Enails 101

Entropy eNails launched in May of 2016, with the aim of bringing high-quality electronic nails to the market at a reasonable price. Manufactured in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Thermodynamix Inc, Entropy eNails bring a level of sophistication to the world of electronic dabbing. Entropy eNails come in a variety of colours, with more than 36 different customizable configurations.
 

What is “Dabbing”?

A “Dab” is defined as “a small amount of something”. In the world of marijuana, it refers to smoking/vaporizing a tiny amount of cannabis concentrate. And it really is only a tiny amount: The average user can get high off of less than 0.02 grams of the stuff!

The word “dab” can be used as both a verb and a noun, and is used as a way to describe the action of smoking marijuana concentrates. “Taking a Dab” or “Dabbing” are both accepted uses in marijuana lingo.

While “dab” refers to the action of smoking, the actual concentrate itself can be processed in many different forms. Shatter, Wax, Crumble, Sugar Wax and Pull-and-Snap are all different ways of finishing the cannabis extract and they all, for the most part, involve the use of a solvent and vacuum oven in their manufacturing process.

Other forms, such as Rosin and Live-Rosin use a heat press to squeeze the cannabis oils out of the bud, using only heat and pressure, and not a solvent.
 

The History of Dabbing

Nearly a decade ago, when “dabbing” started to become popular, there weren’t a lot of options for consuming cannabis concentrates. Much like Hashish, users tended to get the most substantial effects when applying it directly to a red-hot surface and inhaling the vapour. While still effective when rolled into joints, or sprinkled on top of ground-up flower in bong bowls, Hashish and Concentrates like Shatter, Wax and Rosin, are most effective when consumed against a red-hot surface and inhaled directly.
 

Hot Knives

“Hot Knives” is the process of letting the tips of two stainless steel cutlery knives heat-up against a stovetop element. It has been a popular method for consuming hashish for more than three decades. By squishing the two hot knives against a piece of hashish, users would stand directly above the knives and inhale the cannabis vapour. This was much more beneficial than a lighter because of the immediacy of the concentrate turning to vapour. The hot, metallic surface instantly turns the hardened concentrate into a liquid and then a vapour before it has a chance to slide off of the knife. By using small amounts of hashish, or “dabs”, this lessened the chance of waste. When smoked in a joint, there is a greater chance of losing the concentrate as it either falls from the joint when knocking off your ash, or simply vaporizing into the air in between hits.
 

Hashish, Shatter, Wax & Rosin

As concentrates like Shatter, Wax and Rosin started to become popular ten years ago, Hashish began to drift out of the collective stoners consciousness. This mainly had to do with the fact that the new forms of concentrate, like Shatter and Rosin, tended to have a THC concentration of 80-90%, while Hashish averaged around 40%. For reference, a high quality strain of marijuana can be expected to have anywhere from 20-25% THC. Lower quality strains can have less than 5% THC.

Another reason for the surging popularity of concentrates like Shatter, Wax and Rosin, was their rich flavour, pungent smells, and golden appearances. While Hashish offered a less smoky and more flavourful experience when compared to dried marijuana buds, it was negligible when compared to the newer breed of concentrates. For the first time, users reported tasting exactly what the dried flower smelled like. No longer was the flavour masked by the smoke of combusting hydrocarbons or infiltrated by the impurities inherent in Hashish. The concentrate actually tasted exactly what the strain smelled like and users were introduced to an entirely new experience.

 

Torches, Nails and Domes

The hot knives approach worked well for decades, but it was still innately rudimentary. The knives that were used tended to permanently stain black from the heat, and it was difficult inhaling the vapour from the knives without some sort of secondary contraption, like the top-half of a 2-litre pop bottle, placed inside the user’s mouth in order to contain the vapour as it steamed off the knives. The science of hot-knifing wasn’t entirely perfect: stainless steel didn’t seem like the healthiest metal to be inhaling off of and the plastic bottle jammed in the user’s mouth didn’t necessarily promote ease-of-use or professionalism.

As Shatter, Wax and Rosin took over the mainstream of cannabis concentrates; newer, more versatile methods of consuming the extracts became prevalent. These newer styles incorporated a water bong into the process, which helped cool the concentrated vapour as well as enabling larger hits. In the beginning, there were a few different versions that required a butane or propane torch and a pivoting metal tray, known as a ‘Swing-Skillet”, but the first benchmark of the evolution of dabbing was the “Nail”.

