The Importance of Grinding
Grinding your bud is a delicate, very important, process. If you grind your bud too fine, and you can end up with clogged airflow holes or torched bowls. Grind too coarsely, and your airflow will be too great, resulting in a loss of valuable oils, potency, and aromas. Unfortunately, manual grinders rely on the user to get a good grind, and if you are inexperienced, not paying attention, or it just isn’t your thing, it is very easy to ruin perfectly good bud with a lackluster grind. In order to get the perfect grind, every time, most bud enthusiasts have turned their backs on manual grinders and opted instead for a more advanced electric bud grinder to get the most out of their herb experience.
When grinding, it is imperative to start with a clean grinder – this post gives great tips and advice on cleaning, hygiene, and user responsibilities when it comes to taking care of a grinder. A dirty grinder can increase your risk of jamming, clumping, and losing your oils to the build-up caked inside. When cleaning your grinder, be sure to use extra caution around any electrical components by removing batteries or power sources and avoiding any submersion in water.
Electric Grinders and Manual Grinders
Battery or Electric grinders vary from handheld electric grinder units that fit easily into a large pocket or small purse, larger units that attach to the end of a drill, or industrial grinders for manufacturers/producers who grind enormous quantities for packaging and distribution. Most electric grinders are preferred by users for their ease of use, consistent grind (with the right brands), and speed. Some even have cone-shaped dispensing tips that allow you to dispense your herb directly where you want it, with no spillage or contamination. In our testing of electric grinders, we preferred electric grinders that allowed users to toggle between turn directions to break up the herb in a more efficient way. We also liked electric herb grinders with a capacity of an ounce or larger – most of the manual grinders we found were unable to grind smoothly with that much herb.
When testing electric grinders, we preferred models with aircraft grade aluminum parts. These parts did not break as easily as their alloy/plastic counterparts and stayed sharper longer through rigorous grinding and testing. A good, sharp blade is important to make sure you’re not just destroying your herb. Smooth, clean cuts from sharp aircraft grade aluminum really brought out the full potency and flavour of our herb.
Make sure your electric grinder is able to provide the same quality of grind each time you use it. Electric grinders that deliver a perfect grind, every time, are grinders that your herb wants in its life. Do not waste your money and time on a grinder that works well with fresh batteries, but after a use or two begins to lose its power and ability.
The Clear Winner
We tested nearly every available electric units on the market, our top contender is the Mamba electric herb grinder. It has a large storage capacity, runs on AA batteries, was designed with ergonomics in mind, and looks phenomenal on display. The designers went to great lengths to source high-quality parts, and took special care to ensure a smooth, easy, one-handed operation. We found it gave us an ideal, fluffy grind each time we used it, and we tested it extensively. The Mamba grinder is inexpensive, especially considering the high-quality parts, and can also be found at select retailers. If it is been a while since you’ve evaluated your grinding needs, now is the time!