Jet Water Pipe interview time, stoners. After putting the Jet Bong through some test flights, and by test flights we mean taking a few weeks worth of bong hits, we had a few questions. Sure, we dug the thing, but we need to get the lowdown on how it worked. If you haven’t checked out the review…what the fuck’s wrong with you, man. Just kidding. Here it is so you can catch up.
STUFF STONERS LIKE: How many people work at Jet?
JET WATER PIPE’S DANE: There’s three of us that make up JET Filtration Systems. Geoff: owner/ designer/ CNC programmer, Dane (me): sales/ production/ support. Alex: occasional sales/ support.
STUFF STONERS LIKE: Where y’all from, man?
JET WATER PIPE’S DANE: Idaho, the most conservative state in the northwest! That’s why we have to be careful and design it for tobacco!
STUFF STONERS LIKE: Idaho, damn. That’s far dude. So how long y’all been dong this shit?
JET WATER PIPE’S DANE: 2006. We didn’t go consumer direct until January of 2012 which is when the website went operational (prior to which we only did wholesale). Coincidentally that’s also when skynet became self aware…
STUFF STONERS LIKE: What’s the name of your company again? Jet or Jet filtration systems?
JET WATER PIPE’S DANE: Kind of strange but it’s actually called Fozion Labs Inc. JET Filtration Systems is a division of Fozion.
STUFF STONERS LIKE: Who designed this thing?
JET WATER PIPE’S DANE: Geoff Groff the owner and evil genius.
STUFF STONERS LIKE: So the tube of the Jet Water Pip is made of BPA free poly-carbonate. Sounds like some sort of bubbly beverage. Tell us more?
JET WATER PIPE’S DANE: Here’s some examples of why: The cockpit canopy of the F-22 Raptor jet fighter is made from a piece of high optical quality polycarbonate, and is the largest piece of its type formed in the world! Polycarbonate is commonly used in eye protection, as well as in other projectile-resistant viewing and lighting applications that would normally indicate the use of glass, but require much higher impact-resistance like, automotive headlamp lenses, lighting lenses, sunglass/eyeglass lenses, swimming and SCUBA goggles, and safety glasses/goggles/visors including visors in sporting helmets/masks and police riot gear. Windscreens in small motorized vehicles are commonly made of polycarbonate, such as for motorcycles, ATVs, golf carts, and small planes and helicopters!
Polycarbonate, being a versatile material with attractive processing and physical properties, has attracted a myriad of smaller applications. The use of blow-molded drinking bottles, glasses and food containers is common, like Nalgene bottles for example.
STUFF STONERS LIKE: Ain’t poly-carbonate a chemical?
JET WATER PIPE’S DANE: Polycarbonate is formed from the reaction of a bunch of different chemicals or polymers containing carbonate groups (–O–(C=O)–O–). Most polycarbonates of commercial interest are derived from rigid monomers. Borosilicate glass is also your definition of a “chemical” and is created by adding boric oxide to the traditional glassmaker’s frit of silicate sand, soda, and ground lime.
STUFF STONERS LIKE: Speaking of chemicals, wouldn’t it be better for our health to fashion a bong out of meth and use that to smoke weed out of?
JET WATER PIPE’S DANE: Using Methamphetamine to construct a device to smoke weed out of would not work. The crystals formed during synthesis are too small and delicate to be able to form any kind of rigid shape or structure. I suppose if you wanted to really badly, you could just glue a bunch of meth to an already existing smoking device as some twisted art project!
STUFF STONERS LIKE: Can you tell us about the fancy on-board futuristic filtration system?
JET WATER PIPE’S DANE: Yeah of course, going to be another long answer though!.. In the design we used computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to derive design-specific equations for obtaining a mathematically and geometrically perfect rip. Smoothness and quality of filtration mostly depends on having a large amount of very small bubbles, which increases the surface area of the smoke while moving through the water. This unique diffusion was obtained by much trial and error, and verified using CFD to ensure maximum smoke-water exposure. To clarify, think of a single bubble in water, the only area where the smoke actually ‘touches’ the water is along the outer perimeter of the bubble whereas the smoke in the very center of the bubble does not actually contact the water and is therefore considered ‘unfiltered’. This is why reduction of bubble size is so critical to the overall performance of the JET, simply because it is reducing the volume of unexposed smoke per bubble, therefore causing a noticeable increase in draw smoothness.
In addition to the bubble diameter, it is also important to ensure that the individual bubbles do not meet up with their neighboring bubbles once leaving the diffuser (otherwise it would defeat the purpose of having small bubbles in the first place). Fortunately for the JET, the diffuser holes are staggered so that no two neighboring bubbles are emitted at the same exact time, allowing them to remain separate until reaching the waters surface, which insures that each bubble filters as much smoke as physically possible making for amazingly high stacks!
The standard JET is roughly equivalent to a 2-3 chamber waterpipe using 23 percolator nozzles. The upgraded JET (with the JTx5 diffuser core) is equivalent to a 5-chamber waterpipe by means of 50 percolator nozzles. On the website we do have the option of having the JTX5 upgrade come pre-installed for 20$ extra which we highly recommend taking advantage of!
Prior to diffusion, the smoke first passes through a high-velocity cyclone filter that spins the inhaled smoke and water around helping to send any heavy debris against the walls of it. This cyclone filter has 3 spiraled flutes cut into the bottom which accelerate the smoke and water to speeds excess of 100 mph, therefore producing high amounts of centrifugal force.
Once out of the cyclone filter, the smoke makes it’s way to the high-speed diffusing nozzles, which have small low-pressure holes that actually ‘retain’ each bubble after formation by the high-pressure nozzles, therefore increasing the retention time of the smoke-water exposure, making it significantly smoother.