Top 7 Ways to Keep Your Bong Safe
It’s no secret that hardcore smokers develop a strong bond with their trusted pieces. What may have started out as a simple tool can, over the years, quickly become one of your most valued possessions! However, one fateful fall can unfortunately bring your favorite piece’s life to an unexpected end. Our #RIPiece program helps grieving bong lovers find a new piece-- but we’d rather you avoid this loss altogether!
We put our heads together to come up with a few awesome strategies for you to keep your piece intact. Keep reading to learn about how you can keep your favorite piece-- whether it’s a bong, dab rig, bubbler, or glass bowl-- from breaking.
1.Buy Scientific Glass That’s Designed for Durability
Not all bongs are created equally. There are lots of low-quality, mass-produced bongs that simply won’t hold up the way that higher quality pieces will. This is especially risky for smokers who shop on wholesale sites like DHGate that boast lower prices without the quality to back it up. That’s why purchasing a scientific glass bong is important for smokers who want their piece to last.
There are a few ways that most scientific water pipes beat lower-quality pieces when it comes to durability:
Simply put, most scientific bongs are constructed with thicker glass that withstands clumsy falls better than other pieces. This may not be something that bong shoppers normally consider, but it is important.
To put this into perspective: cheap bongs are normally built with glass that is 2-3mm thick. They can break after a fall of any distance. Higher-quality scientific bongs are constructed with glass that is at least 4mm. Thanks to the additional glass, these bongs are designed to withstand damage from impact. There are even more durable scientific bongs built with glass as thick as 9mm, which can hold up after long falls.
Bongs With a Wide Base
Even if the thickness of the glass isn’t an issue, some top-heavy bongs can easily fall over. Purchasing a perc bong with a wider base is one easy way to keep this from ever happening. With a wider base, your water pipe will remain stable on flat surfaces like the coffee table, floor, and more.
The thickness of the bong is important, but without a sturdy connection between the bowl and body, your water pipe can still be vulnerable to damage. This piece is much less likely to crack when the connection is strengthened by a Dewar’s Joint, which bridges the bowl and the body of the piece.
2. Buy a Silicone Bong
If you’re worried about breaking your glass bong, then avoid buying glass altogether! Silicone bongs are a hot new trend that new and seasoned smokers have embraced. And, they’re completely damage-proof.
These silicone pieces allow smokers a lot of freedom without compromising the water pipe’s function. Thanks to the straight tube style, the water provides great filtration. Because they physically can’t break, silicone bongs are awesome for use while traveling. Many silicone bongs can even be folded up into a smaller size!
3. Clean Your Piece Carefully and Regularly
Whether you smoke once a week or once a month, cleaning your piece is a must. Smoking from a clean piece is much more enjoyable than smoking from a dirty, clogged piece. It’s also much healthier.
If you put off cleaning your piece, then you’ll have to work a lot harder when you eventually get around to it. When you shake your perc bong to get the residue out of every nook and cranny, it’s easy to drop your bong, or hit into an object like the faucet. Also, using sharp tools to pry away extra-sticky resin can crack the glass. To prevent cleaning mishaps and keep your piece safe, be sure to clean it carefully and regularly.
4. Empty the Water After Each Use
Filling up your water pipe to the right level before you smoke is a no-brainer. It’s the only way you’ll get that smooth, fully filtered taste that you’ve come to love. But, you should always be mindful of emptying the water after you’re finished smoking.
Aside from the obvious benefits of not keeping dirty water in your perc bong, emptying your water pipe water can actually prevent it from shattering. It’s not a common scenario, but the water’s temperature could decrease, causing the water to expand. Too much expansion may shatter the glass. So, emptying the bong water is a must for smokers who leave their pieces in non-heated rooms, basements, and other cold areas.
5. Transport it Carefully
There’s nothing like the feeling of leaving work to grab your perc bong, heading over to a friend’s house, and enjoying a relaxing smoke session. But if you’re not careful, then your glass bong may break along the way. That’s why a carrying case can make a huge difference.
If you’re planning to use a backpack, duffel bag or gym bag to transport your bong, then try cushioning it. Clothes, a towel, or bubble wrap can make all of the difference if you stop short while driving, or drop it. For smaller glass bowls or bubblers, a glasses case might do the trick.
6. Remove Your Bowl and Downstem Before Putting it Away
Leaving the water pipe out on the coffee table is a common move for daily smokers. It’s a stylish way to show off your piece, and keep it readily available. But, if you have clumsy friends, family, or pets around the house, then be sure to find a safe spot for it. Knocking into the coffee table while walking around the house could be your bong’s demise. When it’s stored somewhere else, you can rest assured that it won’t break!
Remembering to remove the bowl and downstem from your bong can save you from a huge hassle later on. Because they’re both glass (and likely a similar color), they can easily blend into your perc bong. However, moving your piece around with the bowl and downstem inside can cause them to collide, and potentially break. Even quickly grabbing your piece can cause the glass to break!
7. Puff, Puff, Pass (With Caution!)
Last but not least, always make sure your friends are handling your water pipe carefully, too!
Now, we’re not saying you shouldn’t let your friends smoke from your bong. That’s a staple of proper smoking etiquette. If you find yourself hosting a group smoking session or bringing your bong to meet some friends, just make sure your friends handle it with care. Pass it around carefully and with both hands, and try not to leave it unattended.
Find High-Quality Glass Bongs
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