Many types of quartz bangers will enhance the functionality and style of your dab rig. However, These bangers are in for more than just fashion. Some will let you know when it’s time to dab, while others allow you to dab longer because they hug in heat like a sponge to water. We’ll take a look at a quartz trough banger and what it can bring to the table for your dabs.
This unique style of quartz nail is designed by Joel Halen, one of the pioneers in the glass industry. He’s been producing scientific glass pieces since 2001 and is well known for his quartz dabbing accessories. All of his quartz bangers like the Halen Honey Hole, his Quartz Trough Banger spearheaded him to fame in 2009.
Unlike other nails that have straight-up buckets, the trough is more horizontal. This provides a broader surface area for vaporizing concentrates, resulting in efficient vaporization. The oversized cups are 1.25″ wide, making it a favorite among heavy users. It allows you to dab significant amounts of concentrate in one go with lesser spills and left-overs.
As with other nails, the trough comes in different styles. You can get it in different joint sizes and genders, making it easy to find the perfect one for your dab rig. Some glass companies did some alterations to the original design. You’ll find a trough that has a forward-facing receptacle that makes it easier to see your dabs. Others come with a pair of feet that help keep the carb cap in place.
However, you’ll notice that it’s got a wide lip that requires a different style of a carb cap. The standard circular carb caps won’t work with this type of nail. You need one that will cover the entire mouth of the nail to retain the heat. Most of the carb caps come with a groove that will lock on to the neck for more secure coverage. Others are straight that you need to hold it on the nail as you dab.
You only need a few modifications to your usual technique with your quartz banger when you use the trough.
Just like with any other dab rig nails, cleaning is essential with a quartz trough banger. You can use a cotton swab moistened with 95% isopropyl alcohol to clean any left-over wax. Wipe the dab nail dry with another clean swab.
If you’re quite fond of using your trough banger and you often forget cleaning, a simple soak on iso with salt will do. Depending on how heavy the residue is on your nail, soaking can take 30 minutes to overnight.
Joel Halen designed this banger to make dabbing a more pleasurable session, giving you more room to work with as you dab. The size, however, is not intended for small dabs. If you want a quick, solo session or prefer micro-dosing, you should get one that has a smaller size. You’re also limited to your selection of carb caps compared to standard bangers.
Still, the trough banger is an efficient tool for vaporizing your product. It gives your rig that wow factor and makes sharing dabs with your friends fun and challenging.