The rise of portable e-rigs completely revolutionized dab culture. Prior to technology redefining this genre over the past decade, dabbing was considered a sketchy corner of cannabis consumption, nothing like the futuristic market we see today.
In all honesty, traditional dabbing was kind of sketchy. From the giant torche and the red hot rig, to the anonymous black goo of the early dab days, there was plenty not to love. Despite being one of the most effective and cleanest ways to consume cannabis, questionable factors like these alienated most casual and new consumers.
Since devices like e-rigs and electric dab straws made dabbing more accessible, concentrates — and the devices that vaporize them — have become the fastest growing facet of the weed market. The devices are beautiful, sleek, and user friendly. And as for the concentrates themselves, it’s way better to take a clean hit of extract than it is to take a lung-wrecking bong rip.
Dabbing on the go is even more discreet. While the smell of smoke lingers, vapor’s gone in an instant. To celebrate these game-changing devices, here are the best portable dab rigs on the market today.
Puffco Peak Pro
One of the most influential cannabis products of all time, the Peak by Puffco pioneered the electronic dab rig. With its chic, simple design, consuming concentrates became as easy as pushing a button at a time when torches and rigs ruled the market.
Puffco recently released its follow up, the Puffco Peak Pro, where upgrades focus on future-forward details like app-compatibility and wireless charging, without eclipsing the simplicity of the original design. The hottest device on the market, the Peak Pro has it all, as long as you can afford the $400 price tag.
Another device that’s worth the splurge, the Switch by Dr. Dabber, is a stellar option that is compatible with both extract and flower. After using mine for over a year in tandem with all other devices on this list, I can say the Switch has the most powerful battery and delivers hits that are closest in potency and vapor density to traditional torch dabbing.
While the device is technically portable, it’s not exactly the kind of thing you would bring out and about. Part of the reason it’s so powerful is due to its huge battery and elaborate glass bubbler. It’s more of an at-home portable device, great for getting high in lockdown.
Another fabulous device that I would classify as an around-the-home-portable is the Huni Badger Delux Kit by Nectar Collector.
Nectar Collector, the brand behind the eponymous OG dab straw, debuts a brand new take on the electronic dab straw. This little dude packs a serious punch, truly delivering on their promise of a torchless dab experience. And with its heady glass attachments, hardcore carrying case, and general sense of prowess, it’s worth springing for the Delux Kit edition.
The amount of power packed into this affordable little e-rig is truly shocking. At $159, you get the full e-rig experience, complete with water filtration, at a fraction of the cost of most of its competitors. While it doesn’t heat quite as evenly as some of the expensive options on this list, it’s a killer option for the casual consumer.
The Exxus VRS is a multi-use concentrate vaporizer for the versatile stoner on the go. It functions as a dab straw with water filtration, an e-nail dab rig attachment, and a cartridge vape pen — there’s no end to the combinations of consumption one can dream up.
Having tried a number of versatile e-nail type products with little luck, I was downright shocked by how well this device works. It fully slaps and provides dab-esque vapor potency in every position.
The Boost EVO takes a nuanced approach to providing you the perfect dabbing experience. By spending years gathering customer feedback and building proprietary technology, Dr Dabber created a device that is all about temperature control.
Unlike normal e-rigs that heat up to a point then shut off, their patent-pending temperature control sensor keeps you dialed in throughout your session, complete with six temperature settings to choose from. A fantastic option on our list, it hits like a dream, and is slightly more affordable than comparable devices.
For a deeply portable take on the electronic dab straw, look no further than the Dip Devices Evri. This insanely versatile product lets you consume in three ways: extracts through the dab straw, 710 vape cartridges through the battery, and a chamber for refillable oil pods.
This is a reliable and super affordable device that is a great intro to dabbing for those who are curious, but maybe not ready to splurge on a full rig just yet.
Simple and sexy, the Elite Plus by Dab Tech is all about power. With an insane 3000MAH internal battery, this little electric rig heats all the way from 280 – 800°F with the simple click of a button. Small enough to stow almost anywhere, and strong enough to take up to 40 dabs on a single charge, this inexpensive option is a stand out.
This highly limited, highly psychedelic edition of the popular Oura e-rig by Kandy Pens does not disappoint. With the simple touch of a power sensor, the Oura Odyssey delivers consistent, hard hitting vapor in four temperature settings.
