Vaporizers have come a long way. From its most rudimentary form to its latest configurations, vaporizers have evolved to something more than just a means to consume cannabis.
One of the most recent developments in vaporizers gave birth to what we now call portable dab rigs, eRigs, or eNails. These devices are some of the most sophisticated and the most technologically advanced vaporizers today’s industry has to offer.
Having earned these monikers, these devices were designed and engineered to deliver the power of a traditional desktop rig with the convenience of a compact and portable vaporizer.
We’re to admit that this platform is fairly new, but it’s teeming with devices that have, and will continue to shape the face of the industry as we know it.
Having said, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best eRig vaporizers for 2020.
Let’s check it out.
Focus V Carta eRig
First on our list is the Focus V Carta eRig.
We’re really excited about this portable dab rig because it’s got chock-full of features that make it stand out from the rest of the eRigs on the market.
The Carta eRig boasts 2-in-1 functionality that allows it to easily vaporize both wax concentrates and dry herb strains fairly well.
It’s outfitted with a strong and sturdy base with a relatively durable glass attachment made from borosilicate glass.
It boasts removable and rechargeable batteries, interchangeable buckets, four preset temperature profiles, a downloadable Bluetooth application, and haptic feedback for good measure.
We loved testing out the Focus V Carta eRig and we definitely loved that it offered this much feature at such a reasonable price point.
This makes it an ideal investment for both beginners and advanced users.
What’s more is that the Focus V Carta eRig is made compatible with a slew of glass attachments which adds to the level of cosmetic personalization this portable dab rig has to offer.
That said, the Focus V Carta eRig adds 33 temperature settings with the Bluetooth application which you can download on your smartphone for free.
For those who want to enjoy and explore what portable dab rigs have to offer without breaking the bank, the Focus V Carta eRig is the way to go.
Next, we have the Peak.
The Puffco Peak was the first vaporizer to ever be dubbed as a portable eRig, ‘twas the first of its kind.
We still remember when the Puffco Peak was announced and later unveiled at the
International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
We know it was something different, we knew it was going to be big, but never did we imagine how much would the Peak change and revolutionize cannabis consumption, how much of an impact it would make in the industry.
To this day, the Puffco Peak is still considered to be the golden standard in portable dab rigs and is the benchmark in which other portable eNails are to be measured.
Like many of the eRigs in this list, the Puffco Peak had a glass attachment atop of a sturdy base. It offered four temperature settings and was backed by a long-lasting rechargeable battery.
Unlike the Focus V Carta eRig, the battery on the Puffco Peak was fixed. Nevertheless, recharging the battery only takes 2 hours at the very least and a fully charged battery lasts up to 30 dabs.
The lines on the Puffco Peak was impeccable, we know almost every portable dab rig out there claims to be designed with ergonomics in mind but the Peak was just very well thought of in our own opinion.
It heats up in as fast as 20 seconds but what really separated the Puffco Peak from other portable eNails is its intelligent temperature calibration.
Puffco equipped the Peak with a smartware that automatically calibrates the temperature to ensure that your bowls give off a more consistent result.
The Puffco Peak may be a little bit on the expensive side but we’d gladly invest in a premium eRig like the Puffco Peak.
When you want to talk about award-winning eRigs, you talk about the Oura.
This portable dab rig from KandyPens made it third on our list and has been awarded the best portable dab rig and best eNail by some of the most popular institutions in the industry.
Like the Peak from Puffco, the KandyPens Oura is heralded as an intelligent portable vaporizer. It’s so smart it knows when to turn itself off.
This eRig features a 4-minute automatic shut-off feature which signals its intelligent system to shut the device off after 4 minutes of inactivity.
It’s also equipped with a smart-touch sensor in place of a physical, tactile button.
The smart-touch sensor can perceive short and long holds and functions pretty much like a button only it’s silent and it’s low-profile.
The KandyPens Oura also has haptic feedback and an LED illuminated effect that completes that full-on tech vibe.
And because the KandyPens Oura is equipped with so much weed tech, it’s only befitting that it’s housed in a durable zinc alloy shell.
Its other features include four preset temperature profiles, ultra-fast 5-second heat-up time, premium heating elements, a 3000mAh battery capacity, quick and easy USB-C charging, and pass-through charging capabilities.
If that’s not enough, you’d be pleased to know that each KandyPens Oura eRig is handmade and is designed and developed here in the United States.
