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Stoner MacGyver marijuana product review: Mini Showerhead Vapor Tube

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Now and then, companies send us medical marijuana-related products ranging from vaporizers to board games. We showcase them in our quasi-regular product review section, Stoner MacGyver. The latest? Aqua Lab Technologies Mini Showerhead Vapor Tube

What is it, dude? A hefty little bubbler for smoking concentrates, from Aqua Lab Technologies. It's dubbed the "Mini Showerhead Vapor Tube."

How much coin will it run me? It's not cheap, bro. Two Benjamins, a Jackson and a Lincoln ($225).

Where can I get one? From the Aqua Labs Technologies website.

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The folks at Aqualab Technologies in California gave Stoner MacGyver this bubbler about a year ago for a possible review, and it's taken us that long to pry the thing away from our blowtorches and gobs of concentrates and actually sit down to write. Basically, the thing was so at home in our collection that it felt like it had been there all along. So while the nail cools down, we'll get this review out.

First thing about the Vapor Tube is that it is an oil rig, not a flower bubbler. For starters, the 18 mm ground joint coming off the reinforced stemless downtube is male and designed for a vapor dome to sit on top. You can get a reversed-joint flower bowl for pipes like this, but I tried it and was not pleased with the results.The flower hits are extremely thick and harsh and the water gets dirty after only a few hits.

But oil is a completely different story, and this pipe excels at that function. The smoke doesn't condense as much and the filtration is just perfect for the low amount of tars and oils left over from doing dabs. Though there's only a third of a shot-glass worth of water in the thing, water stays clean for days.

Blown by artist Dirty Rico out of Washington state, this ten inch, five millimeter thick chunk of glass has some weight to it even without water; it's sturdy. The 18 millimeter glass-on-glass fittings put this in the larger range of oil bubblers, but also allow for a lot of air flow into the small chamber. Whereas a lot of bongs and bubblers have a removable stem running down into the water from the bowl, this design eliminates that and has a reinforced glass tube leading directly to the lower chamber of the Vapor Tube, where the diffusion occurs. The result is a much sturdier piece, with fewer removable parts, that's easy to clean.

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For those who don't know, the diffuser at the bottom of the chamber is called a showerhead due to its resemblance to bathroom shower heads and the way that water is forced through them. Whereas traditional bongs have one tube for bubbles to flow into a reservoir of water, this design allows for multiple exit points that create more even smoke bubbles through the water -- producing a much smoother hit.

The showerhead in the ALT piece sits low in the tube, decreasing the amount of water needed to bubble. In fact, it takes about one-third of an ounce of water to fill the small chamber and cover the showerhead completely. More traditional showerheads work in reverse, pulling smoke into the top and then filtering out through glass slits at the bottom into water. This reverses that flow, pulling air into the slits cut in the circular disc and then up into the chamber.

The combination of the reverse air-flow and the tiny amount of water needed give the tube almost no resistance when smoked -- and it also produces a very unique barking sound, as opposed to the traditional gurgle of a bong. The bent-neck design helps keep most of the water where it is supposed to go, but things do splash around in the chamber a lot and pulling too hard will get you a kiss of bongwater.

Dome is a simple, clear glass top-loader with a large enough hole to drop a dab of oil from your fingertips. The piece sports a glass nail with a divot in the head and I have yet to crack mine after a year of steady, regular use as my daily oil-powered engine. But enough talking about it. For this week's Completely Unscientific test, we put the ALT Mini Showerhead Vapor Tube to work on video:

At $225, this is not a cheap bubbler by any means -- especially given that it is very much a use-specific pipe. Again, if you're looking for a dual-use bubbler, this isn't one for you; it wasn't designed to smoke flowers. And to be real: if you aren't into only smoking oils, getting a nail and dome set to throw on your glass-on-glass bubbler is probably more economical.

But if you are in the market for something specifically for smoking your concentrates, this pipe delivers. For the quality of the design and thickness, it's a bubbler that will last, as long as you don't go throwing it down on concrete. Mine has been tipped off tables, slammed by a dog tail, passed around at parties and even been on top of mountain peaks and has survived unscathed. It is nothing fancy in terms of worked glass, but the design itself is elegant enough to be the focal point of the tube.

