Dab tools are another must have accessory. When it comes to Dab time and you’re dealing with high temperatures you need a Dab Tool (or Dabber as they are commonly called) to pick up your concentrates and safely place them in your e-rig, vape, banger or on your nail. We have a large range of Dabbers to choose from, bringing you brands like Black Leaf, Silly Cilicone, Dab Labs and Dr Dabber here at Ali Bongo.
What Is a Dab Tool?
Dab tools are small, handheld instruments that are used to handle and transfer concentrates for dabbing. They are typically made of metal or glass and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of the most common types of dab tools include:
- Dabbers - Dabbers are small metal or glass rods with a pointed end used to pick up and transfer concentrates to the heating element.
- Scrapers - Scrapers are flat metal or glass dab tools used to scrape and collect sticky concentrates from a container or surface.
- Spoons - Spoons are small metal or glass tools with a curved end used to scoop up concentrates.
- Pliers - Pliers are metal dab tools used to grip and handle hot nails or bangers without burning your fingers.
Choosing the Right Dab Tool
When choosing a dab tool, there are a few things to think about before making a decision. The first is the material it is made of. Glass dab tools are non-reactive and won't affect the taste of your concentrates, but they can break easily if handled carelessly. Metal dabbing tools are durable but can sometimes affect the flavour of your dab. Ceramic dabbing tools are a good compromise, offering durability and non-reactivity, but they can be more expensive.
The shape and size of the dabbing tools are also important factors to consider. Smaller dabbing tools may be easier to handle and manoeuvre, but larger dabbing tools may be better suited for handling larger amounts of concentrate. The shape of the tool should also be considered based on the consistency of the concentrate you are using. Pointed dab tools may be best for handling thick, waxy consistency concentrates, while a spoon or scraper may be better for handling concentrates with a softer, gooier consistency.
Finally, consider the type of dab rig and banger or nail you are using when choosing dab tools. Some nails may require a certain shape or size of tool for optimal use. For example, domeless nails may require a carb cap to regulate airflow and heat distribution, while quartz bangers may require longer, curved tab tools to reach the bottom of the banger.
Tips for Using Dab Tools
Once you have chosen the right dab tool, there are a few tips to keep in mind when using it:
- Heat the nail or banger before use to ensure it is hot enough to vaporize the concentrate.
- Use a small amount of concentrate at a time to prevent wasting it and ensure a smooth hit.
- Place the concentrate onto the nail or banger using a dab tool, being careful not to touch the hot surface with your fingers.
- Once the concentrate has vaporized, use the carb cap to regulate airflow and ensure an even burn.
- Clean your dab tools after each use to prevent buildup and maintain optimal flavour and performance.
What Can I Use if I don't Have A Dab Tool?
If you don't have dab tools, there are several household items that you can use as a makeshift tool for dabbing:
- Paperclip - Straighten out a paperclip and use it as a dab tool. Just make sure it's made of stainless steel and doesn't have any coatings that could be harmful when heated.
- Toothpick - Wooden toothpicks can be used as temporary dab tools, but it's not recommended for regular use as they can break easily and may not be as heat-resistant.
- Parchment paper - You can fold a piece of parchment paper into a point and use it as a makeshift tool. It's not the most efficient option, but it works in a pinch.
- Safety pin - A clean safety pin can also be used as a makeshift tool, but make sure to heat it up before using it to avoid any potential for contamination.
- Knife or spoon - In a pinch, a clean butter knife or spoon can be used as a tool. However, this is not recommended as it can be dangerous and there is a risk of burning yourself.
It's important to note that using makeshift tools is not the best option for dabbing, as they may not be as efficient or safe as proper dab tools. It's always best to invest in a good quality tool to ensure a safe and enjoyable dabbing experience.