Bangers are one of the most important parts of your dab rig. They are what heats up your concentrate so that you can enjoy a flavorful and smooth dab. But like anything else, bangers require proper maintenance to serve you well and last a long time.
How Long Should My Banger Last?
Replacing your banger is something you'll eventually have to do, but with proper care, it can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. However, this duration may be shorter or even longer depending on several factors:
The first factor is how often you dab. If you're a daily dabbler, you can expect to replace your banger sooner than someone who only indulges a few times per week. The more you use it, the greater the wear and tear.
Another factor is the material your banger is made of. Quartz bangers, for instance, tend to last longer than ceramic ones. This is because quartz is a harder material and thus isn't as prone to chipping and cracking.
How well you clean your banger also contributes to its longevity. Bangers should be cleaned after every session and should be deep cleaned every few uses. If you don't clean your banger properly, residue will build up and make it harder to use over time.
Where you store your banger is also important. If you leave it out in the open, it will be more likely to break. It's best to store it in a safe place, like a padded box or case.
How Do You Know When It's Time to Replace Your Banger?
Bangers don't last forever, no matter how well you take care of them. Eventually, they will reach the end of their lifespan and will need to be replaced. But how can you tell when it's time for a new banger?
Here are some common signs that indicate it's time to get a new banger:
- It's broken
Bangers can break for a number of reasons. A broken banger is no longer usable and needs to be replaced immediately. Maybe you dropped it or stored it improperly. Bangers made from glass or ceramic are particularly vulnerable to breaking.
- Banger turning black
Another common sign that it's time for a new banger is when the inside starts to turn black. This happens when residue builds up and isn't cleaned properly. The build-up will eventually start to affect the taste of your dab and make it less enjoyable.
- It's chipped
If your banger is chipped, it's probably not going to last much longer. Chipping usually occurs around the edges, and it's only a matter of time before the entire banger breaks.
- Banger turning white
If the inside of your banger turns white, it's a sign that it's been used too much. Overheating of concentrates can cause the banger to turn white and become less effective. This is mainly a newbie mistake when first using a banger.
- The banger becomes hard to clean
When bangers are first used, they're usually very easy to clean. But over time, the build-up of residue makes them more challenging to clean. If you find that your banger is no longer as easy to clean as it used to be, it's probably time to replace it. No one wants a banger that's difficult to clean.
When Do I Know That My Banger Only Needs Cleaning?
Most people only think about replacing their banger when it's no longer working properly. But in many cases, all your banger needs is a good cleaning.
Here are some signs that indicate your banger only needs cleaning and not replacing:
- The flavor isn't as good as it used to be
If you notice that the flavor of your dab isn't as good as it used to be, it's probably because your banger needs to be cleaned. Residue can build up over time and affect the taste of your dab.
- It's taking longer to heat up
If your banger takes longer to heat up, it's probably because it's dirtier than usual. When residue builds up, it insulates the banger and makes it harder to heat up.
- Dabs aren't as potent
If you find that your dabs aren't as potent as they used to be, it's probably because of residue build-up. When residue coats the inside of the banger, it prevents the heat from properly vaporizing the dab, making it less potent.
These signs indicate that your banger only needs to be cleaned and not replaced. If you find that your banger is starting to show these signs, then it's time for a good cleaning.
How Often Should I Clean My Banger?
How often you need to clean your banger depends on how often you use it. A banger should be cleaned after every use. But if you use it multiple times a day, you may need to clean it more than once.
Process of Cleaning Your Banger
No matter the size, material, or shape of your banger, the process of cleaning it is always the same. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to properly clean your banger:
- Soak the banger
Soak the banger in a cleaning solution for at least 6 hours or overnight. Use ISO alcohol and salt. You may also use any preferred cleaning solution as long as it does not contain harmful chemicals.
- Rinse your banger
After soaking, you rinse the banger with lukewarm water for about 30 seconds.
- Use a cotton swab
Use a cotton swab to scrub the inside of the banger. This is to remove any stubborn residue that may be stuck to the banger.
- Heat the banger to 600 degrees
There may be some residue left after scrubbing with the cotton swab. Heat the banger up to 600 degrees for about 10-20 seconds to remove this. The residue will be turned into ash which is easy to clean.
- Wipe the banger
Use a wet cloth or paper towel to wipe the banger. This is to remove any residue that may have been left behind after hitting it up. You can then use the banger again or store it away until you need it.
What Should One Avoid When Cleaning A Banger?
As mentioned above, you should avoid using any cleaning solution that contains harmful chemicals. These chemicals can damage the banger and make it less effective. You should avoid harsh chemicals because they can discolor the banger or even eat away at it.
You should also avoid using any abrasive materials to scrub the banger. This includes things like steel wool or sandpaper. These materials can scratch the banger and make it more difficult to clean.
Generally, bangers require proper maintenance in order to function properly. This means that they need to be cleaned regularly and replaced when necessary. By following these tips, you can prolong the life of your banger and keep it working properly.