Your Amazing Guide to Using Silicone Nectar Collector
by Corey Majeske on Dec 10, 2021
Arguably, 2021 could be the year of the nectar collector, a dabbing device that has quickly gone from niche to mainstream territory in a matter of months. And, why wouldn’t it? They are easy to use, travel-friendly, and just as capable of delivering glorious dab hits as more complex rig setups. It is hard to think of any drawbacks, and many people have stuck with them, never looking back at their previous dabbing setups.
Dab rigs, like all dab pieces, come in all kinds of styles, shapes and materials. Of all the different kinds of nectar collectors on the market, clearly, silicone models are having their moment. Not too surprising since silicone has become an extremely popular material for all types of dabbing devices.
Anyone looking to use a silicone nectar collector should know ahead of time how to use it properly. While it’s a simple type of device, you still need to be able to get as much satisfaction out of it as possible from your very first dab hit.
What are the Advantages of Silicone Nectar Collectors?
Using a silicone nectar collector does have its perks, no matter if you’re a newbie or an experience dabber.
- Travel-Friendly: Nectar collectors are generally more portable than rigs because of their smaller size and straightforward designs that don’t come with loads of attachments and joints. But, silicone is a durable, virtually unbreakable material that means you don’t have to worry about it breaking in transit.
- User-Friendly: Nectar collectors in general are very easy to use. They don’t require a lot of attachments, and work in a very intuitive way.
- Easy to Clean: The straight designs of nectar collectors makes them easy to clean, and silicone with its ultra-smooth surface makes cleaning even easier.
How to Get the Most Outta Using a Silicone Nectar Collector
If you’ve never handled or seen a nectar collector up until this point, you might be confused by how it works. After all, it looks so simple in design that it may seem like it’s missing some key components. But, no need to panic – it really is as simple as it looks, and that’s a huge part of its appeal.
A nectar collector’s design looks a lot like a long straw with a separate tip component attached at the end. There is no nail or bucket, because the comparable chamber component is actually separate. Nectar collectors themselves don’t hold the concentrate, but a small, included dish is handled separately while the nectar collector is simply drawn over the dabs after the tip is heated. Also, you can simply go and check out the different models and styles available at GoToSmokeShop today!
Now, let’s go into more detail so that you get each step just right.
#1: Prepare Your Dabs
Silicone nectar collectors come with a dish, usually also made from silicone, which can fit a small amount of concentrate. If not, you can find a suitable dish online. Make sure it’s made for dabbing to handle the high heat to which it will be exposed. Now, place your dab into the dish.
#2: Heat the Tip
The tip at the bottom of your nectar collector is made from a heat-resistant material – usually titanium. Treat this like your dab nail by heating it to the same temperature you would heat a standard nail on a rig. Use the same temperature you already prefer for dabbing as it will translate just fine with this new type of device. As usual, wait for the temperature to come down after it has been heated, with an infrared thermometer if you want a precise temp.
#3: Make Contact with the Concentrate
Now that your nectar collector’s tip is at the right temperature, hold your dish filled with concentrate up to the tip, with your mouth on the mouthpiece at the device’s top. Simply drag the tip over the dish until vapor starts coming up through the nectar collector and out through the mouthpiece. This process is no different than using a rig, so continue drawing in puffs of vapor until you’re satisfied. Remember that the tip is incredibly hot, so watch what you’re doing carefully.
A Quick Note on Cleaning
As you can see, this type of device is extremely easy to both use and maintain. However, all dabbing pieces need to be cleaned regularly, or else the buildup of dab gunk can interrupt flavor and airflow while making your piece look dirty. With a silicone nectar collector, the standards of cleaning are no different. We recommend cleaning your nectar collector at least once a week to keep it in good shape as this is easy to do.
- Soak the piece, along with the dish, in a solution of isopropyl alcohol, salt, and water for at least 2 hours.
- Once your piece is done soaking, remove it from the solution and give it a good rinse.
- Now, use a dab tool to scrape off any remaining bits of residue, if necessary.
- Rinse again and allow time to air-dry.
Now, your silicone nectar collector is as good as new. Alternatively, you can use a cleaning solution made for silicone dabbing equipment. Just follow those instructions on the bottle carefully.