To be clear, we love this device as it is one of the best small incyclers on the market. It is also a clean rig that offers nice hits and its percolator functions extremely well. However, there are larger, better-performing rigs available for less than $100 extra.
Zob Glass was founded in Southern California and has been creating scientific glass water bongs with an extra zest for several years. The majority of their offerings include a straight tube made of clear borosilicate glass and a beaker body. As we found during our Zob Rig review , this product is no different. However, the Chamber Bubbler is almost ‘tame’ by the experimental standards of the company. It is known for pushing the boundaries by experimenting with scientific glass bongs and creating ranges with bizarre sounding names such as the Wubbler; one of Zob Rig’s best-known inventions. As well as gaining fame for the structural design of their pipes, Zob Rigs is legendary for helping users create their own custom pipes.
While other firms try to be zany for the sake of it, Zob Rigs shows method in its madness. Its glass designs rely on repeating patterns for example, because the firm knows these designs work. One of its most outspoken proponents is a man named Professor Gill. He appeared in videos on YouTube which discuss dab rigs and answers questions on topics such as “What makes American glass so great?” and “what is a shower head perc?” (with added profanity). Gill is a scientist that dances to the beat of his own drum and is the ideal spokesperson for the brand. Zob Rig’s Chamber Bubbler is one of its more affordable options at a price of $170. It has a 75mm diameter and is made with 5mm of durable glass. The chamber is large enough to hold a reasonable amount of smoke and the fixed stem provides ample diffusion. As a result, you receive cooled vapor without sacrificing the quality. A bent neck seems standard for high-quality rigs and this Zob oil rig is no different; the design prevents water from splashing up the neck. We were happy to discover that we could smoke in comfort without having to crouch over the rig. We are not going to pretend that this Zob glass Rig offering is perfect. It is possibly the least aesthetically pleasing device on this list for example. However, what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in function, convenience and price! It is a comfortable and convenient rig that is perfect for daily use. You can follow Custom Creations on Instagram where you’ll see pictures of its various products, including its C2 Ratchet Perc 38mm . With a price tag of $135, the ratchet perc bubbler is one of the least expensive models in its class. Of course, price means nothing if the product is subpar. The California-based company realizes this which is why the C2 is made with German Schott Glass. Each rig is hand blown using this premium-quality glass yet Custom Creations has somehow priced its device at a fantastic level. We were very happy with the fixed downstem because it prevents you from pulling out the stem with your bowl or nail by accident. It is a semi-regular occurrence for some users and extremely annoying. The glass might be German but every pipe is created in America; a point the company is keen to point out with its ‘Made in the USA’ sticker plastered on every pipe. You will struggle to find a more attractive looking rig for under $200. The bent neck is a welcome feature for a low-cost model as it prevents you from being exposed to a hot nail. The ratchet percolator cools the smoke so you enjoy a pleasant hit, and the base is strong enough to support the e-nail coil and nail without wobbling. The C ratchet perc is versatile as it can be used for dry herb but it works better with dabs.
For the record, if you want a rig capable of burning weed better, you need a device with bigger pieces for additional filtration to cope with the extra harshness of herb. Low price or not, one of the most puzzling aspects of the ratchet per dab rig was the absence of a nail. You have to purchase one yourself if you want to dab, although it has a bowl for dry herb. The affordable price is an obvious plus point but the C2 is well-designed and somewhat versatile. It should provide you with years of happy dabbing and will do just fine until you can pay for a more sophisticated model.
While it is nice to find a rig that is the dabbing equivalent of the Mona Lisa, function is the #1 priority.