Butane torches and electronic nails are both used for dabbing concentrates. Dab torches are similar to torches used in the culinary world and are utilized to activate concentrate products. Once the flame is applied to a dab rig’s nail, the concentrate vaporizes and is then ready for consumption.
It’s vital that smokers using torches for dabs not apply the blue segment of the flame to the nail as it can result in a butane taste. Heating the dab indirectly using a torch is the way to go.
Electronic nails control the temperature of the dab rig’s nail, eliminating the need for a butane torch.
Let’s dive into each device's pros and cons so we can end with our overall recommendation.