Different Bong Percolators
The really cool thing about bongs is that there’s always one that fits your preference. Whether you want a bong that has lag because you’re really experienced and wanna feel a huge rip every time, or if you’re a beginner who thinks that bongs are too harsh. There are many different bong percolators out there that your bong can be equipped with to ensure that you have the most satisfying experience possible. I’ve broken down a few of the more common percs down below:
The tree perc was one of the first percolators that began to spread globally shortly after its existence. And it’s probably the one you think of the most when you hear “percolator bong”.
This perc is very interesting because it sometimes comes with multiple chambers, making it slightly overrated because when paired with other percolators this works really well, but that doesn’t take away from its greatness. Basically, it’s a smaller oval shaped tube that has arms or slits attached to the bottom.
However, these arms could have up to like 8 slits, meaning there is a lot of smoke diffusion but you need to keep these types of bongs straight up and down as much as possible to make them more effective.
The gridded inline perc is a large horizontal tube that is found at the base of the bong. It has slits or holes that filtrate the smoke very well.
It’s very similar to a diffused downstem, but the difference is that a diffused downstem is inserted at an angle and is usually much smaller. While the inline perc is always flat at the bottom.
In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with these 2 inline percolator bongs if you were looking for one to test out.
A showerhead perc is a tube that is placed vertically in the center of the pipe. This tube has slits down the sides and is wrapped around with a smaller tube, this help with the diffusion of the smoke. The slits are what helps filtrate the smoke creating more bubbles.
The showerhead perc may also be known as the “UFO Perc”. It almost looks like the tree perc, but if you look closely you can see the difference.
The sprinkler percolator and the tree percolator are very alike in a way, as they both do an amazing job at separating and diffusing the smoke; however, the hit that you get with the sprinkler perc, in my opinion, tends to be a bit smoother. I say this because with the sprinkler, instead of having arms it has smaller tubes that flare out at the bottom of the pipe like a sprinkler, thus making more bubbles meaning better diffusion due to the multiple holes.
The honeycomb perc is in the form of a disc and can be found toward the bottom of the pipe. This perc allows for great filtration due to the holes in the disc making it look like a “honeycomb”.
This is good because if the holes are too small like other disc percolators, then there is a drag in the pull. However, with the holes being as big as they are, there is very minimal lag with this perc. Click here for more options
The diffused downstem (aka straight) is a more basic type of percolator but is still highly effective. It has slits and holes in the downstem that diffuse the smoke very well, it also goes really well with an ice catcher too. Definitely one of the more commonly used percolators.