Types of nectar collectors and how to choose the right one

Types of Nectar Collectors

The nectar collector has been taking dab lovers by storm with its innovative process for smoking concentrates. Taking hits on the go has never been easier than with the nectar collector. If you haven't already heard of them, you've come to the right place, and even if you have, stick around get an in-depth look at everything nectar collectors. 

What is a Nectar Collector? 

A nectar collector is a trendy alternative way to smoke concentrates that is more portable than a dab rig. Nectar collectors go by many names and are often called dab straws or honey straws (this is because it will seem as if you are drinking through a straw when using them). Using a nectar collector is easy, after heating the bottom you can simply dip the collector into your concentrate and inhale. A bonus of the dipping process is that it makes it easy to control how much concentrate you want to inhale in your hits. Nectar collectors are a great way to vaporize and enjoy your concentrates 

Benefits of Using a Nectar Collector 

Using a nectar collector offers many perks when compared to other dabbing products. Most notably, they are easier to clean, more efficient, offer lower maintenance, and are quicker to use. 

Easier to Clean 

While dab rigs are notoriously difficult to clean, a nectar collector is quite the opposite. For a quick clean, all you must do is rinse it out which is super easy given that its anatomy is just a long cylindrical tube. Even a deep clean isn't difficult, just soak it in isopropyl alcohol and rinse it out after. The nectar collector's shape makes it easy to give a good cleaning in just a few seconds. 

More Efficient 

Unlike dab rigs, which are preloaded and then heated, nectar collectors only require that you dip into your concentrates to enjoy them. You don't have to worry about any wax getting jammed in the dab jar, this makes sure you don't waste any of your precious oils or hash. 

Quicker Usage 

In just three quick steps you can enjoy your smoke. All you have to do is take out the straw, heat the bottom, and dip it into your wax, it doesn't get any faster than that. 

Various ways to use Nectar Collector 

No matter how you like to smoke your concentrates, there is a nectar collector for you. Nectar collectors allow for numerous forms of dabbing so you can rest assured that you can find a nectar collector that suits your style. 

Features to look for in a nectar collector 

Given their smaller size, you might think that nectar collectors don’t have any important features to offer, but this is not the case! Nectar collectors can actually offer many features, two that you should make sure your nectar collector has are portability and water filtration. Portability is an important feature to have because it is one of the main advantages of using a nectar collector in the first place. If you are going to opt for the more compact dabbing device, then it stands that you should make sure that you are getting portability out of it. As for water filtration, this is important because dabbing can be tough on your throat. Trust me, you want your concentrate to be cooled a bit before it hits your lips, so make sure you look for water filtration when picking out a nectar collector. 

Types of Nectar Collectors 

There are a few different styles of nectar collectors, and it is important to familiarize yourself with them to know which one is best for you. 

Electric Nectar collector 

Out of all the different types of nectar collectors, electric ones are the most efficient and easiest to use. With an electric nectar collector, you don't need to worry about carrying a dab torch with you to light the tip. Instead of lighting the bottom, you just turn your nectar collector on and boom, you are ready to go. If ease of use and convenience is what you're looking for, the electric collector is perfect. 

Glass nectar collectors 

A glass honey straw is the best choice if you are a big fan of traditional dab rigs and hope to replicate that experience. Your concentrate vapors will remain completely untouched and pure while traveling through the glass for great taste. If you want the feel and taste of your typical dab rig but don’t like having to deal with the bulkiness of dab rigs, then the glass nectar collectors is a great option for you. 


Silicone products are typically thought of as old reliable in the weed industry, and that is 100% still the case when it comes to nectar collectors. Though many people view silicone as bland and uninspiring they offer a lot of benefits. Not all types of nectar collectors are super cheap, silicone however offers a budget-friendly way to smoke your concentrates that still gets the job done. In addition to price, silicone is easier to clean and much more durable than other materials like glass. 

Honey Straw / Dab Straw

As mentioned earlier, nectar collectors are sometimes called honey straws. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty, then sometimes honey straws have a slightly smaller and thinner straw. But mostly, people use the terms honey straw, dab straw, and nectar collector synonymously. 

Which one is better? Nectar Collector vs Dab Rigs 

For those that don't know, a dab rig is the most known and traditional way to smoke concentrates. Dab rings use conduction heating to produce a vapor from your concentrate that you then inhale. These are big and bulky systems because of the complex water rig system that it uses. They are tough to clean and especially difficult to bring on the go. Part of the reason they can be a pain to clean and impossible to travel with is that they require a lot of parts for the process to work (torch, dabbing scoop, mats, etc.). All types of nectar collectors, however, are less complicated and more portable. They were designed to give you the same experience a dab rig will but with more ease and the ability to carry it with you wherever you go. It's not always a better option though, some people feel that nectar collectors don't give quite as good of a hit due to it containing a less complex filtration system and in general having less complicated features. Which one is better depends on how you plan to smoke your concentrates; if you want to have an easier path to smoking and like to travel then opt for the nectar collector but if purity is most important to you then get a dab rig. 

Cost of Nectar Collectors 

Like everything else, the cost of a nectar collector varies depending on several factors like what type of nectar collector and its quality. Nectar collectors are most commonly somewhere between $20 and $60, but like mentioned before, prices have a wide range. Nectar collectors are in general cheaper than dab rigs and other concentrate smoking devices.  

Are Nectar Collectors Safe? 

Nectar Collectors are safe if the user knows what they are doing and uses the device responsibly. Common sense safety measures like not driving after using a dab must be followed. Other guidelines include keeping the heat from the collector away from flammable objects and keeping your hand off the hot part of the device. If you use them how they're intended and practice good safety measures, then you have nothing to worry about. 


Nectar collectors have started to capture the attention of many and have become a popular method for smoking concentrates. People love them because they are small, simple, and affordable. There are also many different types of nectar collectors for users to choose from such as electric nectar collectors, glass nectar collectors, and silicone nectar collectors. But all nectar collectors are a great choice if you are looking for an easy and travel-friendly way to smoke your concentrates. 

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