A dab torch is used in a dabbing setup to heat a quartz banger or titanium nail. The torch provides a concentrated high-heat flame to heat the surface of your banger or Nectar Collector tip. The banger or tip absorbs the heat which in turn will transfer to your glob of concentrate when it makes contact with the hot surface.
A dab torch usually ships empty and you fill it with your choice of butane gas which is readily available at your local head shop. Most torch lighters have a flame adjustment knob so you can dial in the flame size precisely where you need it. Torch lighters also include a safety lock switch that can be engaged when not in use so the lighter doesn’t release gas or turn on by accident.
How Do You Know When Your Banger Is Heated Properly?
There are two different methods for making sure that you have heated your banger properly. The first method is to time how long you heat the banger for. You’ll have to experiment a bit based on your torch lighter and the type of banger you have. The thicker the quartz bucket is, the longer you will need to apply heat. A good starting point is to heat your quartz banger for about 30 seconds and let it cool down for 60 seconds before dropping in your dab. You can just use a plain old watch or clock to time or you can also buy a specialized dab timer.
Pro Tips: Make sure to always rotate the torch flame around the banger bucket so the quartz material won’t degrade over time and also don’t heat your quartz until it glows red. If it glows red then you have heated it too hot.
The second method is to use a dab thermometer. Once you know the optimal temperature for your banger material and your personal dab preference you can use a dab thermometer to achieve that consistent temperature every time. Wait for the thermometer to beep to let you know the banger is at your desired temperature and then drop-in your dab so you can blast off.
What Is The Best Torch Lighter For A Dab Rig?
Any butane torch lighter will be sufficient for heating up a dab rig but a few brand models do the job a little better than the others. By far the best quality and well known dabbing torch lighter on the market is the Blazer Big Shot. This torch is made in Japan with the absolute best quality standards and has all the features you could ever need from a torch. Actually any torch from the Blazer brand will make for a good purchase. Another honorable mention is the Special Blue brand, they make a great line of torches as well as whip cream chargers and dispensers.