What The Hell Is A Percolator Bong?

Posted on by Randall J. Lopez

If you’ve ever gone shopping for some basic supplies like rolling papers or a grinder, you’ve seen just how crazy and excessive the bong display shelf can be. If a store has a big and pricey collection on hand, it can easily look like something out of a sci-fi movie, or maybe a magical apothecary instead. If the store clerk saw you looking puzzled, maybe he approached you and started rambling on about the wide variety of bongs, and started showing off an expensive and intricate percolator bong. No one can blame you if you sort of lost focus at this point. With all the crazy terms and words for strange smoking devices and accessories, it’s understandable if you can’t keep track of it all and it doesn’t help when you throw a strange word like ‘percolator’ into the mix with all the types of bongs there are these days.

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So What Is A Percolator Bong?

To know what a percolator bong is you first have to know what a percolator is, right? A percolator is just another chamber for your smoke to be filtered through in the bong. The water acts as the primary filter in any bong, of course, but some bongs have one or more additional percolators to further aid in cooling down the smoke. Percolators range from extremely simple dome shapes, to intricate honeycomb patterns which all have an impact on the end result of how smooth your bong rips are.

Is It A Big Deal?

No, not necessarily. A percolator bong definitely will make the smoke passing through it much smoother and easier to inhale, but that’s about all it does. In no way, shape, or form can these little glass filtered chambers have any effect on your high. Their only purpose is to bring the temperature of the smoke down, which they do very well, but that only means you can take obscenely large lungfuls of smoke, which in turn could help you get blazed quicker, but it won’t technically help you conserve your stash any longer. You’ll often have to pay a bit more for bongs with percolators in them so it all depends on your budget at the end of the day.