The MiniNail Electric Nail Saves Butane for Dabbers Are you ready to start dabbing with an e-nail?

MiniNail is a Seattle, Washington-based company that manufactures an electric concentrate vaporizer. The complete kit starts at $300, and it’s a beast of a heating machine. They sent me two versions of their product to test, the 2019 model and an older model back in 2016.

The MiniNail has been around for a while now, but the rise of portable, electric vape equipment makes it a little hard to stand out. On top of this, you’ll still need a dab rig, making it an expensive product. That’s not a problem if it works like you want.

So let’s dive deeper into the MiniNail to find out what makes it so unique.

MiniNail Electric Dab

The MiniNail Design and Accessories

The MiniNail has a variety of pieces. The main box is the enail controller, which is a palm-sized box that weighs about 5 ounces. It uses about 90W of power and has physical buttons in the front to adjust temperatures. The back looks a lot like the back of a desktop computer, and it even uses the same power cord.

The box has an aluminum casing that’s extremely sturdy. I’ve moved the original around quite a bit when I was homeless. It survived my last emergency move that killed my PS4.

MiniNail’s power cord has a woven protection around it, although you can see how it could easily break. And the MiniNail comes with a TON of available accessories. There are a handful of heater coils, nails, ebangers, dishes, dabbers, and carb caps. They come in quartz and a variety of colors of titanium.

I also got a large and small slab pad and slabtainer, both made of medical grade, nonstick silicone. Overall, it’s a solid product with a ton of great accessories. My full kit was approximately $500.

Rainbow Titanium Mininail

The MiniNail Usability

The first thing you need to know is you can use the MiniNail on any existing dab rig or water bong. I broke several glass rigs in the time I had it, but it’s still kicking.

MiniNail’s temperatures range from 65 degrees up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. The optimal vaping range is 400-800 degrees, and you’ll need to aim high to get a decent vaping experience.

Heating takes a while, but once you have it up, it’s good to go. I noticed I had to push the heat up way higher than I would in a typical dab pen or vape device. I typically dab on it at around 700 degrees, nearly twice the 380 I use on the volcano.

Here’s a quick rundown of cannabinoid and terpene boiling points for your reference:

THC: 315°F
CBD: 347°F
Caryophellene: 320°F
Humulene: 388°F
Limonene: 349°F
Linalool: 389°F
Myrcene: 334°F
Pinene: 311°F
Camphor: 408°F
Bisabolol: 307°F

Once you’re done dabbing is the problem. It takes a long time to cool down, and the cable wants to uncurl itself, making for a dangerous situation. I initially loved being able to dab without the dangers of a propane or butane torch, but once the deed is done, you’re stressing for much longer.

MiniNail Electric Dabber Back

The MiniNail Final Thoughts

The MiniNail is a solid device that performs the exact function it’s supposed to, which is to vaporize and dab cannabis concentrates. The box is easy to adjust the temperature, although higher heat is needed than you would use in a smaller device. I didn’t find the calibration to be all that great in translating the temperature to the dish, to be perfectly honest.

Overall, it’s a great device with a lot of really cool accessories, but it’s also one of the most expensive vape devices on the market. And with no battery and no attachment for flower, it’s very limited compared to a device like Dr. Dabber’s Switch.

Still, the MiniNail does what it was designed to, and it does that well. I’d love to see a portable version someday, along with more variety of updates to the MiniNail line. Until then, it may just be outshined by more modern competitors.

Final Score: C+

MiniNail Electric Titanium


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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