Referred to as a “Nail” because of its similarities in appearance to an actual carpenter’s nail, this method of inhaling the cannabis concentrates quickly replaced the “Swing-Skillet” style. Used in conjunction with a “Dome” to encapsulate the vapour and direct it downwards into the water bong, the nail style quickly became popular. The user would heat up the tip of the nail with a butane or propane torch until it was red-hot. After waiting for it to cool down a little, the user would place a “dab” of concentrate to the top of the hot nail, vaporizing it instantly downwards into the bong and along the airflow created by the user’s lungs. The dome, placed around the nail immediately after torching and before inhalation, helped contain the vapour to the bong and lessened the chance of it vaporizing into the air.

While an improvement on the “Swing-Skillet” style, the dome-and-nail approach still left a lot to be desired. One major flaw with this approach was that the concentrate had a tendency to drip down the nail and solidify, resulting in wastage and a dirty bong. Larger dabs had trouble vaporizing all at once, and as a result, left hardened, tar-like resin, know as “Reclaim”, all along the nail and glass joint. Something needed to be done to address the wastage.
 

Domeless Nails

The “Domeless Nail” was the logical successor to the dome-and-nail style. This method combined the dome and nail by incorporating a dish around a hole, which led down into the water bong. Now, the user would heat up the domeless nail with a butane or propane torch and when ready, easily drop the concentrate into the dish without worrying too much about wastage. The hot dish would vaporize the concentrate and the hole in the centre of the dish would draw the vapour into the bong along the airflow created by the user inhaling. The nail itself also experienced a profound change in design, evolving into something that looked much more like a bolt than a nail. However, the term “nail” was firmly engrained into the cannabis lexicon and the name stuck, and hence the “domeless nail” came into existence.

Another trend that began with the dome-and-nail style and continued into the domeless nail method was using different materials for nails. While Quartz nails had become the norm with the domed style, nails made out of titanium and ceramic were also popular. Users seemed to prefer one to the other in terms of taste and flavour, but it was entirely subjective. Just as important, was the durability and changeability of the nail. The quartz was obviously the most fragile of the three, while titanium was certainly the strongest.

Another benefit of the titanium and ceramic domeless nails was their ability to be manufactured to transform from male to female and to be able to be used with six different sizes of glass joint. The glass joints refer to the point where the bowl or nail connects with the bong. They tend to come in six sizes: 10mm; 14mm; & 19mm, either male or female. While not all domeless nails had the ability to change, the importance of transforming quickly became clear. The ability to transform allowed the domeless nail to be nearly universal in its usability and the idea of one nail fitting only one size quickly became a thing of the past. If you spent $50 or $60 on a 6-in-1 Titanium or Ceramic Domeless Nail, you would never need another one again.
 

Carb-Caps

A “carb-cap” is the opposite of fanning the flames of a fire. It acts as a carburetor by restricting the outside airflow and enables the user to maximise the efficiency of the concentrate. When applied to the top of your domeless nail, the carb-cap changes the pressure of the bong/rig and as a result, lowers the boiling temperature of the concentrate. While the old school “choke” or “shotgun” on pipes and bongs allowed more airflow when uncovered by your thumb, the carb cab restricts the airflow when covering the domeless nail. This in turn heats up the concentrate and maximizes vaporization.

Carb Caps are usually not much larger than a bottle cap, as most domeless nails have a width, or diameter of 16mm – 20mm. The Carb Cap itself can be made out of titanium, glass, quartz or ceramic, but quartz and titanium are the most common. Most dabber tools come with some type of carb cab on the reverse end, but standalone carb caps are also quite popular. The most efficient carb caps have small allowances for air to pass through. Tiny holes drilled in to the carb cap allow a small amount of air to continue into the domeless nail.
 

Quartz Bangers/Buckets

One of the more recent evolutions of the nail has been the introduction of the quartz banger; a bucket style nail, which provides an even larger dish than typical domeless nails. Just like its previous incarnations, the quartz banger is used in conjunction with a butane or propane torch, as well as a carb-cap. The banger design veers drastically from the bulky, bolt-like style of the domeless nails and more resembles a basketball net than a carpenter’s nail. Users have tended to adopt this style more and more because of the large dish and it’s ability to contain the concentrate until it has been fully vaporized.

