Once upon a time, an unknown 420 master crafted a piece that’s portable and easy to use like a pipe, but has the water filtration power of a bong. And thus, the bubbler bong was born .
Bubblers 101: BENEFITS, FUNCTION AND TYPES OF BUBBLER BONGS
How to use a bubbler? If you’ve ever seen something that looked like a pipe with a double-chin, that chubby little friend was a bubbler. Although glass bubblers come in all shapes and sizes (#bodypositive) they all contain a chamber under the bowl which holds water. You light the contents of the bowl and cover the finger carb just as you would in a pipe, but as air flows through, the water underneath begins to bubble, diffusing and purifying smoke and vapors just like a bong. If you want the best of both worlds, than a bubbler bong may be the best smoking accessory for you.
Why use a bubbler?
Glass bubblers have grown more and more popular over the last few years. But what really is a weed bubbler, and why should you use one?
- Portable – most are small enough to fit in any bag, purse, or backpack; since most water bubblers are made of one solid piece of glass, there are no removable parts to accidentally leave behind at your friend’s house
- Smooth, filtered hits – the water in the lower chamber bubbles and filters tar, ash, and other toxins from the water similar to a bong
- Handheld – perfect for passing around a campfire
- Beautiful – much like pipes, water bubblers come in many colorful and creative designs, so you’re sure to find one that goes with your personal style
What’s the difference between a Bubbler vs Bong?
Every bubbler is a glass bong; however, not every bong is a bubbler. This can perplex even regular smokers, so let’s clear the air. Bubblers work very similarly to glass bongs, but are normally much smaller and are a great choice if you’re on the go and want to be discreet. While there are exceptions to every rule, bubblers are comparable to handheld pipes in style, while bongs are larger, have more complex designs and more customizability overall. Since bongs can be personalized with mouthpieces, bowls, downstems and other smoking accessories this can make them more expensive and better for smoking at home. Although glass bubblers pipes are not as customizable, they are much more durable, stealthy and easier to handle given their compact shape. And most importantly, does a bubbler hit differently than a bong? Since bubbler bongs use a water chamber for filtration, compared with high-end bongs that can have multiple honeycomb percolators, the hit you get from a bubbler is normally not as smooth as smoking a bong, but not as harsh as a dry piece. However, with percolator bubblers you get the best of both!
Bubblers Pros: more stealthy, durable, easier to handle and cheaper than your standard bong.
Bongs Pros: smoke longer, stronger high, easier to clean, more variety and customizability.
How to clean a bubbler
Water bubblers can be more difficult to clean than bongs due to their one-piece design and smaller internal chamber. We advise that you clean your bubbler frequently using the following steps:
- Empty dirty water from pipe to wash away resin chunks
- Rinse pipe thoroughly with hot water
- Add isopropyl rubbing alcohol (91-99%) and salt (epsom or sea salt) mixture to bubbler’s main chamber. Alcohol to salt ratio of 2:1. You can add a pinch of distilled white vinegar, which will help dissolve resin faster.
- Use cotton balls to plug up openings to prevent mess
- Shake it like a polaroid picture. You know what we mean.
- Rinse pipe thoroughly with hot water several times until you no longer smell the rubbing alcohol.
Choose the best bubbler for you
- Hammer bubblers have a flat bottom on the chamber, which allows you to set it upright on a table more easily (not for use in home improvement projects)
- Double bubblers have two chambers where water can filter and cool the smoke, creating hits that are twice as fresh and smooth – double whammy!
- Sherlock bubblers have an S-shaped stem just like Mr. Holmes’ favorite, giving them more classy look . Elementary, my dear Watson.
- Pendant bubblers are smaller and have a hole where you can put a chain or string to wear the bubbler as an accessory. Because why not?
- Mini bubblers are great if you’re looking for a discreet, small bubbler on-the-go.
- Sidecar bubblers actually have the bowl and water chamber off to the side from the main stem, which creates a unique look.
- Concentrate bubblers are especially designed for use with concentrated waxes.
We hope our guide has helped you start your journey to getting the best bubbler bong ever. But if you have any questions, feel free to contact us!
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Glass Pipes, Bongs, Dab Rigs & Bubblers
If you’re looking for your new favorite glass bong, pipe, dab rig or bubbler you’ve come to the right place! Check out our beautiful selection of handpicked water pipes and dry pipes.
Water Pipes 101 & How do Water Pipes work?
Water pipes have been used since China introduced them in the 16th century for tobacco use. They made their way west through the Silk Road and ever since then, we’ve been toking. Water bongs are now used for smoking dry herb, flowers, tobacco and dabbing concentrates. They work by filtering out carcinogens, catching ash and tar as smoke travels through the water, so smoking a bong is a great choice if you want cool rips that are not as harsh on your lungs, as smoking a joint or blunt.
