Herbal and liquid vaping have traditionally required very different equipment. If you are into herbal vaping as well as vaping e-liquids, you had to have two separate vaporizers, one for your e-juice and one for your dry herbs.
Up until recently the 510 thread mod batteries (that have been super popular for vaping e-juices) had very little success vaporizing dry herbs.
This is all changing now with the RBT Splinter, which is a dry herb attachment for 510 thread mod batteries that enables anyone with an existing mod to convection vaporize dry herbs on demand.
We have been testing the Splinter for a little while and below is what we have found so far.
What is RBT?
Before I go into details about the device itself, I’ll tell you a little bit about the company that is making them.
RBT stands for Rusta Buddha Tao and they are hand made in the Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York State in the United States.
There are other US-based companies that handmake vaporizers, such as DynaVap, Lotus Vaporizer, and Sticky Brick Labs, however, RBT devices also incorporate a fair a bit of electronic technology while the others all use gas as a heating source.
There have been quite a few attempts to make a herb attachment for 510 thread batteries, however, it is easier said than done.
The Splinter seems to be functioning perfectly well and quite efficiently. Inventor, Ryan Dunham has the philosophy of making products that last for a long time. Ryan prefers to fix a device than replace, envisioning a more sustainable future.
What’s in the Box?
When you get your Splinter, it is nicely packed in a little box as you can see below:
In the box, you find:
– the RBT Splinter wooden device,
– 2 x Glass mouthpieces,
– 3 x Dome screens
– 1 x Cleaning brush
– 1 x Cleaning and packing tool
All is well packed and the included simple instructions are clear and concise and cover everything you need to get started.
How to Use the RBT Splinter Dry Herb Vaporizer?
Using the Splinter is as easy as screwing the unit onto your 510 thread battery, packing your herbs and push the button to vape.
The manufacturer recommends mods with 50+ watt power, however, it is working perfectly on the 40-watt max capacity box that we have been using it on.
40 watts gives us massive clouds and we tend to use it even lower at 30 or 35 watts rather than using the max 40 watts.
Once you attached the Splinter to your mod box, next you need to grind up some herbs and load them into the dome screen of your mouthpiece.
Insert the mouthpiece with the packed dome screen into your Splinter and you can either preheat for 3 or 4 seconds or just press the button on your mod and start drawing.
We have been getting large clouds from the first draw and find the Splinter to work extremely well.
The herbs are never heated, only the bottom mash, that heats up the air as you draw through it. This results in on-demand convection vaporizing, which is pretty cool.
Feel free to experience with wattage and whatever other settings you have on your mod to control temperature. We have been using a very simple mod, however, there are pretty sophisticated boxes out there these days.
We have not managed to combust the herbs so far and it seems impossible at 40 watts, perhaps at significantly higher wattage, however with a 40-watt mod, it surely looks combustion safe.
Cleaning and Maintenance of the RBT Splinter:
Cleaning the RBT Splinter is super easy, resin would only build up on the dome screens and mouthpieces.
You can use the supplied cleaning brush to brush off herb particles of your screen after every session if possible to keep it clean for as long as you can.
When resin builds up on the screen you can soak it for an hour or so in isopropyl alcohol. Then rinse it off properly with hot water and it should clean up pretty well. You can do this a few times and then you’ll need to replace the screen.
The glass mouthpieces can be soaked in isopropyl alcohol even overnight and should be pretty easy to rinse them clean after that.
The RBT Splinter is the first 510 thread dry herb attachment that we tested and found to be working as a dry herb vaporizer should.
Up until now, there wasn’t really a viable option to have a single mod box and run e-juice and dry herb vaping off the same battery. With the Splinter, we believe that now it is a possibility and makes a lot of sense to do so.
It is a very attractive option for anyone that has a mod already to get a Splinter and simply attach it to their existing battery.
If you have used the Splinter before and have any comments to add or if you have any questions, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below.