Is it possible to reuse carbon filters

actiTube activated carbon filters and accessories

actiTube (formerly known as Tune Filter) from Smart Smoking in Berlin offers a range of activated charcoal smoking accessories such as filter mouthpieces that can be used in pipes, blunts and hand-rolled cigarettes. The patented carbon filter system cools the smoke and removes a large part of the pollutants, which is of great advantage for both the lungs and the teeth.
actiTube activated carbon, loose, 335ml
Base price € 19.67 / liter
incl. 19% VAT. excl. shipping
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Activated carbon instead of cardboard filters

actiTube screw-in filters are an elegant replacement for conventional cigarette filters or homemade cardboard filter inserts. The activated carbon filters a good proportion of harmful condensates out of the smoke, the smoke becomes pleasantly mild. The filters are intended for both cigarettes and special pipes and are suitable for multiple use. With pipes there is also the advantage that they are less soiled and therefore have to be cleaned less often. At the same time, it means less itchy throat and no more uncomfortable feeling in the lungs when smoking. Many smokers who swear by these charcoal filters also find that the smoke tastes sweeter and better.

In addition to the pipe filters, actiTube also offers plug-on heads for the bong and even its own series of pure pipes, which are perfectly adapted to use with the in-house activated carbon filters. Glass heads are also offered.

Can the carbon filters be reused? If so, how often?

The question of reusability can be answered clearly with "yes". The large amount of charcoal (significantly more than with comparable pipe filters) makes it possible to reuse the filter several times. Before it is completely smoked through, ineffective or simply clogged, an actiTube filter can be reused a maximum of ten times, depending on consumption and rotation habits. However, the filter effect is a little worse every time.

In general, the filters are "through" when they are completely clogged and smoke can no longer be drawn through. When exactly this occurs, however, depends on various factors such as smoking technique, type and quantity of tobacco and, last but not least, the puff frequency. As a rule of thumb, however, an average of 4-6 passes can be assumed for average cigarettes.

Why are the pieces so big?

Since the actiTubes are based on the filter inserts designed for tobacco pipes and were actually also designed as activated carbon filters for pipes, they are a little longer and thicker than most normal cigarette filters. They have not been reduced in size since then - that is simply because they should continue to fit into the standardized inserts of the mouthpieces of tobacco pipes. - if you want to turn thinner, you will find the solution in the following paragraph

actiTube Slim for thinner cigarettes

Friends of thinner rotating gears will find perfect and reusable filters for everyday use in the slim version of the actiTube. However, since the parts are a little longer than conventional screw-in filters, we recommend using an extension paper to keep the amount of tobacco halfway the same. It should be noted that you should smoke the slim filters in small, short puffs and always store them at room temperature and use them if possible, because otherwise the smoke will collect as condensate on the activated carbon and clog the filters due to their small diameter.

How around or in which direction is the filter inserted?

If you are using actiTube filters for the first time, you may notice some special features. A frequently asked question is: "How do I actually use the filters?". In order to use the filters correctly, it does not matter whether you want to smoke a pipe, blunt or cigarette with them - the ceramic cap must always be facing the burning end. In general, activated charcoal filters for pipes usually only have a ceramic part on one side, which represents the inlet for the smoke, on the other side there is no filter attachment, just a piece of plastic, paper or cardboard - depending on the version. When turning, you have to resist the temptation to put the ceramic piece in your mouth - otherwise you will accidentally burn the cardboard part of the filter.

Put simply: the activated charcoal filter must not catch fire or smoke, which is why the side with the ceramic surface must always be turned towards the embers. The plastic or cardboard end is always the mouthpiece. This also applies to the use in pipes!