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Saturday March 12, 2022

By Nicholas Demski

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If you’ve ever consumed cannabis concentrates, then you know one of the more popular consumption methods is dabbing, and to really dab properly, you’re going to need a safe and effective torch. While some are hesitant to use a torch — and understandably so, some can heat up to 2700℉ — never fear. There are plenty of great options out there to ensure a safe and reliable dabbing experience.

Whether you’re new to concentrates or simply looking to upgrade your current dab torch, follow along here as we go over some of the best torches for dabbing.

The Best Dab Torches

Blazer Big Shot

example of the Blazer Big Shot that has a purple body and a potguide sticker frontfacing that includes moutains and a cannabis leaf logo, two people sit behind prepping to take a dab
The Durable Blazer Big Shot never disappoints with its durable build and its price point.

If concentrates are really your jam, you’ll want to get serious with a reliable dab torch like the Blazer Big Shot. It’s a great value for your money, plain and simple. Not only is it incredibly durable, it also holds a larger amount of butane than other torches on the market – which means less refilling and more dabbing. Additionally, the Big Shot has an easy-to-use ignition system that produces a flame that works in virtually every environment.

Handcrafted in Japan, the Big Shot has a very sturdy and comfortable feel when holding it. The stainless-steel nozzle hides a brass anti-flame ignition kit that produces a mighty flame whatever the weather, blazing out at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (but be careful, the nozzle can get rather hot during use).When you’re not using the Big Shot, its extra broad base keeps it upright but will detach when it needs to go into storage. Available in several model types from basic to Glow, expect to pay anywhere from $62 - 140. Overall, the Blazer Big Shot is one of the best butane torches for dabs and worth the extra few bucks.

Newport Zero Original 5.5” Mini Torch

example of a Newport Mini Torch with a black sleek body and base to keep it upright, shooting out a blue flame from a metal ring
The Newport Zero Mini Torch is perfect for all your adventures to keep you elevated while not weighing you down photo credit

Looking for one of the best mini torches for dabs? Then check out the Newport Zero Mini Torch, perfect for the dabber on the go. With a self-igniting Piezo Ignition, this torch offers other important features such as a child-proof safety lock system, safety adjustable flame, quick refill design, and comfort grip handle.

For a mere $40, you can get the Newport Zero mini in colors like pink, black dragon, and white mirror.

R Series Mega Torch

Image of the Stok R Series Mega Torch that displays the black body, base, and ignition that is silver. One the handle is displays the words, this thing rips
The R Series Mega Torch is a great choice is safety is a priority for credit

The R Series Mega Torch features an eye-catching design that’s simple, highly effective, and safe with features like a childproof lock and a separate lock for the flame. Beyond that, there’s an easy-to-access flame adjuster and intensity lock to help you dial in your desired flame size and intensity. Featuring a state-of-the-art “Sure-Fire Instant Ignition” that allows users to light the torch with the flip of a switch, the R Series Mega fires at around 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit and can produce a 9-inch flame.

A wide base keeps it sturdy when not in use and it’s backed by a lifetime warranty. Ringing in at $68, this torch comes unfilled, meaning that you’ll have to purchase the butane separately. All in all, the R Series Mega Torch is an effective and affordable option for dabbers of any experience-level.

Bonjour Professional Cooking Torch

picture of a Bonjour Professional Cooking Torch being held to torch a blue flame over crème brûlée that is sitting on a white counter
The Bonjour Professional Cooking Torch is an affordable torch option that is widely available. photo credit

For anyone new to dabbing or on a limited budget, this is the torch for you. Sold in Bed Bath and Beyond stores throughout the country, the Bonjour Professional Cooking torch has been widely used as a more affordable alternative to branded dab torches for quite some time.

While intended to torch your homemade crème brûlée and not designed specifically for dabbing, it works surprisingly well and will get the job done if you’re not quite ready to commit to a torch built for the purpose. Plus, if you’re ever traveling without your torch (which is probably a good idea) the Bonjour Professional Cooking torch is a great choice for an affordable substitute at $40 to help you dab up on your trip.

ErrlyBird Torch Art Torches

example of an Errlybird Art Torch that has a yelllow base and a creative art wrap with a sloth hugging a bong around the pick body of the torch.
Choose from over 15 different art designs to decorate your ErrlyBird Torch photo credit

Like dabbing and art? Then set aside $30 and get your hands on one of these butane torches that feature limited-edition prints of artwork created just for the torches. Think Sloth on a Bong, Rick and Morty, Puff Puff Pass, and Space Porn, among others.

While the art will set your torch apart from the standard fare, the qualities that make a great torch remain. Count on your ErrlyBird to have a “Quik-Fire” ignition system, a 3-month limited warranty, adjustable flame size, flame lock, and temperature up to 2700 degrees Fahrenheit.

Special Blue Purple Haze

Purple Haze torch is displayed on top of a black background with purple accents on the base and on the top of the torch. In the middle on the body is a dragon logo with the words special blue.
The Purple Haze torch allows for more customization with an adjustable flame photo credit

Any Jimi Hendrix fans out there? If “Purple Haze is in Your Eyes” then this torch is perfect for you. Easy to use, the Purple Haze comes equipped with automatic ignition and an adjustable flame dial to get your dab to your preferred temperature. All Special Blue torches come with a standard two-year warranty, are ergonomic, work at any angle, and feature a quick refill. Expect to pay around $30.

Final Thoughts

Now that you’ve seen some of the most popular dab torches used by cannabis consumers, it’s time to make your decision. Remember, the torch that’s best for you depends on many factors and personal preferences. So, use this guide to help you make an educated decision, pick out your new torch and get to dabbing!

Frequently Asked Questions

What Torch is Best for Dabs?

A great torch allows you to hit your preferred temperature while staying safe, so look for a torch that meets your personal criteria, whether it’s size, color, safety features, etc.

Will Any Torch Work for Dabs?

That depends on how you define “torch.” We suggest going with one we’ve curated here so you know it will be reliable, affordable, and safe.

Can I Use a Cheap Torch for Dabs?

A torch’s most important feature is that it will keep you safe while using, even if you’re on a budget, so don’t skimp on safety.

Are Bernzomatic Torches Good for Dabs?

Bernzomatic torches are intended for industrial purposes like soldering and heat treating. Keep yourself safe and get a torch from the list above.

What’s your favorite torch to use for dabbing? What do you look for when purchasing a dab torch? Is there a feature you can’t live without? Share your thoughts in the comments!


Nicholas Demski Nicholas Demski

As a former global educator, Nicholas uses his B.S. in biology to leverage his understanding of cannabinoid science into meaningful content for readers. For several years, Nicholas has written for several blogs, including Green Flower, and provided copywriting services for CBD and cannabis companies worldwide. He's also a Staff Writer for Terpenes and Testing Magazine, CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, and Extraction Magazine.

While Nicholas is a medical cannabis patient in Michigan, he has traveled from Spain to Colombia to Cambodia to see what cannabis is like around the world. He uses his background in science, world experience, and unique writing style to help people learn more about cannabis and cannabinoids at and on Instagram @Cannabiologist. You can also connect with Nicholas on his LinkedIn profile.

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