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Dab Rig Vs. Bong: What’s The Difference?

Recently, there has been a surge in the cannabis community. This can be attributed largely to the types of devices and materials that are available. For instance, earlier it was just dry herbs, but today people can smoke a wide variety of substances including wax, oil, rosin, distillate, etc.  

A Bit About Dabbing

If you are a seasoned pothead, you might know all about dabbing. However, if you are new to the cannabis game, you might not be all that knowledgeable.

Dabbing is a portable form of cannabis consumption. The process involves heating up a nail with a blow torch. While it’s getting heated, the wax or oil is moved towards the top of the nail, creating pure vapor. This vapor is then inhaled by the user creating the ultimate experience.

The most common tool for dabbing is dab rig – a small bong-type material with a mouthpiece for vapor inhalation.  

Here are some differentiating factors between dab rigs and bongs:

Bowl or Nail?

The most significant difference between a bong and a dry rig is the container that goes into the joint. For bongs, it is bowl. This allows users to consume dry herbs and flowers with a traditional lighter.

On the other hand, a dab nail is attached to the joint. This allows the user to vaporize concentrated oils and waxes.

Material Being Smoked

As mentioned above, bong is used to smoke dry herbs. Dab rigs can be used to vaporize THC concentrates, including wax, oil, or honey.   

Style of Consumption

The two also differ in the style of consumption. When smoking from bong, combustion method is used to light the herb with a match or a butane lighter.

The dab rig, itself, is used to vaporize concentrate through torch and nail.   


The difference in size between a bong and a dab rig is pretty obvious. There is a reason for that. Since the dry herb in bong has to be combusted instead of vaporized, the bong can have a larger size because the smoke will not get dissipated.

On the other hand, dab rig has to be smaller in size. This is to minimize vapor’s distance so that its flavor remains steady.    


A dab rig will be more expensive than a bong. This is because of the additional dabbing materials required, including nail, torch, silicone container, etc.

We at BongOutlet offer a wide variety of bongs and dab rigs. Our products are all high-quality and are offered at affordable prices.    


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