Nectar collectors, glass dab straws or honey collectors are becoming more and more of a fashionable choice for consuming dabs and provides maximum portability and convenience.
Comparing to your everyday dab rigs, which you have to pair it with a quartz banger or titanium dab nail, nectar collectors are relatively more straightforward to use, most of the time cheaper than a set of dab rig.
On today's Puffing Bird Dabbing 101 Series, we'll be talking about what's a nectar collector and why you should own one.
What Makes An Nectar Collector?
A typical set of nectar collector kit used for dabbing contains these parts:
A Quartz Tip or Titanium Tip. The tip of a nectar collector set serves the purposes like the quartz banger or the titanium nail you'll need on a dab rig. You'll need a butane torch to heat the tip to around 500°F to vaporize the cannabis concentrate of your choice.
Some dabber claimed that the nectar collector is only good for dabbing cannabis oils, well, that's just not true, you can use your nectar collector set to dab wax, rosin, shatter even hash, basically any concentrate you want.
The quartz tip or titanium nail for nectar collectors typically comes in two sizes, 10mm and 14mm, and the joint sex is always male, they are very easy to find and purchase on any online or local headshops.
A Recycler Body That Contains Water For Filtration. No matter the size, a complete nectar collector set needs to have a filtration system that runs on water, it acts like your dab rig which also requires a certain amount of water for chilling the vapor and for filtration as well.
Most of the recycler body is cleverly designed so once you add water in it you don't need to worry spilling, they are all designed with the unspillable purpose in mind.
The body also acts as a handle for you to hold when you dab, it'll have some raised clear marbles on the side so you can have a firmer grip and also pretty to look at.
A Mouthpiece Tube. Most of the dab straws need to extend their length for use, you don't want to get too close to the red-hot quartz/titanium tip and you want to add some more length for the vapor to chill a bit more for a smoother rip, so a removable mouthpiece is always the standard accessory.
The mouthpiece looks a straight tube with a flared top. Some brands even come up with the idea of redesigning the mouthpiece and turn it into a connection piece which you can connect it to your bong or dab rig! Super dope design indeed.
For silicone nectar collectors the mouthpiece isn't a necessity, silicone nectar collectors are always designed to be more compact and easy to travel with so an extended mouthpiece won't do them any good.
A Quartz Dish For Your Cannabis Concentrates. You'll need a container to put your concentrates in and move the tip of the nectar collector all around the container to vaporize the material in there.
The glass is obviously not the go-to material for the job since glass is very easy to break when exposing to a massive amount of heat in a short period of time, so almost all the manufacturers go with quartz to make a dish for containers.
Just like a quartz banger, the dish can withstand extremely high temperature and quite easy to clean. Some prefer to dab from a silicone jar, that's just personal choices, silicone jars work the same.
The Clips For Securing Connection - You'll find 2 clips that come in color yellow, blue or red to secure the connection between the body, the quartz/titanium tip, and the mouthpiece so none of the parts will suddenly fall off while using.
Remember, a red-hot quartz/titanium tip can be very dangerous so don't skip the most important part: Using the clips.
Why Use A Nectar Collector For Dabs?
The Price - nectar collectors are, most of the time, a lot cheap comparing to a set of dab rig and quartz banger. The 10mm mini nectar collector set listed on PuffingBird.com only costs $14.99, and the silicone nectar collector costs only $13.99, so they are easily affordable and can get you through the door if you are interested in dabbing as a new dabber.
Maximum Portability and Convenience - Dab rigs, to be honest, are a pain in the ass to travel with, the sheer size of the dab rigs means they can't be packed into your small suitcase or backpack, and they are very fragile since the shape of them won't even out the stress that is being put on them. Not to mention the weight will surely give you a hard time if you're traveling on foot.
Glass Nectar collectors, however, solve those problems easily, you can detach the quartz tip, the body, and the mouthpiece into 3 parts and place them in separate compartments in your backpack, and you won't feel a thing carrying them.
The Ultimate Alternative For Dabbing - If you try to find some new ways to consume your dabs, you'll find that there aren't many options out there, you can always try to use a dab pipe, but the heat of the vapor and the unfiltered vapor will burn both your throat and your lungs, besides the ways of how a dab pipe is being used can be dangerous and the taste of your concentrates can be ruined.
So a nectar collector set makes the most logical choice for you to dab without a dab rig and still got the best flavor.