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Hookah-Flip

Please review the Hookah-Flip bowl here. Any non-review posts will be removed.

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[b]Hookah-Flip

Height: [/b]9 1/2"
[b]Bowl Diameter:[/b] Just shy of 3"
[b]Bowl Depth:[/b] Just shy of 3/4"
[b]Bowl Capacity: [/b]~30
[b]Bowl Style:[/b] Phunnel

[b]Construction:[/b] Mixture. Some part seem to be brass, others steel
[b]Appearance: [/b]Silly
[b]Cleanability:[/b] PITA

[b]Price: [/b]$39.50

[b]Purchased From: [/b]unmentionable site

[b]Concept:[/b] The idea behind this product is to heat the shisha from the bottom instead of placing coals directly on it. The point being not to scorch or burn the tobacco but to "cook" it.

[b]Results:[/b] It works... with a twist. (what a twist!!) The start up time is longer. You will need to wait approx. 12-20 minutes (depending on brand of tobacco) before things get, ahem, "cooking"
-You will use more coals. With the size of the bowl, I would normally only use 2 CCN cubes but now I use 3 CCN cubes.
-It can drip. One of the things being said is that it doesn't drip. To set the record straight, it can but it's rare. I only had 1 drip occurrence after many sessions and I was using some seriously wet stuff at the time. Essentially it started to boil over.
-Cleaning is pain. Because of the additional parts, clean up takes longer the just scrubbing out a bowl. Plus the "holder/connector" is this weird question mark shape, it was impossible to clean with my normal brushes. I ended up having to get a special flexible brush thing from the hardware store. You will need to clean this part too. It's the airflow.

[b]Overall: [/b] The item itself works and it does make heat management a little easier and slightly safer. No more fiddling with the coals. Just adjust the coal holder up and down as need be. Once you find the sweet spot in height, you can just ignore it and smoke away. The coals last a little bit longer because they are essentially in a wind cover. Works great for those starting out and don't understand the different heat requirements of the different brands. No fear here of scorching your bowl. However, this device is not necessary for seasoned hookah smokers. Once you know what is what, the time needed to setup and cleanup this is not worth it. [b]5/10[/b]

[img]http://i.imgur.com/2NLdD.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i.imgur.com/yZk55.jpg[/img]
On a MYA Diva. Doesn't affect center of gravity of small hookahs at all.

Pictures of the the dripping incident
[img]http://i.imgur.com/Y2eeZ.jpg[/img]
The black pool in the corner of the coal bowl there is a carmelized juices that dripped from the bowl above.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/0y0i6.jpg[/img]
What the top (bottom) of the bowl looked like

Finally, here be a crappy video I took of said dripping. Sorry, I'm not the best videotographer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYoW4hVQ56E

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Great review. Can't wait to try the Idiot Idea. hahaha. But seriously great review.

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Wow, I've had mine for about 2 months now and I absolutely love it! I've tried the following flavors:

Starbuzz Mint Culussus (Its really spelled that way...)
Starbuzz blackberry (not sure which it is, but blackberry something)

[url="http://www.hookah-shisha.com/p-2652-coco-nara-hookah-coals-coconut-hookah-charcoal.html"]Coco Nara Coals[/url]

[b]General[/b]
If you set it too high right off the bat, you're just gonna burn it. Set it a couple inches down and slowly move it up as the smoke gets better. It usually takes me 3-4 minutes to get it going, and the smoke is usually very consistent. I rarely have trouble with it burning the tobacco.

I haven't had any problems with dripping as in the previous post, but I could certainly see where you would with a wetter tobacco. I don't use the little grill thing they gave for the coals, it didn't seem to affect anything.

[b]Construction[/b]
I was skeptical at first about the thing making my hookah too top heavy, but its pretty stable with the right grommet.

I haven't had any issues cleaning it - the coals just dump out easy enough, and if you've smoked the tobacco all the way through, when you pull the tinfoil off, most of the tobacco just sticks to the foil and you just rinse and dry. I usually run water through the pipe till it comes out clear (I hold my hand around the nozzle to create a seal so that the water pressure stays pretty high.)

[b]Concerns[/b]
I'm mildly concerned that the metal around the coal holder will start to deform over time. If you've ever worked with the bolts holding your exhaust pipe together - particularly on an older car - metal expanding and contracting can cause weird things to happen. That said, its a mild concern and will probably only result in it being a little loose eventually (or tight I suppose). I also have this concern for the tobacco bowl, though not as much since it doesn't get nearly as hot.

The coating on the bowl is starting to reveal the copper or whatever, beneath it. Not entirely sure the cause, but I'm not really concerned about this.

I've already burned myself a few times (mostly cause I wasn't paying attention) and I think it could use more and/or thicker insulation. The pipe gets pretty hot too.

[b]Conclusions[/b]
For being the first version of the product, they did a pretty smash up job. I had a 5 hour session with a buddy the other week. I think I went through like 10 coals, but it was awesome. Emir's right though, you def. go through a lot more coals with this thing, and I'm not entirely certain as to why.

I would like to see the charcoal bowl have more but smaller holes in it for air flow, I still accidentally kick ash out the side from time to time. Or maybe some sort of catch around it for that. The catch tray on my hookahs aren't wide enough to deal with that.

I would also like to see a larger version available. I've got a 6 hose hookah for parties, but I don't think I could get the air flow through this to really accommodate them - though I haven't tried yet.

[b]Edit:[/b] I used the screen it came with a few times and found it to just be as annoying to use on the flip as on any other hookah so I just use tinfoil.

[b]8.5/10[/b] Edited by variable

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[b]Hookah-Flip

Height: [/b]9 1/2"
[b]Bowl Diameter:[/b] Just shy of 3"
[b]Bowl Depth:[/b] Just shy of 3/4"
[b]Bowl Capacity: [/b]~30
[b]Bowl Style:[/b] Phunnel

[b]Construction:[/b] Mixture. Some part seem to be brass, others steel
[b]Appearance: [/b]werid but works good
[b]Cleanability:[/b] easy just run some water through it and a little brush clean's up good

[b]Price: [/b]$39.50 + shipping

[b]Purchased From: [/b]Do not remember

[b]Concept:[/b] i like the idea of the flip it using basic SCIENCE! heat rises and why not take advantage of that heating the tobacco from below

[b]Results:[/b] It works fantastic i never have any isues with this bowl the adjustment for it is easy lowering and raising the coals ( i have burnt my fingers though), you can you any kind of coals for it really, heating up time i use only tangiers sometimes i use starbuzz(rarely) and it works perfect, always good hits from it never drips.

[b]Overall: [/b] 9/10,This is an awesome idea i would give it some improvments on the look but what is looks like isn't what it smokes like. Pro's not much tobacco for the amount of smoke you get from it, the bowl last for ever since you are not burning it directly with heat, has that built in wind cover, it has been tipped over and not broken unlike any other bowl, very stable and steady. Con's it gets hot when you touch it and it could use some holes on the bottom of the wind cover area for more air flow i dont have to blow on the coals

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v684/Blitzbolt/7e32efdf.jpg[/img]
If erica ever saw this picture she would hate me lol she looks kind of silly
[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v684/Blitzbolt/10af4c09.jpg[/img] Edited by Pavo21

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