, then transfer the heat to your banger through conduction (touching the hot surface directly to the surface that is being heated). From there users would use their rig as if they were enjoying a torch-fueled concentrate session, but with unprecedented temperature control.
By using an enail you’re giving yourself the chance to enhance your flavor experience. The ability to pinpoint your temperature allows for the full exploration of your concentrate, giving you different tastes and experiences based on the degree. Conserving material is easier too, since you won’t ever be surprised by a white-hot nail that unexpectedly vaporizes too much of your material at once.
Enjoying an enail at home is all well and good, but what about people who want the ultimate concentrate experience on-the-go? That’s where portable enails and erigs come into play.
Leading vaporizer companies like KandyPens and Puffco have poured countless R&D hours into developing portable enails that deliver traditional rig-like draws whenever the user might want them. These devices utilize water-filtration but remain portable thanks to the amount needing to be used relatively small and easily disposed of when finished.
These devices are sometimes called “erigs”, short for “electric rig”. The names “enail” and “erig” are considered borderline interchangeable, as they are both electronic devices engineered to allow you to vaporize concentrates using a water filtration system.
Enails We Like
We’re going to breakdown a few of our favorite enails below, you might notice not all of them have precision temperature control, this is due to portability being a priority. An enail with preset temperatures will provide options for those who put a premium on flavor and cloud chasers. Any of these options will give you rig-like draws, it’s just a matter of picking how you want them delivered.
We’re going to start off with one of the more stylish enails to come out in the last...well, ever. The KandyPens Oura represents the new wave of portable enails: smart, stylish, and powerful. Four preset temperatures unlock your concentrate’s capabilities and two atomizer options lead to more concentrate session customization. Thanks to a 3000mAh battery, you’ll be waiting just under 15 seconds for your temperature.
A zinc-alloy body is available in 6 different colors, allowing the Oura to fit any vape-vibe. The Oura’s gorgeous design, unique vapor-blasting glass attachment, and beastly battery make this an elite enail option for new and seasoned concentrate users alike. We've got a full breakdown of everything the Oura has to offer here.
Dr. Dabber was one of the first major manufacturers to throw their hat into the enail ring. The Dr. Dabber Boost eRig is one of the simpler enails on this list to use making it great for beginners.
Users can choose from a titanium, quartz, or ceramic nail to enjoy their material. The Dr. Dabber Boost’s temperatures are preset for each type of nail. When you power the unit on 3 presses will be for titanium and 5 for the ceramic and quartz options. This is a nice touch for novice users who might not fully know their preferred temperature or which range works for certain materials.
Another of the “next-gen” enails is the Puffco Peak. The Peak is known for consistent heating and an elevated flavor experience. The medical-grade ceramic bowl is inert, keeping any outside flavors out of your draws. A borosilicate glass water attachment cools your vapor, relieving you of any harsh “throat hit” that might happen. Four preset temperatures offer different experiences for those who might prefer flavor over density.
The ceramic bowl atomizer has very high heat retention, so your temperature won’t fall in-between draws. Any enail that can maintain temperature will help you conserve material and deliver consistent results. The Puffco Peak represents one of the simplest, most portable enails available today.
KandyPens developed the ICON Attachment to be used on any box mod with 510-threading. The ICON enail comes with a base, water filtration attachment, and three different nail options to allow for different concentrate session experiences. Users can choose from quick-heating quartz, flavor-enhancing ceramic, or the cloud manufacturing and durability of the titanium nail.
The ICON can handle up to 50 watts of power, delivering dense clouds when you start getting into the 40w range. Users looking for a small, quasi-portable enail will enjoy the universal capabilities of the KandyPens ICON Attachment.
Behold, the only enail (or vaporizer) to use induction heating, the Dr. Dabber SWITCH. The SWITCH’s induction heating system uses electromagnetic waves to create heat within the induction cups only, eliminating the need for atomizers and creating sub-5 second heat-up times. The SWITCH can vaporize both dry herb and concentrates, making it one of the more versatile enails out.
There are 25 calibrated heat settings for dry herb AND concentrates, making this a borderline “precision temperature-controlled” enail. This is definitely not a novice vaporizer, the Dr. Dabber SWITCH is for those who have been vaping for a while and want to expand their horizons. To learn more about induction heating, we have a very in-depth explanation of all the SWITCH’s capabilities here.
Rounding out our list of favorite enails is the G Pen Connect Vaporizer. While the name says "vaporizer", this device is pure enail at heart. Any water piece with a glass-to-glass collection is transformed into a powerful e-rig that manufactures dense vapor clouds. The ceramic heating element is inert, so now outside flavors get introduced into your material.
The Connect may be small, but inside the sleek all-black body is an 850mAh battery with three voltage options. Users who put a preference on flavor will find the 3.1v (green light) a good option, those wanting a middle ground between flavor and thickness can opt for the 3.6v (green light), and for large clouds the 4.1v (red light) will allow for deep draws.