What is a Nectar Collector? Complete Guide

Also known as a dab straw or honey collector, a nectar collector helps you achieve some of the best highs of your life.

This mini dab rig contains a mouthpiece with a quartz or titanium tip. Just heat the tip and place it near cannabis wax to make it combust.

Simply suck the fresh vapors through the honey collector straw. These mini nectar collectors preserve flavor, save vapor waste, and generate a massive high.

What is the Point of a Nectar Collector?

A nectar collector is a straw-like apparatus that allows you to inhale flavorful concentrates. They are used like many dab oil rigs. However, they are much smaller.

These smoking tools are more ideal for small smoke sessions or day trips. Just make sure to bring a dab container to hold your honey. Otherwise, you won’t be able to use your dab straw.

What is a Nectar Collector Made Of?


There are three primary parts to a honey collector:

  • Tip (Quartz, Titanium, or Ceramic) – Heating Element That Combusts Wax
  • Recycler Body – Chamber to Funnel Vapor and Filter with Water
  • Mouthpiece – Where You Inhale Vapor

The body and mouthpiece should be available as either a silicone or glass nectar collector. These options are safe for human consumption. If you are traveling, you might want to consider a silicone nectar collector, as it’s less likely to break in transit.

How Do You Hit a Dab with a Nectar Collector?

Figuring out how to use a nectar collector is pretty simple once you know the basics.

First, place your concentrate in a glass, metal, or silicone container. Next, you must heat the tip of a nectar collector. This process involves a mini-torch.

Once the element is hot, bring it close to the wax. Sometimes, the concentrate will combust before you touch it with the tip.

This reaction is ideal because there will be less to clean up. However, you can touch the concentrate with your tip.

Once the honey combusts, it will travel through the chamber. If you have water in the body, the dab straw will act as a filter, cooling down the vapor. Keep inhaling, circling the dab container until all of your BHO is smoked!

How Do You Use a Nectar Collector Without a Torch?


Not everybody feels comfortable wielding a torch while they’re dabbing. Thankfully, you don’t have to. Just purchase an electric nectar collector.

Electric nectar collectors have built-in voltage settings. You can control the heat placed on the tip. This type of customization allows you to find the right setting to fire up the perfect dab.

Are Silicone Nectar Collectors Good?

Silicone nectar collectors are an excellent addition to anyone’s smoking routine. They are almost indestructible, providing a safe bumper around any glass chambers.

Also, silicone is non-toxic. So, you don’t need to worry about altering the flavor of your wax or compromising your health.

How Long Should You Heat a Nectar Collector?

Heating a honey collector tip should take from 15-30 seconds. A titanium nectar collector tip will heat faster. With that said, titanium tips also cool down quicker. So, prepare to relight more often during a vape session.


On the flip side, quartz nectar collectors heat up a bit slower. However, they stay hot longer. These are ideal if you’re hanging around the house. You can’t just pack up a hot quartz tip and go.

Ceramic takes the longest to heat up. However, it retains the heat even longer than the other two. It also preserves the flavor of your wax best.

You can also control how fast and long the heat retains with some electric nectar collectors. Various electric dab straws have different heat settings. This personalization option allows you to adjust the dabbing tool to meet your needs.

Do Nectar Collectors Waste Wax?

Using A honey collector is one of the most cost-efficient ways to enjoy your high. For one, concentrates are potent. A dab straw gives you instant access to a rush of THC that will leave you feeling nice.

However, dab straws also limit waste. You only combust whatever rock of wax you want to use. Just break off little servings at a time to conserve.

Also, you are hovering over the vapor with a straw. Not much vape, if any, will get past you!

Do Nectar Collectors Smell?


The devices themselves don’t. The act of dabbing does. Even though you are inhaling most of the vapor, some will still leak into the atmosphere. It’s going to smell like cannabis.

Plus, you need to blow the vapor out. That too, will also reek of marijuana.

While the smells won’t linger like lighting up a joint, the scent will still let others know that somebody was toking up. So, if you are dabbing indoors, consider getting a Smokebuddy or opening a window.

Do All Nectar Collectors Use Water?

Many nectar collectors have a chamber that allows you to add water for extra filtration. While many enjoy this feature, it is not necessary. You can use a dab straw “dry.”

The wax vapor will be a bit hotter and you might not appreciate the concentrate’s complete flavor profile. However, dabbing dry prevents worry about backsplash while vaping or spilling your chamber water on-the-go.

How Do You Get the Wax Out of a Nectar collector?

A honey collector is a pretty mess-free experience. However, cleaning a nectar collector is inevitable.

You will need:

  • Sea Salt
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Container
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Q-Tips
  • Paper Towels

First, take your nectar collector apart. Add alcohol and sea salt to a container. Place each part of your nectar collector, minus the tip, into the solution for 30 to 60 minutes. You can also put the silicone in this solution.

Next, rinse off the pieces. Clean excess residue with a pipe cleaner and Q-tips. Allow all parts to dry.

You can clean a quartz tip with most cleaners. However, titanium may corrode. So, you might want to burn the tip clean.

By Cannabunga

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