May 18, 2022

How to Clean a Quartz Banger

How To Clean a Quartz Banger

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning and Tips to Avoid Chazzing

how to clean a quartz banger
How to Clean a Quartz Banger by Aisle 710

So you just got yourself a new quartz banger and are ready to take some dabs! In this article we are going to discuss the reasons you need to be cleaning your quartz banger regularly (after every dab is best), how to clean your quartz banger regularly, and what to do if you have chazzed your quartz banger. Let’s dive right in on how to clean a quartz banger.

Why Cleaning Your Quartz Banger is Important

Cleaning Helps Your Quartz Banger Last Longer

It should be no surprise that if you do not take care of your quartz banger, it will not last as long as if you did take care of it. Over time, your banger can start to discolor. It can also lose its ability to hold heat long enough to fully vaporize your dab. Without proper care, your banger also runs the risk of cracking after extended use. Do yourself a favor and take care of your banger. It is not much work and will make your banger last 10x as long.

Clean Bangers Make Dabs Taste Better

You spend a good amount of money on your dabs, might as well get the best taste you can from them. This only comes from clean quartz bangers. A dirty banger can have residue that affects the flavor of your dabs. Cleaning after each dab can help to make sure you are getting the most from your dab experience. 

How To Avoid Chazzing Your Quartz Banger

What is chazzing a banger? To chazz means you have discolored your quartz banger by repeatedly heating it up for a dab when it was not completely clean. The heat from your torch can burn any residue so that it oxidizes on your banger. This discolors the banger and affects how long it can hold heat. Following these tips can help you to avoid chazzing your quartz banger.

Quartz Quality Matters

Twenty dollar quartz bangers will not function as well or as longlasting as a better quality banger. Better quality means higher prices, but it is 100% worth the price tag. China-made quartz does not have the durability to last as long as american-made quartz. I

t also does not hold heat nearly as long so you may find yourself dabbing at higher temperatures to vaporize the entire dab. As we will discuss below, high temperature dabs are the leading cause of chazzing a banger. Do yourself a favor and invest in quality quartz. It will last longer, function better, and give you better taste from your dabs.

Low Temperature Dabbing

The temperature you dab at affects how much of your dab is vaporized, how it tastes, and the longevity of your quartz banger. The perfect dab is taken at about 400-600 ℉. In this temperature range, your dabs will have maximum flavor because you have not burned away terpenes. It will also be easier on your throat and lungs.

To reach this perfect temperature, some people time the cool down after heating up their banger. For Mayoral Quartz bangers, this cool down is about 1 minute. You can also use temperature readers like the Dab Rite Digital Thermometer to more accurately measure the temperature of your banger

Dabbing at high temperatures can burn some of the product onto your banger. This will be hard to remove without the use of a torch. Burning away residue can lead to an oxidized banger and that can affect how well it holds heat. You can always reheat your dabs to vaporize any leftovers. This is much preferred to taking hot dabs.

Cleaning After Every Dab

To avoid chazzing, it is important to clean your quartz banger after each and every dab. You might have heard “most dabs”, but we mean EVERY dab. Any residue left on your banger after a dab is then burned away when you go to heat your banger for the next dab. This can cause oxidation and discoloration which can affect how well your banger holds heat. Spend just a few seconds after every dab cleaning your banger and you will be able to successfully evade the ever-dreaded chazz.

Pro Tip: Never use bleach to clean your quartz banger. Also, whenever possible, try to avoid using the heat from your torch to clean the banger. This can expedite the chazz process.

Try Cold Starts

Cold starts, also known as reverse dabs, have become a popular dabbing technique used by many to retain flavor from your dabs and to avoid overheating. First, you place your dab and any accessories inside a room temperature quartz banger. Now place your carb cap onto the banger. Use your torch to heat the banger all around for about 10-20 seconds or until you see the dab begin to melt and lightly smoke.

Remember, you can always heat it up more so take it low and slow. Once you see the dab melt and smoke formed, you can go ahead and take that dab! This technique helps you to avoid taking dabs at high temperatures which helps you to avoid chazzing your banger.

How to Clean a Quartz Banger Regularly

Necessary Tools

  • Cotton swab
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Paper Towel (optional)

Cool Down

After your dab, let the banger cool down for about 30-60 seconds. Using your cotton swab when the banger is too hot can leave burn marks.

Cotton Swab

Use a dry cotton swab to soak up any excess dab material still inside the quartz banger. Clean up and down the walls, along the edges of the bottom, and the stem.

Cotton Swab for Dabbing

Isopropyl Alcohol

Take another cotton swab and dip it into isopropyl alcohol. Now repeat the cleaning process and soak up any remaining dab material.

Air Dry

Once fully clean, let your quartz banger air dry. It should be fully dry before you heat it up for your next dab.

How To Clean a Terp Slurper

Necessary Tools

  • Cotton swab
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Paper Towel (optional)

Cool Down

It is important to let your mixer or slurper cool down for around 30-60 seconds before you begin cleaning it. Otherwise you run the risk of chazzing your mixer with burnt cotton swab.

Cotton Swab

When your mixer has cooled down, take a cotton swab and clean up any dab material that is left. Be diligent to reach all surfaces of the mixer including the walls, the base, and the stem.

Cotton Swab Terp Slurper

Isopropyl Alcohol

After you have cleaned the mixer with a cotton swab, we suggest soaking it in a container of isopropyl alcohol. This will clean out all the hard-to-reach slits and edges.

Terp Slurper in Rubbing Alcohol
Terp Slurper in Rubbing Alcohol

Air Dry

Once you have soaked your mixer for a few minutes, it should be nice and clean. Now you can take it out of the isopropyl alcohol and let it air dry. Be sure it is fully dry before heating it up for another dab.

How to Clean a Quartz Banger that is Black or Crusty

Necessary Tools

  • Cotton swab
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Glass Container
  • Heat Source (like a microwave) (NO OPEN FLAME)
  • Paper Towel (optional)

Warm Isopropyl Alcohol

First, fill your glass container halfway with some isopropyl alcohol. Place the microwave safe glass container into the microwave and heat it for 15-30 seconds. Warm isopropyl will clean your quartz more deeply. If you do not have a microwave, you can heat the isopropyl alcohol on an electric stove top. NEVER HEAT IT UP WITH AN OPEN FLAME. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL IS EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE.

Soak

Soak your dirty quartz in the warm isopropyl alcohol for about 10-20 minutes.

Scrape

Use a cotton swab to scrape away any residue left on the quartz banger after being soaked.

Rinse

After a thorough cleaning, rinse the banger off under warm water.

Do it All Again

Repeat the soak and the cotton swab cleaning and the rinse.

Air Dry

Let the banger air dry on a paper towel.

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