Banger beads refer to small spherical glass or quartz beads added by dabbers into their heated banger nail when smoking cannabis concentrates like wax, shatter, live resin or other extracts via a dab rig. As the banger heats up in preparation for a dab hit, the beads inside begin rapidly spinning and moving around the nail surface, helping evenly distribute and conduct heat so the concentrate melts and vaporizes without sticking excessively to any single spot. Banger beads are also commonly called terp balls or terp pearls due to enhancing flavor
, as well as various other names like dab beads, directional carb caps and spinner caps. The dynamic motion created by the beads allows for more consistent heating and vaporization of the concentrate at the ideal temperature, maximizing preservation of terpenes and overall flavor and smoothness. Banger beads help prevent both hot and cold spots from forming within the nail during the heating process prior to taking a hit. They also provide greater temperature regulation when vaporizing bigger dab amounts that require more heat energy. Visually, the spinning glass beads serve as clear indicators that the banger or nail has reached perfect dabbing temperature before you inhale.