And I’ve had my heart broken by more broken ceramic dab nails than I can count, because that is ceramic’s other flaw: it is fragile. Oh, and one more tiny complaint: ceramic starts looking kind of gross and stained pretty quickly, if that bothers you. This is not because these dab nails taste that much better than ceramic, but more because they have the best overall safe, delicious heat. On the down side, quartz nails take more time than, say, metal, to heat.
But if flavor counts for you, there isn’t yet a way to escape breakable pieces completely . A portable dab rig will typically cost approximately $50.00 to $400.00. I know, not cheap, especially the newer enail kits. Just like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. If you’re new to dabbing and unsure what you like or what matters to you, it may make sense to save your money. Some of the cost of many of these models is definitely about the power source. Torch-and-burn models still offer a lot more in the way of saving money, as do smaller box mods. The rest of the difference is often about whether or not there is water filtration, how fancy the user experience is, and the quality of the build and materials. Better builds, higher quality nails, and more advanced features such as precision temperature control come at higher price levels. This translates into a superior vaping experience, so if you do prefer dabbing, it’s a worthwhile investment to get the right portable dab rig.
On to the important issue: the best portable dab rigs on the market right now. This list was curated by the VaporVanity editorial team after some debate. Everyone on the VaporVanity editorial team is pretty serious about their vaping. We have each been using dab rigs for long enough to be glad that e-nails are now an option. That said, a few of us will never totally abandon our torches! Therefore, we have included one torch-and-burn model, and one smaller box mod option. We also included a portable dab rig that can also handle flower, because we believe in something for everyone and a vape for all . As a team, we think these are among the best portable dab rigs on the market today, this post is here to explain why. Rest assured that any portable dab rig on this list is an excellent choice. We fought long and hard, and although at first the Puffco Peak Vaporizer, Medusa Edition ended up on top, new tech sometimes changes things! Now, the best electric dab rig of 2019 is The Dipper. Ousting the Puffco Peak Vaporizer, Medusa Edition from the top spot: The Dipper. It’s the single absolutely portable dab rig that gives you a nectar collector or quartz chamber with a pen feel that also doesn’t use water or a separate heat source. It is stupid easy to use, and there’s nothing else exactly like it on the market. The functionality is great and the flavor is even better. You get instant heat from the element, and if you are missing that classic experience, use the DipWhip accessory. (Some of our testers liked the flavor even more that way anyway.) Cleaning is really, really easy. It’s the easiest to clean and redeploy that I have—and I have a lot of them. This whole design eliminates many of the problems with wasted concentrate that are basically inherent to other units. And the final blow knocking PuffCo Peak out of the top spot: value. The Dipper’s price tag (without our awesome coupon, that is) hits $114.99. Next to the Medusa, this is a way better value, not to mention way simpler to use and more portable. And the one-year warranty make it even more worthwhile. Finally, it’s not quite as sexy as Medusa design-wise—but it’s close. And in exchange, it’s high-quality, sleek, and compact.
It’s a real pocket unit but it delivers on performance for a truly portable dab. Yes, there is no question: the Puffco Peak Medusa has a style advantage. When you’re investing in your top piece of dabbing equipment, you want it to look amazing, and the Medusa from Puffco truly does. The Puffco Peak is a portable e-nail made up of a glass spout and a base. It stands 7 inches tall, and looks a little like an e-bong, a small water pipe, or the banger-hanger type of rig that lots of dabbers may find familiar. The glass chamber is hand-blown, and gives you that vapor diffusion and water filtration that is so nice.
In the Medusa edition, too, the inner cone has swirled glass that looks even cooler. This is not a stealth vaping option, is what we are saying. The Puffco Peak Medusa features four heat settings: blue is 450°F, green is 500°F, orange is 550°F, and white is 600°F. So although you don’t have total, bespoke control over your temperature, you do have a lot of precision, and every setting produces a lot of vapor with this bubbler. You can adjust the temperature based on what’s in the chamber, or how much you’ve put in there.