An e-nail, translated as an electronic nail, vaporizes herbal, wax, and oil concentrate. The unique thing about it is that it allows for consistent vaporization at precise temperatures. Much like traditional dab rigs, many e-nails are designed to attach to a water pipe, while standalone devices also exist.

You can roughly divide it into portable and desktop models. Both types work by using some electronic heating element and power source to reach the optimal temperature. In addition, one often uses them for aromatherapy; you should not use e-nails with e-liquids, nicotine, or tobacco.


Desktop E-Nails

Although there are different forms of desktop e-nails, they all share the same essential elements. A typical setup has a large box or container and a cable with a heating element that wraps around the bottom of the nail. Many of these desktop e-nails come with an LED screen that shows real-time temperature.

Portable e-nails

Portable e-nails are the simplified, miniature version of larger desktop models. However, they are very similar in structure: both types have a heating element, a glass mouthpiece, and a power source. Many portable e-nails either have internal or rechargeable batteries or work directly with a 510 connector on a vaporizer made for them.


There are different materials used for e-nails. The most common are the following:

  • titanium
  • pottery
  • quartz

The advantages of titanium are that it is a very durable and inexpensive material and promotes a short heat-up time. Titanium e-nails are the most commonly used material. A disadvantage can be that the vapor can sometimes have a metallic aftertaste.

Good taste and easy handling speak for ceramics as an e-nail material. The negative aspects include a slight fragility and prolonged heating time. Another negative criterion is that it is rather challenging to clean.

Quartz boasts excellent flavor, low heat retention, and food-grade material while not having the fastest heat-up.

Dab Rigs

Until e-nails, also known as e-rigs, came into use, so-called dab rigs required an ignition to heat the nail before it could come into contact with the concentrates. Aside from the safety concerns of use, these dab rigs needed some experience. While too much heat could burn the concentrates, too little heat resulted in uneven vaporization. With e-nails, the problems mentioned no longer occur.