A dish used to vaporize cannabis concentrates on a bong or dab rig. Bangers can vary in design, but are generally circular and made of glass, quartz, ceramic, or titanium. The various materials retain heat differently and require different cleaning techniques.

Quartz is currently considered the superior material for making bangers. Unlike a glass banger, a quartz banger will not break after repeated exposure to high temperatures. When made with the proper materials, the banger's design allows it to withstand the intensely high temperatures associated with vaporizing cannabis concentrates, and offers a clean, flavorful vaping experience.

I prefer quartz bangers to other materials, such as titanium.

Bangers come in many sizes and styles.

dab rig banger Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

How to use a quartz banger

A quartz banger fits into the joint of a dab rig or a bong. Bangers come with both male and female joints, so it's vital to ensure the banger fits the corresponding joint. 

Once the banger has been fitted into the joint and heated, the concentrate can be placed on the banger with a metal or glass dab tool. The concentrate vaporizes in the quartz bucket before flowing through the joint into the dab rig. Carb caps can be placed on the banger at this stage. You can begin inhaling as soon the concentrate has been applied.

How to heat a quartz banger

A quartz banger can be heated with a butane torch or electronic heater coil. Evenly heat the banger until it begins to glow. This may take anywhere from 20 seconds to five minutes, depending on the shape and thickness of the banger. Allow the banger to cool. Depending on your preferred dab temperature, you may need to wait from 15 seconds to a minute before applying the concentrate.

Dab Rig with Torch Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

Is a banger a nail?

A banger is a type of dab nail. When joined to a dab rig, the dab banger nail heats the concentrate so it becomes a vapor. Quartz banger nails feature a quartz bucket to hold and heat the concentrate before it flows through the dab rig. There are three main types of bangers. Flat-top bangers have a flat top.  Trough bangers are shaped like a feeding trough. Thermal bangers have an internal cup with airspace between the inner and outer cup, allowing the user to vape at lower temperatures.

What is a dab nail?

A dab nail is a nail-shaped part of the rig used to vaporize essential oils. Cannabis concentrate is placed on the dab nail, using a dabber, then heated. Some dab nails fit inside glass joints, while others require a dome. Dab nails are made of glass, quartz, titanium, or ceramic. Glass nails are inexpensive but can crack with rapid heating. Quartz is often favored as providing a superior heating and flavor experience.

Why is my banger turning black?

Bangers turn black and develop a tar-like residue when they are heated to more than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Heating concentrates between 400-600 degrees Fahrenheit preserves flavor and keeps the quartz in good shape. Cleaning your banger after every dab is essential to remove the built up residue. Quartz bangers become dull, cloudy, and yellow over time if they are not properly maintained.

Do you need a carb cap for a banger?

A carb cap is a dabbing accessory that allows the cannabis concentrate to vaporize at a lower temperature, enhancing the quality and flavor of the concentrate. Carb caps regulate airflow and pressure by preventing heat from escaping to the surface, which in turn decreases the boiling point of the concentrate. Carb caps also protect quartz bangers. 

While a carb cap isn't strictly necessary for a banger, its use is highly recommended. Carb caps restrict airflow to the dab nail, which allows the user to dab at lower temperatures for enhanced flavor. In addition, carb caps vaporize all of the dab content so there is no waste left the nail. Many users also notice that the vapor appears thicker with a carb cap.

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