The Volcano Classic is a desktop vaporizer made by Storz and Bickel and one of my highest rated desktop vaporizers. It’s built extremely well, produces top tier vapor quality (taste, temp, density), and it’s one of the easiest to use.
Storz and Bickel make a few other vaporizers including the new Crafty Plus portable vaporizer, the Mighty portable vaporizer, and a couple of other versions of the Volcano. I will get more into the different Volcano versions later on in this Volcano Classic vaporizer review.
A CLASSIC for two decades…
Not much has changed since the Volcano was first sold back in 2000. The biggest change is the fact that you can only get the Easy Valve system now. Other than that, it still uses basically the same internals and offers the exact same features. A power switch that turns on the heater, an analog turn dial for temperature control, and a fan switch to force air into a turkey bag or “balloon”.
My few complaints with the Volcano Classic are that it does take a few minutes to heat up and the bags need to be replaced often if you are a heavier user like yours truly.
I can say that I’ve been running a version of the Volcano (Classic, Digit, Hybrid, Gold Edition) daily for over a decade myself and I’ve only ever had one issue. The power switch went out and they had it fixed and back to me in under a week.
If you’re looking for a desktop vaporizer to satisfy all your at-home dry herb vaporizing needs, look no further than the Volcano Classic vape.
Like I said earlier, Storz and Bickel offer a couple of different versions of the Volcano which I’ll get more into down below but you honestly can’t go wrong with any of them.
You can click here to buy the Volcano from the same authorized dealer I buy my vapes from and be sure to use my coupon code “S&B15” for 15% OFF your Volcano vaporizer.
In the Box
- Volcano Classic Vaporizer
- Easy Valve Filling Chamber
- 5 x Easy Valve Balloons
- 5 x Easy Valve Mouthpieces
- 6 x Easy Valve Screens
- 3 x Easy Valve Clips
- Cleaning Tools
- Concentrate Pads
- Air Filter Set
The kits are exactly the same in both the Classic and Digit Volcano vaporizers. The unit itself is the only thing that changes. The Gold Edition Classic vaporizer is the same as well but with a 24k Gold Plated shell.
EASY VALVE FILLING CHAMBER SYSTEM
The Easy Valve system is a maintenance-free design. It offers a single, replaceable balloon size. They last me anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months depending on how much herb I’m vaping and if I clear out the bag every time.
The Volcano uses a forced-air system to fill balloons and even work works with the whip system on the new Volcano Hybrid. It also has a couple of different versions to choose from, the Digit and the Classic. I have the Volcano Classic but I’ll go ahead and explain the features for both of them.
VOLCANO CLASSIC VS DIGIT
What are the differences between the Volcano Classic and Digit? First, we have the digital version of the Volcano which is called the Digit and it retails for $599. It offers a brightly lit digital temperature display with big temperature control buttons located on the front that allows you to easily adjust the temperature.
One of the best features of the Volcano Digit is the automatic shutoff timer. If the unit is on for more than 30 minutes and not being used, it will turn off your unit. The reason it does this is to save energy and this also helps to preserve the longevity of the Volcano’s heating element.
Personally, I have the classic and leave it running for the majority of the day. I cannot recommend doing this, because it will supposedly decrease the life of the unit, but I’ve had mine for almost 10 years and it’s still working flawlessly, which is a testament to the build quality and beefiness of this unit.
The only downside to the digital version of the Volcano is they boosted the price tag of the unit by $120 compared to the classic. Before you decide to go with the Digit Volcano, I highly recommend checking out my Volcano Hybrid Review first. Yes it’s $100 more but it blows away the Digit as far as features and options go.
The next available version is the “Classic”. The Volcano Classic is the analog version of the Volcano vaporizer and it retails for $479. It’s exactly the same as the “digit” minus the digital display and auto shut off timer. Like I mentioned above it will also save you $120.
You don’t get the digital temperature display but the turn dial is still incredibly easy to use and allows you to set the temperature of the unit ranging from one to nine. 1 is the lowest temperature setting and 9 being the highest. My favorite way to vape with the classic is to start the first few bags on 5 and end the last one on level 7.
CLEANING, MAINTENANCE & WARRANTY INFO
How often should you clean your Volcano Vaporizer? I honestly clean my filling chamber once every couple of weeks. I’ve even gone over a month without cleaning anything. I don’t recommend this, especially if you value vapor taste, but it can function forever basically. It’s important to note that I do brush out the chamber and the screen on the mouthpiece after every session. This helps keep everything cleaner for longer.
How To Clean
- Heat up your Volcano. Higher temps work best.
