Dr. Dabber Boost - No Torch, No Problem.
Build Quality76%
Vapor Quality82%
Look and Feel80%
Difficulty90%
Portability65%
Discreetness60%
78%Overall Score

Today we’ll be reviewing the Boost, an “eRig” offered by Dr. Dabber. If you’re a fan of concentrates, or are even just interested in them, then you’ll likely find the Boost intriguing. Immediately appealing is the fact that the nail for the Boost is heated by an electronically controlled heating element, meaning there is no need for large, dangerous torches.

For obvious reasons, this is quite a bit different from your standard portable wax pen. It has a water-cooling system built into the design which ultimately makes this a “stationary” wax vaporizer. Keep reading to get the full rundown on this unit and see if this device is worth ditching the torch over.

Product Pros

  • Dabbing without the torch
  • Water filtration / cooling
  • Easy to use
  • Good battery life

Product Cons

  • Lacks temperature control
  • Can only be used with concentrates

Dr. Dabber Boost: Breakdown

Quality

Build Quality

Build Quality

We’ve had some experience with Dr Dabber products before when we looked at the Aurora, so we know the quality is good. The Boost has a good design and is well made. The base of the unit is very solid, and all of the pieces are smooth and well machined. The glass mouthpiece with the water percolator that sits on top of the base is free of defects and seems durable. Multiple nails come with the Boost, including one made of titanium, one made from ceramic, and one made of quartz. The nails screw onto the base and connect to the heating element with a ceramic pin, and heat up time is only 30 seconds.

All in all, there really isn’t anything to complain about when it comes to quality of materials, but there is a major design feature we wish they would have worked to incorporate: temperature flexibility. Temperature can play a big role in the overall quality and flavor of the vapor from concentrates, so the ability to control the temperature would have been a huge plus. As it stands, there is no way to tell exactly what the temperature is besides the rough guidelines provided by Dr. Dabber.

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Vapor Quality

Vapor quality is good, but suffers due to the lack of temperature control. The base temperature for the device is over 515°F, and if you use it back to back the maximum temperature climbs each time you re-engage the heating element. Lower temperatures have been shown to provide better flavor profiles, not to mention the fact that hotter temperatures are harsher on the throat and lungs.

While the option for lower temps may be desirable, remember that high temperatures for concentrates are not the same as high temperatures for regular dried plant material. Concentrates have already been processed to remove the majority of the material that may combust and change into harmful compounds that you don’t want to inhale.

Again, this puts out good vapor, but we wished that the device heated up a little hotter or offered temperature control in order to maximize our draws.

Design

Dr Dabber Boost deconstructed

look-and-feel

Look and Feel

The Boost looks exactly like what it is: a cross between a dab rig and a portable vaporizer. There’s definitely a certain ‘cool’ factor to it, and it’ll likely attract a lot of attention from both vape and dab lovers. The unit also feels sturdier than it appears thanks to a magnetic base that helps to hold it in place and keeps it from falling over.

Discreetness

Discreetness

Dabbing isn’t a very discreet process to begin with, so this really isn’t the right unit to purchase if this is important to you. Compared to a traditional rig with a torch this may seem easy to hide, but at the end of the day you’re still pulling out an oddly shaped device with a glass water cooling system on top.

If discreetness is a feature you are looking for in a future device, you’ll probably want to look at more traditional wax pens, like the Thunder 2, that are designed with stealth in mind.

Difficulty

Ease of Use

You’re not going to find anything easier to use than this, regardless of if you are comparing it to portable vaporizers or traditional concentrate rigs. The unit begins heating as soon as you turn it on, takes 30 seconds to heat up, and turns off after a minute. There is just 1 button, and powering the unit involves clicking that button 3 times if you are using the Titanium or Quartz nail and 5 times if you are using the ceramic nail. Combine this with the fact traditional rigs require a torch to heat the nail, and you’ve got a unit that makes others look unnecessarily complicated.

Portability

Portability

This device has multiple pieces as well as glass components, meaning it isn’t exactly the best to carry around with you. The nails are small and could get easily lost, and there is no way you could fit it all in your pocket.

Some would also see the water inside the filtration system as factor that would hinder portability. However Dr Dabber has actually addressed this concern by designing the water filter to be spill resistant. This means you can pack away the water filter with water still in it for easy transporting and storage.

Dr. Dabber does include a storage case with cu-touts to fit all of the individual parts. Unfortunately, this box is still big enough that it would be inconvenient to carry around throughout the day, and is probably best reserved for taking the Boost on vacations or to specific locations rather than day-to-day carrying.

Compatible with ZEUS Iceborn
This vaporizer is compatible with the ZEUS Iceborn, a revolutionary new vapor cooling system engineered by Canadian vape manufacturer ZEUSArsenal. The Iceborn is designed to produce cooler draws and bigger clouds when connected to your vaporizer. The vapour produced is ultra smooth and crisp and because of ice cooling, instead of water filtration, there is no loss of efficiency. The ZEUS Iceborn adds an additional 2 points to the vapor quality score of this vaporizer and is a highly recommended vaporizer accessory.

Conclusion

This is a pretty cool device, there’s no denying it. Whether or not it is useful enough to warrant purchasing will come down to your own needs and habits. If you enjoy concentrates and have easy access to them, then this could be an excellent option.

The fact that you don’t need a torch is an obvious selling point, but it would be great to see future versions incorporate the ability to control the temperature. If you’d like a more portable and discreet unit or one that can handle more than concentrates, then consider something like the Focusvape Tourist. If you think this e-rig is a unit you want to add to your collection you can pick a Boost up from TVape.com.

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Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

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