As powerful as it is eye-catching, the Oura is a good buy, it’s a pared down, albeit comparable, alternative to some of the more expensive options on the market.
The genre of dabbing concentrates is evolving at warp speed. A mere 10 years ago, taking a dab meant blasting a tar-like distillate with a giant torch, then coughing until you puked. Fast forward to now, and the dabbing world is a sleek, shiny place where futuristic devices and crystalline cannabinoids reign supreme.
While devices like e-rigs and electric dab straws made dabbing accessible to novice users, there’s another class of dabbing technology that caters to experts who know exactly what they want out of their concentrate experience. Enter the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer by Indux Labs, a system that exists on the cutting edge of dabbing technology, truly in a league of its own.
By utilizing electromagnetic energy waves, the REFLUX heats concentrates slowly, building on a temperature ramp as opposed to introducing the concentrate directly onto a hot plate, eviscerating all the terpenes and chemical compounds that have lower boiling points.
Offering a totally unique experience — one free from the drawbacks of normal hot plate consumption like coughing fits, burnt lungs, and a general feeling of being near death — the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer provides more of a hookah-like situation. It vaporizes concentrates beginning with a gradual temperature build, activating every terpene and cannabinoid which gives you a full-spectrum experience like never before.
Though the system appears daunting to use at first, it’s actually extremely simple and totally worth it. As someone who dabs a lot, this is far and away the most incredible experience I’ve ever had consuming concentrates.
Here’s everything you need to know about the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer.
What is the Reflux?
The REFLUX is a vaporizing system that uses an electromagnetic field to heat concentrates slowly at low temperatures. As the temperature gradually increases on what’s called a “temperature ramp,” the individual boiling points of the components of your concentrate are progressively reached. In doing so, you get the most out of your concentrate. They last longer, taste better, and get you higher.
The REFLUX makes everything about your vaping experience customizable. With parts like an airflow key that controls vapor texture, and many different heating elements that can be combined to form an endless amount of configurations, the system is a scientific feat, perfect for the user who has — and knows — it all.
What can you vape with it?
The REFLUX is compatible with all types of concentrates, including shatter, budder, wax, etc.
How does it work?
So, what does it actually mean for a vaporizer to be electromagnetic?
The REFLUX utilizes an induction coil to generate an alternating electromagnetic field which heats a collection of interchangeable heating element configurations through a process called hysteresis. Hysteresis creates heat as a result of the friction between moving molecules, while eddy currents resistively generate heat.
The REFLUX’s heating elements are different shaped rods that, depending on their size and shape, determine your vapor experience. For example, rods with a quicker temperature ramp use a combination of hysteresis and eddy currents to heat the concentrate faster, thus producing a denser and more potent vapor, while other heating elements that only heat through eddy currents would produce a slower, less intense vapor.
Both temperature ramp and vapor texture are dependent on the shape, size, quantity, and material of the selected heating element configuration.
How do you use the REFLUX?
Though the process of heating concentrates in the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer sounds like an intimidating science experiment, using the vaporizer is pretty simple.
List of Heating Elements and Temperature Ramp Times
6mm Shovelhead: <175 seconds
⅛” Shovelhead: <200 seconds
¼” Terpedo: <200 seconds
3/16” Capsule: <200 seconds
3/16” Bighead: <225 seconds
5/32” capsule: <275 seconds
3mm Rod: <300 seconds
⅛” Rod: <300 seconds
3/32” Rod: <400 seconds
2mm Rod: <400 seconds
1.8mm Rod: <400 seconds
1.6mm Rod: <500 seconds
1.5mm Rod: <500 seconds
1.4mm Rod: <500 seconds
Quick Start Guide
Flip on the switch at the back of the unit.
Scoop a small amount of concentrate on one or more heating elements and drop it into a glass vial.
Screw the vial into the bottom of the Reactor.
Insert Reactor legs into the corresponding holes on the top plate.
Adjust the airflow key over the holes to create desired airflow.
Set the “timer cycle dial” to your desired electromagnetic heating cycle.
Press the white button to initiate the heating cycle.
Allow concentrate to preheat and then begin inhaling at the onset of vaporization to taste your concentrate at its best. Typically, a puff of vapor can be seen exiting the vent hole on the top of the Reactor at the onset of vaporization.