Bubbler vs Bong & What makes Bubblers so Versatile
Every bubbler is a glass bong; however, not every bong is a bubbler. Bubblers and glass bongs are well loved for their ability to deliver a smooth smoke by drawing the vapor through water to filter and cool it. Although similar, bubbler bongs are normally much smaller than bongs, so if you want a pipe that splits the difference between a hand pipe and water pipe, a weed bubbler is a great choice since it can function as either. In other words, if you don’t have water available, a glass bubbler can function without it. This versatility makes glass bubblers pipes an essential part of any smoker’s collection.
While you can’t beat having the portability of a hand pipe with the filtration power as a bong, you can go one step further and get percolator bubblers, which have even greater filtration. Be sure to check out one of our favorites, the Sherlock Bubbler bong, which has a swiss cheese percolator and stands just 6 inches tall, so it can be discreetly stashed away in your purse or backpack. Check out our entire bubbler bong collection to learn more about how to use a bubbler, how to clean a bubbler, bubbler types and more differences between a bubbler vs bong.
Best Bongs, Mini Bongs & Big Bongs
We have big bongs like the Color Tip Matrix Bong , which isn’t for the faint of heart standing at 19 inches tall, or smaller portable water pipes like the Mini Smoke Box mini bong at 3.5 inches, so that you and your friends can hotbox wherever, whenever. If you’re buying on a budget, we’ve also have high quality, yet cheap bongs under $50 including mini bongs, percolator bongs, beaker bongs and straight tube bongs. If you’re looking for an investment piece, one of our best bongs for is the Mini Colored Chiller Bong , which stands 7 inches tall, so it’s small enough to spread chill vibes where ever you go. If you are looking for massively filtered hits on the go, you can’t go wrong with our Multi Colored Perc Bong , which is one of our best bongs to pass around since it has glass accents on the tube for improved grip.
Best Dab Rigs for Sale
Glass dab rigs, another type of water pipe, were specifically made for smoking wax and concentrates. Since you get a much stronger high from concentrates, yet smooth hits through the water filtration, dabbing has become one of the most popular ways to get lit. Check out our cheap dab rigs for sale like the The Grappa Dab Rig . At just 6 inches, it’s an extremely portable dab rig that’s great for seshes in the great outdoors or simply on route to your friend’s place. If you’re looking for something more exclusive, the Pink Kandypens Oura is one of our best dab rigs, featuring four temperature settings, so you can start hitting in just 5 seconds. Our personal favorite is the Bubblegum Machine inspired dab rig, which is a fun throwback to simpler times. Our Dab Rigs collection has all you need to know bout how to smoke a dab rig, types of dab rigs pipes and other features to consider like splash guards and ash catchers to get the most out of your dab.
Dry Hand Pipes – Discreet Smoking On-The-Go
Spoons, one-hitters, and chillums are great pipe choices for smoking on-the-go. Glass pipes are small, easy to use, and don’t require water, making them perfect for the ski lift, around the campfire, at a concert, on the beach or even just on your friend’s couch. Smoking pipes like the spoon pipe have a straight stem with a bowl for dry herb. The carb cap on a spoon pipe is located on the side of the bowl. One-hitters and chillums are straight pipes where one end is the mouthpiece and the other end holds a small amount dry herb. There typically isn’t a carb on these smaller glass water pipes. All three varieties of hand pipes are very small and portable – the spoon pipe holds the most herb, followed by the chillum and the one-hitter.
Blast off with the Nebula Pipe in our online pipe shop, which is portable at just 4.5 inches and will catch eyes with it’s rich swirling colors and handblown craftsmanship. If you’re on a budget, we have high quality yet cheap glass pipes under $20 like the Double Bowl Playground Pipe , Scaled Steamroller and our Komodo Glass Pipe for just $14.20 each, so you can swap them out depending on the occasion. You can learn more here about how to smoke a pipe, how to clean a glass pipe and types of glass pipes for sale.
Smoking Accessories – Bowls, Downstems, Glass Nails & Carb Caps
We carry a variety of bowls and accessories. We have both male and female bowls and downstems available in both common sizes 14mm bowl and 18mm bowl, so you can match parts to your current pipes. A downstem carries smoke from the bowl to the water chamber and helps to cool and filter a hit. Percolator downstems have multiple holes to increase the surface area which maximizes cooling. To be sure your new downstem will fit your pipe, measure from the very bottom of the sandblasted segment to the end, past the diffuser. Be sure you know which type and size bowl your current pipe has if you’re looking for parts to use interchangeably with it. Carb caps for dab nails or bangers help keep heat from escaping, so you can get the most from your concentrates and for $4.20 you can swap them out depending on the occasion. At Everythingfor420 we’ve got you covered!
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