Bigger isn’t always better.
Prior to 2009, concentrates were niched to heavy hitters on the west coast and in British Columbia. Concentrates were then exclusive to those who had the knowledge and crop to perform extractions. Since entering the mainstream, Concentrates have had a profound effect on the glass industry. The demand for glass has continued to increase as more smokers become interested in dabbing. Concentrate rigs cater to the different needs of the dabber. As a result, rigs are intended to function different than regular water pipes.
Keeping Concentrates Concentrated:
Concentrates contain terpenes, the organic compounds responsible for flavors and aromas in many plants. Because of the nature of concentrates and the temperatures at which they are consumed, terpenes are more pronounced in concentrates than flowers. In pursuit of the terpiest seshes, dabbers generally prefer pieces with tight water chambers and straight forward percs. Elaborate percs can dilute vapor and prevent dabbers from getting the full flavors of their concentrates. The same logic is applied to the water chambers of dab rigs— the more water your vapor has to work through, the more diluted the flavor.
Concentrate rigs also tend to be much smaller in size than flower tubes. Before dabbing blew up, large beakers or tubes with several tree arm percs were the norm. Tubes that beastly take a lot of lung power to clear. If you dab on a tube that size, it could take more than one breath to clear and your vapor may get stale within the piece. Stale vapor is not terpy vapor, and dabbers will do anything for the terps!
Concentrates call for a drag-free smoke, and require condensed chambers to easily send the vapor directly to your lungs. That’s not to say that larger designs haven’t found their place in the concentrate-game. Take the classic faberge egg design, for example. Fab eggs aren’t small in stature, but they possess a tight water chamber to bounce water and vapor against the walls of the piece and into your lungs!
While personal preference will always trump trends, many dabbers use nano rigs as a daily driver.
Nano rigs have become a staple in the glass industry. The small design streamlines the vapor into your lungs. Nano rigs have quickly become an essential tool in any dabber’s arsenal, and most reputable glass companies have developed several different nano models. Some nano rigs are even shorter than three inches for terp-heavy seshes.
Here’s a quick look at some nano rigs at Smoke Cartel (from smallest to tallest):
This nano rig is only two and a half inches tall! This baby features a two hole diffy to deliver nothing but terpy seshes. The Rehab Tiny Sippy Pendant Rig delivers a drag-free smoke that directs vapor straight to your lungs.
This nano rig fits an exceptional amount of detail in a very small space! The Mini Bangerz rock a two holy diffy that delivers a pleasant chopping sound and pull. My favorite feature of this rig is the magnetic grenade carb cap pendant— it sits conveniently on the side of the piece so you can cap every dab with ease! This piece ships in a foam box fitted to securely hold your nano rig.
This rig stands at five inches tall and utilizes a two hole diffuser to administer terpy dabs. The Downstem, base, and neck are all worked with intricate wig wag designs for a uniquely heady aesthetic. This piece is perfect for travel, but it’s worked accents also make it a great coffee table rig.
This awesome nano rig stands six inches tall. The chamber is tight and straight to deliver terps directly to your lungs. The sidecar design ensures that you’ll never get any splash back, making this an awesome travel rig. You could even wear it as a pendant, if you wanted to...
Check Smoke Cartel, the Headshop for Humans, for a great selection of dab rigs!