There’s more to making a bong than choosing the right material and shape. The design is also key, especially when building a custom e-cig box mod or vape pen tank. EHLE has created some of these designs for vapers who want something unique. Read on for their best custom bongs.
Boom! There it goes – your beautiful new vape setup that took weeks (or months) of planning suddenly becomes an ugly mess in one puff. It seems there’s always an imperfection in the glass, or something isn’t quite straight after being carefully assembled. Or maybe the stem handle breaks off while you’re taking your first hit.
It doesn’t have to be this way. With the right materials and lots of trial and error, you can build a truly unique vaping experience. You could even design a better product than most manufacturers offer.
That’s because millions of people do that all over the world. They’ve pooled their knowledge and resources into hundreds of electronic cigarette companies called “manufacturers.”
These guys make the products they sell, which means if you find a great deal online at one site, chances are it’s also available from other retailers. And sometimes those sites have cool stuff too. Here are four examples.
Box Mods vs. Tanks
If you’ve seen a commercial for a vaporizing device such as Volcano or Stündenglass, then you know how fun and flashy modern smoking devices can get. But when it comes down to using them, many enthusiasts prefer simpler options.
Tanks come preloaded with dry herbs, whereas boxes require filling through drips. Also, cleaning is easier since everything inside a box is enclosed within a single body. Plus, there are plenty of styles to choose from.
One popular option is the top loading system similar to a gravity-fed water pipe where the lid opens upward instead of downward. However, if you enjoy vaping concentrates, consider switching to a concentrate pod-style unit. This type of unit works much the same way but lets you add the substance directly with ease.
Single Tank Vs. Multiple Tubes
For years, vaping fans were limited to buying multiple loose-leaf tobacco sticks or a few cheap plastic pens loaded with wax. As technology progressed, though, so did our desire for customization. Nowadays, users can pick between several different types of tubes made by various brands.
Some use standard coils, others utilize titanium nails, and still, others feature ceramic pieces. Each method offers distinctive flavors but requires slightly different maintenance and charging schedules. When selecting a tube brand, try visiting a local shop before purchasing anything.
See what customers say, read reviews and forums, and ask around until you find a company whose products fit your needs.
Multi-tank Pods & Refill Packs
These days, most smokers don’t limit themselves to just one flavor. Instead, they often purchase multi-packs containing multiple cartridges filled with different substances. However, if you’d rather go the DIY route, there are two ways to do this.
First, you can buy refill packs containing small amounts of dry herb, nicotine, and flavoring agents. Then fill empty pods with your blends and load them into the battery.
Second, you can create your bulk mix using loose-leaf herbs with concentrated extracts. Afterward, apply a thin layer to the screen and place it under a heated oven set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93.3 degrees Celsius).
Once finished, allow the mixture to sit for 24 hours, and voilà – fresh flavored smoke. Be sure not to inhale the fumes otherwise.
Safety Concerns About Building Your Own
Building your gear may save money, but unless you understand proper safety procedures and follow instructions closely, you risk causing damage to your home or electronics. To avoid accidents, keep these tips in mind:
- Always work outside or somewhere away from children and pets.
- Keep all tools far enough away from flammable objects.
- Use caution when handling lithium-ion batteries.
- Never heat your battery above 250 degrees F (121 C)!
- Be careful during recharging. Never leave your charger unattended.
- Clean up spills immediately.
- Don’t attempt repairs without professional help.
In addition to following directions properly, look for signs warning against prolonged exposure to high temperatures. Most importantly, take care of your lungs and heart. Don’t forget to wear appropriate protective equipment, including eyeglasses, gloves, masks, earplugs, and a medical ID bracelet.
Finally, consult your doctor before beginning any hobby involving smoking-related items.
Now that you’re familiar with the basics, here are some interesting builds designed specifically for electronic cigarettes.
The Best Box Mod
This sleek little number was built entirely by hand and features a stainless steel housing encased in matte black mineral composite resin. Inside lies a rechargeable LiPo battery capable of outputting 2200 mAh per charge. On/off buttons are located at the base and atop the device.
Two mesh screens cover the heating element and prevent direct contact with the fire. A simple LED light ring provides illumination behind the glass chamber. Users will appreciate the compact size and clean lines.
The Best Single Tank Vape Pen
This beautifully crafted bong looks like something Dr. Sigmund Freud would have used. Not only does it resemble his classic white lab coat, but it also resembles the famous man himself. Its frosted acrylic headpiece gives it a classy appearance, yet it sits firmly upon a solid aluminum stand.
Aside from the removable mouthpiece, nothing else protrudes from the bottom of the gadget except for a decorative chimney. The smooth curves and fine details give it a vintage feel.
Because it uses traditional rolling paper that gets smoked directly from the unit, there is no need to worry about burning your lips or having ash fall onto your clothes.
The Best Multi-Tank Vaporizer
With this cleverly-designed build, you won’t have to stop smoking altogether. Remove the mouthpiece and insert another hose for additional hits. Since the main part contains a dual coil heater, it heats quickly and evenly.
Thanks to a swiveling hinge, you can adjust the angle of the second tank and lock it in position. By turning the hoses 90 degrees, you can change the airflow direction. Another neat touch is the locking mechanism that prevents accidental removal.
A Word About Safety
When building your vaporizers, keep these important points in mind:
Work outdoors or elsewhere away from kids and animals.
Do not heat your battery above 250°F (121ºC)!
Wear appropriate protection, including eyeglasses, gloves, masks, ear plugs, and medical ID bracelets.
My Favorite EHLE Bongs
EHLE Glass Bong – Clear Contoured Tube
This unique glass bong from EHLE Glass is contoured vertically all along the inside of the cylinder to give it an appearance not unlike an old Roman pillar. The effect is fantastic, especially when coupled with the frosted EHLE logo.
The pinpoint precision joints of EHLE glass water pipes are made on their factory premises and are subject to continuous quality and performance tests.
They guarantee the utmost accuracy in the fitting of all parts and accessories. After running through computer-controlled cool and temper processes, every glass piece will surely be delivered stress-free.
Ehle Glass Custom Bong 5mm – Futurism
This custom glass bong by EHLE Glass is the future, and the future is now. A straight tube with a bent neck and an ice hole instead of traditional notches immediately consigns to history our previous theories regarding the ideal platform of stackulation for smoke-cooling ice cubes.
The flame-polished logo lends an ethereal dimension to the bong, and the bent neck brings the mouthpiece so much closer to you that you will save inches on the amount of lifting yourself up from the couch you need to hit the thing.
There are many rivals to RoorÆs throne, but none have quite entered the ring with the swagger of Ehle Glass, and this Futurism bong is one firecracker of a right hook.
Ehle Glass Custom Bong 5mm – Green Piece
This custom glass bong by EHLE Glass has a green and white colored theme. A straight tube with a green and white crown mouthpiece and crown bowl, plus green colored ice-notches. The bong features a green sig and a sandblasted logo.
A great color combo and a true individual amongst straight ice cylinder bongs.
There are many rivals to the RooRs throne, but none have quite entered the ring with the swagger of Ehle Glass, and this Green Piece is a cheeky headbutt while the ref ain’t looking.