While Yocan has always been known for manufacturing high-quality portable vaporizers like herb pens, wax pens, and oil pens, the company has started producing electronic dab rigs or e-rigs in recent years. And pretty much like the portable vapes it has produced, the e-rig released by Yocan is as capable of delivering the same quality of vapors as devices twice or thrice its price. Therefore, Yocan has retained the reputation it has earned over the years: a company that can give its customers superior quality vaporizers without breaking the bank. But before we discuss what separates Yocan’s e-rigs from the rest of the competition, let us first make a clear definition of what e-rigs are and what they do.
Origin of E-rigs
For the uninitiated, e-rigs are the electronically-operated version of traditional dab rigs that were used to consume wax concentrates back in the day. Even before vape pens and wax pens were invented, those who dab extracts use a desktop contraption that were built with various components, which includes a solid base, a water bubbler, and a wax chamber. Through the years, it evolved and began acquiring various accessories that improves one’s vaping experience like a dab cap, terp pearls, and others.
One of the many advantages of using a conventional dab rig is that it introduces the element of water filtration and moisture conditioning. Instead of inhaling and pulling on dry and harsh vapors — like you would when smoking from a bowl of flowers, the clouds produced by dab rigs are smooth and are easy on the throat.
Thanks to the large water bubblers that filter and sift through the vapor, they are cooler when you inhale them and will not irritate your throat when you pull from a dab rig. Now that’s all well and good, but the reason why an innovation was deemed necessary was because of how daunting (and possibly how dangerous) dabbing can be for the inexperienced.
See, the way it works is that in order to heat the wax concentrates, one will have to use a torch to heat the chamber. What’s more, there is no way for one to tell the running temperature — when using a basic setup — and will have to tell whether it’s safe to drop one’s dollop of wax simply by feel. And by feel we mean hovering your hands on top of the wax chamber to check how hot or cold it is.
The danger lies in doing all of this when you’re already half baked. Imagine getting halfway medicated and blowing the wax chamber with a torch to keep your session going. Moreover, imagine having to hover your hand over the wax chamber as you’re almost completely medicated. Now that’s a recipe for a fire hazard.
Thus, e-rigs — as we know them today — were born.
What Exactly are E-rigs?
E-rigs rely on the same principle as its conventional desktop dab rig counterpart that it still requires a solid base, a glass receptacle to hold the water, and a heating element to vaporize the wax concentrates. However, e-rigs completely eliminate the use of blowtorches and substitutes it with modern-day heating elements. Like your vape pens and portable vaporizers, e-rigs (as the name “electronic dab rig” implies) uses the power of electricity to power the heating elements.
Therefore, there is no need for a torch and owners of e-rigs can safely reap the benefits of their favorite wax concentrates by using a variety of battery-powered heating elements.
In the same way, an e-rig now has the power to tell the running temperature and also dictate the temperature precisely. Thanks to the advances in today’s technology, no one needs to hover one’s hand over the wax chamber. All it takes is a simple glance at a digital screen and one can easily tell what is the running temperature and what profile they are aiming for.
These advantages — and others, which we will get to in a few — have opened up a new dabbing experience for beginners who will otherwise be daunted by using a torch-operated dab rig.
Through dab rigs, even novices can now experience superior vaporization without having to risk their lives and their property in the process.
E-rigs kind of bridge the past and the present because in essence they allow consumers to enjoy the benefits of using a larger wax vaporizer but offers the benefits of today’s modern devices like precision temperature control, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a wide range of safety features, and RGB lighting — because who does not like RGB lights right?
Overall, e-rigs offer a package that provides consumers with an easy way of dabbing wax concentrates making it a perfect piece of technology for both recreational consumers who want to enjoy the potent clouds from their extracts and medical patients who will use their devices to manage their medical conditions.
For those who have been following the brand, Yocan has made a name for itself in the vaporizer industry as a company that makes affordable devices that perform as well (and sometimes even better) than products that are twice or even thrice as expensive.
On that note, Yocan has been the go-to brand of consumers who are on a budget — like you and me.
In the same respect, Yocan’s e-rigs are built in a way that they can compete with other electronic dab rigs that have a higher price tag. This allows daily wax concentrate consumers to really make the most out of their money since they no longer have to worry about shelling out a large sum of money initially when they purchase an e-rig as wax concentrates are by themselves expensive compared to other materials like herbs or oils.
With the supposed advantages of e-rigs, it's not surprising that they will be expensive. After all, e-rigs promise the next best thing in vaping, and will therefore exact a befitting toll for consumers who are willing to pay for safety and convenience.
But what about those who are making ends meet and are in need of a decent rig that will not empty their bank accounts? This is where Yocan e-rigs come into play. Unlike those that come with a hefty price tag, Yocan’s e-rig will not cost a frugal consumer a leg and an arm, which is something that is appealing, especially for beginners who are still looking to find out whether or not dabbing with an e-rig is what’s best for them.
Why would you spend hundreds of dollars for something you’re not even sure will work for your consumption needs? Instead, it’s best to spend a reasonable amount of money for a decent device from Yocan.
That said, Yocan e-rigs are no longer considered an affordable alternative, instead are now seen as a good go-to product like other vaporizers made and manufactured by Shenzhen-based vaporizer company.
