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.
Be sure not to touch the tip of your nectar collector or you’ll burn yourself.
A nectar collector is a good option for on-the-go dabs.
More About Nectar Collectors
The rise in popularity of dabbing and cannabis concentrates is helping push the envelope for 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, giving users the ability to take a hit similar to a dab rig while still being easy to travel with and simple to use.
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 up and then used to vaporize dabs.
- Silicon or glass dish: a receptacle for your dabs.
- Water chamber: similar to a bong, “wet” nectar collectors offer water percolation for a smoother dab.
Originators of the Nectar Collector
The original design for the nectar collector came from Jeff Zobell in 2014, who 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 to Use a Nectar Collector
The basics of using a nectar collector 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 your concentrate on your 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 your torch to heat up the titanium/quartz 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 stands to 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.