How To Use A Nectar Collector
We've covered some of the basis of what's a nectar collector on our last 2 blogs, we talked about advantages of using a nectar collector and the difference between a dab rig and a nectar collector, on today's Dabbing 101 Series we'll dive a bit deeper, explaining how to use a nectar collector, as usual, we'll break down the essentials and try to include as many details as we can.
How To Use A Nectar Collector In 5 Steps:
1. Place Your Concentrates In The Quartz Dish.
You can choose any cannabis concentrate to dab with a nectar collector or dab straw! Wax, shatter, budder, rosin or oil, you name it. But never put too much on the quartz dish, you would want to put enough for one dab at a time, trying to get the cannabis concentrates out of the quartz dish and back to your concentrate jar can be a pain in the ass.
For me personally, I prefer dabbing oil other than wax or rosin. A few drops of oil on the quartz dish creates a very thin layer of concentrates for me to move the quartz tip or titanium tip around the dish, sucking up everything that's in it and won't waste a drop of my delicious concentrate.
Some dabbers prefer to dab straight from the jar that comes with the cannabis concentrates when they purchased it. Most of the time it's ok but be aware of the material that the jar is made from, you don't want to dab straight from a plastic jar, the high temperature of the nectar collector tip could easily melt the plastic and generating some nasty fume that's very harmful to your throat and lungs. If the jars are made from food-grade silicone, it'll be ok to dab with them since they are very tolerant of heat.
2. Fill The Body With Water For Filtration.
Just like any dab rig or water pipe(bongs), the nectar collectors will need water to for filtration and cooling down the temperature of the vapor.
Bury in mind that not all the nectar collector sets are designed to have filtration features, like the 14mm silicone nectar collector, for example, the body of the set features a straw-like tube that will not provide any filtration, it's the best when you're doing low-temperature dabs.
For the 10mm mini nectar collector kit, it features a mini recycler filtration system which you can add a fair amount of water in it for doing high-temperature dabs, we recommend filling the tube up to 1/4 of the total length of the body. Since the design is unspillable you don't need to worry about water getting into your mouth when you are using the set.
3. Connect The Quartz Tip/Titanium Tip And The Mouthpiece To The Body.
Choose your favorite type of tip for use! The 10mm mini nectar collector kit comes with two heating tips, the quartz one and the titanium one, as the name implies, the joint size of these tips are both 10mm male tips.
Comparing to the titanium tip, the quartz does provide a "purer" taste when it comes to dabbing, but the downside is the quartz tip takes longer to heat than the titanium tip, but not by much. So using a titanium tip or quartz tip to dab is entirely up to your personal choice.
Just like the water filtration we talked about above, not all the nectar collectors come with a detachable mouthpiece, like the 14mm silicone nectar collector, the mouthpiece is built into the overall design.
After putting the tip and mouthpiece together with the body, you'll need to secure them with a set of clips. This step is crucial when it comes to safety, remember, the temperature of your quartz/titanium tip can reach as high as 700°F when heating with a butane torch, if the tip is not secured and it drops on your lap or your hand, you're going to have a very bad day.
These clips are specially designed to withstand a large amount of heat so don't worry about clips melting in front of you.
4. Use A Butane Torch Or Enail Coil To Heat The Tip.
On this step, you'll need to get the tip of your nectar collector heated up to your desired temperature for dabs.
The most common way of heating the tip is using a butane torch, just like when you're using the butane torch to heat the quartz banger on a dab rig, try to move the flame of the torch all around the quartz/titanium tip.
Pointing the flame directly on one single spot will heat the tip to a hazardous level, you could burn your cannabis concentrate very quickly, not to mention the high temperature could also create little cracks in your glass nectar collector, making it fragile and dangerous to use(might explode).
How do I know when the nectar collector is hot enough for dabs?
Just like when you're using a dab rig for dabs, curled your palm a little bit, putting it a fist away from the tip/nail, if you can feel the heat radiating from the nail/tip, your nectar collector is ready for dabs!
Don't heat your quartz/titanium nail red hot! You don't need that much heat to vaporize the cannabis concentrates, a red-hot tip could burn your wax, rosin, shatter, oil at a blink of an eye, making them horrible to taste.
5. Put The Tip Against The Concentrates Then Inhale.
Once you finished heating the nail/tip, place it gently on the quartz dish or other heat tolerant container containing your cannabis concentrates, use your mouth to inhale through the mouthpiece.
The heat of the tip will vaporize the concentrates immediately, as the vapor travels through the nectar collector, the water in it will cool down the temperature of the vapor providing the best dabbing experience!
Here's a video of an first time user of a nectar collector kit:
If you can't feel or see the vapor generating, it means the tip is not hot enough, you'll need to put the nectar collector aside and let it cool off for a while, then you need to use a tissue to clean the tip and try heating it again.
Remember, never heat the tip when it's cover with concentrates, the concentrates will burn and char on your tip which will make the tip almost impossible to clean.
There are a lot of different types of nectar collectors on the market for sale right now and their cosmetic appearances might differ but the overall instruction of how to use one is mostly the same. It's not rocket science, once you get the hang of it you can practically use any nectar collector at ease.
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