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The Avid Dabber: A Peak Dabbing Experience With Puffco’s Latest Innovation

Published on March 9, 2018 · Last updated July 28, 2020

This week, I’ve got something really exciting to share with you all! You may have already seen a fair amount of noise on Instagram about Puffco’s latest innovation. If not, then let me be the first to introduce you to the Puffco Peak.

Dabbing technology is something I’m genuinely excited about, so I pre-ordered the Peak at full retail price ($379.99) the second it became available to the public a few weeks ago. (I want to make it clear that I haven’t been paid by the manufacturer for my take on this product.) I’ve been waiting anxiously for someone to develop a portable e-rig that truly offers the control and practicality that electronic nails provide, while at the same time delivering an authentic dabbing experience.

I had high hopes for the Peak, because Puffco has been a leader in portable concentrate consumption since they came onto the scene in 2013.

So when the package finally arrived two weeks ago, I opened it up immediately to gave the rig a full test run. What I found was a novel and innovative piece of technology that disrupts the current market for portable concentrate vaporizers. It offers a streamlined and approachable platform for seasoned dabbers and novices alike, and makes dabbing so simple that my glass rigs are quickly starting to collect dust.

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What Is the Puffco Peak?

The Puffco Peak is an electronic smart rig that offers convenience and efficiency in a highly portable package. Its base is essentially a compact, rechargeable electronic nail with four heat settings, featuring a removable ceramic bowl for its dabbing surface.

A single button on the front controls the device, and temperature feedback is delivered by a changing spectrum of light from the LED ring that wraps around the lower pedestal. On top sits a hand-blown glass chamber that provides water filtration and vapor diffusion through a dome-style percolator.

The Peak sits at just 7 inches tall and is reminiscent of a small, banger-hanger style rig that many dabbers are used to.

How Does the Peak Compare to Other Dab Setups?

The Peak provides a true dabbing experience without needing a torch, and it’s battery-powered so I can take it anywhere. It has four heat settings that Puffco recommends for different dab doses:

  • 450°F for small dabs
  • 500°F for medium-sized dabs
  • 550°F for larger globs
  • 600°F for oversized loads

This gives you lots of options for a quality low-temp dab every time. I’ve been enjoying mine at the 500°F setting, which is denoted by a green, blinking light when it’s heating up.

The Peak gives off a subtle vibration when it’s hot and ready to dab, which I found to be a nice feature. It will vibrate again when the heat cycle is complete, letting me know that the bowl will slowly cool. When I’m sharing the Peak with others, I can tap the button twice to activate “Sesh Mode.” That way the nail stays hot when I pass it to a friend.

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With the Peak, I don’t have to wait for the nail to heat up before I serve my dab. Instead, there’s an option to load a dab and cap it before heating the nail. Within 20 seconds, the nail is hot and already producing vapor, making the process so simple. For traditionalists, the Peak also lets you serve a dab the more conventional way, by applying it once the nail is hot and ready.

The Peak Platform is Ascending

As with any quality product, the Peak isn’t perfect, and there are a few specific areas in which it left a little something to be desired. The bowl is only available in ceramic, and there’s only a single style of percolating attachment. Puffco extols the value of a ceramic dabbing surface, and while my bias remains with quartz, I’m starting to understand why they use ceramic. It consistently provides a quality of vapor and flavor that I can’t ignore. After some quick digging for Peak accessories, I learned that Puffco intends for the Peak to be a platform–meaning that other producers and glass artists can innovate their own attachments.

It seems to be working for them—I’ve already seen a few custom attachments and accessories trickling through my Instagram feed, including custom-made quartz bowls and recycler attachments.

All in all, I was impressed. The Peak pushes the envelope of what a portable, electronic rig can be. It might not be for everyone, but it’s for me. In the two weeks I’ve had it, I’ve only hit my other glass rigs a couple of times. The convenience and ease make it so simple for me to drop in a dab, heat it up, enjoy some flavorful terps, and get right back to whatever was doing. It’s also fun in social settings because it makes dabbing accessible and approachable to anyone who might be concerned about using a butane torch. If you’re looking to streamline your dabbing experience with the latest technology I recommend you check out the Peak.

Avid Dab of the Week

It only makes sense that this week’s Avid Dab is taken from the Puffco Peak. So, I loaded it up with some Zeinberry Banana Live Resin from Critical Concentrates. Zeinberry Banana is a mix of Blueberry, Goldenberry, and Strawnana genetics. As the name suggests, it has a pungent fruity profile that fills a room instantly. The Peak gave a nice flavorful cloud of vapor as this little diamond vaporized with the saucy terpenes it sat in. Delicious!

What’s your take on the Puffco Peak? Share your experiences in the comments section below, or post them to Instagram and tag me using #aviddabber. If you want to see more of the Peak in action, follow me on Instagram (@the.avid.dabber). I’ll be posting more photos and videos in the coming weeks. Check back next week for another installment of The Avid Dabber and in the meantime, ONLY DAB THE BEST!

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Will Hyde
Will Hyde
Will is a brand builder, product expert, and storyteller with 2 decades of experience in the cannabis industry. The former co-host of Leafly's "What Are You Smoking" podcast has dedicated his life to sharing his passion for cannabis with anyone who will listen. Follow him on Instagram at @the.avid.dabber
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