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The nectar collector is a modern invention that surged in popularity around a decade ago now, and is a more portable dab rig. It’s very similar to a straw, the nectar collector is also known as a honey straw or dab straw. It is the perfect tool for conveniently inhaling cannabis extracts and concentrates. Its important to understand how to clean a Nectar collector once it becomes too coated with THC wax. But first, for those who are inexperience with using a Nectar collector, we explain how below.
How to Use a Nectar Collector
A nectar collector is still a novelty item for many people. An item such as this has versatile qualities in being an on-the-go dab rig. It is affordable, convenient, and easy to use. Nectar Collectors also offer the ability to do very precise dosing. Using these in the practice of marijuana medicine can help users when taking small or large dabs.
To use a nectar collector simply follow these steps below:
- Fill the nectar collector main chamber with water (some you can leave dry and this is up to personal preference).
- Add the mouthpiece and tip to the chamber.
- Place the wax, oils, or concentrate in a silicone or glass dish.
- Heat the tip of the nectar collector for 30 to 50 seconds.
- Let the tip cool down for 15 – 30 seconds.
- Begin dabbing by sliding the tip into the concentrates and inhaling.
- Remember to keep the nectar collector vertical and upright while using.
Best Methods For Cleaning a Nectar Collector
Its best practice to scoop up the cannabis concentrate while its hot! This way its easy for it to stick onto any cotton whips. Waiting for it to dry will not be so easy to use these pink cotton buds from Blazy Susan. Do not fear, soaking your nectar collector in alcohol will break down the THC wax, allowing for it to be scooped up again with cotton ear cleaning products.
There are a few ways to clean a nectar collector. A silicone piece is going to be easy to clean overall due to the make-up of the material. Depending on how much and how often one smokes will affect the length of time between cleanings.
A good cleaning of silicone products helps to get the most from your concentrates, or else the concentrate will continue to build and lose space for the smoke to travel.
The Freezer Method
A fun, effective, and simple way of cleaning a silicone nectar collector is by putting it in the freezer! For best results, placing the silicone body in the freezer overnight or all day is a proper length of time. Once the inside bits are good and frozen, take the nectar collector out of the freezer.
Now begins the fun with the twist and crunch. By hovering the opening over parchment paper and rolling with pressure between two hands, reclaimed wax residue will come out. The reason to use parchment paper is that the residue is very sticky still. So, this allows for easy removal and re-use. With the help of hard cotton extra long Pipe Stix, reaching tough spots of sticky residue will be made easier.
Rubbing Alcohol Soak and Shake
Using this method may create a bit of a strong odor or aftertaste and it may need to sit and dry out for a while. Taking apart the nectar collector and soaking it in a dish or filling the silicone chamber with rubbing alcohol is the first step. Allowing the product to sit and soak for 10 minutes in Isopropyl Alcohol will help break apart any thick build-up as it eats it away.
There are rubbing alcohol and salt rock cleaning sets that help break everything apart in one easy kit. It comes with rubbing alcohol, salt rocks, and a pack of fine-bristle pipe cleaners. It is an absolutely useful kit for all smoking equipment and can be used on everything from silicone, glass, and metal.
Using any method that involves filling and shaking the silicone pipe and chamber can sometimes cause a mess. To prevent messes, using silicone plugs can help keep spillage to a minimum. Since everything is variable in size, the 6-pack of silicone tube top plugs is a great cleaning accessory for closing nectar straws, dab rigs, and bongs.
An Alternative Cleaning Solution
Some people do not like rubbing alcohol or are allergic to such a strong cleaner. This is where the Silicone Cleaner by Eyce comes in to save the day. This cleaner contains no alcohol! It is non-toxic and plant-based creating a fantastic alternative to traditional cleaning methods.
The instructions for this are simple. All that needs to be done is a submersion of the nectar collector for 5 minutes. Then proceed with a vigorous scrubbing and thorough rinsing. If it is not fully clean from here then simply repeat the process as needed.
After Cleaning the Nectar Collector
After any of these cleaning steps, the silicone of nectar collectors is dishwasher safe. Throwing it in the dishwasher can assist in a more thorough cleaning. Also, after the freezer crunching, soaking, or alcohol solutions are completed it can be soaked in hot water. When soaking in hot water it can be beneficial to use Higher Standards Salt Rox. These salt rox are mildly abrasive and when used in a hot water solution they will help dislodge any build-up.
The option to add water inside the chamber of the portable dabbing device appeals to many users. Since the amount of water is much less than a traditional dab rig, using Piece Water can make all the difference in a smoking experience. It is more than water and helps keep the interior cleaner than tap water. A proprietary blend of all-natural mineral, fruit, and vegetable extracts keeps the inside fresh and clean. It will also give users better hits, a reduced smell from stale water build-up, and filter smoke particles for a better experience.
With all the new technologies and advancements in marijuana smoking products, nectar collectors are relatively new and insanely popular. A nectar collector can enhance and improve a smoking experience. Keeping it clean is the best way to get the most out of any smoke session.