Dab Nails

The Different Types of Dab Nails


The Different Types of Dab Nails

What is a Dab Nail?

A dab nail is the heating element used for dabbing concentrates. They can be made out of several different materials, and vary in terms of cost, durability, flavor, and ability to retain heat.


Glass nails are by far the cheapest and the most common type of dab nail since most rigs come with one. Benefits are that they are easy to clean and they give off a great flavor when used. When using this type of nail, you must heat slowly with caution since they do not withstand heat very well. Besides there fragility, glass nails are a great tool to have in your arsenal.


Ceramic nails typically deliver a delicious taste, but at times can deliver an “overcooked” taste if they are not heated properly. This type of nail is similar to glass nails in terms of fragility, but they can retain heat for a longer amount of time.


The benefits of quartz nails are similar to glass in that they are easy to clean and deliver a great flavor when used. Due to the durable nature of quartz crystals, they are much less fragile than their glass and ceramic counterparts. The downside to this type of nail is that they cool off rapidly after you stop heating them.

Titanium (TI)

TI nails are by far the most durable type of nail on this list. After a 15-20 second heating process, these can retain heat for a considerable amount of time. The only downside to Titanium nails is that they can give off a metallic taste at times. If you are looking for quality of taste over durability, you should consider purchasing a different type of nail.


E-Nails are the most expensive type of dab nail on this list, commonly running for a couple hundred dollars. The main benefit of this kind is that since you can choose the temperature, it is nearly impossible to over or under heat the concentrate. Additionally, the only source of energy is a power outlet so owners are not required to stock up on butane oil. On the other hand, since the E-nail is often bound to a power outlet, users are restricted on where they can use the product.