Here’s Why You Should Cap Your Dabs
If you’re looking to advance your dabbing experience, then you definitely should incorporate a carb cap into your setup. In my opinion, a great dab begins when you cap it. To help explain why carb caps are such game-changers, I’ll breakdown what they are, how to use them, and why you should.
What is a Carb Cap?
A carb cap is used to cover the top of your nail or banger once you’ve dropped in your dab. It helps lock in the heat and restrict the vapors from escaping. Carb caps have small air intake holes that control the amount of cool, external air that gets pulled onto the nail and into the rig. They come in many designs and styles, but the function and purpose remain the same. They’re usually made of glass, titanium, or another stable, heat-resistant material.
Why use one?
The simple answer is to increase efficiency and flavor. Carb caps are super popular amongst low temp dabbers who want a way to maintain the heat on their nails for longer. With a capped dab, you can take your sweet time when hitting the rig because carb caps create a low pressure system once the rig is being pulled, which lowers the boiling point of the concentrates and results in a fuller hit of vapor.
Because a carb cap keeps the heat of the nail consistent, you won’t have issues with it cooling down and needing to re-torch. It also means that even if your nail is cooling, the concentrate will still be suitably heated to vaporize and be inhaled so you’re not left with half-melted wax on your skillet.
How do I use it?
Using a carb cap is pretty easy. After you drop your dab onto the hot surface, simply cover the nail or banger with the carb cap. It will trap the heat and modify the air pressure. Once capped, you can adjust the airflow and pressure by tapping the cap or lifting it up and down. If you have a directional carb cap, you can spin or twirl the cap around the crown of your nail to push the jet stream of air around. When you’re ready to clear the plume of vapor, simply remove the carb cap to clear your rig.
What kind of Carb Cap?
Most carb caps are similar in fundamental design. But like dab rigs themselves, carb caps can look simple or complex. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Glass or Titanium: Common carb cap materials are glass and titanium. The choice is mostly aesthetic, and most dabbers choose to buy a carb cap that matches their nail.
- Size: Match the size of your carb cap with the size of your nail for the best fit. Too much or too little space between the nail and carb cap will give you poor results.
- Shape: Standard nails are just one option these days. Do you use a honey hole or a banger nail instead? Be sure to match the carb cap with your nail type or else it won’t fit properly.