If more vapor is desired after indicator life turns off, reinitiate the heating cycle by pressing the white start button.
What’s the appeal?
The appeal of the REFLUX 00_7TEN Vaporizer lies in its totally unique approach to vaporizing concentrates. Gradually ramping up the temperature of your concentrate allows you to experience the components of your concentrate at the lowest temperatures for unreal flavor and total efficiency. It also gives you the ability to control the compounds being formed and vaporized, as well as the texture of your vapor.
With systems starting at $1300 and going up to $2500, this is clearly not a product for the casual user. However, for the expert user who really knows and cares about what they are doing, there is no superior system. The REFLUX exists at the apex of haughty dab culture, a perfect union of science and swag that produces an experience like nothing else.
Electronic dab rig (e-rigs) meets water bong in this contemporary device that combines function and form for the best of many possible worlds. Dr Dabber is known for its line of high-tech cannabis concentrate vaporizers and accessories. The newly released Boost EVO is the evolution of the original 2015 Boost vaporizer — touted as the first portable electronic dab rig.
Five years later, the Boost EVO combines proprietary technology, detail oriented design, and the familiarity of a water bong in one no-fuss dabbing machine. Overall it’s fun to use and would make a nice centerpiece for dabbing connoisseurs, or a worthwhile addition to any well-rounded collection of rigs. Read on and discover everything you need to know about the Dr. Dabber Boost EVO.
What is the Dr Dabber Boost EVO?
The Boost EVO is a straightforward device used to vaporize cannabis concentrates. An internal chamber uses heat to vaporize the material which travels directly from the quartz vaporizing chamber through the glass water bong piece, with a carb button to control the airflow.
The ergonomic design feels familiar and high-tech at the same time. It is small and compact and its easy to assemble parts fit together securely with high-powered magnets and snug fitting silicon for the glass piece.
Magnetic quick connector
Electronic base (contains magnetic heating chamber)
How does the Dr Dabber Boost Evo work?
This rig is easy enough for anyone to use while being unique enough to delight those who enjoy techie toys. Basic set up includes little more than adding some water to the glass piece, placing oil or other concentrate into the chamber, and snapping it together with the magnet quick connector.
Once the temperature is set (more on that below) it takes around 10 – 15 seconds to heat up, indicated by red lights, before turning green when it’s time to puff. The carb button works just like any carb, allowing increased airflow. It stays hot enough to enjoy 2 – 3 substantial hits before cooling down, at which point you can initiate a new heating cycle or pause to re-load.
The proprietary internal heat sensor keeps hits consistent within the set temperature, as opposed to just heating up and cooling down on a timer. This precision focused heat allows users to curate their hits at different temperatures to prioritize flavor and/or strength. Like any new tool, there is a learning curve, but overall it has an intuitive and easy to use feel.
Setting up the Boost EVO
The customization comes into play with the settings and incorporates both form and function. The two main settings options are for heat, and the LED lightshow that Dr Dabber products are known for.
The Boost EVO heat settings range from 500 – 700°F with six options, each one increasing by 50 degrees. The settings are color coded, in order of increasing heat: violet, green, blue, turquoise, orange, and white.
Clicking the main button three times takes you through the heat settings on a loop. The completely internalized heating chamber and auto shut off after 15 minutes means no risk of burning or overheating.
There are five light settings, plus “stealth mode” which deactivates the extra LED lights for discretion, only displaying the color coordinated heat mode on the main button. The light settings are different rainbow tones that have a pretty and soft glowing movement.
Clicking the main button two times changes the light modes, while four clicks takes you in or out of stealth mode.
Charging, cleaning & storage for the Dabber Boost
The attention to detail within the device as a whole shows — every function is easy and convenient. Charging with the removable chord takes less than two hours and holds for about 60 heat cycles. One nice feature is that you can continue to use the device while it’s charging.
Cleaning the device is also simple. Over time, the glass piece will need typical cleaning, but for the most part it stays clean as it is just for vapor passthrough and water, no primary material gets stuck on to the sides or bottom. The main chamber accumulates a small amount of residue that wipes off easily with a cotton swab. All in all it requires very low maintenance.
