If you’re dabbing with a quartz banger — a glass bucket nail designed to vaporize concentrates at maximum temperature — and you haven’t already heard of “Q-Tip tech,” chances are you’re dabbing with a pretty dirty banger.
When you take dabs at a low temperature, you’re going to end up with at least a few drops of leftover melted material. If you don’t wipe the banger out before reheating it for your next dab, those drops can become unsightly deposits that will actually shorten the lifespan of your glass.
And considering that a Quave Club Banger (more or less the gold standard) costs $160 through the QCB website, it’s understandable that those who own them would be especially fastidious.
But even for relatively inexpensive bangers, a quick, thorough swab in between each dab will help extend its life and keep it looking clean. Some people also put a little rubbing alcohol on the Q-Tip first for a more thorough cleaning.
William B., an up-and-coming young glass artist making a big splash in the Northern California glass scene, says the demand for jars to hold Q-Tips while dabbing has been steadily growing.
“People love the Q-Tip jar. There are the kids who want simple, single color ones, but I’ve found some willing to spend a little bit more for something headier to match their piece,” he said. “No one’s gotten crazy elaborate yet, but definitely a mille on the side, a couple of wig wags, that sort of thing… I haven’t made any yet, but some people are even starting to want little vials for their rubbing alcohol.”
Q-Tips have become such a core symbol of dab culture that some 710 aficionados have also begun requesting glass dabbers shaped like the now-iconic hygiene accessory.
So while some people may find the practice persnickety, Q-Tip tech seems like it’s here to stay.
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