This article was originally published on Weedmaps, and appears here with permission.
Whether you’re looking for a simple piece of glass or something straight out of a chemistry lab, finding the perfect bong can be tricky with so many options available. And if you’ve ripped a few bongs in your life, you’ve probably heard of a percolator bong, or “perc,” before, though their purpose may still be a mystery.
Percolators are a type of glass bong, sometimes called “water pipe,” that diffuse cannabis smoke and make it easier to inhale. Percolator bongs are a longtime staple in weed culture.
Do percolators actually make any difference in your smoking experience, or are they just fancy additions that function just as well as plain glass bongs? You’re in luck, because these are exactly the kind of questions we’ll be answering in Weedmaps’ guide to percolator bongs.
What is a percolator bong?
While percolators can look complicated, they actually make your bong easier to hit. Located either in the tube of the bong or the base, a perc is basically a small glass contraption which water passes through to create a filter.
When you inhale from a percolator bong, the smoke is diffused into tons of bubbles which make that classic bong rip sound. These bubbles increase the surface area over which smoke travels within the piece, giving it time to cool down and filter out impurities. This process produces a smoother hit, which means less coughing and more bong rips.
If you’re new to bong life, or you usually find them to be too harsh on your throat, you may want to include a perc on your list of must-haves when shopping for a bong. Plus, adding a percolator bong to your repertoire of smoking accessories can be highly cost effective.
Bongs are great for getting you maximally stoned with a small amount of weed, and adding a perc to the mix allows you to ingest more smoke at a time, thus getting you higher than usual.
What are the different types of percolators?
Perc bongs come in all shapes and sizes, but there are a few standard …