Congratulations! It's a Rig: Learning the Difference Between Male and Female

Congratulations! It's a Rig: Learning the Difference Between Male and Female

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Have you ever bought an accessory for your water pipe or dab rig only to find it doesn’t fit your downstem? You’ve probably had more experienced smokers tell you it’s because your pipe or rig is “male” or “female.” Let’s dig into what exactly that distinction means.

Male Water Pipes And Dab Rigs

There’s one simple trick to telling if your pipe or rig is male. Ask yourself this question: do I put my bowl onto the joint or into the joint? If the answer is onto, you have a male rig!


Since your joint or downstem needs accessories to be placed on top of it, the accessories you buy must be female. All you have to do is buy the opposite “gender” accessory of your pipe or rig. Easy!


Another rule that generally proves true is that dab rigs or concentrate water pipes are male. Standard water pipes are usually female. If you’re not entirely sure, though, it’s best to just check your joint or downstem.

Female Water Pipes And Dab Rigs

Female pipes are the opposite of male pipes. Instead of placing your bowl or other accessory onto the joint or downstem, you would insert it into the joint or downstem.


If your water pipe is female, you need to buy male accessories that will insert into your joint or downstem. A good way to tell is if your water pipe has a wider opening that you can slide things into. It’s really that simple!

Different Parts, Equal Opportunities

Whether your water pipe is male or female, you’ve got options when it comes to accessories. There are plenty of other factors to consider when buying your smoking accessories, such as joint sizes, additional filters, and material, but those are topics for another article. Knowing the gender of your pipe is the starting point for all those other crazy decisions.


Ready to choose a water pipe? Or eager to find the right bowls or adapters now that your pipe’s gender is sorted out? Thick Ass Glass has you covered.
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