Storing and schlepping the device is also pretty simple. The design itself is compact and sturdy, enough so that this piece could live on a mantle or coffee table without being in the way or in constant jeopardy of being knocked over. It comes in a lightweight case that protects the individual components for transporting or safekeeping.
What’s the appeal?
At $329.95 the Dr. Dabber Boost EVO is not cheap, but also not astronomically priced for what it is. The design looks good and works well; it’s a streamlined luxury item that feels good to use and fits a contemporary lifestyle that is accustomed to technological conveniences. The sturdy and efficient hardware combines with the easy operation that provides consistent hits with plenty of room for customization and experimentation.
If dabbing is something you want to — or already include — in your regular cannabis routine, this sleek, hassle-free rig could easily be your go-to device.
4/20 is almost here and it’s going on all month! You’re probably about to spend a lot on your dry herb or concentrates, so why not make sure it’s being ingested the best way possible? To get you in the mood for the greatest day on the cannabis calendar, vapor.com is starting its 4/20 sale early! From April 17-30, you can save 20% off an extensive selection of your favorite products, or treat yourself to that piece you’ve had your eye on for a while, by using VAPOR420 at check out.
Get prepped for your favorite holiday with vapor.com’s guide to finding the top 4/20 friendly devices, pipes and CBD products for all cannabis enthusiasts to enhance your sessions.
Whether you’re at home or on-the-go, modern vaporizers can satisfy any and all needs for wax and herb consumers. Let’s take a look at some portable dry herb vapes, concentrate-centric devices and desktop vaporizers to find out how they can elevate your 4/20 experience.
The Crafty+ from Storz & Bickel delivers a 30% faster heat-up time, more sessions and improved battery life compared to its predecessor. Preset temperatures are calibrated for immediate use and a new Super Boost mode produces very thick vapor for such a small portable vape. An updated circuit board delivers more reliable performance, while the improved battery life extends sessions.
The combined conduction-convection heating system of the Crafty+ heats dry herbs and concentrates efficiently and thoroughly. If you need an elite portable vaporizer this 4/20, the Crafty+ needs to be in your arsenal. Take 20% off the Crafty+ (and ALL Storz & Bickel products) during the 4/20 sale using promo code SB420 at checkout.
G Pen Connect
G Pen has adapted to meet the needs of vape users since they first came on the scene — the new G Pen Connect continues that tradition. Able to turn any water piece with a glass-to-glass connection into an e-rig, the G Pen Connect Vaporizer is one of the best ways to vape concentrates.
An 850mAh battery delivers substantial power from such a small vaporizer while evenly heating the ceramic heating element and your material. Three temperature settings allow for terp tasting and effect exploration. Wax users who want a smoother draw from their rig should check out the Connect.
We can’t leave the homebodies off this 4/20 guide, so we added the best desktop vaporizer available: The Volcano Hybrid. Choose from the classic Volcano balloon bag delivery system, or switch to the traditional whip-delivery method for your dry herb or wax vapor. A faster heat-up time, which is ten times faster, makes for a more streamlined process. While the improved airflow allows for easy draws.
Storz & Bickel’s iconic convection heating creates smooth pulls and won’t overheat your material. Desktop vaporizer users who need another workhorse unit should check out the Volcano Hybrid. Remember, during the 4/20 sale you can take 20% off all Storz & Bickel products using promo code SB420.
If you’re an on-the-go cannabis consumer, a vape pen is your best friend. Today’s vape pens have variable voltage options and universal cartridge capabilities, so if you’re looking to upgrade either your dry herb or concentrate vape pen, try one of these elite options.
Dry herb vape pens are some of the most elusive devices out there. Thankfully, the Atmos Jump has stood the test of time and remained a favorite among herb vapers. An absurdly powerful 1200mAh battery gets the Jump to temperature fast and produces thick vapor clouds. The anodized heating chamber has no exposed coils, helping ensure no combustion.
Straight-forward and without frills, the Atmos Jump is an old-school dry herb vape pen built to be used on-the-go and able to withstand everyday drops and tumbles.
G Pen Nova – Cookies Edition
G Pen has joined forces with Cookies SF to bring you a limited edition, eye-catching version of the efficient Nova Vaporizer. Wrapped in the iconic Cookies SF blue color, the eye-catching Nova Vaporizer features a ceramic oven for flavor retention and three voltage options (3.2v, 3.5v, and 3.9v) to let you enjoy more taste or larger clouds, depending on your preference.
