September 5, 2015

The Wonderful World Of Marijuana Nectar Collectors

September 5, 2015
Image of cannabis wax that has been consumed with a good marijuana nectar collector.

What’s a Nectar Collector?

A Nectar Collector, also known as a dab straw or a honey straw, is a tool used to vaporize cannabis concentrates. It’s vertical flute-like design allows for portability and versatility, and can serve as a great alternative to a full blown dab rig. Resembling a glass straw, the tip, customarily made of quartz or titanium, is heated with a butane torch (a culinary torch will do the trick), and can be dipped straight into a nearby container of concentrate while you inhale through the mouthpiece. 

Nectar collectors are used to vaporize and inhale marijuana wax.

How to Use a Nectar Collector

As marijuana concentrates—wax, shatter, oil, rosin, whatever your flavor—gain in popularity, the nectar collector has become the go-to tool for dabs because of its convenience and portability. All you need to use a Nectar Collector is:

  • A nectar collector
  • Your marijuana concentrate in a heat resistant container—silicone or glass will do
  • A small butane jet torch—a customary culinary torch will do just fine

And that’s all! It can be intimidating at first, but here’s our guide as to how to use a nectar collector. 

  • Light the torch and hold the end of the nectar collector to the flame for 15 or so seconds. If it starts to glow, that’s certainly long enough.
  • Let it cool down for a about 15-30 seconds
  • Put your mouth to the mouthpiece and lightly touch the hot tip of the collector into your concentrate container
  • The heat from the tip will create vapor, and you can pull the tip away to inhale
  • You can lightly dab around the concentrate container a few times while the tip is still hot enough to get the vapor inhale you desire

A reminder: PROCEED WITH CAUTION! THIS STUFF DOES GETS INCREDIBLY HOT AND CAN BURN YOUR ELEVATED SELF!

What’s The Best Nectar Collector?

Coming in many shapes and sizes, a nectar collector can be as simple as a straw, or as elaborate as a triple-filtered water apparatus. Which one is the best depends on what your particular needs are. Our sponsor, the preeminent online headshop, Smoke Cartel, offers a wide variety of nectar collectors and dab straws. 

How Much Does a Nectar Collector Cost?

To determine the best nectar collector is really a question more suited to your taste and habits. If you’re on the go, no need for anything fancy and you can get a simple, small nectar collector for under $20. Perhaps you’re looking for something a little more whimsical? Why, yes you can get a nectar collector in the shape of a flamingo. .

Picture of flamingo nectar collectors, or dab straws can have a premium presentation and be practical for your cannabis administration needs.

However, if you’re more likely to leave your rig at home and desire a more collectible item, “wet” nectar collectors—the glass straw design attached to a water filtration chamber—provide a smoother hit and a more premium presentation. 

You can compare the price of a nectar collector with those of pipes and bongs.

Smoke Cartel offers the HoneyTip Nectar Collector with Titanium and Quartz Tips for a premium experience. Filling and emptying the water chamber can definitely be a drag on-the-go, so you’d be better off leaving this more elaborate nectar collector at home with your bubblers and bongs. 

The price of a decent nectar collector is comparable to a water pipe or bong, making the dabs more convenient for the cannabis concentrate connoisseur and the casual dabber alike. 

Can I Use A Nectar Collector on Wax?

The nectar collector’s simple design makes it a versatile tool for a wide variety of weed concentrates. A nectar collector can be used with wax, shatter, rosin, THC/CBD oil, or whatever flavor you desire. 

How Do You Get the Wax Out of a Nectar Collector?

A dirty nectar collector can look unsavory if not often cleaned. Residual cannabis concentrate will reside in the nectar collector. A method for clearing out the wax out of a nectar collector is to bring the torch used to light the tip to the areas on the nectar collector where wax has built up inside. The heat will almost instantly liquefy the wax. Make sure to have a silicone or glass dish nearby to catch your weed wax dribbles. 

How to Clean a Nectar Collector

A more thorough method for cleaning your nectar collector utilizes household products for a deep clean. You will need 91% isopropyl alcohol, a sturdy container, hot water, and paper towels.

  • If your nectar collector has a detachable tip, detach it
    • If using a water nectar collector, you can blow through the mouthpiece to in order to empty the water out of the chamber
  • Soak the tip of your nectar collector in a container with 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
  • Let sit for an hour or so
  • Remove from rubbing alcohol and pat dry with paper towels
  • Rinse with hot water, and pat dry again

There’s a whole galaxy of different nectar collectors in the world, and concentrates are only getting more popular. If you’re inclined to try doing dabs this way, you won’t be disappointed.

Are Nectar Collectors Good?

Nectar collectors truly have it all. You’ve got the excellent portability factor, which will save you the effort of trying to lug around a rig to every house party you crash. Another key feature is easy functionality: it is about as simple of a vaporizing experience as you are going to find. The interface is quite easy to navigate and even novice dabbers shouldn’t have too much trouble getting started. Nectar collectors are also relatively low maintenance compared to most other toking apparatuses. They are easy to clean, and the only additional tool you will require is a torch! Not only are they good, nectar collectors are top-notch.

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