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Cheap, high-quality bubbler??

Discussion in 'Glass' started by Bleezy, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. J.R.R.Tokin'

    J.R.R.Tokin' Wych Doctor Manufacturer

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    Nice review. Seems like a nice little piece. Glad your enjoying :)
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  2. Gonzo

    Gonzo Slightly Stoopid

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  3. placetime

    placetime Well-Known Member

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    great review BDV! Thanks! :clap:

    Here's another smallish bubbler that I've been looking at, in case anyone's interested. It's a little more expensive than the others, but still not all that much $, relative to all the "fancy" glass out there. -- http://www.ioffer.com/i/5-inch-long-4-arm-glass-bubbler-18-mm-u-s-glass-215862432
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    There was also an 8-arm version on ioffer.com, but I think that one's gone now. I don't really know anything about ioffer.com, though, so I don't know if it's actually safe to buy stuff there. Anyone else know?

    Also, for anyone looking for log-specific bubblers, you might want to check out recent posts on the CRZ thread... :brow:
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  4. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    That is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. Thank you, for digging that up. During my vaped haze, I was searching for "ALT 18mm whip adapter" and couldn't find it. Though, I didn't know what the acronym of ALT was, either.

    That's a sweet little piece to. This thread should be renamed, Best Glass for Guys Not Willing/Able to Spend a Fortune.
  5. Tweak

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    I agree. Very informative review, much obliged. I've been following the thread from the beginning and it's great to see your quick responses.

    May I ask how tall it is?
  6. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    At the top of the mouthpiece, 9 1/2".

    EDIT: I found some tubing (at Lowe's), that doesn't have to be Mickey Mouse'd to work as a whip. Its 1/4" ID (inside diameter). Its a tight fit at the adapter 5/16", but will fit the 2 different size ends, with the MFLB stem size of a 1/4".
  7. Tweak

    Tweak T\/\/34|<

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    Wow that's perfect. I'm not sure if I'd want something bigger right now.

    As for the the whip, I'd suggest switching to some silicone tubing. I'm guessing the stuff from Lowe's is clear PVC, and according to vaporpedia, "Do not replace whip tubing with off-the-shelf tubing from your local hardware store. Replacement tubing should be food grade and rated for high temperature use."

    Not sure if you knew this or not, just want to be safe. It's also much easier to slide on and off the adapters and stretches to different sizes much better (silicone).
  8. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    Its only a temp fix. Because of the size, I have an insert on the MFLB side. Heat shouldn't be an issue. The tubing I bought is food grade and rated up to 175 degrees. I'm going to order some actual size 6 (same size) whip tubing this week.
  9. collegerower

    collegerower Well-Known Member

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    I have also enjoyed this thread. Some interesting options for people low on cash what want to try a few things. Also I imagine you could resell one of these cheap pieces for pretty close to what you paid for it.

    Would love to see a video from SD_Haze with what that hand held blubber does! Some photos would be awesome too!
  10. SD_haze

    SD_haze MMJ Vaporist

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    You're thinking of someone else, I was never buying a bubbler on this thread :p
    smokum i think bought the tree-perc hand bubbler
  11. collegerower

    collegerower Well-Known Member

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    Oops, you were right SD! Sorry about that.

    Would love to see some shots from Smokum then :)
  12. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    Update. Decided to try the new bubbler with a 2' whip. Holy vapor mallet, Batman! One hit of God's Gift, milked 1/2 the trench on single pull... feel like someone hit me with a brick of STONED!

    Found another bubbler, I think falls into our "cheap" category. The OP defined it as sub $80-100... but, I think we can let it pass. Plus, I like their stuff. Kulture has several larger water pipes, I'd like the pleasure of owning. Though, I'm not particularly fond of the female end on the draw tube, with this piece. Makes it look sort of unbalanced to me.

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    $100 Kulture Dewar Seal Fixed Stem Shower Head Bubbler
  13. Tweak

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    How long was the whip you where using?

