How to Fill a Percolator Bong - A Step-by-Step Guide

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Are you tired of harsh hits that leave you coughing and reaching for a glass of water? If so, it might be time to explore the world of percolator bongs. These bongs offer a smoother, cooler, and more enjoyable smoking experience when compared to traditional pipes, making them a must-have for any smoker. Today, we will dive into everything you need to know about percolator bongs, including their types, benefits, and how to fill and use them properly. So sit back, relax, and dive into the world of percolator bongs!

 Short Summary

  • We begin by explaining the benefits of percolator bongs and the most common types.
  • We then discuss step-by-step instructions for filling the percolator with water and optimal water levels.

  • And we end with a discussion on how to maintain your percolator bong to increase longevity and satisfaction!

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Understanding Percolator Bongs

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A percolator bong is a special type of bong that incorporates a percolator which allows the smoke to be cooled and diffused and provides a smoother hit compared to a normal bong. These pieces come in various styles, such as single perc, double perc, and even triple perc bong designs, as well as the popular beaker bong and the straight tube, each offering their unique benefits and level of filtration. One popular option among enthusiasts is the double percolator bong, which provides a  smooth smoking experience without increasing the drag too much.

Types of Percolators

Percolators come in numerous styles, each designed to filter and cool smoke in a slightly different way.

The four most popular types of percolators are:

  • Honeycombfeatures a flat disc with studded holes arranged in a honeycomb pattern
  • Showerhead - resembles the shape of a showerhead with slits around all edges for maximum percolation
  • Tree perc - usually has 8 arms with 3 slits on each end for ultimate diffusion
  • Inline - the most common perc for straight tubes, is usually parallell to the base and features a slit perc

Each is unique in how it affects diffusion and smoke production. 

Benefits of Using a Percolator Bong

One of the main advantages of using a percolator is the smoother hit it provides. As the smoke passes through the water chamber and percolator, it is cooled and diffused, which reduces the harshness and temperature of the smoke. This results in a more enjoyable and less irritating smoking experience, especially for beginners or those with sensitive lungs.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Filling a Percolator Bong

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Now that you know the advantages of using a percolator bong, it’s time to learn how to fill one properly. Filling a percolator bong with water is essential for ensuring optimal filtration and smooth hits. The process might seem intimidating at first, especially for those new to percolator bongs, but with a little guidance, you’ll be able to fill your bong with ease and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.

Preparing Your Bong

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Before filling your percolator, it’s important to prepare it properly. Make sure your bong is clean and free of any dirt or residue from previous uses. A clean bong will provide better-tasting hits and prevent any unwanted flavors from affecting your smoking experience.

Adding Water to the Base Chamber

To start the filling process, you’ll need to add water to the base chamber of your percolator bong. The goal is to cover the downstem, or whichever perc is there, and any associated slits or holes in the percolator completely with water. Pour water into the bong slowly, making sure the water level is just above the percolator, but not so high that it causes splashback or comes into contact with your lips when inhaling (about a half inch above).

Filling the Percolator(s)

Once the bottom chamber is filled, it’s time to fill the percolator(s). The process will vary depending on the type of percolator bong you have, but in general, you’ll want to ensure that the holes or slits of the percolators are fully submerged underwater. This is essential for proper filtration and smooth hits. Tilting the piece can help drain the water to additional percs below the top.

Tips for Using a Percolator Bong

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Now that you know how to fill your bong, it’s time to take some rips! In this section, we’ll share some tips for using your percolator bong, including lighting up and taking a hit, as well as maintaining your bong for longevity.

Lighting Up and Taking a Hit

To light up your percolator bong, make sure you’ve packed the bowl and have it loaded into the bong. Hold a lighter to the edge of the bowl and inhale slowly through the mouthpiece. As you inhale, the smoke will pass through the water chamber and percs, cooling and filtering it for a smoother, more enjoyable hit.

Maintaining Your Bong

To keep your percolator bong functioning optimally and provide the best smoking experience, it’s crucial to maintain it properly. This includes daily water changes to prevent contaminants from affecting the taste and quality of your hits. Additionally, clean your bong at least once a week using a combination of isopropyl alcohol and salt to dissolve any built-up residue and keep your bong looking and functioning like new. 


In conclusion, percolator bongs are an excellent addition to any stoners collection, offering a smoother, cooler, and more enjoyable smoking experience. By understanding the different types of percolators available and learning how to fill and use a percolator bong properly, you can elevate your smoke sessions to brand new heights!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the main advantage of using a percolator bong?

Percolator bongs are an ideal choice for those looking for a smoother hit, as the smoke is cooled and diffused through the percolator(s).

How do I properly maintain my percolator bong?

To keep your percolator bong in tip-top shape, replace the water often and give it a thorough cleanse with isopropyl alcohol and salt. This will help dissolve any built-up residue.

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