American Garage Tech is as all-American as a company can get with a fairly simple premise – to manufacture products that you could make at home yourself but they make them for you at just the cost of the parts. Resulting in high quality products that don’t cost the earth. A quick perusal of their website shows just the one product – the Lightening Jug along with associated parts. I eagerly await their next project.
The lightening Jug is basic in its design. An old-fashioned flint glass (heavy glass that is generally used in lenses and prisms) mason jar that has had its lid reworked to enable a down stem/ cone piece and mouthpiece to be inserted. The jar is very large – 17cms tall and just over 9cms in diameter. I find it hard to imagine a bubbler that would be easier to clean.
The lid screws on/off and high temperature silicone seals keeping the down stem/bowl and mouthpiece in place. All parts used in this bubbler are food-grade and can handle high levels of heat and disassemble into the following;
- Flint glass quart mason jar
- 304 Stainless steel lid (2 parts)
- Borosilicate glass down stem
- Borosilicate glass bowl
- Borosilicate glass mouthpiece
- X2 high temp silicone seals
TIP: All parts are dishwasher safe.
The reworking of the lid is what turns this simple mason jar into a fully functional water bubbler. A stainless-steel lid in 2 parts – the outer ring that screws/unscrews and a flat top with 2 holes. One hole is for the down stem whilst the other is for the mouthpiece with silicone seals (removable) encapsulating both holes for a perfect, no-budge fit. Once both are in place you will find it difficult to move either out of place.
DIFFUSED DOWN STEM AND CONE
The diffused down stem stands at 15cms tall and has 4 slits along the base for percolation. The top of the down stem is frosted so that you get a very snug fit against the silicone seal when inserted into the lid. The collared cone is 14mm (male in connection) is also frosted for a perfect fit.
TIP: Borosilicate glass is used for both the downstem as well as the cone.
LONG ANGLED STRAW-LIKE MOUTHPIECE
Standing at 15cms tall, the mouthpiece angles out for ease of use and yep, it is frosted too! A fairly thick and durable straw that should withstand daily wear and tear, keeping in mind that this is a glass piece that should be handled with some level of care. The tube ergonomically flares out at the top for ease of inhalation. The wideness of the tube will also make you very happy when it is time to clean your glass piece!
A quick rundown on how to assemble your Lightening jug. A really simple process that will require you to take care and be gentle. 2 grommets (silicone seals) should both be in place securely, sitting evenly when viewed from the top or the bottom. Wet the glass (mouthpiece or down stem) before inserting through the grommets. Push very gently (it is glass!) whilst supporting the grommet from underneath. Push till they are all the way in.
Just as you would any other glass bubbler. Fill the body with water (just above the slits of the downstem should suffice). Don’t overfill unless you want a mouthful of water with each inhale! Place your herbal material of choice within the bowl (again don’t overfill) and light the contents whilst inhaling from the straw. Repeat as needed.
Dishwasher is the first option but if you choose not you can wash by hand in warm soapy water. For other options you can either use one of the myriad of prepackaged cleaning solutions (ensure you rinse thoroughly so no chemicals remain) or you can use my favourite method of Isopropyl Alcohol blended with Rock Salt (check out Higher Standards Salt Rox). The 2 work perfectly together to dissolve and abrade resins/gunk away. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry.
X1 American Garage Tech Flint Glass Quart Mason Jar, x1 diffused down stem, x1 14mm (male) flower bowl, x1 mouthpiece, x2 silicone seals and x1 2-part lid
- Height: 17cms tall
- Diameter: 9cms
- Borosilicate glass
- 100% food grade materials
- Wide and flared removable mouthpiece
- Diffused down stem (removable)
- Comes with a 14mm male bowl (removable)
- Very easy to clean and maintain
- For use with dry herbal material
- Made in the USA