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How to Choose the Right Bong For You

The bong is a mystical device with a long, smoky history. It's been the most popular way to smoke for years, and for good reason. It is the most effective way to deliver smoke with features on hand to make the smoke cooler and smoother. Additionally, bong craftsmanship has come a very long way, making them works of art as well as smoking devices.

The right bong can really upgrade your smoking experience. With so many options currently on the market, choosing the perfect bong for you may seem like an overwhelming prospect. You might think that bongs are all the same, or that choosing the right one is impossible. If so, you'd be wrong on both.

So which is the perfect bong for you? Have you been in a state of extreme stress, wondering how you choose the right one? Don't worry, we've got you covered. We've created a handy guide to analyzing your bong needs and choosing the perfect bong for you.

1. Bong Size!

Did you think that when it came to bongs, the bigger the better? This is actually hugely inaccurate. When it comes to choosing the right size, you just have to figure out what it is you want in a bong.

If you're a beginner smoker with limited experience, a taller bong might deliver a hit that's too strong. In addition, if you want to take your bong with you on the road, a pipe that's between eight and twelve inches high is the perfect choice. Bongs of this size are not only compact and portable, they're also called "flavor savers," because they preserve the flavor of your herbs. A smaller bong is also best for the more budget-conscious smokers, as they usually cost less.

If you're a more experienced smoker looking for the ultimate hit, then a larger bong is the one for you. Taller bongs not only deliver maximum smoke, but they also provide extra cooling and filtration. If you consider yourself a veteran smoker, the benefits of a taller bong are not a mystery to you.

2. Durability!

Something you should definitely evaluate before buying a bong: are you clumsy? Bongs have evolved from primitive wooden pipes to glorious displays of artistic craftsmanship, but sometimes they can be fragile.

If you're on the clumsier side, that's okay. At least you're aware of it! But this also means that you should get yourself a bong that either A) is made of silicone, or B) has a thick, sturdy base that will keep it stable on a flat surface.

If you're confident in your ability to keep your bong in one piece, then the sky is the limit! You can choose any of the glorious scientific glass pipes you like, that are sure to be the envy of your friends! In addition, they make exquisite decorative accents.

And in case you were wondering, there are plenty of beautiful glass pipes that are also durable and crafted with a sturdy base. You can have it both ways!

3. Percolation!

Another critical question to ask yourself: what kind of filtration do you want? Devices like glycerin coils and percolators are in place to cool and filter a bong's smoke. A percolator is considered indispensable to the modern bong experience. It's a device that provides premium smoke filtration, making each hit cooler, smoother and frostier.

If you're a veteran smoker, then a percolator is most likely familiar to you. There are several kinds of percolators, from Swiss percs to honeycomb percs, and each of them use different techniques to filter the smoke. Many bongs have several percolators in one to maximize filtration. However, most percolators increase smoothness but also increase drag. When drag is increased, it requires a more forceful inhalation to clear the bong. If you have more delicate lungs, look for bongs with one percolator.

4. Maintenance!

One aspect of bongs you shouldn't overlook is the necessary care. Bongs require regular maintenance to keep them clean and functional. Tar and resin will build up the main chambers over time. Essentially, if ignored, it will have an effect on the flavor, function and cleanliness of the bong.

Larger bongs equipped with multiple percolators will provide excellent filtration. However, they're also much more difficult to clean. A smaller piece will make cleaning and maintenance easier for you.

Devices like ash catchers trap ash and debris, provide extra filtration and streamline the cleaning process. Essentially, they can cut down on cleaning time enormously. Even with larger, multi-percolator bongs, ash catchers can greatly reduce necessary cleaning time.

Conclusion - Smoke Your Way to Perfection

Whether it's a large or small piece, glass or silicone, there are definitely hundreds of bongs out there that can meet your needs. The first step to finding the perfect bong for you is to know what you need.

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