- Place your empty filling chamber on top of the heating element.
- Turn on the fan and let it run for about 20 seconds.
- Turn off the fan and remove the filling chamber.
- From here you can use a paper towel or q-tip to wipe out all the debris.
If you have an extremely dirty filling chamber you can place bowl and screens and place them in some isopropyl alcohol for 30 minutes or so and then clean them off. Make sure everything is completely dry before you use it again.
The Volcano Classic, Volcano Digit (digital), and the Easy Valve filling chamber are covered for three years from defects in materials and workmanship.
From Storz and Bickel: “Company warrants solely to the original purchaser of the Products that for the warranty period” (36 months), “the Products will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use,…”
STORZ AND BICKEL VOLCANO VAPORIZERS
First things first, the Classic Volcano and the Gold Edition Classic Volcano are exactly the same minus the 24k Gold Plating. They use the same filling chamber, same balloons, same internals, everything. The Volcano Classic GOLD EDITION retails for $599 which is the same price as the Digital version of the Classic Volcano. Click the link for a full breakdown including the history of how the Volcano vaporizer came to be.
Volcano Classic vs Hybrid
The Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer is the newest upgraded version of the Volcano vaporizer and it’s honestly my most used vaporizer of any I’ve tested. It heats up much faster, offers precise temp control, and now comes with a whip option!
I wasn’t sure about the whip at first but it’s honestly a game-changer. The amount of vapor I can get through the whip with the fan assist is almost too much. You can also use the whip without the fan if that’s not your thing but either way I’m extremely happy with the new system. I’ve also been having a lot of fun using the whip with a glass bubbler at home.
The main reasons I like the Hybrid over the Classic Volcano are the quick heat-up times and fast filling balloons. I know it doesn’t make that big of a difference when you’re at home but it’s nice to be able to get in a quick session without having to wait for the Volcano to heat up.
Hybrid Whip + Classic Volcano
Does the Hybrid whip work with the Classic Volcano? The whip DOES work with the Classic Volcano but it doesn’t secure down the same way and could fall off while in use. The Hybrid Filling Chamber is completely redesigned and it’s similar to the Plenty vaporizer now. So you can make it work but it’s much better with the new Hybrid chamber system.
All in all, I recommend giving my Volcano Hybrid Review a look before you pull the trigger on the Classic. Remember that you get 15% off with coupon code “S&B15” and this will without a doubt, be the last desktop vaporizer you will need to buy.
VOLCANO VAPORIZER REVIEW SUMMARY
Overall, if you’re in the market for a desktop vaporizer with a proven name and track record, the Volcano Classic is your best bet. Whether you choose the Classic, the Digit, the Volcano Hybrid, or the new Gold Edition, you can’t go wrong.
Three words to describe the Volcano vaporizers… simple, reliable, and consistent. They just work and they work well.
Concentrate Use: The only reason that I wouldn’t get the Volcano is if I was going to be using a lot of concentrates. It does work with the included mesh pad but it’s definitely not the best. I would recommend something like the Ditanium which you can check out here.
Classic vs Digit vs Gold, what would the Wizard do? I can’t say that I would recommend going for the “Digital” version just because it’s going to run you an extra $120 and it’s the same internals, but if you like the added shut-off timer feature and the easy to read digital temperature display, by all means, go for it. I would, however, take a peek at my Gold Edition Volcano Classic article. She is most definitely a beaut.
Where to Buy
You can click here to buy the Volcano Classic from my recommended authorized retailer. Be sure to use my coupon code “S&B15” for 15% off any Storz and Bickel product.
Budget Desktop Options: If you are still looking for a quality desktop vape, but cannot justify the volcano price, I recommend looking at the Extreme Q review which is a “multi-use” desktop vaporizer.
It offers both a balloon and a whip option. I don’t feel like it offers anywhere near the same vapor quality as the Volcano and it has a few design flaws but it is less expensive.
You can also check out my list of best desktop vaporizers 2020 for more at-home vape options.
If you think you might want a portable vaporizer instead of a desktop, check out my Mighty vaporizer review. The Mighty is also made by Storz and Bickel and a lot of people jokingly call it the portable Volcano because of the rock-solid performance and consistency which portables are not generally known for.
VOLCANO VAPORIZER UPDATES
- 4/11/20 – The new Volcano Hybrid is out and I just finished up my Hybrid Vaporizer Review!
- 4/20/20 – Storz and Bickel released the 20th anniversary Gold Edition Volcano Classic Vaporizer! Click the link to read about how the Volcano came to be over 20 years ago and a quick review of the Gold Edition Volcano Classic.