    I could tell a difference right away switching from a 36" to 18" whip. I wonder how short is too short?

    I was so ready to pull the trigger on the $40 bubbler, just to find out they only accept CC, :ugh: . So I ordered a:

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    Vaporbrothers CLEAR Precision Glass Hydrator™
    For only $120. From what I hear it is 5mm glass. It looks just like the $40 bubbler but uses 18mm instead of 14mm for the downstem. Not sure if that makes much of a difference or not.

    They also have a CLEAR Mini Hydrator for $100 (OOS at the moment though), w/ no removable mouthpiece.
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  14. dorkus_molorkus

    dorkus_molorkus My member is well known

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    @BDV- for a $100 thats a cool piece for sure. If only it had a decent base on it, cause I'm a clutz. :D
  15. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    Don't know minimum. I started out with 1', which worked fine... just a bit unwieldy to shake the trench. 2' is perfect and the whip wraps nicely around the bubbler, between rips.

    Yeah, the Vaporbros is niiiiice. If not for my $$$ shortage, it would been my preferred choice. The fitting on mine, is 18mm btw, not 14. The two $40 and $120 are the same... just the difference in glass. Mine isn't 5mm glass.

    Pics when you get it. I really want to see that diffuser.
  16. vape4life

    vape4life Banned for life

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    Have you pulled the trigger on one? I was thinking of doing the same.
  17. StickyShisha

    StickyShisha Well-Known Member

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    i don't know which i'm getting yet, but when i order my v2 Omicron, i am also ordering glass.
  18. sessnet

    sessnet Noob Saibot

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    Got this one in the mail yesterday, from Amsterdam, after like 2 weeks or so:

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    Link

    It's sold out now :( but it was like $55. Hits really nice - virtually no drag, stacks a bit too. Not all the arms fire, however. I have to say - this alone, makes the best bubbler I've bought, and tried so far (not many, and all cheap).

    I bought some super expensive glass a week ago, while waiting for this thing, but I have a feeling I might stick with this one instead. It's big enough to be a bubbler, but small enough to hold. :tup:
  19. vape4life

    vape4life Banned for life

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    I just have a feeling that both would be pretty hard to clean.
  20. Longbones

    Longbones Active Member

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    Hey all, I've been watching this thread the whole way to see what cropped up.

    I'm considering getting the same type of setup as BigDaddyVapor—seems a cost efficient way to try water filtration with my mflb. One question though: does the 1/4 I.D. tubing fit the adaptor that came with the bubbler? Or were you talking about the ALT adaptor posted earlier?

    Also, where can I get that size (1/4 I.D.) of a vape-safe whip online? I found a few things but I was having trouble getting the right size of just tubing.
  21. BigDaddyVapor

    BigDaddyVapor @BigDogJunction

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    Just get silicone tubing. Its harder to find, more $$$... but its safe for humans, can handle the heat and is very pliable. Look for 1/4" ID silicone. The stuff I was looking at today (wrong ID), was 1/16" wall thickness. So, it will fit over the 5/16" (whip side), of the 18mm fitting that comes with the bubbler and the 1/4" of the MFLB stem

    This stuff, will work. LINK
  22. smokum

    smokum I am who I am and your approval isn't needed!

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    I picked up PV's Tree Perc bub and have no issue with cleaning at all (and I combust as well), with just 99% ISO and some salt.

    Sorry collegerower, I'm not much of a media type and don't usually post personal pics/vids. Maybe in the future, but I'm comfortable where I'm at at the moment.
  23. vape4life

    vape4life Banned for life

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  24. smokum

    smokum I am who I am and your approval isn't needed!

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    I just fill and swish on its side and its done fine.

    In general, I find it a little large in volume for the Solo to work efficiently. However, I'm hopeful with the release of PV's new styled stems (and hopefully a GonG of the same design) will take care of that.
  25. vape4life

    vape4life Banned for life

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    Really? It's such a small bubbler though? Guys have milked bigger glass pieces on here forsure. Would you think the 14mm inline PV carries would be better?

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