It’s a little known fact among dab users that if you know how to control the temperature of your vape or e-nail properly, you waste a whole lot less of your concentrates and can guide your high to be just how you like it.
The temperature of your e-nail or vape should adjust based on a couple of factors, being how hard of a hit you want to take, the type of concentrate, and what type of materials you are using to consume the concentrate. In general, you want to have your e-nail or vape set somewhere in the 300°F to 900°F range, but as this guide will show, there is plenty of room to find your own preference.
Large Hit or Prolonged Flavor?
The main and most noticeable difference between higher and lower temperatures is the harshness and strength of the hit. This is the first factor to consider in getting the hit you are looking for, as it has the biggest effect on where you should set your vape or e-nail.
Higher temperature dabs, at around 600°F to 900°F, produce more smoke in a shorter time frame, giving you a big hit but sacrificing a lot of flavor.
Lower temperature dabs, at around 300°F to 600°F, will not get you high very quickly and do not produce much vapor, if any at all. What they lack in potency they make up for in a noticeably improved and diversified taste.
Different Dabs Need Different Heats
Various heats work better or worse for various concentrates. Generally, if the concentrate tends to liquefy and pool in the bottom of your nail or atomizer, such as with shatter or oil, it requires a higher heat to be able to fully vaporize without collecting and being hard to use. If you find that your concentrates are being incinerated or leaving behind un-smokable black residue consistently, as may happen with crumble at very high temperatures, you will want to turn it down.
The more solid and honey-like the concentrate, the more likely you will need a higher temperature to ensure that it has all been consumed. Below is a short list of suggestions for some different concentrate styles and what temperatures work best for them. Use this as a way to compare your concentrate to some of the more well-known varieties out there, and play around with the highs and lows of each section to figure out what works for you.
Low Heat (300°F to 450°F): Wax, Crumble
Mid Heat (450°F to 600°F): PHO, BHO
High Heat (600°F to 900°F): Shatter, Oil
Atomizer or Nail Material
This factor is perhaps the least important, as most vaporizers and e-nails are equipped to handle and put out a variety of temperatures, but there are still some materials you should be aware might not handle high heats specifically as well as others.
Glass nails are the main culprit here, as they can easily break at very high temperatures. Instead, opt for titanium, ceramic or quartz nails to go with your e-nail. Not only do they retain heat more effectively, but they can reach much higher temperatures without danger of damage.
With vaporizers, be sure to check for suggested temperature and wattage specifications to make sure you are not going to fry any circuitry. Usually, vaporizers can handle all temperatures suggested in this list, but some models may only support specific wattage and therefore restrict your temperature options.
By Erik Petrovich, Bee-Nails