Oils and concentrates are taking the US smoking scene by storm, but it has come with a small caveat - many concentrate newbies aren’t used to heating up the glass nails on their oil rigs with butane torches. Using an old-school concentrate rig can be tricky at best, and dangerous at worst - especially if your nail is made of borosilicate glass. While glass is somewhat resistant to thermal shock, the temperatures that ripping oil occurs at is incredibly high, and handling a butane torch incorrectly can result in broken nails and nasty injuries. Thankfully, ingenious oil luminaries have found a way to mitigate that risk entirely, with self-heating electric nails, or e-nails for short. 

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Best E-Nails

E-nails take the same principles as a traditional titanium or quartz nail, while removing the need to get up close and friendly with a butane torch. Traditionally, using an oil rig means connecting a nail with a small water bong, often called a blubber. Then, you have to heat up the nail with a small butane torch (creme brulee torches are popular for this purpose). The nail must be incredibly hot before the next step; pick up a piece of  oil, wax, or shatter, and drop it onto the nail. If you have heated the nail up correctly, it should vaporize instantly.

This is a rather involved process and frankly, the butane torch is dangerous enough before you follow up the first hit. Using an e-nail instead means efficient oil vaporization while taking out the ‘open flame’ element of the whole debacle. While you still have to be careful not to burn yourself with the high temperature of the nail, you can rest somewhat easy that you’re not going to accidentally set yourself on fire.

There are clear benefits to going electric when it comes to your oil rig’s nail. Your nail will remain cleaner for longer as the more consistent temperatures will lead to a smoother vaporisation of your oil material. Many e-nails also come with a temperature control knob, so it’s easier to maintain a constant low temperature for medicinal purposes. Low temperature ripping leads to a smoother, easier hit making it perfect for anyone who isn’t used to the rigors of using a water bong.

The better your nail, and the more evenly heated it is the better your oil ripping  experience. A clean transition from wax or oil to vapor is the best you can hope for and the best thing for your lungs. Burning isn’t the worst thing in the world, however it can be easily mitigated with a carb cap. 

E-nails are a lot safer for repeatedly hitting in one session, and oils are also much more powerful than any other form of dry product. A single hit may contain as many active ingredients as several joints or bong bowls. Naturally, this can lead to impaired reflexes and spacial awareness. That’s ok - it happens to all of us. But since operating a  butane torch in this scenario isn’t the greatest of ideas, managing the on/off switch of an e-nail is a somewhat more reasonable proposition.

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