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The Dab Rite digital IR thermometer is a dedicated tool for concentrate connoisseurs. Read our review on the Dab Rite to see if it’s the right tool to add to your dabbing arsenal.
Dab Rite is a California-based company that has taken the industry by storm. Its products are in retail locations and also currently shipping to all fifty states. They’re even going to add international shipping soon.
Its namesake product is a desktop digital IR thermometer made for the concentrate connoisseur. Dab Rite sent over its eponymous Dab Rite Digital IR Thermometer for this review, and I was excited to try it out to achieve the perfect temperature dab.
The Dab Rite Digital IR Thermometer comes in its own black protective case with a zipper. Inside is the unit, an instruction manual, a charging cable, and rubber legs. The Dab Rite also comes with lime green silicone covers for the temperature gauge and carb cap holder. Note: There are replacement silicone covers in other colors for those that want to swag out their Dab Rite right quick.
Much of my dabbing career has been on the e-nail, and you could say I’m semi-retired at this point. My rig and its accompanying quartz banger haven’t come out of its pelican case in years, but I couldn’t think of a better reason to break it out than for the Dab Rite.
With the e-nail, the temperature was always the first thing you set, and wondering whether the nail actually hit that temp was not something that was on my radar. With my quartz banger and a more traditional butane, propane, or propylene torch, I’d go by the inexact science of color and counting out thirty seconds... or forty-two seconds... or sixty seconds or something after the glow disappeared.
Now that I have the Dab Rite, all those actions kind of feel like the Dark Ages now. I think back to how many times I missed the timing and had to reheat the banger. Or the person I was trying to share a dab with misses the crucial window because they weren’t ready.
Dabbing is a ritual, and the more steps there are to a ritual, the more likely things are to mess up.
I believe that part of the popularity of more modern concentrate dabbing methods of late is due to these simple built-in features, like an alarm that tells you when the desired temperature is reached. Sure, there are e-rigs that approximate that, but being able to get precision-level control over the classic dabbing method is—to me—the New Age.
E-nails, and e-rigs by extension, have a tendency to get dirtier because of metal parts, o-rings, etc. Glass, on the other hand… is just glass.
I set the Dab Rite to go off at my desired low dab temp of 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Besides setting the temperature, you can also choose between Quartz and Opaque Quartz for your banger type.
I heated the banger with my torch and used the guide light to set the temperature sensor a little less than an inch underneath the banger, with the light illuminating the connecting joint for the banger and the sensor pointed dead center.
I went really hot just so I could see the IR thermometer reading start off at “TOO HOT,” and then drop all the way down to 400—at which point the screen started flashing green and the alarm went off. I was very ready since I had been watching the temperature “count down,” and the dab was deliciously terpy. Not much waste because it was such a tiny dab.
Maybe it’s just the nostalgia in me, but nothing tastes as good as that properly timed low-temp dab from a quartz banger on a tiny tiny oil rig. Similarly, nothing tastes as bad or is as hurtful as a too-hot dab. The Dab Rite is the tool that will eliminate the latter while promoting the former.
Whatever temperature you want, the Dab Rite will help you get right there. This isn’t the first IR thermometer ever invented, but it’s the first desktop IR thermometer I’ve seen—and to say it is a conversation piece isn’t quite doing it justice. They designed a tool for the concentrate connoisseur, and I’d say they’ve succeeded.
Ease of use: 5/5
Overall score: 5/5
If you have the glass and have been on the fence about whether or not to get the Dab Rite, consider this a gentle push to the right side of the fence: Try the Dab Rite. I look forward to a world where every newbie would have it on deck when they’re given their first dab.
A lot of bad concentrate experiences are from hot dabs… If you want #NOHOTDABS for the rest of your life, then it’s time to check out a Dab Rite.
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