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How Much Water to Put in Your Bong

How Much Water to Put in Your Bong

With so many different bongs out there, knowing how to fill and how much water to put in your bong can be a challenge. 

We have put together a video and some images to help you fill your bong with water and figure out exactly how high to fill in each spot.  Whether you have a percolator bong or a honeycomb bong we have chosen many popular options and the best way to pour water in them. 

You can always fill more or less to your liking but our images below show the ideal bong water level for most scenarios whether you have a percolator or just a plain beaker bong. 

How to Fill a Bong with Water 

Whether you have a crazy percolator bong or a simple straight tube bong there's mainly one thing you have to remember when asking yourself how much water to put in a bong:

Make sure the slits are covered so the smoke filters through the water.

Since they were created, bongs have been a staple of smoking, creating a filtered way of smoking flower or essential herbs without ihaling the harsh smoke that might discourage you to smoke a blunt, joint, or pipe.

Bongs are made in all different size, shapes, and material but overall, they have the same functions, to filter the harsh smoke, cool the temperature of the smoke, and to create a convenient way to smoke without having to roll and make a mess.

A huge component of the filtration/cooling in a water bong is the very thing that humans need for survival, some H2O.

How Much Water Should You Put in a Bong

When it comes to putting water in your bong, knowing how high to fill the water can be tricky.  Most traditional bongs have a downstem like a beaker bong.  When filling your beaker bong, you want to put enough water so that the stem goes inside the water and all the slits on the stem are also in the water.  This will make sure that it bubbles correctly when you draw air from it.  

Whether you're new to smoking or a veteran, chances are you've never really paid attention to how much water you put in a bong, therefore you risk the chance of the bong not working to its full potential.  How much to fill the bong is totally up to you.  You will need a minimum amount of water for it to bubble, however you could use more depending on your preference.  More water in the bong is ok as long it's not splashing your lips, that can be kind of gross.  Some people like a lot of water so the smoke travels through more water and cools down more.  So try it out and find your sweet spot.  Too much water however, can cause a bit more drag and resistance when you draw from it.  

Luckily, here we answer the question how much water to put in your water pipe, depending on the type, size, and build of the bong, so your smoking experience can reach its full potential.  The goal is make it bubble, the rest is up to you.

How to Fill a Percolator Bong

To fill a percolator bong, starting with the lower chamber, whether you have a perc or a downstem you basically want all the slits, holes, or openings to be submerged in the water.  

The percolator can be filled from the top, usually about halfway is good as long as all the slits are in the water.   

The single perc bong is among the most common types of bongs due to how easy it is to make.

The answer is just enough to where your downstem in slightly submerged in the water, which is about halfway.

If your downstem size is unusual like a diffused downstem, make sure your water level is high enough to fully submerge all of the slits.

How to Fill a Double Perc Bong

A double percolator bong is a beauty to look at and an even prettier way of working. The two percolators function to diffuse the hit and give you the most flavorful hits with every toke.

Unfortunately, it is the very percs that prevent you from filling your bong up properly and therefore might not work to its full potential if you don't know the steps to properly adding water to your bong.

First, unlike the traditional way of filling it with water, by pouring it down the down stem. You pour it in from the mouthpiece through the percolators.

Once the water has filled the second perc, you blow down, causing the water to trickle down.

Once both percs are about half way filled with water and the bottom chamber is about halfway filled, you can stop blowing and start enjoying your flower. 

How to Fill a Double Chamber Bong

So how much water do you put in a double chamber bong? 

I like to start with the bottom percolator, the main thing you want to remember is all the slits should be in the water, this will make sure that it diffuses correctly and bubbles how it should. 

Filling a double chamber bong

Bottom Perc of a Double Chamber Bong

The top perc, you can just fill from the mouth. Again, just cover the slits and you should be good to go.

Top Perc - Double Chamber BongWater Level - Top Perc

Voila!  That is how you fill a double chamber bong.  You are now ready to use this badboy and enjoy the smooth filtration. 

How to Fill a Honeycomb Bong

Unlike the percolator bong, the honeycomb percolator is much different. Shaped like a disc with hundreds of holes poked for filtration, the honeycomb bong uses the numerous holes that don’t create much drag, so you can consistently get a perfect hit without being slowed down.

Depending on the size of the holes of the perc, water may sit on top, or always fall through just to pull water up through the perc when you hit the piece.

As long as water flows through it, it doesn’t matter if water is sitting on top of it or not.

When it comes to filling the honeycomb bong, you fill it in from the stem till it is about a third of the way to the honeycomb.

With just the right amount of separation from the water and perc, you get the designed results.

How to Fill a Triple Honeycomb Bong

Below we have a triple honeycomb bong.  The best way to fill the triple honeycomb is usually up to the second honeycomb.  The water will climb up once you hit it and go into the third honeycomb. 

The process of filling up a triple perc bong is very similar to a double perc bong.

When filling a bong with three percs with water, you’re going to want to pour the water into the tube from the mouthpiece, once it is slightly full, you blow down until all three of the percs and the down stem are halfway submerged in the water.

If you have a good, quality bong, the water should make its way down with no problem. Once the water has settled, check to see if all of your percs and downstem are properly submerged.

If they aren’t, then simply tilt the water pipe sideways to allow the more water to continue to fall to the desired chamber. Do this process until your downstem and percs are properly submerged.

Check out our guide for how much water to put in your bubbler.

Perfect Bong Water Level Every time

In no time you will be an expert at bong water level. The main things you want to remember:

  • All the openings and slits should be bubbling. 
  • Just experiment and it will make sense.
  • You can always add more water as long as it does not splash up.
  • GOOD LUCK achieving the perfect bong water level.

Stay tuned as we upload more types of bongs so you can reference this page if you ever want to know how much water do you put in a bong or how often to change bong water.

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