While titanium and ceramic bangers exist, they are rarely used when compared to the quartz version. Many people enjoy the neutral flavour of quartz over the somewhat metallic taste of titanium, while ceramic has the rare tendency to crack under high temperatures. The quartz also allows for transparency, allowing the consumer to visibly see how much is left of his or her dab.
 

What are “eNails”?

Quite simply, eNail stands for “electronic nail”. As mentioned above, the dabbing devices have gone through many stages of evolution, but most have kept the moniker “nail”, as the original form looked very similar to a carpenter’s nail.

A good analogy that we like to use for our Entropy eNails is the camper stove versus electric stove comparison.

Imagine using a camper stove in your home kitchen. First of all, you’d have to buy the butane or propane, secondly, you’d have to fill up the empty tank or attach a new tank, and thirdly, you would have to light it with an exposed flame. You don’t know the temperature of that flame unless you have a laser thermometer and you can’t remember which setting you had it at last time you used it and enjoyed it. And don’t forget, all of this is happening inside of your home!

Now compare that with your kitchen stove. The stove is electric. It is plugged into the wall. There is no butane or propane involved, nor is there an open flame. You can set the temperature and you are able to remember which settings you like the best. There is no need to fill and refill tanks of gas, nor is there the safety issue of having an exposed flame inside of your home.

This is essentially the difference between using a butane or propane torch to heat up your nail, versus using an eNail. The eNail allows for constant temperature while a torched nail begins to cool down the second the torch is removed and even more drastically so once the user begins to inhale cold air through it and into the bong or rig. While the eNail will also drop in temperature as the user takes his or her dab, it usually only lowers a few degrees, before quickly climbing back up to the set temperature. Compared to the 200 degrees drop the torched nail experiences as it begins to cool completely, the eNail’s temperature loses are negligible.
 

The Heating Coil

Remember the domeless nails in the ongoing evolution of dabbing? Well, they evolved one more step and became fully compatible with eNails. Now, there is a slot to slide your eNail coil securely around the domeless nail, and with the push of the power button, you have a hot nail, set to your desired temperature, in less than a minute.

The Coil is NiChrome, which is a combination of Nickel and Chromium. It is resistance heat, meaning that the NiChrome is a resistor and not a conductor of electricity. When the power reaches the coil, the resistance creates a loss of energy, which forms as heat on the coil. This is the second law of thermodynamics, better known as entropy, in action.
 

Dabbing Temperatures

One of the main benefits of an eNail is to be able to choose your desired dabbing temperature and keep it there indefinitely. Different temperatures bring different dabbing experiences.

Low Temp Dabs (500-625F) 260-330C

A low temp dab, which is anywhere from 500-625 degrees Fahrenheit, gives the user more flavour because only a small amount of the terpenes burn off before reaching his or her mouth. However, because of the low temperature, it can take quite a few hits off of the same dab to totally consume it. This method allows for maximum flavour absorption, but packs less of a punch than at higher temperatures. The process of taking many small dabs, versus one large dab, has an effect on the overall impact of the hit. A carb cap is almost always needed with low temp dabs, in order to heat up the concentrate as you take your dab.

Medium Temp Dabs (625-710F) 330-375C

A medium temp dab, anywhere from 625-710 degrees Fahrenheit, gives off less flavour, but packs more of a punch and vaporizes the concentrate much faster than at a lower temperature. It’s a compromise between flavour and effect. In the medium temperature range, a carb-cap is useful, and when used correctly, the user can expect to finish off his or her dab in one or two hits.

High Temp Dabs (710-800F) 375-425C

High temp dabs, which are anything above 710 degrees Fahrenheit, are a much different experience than low temp dabs. At this end of the spectrum, you begin to lose much of the flavour but are rewarded with one heck of a punch. Depending on the temperature, some dabs can be consumed in one hit, even without the use of a carb cap. Most people rarely dab above 800 degrees Fahrenheit, but some seasoned dabbers have gone as high as 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. That really is the beauty to an eNail – the ability for the user to completely customize their experience. Low Temp Dabs in the morning? Tune the temp to 600F and enjoy the flavours. High Temp Dabs at night? Tune the temp to 710F and get locked into your couch for the evening.
 

eNail Benefits

Other than being able to choose your desired temperature and keep it there indefinitely, the eNail also allows for much more frequency to your dabs.

