Volcano classic Vaporizer Features:
Herb + Wax
3 Year Warranty
Clasic Dial Temperature Control
German High Quality Desktop Vaporizer
High Quality Heating System
Solid or Easy Valve
Precise Temperature Control
Storz and Bickel Company Profile: A Brief History of the Volcano Vaporizer
Storz and Bickel is a vaporizer company started by two Germans: Markus Storz and Jurgen Bickel. Both Markus and Bickel wanted to make a pretty awesome vaporizer that meets their needs. Storz began development on the Volcano in 1996. As with many acts in the company’s narratives, the Volcano would arise out of a search for consistency, quality and highest standards possible. The first iteration of the Volcano vaporizer was made using a heat gun. Although the process proved unsatisfactory due to residential particles of carbon brushes it helped in the invention of the modern volcano vaporizer.
In 1998, the Volcano registered a patent for its detachable balloon. The balloon was specially designed to separate inhalation and vaporization processes. It also allowed for a second party (a caretaker or nurse) to prepare a patients inhalation dose. With the main components ready and patented, Markus Storz founded the company Vapormed Inhalatoren through which the first sales of the Volcano Classic vaporizer first started. This innovation led to the development of the first Volcano Vaporizer, the Classic in 2000.
Jurgen Bickel, a civil engineer and a friend of Storz was the first to use the classic volcano. The two entrepreneurs made entered into a partnership in 2002 and formed the Storz and Bickel Company. In 2003, Storz and Bickel developed the first 110v devices for the American. In 2004 the company has created new offices in Tuttlingen, Germany but more was needed as the there was a high request for the products in the USA.
Thus in 2005 a subsidiary of the company STORZ & BICKEL America, Inc was founded and opened for business in Oakland California. Later in 2006, the Easy Valve was patented and pushed for production together with the new Volcano Digit in 2007. In May 2007 the sales of the Volcano Classic and Solid Valve reached more than 50.000 each. .They also launched the Plenty vaporizer, a handled device in 2008.
Today, Storz and Bickel is seen as an innovative, growing company with offices in Germany and USA. All research and development plus quality assurance, production and sales are made under the Storz and Bickel Company, thereby achieving the best price, performance and a high quality product service. Also since 2009, Storz and Bickel have been certified as a producer of high quality vaporizers worldwide by the DIN EN ISO 9001 certification. Thus being constantly inspected and evaluated every 2 to 6 months by an independent institution. Vaporizers by Storz and Bickel became one of the best selling vaporizers in the UK in 2016 and to date continues to be one of the bestselling vapes of 2017.
STORZ and BICKEL PRODUCT LINE
The Storz and Bickel Company manufactures both portable and desktop vapes. Some of their most popular vaporizers include:
Volcano Classic Vaporizer
The Volcano Classic Vaporizer is an amazing desktop vaporizer. It is the ultimate system to release aroma and flavor from essential oils, spices and herbs. The vaporizer is crafted in Germany with food safe, flavorless and heat resistance materials. The Volcano Classic simply uses a rotary dial like the kind you find on a guitar amplifier. The dial has an operating range from one to nine, and each number represents a different temperature setting. This vaporizer is a must have for any vaporizer enthusiast, it has an iconic design and an unparalleled functionality that made it the most recognizable of its class.
The Volcano Classic Vaporizer has a patented technology which helps by removing toxins and any sorts of harmful products through a vaporizing process which increases the effects of the ingredients released through the vapor by approximately 75%.
The technology of the Volcano Classic Vaporizer was hand-crafted by German engineers from high quality components. This technology helps circulate the enriched air with the active ingredients of the vaporized matter into a balloon through a valve until this is filled up. The valve can be separated from the vaporizer after the inflation of the balloon is done.
Independent of the vaporization process, the contents of the balloon can be utilized completely, comfortably and safely. The vapor storage allowed by the balloon goes up to 8 hours. This Vaporizer is one of the most popular because of the unique design and features.
Volcano Digital Vaporizer
It is an improvement of the Volcano Classic Vaporizer. Both the classic and digital vaporizers are similar and only have a few slight differences in their design. The Volcano Digital features a very large LED screen and digital heat sensor. The screen allows you to read out your preset temperatures and the oven’s current operating temperature. The unit also uses “plus” and “minus” buttons to adjust temperatures instead of a rotary dial. It also features an auto shutoff that is not present in the Volcano Classic.
Both Vaporizers come with three years that cover most of the repairs. The Volcano Vaporizers are the only vapes in the world are certified by ISO quality standards and meets the U.S. Nationally Testing Laboratory (NRTL) standards.
The Plenty is a small and portable vape that could be referred to as a portable vape. It however has the power of a “desktop vape”, but is not designed in the same way as most desktop vaporizers do. You need to hold onto it in order to vape. The vaporizer heats up as soon as you turn it on and after you set your desired temperature. The device can attain a temperature range of up to 395 degree and thus, it can get quite hot for a hand held unit. The Plenty ideal for those who love inhaling large amounts of vapor at once. It retails for about $249 USD.
It is a portable vaporizer that uses full convection hot air. The Crafty has all the features you would want from a portable vape. The Vapor quality of the Crafty is outstanding. Despite the fact that it comes with a plastic mouthpiece, there is no plastic flavor in the vapor and vapor is cool, smooth and surprisingly satisfying. The unit is remarkably easy to use. It also comes with a Crafty app that allows you to adjust temperatures as well as change other settings of the device. The Crafty is powered by a Lithium-ion battery and heats up automatically until it attains the default temperature. The Crafty currently retails at $279 USD.
