The Ultimate Helix Bong Review | Top Helix Bongs Reviewed
In 2004, something happened that changed the face of smoking technology forever. Grav Labs
opened their doors to eventually improve a great many smoker's experience. Beginning with the not-so-humble Gravitron taking off somewhere in 2005, this unassuming company of 50 employees, 30 of which were exceptionally skilled glass blowers, Grav Labs continued to improve upon itself by bringing forth brilliant high-end innovations and designs: The Helix
line. The brilliant, yet classic and helix bong and helix steamroller are now staples in any serious stoner's arsenal of marijuana smoking accessories.
Helix Beaker Base Bong by Grav Labs - 18 inches - $329.99
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The Helix bong is named after exactly what occurs when a cannabis smoker draws upon the mouth piece of the pipe or bong. Angled micro-holes in the shoulders feeding the funnel-shaped 'Venturi Chamber' allows the smoke drawn into it to take on a vortex-like motion: long twisting spirals of smoke resembling a stretched out spring. This is called a helix (as in "Helix Bong"). The process of following this path through the chamber allows for extra cooling time for the smoke by further aerating it. Aeration that saps the heat from harsh smoke to produce a smoother, more pleasant intake. A process that also provides a bonus in that the vortex itself is simply entertaining to watch: A smoking experience and science experiment all-in-one with a Helix bong!
Part of that science coming from how the Helix bong provides very rich and dense draws through its design by taking advantage of what's known as Bernoulli's Principle. A complicated equation that determines the way that fluids and gases behave within pipes and tubes in their varied configurations. It's through that principle that Grav Labs determined how to design the 'Venturi Chamber', a tapered funnel creating a veritable jet of smoke through the mouth piece or tube.
What makes the Helix bong so popular is that, for so much billowing flowing smoke, which should be harsh on the throat and lungs, is not at all. A smoker might run out of breath trying to inhale before it's finally felt in the lungs. That due to the combined aspects of the Helix bong providing, instead, a very enjoyable smoking experience.
Recognized in Weeds, seen used by Miley and recognized as the best-selling smoking product on the market, there are a few from Grav Labs that stand out as the casual smoker's choices.
Classic Helix Steamroller Pipe by Grav Labs - Small - 9 Inches - Assorted Colors - $89.99
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Coming with a 14.5mm one-hitter glass-on-glass joint head, the conservation quality of the Helix bong design defies that description allowing for up to five or more good draws from one packing using this pipe. The carb hole is on the left side of the tube for clearing. Made from high quality borosilicate glass it's sleek and its clarity flawless. This Helix steamroller pipe has two sizes of small and large and comes with a Helix logo in the colors of black, blue, red, green and etched. Put simply, this Helix steamroller sits among the best steamrollers for sale ever.
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Helix Bong, Continued
A 18.5mm joint head feeds into the Helix bong's pre-mix funnel-shaped pre-cooler, shrinking down to 14.5mm where it fits into the joint base of this 12-inch tall Mini Beaker. This is where the fun part of smoking this particular Helix bong begins! By lighting the tobacco and inhaling, the smoke flows through pre-cooler of the Helix bong and into the base - otherwise known as the "Tsunami" - that can be filled with water or ice. While ice can make the smoke experience that much smoother, water can be a bit more entertaining to watch. In the process of drawing a hit from the Helix bong, smoke fills rises as a little funnel cloud forms above “Hurricane” feeding the 50mm (Almost 2 inches) tube at the top. Even without a carb tube, when the hit is finished, the smoke that would usually remain the base, above the water, to grow stale. With the Helix bong, it can be instead be instantly released by removing the joint head. The water appears to briefly boil rapidly when it does, an effect almost as cool as the helix itself.
Helix Nano Straight Base Bong by Grav Labs - Mini - 10 Inches - Assorted Colors - $149.99
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A Helix bong is made from 7mm thick laboratory-grade borosilicate glass where each joint is made to airflow specification and the signature 'X' downstem made to match. It can come with, depending on the availability, a Grav Labs logo in black, blue, red, green or etched on the tube and pre-cooler. If you're into Helix bongs, or Helix pipes, this piece is perfect for any marijuana smoker!
Full-Sized Helix Bong
The full-sized version of the Helix beaker bong, this Helix bong stands with 7mm inch glass, 18 inches tall with the diameter of 2 inches. Similar to the mini version in all ways but size and the smoothness of the draw, it's with this sort of model that a smoker may want to consider more strength and flavor to the tobacco used in it. As well as the extra smoothness that may come from ice or water, there is also the clearer effect of the helix bong in motion.
As with the Mini-Beaker, this model is made with laboratory-grade borosilicate scientific glass that may have applied a Grav Labs logo in black, blue, red, green or etched.
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