We can't guarantee all products sent in will be reviewed here at Stoner MacGyver, but if you've got something you think is the greatest invention since sliced pot-bread, send us an e-mail at marijuana@westword.com.

More from our Stoner MacGyver archive: "Stoner MacGyver marijuana review: High Times cannabis cookbook."


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17 comments
glass bubblers
glass bubblers

This looks quite amazing, but I think that a lot of fire is required to heat it up enought. It would last frever if you try to heat it with a lighter.

Drsnitch
Drsnitch

for those who were not aware 420 wellness is owned and operated by richard gaetano a convicted felon and a crimial from south florida!!! only reason they are operating is because the company is in his wifes name kimberly gaetano as a cover up...is this really the kind of people colorado is allowing to operate a marijuana dispensery?? wow.. beware of kimberly and richard gaetano.. hopefully the dea along with the state of colorado will take a closer look into both of these criminals and shut them down and send them back to florida

Monkey
Monkey

I know it's cool and everything but........It makes me feel like a crack head every time I use a torch to get high. Nice piece though. 

The Spleen
The Spleen

How many crackheads do you know who can afford and take the care to purchase a $60 torch, $200 glass waterpipe, $60-$80 adjustable Ti nail (that's over $300.00 just for the gear!)  and then connoisseur-grade wax hash that retails from $35-$45/ gram?!?

In my experience, wax users tend to be connoisseurs who can speak of and compare extraction methods and cannabinoid and terpene profiles. They are articulate, educated cannabis consumers.

Comparing wax hash vaporizing with smoking crack is just another false analogy, in this case one that has been promulgated by loudmouths both outside and from within the movement ("the danger of dabs" was one of the worst pieces of bullshit ever put to paper by an MMJ supporter) through the tenuous connection of torch use. Both use a torch. Get over it.

I think my favorite was the "guest" female at the dabs panel (William attended) who claimed that "she could have had a major accident" and had to go to the emergency room after taking some dab hits. She reminded me of those young girls you see in Civic Center Park on 4/20 who pass out because they don't know how to take care of themselves (stay hydrated, don't drink booze or take pills, etc). Their idiocy and carelessness is what allows local news stations to film the ambulances around the park and tell viewers "see, cannabis is dangerous!" I don't always agree with Donkey but he is absolutely correct in pointing out the vast number of idiots attached to the marijuana movement do more harm than good.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Just what cancer-stricken Grandma needs for her "medicine".

William Breathes
William Breathes

I wish there was a less obnoxious/scary way of heating up the nails on pipes like this, myself.

Thanks for the comment as always Monkey. Have a great weekend.

David Mowers
David Mowers

 What difference does it make anyway all of it is illegal under federal law and they have just started a national raid against manufacturers and retail head shops. Repeat, glass pipes and bongs are illegal under federal law for sale possession or manufacture. It does not matter what you intend to do with them even clean they are illegal.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Your propensity for self-serving denial and delusion is noted.

milwaukee
milwaukee

you can get a super strong does with just one hit - don't think Grandma has a William Breathes type tolerance.   

milwaukee
milwaukee

imagine what people thought the first time they saw a waterpipe, people were skeptical of those also when they first appeared.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Guest Roy spewed -- In the long run, this [DUI marijuana laws] will help the cause, as the more leo and the state overstep their authority, the easier it will be for the inevitable lawsuits to succeed in overturning the excesses of their police state. I do have faith in the courts.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

"Recreational" cannabis use is a myth"

100% Bullshit.

Epic FAIL!

The Spleen
The Spleen

 "Recreational" cannabis use is a myth: all cannabis use is medicinal and improves the body's natural defenses against disease. Even if you just use it to relieve anxiety it is still medicinal: this is why we call anti-depressants "medicines".  You excoriate "stupid stoners" constantly but it is you who desperately seems to need an education.

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

Don't think grandma is a recreational stoner hiding behind the pretense of "medical" marijuana.

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