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Solventless extracts like rosin haven’t been available on the market as long as shatter or other cannabis concentrates, but they’ve quickly become popular amongst dabbers, and for many reasons. The most obvious among them is that they’re solvent-free. Using solvents to create extracts can take away their flavor and quality, as well as making the extraction process more expensive. Not to mention the hint of danger solvents present, as they’re both flammable and explosive. Solvent extracts can also put you at risk for inhaling the residue of harmful chemicals, which doesn’t make them the most appealing to the health-conscious. This increased demand for solventless extracts has led to the popularity of the rosin press, a nifty machine that essentially kicked off the whole rosin revolution.
Ever since the rosin press rolled out, the old-school hair straightener method is no longer the favorite way to extract weed from home. That’s because a rosin press gives you more yield, more surface area to fit more herb, and the results are undeniably consistent. It’s also just a whole lot less janky.
Similar to a flat iron, a rosin press uses two heated plates and pressure to squeeze out extracts from flower, kief, or trim. However, a rosin press is designed explicitly for rosin, so there’s less trial and error and fewer disappointments. They’re usually small enough to set on a countertop, making them just as convenient to use to extract rosin right from the kitchen, or virtually any room in the house.
It might be an improvement, but a rosin press works in a similar way to a flat iron or t-shirt press. Whatever you’re extracting from is placed between the two heated plates, which are pressed together. The rosin then leaks out in a matter of seconds. It might cost more, but a rosin press is built with the proper features to deliver high-quality rosin, including precision temperature control and even pressure control. Using the right amount of heat and the right amount of force is paramount to preserve the cannabinoids and terpenes. That’s what makes older extraction methods trickier—you’re limited to temperature settings and how much pressure you can use.
There are many types of rosin presses available. Some are expensive, while others are more on the affordable side. Regardless of the size of your wallet or the amount of space you’re working with, you can adopt a rosin press into your humble abode with ease. From electrical to travel-friendly, save that flat iron for your hair, and choose from some of today’s best rosin presses:
For a handheld upgrade to your hair straightener, meet the Canna Clamp. The Canna Clamp is like the Chi of handheld presses. It features variable temp setting from 100 to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and super fast heat up. It doesn’t produce a ton of rosin but is perfect for those just getting started, or consumers who only dab little batches at a time. The complete kit includes five pollen pressing bags, five parchment squares, a dab mat, plus the Canna Clamp and its 2″ x 3.75″ plates, all for less than $300.
If you’re looking for a top-notch rosin press that won’t take up too much space, then the NugSmasher Mini is both small and sweet, but powerful. It can squeeze out golden, tasty extracts from up to 3.5 grams of bud on its 2.5″ Smash plates, has a quick heat up time, and provides accurate temperature control to bring you quality results. Moreover, the NugSmasher Mini features fast retract plate release, circuit protection, and is made of solid steel. You can even choose from a wide range of power cable plug ends to accommodate any outlet, and customize the shape your plates, available in round and square, as well as your voltage options (90-120v and 200-260v).
My Rosin Press is another handheld solventless rosin press that’s easy to use. For a manual press, it comes with excellent functions and features, including a front-facing, fine-tunable timer, a 100 to 250-degree Fahrenheit temperature range, adjustable 3.07″ x 3.07″ plates, and an LCD interface with a simple button layout. My Rosin Press is also easy on the hands and requires little force as it can exert 6 tons of pressure. That and it’s lightweight. Customers say they can squeeze up to 1.5 grams of cannabis at a time, which isn’t a lot, but the yields you get from the first press are so lovely that you won’t need a second press more often than not.
If you’re going for an electrical rosin press, fair warning, it’s going to cost you. But if you want the closest thing to perfection that a solventless extract gets, and you’re on the inexperienced side, an all-electric machine like the Dabber Box Electric Rosin Press is worth the expense. It can pump out 10 tons of pressure, but still puts you in control by allowing you to adjust the speed of its pressing ram. It does so using an airspeed valve, conveniently accessible on the front of the device, in addition to PID LED screen controllers. Creating flavorful, flawless rosin is as simple as pressing a button with the Dabber Box Electric Rosin Press. And if you’re concerned about it breaking down on you, it comes backed by a 1-year warranty, which will replace faulty parts for free.
Want a rosin press you can take with you anywhere and everywhere? If so, then the Rosinbomb Rocket is one of the best portable units. Not only does it weigh a mere 13 pounds and rest at 10 inches high, just around the right size to sit comfy in your backpack, but it’s also powerful for its size and can crush up to 5 grams, depending on the density of whatever you’re using. That’s the most of all the other similarly sized presses. You can take it over to a friend’s house and enjoy dab after dab.
The Pikes Peak V2 Rosin Press is the most expensive of the bunch at over 5,000 bucks, but honestly, it’s the best pneumatic rosin press money can buy. Featuring ultra-premium 10″ x 2.5″ heat plates, it can press a whopping 20 grams of flower or 35 grams of kief or hash at a time. Not only that, but it has dual pressure technology that gives you full control over the rosin extraction process. And it can memorize up to 30 recipes so that you don’t have to keep dialing to get the same results. But that’s not all.
The Pikes Peak V2 Rosin Press also features impressive temperature accuracy to less than half of 1 degree Fahrenheit and Pressware technology, which includes a full-color LCD screen and custom software for more control, and a few other perks. It is a machine for the true cannabis concentrate connoisseur.
For a rosin press and an enail in one, the Honey Habit Hydraulic Rosin Press is the complete package. What makes it the better hydraulic press is its lack of an air compressor, which is prone to fluid leakage. Because there’s no compressor, you won’t wind up with a bulk of leakage. The Honey Habit Hydraulic Rosin Press also generates pressure as high as 15,000 PSI and is designed with a C-shaped structure to maximize yields. Also, it’s light in weight, making it easy to move around, and comes already assembled so that you can plug and play.
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