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Hitting dabs. Smoking shatter. Whatever you call it, if you’re a cannabis enthusiast today, chances are you’re using concentrates.
Made with concentrated THC that’s been extracted from cannabis flower, the honey-colored substance that many know as “shatter” is known for its potency and flavor. But “smoking” dabs is a bit of a misnomer since the concentrates are technically vaporized, not smoked. And unlike smoking flower from a bong, the devices used to consumer shatter—dab rigs—are made to be as small as possible. This keeps the concentrate vapor condensed, potent, and flavorful.
One of the most important components of the dab rig is the Quartz Banger. This is the part of the dab rig that you heat up and vaporize the concentrates in. It’s basically the dab rig version of a bowl piece. And depending on how your Quartz Banger is designed, it can help boost the flavor of your concentrate, keep your dab rig clean, and/or allow for greater variations in the temperature you can dab at.
So don’t just go and buy the first Quartz Banger you see. We’ve compiled the following list so that you can make an educated decision on the Banger that’s right for you. And once you find that perfect Banger, we’ve got tips for you on how to keep it clean so that it lasts and you can experience the full flavor of your concentrates every time.
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This bucket-shaped Quartz Banger is made of top-quality thick borosilicate glass designed to extract nothing but all the flavor from your concentrates and deliver the smoothest rips possible. It’s designed with a ground-glass connection that provides an airtight seal to ensure that no smoke is lost and your clouds are thick.
For only $10, this s a definite must-have banger considering its performance and durability.
This Stache Core banger is the perfect accessory for a consistent heat up or cool down. Great for draws in different temperatures. Is simple, elegant, and discreet. Is small but potent with just 3 mm thick, and a 14 mm female joint fits in its rig just fine. For only $35 you’re getting a reliable and consistent banger.
The Fireship thermal banger allows more control over the temperature you’re smoking at and retains the heat better. It is made from high-quality thick quartz and is ideal for smoking low temp because it keeps your extracts inside the inner layer preventing leaks. It can be yours for $29.99.
This Thermal Banger by DankStop consistently gets high reviews, and it’s easy to see why. Its thermal design allows for optimal hot and cold hits. And due to its inset design—essentially a bucket inside a bucket—there’s virtually no possibility of clogging the neck of the Banger with concentrates.
The banger also has a 45° joint, which many cannabis consumers find to be more accessible than other angles. It’s also an easy banger to maintain, since it’s still a relatively simple design despite the inset bucket. All these factors have led to the Thermal Banger getting consistent five-star reviews.
And best of all, at $25, it’s well under $50.
This is a funny one. The Trailer Park Boys Quartz Banger is made from high-quality tick quartz with a double-wall design. It can retain heat longer than other shatters, and there would be no spills or leaks. It is super easy to clean and last but not least, the faces! This banger comes in 14 and 18 mm sizes and goes for $29.99.
The Terp Slerper is a double-decker banger that’s built to impress on a budget. At 24.8 mm, the top bowl is smaller than the bottom bowl, which is 28 mm. This banger functions well at low temperatures, and its size allows more skilled operators to fit more concentrates inside the bucket. This banger only costs $24.
The Lavatech XL quartz nail is at the forefront of dabbing technology. The opaque white base retains heat longer than standard quartz. It has high walls that will hold as much concentrate as you can handle. It comes with multiple joint sizes, angles, and genders to fit any rig. Get it for only $29.99.
If you’re looking to use an enail to consume concentrates, you might want to consider a quartz banger specifically designed for enail use. This e-banger from Piranha Vaporizers is exactly that. You can also use a torch on this banger.
Reviewers gave the quartz e-banger five stars and claim that it retains heat well, allowing for low-temperature dabs. This amplifies the flavor of your concentrates, so you can taste its unique terpene profile. It’s also among the most affordably priced Bangers at $29.99.
This Hyer male quartz banger is an angled, domeless nail that works with a unique patent-pending ceramic heating technology. The joint of this piece is 14 mm, where it can conveniently fit in any 14 mm female e-rig. No matter what temperature you choose, with this banger, you’ll ensure a flavorful experience. It’s easy to clean, easy to use, and goes for only $25.
This thermal, color-changing Banger from Pulsar Vaporizers is made for flavor. Its 90° double-layer bucket design is made for retaining an optimal temperature. The bucket is also crafted with heat-reactive crystals that change color when they’re exposed to the torch. At $37.5, this banger offers quality at an affordable price.
This Thick Sand Blasted Banger Nail from Boo Glass features a frosted hemp leaf dope design throughout and a wide base. This thick banger is 25 mm wide making it compatible with the largest of insert cups, carb caps, and a great candidate for terp pearls. You can choose between 10, 14, and 18 mm joint sizes and 45 or 90 degree angles. This thick banger for enails goes for $29.99.
Designed for dabbing connoisseurs, this Honeybee Herb banger has excellent heat retention and efficiency. It’s made with high-quality thick quartz. It features a rounded bottom for even heat dispersion and optimal retention. It has an outer diameter of 25 mm, making it easy to load. The bevel edge allows a perfect seal with a carb cap. This banger features a 90 angle frosted joint in a 14.5 mm male size. Get it for $39.99.
This GRAV male banger finds a perfect balance between cloud size and flavor. Is made from high-quality quartz and gets to temperature really quickly, and allows you to taste all of your concentrate’s flavors. Has a 45° angle, making this piece great for water pipes or rigs. It’s compatible with any female joint. For only $9.99, it’s the best value banger out there.
This Boo Glass banger features high walls and a large dabbing area, which provides plenty of space. It comes in a male and a female joint, 14 mm or 18 mm size, and a 45 or 90 angle, depending on your rig. It also has a core reactor design and clear glass. Get it for only $19.
