Another Nail Showdown
Ok, I get it… Another Nail review, but this one has a twist. This review is only for Electric Nails! With an E-nail, you can really dial in the temperature, which leads to lower temperature dabs and no waste due to burning or having the temperature too low. I’m sure you know the strengths and weaknesses of the big three: Titanium, Quartz and Ceramic but I will do a quick overview of those of you who don’t.
Titanium seems to be everyone’s first nail, and for a good reason… It’s titanium! The great thing about titanium is that it is indestructible, run it over with your car, no problem! This nail will definitely out-live your glass! I think it’s a great choice for the first time buyer, there are many universal nails that will fit any rig and it gives you a well-rounded starting point to expand on. As you add new nails to your collection, you will always have old trusty-T waiting if anything befalls your more fragile nails. The downside is that titanium needs to be seasoned to get the right taste. It takes about a half gram of concentrate or more to properly season your nail. Of course you can use reclaim but often times this is your first nail and you don’t have reclaim yet, leaving either poor tasting dabs, or wasted concentrate.
Recently quartz has been rivaling titanium in popularity. With proper care, quartz will last a long time. There really is a world of difference between Titanium and quartz. When you get the temp just right off of your quartz, the flavor is amazing and I understand why there is an almost “cult- style” following for these nails. The flavor is amazing and quartz does not emit harmful gases because of its food/medical grade status. There are more varieties of quartz than any other nail. From Bangers to Domeless to Slides to… Well, you get the idea and if you are reading this you have Google. There are downsides to quartz as it is the most fragile of the three and pretty hard to clean. Another problem is just the vast amount of options (there are no truly universal quartz nails). It can also be daunting trying chose your quartz; the prices seem to vary greatly for what appears to me to be the same nail? I am going to say right here and now that I do not blow glass and I know that there are high-end quartz out there that are worth the extra, but it takes some due-diligence to find them.
This is the newest arrival on the nail market. It’s a stronger option over quartz but is still prone to heat stress. Unlike Quartz, Ceramic is SELF-CLEANING at high temperature. From my personal experience I prefer the flavor you get from ceramic. Just like quartz, it is food and medical safe. If you aren’t using an E-nail, ceramic can be a little tricky. There is almost no change in color no matter how hot it is. So, if you are using a torch, it’s a guessing game. There are much fewer options when it comes to ceramic nails, especially ones designed for E-nails. If your E-nail uses a 20mm coil you will only have a handful of options and lots of searching on the old inter-web. However, Bee-Nails has done the work for you and offered with every set is a compatible nail.
So, those are the basics on the types of nails. Of course, everyone has their preferred type but taking the torch out of the equation and adding an E-nail changes everything! With the E-nail, all of the problematic things about ceramic and quartz are diminished greatly! Most of the problems with these two are overheating and temperature change shock but with the E-nails steady constant temperature, these problems should be a thing of the past. Of course, if they are dropped they will break but usually with an E-nail you have a stationary area for it to sit.
The question now is which one is better? Well, I can’t answer that for you but I can tell you what I think. I think that Titanium is a great start. It is a great jumping off point into dabbing, mainly because it doesn’t break and if you buy other nails and they break you always have your Ti nail. The only downside is that you have to season it and the flavor is in my opinion the worst. So, that leaves quartz and ceramic. After using both for months now I have to say I’m almost 100% on the ceramic side, it’s pretty strong and is by far the easiest to clean, but the flavor is what does it for me! Sweet rips every time! I was so impressed with my first rip it was love at first toke, LOL! Well, that is just my two cents and I urge you all to make up your own mind…this is just one guy’s perspective!