How to Choose the best Nail for your eNail
The team over here at 710 Life has spent a lot of time determining which titanium nails to carry. A lot of factors can come into play when you’re shopping for your first nail. Size: do you need 10mm, 14mm, 19mm? Male or female? Adjustable, fixed, domeless? Should I get Titanium, Quartz, or Ceramic? This list goes on and on.
Not only do we strive to bring you the best nails, we would like to help you decide what is best for you, as well as inform you about the possible dangers of buying cheap titanium.
Do I Need An American-Made Nail?
The 710 Life All-In-One Domeless Nail is made to fit any type of joint.
“Is it manufactured in the USA?” This is important not only because we like to support the United States’ industry, but because the titanium used in American-made products is a higher quality and safe for dabbing. Be careful when buying titanium nails off sites like eBay and Amazon. Though these nails may be significantly cheaper, more often than not they are imported from China and might not be safe to use. Some manufactures use low quality materials or even lie about the product. Over time, these nails will turn funky colors, oxidize quickly, and give off by-products that can be very harmful to the user.
That is not to say that all overseas manufactures produce poor quality products. We have shopped dozens of different factories and have found a few quality producers. We have tested all of our products using a to ensure we supply only pure titanium alloy in our nails.
Quality Nails Provide Optimal Performance
After safety, the more important element is functionality. Our research and development team checks each nail, determining the level of air flow, amount of heat retained, and endurance. It is important that your nail has a good amount of air flow, and that there is not a significant amount of resistance from the nail when taking a dab. A good nail should hold heat properly and should disperse that heat evenly. This assures that the user gets the most of their product and it doesn’t splatter concentrate upon contact. Finally, endurance is important. It’s not fun to spend $50 on a product that you’ll only get to use for a few weeks. A good nail will be able to withstand daily use for a long time.
Types of Nails for Dabbing
There are a few different types of nails you can use with your oil rig. They each have thermal properties that allow them to absorb and hold extreme heat, as well as a high resistance to heat stress. However, some materials offer certain advantages over the others. We’ve outlined the most important information about the different types of dab nails below.
Titanium (Ti) Nails
After determining that the nail is in fact a quality made product, we check the grade of titanium, always use Grade 2 Titanium.
Titanium nails are virtually indestructibility. Unlike quartz or ceramic, titanium will survive being dropped onto hard surfaces like tile — multiple times. Most titanium nails are properly heated within 15 to 25 seconds and can retain heat for a decent amount of time. However, titanium is not food and medical grade like ceramic and quartz so do your research on the manufacturing company before making a purchase to avoid high-iron-level, carcinogenic titanium that’s been cheaply produced. After heavy use, a Ti nail may creating a thin layer of titanium oxide which can affect its productivity. Following the water-dippin’ method, this oxidation is easily removable. Unseasoned titanium nails will add a heavy metallic taste to your concentrates so make sure to season your titanium nail. Overheating a titanium nail is also possible and will waste concentrates by causing them to burn.
If you’re not really feeling the titanium nails, quartz nails are the next best option. These nails work well for the once-a-day dabbers, but if you “dab so hard”, a quartz nail will not likely stand the test of time. Quartz nails are available in the same wide variety of sizes and styles that titanium nails are, making them convenient for users of all types. However, quartz nails are not available in the Adjustable and All-In-One styles, which can be another turn off for users who use different rigs.
Quartz nails heat up faster than titanium. Using a carb cap is recommended when dabbing with a quartz nail, however, since quartz retains heat for the least amount of time, cooling down about as quickly as it heated up. Aside from being difficult to overheat, quartz is much more durable than glass or ceramic. A properly seasoned quartz nail will provide cleaner tastes than ceramic. Preserve your products’ terpenes by using a quartz nail for low-temperature dabs, around 600-675°F. Torch the bowl evenly to prevent heat stress and double a quartz nail’s lifespan. As a food and medical-grade material, quartz is completely safe to use and doesn’t release any toxic gases when heated.
As with most things in life that depends. When starting out I would recommend purchasing a titanium nail as it will be the most versatile. However it is important that you do your research before spending any money on a nail. Take your time, shop around, and decide what nail will be the best option for you. Also, don’t be afraid to fork out the extra bit of money for a good 710 Life 100% pure quartz nail. Though it might not seem like there is a huge difference, there really is, and the age-old saying comes in handy here…… because when you shop here at 420life.com You get what you pay for, the best or nothing!