This is meant as a short introduction to the hookah for those without the cultural background of its use. I cannot claim any expertise, as I only shared a bowl or two with friends in my youth. Aspire's entry into the e-Hookah market intrigued me enough to buy the e-hookah and a couple of hookahs to give it a try. I've been researching hookahs on the Internet and talking to folks at local head shops to learn what I have.
A hookah is a water pipe. Shisha, usually a mixture of tobacco and molasses that has had flavouring added, is broiled rather than burned in a bowl. The vapour is drawn down the stem, through water to cool it, and then through a hose into the mouth and lungs. The coals used to broil the shisha last about an hour. This keeps the user tied to his hookah for an hour of rest, socialization, or contemplation. Some hookahs come with several hoses so that friends can share a bowl of shisha.
When I searched for e-hookah on the 'net, the results included many pen style vaporizers, only four that replace the bowl on a traditional hookah, and one complete device. Some of these devices are sold under various brand names. Aspire's e-hookah falls into the the bowl replacement category.
The images show the equipment I intend to use in reviewing Aspire's e-hookah. The first is the hookah, spare stem, and Aspire Proteus I brought home today. The second is the four hose hookah purchased through e-Bay which will arrive within the next two weeks.
I'm looking forward to the review, and sharing my results.