Bongs are probably one of the most recognized ways to smoke. It doesn’t matter if someone is a complete novice or super experienced, the likelihood is high that they have seen a bong. Bongs are ubiquitously popular because they have an exceptional ability to produce powerful, smooth hits that leave someone fully satisfied without the pain or burn of a harsher hit. Bongs come in many different shapes, sizes, and materials and can incorporate all sorts of amazing add-ons and features. Because of this, considering what specific preferences are most important to you will be the ultimate factor in deciding whether to purchase a bong and which variation.
The most important thing when considering a bong is going to be thinking about the specific preferences or particular requirements someone might have. Do they need a mobile bong or is a larger, more stationary piece going to suit their needs well? Is there a particular advantage to different kinds of materials? Should someone choose a more expensive bong? Is there any real benefit to add-ons like ash catchers or percolator bongs? All of the answers to these questions will determine the best bong.
It should come as no surprise that size and mobility are interrelated. While most places don’t normally stock six foot bongs, there is a difference between a foot tall bong and one that is two or three feet. Particularly when thinking about glass bongs the size difference will also substantially increase or decrease the weight of a particular bong. This shouldn’t be confused with either an inherent positive or negative – just make sure to consider how mobile a bong needs to be for any given situation. In addition, the larger the bong, the less simple it is to hold and use.
Naturally, when choosing something, it’s best to weigh the best options for the material. First, remember that glass is probably the most popular form of bong currently available. However, silicone is quickly becoming an extremely popular alternative. Glass is easiest to clean of all the materials and lends itself to having the most neutral flavor. Not to mention, there are tons of cool designs and styles that lend themselves better to glass. Silicone, however, is nearly indestructible and incredibly lightweight given any size. Basically, this can be considered another extension of the size and mobility consideration someone needs to make. If a bong will be moved from place to place more, silicone might be better. Otherwise, maybe glass.
While there is always the concept that the more money someone puts into something the better quality they get back, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t quality, affordable bongs. When thinking about cost, remember that thicker glass bongs and bongs with smoother hits from percolators or ash catchers are going to cost more money. Again, affordable glass or silicone bongs are available at reasonable prices, however, spending a little more money could provide higher quality products.
Basically, a bong is made of a bowl head, downstem, and then main chamber and mouthpiece. The bowl head, like with any smoking device, affects the amount of dry herb that can be smoked at a single time and is determinative of how many people can use a bong at any given point. A downstem connects the bowl and the main chamber (filled with water). The point of the downstem is to ensure that the smoke is percolated and infused with the water to ensure the roughness of the hit goes away. This is what makes bongs so popular. Finally, the main chamber holds both the awaiting water and the infused/percolated smoke waiting to be inhaled. The mouthpiece is self-explanatory.
Most people buy a bong because they would like to have access to a smoking device that is powerful and smooth. Some others prefer bongs for their size, design, and shapes. Others, too, merely want to add to their collections and the popularity of bongs makes them an obvious choice.
Bongs are the smoothest options available for smoking – particularly without substituting power. Especially when considering the add-ons available to make hits smoother, like percolators, bongs are best able to give someone the smoothest hit outside of vaping. The smoothness of the water also helps to mask the sheer power of a bong. This means that someone looking to take bigger hits without nearly as much coughing should consider a bong over a pipe even some bubblers.
There is no end to the different types of bongs someone can purchase. Most importantly, there are tons of different brands and styles of bong. Heady glass bongs, designated as such for their high quality or unique features, are available for individuals looking to establish a premier collection. For others, there are tons of smaller, simpler, and less expensive options for bongs. All told, bongs are one of the most diverse smoking options (the only greater possibility being regular pipes). This means that someone would be hard-pressed not to find a bong that works perfectly for them and their specific needs and circumstances.
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