When it comes down to your basic, relatively easy-to-use water pipe, there are two models that always seem to be at the center of this particular debate – beaker bongs and straight tube bongs. Now, let’s explore how they differ and the benefits of each:
Beaker bongs – as the name implies, beaker bongs are shaped like lab beakers with the characteristic flared base that tapers down to a straight tube or “neck.” They were designed with a lower center of gravity to prevent the bong from falling over like many big bongs tend to do. So the first primary benefit of beaker bongs is that they are less prone to tipping over.
Another key benefit is their ability to prevent water from splashing up in your face due to how the base narrows into the neck. Finally, because beaker bongs have larger bases, they have the ability to capture a lot of dense smoke. So, you don’t need to buy the biggest bong on the shelf to get a powerful hit.
Straight tube bongs – again, as the name implies, this bong is exactly what its name implies, a bong that is shaped like a straight cylinder. If you’re looking for a bong that uses every level as a filter, then a straight tube bong is the way to go. A wide range of percolators can be placed in the tube including everything from honeycomb discs and showerheads to removable downstems and UFO percolators.
Interestingly enough, some bong manufacturers have solved the ice melt issue by using condenser coils in place of the neck. They’re filled with glycerin and can be frozen so the smoke travels the cold coil, thereby solving the issue of ice melt. Unfortunately, straight tube ice catchers often cause overflowing of the water chamber and may result in splashbacks or spills.
So, what’s the verdict? The jury’s still out on that one. We know that preferences differ base don your smoking requirements and that is why we have a wide range of both beaker bongs and pipes available at our website. However, if you want to learn more about both types of bogs, call Tank Glass today at (323)-364-7952. We’d be glad to assist you.