How to Fill a Dab Rig Properly

Dab Rigs
How to Fill a Dab Rig Properly
A dab rig is a great way to enjoy your concentrates. Once you get the right temperature going, you’ll be able to enjoy dab after dab. The first step in enjoying your dab rig is filling it up with water. We here at BigDaddySmoke know how confusing it can be for first time dabbers to fill up a dab rig properly. Here’s a guide how to put water in your dab the right way.

Where to pour the water


There are two openings in a dab rig: the mouthpiece and the downstem. The mouthpiece is where you will pull to get the vapor from the dab. The downstem is where you will attach the nail or banger for your dab rig.

Between the two, the mouthpiece is the safest route to go to when pouring water. Bear in mind that you will be heating your banger or dab nail to vaporize your concentrates. Heat and water do not mix. There’s a chance that you will shatter your wet joint should you heat up your nail or banger in a wrong way.

Pouring water in a dab rig



  1. Pour water in a clean water bottle with a narrow lip. The lip should be smaller than the opening of the mouthpiece.

  2. Place the lip of the water bottle on the mouthpiece and pour water. Be careful not to splash water at the downstem.

  3. Continue to pour until you got the right water level for your dab rig. In general, water should reach almost half-way up the water chamber of the dab rig.

  4. Do a pull test through the mouthpiece. The dab rig should bubble without splashing your mouth. If splash occurs, pour it out through the mouthpiece.

  5. Double check the if the downstem is dry before you start using your dab rig.


My dab rig has a perc


You fill your dab rig the same way, even if it has multiple percs. Continue to pour water through the mouthpiece until all the percs are submerged underwater, and the chamber is almost half-way full.

How about a recycler dab rig?


Yes, you still fill a recycler dab rig the same way. Pour water through the mouthpiece until the water is at the right volume to cycle through the rig.

I want to use ice in my dab rig


If you wish to use ice for your dab rig, pour water in first before adding ice. Lower the water level just a bit to give room for additional volume when the ice melts. Be careful when adding ice in your dab rig if it does not have an ice catcher. A wrong drop may break delicate parts of your rig.

Now that you know how to fill a dab rig properly, go ahead and enjoy your dab rig! Don’t let the design of a dab rig stop you from trying out dabbing. If you got one of our awesome rigs and don’t know how to use it, contact us and we’ll get you dabbing in no time!

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