The Box is much smaller than a water pipe, does not require water, can be used outdoors in windy conditions, and in general is far less fragile than most water pipes. The Box is also much more stealthy.
A water pipe, by burning your herb, generates all sorts of secondary and harmful chemical byproducts which must then be filtered out using water bubbling. While water filtering does not remove all of the harmful combustion byproducts, it does remove some of the active ingredients by vapor condensation in the water. As such, a water pipe destroys some of your herbal goodness by burning and condensation losses. More medicinal qualities are available from your herbs with Box vaporization.
With a water pipe, the wide shape of the mouthpiece naturally encourages the user to take deeper draws farther into the lungs. To get the same effect out of the Box, we instruct users to take long slow deep draws. The slowness is for how the Box heats, and the longness is so you take a deeper draw fully into the more absorbent passages of the lungs. We recommend that first time Box users learn how to control the temp in the Box by controlling their draw rate, and then work to take fewer, much longer and deeper draws. In this way, you will find that the Box is far more useful, effective and efficient than any water pipe.