Whether it’s your first time to purchase a bong (maybe ever), or you may want to further your knowledge before you buy a bong on Amazon, consider this your caveat emptor of sorts. There are several things to consider when buying bongs, regardless if you purchase it on Amazon, e-bay, DHGate, or elsewhere – and take note; it’s not just the price that will matter. In fact, there are several types of bongs for sale depending on your preferences and priorities.
Now, to say that one is the “best” is relative; the most ideal for one person may not be the same for another. It all depends on what exactly it is you are looking for, what will suit your needs – basically, what will make you happy at the end of the day.
So this article will not directly tell you what it is to buy; but rather, will help you decide what it is you want if you plan to get a bong on Amazon or another online smokeshop.
Of course, we recommend buying bongs through reputable dealers such as Big Daddy Smoke, as there will be a wider selection of glass pieces at affordable prices. If you do choose to find a bong on Amazon, be sure to know what you are looking for. Keep reading so that you have all of the information needed to make the best decision for you.
Let’s assume you have never smoked with a bong in your life (and readers who are extremely familiar can scroll on ahead and mosey on to the other details of this article) here’s the 411 on bongs. You’ll have to know how to use one before you consider getting a Bong on Amazon.
A bong is an instrument you can use to smoke your favorite herbal product instead of hookahs or joints. They are also referred to as water pipes as they entail the use of, you guessed it, water.
A bong looks like a beaker, which is a glass instrument you should be familiar with if you paid attention to your chemistry lab class. It has a base, a main chamber, a clutch hole, a bowl, a downstem, a clutch hole, a smoke chamber and a mouthpiece.
Whew! That sounds like a lot of parts! First-time users may have a bit of trouble handling it, but once you get that first puff going, you’ll find it’s a lot better than other ways of smoking your favorite recreational herb.
First off, be familiar with the bong’s parts and their respective uses before you consider buying a bong on Amazon or through another vendor:
Now that you’ve got the parts down, here are the steps to smoking with it. First off, fill up the base with some cold water. (It’s said that a colder temperature gives a smoother hit, but you can use water that is at room temperature also.)
Place the product in the bowl. Now, hold the bong in such a way that your palm supports the base while being able to cover the clutch hole with your finger.
Light up the product, and inhale from the mouthpiece. If you’re having a hard time doing this, pretend like you are blowing bubbles in a pool. Doing so will create smoke in the smoke chamber, which will travel to the downstem of the bong, into the water, then up towards the mouthpiece and into your airways.
There are different types of bongs, and what you will choose is more like a matter of personal taste and preference because they all nearly serve the same purpose. It’s just that some people like glass, some people like plastic. Others prefer having a clutch hole; others don’t. Some want to spend $1,000; others want to shell out $10. Here are other things to help you make a better decision.
Paper refers to rolling paper, but since that’s not part of the article, we won’t cover that. There are no paper bongs unless you want to create an origami version of one to put on your shelf.
A plastic bong is both affordable and durable, so that’s a safe bet if you’re buying a bong for the first time. However, plastic can absorb odors, so over time, it can change the flavor of the herb when you use it. If you’re the type who enjoys fun designs, plastic bongs come in several colors and styles to suit your quirky personality.
A glass bong looks clear and beautiful, especially if you want to see the smoke travel through the chamber. Unlike the plastic bong, it does not absorb odors so you can enjoy using it for a long time. It is a bit pricier, however, and since it’s glass, there’s always a risk of it breaking.
A ceramic bong is heavier than the two bongs, but as the glass bong, it also is susceptible to breakage. These handmade bongs are beautiful pieces of craftsmanship, which is why they also tend to come with a higher price tag. These are probably recommended if you want to own collector’s items you’d want to display on a shelf, but maybe you should also consider buying a plastic or glass one for more regular use.
The decision-making isn’t over just yet. These differently designed bongs also serve different masters; you just have to pick which one is more up your alley.
A straight tube bong is the classic go-to bong. Its basic features are the flared base and the elongated tubular mouthpiece. The bases can also be designed differently, for instance, it can be circular, beaker or straight, going all the way down. This type of bong is easy to handle, and one great advantage is that it is the easiest to clean.
A carburetor bong is similar to the example mentioned earlier; basically, it is a bong with a hole in it. Fun fact: the hole can also prevent more smoke from being pulled into the smoke chamber while you are doing your hit, and can save some for the next person. There are some bongs with removable bowls that also serve the same purpose.
A gravity bong is a different type of bong that utilizes a vacuum-like mechanism that uses flowing water to produce smoke. Often, this type of bong is homemade, with materials such as bottles and buckets used to create the effect.
A bubbler bong or a percolator bong contains a filter that creates a bubble effect when you smoke. It also provides a smoother hit because the glass cools down the smoke.
A multi-chamber bong is a bong with more than one smoke chamber. Some bongs can have anything from two to up to seven chambers. This type filters the smoke multiple times, so the more filters, the smoother and cleaner the hit. It’s not for the newbies, because you’ll need fish-grade lungs if you want to use these. Naturally, they are also more expensive than the other types.
When you search the net for bongs, you may be overwhelmed by the plethora of choices. You might even end up haphazardly picking one out because of its price, or worse, the way it looks in photos. At least now, you’ll have a better idea of what you want when you check out the bongs on Amazon because you already know the difference between each one. It’ll be easier for you to shortlist your top picks, and eventually choose the right product for you.