E-Nails are concentrate vaporizers that use electricity instead of a flame to heat up and vaporize wax. Before the creation of e-nails, you would have to use a blowtorch to heat up your nail. The problem is that it was hard to achieve the correct temperature for vaporizing without reaching combustion. Not to mention that using a blowtorch isn’t exactly convenient.
E-nails use electricity to heat up a heating element to the optimal temperature for vaporization. E-nails are safer, more efficient and much easier to use than a traditional dab rig and this has made them the device of choice for vaporizing concentrates.
We’ve tested dozens of e-nails to find the best ones and put together this list of the best e-nails for dabs 2020.
KandyPens Oura is a high quality, portable e-nail for concentrates that is widely considered as the best e-nail you can get. The Oura has a beautiful and durable zinc alloy shell, paired with a hand made glass bulb. The Oura comes with a quartz bowl as well as a ceramic bowl.
The Oura heats up in just 5 seconds and has four preset temperatures that you can choose from. The two lowest settings (yellow & green) deliver more flavor from your concentrates while the higher temperature red & green settings deliver a more intense experience with massive clouds.
The Oura has a 3000mAh built-in battery and recharges to full in just under an hour using USB Type-C charging. It’s portable, it’s reliable and it’s absolutely awesome. The Kandypens Oura is hands-down the best e-nail for dabs 2020.
The Dr. Dabber Switch is one of the most advanced e-nails out right now. It uses coil-free electromagnetic induction heating for near-instant heat up times and can be used with either concentrates or dry herbs. The Switch comes with a glass percolator attachment that can be filled with water to cool down your vapor for smoother draws.
The Dr Dabber Switch has a ‘Standard Mode’ with 5 pre-set heating profiles that are more than good enough to effectively vaporize concentrates or dry herbs. But it also has ‘Advanced Modes’ with 25 additional heating profiles that can be tuned between 300 to 800°F.
The Switch’s white ceramic induction cup is for use with concentrates and the black ceramic induction cup is for use with dry herbs. The Switch requires very little maintenance as it has a self cleaning mode that uses high heat cycles to burn off residue and effectively clean the induction cups.
The Dr. Dabber Boost is the little brother of the Switch. It’s a portable, dedicated e-nail for concentrates that comes with three different nails: titanium, quartz and ceramic. Similar to the Boost, it also comes with a glass attachment that can be filled with water for cooler, smoother vapor. The boost is powered by a replaceable 18650 battery.
Dabbing with the Boost is extremely simple. With a single press on the button the Boost will begin to heat up and will be ready to use in only 25 seconds. It has two different modes: one for the titanium/ceramic nail and one for the quartz nail.
The Boost comes packaged in a beautiful wood carrying case that makes it easy to take out on the go. For a portable rig that’s easy to dab with, the Dr. Dabber Boost is a great choice.
The Puffco Peak is a phenomenal e-nail for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is that it features intelligent heat calibration. This means that the Puffco Peak automatically adjusts heat up times to deliver a more consistent experience. This also ensures that you get every last ounce of goodness out of your wax — without reaching combustion.
The Peak heats up in only 20 seconds. It uses a removable, high-grade ceramic bowl to vaporize wax effectively. Plus, the glass water attachment cools and purifies each hit for pleasant, smooth vapor.
The Puffco Peak has four different heat settings so whether you’re a beginner or expert, want flavor or big clouds, there’s an optimal setting that can be used. There’s also a sesh-mode that allows you to extend your sessions if you’re dabbing with friends.
The Bolt Pro 2 is the successor to the original Bolt Pro and it’s better than ever. It’s a portable e-nail that uses a single 18650 battery. It comes with a ceramic nail, a quartz nail and a titanium nail and features adjustable temperature from 200-900°F.
With a single push of a button the Bolt Pro 2 can be adjusted in 50° intervals. It also has a crisp OLED display that shows the temperature, atomizer resistance, voltage and remaining battery life. The Bolt Pro 2 comes with a glass water filtration piece to cool down your vapor.
