What is a Percolator and How Does it Work?

No matter if you’re a newbie or a long time smoker, almost every body has coughed after taking a hit and knows how painful it is. I’ve seen some of the most experienced smokers cough to the point of tears rolling down their face. The dreaded cough usually happens because you have filled your lungs to capacity and it needs to release all that smoke and pressure by coughing it out, especially if you a take huge hits.

A majority of the time the reason for that burning and tingly sensation you feel in the back of your throat before coughing is due to how the smoke traveled. When smoking out of a joint or blunt there it isn’t as common, however when smoking out of a basic glass rig or water pipe the smoke goes directly from the chamber to your lung making it almost impossible to not cough. A percolator can help avoid that painful cough almost every time.

“A percolator is an additional water chamber that is added to the main shaft of the bong tube. The designs are different in different bongs, but they all serve the same purpose. Having the extra water chamber allows for a higher smoke to water ratio, thus cooling down your smoke which makes it smoother for inhaling,” according to an article by Herb.co.

A percolator uses air flow and the water to cool down the smoke before it hits your lungs. It’s basically a filter for your bong. Percolator come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and functionality. There is shower head, honey comb, mushroom, tree, waffle, pineapple, and so many more.

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Does is really matter which type of perc you choose? Yes and no.

Yes, because each style of does filter the air differently, some are stronger than others. However it’s also a no because no matter which you choose they all essentially do the same thing, cool down the smoke. Rigs and pipes that do not have a percolator at all are more likely to to cause that smoker’s cough more than a piece that does have a percolator.

If you’re piece constantly makes you cough, maybe it’s time to look into getting a new one with a percolator. People who have converted to only using pieces with percs swear by it, and for good reason. You can smoke more and cough less!

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