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How to Choose a Nectar Collector for Dabbing Wax

How to Choose a Nectar Collector for Dabbing Wax

It’s important to choose the perfect nectar collector that fits your needs. Nothing compares to the smooth dab that this style of device provides.

Not familiar with the term “nectar collector”? No worries! It’s a somewhat new product among the concentrate community.

You’re in the right spot, nectar collector class is officially in session… so you can have your own session later. 😉

What’s a Nectar Collector?

A nectar collector is a vertical dab instrument that is also referred to as a honey straw or dab straw.

Cymba using the Terp Pen as a nectar collector, dabbing directly into her concentrate container.
Source: https://www.instagram.com/logick.cymba/

To dab with a nectar collector, the tip is heated by a torch or via a battery powered coil for the electronic models.

Once hot, it is dipped into a concentrate (versus a wax pen which is preloaded then heated) which causes instant vapor that is inhaled through the mouthpiece on the other end.

This design makes controlling your hit a lot easier. When using a dab pen where you can’t see the wax, you can inhale past your comfort level without even realizing it. And if you’re not used to concentrates, that could put you down for the rest of the day.

No matter how you choose to consume your favorite concentrate for dabs, we always recommend starting with smaller amounts of wax and increasing over time. You’ll find your “sweet spot” in no time!

Types of Nectar Collectors

There are a few types of nectar collectors available, so you’ve got options as a consumer. We’ve put together this guide to help you navigate the dab straw journey.

A Terp Pen coil being dabbed into a wax filled cap.

If you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned pro looking to increase your knowledge, here is some information on the variety of nectar collectors you’ll see when shopping around.

We’ll take a look at the three common styles vertical dab straws:

  • Silicone – the airpath is made from silicone with a titanium or glass dab tip
  • Glass – the body is constructed from glass, often with a water chamber and a variety of tips; ceramic, glass, and titanium
  • Electric – battery powered with a separated steel vapor path and features quartz, ceramic, or titanium coils

There may be units that combine styles, like silicone & glass, but we’re focusing on the main three in this breakdown.

Silicone Dab Straws

Nectar collectors made from silicone are generally the most affordable option. These are nice for those on a budget or beginners who don’t want to invest too much before knowing if a dab straw is for them.

A variety of silicone nectar collectors, three with titanium tips and two with glass.

Silicone straws are easy to maintain because they are difficult to damage. The body of them that is, if you’re using a glass tip, that will be the most fragile part. Another option is a titanium tip, which is virtually indestructible.

Their durable nature makes them a nice choice for portable dabs. However, you’ll still need a torch to heat the tip, which can be a bit cumbersome when on the go.

Glass Honey Straws

For those looking to replicate the same dabs they get from a rig, a glass option might be the way to go. This style will give you an all glass airpath, just like that of a dab rig.

If you choose a glass nectar collector set, they often include a water chamber and multiple nails.

The fragileness of glass, however, can make them a little dicey to use when out and about. Most units on the market come with a carrying case of some kind, but you’ll have a hot tip to deal with after dabbing.

An exposed hot tip does detract from the portability quite a bit. Plus, it can be outright dangerous if you accidentally touch it. Ouch!

Electric Nectar Collectors

If portability is your most important feature, then an electric nectar collector is what you’re looking for. One of the newest styles in the world of dabbing, e-nectar collectors are battery powered vertical dabbing devices.

An electronic nectar collector with the coil exposed.

By incorporating a battery into the design, you don’t need to worry about having a torch or even butane on hand. Just make sure you keep it charged, a full battery should last you a day, depending on usage.

High end electric nectar collectors utilize breath activated heating, so no button is needed to take a hit. Just inhale and enjoy.

Benefits of Choosing an Electric Dab Straw

So, why would someone choose an electric nectar collector over a glass or silicone? As noted, electric dab straws are a great companion for the active lifestyle.

The cap of a nectar collector being removed for a quick dab.

Here are some key aspects we like about the electronic honey straw models:

  • Convenience – No torch is required to dab, and the hits are practically instant
  • Accuracy – Consistent temperature every time, as coils heat to precisely calibrated settings
  • Safety – Along with no open flame from a torch, you can cap the coil after use to prevent any accidents
  • Maintenance – Most breakdown into their individual components for cleaning and replacement coils offer fresh flavor after extensive use

Making Your Choice of Nectar Collector

Now that you’re familiar with the variety of products on the on the market, it’ll be easier to choose a nectar collector.

Once you determine the specific features you want, it’s all about finding the exact product to find your needs.

If you still have questions, get in touch with the Boundless team and we’ll help make the buying process a breeze!

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