A version of a portable dab rig, recognizable by its vertical design, a straw used as a mouthpiece, and a titanium or quartz tip that is heated up and used to vaporize cannabis concentrate. Nectar collectors are used by first heating up the tip with a torch and then using the hot tip to make contact with a concentrate.
What is a nectar collector?
The rise in popularity of dabbing and cannabis concentrates has consumers looking for the most convenient portable device. While there are a multitude of designs for wax and oil pens, many cannabis enthusiasts do not see them as a complete replacement for a dab rig. Nectar Collectors are one solution, offering the ability to take a hit similar to a dab rig along with portability and simplicity.
Parts of a nectar collector
- Silicon or glass straw: used as a mouthpiece to inhale vapor
- Titanium or quartz tip: similar to a dab nail, this is heated and then used to vaporize dabs
- Silicon or glass dish: a receptacle for dabs
- Water chamber: similar to a bong, nectar collector bubblers offer water percolation for a smoother dab
Originators of the nectar collector
The original design for the nectar collector came from Jeff Zobell, who, in 2014, forwarded the idea to Kristian Merwin, an experienced glass artist and engineer. After playing around with the design for a few months, Kristian finally had a workable device. The cannabis community was introduced to the nectar collector and it has remained a popular way to dab ever since.
How does a nectar collector work?
The basics of using a nectar collector dab rig are similar to taking a dab, except you are actively placing the heated tip of your piece on the concentrate instead of using a dabber and placing concentrate on the nail.
Starting off, you will need a silicon or glass dish to hold your dabs. This dish should be right next to you when you're taking your nectar collector dab.
- Use a torch to heat up the nectar collector titanium tip.
- Let the tip cool; 15-30 seconds is a good starting point for nectar collectors, but you will need to do a little testing to get the perfect temperature.
- Place your mouth over the straw and inhale while you dip or lightly touch the heated tip to your waiting concentrates.
- Inhale while you vaporize your dabs and pull the device away from your dish of concentrate.
Why use a nectar collector
A chief reason for nectar collectors' popularity is convenience. You don't need as many loose parts to take a dab and it often requires less time than your full-on dab rig, nail, and carb cap setup. The basic design of a Nectar Collector should reduce waste, too, as it allows you to control exactly how much you are vaporizing. Simply pull the tip away from your concentrates when you have had enough. The price of a simple nectar collector compares to a glass bong, making it accessible to concentrate enthusiasts and casual cannabis users alike.
How do I clean my nectar collector?
To clean your nectar collector, you'll need some basic supplies: plastic zip-top bag, hot water, a cup, and a cleaning agent that contains 91% or higher alcohol. Once you have gathered these supplies, remove the tip of your nectar collector and blow through the mouthpiece. This will push the water out and allow you to fill the chamber with your cleaning agent. Stand the piece up inside your cup and let it soak for at least an hour. Next, place the tip in the plastic bag, fill with cleaning solution, and soak for the same amount of time. Finally, rinse each piece with hot water, being sure to cleanse the nectar collector of any residual cleaning solution.
Can you smoke wax with a nectar collector?
Smoking wax with a nectar collector is easy as nectar collectors are very versatile. You can also smoke shatter, rosin, CBD oil, THC oil, budder, or whatever you may be in the mood for.