The Difference Between a Male and Female Quartz Banger

November 08, 2019 Dab Rig Parts

The Difference Between a Male and Female Quartz Banger

Quartz bangers, like dab rigs, come in different genders. If you’re new to using a dab rig and want to change to use a different nail, you need to know the difference between a male vs female quartz banger.

The shape of the tip

The first that you need to look into is the shape of the tip. A male banger goes inside a female-jointed water pipe. Since a male goes inside a receiver, it should be narrow and tapered at the end. It looks more like an inverted traffic cone or pylon without the sharp, pointy edge.

A female quartz banger goes on top and around the male joint of your water pipe. In order to cover the surface of the male joint, a female quartz banger has a flaring bottom, similar to that of a lampshade.

Eyce Silicone Honeycomb Perc Dab Rig With Quartz Banger 6.5 inch

The Eyce Silicone Honeycomb Perc Dab Rig has a female quartz banger.

Size of the bottom

Quartz bangers go in three measurements: 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm. However, even if they share the same measurements, they don’t look like they share the same size.

A 10mm male quartz banger looks smaller than a 10mm female quartz banger. It’s all because of the shape of the tip. Male banger sizes are measured according to the outside diameter, while female bangers are measured through the inner cavity.

What about the seal around the joint?

There’s no problem with the seal between a male vs female quartz banger. As long as you match the joint size of the banger to the joint size of the water pipe, you’ll get a good seal between the two joints. You’ll have a hard time getting an airtight seal if you get a nail that is too small or too big for your dab rig.

How about catching reclaim?

It’s easier to catch reclaim if you have a male quartz banger compared to a female one. This is because the vapor and excess concentrate goes directly inside the dab rig or your reclaim catcher. Female bangers tend to leak out depending on how big a dab you’re doing with your rig. It’s a rare occurrence and doesn’t necessarily waste your concentrate at all. It just makes cleaning a bit messy because the reclaim sticks to the shaft of the male joint.

goblin perc diffused downstem female beaker rig with reclaim catcher and quartz banger 7 inch

Dab rigs with reclaim catchers like this Diffused Goblin Perc Beaker Rig accept a male quartz banger.

Should I worry about expansion?

Heavy dabbers, especially those who prefer high-temp dabs, have encountered problems with expansion in more ways than one. This can result in your joints sticking together and crack if you’re not careful – although cracking only commonly observed when you use low-quality glass pieces.

Female bangers tend to stick more around male joints compared to male bangers. When reclaim sticks around the shaft of the male joint, and the heat causes expansion, the result is two stuck joints that are difficult to pry apart.

There were some instances when the expansion caused the female banger to crack or even pop out of the rig.
As for male bangers, expansion is not that much of a problem. It’s an issue that you get with male titanium nails because of heat transfer. However, with quartz bangers, since you only heat the bucket, there’s a lesser chance of the banger getting stuck compared to a female banger.

Choosing between a male vs female quartz banger will mainly depend on the type of rig you have. If you prefer to use one over the other, start with getting a dab rig that will match your preferred nail. If you’re looking for that perfect dab rig, we have several designs including Fabegg dab rigs, silicone rigs, and other amazing brands to choose from. Click here now and get the best rig for your dabbing needs.


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