If you are a fan of glass bongs, you may have heard of RooR, a German brand of high-quality water pipes and hookahs that has gained a loyal following around the world. RooR bongs are known for their craftsmanship, durability, smoothness and style. However, they are also quite expensive, ranging from $200 to over $1000 depending on the size and model. This makes them a tempting target for counterfeiters who want to rip off unsuspecting customers by selling them cheap knockoffs that look like the real thing.
Counterfeit bongs are not only a waste of money, but they can also be harmful to your health. They are made of low-quality glass that can break easily, shatter into sharp pieces, or release toxic chemicals when heated. They may also have poor filtration, airflow and percolation, resulting in harsh and unpleasant smoke. Moreover, they can damage the reputation of RooR and other legitimate brands that work hard to produce high-end glass products.
So how can you tell if the glass bong you bought or want to buy is authentic or counterfeit? Here are some tips and tricks to help you spot the difference and avoid getting scammed.
Check the authentication seal
In 2018, RooR introduced an authentication seal on each of its pipes to combat the counterfeit market. The seal is a unique, tamper-proof bubble tag with an alphanumeric ID and a QR code. You can verify if your RooR is real by entering your tag’s 14-character ID on
RooR’s authentication page
. If your bong doesn’t have a seal, or if the seal doesn’t match the online verification, it’s most likely a fake.
Check the signature
Almost every RooR bong should have a signature on it, unless it’s a RooR Tech water pipe. The signature is not actually a personal signature of the blower or artist, but an indicator of the specs for each pipe that’s made during production. It should contain two dots and some numbers that represent the height, diameter and wall thickness of the bong. For example, a signature that says “18.8-50-5” means that the bong has an 18.8 mm joint size, a 50 mm diameter and a 5 mm wall thickness.
The signature should be located on the side of the bong, either on the left or right depending on the blower’s preference. It should not be hugging the joint or above the neck of the bong. The color of the signature doesn’t matter, as long as it matches the color of the logo.
Check the logo
The logo is another important feature to look at when identifying a real RooR bong. The logo should have a registered trademark (®) symbol on it, and both R’s should be facing towards the left. The logo should not be reversed, flipped or have any extra words added to it. The logo should also not go past the ice catchers or cover up a perc.
The color of the logo doesn’t matter either, as RooR offers various colors and designs for their logos. However, you should make sure that the logo is consistent with the model and year of production of your bong. For example, some older models may have different logos than newer ones.
Check the ice catcher
The ice catcher is another distinctive feature of RooR bongs. It consists of three pinches (notches) in the neck of the bong that allow you to put ice cubes in it for cooling down your smoke. The ice catcher should not be in the middle of the neck, but closer to the top. It should also not have more or less than three pinches.
Check the joint
RooR is credited for inventing glass-on-glass joints in 1995, which are joints that are made of glass instead of rubber or metal. Glass-on-glass joints provide better sealing, airflow and durability than rubber grommet joints. Therefore, an authentic RooR bong will never use a rubber grommet joint.
Check the percs
Percs are devices that create bubbles inside the bong to filter and cool down your smoke. RooR offers various types of percs for their bongs, such as tree, dome, inline, showerhead and honeycomb. However, not all RooR bongs have percs, and some models may have different percs than others. If you want a percolated RooR bong, make sure it has a splash guard, which is a dome-shaped piece of glass that prevents water from splashing into your mouth. If it doesn’t have a splash guard, it’s probably a fake.
Check the price
Finally, one of the easiest ways to spot a fake RooR bong is to check the price. As mentioned earlier, RooR bongs are expensive, and for a good reason. They are made of high-quality glass and materials, and they undergo rigorous quality control and testing. If you see a RooR bong that is selling for much less than its original price, or if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t fall for cheap deals or discounts that are meant to lure you into buying a counterfeit product.
RooR bongs are among the best glass products in the market, and they deserve to be respected and appreciated by their users. However, there are many fake bongs that try to imitate them and deceive customers. By following these tips and tricks, you can avoid getting scammed and enjoy your authentic RooR bong with your favorite herb or tobacco.