The Art of Using a Nectar Collector - Smoke Cartel

The Art of Using a Nectar Collector

By Smoke Cartel Crew on Jan 10, 2016

Get that honey!

A "nectar collector" is a new trendy way to smoke concentrates instead of a dab rig or oil rig. These tools are unique among smoking gear in that they vaporize but they are not vaporizers. They are portable, but they're not hand pipes. They can use water, but are not water pipes or bubblers.  

Nectar collectors are entirely different; their own animal, you might say! They're gaining popularity exponentially based on its effectiveness, ease of use, and for the fun times that you can have sharing with your friends.

Nectar collectors are much more portable than an oil rig in that they are smaller and designed to be held and moved around. The main function of nectar collectors is that they can be dragged over concentrates to be inhaled.

With a glass dish, your Nectar Collector can be fully portable! Nectar Collectors also make pacing yourself much easier since you’ll be able to sense early when you’ve had too much or when you need more.

How To Use A Nectar Collector - A Visual Infographic

Nectar Collectors are a new style of vaporizing concentrates, but their design can be confusing or intimidating to newcomers. We're here to explain how they work, what their advantages are, and how to utilize them. 

How to Use a Nectar Collector - Infographic


Anatomy of A Nectar Collector

Nectar Collectors, like most pipes, are comprised of a neck, body, and tip. They can be made from glass or quartz. The neck is where the glass whip is, and is the end you will be using to inhale from. Necks are usually detachable and can be connected via a joint.  

Often a keck clip is used around the joint to keep the neck from falling off. The body is where the smoke travels through, and on a wet Nectar Collector it is the chamber where you can fill the water.  

Not all Nectar Collectors use water. Dry Nectar Collectors, also called wands, just have straight bodies without water chambers at all.  When using a wet Nectar Collector that does have a body chamber, make sure you fill the water after you have detached the neck so that water doesn’t get trapped in the joint. Generally the water chamber should be kept less than halfway filled.

On a good Nectar Collector, you may find a diffused downstem inside of the main body water chamber. This adds extra percolation and smoke diffusion as well.  

The tip of the Nectar Collector is what the Nectar Collector uses as a kind of nail.  The tip connects to the base and can be made of titanium or glass. Generally, titanium is sturdier than glass, and glass can usually only be heated a few times before breaking unless you’re very careful.


The Nectar Collector In Action!

The first step in using a Nectar Collector is to heat the tip using your butane torch until it is about red hot. If you are going for a low temp dab, you may want to wait 7-10 seconds to let the tip cool down.  

Next, lay down your concentrate on a heat resistant surface. If you have a glass container, that works well too!  Finally, press the tip of the Nectar Collector gently against your oil or wax and inhale! It’s as easy as that.

Since Nectar Collectors are an easy, portable, and fun way to inhale concentrates, it can be a good idea to invest in a high quality one. Your favorite online headshop has a wide variety of nectar collectors available in every shape and size, so get pollinating! 


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Smoke Cartel Crew

Written by the staff here at Smoke Cartel. Our passionate team of headshop professionals are dedicated to educating people on products in the online headshop industry, from glass, to vaporizes, and all the consumption devices and accessories in between.

We believe that knowing how your products are made, what they were originally designed for, and how to properly use them - is essential to keeping our customers happy. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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