What is an E-Nail?
An electric nail, commonly called an e-nail, is a concentrate vaporizer that uses electricity instead of a flame to heat up and vaporize wax. An e-nail is typically made out of the following components:
- Dock: This is the stand that holds the e-nail rig upright.
- Battery: Most e-nails are battery powered and provide enough battery life for 30+ dabs. Less commonly, some e-nails need to be plugged into a power source.
- Power Button: The power button allows you to turn the e-nail rig on or off. Once on, most e-nails take a single press on the power button to begin heating up.
- Heating Element: The heating element is what delivers electricity to heat up your nail. This is the component that replaces the torch in traditional dab rigs.
- Nail: Nails are the bowls that hold your concentrates. The nail is heated up by the heating element and vaporizes your concentrates. Nails are commonly made from one of three materials: titanium, ceramic or quartz.
- Glass Water Filtration Piece: This piece can be filled with water and attaches to the e-nail. Vapor from your dab passes through the water filtration piece, where it’s cooled down by the water. This results in smoother, cooler, and less harsh hits.
- Carb Cap: The Carb Cap goes over your bowl while you dab. This restricts airflow and allows you to ‘brew’ your concentrates. When you’re ready, you remove the carb cap to inhale all of the vapor at once.
Why Use an E-Nail?
Before e-nails, traditional dab rigs required the use of a torch to heat up the nail before you could place your concentrates onto it. The problem is that it was hard to achieve the correct temperature for vaporizing without reaching combustion. Not to mention that using a blowtorch isn’t exactly safe or convenient.
E-Nails take the guesswork out of heating. E-nails remove the need for a torch by replacing it with a heating element. This heating element heats up the nail through the use of electricity and heats up the nail to the optimal temperature for vaporization — all without reaching combustion.
How to Use an E-Nail
Using an e-nail is simple; much more simple than using a traditional dab rig. To start, you’ll want to fully assemble your rig. This means that the battery should be inserted, your nail should be attached on the heating element, and your glass percolator (if it comes with one) should be attached as well.
When you’ve made sure that everything is assembled correctly, turn on your e-nail. Most e-nails, like the Dr Dabber Boost Black, take only a single press on the button to begin to heat up. Wait 5-20 seconds (depending on the heat up time of your e-nail) and you’re ready to dab!
Using the included tool, take a small amount of your concentrates and touch it to the inside of the nail while inhaling. Once all of your concentrate is in the nail, put on the carb cap. Continue brewing until you are ready to inhale. Carefully remove the carb cap (don’t burn yourself!) and clear the rest of the vapor.
The Three Types of Nails: Which is Best?
The three types of nails are titanium, ceramic and quartz. Which one is best really comes down to personal preference as there’s no evidence to show that one is really better than the others. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a nail to use:
Durability: Titanium nails are made of just that, titanium, and so they’re quite sturdy and durable; it’s not easy to break a titanium nail. On the other hand, ceramic nails are extremely brittle and should be handled with care and caution. Quartz is slightly more durable than ceramic but it should likewise be handled with care. If you drop a quartz nail, chances are that it will break.
Taste: Which nail gives the best flavor? This is the most subjective feature of a nail and you might find a ceramic nail to be the best while another vaper thinks that quartz is the way to go. We suggest trying them all and using the one that you like best. One thing to keep in mind is that titanium nails tend to leave a noticeable metallic aftertaste so most vapers prefer ceramic or quartz.
Heat-Up Times: Titanium nails have the quickest heat up times out of the three common nail materials. Ceramic and quartz have longer heat up times.
Cleaning: Titanium nails are the easiest type of nail to clean, followed by quartz and lastly ceramic. Ceramic nails are the hardest nail to keep completely clean and it’s likely that overtime, a ceramic nail will become too dirty to clean completely.