What's A Carb Cap? | Dabbing 101

If you're new to dabbing concentrates/oils, you probably know that now you'll need a dab rig and a quartz banger to get started, but you still need one final piece of the puzzle for a perfect dabbing experience: a carb cap.

Ever since dabbing had become more and more of a mainstream way to enjoy cannabis, many of the stoners we know that used to smoking buds had already purchased a set of new tools to catch the wave. 

Many of the starters know the basics of dabbing through all kinds of channels, but most of the dabbing tutorials available seems to be underestimated the needs of using a carb cap while dabbing with a dab nail

So on today's Puffing Bird Wiki, we'll be talking about what's a carb cap and see if we can help you find the perfect carb cap for the ultimate dabbing experience! 

What Does A Carb Cap Do?

At the early ages of dabbing, quartz bangers weren't that easy to come by, the number one reason being raw quartz materials at that time was very expensive, the second reason is there wasn't a lot of craftsmen know how to make quartz bangers, so titanium dab nail was the shit back then. 

The idea and basic mechanism of using a domeless titanium dab nail are quite simple, the titanium plate provides a flat surface to heat(by a butane torch, enail doesn't exist back then) and vaporizes the concentrates, the vapor then will be suck through the hole that's located in the middle of the dab nail and further travel to the dab rig for cooling and filtration. 

But there is a problem, once you put the concentrates onto the red hot titanium plate, the concentrate will vaporize very quickly and the vapor will be too hot to inhale, so that's when the carb cap comes in and save the day. 

A carb cap acts as a pot lid, when the titanium dab nail starts to vaporize the concentrates, simply place the carb cap on top of the dab nail to prevent the vapor from escaping, and if the carb cap features a carb hole it will direct air into the dab nail and increase the airflow helping the dab nail to vaporize the concentrates fully

The carb caps at this point were mostly made from titanium as well, and the most common titanium carb cap comes with a detachable dabber/carver

When quartz bangers becoming more and more accessible, the deep bowl design is a great improvement for preventing the vapor from escaping like crazy, so the carb cap evolves as well, both in the looks and functions.

Carb caps in the quartz banger age are mostly flat so it can sit on the edges of a quartz banger and the looks are more diversified as well, you'll find many interesting designs featuring all kinds of stuff ranging from animal figures to celebrities

The change in functions are mostly focused on the airflow, for example, the most commonly seen UFO carb cap features a crooked tail tip, so when you inhale, the air will hit the wall of the banger and circulate inside to create an invisible vortex to fully stir your concentrates without using a dabber

 

There are also carb caps that doesn't feature any carb holes, so you need to handle the airflow manually by using the carb cap seal and unseal the banger. 

What Kind Of Carb Cap Should I Choose?

Just like a dab rig, a bong or a glass pipe, there is no wrong answer when it comes to choosing a carb cap.

Theoretically they all work the same, the ones with carb holes is more of a carefree option if you're a newbie, and when you're more seasoned you'll probably want to try out what type of carb cap is the best for a certain type of concentrate, a carb cap without carb holes will allow you to have more control the airflow

Carb Caps Recommended For Quartz Bangers

1. Christmas Hat Themed Carb Cap

These colorful Christmas hat shaped carb caps are made from high-quality borosilicate glass, it features a large carb hole on the top of the hat and the tube on the bottom is bent so it can direct airflows all around the quartz banger or titanium dab nail when you gently twist it around on top! 
A beautiful yet very functional carb cap, a must have item for the Christmas enthusiasts!
  • High-Quality Borosilicate Glass
  • Christmas Hat Themed
  • Large Carb Hole
  • 420 Christmas Gifts
  • Bent Tube
  • Unique Design
  • Colorful Variants
  • Category: Carb Caps

2. Cactus Themed Carb Cap

A unique carb cap made from high-quality borosilicate glass, the "body" of the carb cap is in green(just like the cactus plant) and it's decorated with numerous white dots all over, in the middle there is a little red flower pendant, and the bottom is yellow like the rubber ducky carb cap, please note that this carb cap doesn't have a carb hole.

  • Cactus Plant Design
  • High-Quality Borosilicate Glass
  • Yellow Base 
  • Red Flower Pendant Carb Cap
  • No Carb Hole
  • Category: Carb Caps

3. Colorful Cute Carb Cap

One of our favorite carb caps! This unique and colorful carb cap is shaped like a kiss chocolate, with four different color base(red, white, yellow and blue), the carb cap's surface is covered with multiple raindrop shaped color patterns, and there is a glass marble pendant at the bottom of the neck, quite a looker! 

Yet this carb cap is very functional, it features a large size carb hole and a bent tube on the bottom which can direct the airflow all around the quartz banger to completely vaporize the cannabis concentrates inside. 

  • Colorful and Cute Design
  • Kiss Chocolate Shaped
  • Multiple Color Pattern
  • Large Size Carb Hole
  • Bent Tube
  • Glass Marble Pendant 
  • High-Quality Borosilicate Glass
  • 100% Handmade
  • 420/710 Gifts
  • Category: Carb Caps

 

Prices Of Carb Caps?

In local headshops, even a clear glass carb cap would cost you more than $30, and there are probably not a lot of options if you choose to buy in a local headshop, however, buying from a local business helps the community in your area, it's the right thing to do if price is not your number one concern.

You can find a lot of carb caps if you choose to shop online, the prices range from as little as $5 to more than $100(branded or designer carb caps do cost a lot).