Honeycomb bongs also referred to as honeycomb water pipes, use a hexagonal-shaped percolator to help diffuse your smoke into many tiny bubbles. These water bongs can also be smoked with a banger or nail which effectively turns any honey bong into a dab rig.
In this guide, you'll learn:
- How Honeycomb Bongs Work
- The Difference Between Single, Double, and Triple Perc Honeycomb Bongs
- Using Your Honeycomb Bong as a Dab Rig
- Honeycomb Percolator Benefits and Drawbacks
- How to Clean your Honeycomb Bong
- Selecting a Honeycomb Bong
How do Honeycomb Bongs Work?
Honeycomb bongs are typically made out of glass and come with a special type of percolator known as the honeycomb percolator. The honeycomb percolator, or perc for short, can be made from one or more honeycomb discs, which are bee-like structures that function as a filter and helps to break down your smoke into tiny bubbles.
The circulation of the bubbles exposes the smoke to more surface area, which helps get rid of some contaminants as the smoke gets circulated through the water. The smoke tends to be smoother, cleaner, and cooler after it passes through the filter.
More holes create more diffusion, however, many tiny holes also create more drag. Bigger holes have better flow, and more flavor, but may not filter the smoke as effectively as having smaller pores. The desired trade-off between filtration to drag will depend on your smoking preference.
What is the Difference Between Single, Double, And Triple Honeycomb Bongs?
You typically can find honeycomb bongs with honeycomb percolators in stacks of one, two, or triple honeycomb discs as follows:
The Single Honeycomb Bong: this type of honeycomb bong uses a single honeycomb percolator to achieve smoke purification and can normally be found in smaller honeycomb bongs. These single percolator bongs tend to be a bit cheaper in price.
The Double Honeycomb Bong: as the name suggests, these bongs can have stacks of two honeycomb percolators, which provides slightly more filtration power for a smoother hit. The double-stack normally comes in slightly taller tubes and might cost slightly more than single perc bongs, due to the extra skill and glass used to create a double honeycomb disc configuration.
The Triple Honeycomb Bong: these types of honeycomb bongs come in a triple honeycomb perc configuration and provide more filtration power for a smoother hit. These honeycomb bongs will normally measure 12 inches or greater. Unfortunately, triple percolators tend to come at a much higher price point partly due to the extra skill and glass used to create these more complex configurations. It's easier to get a deal when the glass is made slimmer and skinnier.
Multi-honeycomb Percolators: Certain manufacturers might use more than three percolators in a single glass bong. It's more common to see these advanced setups in larger and upper-tier rigs, which tend to have more room to facilitate all the extra honeycomb discs. The discs are placed to help filtrate the smoke in the best way possible. The percolators may be placed in different areas throughout the bong to achieve this effect.
Note: We would caution that each honeycomb disc might create some extra smoke drag. This is preferable for certain users, but it might be harder to take in drags of smoke, depending on the number of honeycomb discs, and the size of your glass pipe.
Honeycomb Bongs as a Dab Rigs
Honeycomb bongs can also be used as dab rigs. Dab rigs are specially made for concentrates, but your baseline water pipe or bong can be easily upgraded if it did not come with the right accessories. Typically a honeycomb bong is shipped with a bowl, but if you have concentrates to smoke, the pipe can be upgraded to a banger or nail, so that your honeycomb water pipe can be used as a rig.
Note: be sure to get the correct sized banger or nail. If you don't get the correct sized attachment, it will either be too big or too small and not fit. The product description will say what size to get.
In this triple perc honeycomb percolator
, we see that the joint size is an 18.8mm female Joint. This means we will need an 18mm banger
to use this water pipe as a dab rig (our 18mm bangers can fit sizes 18mm -19mm). In the same respect, a 14mm female joint will need a 14mm banger
or nail ( our 14mm bangers can fit sizes 14mm - 15mm). If your fancy, you can get a banger that comes with a cover
to keep the fumes in. Check them out
Are Honeycomb Bongs Good?
Honeycomb bongs have some of the best features to be found when you consider both value, filtration, and design. The design standardization in honeycomb glass making means that you can typically get rather good quality at an affordable price point.
Honeycomb bongs come in a wide range of colors, and shapes, and are often times made with borosilicate glass, so you can get a lot of value and great features at the same time. If you need to buy something on the cheaper end of the spectrum, you will still get a high-quality piece of glass.
Keep in mind if you want a bigger, higher quality rig, that is always an option, especially considering rigs as insane as our Deluxe Glass Recycler which features a twin-turbo, double honeycomb filtration system, combined with the glory of a recycler rig - Oh my!
Just keep in mind if you are going to get a triple honeycomb bong, borosilicate glass, or anything crazy be ready to dish out some cash if you want to get the best smoke at the best price.
How to Clean Honeycomb Bongs?
After spending some days or weeks with your new piece of glass, you might notice that the smoke tends to create black or brown splotches, and your glass will simply just look dirty. Fortunately, just like how you would clean any other percolator bong, cleaning a honeycomb glass bong is no different: To clean your honeycomb pipe or rig follow these steps:
- Fill your honeycomb bong with bong cleaner, or alcohol (91% to 99% isopropyl concentration), and let the solution soak in the glass for a bit. Try to get the discs of your honeycomb percolators covered in the solution. It's also helpful to add Epsom or rock salt for abrasion.
- Use a bong plug or use a rubber band to secure a piece of plastic to both ends of your water pipe so that the solution does not come out of either end of the bong.
- Shake your glass like vigorously for about 5 minutes, longer if your glass has accumulated more grime. Keep shaking until all the gunk comes off of the honeycomb percolators and sides of the bong. It might take additional time if you have a larger bong or more than one honeycomb perc.
- Rinse your glass honeycomb bong out with water and look at your shiny new honeycomb perc bong! Repeat the process if necessary.
Are You Ready to Buy the Best Honeycomb Bong?
We covered a lot of information about the honeycomb bong, and how these amazing pieces of glass can utilize the honeycomb percolator to help smooth your smoke to perfection. You might be intimidated by our large selection of glass, but a good start would be going through and coming up with a list of water pipes that tickle your fancy. You can then filter your results by the number of honeycomb discs, color, and size of the water pipe. ,
If you're craving smooth ultra-filtered smoke, naturally, a triple honeycomb perc bong or something larger than 12 inches such as our honeycomb rainbow bong will probably do you best. If you need just a basic honeycomb bong, you could probably get away with a smaller honeycomb perc that has one disc or less.
If there are any more questions feel free to contact our customer service. We offer free shipping on certain products, and fast 1-week domestic shipping (for the United States). You must be of 21 years or older to purchase from RockyGreenKing.
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