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No flashlight, no problem: the windproof and butane-free Dr. Dabber Boost e-Rig


Wooks don’t travel well. I learned this the hard way after booking a flight for myself and my former best dab friend to the most recent Secret Cup.

I understand the need to dab in the morning before the “wrong” ride to the airport, and I appreciate our Uber driver’s indulgence in letting my travel companion light his torch on the highway – sorry for the trim; I think there’s something that takes away those burn marks – but after TSA opened his bag and found the unexplained case of butane, I had to leave him and his resin wallet behind.

dr. Dabber’s Boost eRig solves those problems and eliminates the need to buy butane ever again. E-rigs have been around for a while, but they could use some refinement: Ballast-sized boxes of high-school chem lab-sized wires leading to a heated nail aren’t exactly glamorous — or portable. And while it won’t surprise the wooks as a Mothership or Hitman glass, the eRig is sturdier, harder to break, more functional – and, like I said, it’s portable.

The Boost is the size of a small flashlight and is essentially a USB rechargeable battery that fits in the palm of your hand. On one side is a solid base and on the other is your nail (and the Boost comes with domed quartz, ceramic and titanium nails, to please those finicky dabbers). The Boost eRig comes with an attractive enough glass mouthpiece and a dome mount that also needs a little water.

The rig heats up with the push of the device’s only button, which changes from light to dark blue to let you know when it’s hot enough to hit. And that’s it. Real. The lack of a flashlight, the covered nail and the lightweight of everything makes it perfect for camping or going to the beach – or anywhere else you’d rather not scare the crowd by lighting a flashlight.

It comes with a handy, medium-sized, foam-lined travel case for just this purpose — and one that’s airline-friendly. Have fun buying butane – I’ll dab wherever I go.

THE VERDICT

Cool Factor: If all your friends are crazy with 710 tattoos, this won’t turn heads and won’t win Best Glass awards at the Secret Cup. For the other 99 percent of us who don’t care about that, portability and simple design are far more important.

practical: huge. It goes with you everywhere, requires no extra flashlight and can be easily and neatly stored. The makers say you can get 50 or more explosions on one battery charge, but I wouldn’t know: I was done after five hours and was then able to charge it from the same USB that charges my PAX 2.

Affordability: At $199, the Boost isn’t exactly cheap. On the other hand, it’s a fraction of the price of most American-made glass rigs, meaning it can easily be your main rig if you’re on a budget (and don’t have glass snobs to impress).

General: This is the dab rig for those who live with torches, and this is THE rig to take with you. It is useful, attractive and simplifying. Thoreau would approve.

Rating: 4/5

Available at: www.drdabber.com/collections/vaporizers/products/boost-erig



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