Volcano Vaporizer Review and Tutorial ~ 8:49
The Volcano is a desktop vaporizer made by Storz and Bickel and currently rated as my best desktop vaporizer. It’s built extremely well, produces top vapor quality (taste, temp, density), and it’s one of the easiest to use.
It does take a few minutes to heat up but I’ve been running it pretty much daily for over five years and it still works as good as new.
This Volcano vaporizer review will break down and compare the two different types of valve systems, Solid Valve and Easy Valve. Plus go over the differences between the Digit and Classic Volcano models. You can click Here to buy the Volcano from the same authorized dealer I buy my vapes from.
Volcano Solid Valve vs Easy Valve
The Solid Valve consists of high quality durable stainless steel and heat resistant plastic. The solid valve also offers customizable balloon sizes. It will save you money on balloons but will need to be cleaned. The chamber and the mouthpiece are higher quality on the solid valve. Overall it will cost about $5-10 per year to buy the replacement balloons for this setup.
The Easy Valve system is the Maintenance free design. It offers a single balloon size. The plus side to the easy valve is it will save you time due to no cleaning but it will cost you roughly $25-$50 a year in balloon costs. So there’s advantages and disadvantages to both valve types. I prefer the Solid Valve attachment because I like the option of creating my own balloons and it costs less yearly to operate. Others will disagree but this is purely user preference. There’s no wrong decision here. In the end it comes down to your opinion. If you want to avoid cleaning go with the easy valve, if you prefer a bit more flexibility or would rather have cheaper recurring costs then the solid valve would be your best bet.
The Volcano uses a forced air system to fill balloons. It also has a couple 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.
“Digit” (Digital) Volcano vs Classic Volcano
First we have the ‘Digital’ version of the Volcano. It offers a brightly lit digital temperature display with big temperature control buttons located on the front that allow 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 4 years and its still working flawlessly, which is a testament to the build quality and beefiness of this unit. The downside to the digital version is they boosted the price tag of the unit by $120 compared to the classic.
The next available version is the “Classic”. The Volcano Classic is the analog version. 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 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.
Warranty Info: The Volcano Classic, Volcano Digit (digital), Easy Valve and Solid Valve filling chambers 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,…”
Volcano Vaporizer Review Summary
Overall, if you’re in the market for a desktop vaporizer with a proven name and track record, the Volcano is your best bet. Whether you choose the Solid Valve or the Easy Valve is completely up to you.
I can’t say that I would recommend going for the “Digital” version just because it’s going to run you an extra $120, but if you like the added shut off timer feature and the easy to read digital temperature display then by all means go for it.
You can click here to buy the Volcano from my recommended authorized retailer.
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 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.
If you think you might want a portable vaporizer instead of a desktop, check out my Firefly 2 review. The Firefly 2 is the only pure convection portable vaporizer that produces vapor quality similar to that of the Volcano. It’s also quite a bit smaller and half the price.
Hey guys Buzz here with vaporizerwizard.com. Today I’ll be going over the Volcano Vaporizer. Now the Volcano is a desktop convection vaporizer and it’s made in Germany by a company called Storz and Bickle. It works by inflating balloons like this through a forced air system on top of this chamber.
Now it also comes in a couple different styles. You get to choose between the classic, which is this one right here. It has the turn dial temperature adjustment in front. Or you can choose the “digit” which has a big digital temperature display located on the front right here and easy buttons to adjust the temperature.
Now you also get to choose between the solid valve attachment and the easy valve attachment. I have the solid valve right here and I’ll get more into this later on in the video and explain the differences between both options.
In my opinion the volcano is the most efficient and easiest way to vape your herbs, oils and concentrates. I own plenty of desktop and portable vaporizers and I always find myself coming back to the Volcano. This is currently my favorite and the highest rated vaporizer of all portable and desktop units.
At the time of this video, the volcano will run you $539 for the classic and $669.00 for the “digit”. You can click the links below in the about section to get the current price and a full review on my website. Now this does seem like a steep price for a vaporizer but I truly believe it’s worth every penny. Overall, the taste, vapor quality and design of this vaporizer are hands down the best on the market.
So first I’ll talk about the features and how to use the volcano. I’ll do a quick vape session, go over the pro’s and con’s, and then suggest the best place to pick one up.
Ok so here is the Volcano Vaporizer. Like I mentioned in the beginning there are two types of models to choose from. The model you see here is the Classic which has an rotary turn dial temperature adjustment ranging from level 1 which is 266°F to level 9 which is 446°F. The digital version of the volcano is called the “digit” and has a digital interface to adjust the temperature. The main differences between the two are the price, the digit will run you an extra $130, and it also comes with an automatic shutoff feature. Both models are almost identical minus the front interface. Which model you choose is completely up to you. I decided to get the classic to save myself the $130.
You also get to choose between the Solid Valve which you see here and the Easy Valve. The solid valve allows you to create custom balloon sizes, the chamber and mouthpiece are higher quality, and the replacement balloons will run you about $5-10 per year. In order to use the solid valve, you just fill up the balloon, attach the mouthpiece and press in to release the vapor. The easy valve has two balloon size options and doesn’t require any cleaning. However, the replacement balloons will run you about $25-50 a year. I decided to go with the Solid Valve attachment to save on overall costs and I like to create my own balloon sizes. Here is the filling chamber for the solid valve attachment. This will hold the herbs and sit on top of the Volcano. When using any vaporizer, you want to make sure and grind up your herbs pretty fine and layer the bottom of the chamber. One of the reasons the volcano has such great vapor quality and density is because of the large surface area that is heated. It allows the herbs to be vaped evenly and consistently. For best results, I do recommend stirring up your herbs a little bit after a couple balloons.
