A recycler bong is a type of water pipe that can be used either for herb or concentrates characterized by its network of arms that cool smoke and keep it from going stale since it cycles through the chambers in an endless loop.
How does a recycler bong work?
In recycler rigs and bongs, you breathe in from the mouthpiece which pulls air into from your banger or bong slide down into your joint. The air travels through the downstem followed by the primary percolator
After the perc, the water and smoke gets pulled through the different arms and chambers of the recycler bong for flower. Essentially, the water travels up through the bong recycler arm and back down into the main chamber, creating a never ending loop of recycling.
The function of the recycler rig is to cool smoke as it goes through the different chambers, touching glass and water until it gets to you. You’ll see the smoke and water bubble up as it circulates before it reaches your lips.
Benefits of recycler bongs
Recyclers are really fun to rip because of the recycling function and smooth hits they deliver. They have numerous benefits over other styles which is why they’ve become more and more popular over time. Here’s our breakdown:
Bye to stale smoke – Since the smoke cycles through the various chambers and arms continuously, it never goes stale since it has less contact with air compared to other style bongs.
Better flavor – Because of the way the smoke cycles and doesn’t go stale, the flavor is also better preserved so each rip is as juicy as the last.
Cool hits – Since the smoke is constantly moving and because the arms increase the surface area, it has more time to cool before it reaches your lips.
Cleaner hits – Naturally, as the smoke travels through the water, chambers and percs, more ash and contaminants are removed each time it cycles through.
No splashback – The shape and circulating function of this style bong prevents splashback so you won’t get any dirty bong water in your mouth.
Recycler vs bong
Because recycling bongs have a network of arms they tend to deliver smoother, cleaner and cooler hits than your standard bong. For instance, when compared to a simple beaker bong without an ice pinch, the increased surface area provided by bong recycler arms delivers a unique experience, one that is cleaner and more flavorful.
Recycler bongs for sale
Coil Bong Recycler – This unique recycler bong for sale features a coil perc, jellyfish perc and four long recycler arms. It’s a beautiful piece measuring over 12 inches with a sturdy rounded base. The two percs combined with the network of arms produce an especially trippy effect. The real question is, do you have the lung capacity to rip this beast of a bong?
Propeller Recycler Bong – This piece functions beautifully with its unique propeller percs which rotate as you take a hit. This glass recycler bong for sale is perc-ed out with a showerhead perc and two propeller percs. The smoke is further diffused and cooled through the three recycler arms making this a mesmerizing rig to watch.
Tornado Recycler Bong – With its 12 arms, this vortex recycler bong is a monster. The network of arms makes for an amazing show. This waterfall recycler bong is made from high quality borosilicate glass and has a sturdy base so it won’t tip over. It’s definitely up there in terms of crazy recycler bongs, producing a visual effect like no other and rips so smooth you won’t know what hit you.
Recycler Dab Rigs for Sale
If you happen to dabble in concentrates as well, we’ve got a wide selection of recycling dab rigs. Rigs can easily be converted into a recycler bong for flower by swapping out the banger for a bong slide. Here are a few of our top recycling dab rigs:
Iridescent Recycler Dab Rig – This small recycling rig is made from 5mm thick borosilicate glass. It measures just eight inches, features four recycler arms and a showerhead perc for enhanced diffusion.
Rainbow Recycler Dab Rig – This large glass recycler rig has a stunning rainbow finish, three recycler arms and a unique donut perc at the center for silky smooth hits.
Silver Fumed Glass Recycler Rig – This thick rig rips like crazy with its four recycler arms and inline percolator. It even has a reclaim catcher to keep your rig looking sparkling clean.
Cleaning a recycler bong
Recycling bongs can be a challenge to clean with their various interconnected chambers and arms. However, you’ll use the same supplies and process as with cleaning any other bong. The only main difference is that you’ll need to leave it soaking for longer. With isopropyl alcohol, coarse salt and a bit of elbow grease you should be able to get it looking sparkling new after a few hours soaking.
Flush – Flush hot water through your recycling bong to clear out most of the reclaim.
Shake – Pour a mixture of isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt and shake vigorously for a few minutes, making sure the openings of your glass recycler bong are plugged.
Soak – Dump out the dirty water and soak in the sink in a mixture of soap and warm water for 1-2 hours
Rinse – Rinse with warm water, flushing out any remaining residue until there’s no lingering soap or residue.
The repetition and cycle behind the recycler bong is soothing in a sense. Aside from producing notoriously smooth hits, it often is mesmerizing and therapeutic to watch the smoke cycle through. The cycle is a ritual; one that often leads to a sense of renewal through repetition.