A carb cap is something most dabbers use, but may not know what it is doing for their dabbing experience. Knowing the benefits of a carb cap can actually help improve your dabbing technique, so let’s dive right in!
What is a carb cap?
The carb cap is a small accessory that attaches to the quartz banger or domeless nail of your dab rig. Its sole purpose is to help the wax vaporize at a lower temperature, preserving potency, flavor, and your lungs.
What does a carb cap do?
The goal of the carb cap is to regulate the heat and the air pressure and flow of your dab. More simply put, the carb cap limits the amount of air entering the banger by creating a vacuum inside that helps vaporize the wax. Less air ensures a more potent hit and keeps the banger hotter longer, getting you the most out of your dab.
Since the carb cap contains all the vapor and heat much better than a banger without one, it makes dabbing at a lower temperature much more effective. Dabbing at a high temperature could negatively affect the flavor and potency of the dab. A torch can heat a dab nail to up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is not necessary to effectively heat a dab. The best temperature for a smooth, flavorful hit is around 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Carb caps make a powerful dab at this temperature more achievable.
Why do you need a carb cap to dab?
There are tons of benefits to using a carb cap with your dab rig. While technically a carb cap is not required, they guarantee a better dabbing experience for a couple reasons. First, the use of a carb cap will get you a much larger hit that’s super smooth.
Additionally, a carb cap enhances the flavor of your dab and highlights all the yummy terpene tastes. You’ll finally be able to tell the difference between different strains of wax used! So, how does a small dabbing accessory make that much of a difference?
How to Use Your Dab Rig with a Carb Cap
Pretty much all dab rigs nowadays all include carb holes, so any carb cap you have should fit your banger. To smoke dabs with a carb cap, simply:
- Heat your nail or banger
- Add in the concentrate
- Cover the banger with the carb cap while gently spinning or lifting the cap, depending on style of cap.
- Remove your carb cap to inhale the dab and clear the rig.
Common Types of Carb Caps
The standard carb cap will have a rounded end that acts as a cap and a handle. However, there are lots of different shapes of carb caps to choose from. Because of their versatility and usability, these styles of carb caps are our personal favorites.
1. Bubble Carb Cap
Bubble carb caps have a rounded “bubble” on both ends with hollow stems. These caps are easily rotated, which allows you to move the concentrates around the banger faster for quicker vaporization.
2. Spinner Carb Cap
Angled slits in the spinner carb cap create a steady and consistent flow of air to make those terpene pearls spin and vaporize evenly.
3. Vortex Carb Cap
This style of carb cap actually creates a vortex inside the banger and spins the vapor around like a tornado. This easily distributes the wax and the airflow evenly throughout the entire hit.
4. Jar Spinner Carb Cap
A jar spinner carb cap is a great option for those on the go. These caps actually double as a stash jar, so you can hold your concentrates right in your handy carb cap.
5. Stash Jar
If you’re in a pinch, you can even use your own glass stash jar as a carb cap! Make sure it’s a heat resistant material with a flat and durable side.
Add a carb cap to your collection of dab tools to up your entire dabbing experience. Check out our dab rigs that include a handy carb cap!