If you are with a few friends and you all want to take a dab, but you are using a torch, you will be inhibited by the 45 seconds it takes to heat up the nail, each time someone wants to take a dab. By contrast, the eNail allows for successive dabs without the need to wait for it to be brought back to temperature. Three different people could hit dabs at three different temperatures in less time than it takes two people to dab at the same temperature with a torch.

Entropy eNails can switch between temperature differences of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit in less than 15 seconds. It takes just under a minute for our Entropy eNail to heat up from 0 to 710 degrees Fahrenheit. Essentially, the longest you would ever have to wait for a dab is less than a minute. If your eNail is already turned on, you are able to dab instantly, whenever you want.
 

Save the Butane, Forget the Torch

Just like the camper stove versus the kitchen stove analogy, only one method of dabbing requires the filling and refilling of Butane or Propane in order to heat up your nail. Not only does this cost you time, it also costs you money as having to keep buying butane adds up. You also have to have access to stores that sell butane. And what if you are at home late at night and your torch runs out of butane? Unless you are close to a 24/7 store that stocks butane, you will be out of luck in terms of dabbing for the night.

With an Entropy eNail, this is not a scenario that you will ever have to deal with, as long as you have access to an electrical outlet. Plug your eNail into the wall and get dabbing. It’s a simple as that. Want to dab outside? Run an extension cord to your patio and enjoy your cannabis concentrates under the sun. Want to dab at a friend’s? No problem, our Entropy eNail is nearly half the size of a standard tissue box and weighs less than 2.5 lbs. It is easily transportable and rugged enough to survive in your airplane luggage (We know from personal experience).
 

Warranty

Each Entropy eNail comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty, excluding the quartz banger. Keep your receipt from the store you purchased it at for proof of date. If anything malfunctions, please let us know and we will try our best to express ship out a replacement within 24 hours.
 

Customize Your Entropy eNail

At Thermodynamix and Entropy eNails, we know that everybody has their own style. We also know that it’s impossible to guess what everyone wants when it comes to the exact colour of his or her eNail.

Some of us may keep it personal and out-of-sight and use it in the garage only, while others may keep it on their living room table for everyone to see and enjoy. A red eNail would work well with a similar colour scheme in your home, and a black eNail would fit in perfectly among other high-tech electronics. A gold eNail would look nice in a wooden, rustic setting; perhaps at a cottage or chalet, while a green/pink eNail would bring out the joker in you through two extreme and contrasting colours.

We are also not against customizing eNails on a per-order basis, as long as we have the correct materials on hand and ready to use. So, if you want an Entropy eNail with a red front, a blue top, a gold bottom and a pink back, we can most likely do that for you!

There are also five different LED light colours to choose from. We usually put these randomly, but if you decide to have a custom made eNail, you can choose from White, Blue, Red, Yellow or Green. Each LED light is only one colour and does not change to other colours.
 

Entropy eNail Self-Cleaning

A nice trick with Entropy eNails is the ability to crank the heat and let the titanium nail or quartz banger clean itself. We suggest turning it up to 1100 Fahrenheit and leaving it for 5 minutes. By that point, most of the resin and grime on your titanium nail or inside your quartz banger will have turned to white ash. Simply tap the ash off of the nail or out of the quartz banger, and you are good to go. Don’t forget the lower the temperature back to where you had it!

Be very careful. This is an incredibly high temperature and you must make sure to be watching it at all times.
 

What is included with an Entropy eNail?

Each Entropy eNail includes the following:
  • A Quartz eNail Banger
  • 6-in-1 Titanium Nail with Coil Holster (16mm)
  • 0 ℉ to 1200 ℉ Temperature Range
  • 1.75″ Full-Colour Screen with both Program Temperature and Set Temperature
  • Auto-Tune Feature to Ensure Exact Accuracy on Desired Temperature
  • Coil Heater with Black Kevlar Coil Sleeve
  • Anodized Aluminum, Powder-Coated Case in more than 36 colour combinations
  • 5-Pin XLR Coil Connection
  • Stainless Steel LED Power Button
  • Power Cord