This extremely cost-effective canger is made by the Smoke Cartel brand, UPC, which stands for “Until. Prohibition. Ceases.” The purpose of this piece is simplicity and functionality.
It’s made with a large bucket to allow for even vaporization of your concentrates so that you can experience their full flavor and unique terpene profiles. Need a Banger to start hitting dabs, but don’t have the funds to buy a custom piece?
The Dozer, on sale for only $32, will get the job done.
This quartz banger is made by the Thick Ass Glass and includes a carb cap. This allows you to swing out the dish, directly torch the bottom of it, then swing it right back into the dome and apply the concentrate. Best of all, this quartz banger only costs about $29.99.
The Flat Top Thick Banger by Smoke Cartel is simple and effective. This banger is known for its excellent heat retention, and for offering flavorful hits, allowing consumers to taste their concentrates’ distinct terpene profiles. This banger is only about $2o.
If you want a unique-looking banger without spending a fortune, try this cube-shaped quartz banger from DabWorthy. Reviewers suggest this banger for low-temperature dabs. It’s only $29.99.
This quartz banger unsurprisingly resembles the bucket at the end of a bulldozer. This means that you have significantly more space inside the bucket to fit concentrates, for anyone who is trying to hit a heroic-sized dab. This banger is made by Puffing Bird and is now on sale for $14.99.
This Eyce Quartz Bucket is made from silica noncrystalline (glass) form of silicon dioxide (quartz sand), the reason why it can be exposed to high temperatures with a low thermal expansion coefficient. It’s a high-quality female quartz bucket that preserves the concentrate’s flavor and creates dense cool smoke that can be yours for only $19.99.
This quartz banger from Boo Glass has arrived to elevate your concentrate experience. It can preserve the natural flavors of your favorite waxy extracts while controlling the heat. This piece is available in 14 mm and 18 mm standard joint sizes and female or male, according to what you prefer. It has a horizontal capsule that creates an extra-sized chamber for those who like a heavy sesh. Having a domeless top gives you a full range with the dabber as you heave generous scoops of concentrates into the heated quartz. Get it for $25.
This Cheech & Chong banger is as stylish as it is fun to look at. The front of its deep bucket features the classic stoner couple faces. The top of the bucket slopes down at 45° for easy access. Its simple-shaped bucket also makes it a breeze to clean. At $29.99, it’s high quality at an affordable price. It’s dual jointed, fitting both 14 and 18 mm joints.
Double banger, double the fun. This dual banger nails on a single-jointed piece with two features. It’s available in both female and male-gendered joints, and it can be paired with a 14 mm or even an 18 mm dab rig. The joint is polished rather than frosted for a flawless quartz-on-glass seam. Its unique silhouette will catch all the excess oil and send it directly into your rig vapor form. Say goodbye to sticky dripped-up joints. Get this dual banger for only $25.
Glass Nation’s Hurricane banger is designed with an opaque floor, a popular new technology that allows the banger to heat up faster than the classic clear-fused quartz. It also retains heat much better. This will ultimately allow you to take hits that are flavorful and give you the full experience of your concentrates’ unique terpenes.
It can also easily be upgraded with a quartz insert in the future. This unit only costs $69. But the truth is, bangers tend to come in two price ranges: $0 to $50, and $100 and above. If you’re getting a quartz banger under $100, you don’t need to go spending $75 or $80.
Until you get above the $100, and probably even the $150 mark, you don’t need to spend more than $80 to get something that you’ll be happy with.
Once you’ve picked which quartz banger to buy, you’ll want to make sure you keep it nice and sparkly. The methodology for cleaning your quartz banger will vary depending on how dirty it is.
If you clean it after every hit, for example, you may only need to give it a quick wipe with a q tip. But if you’ve used your banger extensively without taking the time to clean it after each hit, it will require a more rigorous cleaning.
This is the easiest way to keep your quartz banger clean. All it requires is consistency from day one and all you need is a q tip.
After taking a hit, while your banger is still hot, simply take a q tip and use it to wipe out the yellow residue on the inside of the Banger. This technique is similar to using a paper towel to clean out the inside of a still-hot cast iron pan. The gunk left on the inside of the pan—or banger, in this case—is easily and effectively wiped away, so long as you don’t give it time to cool.
But once your melted shatter cools and hardens to the inside of your banger, it’s too late. In this case, it’s time to break out the rubbing alcohol.
Before you go pouring alcohol into your quartz banger, first see if you can get the resin out with a q tip that’s been dipped in rubbing alcohol. If this doesn’t work, grab a fresh q tip and squirt just a drop or two in your banger. Swish it around a bit, and use your q tip to scrub.
If this still doesn’t work, it’s time for the deep clean. Fill a plastic bag with 99% isopropyl alcohol and salt (preferably sea salt, kosher salt, or salt rox). Then, put your banger in the bag so that it’s completely submerged in alcohol, and leave it like that overnight.
The next morning, take your banger out of the alcohol and run it under warm water until you’re confident that all of the alcohol has been washed away. At this point, the resin caked onto the inside of your Banger should be loosened enough that you can scrape it away with a dab tool, or similarly thin and blunt object.
Once you’ve de-gunked your banger to the point where you can’t get any more resin off, it’s time to blast it with heat. Torch your banger for a good 30 seconds or so. Let it cool, and then try scrubbing the inside of the banger once more with a q tip soaked in rubbing alcohol.
Once your banger is sufficiently clean, take a dry q tip and wipe off any alcohol remaining inside the bowl. Then, blast it with your torch for another 10 seconds so that any remaining alcohol evaporates.
Wait a few minutes before taking your first hit out of your newly cleaned quartz banger.
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