Small balls made of borosilicate, quartz, or other materials that are placed in a banger to aid in dabbing. Also called “terp pearls” or “dab beads,” when dabbing, banger beads spin around the bottom of the banger to distribute concentrate and heat evenly, providing consistent dabs and helping to maximize flavor.
“I always use banger beads for low-temp dabbing.”
“I love watching banger beads when I’m dabbing!”
How to use banger beads
Some banger beads are made with materials that can withstand high heat, some not. Be sure to know how much heat a bead can take before you buy it.
For those that can withstand high heat, drop one or several banger beads in a cold banger and heat the banger to the desired temperature. When the banger is ready, place concentrate in the banger and cover with a carb cap. As you draw in vapor, the banger beads will spin around the bottom of the banger. Without the carb cap, the beads won’t spin around.
If your banger beads are made of a material that can’t withstand high heat, you’ll have to heat the banger by itself first, then drop in the beads, and then the concentrate.
Benefits of banger beads
Proper temperature and heat distribution are crucial to the dabbing experience. There might be a learning curve to using banger beads, but once you get the process down, they are a great tool to get the most out of your dabs.
Without banger beads, concentrate can pool up in a corner of a banger. The beads will evenly distribute concentrate over the entire surface of the banger, and will also distribute heat more evenly, so the concentrate will vaporize more consistently. This also makes for bigger clouds of smoke and more flavor, as more terpenes are vaporized at once—hence their other name, “terp beads.” Also, for anyone who has used them, they are fun to use and watch.