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 going over the differences between the Digit and Classic Volcano models. I think pretty much everyone has gone to the Easy Valve system which is the easier system but I’m going to miss making 10-foot volcano bags on 4/20 every year!
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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 of 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 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.
“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 it’s 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 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.
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.
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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 Mighty vaporizer review. The Mighty is also made by Storz and Bickel and a lot of people joking call it the portable Volcano because of the rock-solid performance and consistency which portables are not generally known for.