The HoneyStick Elf is the most compact and efficient way to enjoy vaping from pre-filled cartridges. With one optimized 3.7v setting, the Elf is compatible with standard width 510-thread cartridges. The magnetic connection of the Elf sits next to the battery as opposed to on top of it, which makes the Elf Vaporizer so compact. Refillable tanks are included if you have your own juice or concentrates you want to enjoy as well.
Those in need of an uber-discreet vape battery should snag a HoneyStick Elf this month.
From the water-filtered to the one-hitter, having a high-quality glass pipe will let your material’s flavor flourish and provide cool hits for a comfortable session. During vapor.com‘s 420 sale, you can take an extra 20% off all glass on the site.
Higher Standards Glass Taster
For a glass pipe with a pretty standard design, Higher Standards made their Glass Taster look fantastic. The iconic HS triangle artwork is etched into the glass and you can choose from a clear or frosted glass option. Constructed from borosilicate glass, the Higher Standards taster is durable and discreet.
Light dry herb smokers who want a mess-free one-hitter will enjoy the Higher Standards Taster, thanks to a notch at the end of the pipe that ensures no loose herb during pulls.
MJ Arsenal Cache
MJ Arsenal is known for their mini dab rigs and blunt bubblers, but they came through clutch for bong users with the Cache. Measuring in at a compact seven inches, the Cache features an integrated dry herb storage jar to make storing and loading bowls easy. A quad-slit percolator sifts your smoke to cool each hit before it reaches your lips.
If you’ve wanted a new water pipe but don’t want something that will dominate the room it’s in, the MJ Arsenal Cache is a great option.
Marley Natural Glass and Walnut Spoon Pipe
If it’s coming from the first family of weed, you know it’s going to be a high functioning product. The Marley Natural Glass and Walnut Spoon Pipe features American Black Walnut on the mouthpiece and below the borosilicate glass bowl. A carb hole helps you concentrate your draws, while the wood mouthpiece cools hits. Each part is detachable, so cleaning the Glass & Walnut Spoon Pipe is hassle-free.
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Vibes King Size Cones
Bay Area rap legend Berner dropped Vibes Papers recently and they have quickly become a favorite among the dry herb community. If you need a larger-than-usual cone that will burn evenly while keeping your material’s taste intact, Vibes King Size Cones need to be in your stash box. Available in Rice, Hemp, or Ultra-Thin varieties.
Smokers wanting to enjoy papers without having to roll will prefer the Vibes King Size Cones, the size is great for large sessions as well. If you’ve caught the vibes, vapor.com is taking 25% off all Vibes Rolling Papers during their 4/20 sale.
RAW Organic Hemp Rolling Papers
Would any 4/20 buyers guide be complete without RAW Rolling Papers? The iconic rolling paper brand brings you 100% vegan papers that feature the classic RAW run-preventing watermark system with cross-weave patterning and vertical hard-stop lines for an even burning session.
If you’ve never enjoyed a joint with RAW Papers, this 4/20 is a perfect time to see what all the fuss is about.
Elements Ultra-Thin Rice Rolling Papers
If you’re looking for the least amount of paper in your rolling papers, the Elements Ultra-Thin Rice Rolling Papers should be your go-to. Made from pressed rice and utilizing Acacia plant gum, the Elements Ultra-Thin Rolling Papers but without ashing everywhere, making your 4/20 mess-free.
Modern glass and electric dab rigs give concentrate fans amazing flavor and substantial clouds. Whether you’re a torch-wielding dabber or more partial to an electric rig, there are a ton of options that will enhance your next session.
Higher Standards Riggler
Is it a dab rig? Is it a bong? It’s both! The Higher Standards Riggler can seamlessly transition from bong to rig and comes with both a bowl and quartz banger. The fixed diffused downstem of the Riggle sifts your wax vapor through moisture to cool draws and keep your flavor full.
If you’re a dry herb and concentrate user who wants to consolidate their smoking arsenal, the Higher Standards Riggler is an elite bong and rig all-in-one.
E-rigs have made a huge impact on the wax world recently, and the KandyPens OURA is the most powerful of the bunch. A beastly 3000mAh battery delivers endless power and four preset temperatures are optimized to manufacture gigantic vapor clouds. The unique glass bulb shape allows you to take all of your draw at once or enjoy sippable vapor.