To top it all off, all Oura portable dab rigs are covered by a lifetime warranty on all parts.
The KandyPens Oura is perfect for those looking for a lasting dabbing companion and is willing to invest in a smart and a solid eRig that would last them a lifetime.
XVAPE Vista Mini
Making the fourth spot is the XVAPE Vista Mini.
The XVAPE Vista Mini is the smaller and more compact version of the original XVAPE Vista but because it’s a mini version doesn’t mean it’s inferior to its predecessor.
This small and portable dab rig is dubbed as the world’s first wireless charging eRig.
Like how you would recharge your smartphone, all you need to do is to place the XVAPE Vista Mini atop a wireless charging pad and you’re good to go.
It’s backed by a built-in 2000mAh battery (26350 battery) that lasts for a good 30 minutes when fully charged.
The XVAPE Vista Mini features decent three temperature settings represented by corresponding LED lights.
The glass attachment on the XVAPE Vista Mini also does a decent job of smoothing out your draws by cooling and sifting your vapors.
It features a ceramic-based heating element that allows the full extraction of the terps and the flavonoids in your wax concentrates.
We liked how the XVAPE Vista Mini performed but we liked how it looked on our computer desk setup even more. It just belongs there sitting atop our wireless charging pad, besides our ultra-wide monitor, lost in the backdrop of wireless mouse, keyboards, air pods, and everything geeky and techy.
So, if you’re like us who revel in the aesthetic aspect of eRigs and eNails, then the XVAPE Vista Mini is worth going for.
It provides you with decent quality and performance at a relatively affordable price point.
Dr. Dabber Switch
A list for 2020’s best eRigs won’t be complete without the Dr. Dabber Switch.
This tank of an eNail from Dr. D makes it to the fifth spot for several reasons.
First, it’s the first portable eRig that utilized induction heating and did a very good job and inspired a few other manufacturers to follow suit.
Second, it boasts non-volatile battery packs that remain safe and stable even in varying conditions. Furthermore, the battery itself is outfitted with over-voltage, over-current, under-voltage, over-temperature, reverse-polarity, and short-circuit protection. This just means that the Dr. Dabber Switch has the safest battery in the business.
The battery takes only less than an hour to be fully recharged and it yields a whopping 150 dabs in a single charge.
Next, it offers the most temperature settings straight out of the box at 5 temperature settings while in standard mode and 25 temperature profiles while in pro mode which beats almost all the eRigs in this list with the exception of the Focus V Carta eRig which offers 33 temperature settings with the help of the downloadable companion app.
Fourth, is how fast the Switch heats-up. At only four to six seconds, it’s the fastest heating portable rig on our list.
And if that’s not good enough for you, the switch comes fully loaded with almost everything you need making sure it’s ready to go straight out of the box.
The Dr. Dabber Switch also boasts durable components like its borosilicate glass bubbler and its robust base and charging cables.
For those looking for an eNail to keep up with their demanding sessions, the Dr. Dabber Switch is definitely up for the task.
Pulsar RöK Portable Oil Rig
Next on our list is the Pulsar RöK Portable Oil Rig.
Now, the Pulsar RöK Portable Oil Rig is probably the only eRig in this list that deviates from the traditional dab rig design.
Instead of having its glass attachment placed atop an eRig base, the glass attachment itself acts as the base of the Pulsar RöK.
The glass base is made from durable borosilicate glass which makes for a fitting choice for glassware intended to hold the body housed in an all-metal casing.
While this placement may seem sketchy at first, the Pulsar RöK assures you that it’s as solid as a rock the moment you hold it.
This thing is heavy.
Moreover, the placement of the glass base allows for the vapors to travel a longer path which means that the vapor yield of the Pulsar RöK Portable Oil Rig is always cool and smooth.
Furthermore, it allowed the Pulsar RöK to use a disc percolator improving and increasing its ability to filter and cool down vapors.
However, the best thing that the bottom glass base brought to the equation is an isolated airpath. By removing the airpath and isolating it from the internal circuitry found inside the body of the Pulsar RöK, the vapors remain pure and clean.
The plastic and rubber components found inside the motherboard and the circuits of the Pulsar RöK do not come into contact and affect the vapors.
They won’t taste like metal or plastic which is great.
The Pulsar RöK Portable Oil Rig is great if you want something that’s affordable yet out of the ordinary.
If you have water pipes and bongs lying around, the Pulsar RöK might just be the cheapest and the most practical way to enjoy a safe and seamless session.