Category: Analog Enail
Analog Enail vs. Digital Enail
What’s the difference between this analog enail and a full enail? The main difference between an analog enail and digital enail is that a full enail shows the temperature on an LED screen. Other than that, the way that temperature is adjusted is quite different with the rotary knob position vs. using up and down arrows on the screen of the full enail. Exact and tight temperature ranges may be tricky at first if you don’t have a infrared gun to measure (as pictured).
The digital version uses relays to pulse the power on and off; while the dimmer uses a variable resistor to “cool down” the outlet power to your desired temperature. You know exactly how hot the heat coil is at each second without having to use a heat gun when using an LED readout. For some, the digital LED readout is a must. Others prefer the simpler solution and quick heat up of the analog -nail.
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An analog enail has a simple dimmer switch that “dims” the power source. The dimmer is like a gate that lets more or less heat go through the circuit to your enail heating coil. This analog knob design uses the same simple electronics that you would use to dim the lights in your house. Therefore you know it’s a solid and reliable solution. The only thing that is not so reliable are the actual temperatures, since variable factors such as other electronics running on the same outlet circuit can slightly affect the output. Just like when your lights dim a little when the washing machine comes on, the power may also dip out very momentarily. That being said, you can trust it for years and years to provide way more than enough heat. The switch will likely outlast the heat coil, and probably your rig too! (:
Analog Enail Temperature Adjustment
How do I find the right temperature using an analog enail? That’s a great question! It slightly varies from unit to unit, as well as the actual outlet situation in your house. Since analog is more sensitive you get small fluctuations in the power. For most people, the 1-o-clock position on the knob (about 60%) is more than enough. Once you go past this range the coil will start to glow red; which means you are climbing way past where you want to go. One savvy customer used a Ryobi temperature gun to determine that his optimal low temp dab range, just under 400F, is achieved by the method below. See the diagram here for his range markings on the dimmer knob and an explanation below that.
Yuri’s Dial Routine
So this is the setup that seems to work everywhere as long as nothing else is drawing power. The lowest mark is my standby/ cleaning temp mark, it sits right around 375F. I will crank to either the second or third mark while drawing. However it will heat up and get very hot if you go all the way to the final mark for more than a few seconds so when drawing I usually return to the second mark on my dial.
Anytime the nail goes over 400 you start to taste the scorching and i will usually return to my lowest mark. Im curious to play with the PID version josh got and compare the temps using my thermometer. I love tinkering with stuff like this ive been thinking about a more accurate nail design that includes a thermometer and throttles and settles based in that like the PIDs for a rosin press might do.
Easiest Enail To DIY
This is very easy DIY project if you have the necessary skills to stay safe. You might even install one right in your wall, just like a standard light dimmer to blend right into your living room. If you already have a temperature gun (A.K.A. infrared thermometer”>infrared thermometer) and don’t demand an extremely tight temperature range, you should have no problems keeping tight temps with the this basic dimmer switch enail. In fact, if you are handy with electric work you may save yourself a few bucks and hack one up yourself! If that is the case, I trust you know how to make this happen and will take all safety precautions. DIY instructions available on Reddit
Which Dab Nail Works With This?
Read here to find out which heating coil works best with which dab nail. Also, the dab gear info blog has some more general info.
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