The Volcano Desktop Vaporizer is one of the best reviewed and highest-rated vaporizers on the market, and has been praised by customers and experts for years.
What makes it so special, and is it still the best? Is it worth the high price? Our review will take a closer look and find out
Brief Overview of the Volcano Classic
- Type: Desktop
- Size and weight: 7.9 x 7.9 x 7.1 inches, 3.5 lbs.
- Power supply: AC
- Temperature range: 266°F to 446°F
- Vaporizes: herb and wax
The Volcano is made by Storz & Bickel, founded in 1996 in Tuttlingen, Germany. In 2000, they introduced the Volcano Classic, with exceptional German engineering and high-quality craftsmanship that propelled the company onto the world stage. In 2009, the company was certified as official manufacturers of medical vaporizers, achieving ISO 13485 certification, and in 2016 they built the world's first medical herbal vaporizer factory.
In 2018, Storz & Bickel was acquired by Canadian-based Canopy Growth Corporation, the first publicly traded cannabis company, and the first to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Storz & Bickel founders Markus Storz and Jürgen Bickel are still part of the organization, as the two companies merge scientific and technical expertise with cutting-edge research and ever-growing distribution opportunities.
The Volcano vaporizer is famous for its precision temperature control and convection heating system, that heats herbs without combustion, creating pure, potent, clean draws with no irritants. This precise, efficient heating preserves all the delicate chemical compounds in your herbs, allowing you to vape cleanly with the greatest potency of flavor, aroma, and effects.
The Volcano is made of high quality components, inside and out, and is suitable for a medical-grade vaporizer, including:
- Stainless steel design
- A high performance steel-clad ceramic heating element
- A food safe aluminum heating block
- Food grade silicone air system
- Practically no draw resistance
- In fact, the materials of the Volcano are so high-quality and durable, it comes with a 3-year warranty
The Volcano is available in the Classic version or the Digit version. Here's a rundown of the differences between the models.
- Weighs 3.5 pounds
- Has an analogue temperature dial that goes from 1-9
- Temperature settings range from 266°F to 446°F
- Weighs 4 pounds
- Has digital LED temperature display
- Temperature settings range from 104°F to 446°F
- Automatic shut-off after 30 minutes of inactivity
- More expensive than the Classic
Many people are happy with the performance of the Classic, and don't want to spend the extra cash to upgrade to the Digit model. To be honest, given the Volcano's long startup time, some people even find the automatic shut-off feature to be a drawback. However, the wider vapor temperature range and more precise temperature control on the Digit is a great feature, because different cannabidiols and terpenes vaporize at different temperatures, so you can tweak the temperature to capture specific components of the cannabis you are using. The ability to access lower temperatures particularly allows you to preserve delicate terpenes and have precisely the flavors and effects you’re looking for, balloon after balloon.
Both Volcano models come with the Easy Valve system, but you may also choose to buy a Solid Valve system instead. Here are the differences between them.
- Comes with the Volcano at no additional cost
- Compatible (with additional accessories) with Storz & Bickel portable vapes
- Has fixed balloon sizes
- Does not require cleaning
- Slightly higher cost for replacement balloons over time
Requires an additional purchase
- Has an adjustable bowl, so balloon sizes are more customizable
- Requires periodic cleaning
- More durable for years of use
In short, people like the Easy Valve for speed and ease of use, and it comes with the system. Others like the Solid Valve for its durability and easier customization of balloon size. Since the Easy Valve comes with the Volcano, you can try it out and determine whether adding a Solid Valve might be the better choice for you.
Pros and Cons
Volcano Vaporizer Pros
Durable construction for years of use
The high-grade materials and precision engineering of the Volcano make it exceptionally durable, able to provide years of ongoing use without any loss of accuracy or performance.
Precise temperature control
Whether you use the analogue Volcano Classic or the even more precise Volcano Digital, you can vape at the exact settings you prefer for highly efficient, clean, potent vaping.
Volcano Vaporizer Cons
Long heating time
It can take a Volcano up to 3 minutes from the time it's turned on until it is ready to use. Some people find that it is a long wait.
Although the Volcano has features to reduce noise, it does have a loud fan noise compared to other vaporizers. However, the more powerful fan of a Volcano fills balloons faster than other models, so for some people it's a reasonable trade-off.
Big and heavy
At nearly 4 pounds, it takes two hands to manage the Volcano. Some people find this a drawback.
The Volcano is considerably more expensive than other desktop vaporizers.
The Volcano desktop vaporizer is big and weighty, with a stainless steel case and a steel-clad heating element. Its distinctive design is unlike any other, and the high quality materials, precision engineering, and medical-grade construction is what sets it apart from the competitions and makes the product so legendary. It provides an exceptionally clean, pure, efficient vapor, with almost no draw resistance, balloon after balloon.
While it is an expensive purchase, it's a purchase few people ever regret, because they can rely on this vaporizer to perform as expected, year after year. The Storz & Bickel Volcano Vaporizer is simply an iconic product, and it outperforms everything else on the market for ease of use, reliability, quality, and durability.
If you can afford it, accept no substitutes.