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The Beginner’s Guide to Bong Adapters

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Bong adapters are nifty little tools that you can use for so many different things when it comes to making changes to your bong. They can be a bit confusing at first. That is, until you read this handy little guide to adapters.

What are Bong Adapters Used For?

Adapters are used for three different things: changing the size of your bong’s joint, converting a bong into a dab rig, and converting a dab rig into a bong. Now, why would you want to change your bong’s joint size? Say you have an awesome bowl that you want to use, but it’s an 18.8mm size bowl and your downstem only fits 14.5mm bowls. You can use an adapter to convert the size from 14.5 to 18.8mm and then you can use any bowl you want, provided they are one of those two sizes.

Types of Adapters

There are three different types of glass on glass bong adapters: male to female, female to female, and male to male. Each serves a different purpose.

Male to Female

Male to female adapters are used to convert your bong’s joint size. The male end goes in the joint and the female end sticks out of the bong, which is of course where you put the bowl. All you need to know is the joint size of your bong and the joint size that you need. There’s an easy way to do this. If the joint size is the size of your pinky finger, then it’s 14.5mm. If it’s the size of an American dime, it’s 18.8mm. Any smaller and it’s 10mm, larger is 29.2mm.

Female to Female

Female to female bong adapters are used to convert dab rigs, which come with male joints, into bongs, which have female joints. Female to female adapters can come in the same size at both ends, or one end can be smaller or larger. This way you can adjust your rig’s joint size and convert it into a bong while you’re at it.

male to male bong adapter convert to dab rig

Using a male to male adapter to convert a bong into a dab rig. Image Source: Barcelona Seed Center

Male to Male

Male to male adapters are used to convert bongs into dab rigs. They work the same way a female to female adapter works, except they fit inside the downstem. You know, kinda like sex, hence why they’re called “male” and “female” in the first place. Again, just make sure you know the size of your joint and the size of the nail you’re using.

It sounds like a lot to take in at first, but it’s pretty simple once you get it down. Next, we’ll go over some of the less commonly used adapters, as well as some scenarios where you would need an adapter and how you would use one. You’ll be an expert in no time!


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