Additionally kitted out with a quartz atomizer and ceramic bowl for different taste options, wax users who put a premium on cloud size will fall in love with the OURA. Make sure you check back the day of 4/20 for 42% off all KandyPens products with promo code KP420.
MJ Arsenal Ursa Mini Rig
The Ursa from MJ Arsenal has a traditional dab rig design but shrunken down to help concentrate your vapor and conserve material. MJ Arsenal gave the Ursa a disc percolator, rear-mounted downstem and a built-in reclaim catcher for clean draws.
Have a torch but want more concentrated vapor? The MJ Arsenal Ursa Mini Rig will satisfy traditional rig users and help them conserve material.
The CBD-sphere has expanded at a lightning-fast rate over the last few months. Each of these CBD products has been selected for its unique use and application method. Vapor.com is stocked with every kind of CBD you’d need and you can save 20% during the 4/20 sale across all products throughout April.
Bloom Farms CBD Mini Vapor Pen
Bloom Farms is one of the most respected CBD brands out and their Mini Vapor Pen can be used right out of the box to deliver CBD draws. Using uncut, whole hemp-plant extract means that Bloom Farms CBD Mini Vapor Pen utilizes the “entourage effect.” The ceramic wicking system means you’ll be able to fully taste the Blueberry, Mint, Natural, or Stone Fruit flavor.
One of the newer CBD brands on the market, Mary’s Nutritionals brings broad-spectrum relief where you need it most. Mary’s Nutritionals has partnered with the boutique hemp farm Elite Botanicals to deliver some of the highest-grade CBD balm available.
If you’re not exactly sure how you’d like to take your CBD, Social CBD’s Broad Spectrum Drops 750MG can be added to food, drink, or applied directly to your tongue. Available in seven different flavors (including Natural), Social CBD Broad Spectrum Drops can accommodate any taste.
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There’s a video on Reddit of a man delicately inserting a tiny ball of cannabis concentrate into a science fiction-y chamber that looks straight out of a supervillain’s lair. The metal claw holding the wax withdraws and the tiny ball remains, suspended in midair. It’s hard to see in the low-quality footage, but the dab floats as if in zero gravity.
That’s right, it’s 0G kush.
Then the screen lights up purple as a laser focuses on the weed ball, transforming it from a tacky solid into a gas that can be inhaled. The response on r/StonerEngineering ranged from obligatory “Star Trek” and “Rick and Morty” comparisons to constructive design feedback to pure stonerrific pleasure.
“This guy taking dabs to a level man isn’t ready for,” one Redditor commented. It’s incredibly trippy, and the person who made it believes it’s the future of the weed industry.
Justin Zelaya, founder and CEO of weed technology company Silicon Cali, made the video to show off the prototype for a dab rig called The Reactor. The 30-year-old native San Franciscan has always lived years ahead of everyone else. He’s a self-taught engineer and veteran business owner; he previously started an e-juice company and ran an electronics store called Ashbury Tech, which shared retail space with now-defunct head shop The Red House. He earned the nickname Stoney Stark after posting his inventions online, and works hard to live up to the title.
The name of his new project is inspired by the experimental levitation technology developed for nuclear power plants. As he answered questions, he was preparing to celebrate his birthday by chartering a boat, filling it with drones, and shooting them like skeet in international waters.
“I want to build the future,” Zelaya said.
What does the future look like for the cannabis industry? According to the Silicon Cali website, it’s lasers. There, forward-thinking weed enthusiasts can pre-order a cyberpunk-looking laser lighter called the Plasma Portal, which is specially designed to light joints evenly on all sides, and a laser bong dubbed the B-Laze, which requires special eyewear to use safely. The B-Laze, retailing for $2,400 a pop, earned Zelaya’s fledgling company some attentiononline in 2018. Both products will be produced in limited runs of only 420 units each.
The sci-fi aesthetic of Zelaya’s oeuvre is certainly futuristic, down to the “Rick and Morty” music he used to demonstrate the B-Laze. The Reactor feels like a device that aliens would use to get high, but is this technology actually a glimpse into tomorrow’s weed industry here on Earth? Zelaya is confident that the answer is yes. “I think of it as the future of where we’re going with cannabis, and I’m just building it before anybody else does,” he said.