One of the downfalls to the Volcano is the amount of time it takes to heat up. The average heat up time is around 3 minutes. Sometimes, what I like to do is just leave my volcano turned on. So this way, when I want to use it, I just throw on the chamber and fill a balloon. I’ve had mine for over 4 years and no problems with leaving it on. I can’t say that I recommend doing this and the manufacturer will also advise against this, but I’m too impatient to wait for it to heat up. I guess the best way to deal with the heat up time would be to plug it in and begin heating before you grind your herbs. As you can see it took about 2 minutes and 54 seconds to heat up.
In order to use the volcano, you’re going to grind up your herbs and pack a layer at the bottom of the filling chamber. The metal piece with the screen is the filling chamber insert. The insert helps secure the herbs in the chamber because the fan blows up to fill the bag. It also helps get a consistent vape of the herbs in the chamber. Once the chamber is loaded, just place the insert back in and press down slightly to compress the herbs. The next step is to place the chamber on the heating element. It’s not completely secured but it does have an exact fit. You will know if it’s off center. You’ll then take the solid valve attachment without the mouthpiece and attach it to the filling chamber. It will snap into place and secure to the top of the chamber. The balloons are made without softeners which allow them to remain erect even when not filled. So you can position the balloon upwards and it will fill up without falling to the side.
To begin filling the balloon, you will flip the green switch which will turn on the fan. I’ve found the typical fill times for the volcano range from 30-45 seconds depending on your balloon size. One complaint some people have with the volcano is the amount of sound it makes while filling the balloon. On the flip side, the fan is louder because it fills balloons faster than other desktop models. The balloon in this video is a bit bigger and took a little more time to fill up. Once the balloon is full, remove the filling chamber from the heating element. Press down on both sides of the solid valve attachment and it will release from the filling chamber. From here you will attach the mouthpiece to the valve and press in to release the vapor from the balloon.
So now we’ll jump into a vape session with the Volcano. First off, you’ll notice the balloon in this video is a bit smaller. This is the size balloon I prefer to use when it’s just me. I recommend starting your first balloon at level 5. After the first couple balloons, you can increase to level 6 or 7. Here I started off at level 6 to show the kind of vapor quality you can expect.
Once the balloon is full, flip the green button down to turn off the fan and then remove the filling chamber from the heating element. Detach the valve and connect the mouthpiece.
The Volcano’s vapor density, quality and unique design really set this desktop unit apart from all others. It’s extremely easy to use, easy to maintain and built to last. The volcano is definitely not a portable unit weighing in at 3.5 lbs but if you do manage to bring it to a friend’s house, or have friends over at your place, the volcano is definitely the life of the party. The solid valve attachment design is built extremely well and can take a beating. I normally just launch the balloon across the room to my friends and I never have to worry about it breaking. Also, the solid valve volcano balloons are super versatile because they allow you to create sizes for any type of smoking session. You can make bigger balloons for sessions with friends that get about 5-7 hits per balloon or build a 10 foot balloon that will get you 15+ hits. You can also create a smaller balloon for single smoke sessions while relaxing at home.
In this vape session you will notice a little bit of vapor escaping from the chamber due to over-filling the balloon a bit. It’s not that big of a deal but you can eliminate the vapor from escaping by not letting the balloon get too full. You can also see the orange light lit up between the red power switch and the green fan switch. The orange light lets you know when the heating element is on and showing that the unit is currently heating up. Once the desired temperature level has been reached, the orange light will shut off. As always, I recommend removing the chamber from the heating element after the balloon is full to help conserve your herbs. I also recommend removing the metal filling chamber insert after a couple balloons to stir up your herbs. This will make sure that you are getting a consistent vape of all your herbs and ensure the best vapor taste and quality. Once your session is complete, you can either turn off the Volcano or just leave it on if you’ll be back shortly.
Ok so now I’ll talk about the pro’s and cons. First of all, the volcano has the best vapor quality, vapor density and taste of any vaporizer currently on the market. Other units provide different features but nothing compares to the Volcano. The overall build quality is also the best on the market. The volcano has no finicky parts or design flaws. It’s extremely easy to use whether you get the “classic” or the “digit” and you essentially never have to clean the volcano if you go with the easy valve set up.
Now the con’s are the cost. At $539, it is currently one of the most expensive vaporizers on the market. But as I mentioned in my previous videos, in this market, you definitely get what you pay for. The size of the Volcano is by no means discreet and it is not a portable unit. It’s meant for home use only. The time in which it takes for the volcano to heat up could also be considered a con but it’s not a deal breaker. Also, the noise when filling balloons is louder than its competitors but as you saw earlier in the video, it fills up balloons in a fraction of the time.
So I’d like to thank you for taking the time to watch my Volcano Vaporizer review. If you are interested in buying the Volcano, you can click the link below for the current price through an authorized dealer. If you found this video helpful, please don’t forget to like and subscribe! I’ll be making more vaporizer videos including tips and tricks, cleaning tutorials and new vaporizer reviews. If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments sections here or on my website and I’ll try to answer everything to the best of my ability. Thanks again and have a great day.
The Volcano is currently my highest rated desktop vaporizer and in my opinion it still holds the title for the best desktop vaporizer. It's still going strong over the course of five years and produces the best vapor quality of any vaporizer I've tried.