Yocan’s First E-rig: The Pillar
Yocan’s first e-rig is named the Yocan Pillar E-rig. It is a small and compact device that offers the same functionalities on would find in today’s e-rig market. Nevertheless, Yocan still designed it in a way that its looks will deviate from the sea of e-rigs on the market and give it a unique identity that is truly Yocan.
If you have been browsing the current e-rig market, you will find that they all bear the same design: triangular, with a large base, and a water bubbler that slowly narrows down to the top. Yocan, being a company that has spent decades developing vaporizers, knew that if they go with a similar design, their product will only be associated with the general e-rig device and will not give a feeling of uniqueness to its owners.
That said, the Yocan Pillar was designed to look like a tube. And while many might say that its shape is not appealing, there’s actually some reasoning behind that, which we will get to in a bit.
First, the tubular design of the Yocan Pillar E-rig is designed to make the device look unique compared to the competition. Many Chinese vaporizer manufacturers have already released devices with same pyramid-like shape and it would help Yocan’s customers to not be associated with several low-quality e-rigs. The decision to ultimately go with a more unique shape helps give the Yocan Pillar E-rig an exclusive look, separating it from the rest of the devices on the market.
Next, the rounded shape of the Yocan Pillar E-rig makes it easier for many consumers to actually hold the device while in use. See, many of today’s e-rigs are built to be small and compact that they can be easily carried around by their owners. However, with a fairly large base, it will be difficult to get a hold of an e-rig and it could even cause the user to drop the vaporizer in the process.
The circular shape of the Yocan Pillar E-rig makes it more ergonomic even for people with small and sweaty hands.
Lastly, Yocan knew that if they equipped the Yocan Pillar E-rig with a sophisticated temperature control unit, it could eventually confuse beginners. That is why the company opted out to give the Yocan Pillar E-rig a simple three-temperature setting profile that is usually found on its products. So, if you happen to own a Yocan product, chances are you will know how to operate the device and will know what to expect from the pre-set temperature levels.
Yocan also uses high-quality raw materials in making their vaporizers and the Yocan Pillar E-rig is no exception. Its list of high-quality materials include tthe likes of a lab-grade borosilicate glass, a lightweight yet durable zinc alloy body, and heating elements that combine ceramic and quartz for that superior vaping experience.
Overall, the Yocan Pillar E-rig is a great device for those starting their journey in wax vaporization. One, it is a relatively ergonomic vaporizer. Plus, it is priced reasonably so consumers will not have to spend all their savings in one go.
Yocan Looking at the Future of E-rigs
And while the Yocan Pillar E-rig is just the company’s first e-rig, it knows that there is more to come and that it can still develop better e-rigs for its customers in the future. Now Yocan has not yet shared whether or not it has new vaporizers in the pipeline but the brand is a company that does not rest on its laurels and continues to make better devices so it is highly possible that Yocan will put out new and better e-rigs in the future.
Yocan’s latest vaporize technologies include the TGT (Target Tech) Coil technology, the XTAL Coil technology, and its use and application of USB type-C charging technology in its most recent products. On that note, we can be expecting any of these technologies to come out in the future and we are excited to see Yocan add new accessories to its e-rigs, like the term pearls we recently saw on the Yocan Orbit.
Like many of its fans, we believe that Yocan has a bright future ahead of it as it forays into the vape industry’s e-rig segment. Be sure to check out Yocan’s latest e-rigs here in this page.
What is an e-rig?
An e-rig is an electronically-powered dab rig, usually by way of a battery. An e-rig is a modern device that allows owners to enjoy and experience superior vaporization compared to the ones you get when using a vape pen. An e-rig usually consists of a base (which contains the battery), a water container (typically made with lab-grade borosilicate), and a heating element (often built using ceramic or quartz). An e-rig also usually comes with pre-set temperature settings or precision temperature control depending on the manufacturer.
Is an e-rig worth it?
An e-rig is definitely worth it because it eliminates the need for a torch lighter, which makes its use and wax consumption altogether a safer experience for a lot of consumers. Safety and convenience are the few important reasons you will have to switch to an e-rig especially if you are using the device on a daily basis.
So, e-rigs are worth the investment regardless if you are a medicating patient or a recreational consumer.
How does an e-rig work?
An e-rig works by heating the wax concentrate with an atomizer, pretty much like a wax vape or a portable vaporizer. The extracted vapor then passes through the water in the glass bubbler, which purity's the cloud even further. It also has a cooling effect that helps in easy inhalation. The final vapor then is sucked from the mouthpiece, allowing owners to enjoy a cleaner and smoother vapor production compared to smaller vaping devices.
Does e-rigs need water?
Yes, an e-rig needs water as it is used to purify the vapors for a more clean vaping experience.
How often do you fill an e-rig?
It is recommended that you fill your e-rig with water at the beginning of each session. This is because the water will become dirty overtime as it filters and collects the impurities out of the clouds. Additionally, it traps any possible particles that might trigger itchiness in the throat. On that note, it is ideal to replace the water on your e-rig every time you begin a session
How often do you need to clean an e-rig?
It is important to clean an e-rig after one or two sessions. You will be able to tell when it is time to clean as the glass will appear to be dirty. Similarly, you will begin to notice gunk developing on the atomizer, which means that you will either have to clean it or replace it for better experience.
Cleaning the glass requires you to either soak the glass or run warm water and a cleaning solution on and inside it. As for the atomizer, you will either have to perform a burn off or replace the coils entirely.