The rise of ‘stoner fancy’
Silicon Cali is entering a cannabis market that’s briskly growing as more states embrace legalization. The Reactor sits at the crossroads of three powerful trends driving projected growth: luxury, cannabis clubs, and wellness.
“These are people who are willing to spend a little more and enjoy the finer procurement in cannabis,” he told Weedmaps News in a phone interview. Jack said Diego Pellicer’s flagship Denver outlet, which is decorated as a mix between a smoking lounge and an Egyptian temple, is courting the cannabis connoisseur with a $25,000 rig.
They’re also the people Silicon Cali is gunning for with futuristic products like the B-Laze and The Reactor. “There’s quite a large market for American glass; [$5,000] to $10,000 is pretty common for showpiece glasswork,” Zelaya said.
Zelaya added, “The big name blowers charge good money for their work, and it’s beautiful. This is the same thing. I make them by hand, and each one is one-of-a-kind.”
Zelaya is also targeting the imminent market for shared spaces to partake with friends. BDS Analytics named the emergence of social cannabis clubs one of its top 10 trends for 2019, and sure enough, West Hollywood, California, is saw America’s first legal cannabis cafe in September 2019. Zelaya, too, sees this trend, and is positioning Silicon Cali to serve these burgeoning businesses.
“I imagine I’m going to make some laser hookahs, which you’ll see in lounges where everyone puts on the protective goggles and goes into the lounge,” he said.
Meanwhile, marijuana’s medicinal medical benefits have also spawned a slew of weed products with vague wellness effects, such as CBD-infused everything and bud bath bombs. The Reactor’s surface-level aesthetic appeal earned its short demo hundreds of comments and thousands of upvotes on Reddit’s r/StonerEngineering forum, but Zelaya sees its purported health offerings as a vital selling point as well.
“The goal is to let you dab cleaner,” he explained. Typical materials like metal, ceramic, quartz crystal, and glass all have the potential to affect the flavor or collect residue that does. However, when the dab is levitating, Zelaya said, “You don’t taste the medium it’s coming off of, or the leftover crap on the glass, or the metal taste or anything like that. None of it gets into the hit.”
Heating the dab by laser also removes the need for butane lighters, which some believe lead to the inhalation of butane, which potentially affects the taste.
Silicon Cali has reportedly racked up hundreds of pre-orders. But are Zelaya’s innovations truly a harbinger of what’s in store for cannabis consumers? Jack isn’t so sure.
After viewing the demo video, he said, “It’s hard for me to say without putting my hands on it and trying it myself. It’s certainly not like anything I’ve ever seen before. But if anything it speaks to where cannabis is heading and how far people are taking it.”
Nat Shaul, VP of marketing for cannabis distributor SpringBig, also weighed in after viewing the video. While she’s excited by the concept, she made it clear that success will likely come down to price. Demand is growing both for cheap and convenient products and edge-case, extreme luxury goods such as The Reactor. The market is there, Shaul said, “However, if they price their product well above your typical cannabis accessories, there is a real possibility it will not sell well.”
But if Silicon Cali doesn’t wind up finding commercial success through mass production, is it possible to see Zelaya’s products as art?
“If you ask me, this dab rig is pretty fucking insane.”
Artist, curator, and cannabis marketing maven Eddie Donaldson founded the cannabis marketing company The Grow Division, has rolled with the world’s largest and most prolific graffiti crew for decades, and also curated Artsy’s official cannabis art show. He’s sold weed-related art to billionaire heirs, famous rappers—but also ambitious 16-year-olds. If he’s not qualified to make the call, no one is.
After viewing The Reactor’s demo video, Donaldson said, “If you ask me, this dab rig is pretty fucking insane.”
Donaldson added that he definitely believes there’s a market for the rig as an artwork, and that it is, in his opinion, art. “It’s the connoisseur of dabbing that wants to be able to show off to their friends that they have the new, new. That’s really what it is. And as long as he can keep that market, he probably should do pretty well. I believe that given the right marketing, that piece would flow through to some super exotic dab dudes that can afford it.”
When asked whether or not he considers the gravity-defying dab rig an artwork, Zelaya responded, simply, “Yeah.”
Feature illustration made by David Lozada/Weedmaps