As dabbing is quickly becoming the preferred method for so many enthusiasts, one product that is finally getting its due attention is the nectar collector. This type of device is still foreign to many avid users, but it’s clearly making an impact on the scene as more and more companies are putting their unique twist on the basic model.
Anyone out there ready to finally give a nectar collector a try, you have come to the right place. Some of you may have noticed, if you’ve already begun shopping for one, that the price can vary quite a bit. We are going to compare one of the cheapest models on the market with one of the most expensive ones, in order to then give you a sense of what to expect, and when it’s worth it to splurge.
Nectar Collectors: The Basics
In short, a nectar collector is a unique type of dab rig that’s percolated, unlike a lot of the ones that are on the market. This filters the smoke and cools it down, but that’s not all that makes it stand out. It uses a long glass straw, and is compatible with any of your favorite dabs. Unlike traditional dab rigs, in which you apply the product directly to the nail, with a nectar collector, you apply your dabs to a dish and then use a hot tip to heat the product. From there, you basically use the piece like a traditional dab rig.
So, that’s the basic gist of a nectar collector. But now, electronic models are quickly taking over, which are what we will be covering today. They use the same basic approach, and usually combine digital elements with analog elements.
Lookah Seahorse Pro
The Lookah Seahorse Pro retails for about $40, give or take, on the market. A major plus for this model is its ease of use, and it may be one of the absolute best options if you’re totally new to nectar collectors, or even dabbing in general.
Being an electronic nectar collector, it is mainly operated via a button system. You click the button a certain number of times to turn it on, and a certain number of times to heat. Of course, the model comes with a user manual, so you know precisely how to work it.
The chamber is glass, which has a lot to do with the price tag, as other manufacturers tend to use higher-end materials like quartz. Still, the glass is totally suitable and can do a great job with handling your needs. It requires more cleaning, and more care, and does not heat up as evenly as quartz or ceramic, but beginners especially likely won’t have any serious complaints.
The Seahorse Pro is simple to clean, and probably more so than other popular nectar collector models. There are not that many parts to remove individually.
Note: Product includes an attachment for a water pipe.
Lookah’s Seahorse has the advantage of being particularly durable, so if that is a high priority for you, you will not be disappointed. It’s not the smallest dabbing setup we have ever seen, but it gives you the experience of using a nectar collector while not being impractical to move around.
The Huni Badger retails for about $250. The first big difference is the ceramic chamber, which does make a difference, which is more noticeable if you’re an experienced dabber. Ceramic is better at providing even heat and retaining the heat between pulls. It also tends to make a more positive impact on flavor, while being more durable and long-lasting.
The entire setup feels notably sturdy, and you get the sense that it’s made from quality materials. The heating chamber is concealed by a bottom cap that attaches magnetically. A mouthpiece is included.
The Huni Badger offers several temperature presets, which can be adjusted depending on whether you crave smoother inhales or more clouds per puff. When you do finally inhale, the vapor is pleasantly cool, which is a big feature of nectar collectors in general. This particular model is also known for offering clean, rich flavor, making each dab in your arsenal taste its best. This model also includes a water pipe attachment.
While the Seahorse Pro uses an integrated battery that can charge in under 45 minutes, the Huni Badger relies on an external 18650 battery which must be manually installed, then removed to recharge regularly. This does offer the bonus of providing more power capacity once the battery is fully charged, as an 18650 battery offers more power than the battery included in the Seahorse Pro.
Also, it can affect your experience in two ways:
1.Allows the device to last longer between charging sessions.
2.Puts more power behind each hit for bigger clouds, if that is how you want to set up this device.
The Huni Badger is not as portable as the Seahorse Pro – in fact, it isn’t very portable at all. It is not pocket-friendly, and so if you’re looking for something you can travel with freely, you might want a smaller option.
Like the Seahorse Pro, the Huni Badger relies on a single button to power everything, and it’s fairly user-friendly, being another good choice for beginners. It is a bit tougher to clean than the Seahorse, but ultimately this can be done with a bit of effort.
The Bottom Line
As nectar collectors begin to become an exceedingly popular alternative to traditional dab rigs, we’ll see more and more hit the market that come with their own unique features and designs. As you can see, both the Seahorse Pro and the Huni Badger offer a lot to both beginners and experienced dabbers alike, while boasting wildly different price tags.
We cannot tell you which one is better, as they suit different needs. You just gotta consider your budget and dabbing preferences when making a choice between the two.