The Mighty is a portable hybrid convection vape much like the Crafty. It is however, much larger in height and width, which makes less portable than the Crafty. The Mighty uses a hybrid heating system that uses both convection and conduction heating system. The pre-heating uses conduction, while the rest of the way uses the convection method. Temperature can be set anywhere between 105 to 410 degrees. It comes with a fire button and sufficient space to include an LED screen to display critical info, such as battery life and temperature as well as additional buttons. The Mighty retails for about $349.
Volcano Classic Vaporizer Review
Top Features Volcano Vaporizer Design
The Volcano Vaporizer is one of the well-known and acclaimed desktop vaporizer designs on the market. There is no other desktop vaporizer that compares to the reputation of this sleek, premium quality vaporizer. The vaporizer is beautifully housed in a brushed stainless steel cone with a large digital LED display on the face of the device.
The Storz and Bickel Company refer to the Volcano Vaporizer as the Mercedes Benz of vaporizers. All materials used on this vaporizer feel very high quality in the hand and can live up to the normal wear and tear of a daily user. The metal enclosure helps to not only enhance the durability of the unit, but also give it a polished high quality look. Overall, the Volcano Vaporizer is an amazingly designed unit.
Volcano Classic Vaporizer Build Quality
The Volcano Vaporizer is well built unit. It feels very stable and is very solid in construction. The exterior of the unit is made of high quality stainless steel, with any plastic portions being highly resistant to high temperatures. The buttons and switches present on either model of the volcano are also high quality. The stainless steel housing helps to not only enhance the durability of the unit, but also keep the exterior of the unit cool while the heating chamber works away inside. Additionally, the LED screen in place of lights for temp control is a great boon for the Volcano digitals build quality. The machining is strong and secure and the “+” and “-“buttons are quite responsive. Overall, the build quality of the Volcano Classic vaporizer is top notch.
The Volcano Classic Vaporizer works by gradually heating materials with hot air. The air passes via the materials with the unit set at very specific temperatures that can be adjusted allowing the vaporizable ingredients to be released into the air without burning them. A special balloon that is attached to the Volcano is filled up with the vapor as it is released. When the balloon is full, you can remove it and either inhale the vapor directly or release it into the air depending on how you want to use it.
The Volcano Classic has a thermostat and rotary dial for controlling temperatures. The Volcano Digital comes with a digital heat sensor and an LED display that lets you see what temperatures you have set. Perhaps the main difference between these two Volcano vapes is that while the Classic only heats at temperature between 130 degrees and 230 degree Celsius, the Digital can go as low as 40 degrees Celsius making it ideal for a wide range of vaporizable materials. The Volcano Digital also features an automatic switch off that is not present in the Classic version.
Volcano Classic Vaporizer Heating
Heating Chamber –Oven
The Volcano vaporizers produce vapor via a hot air convection heating system. This result in a superior quality and flavor as opposed to vapor produced via conduction. The heating system is made up of a high quality ceramic heating element and a sturdy air pump pushing incessant heated air flow. The system heats up materials consistently and evenly through the convection method, ensuring outstanding vapor quality and flavor throughout each session. This heating system also ensures that the essential oils in your botanicals are extracted with maximum efficiency and reduces the amount of wasted materials, saving you money.
Volcano Classic Valve Set Options – Easy Valve Versus Solid Valve
The Volcano Vaporizer uses two types of valve options: Easy Valve and Solid Valve. The valve set is a basically the system that makes up the top of the Classic Volcano. The valve set you choose determines how the heating chamber connects to the balloon and how you can draw from it. Overall, both valve sets have the same efficiency. Fully loaded chambers with both the Solid Valve and Easy Valve last pretty long, filling multiple bags over the course of the day. Both the Solid Valve and Easy Valve have different size ovens. While they are of the same diameter in size, they both differ in amount of materials you have to load into them to get the best possible results.
Relating to the physical process, the Easy Valve, is as it always should be, users/customer’s needs and preferences have to be taken in consideration. The main characteristic of the Easy Valve is the very easy handling and the minimal work for its maintenance. This valve already has a mouthpiece included as a ready to use valve balloon unit. So attaching a new balloon to the valve is not necessary anymore. The old valves will be simply replaced with new ones when they can’t be used anymore. Included in the starter set are 5 Easy Valve balloons and the proper filling chamber, the chamber can be cleaned and reused.
The standard valve is the Solid one. The customer can choose the balloon size since the Solid Valve Set comes with a container of 3 meter balloon material. Using this Solid valve might be not so easy since the balloon replacement is a bit difficult for an inexperienced user but as a good thing, the Solid Valve supply is a not so expensive long term option since the balloon material has a reasonable price.
Oven Capacity with the Solid Valve and Easy Valve
When it comes to chamber size, the Solid Valve is the best option for group and solo use. The stainless steel filling chamber insert enables you to load large or small amounts natively into the solid valve easily. The metal screen will change its position depending on the amount of material loaded into the chamber. For best results, you can only load a maximum of a half gram into the chamber.
The Easy Valve filling chamber produces optimal results when it fully packed. The Storz and Bickel Company provides an Easy Valve Reducer to decrease the oven capacity to about 0.15 to 0.2 of the ground materials. The Easy Valve system requires the separation of dosing capsules since loading materials directly into the reduced filling chamber leads to terrible results. At most, you will get three bags of vapor when using the Easy Valve Reducer.
The Volcano Digital has an edge in temperature accuracy over its older brother, the Volcano Classic. The accuracy of the Volcano Digit is subject to a miniscule discrepancy ± 2.7°F (± 1.5°C). Another advantage of the Digital Volcano is its extended temperature range that enables the user to vaporize materials at temperatures as low as 40 degrees Celsius. Playing around with temperature setting is easy on the Volcano Digital that almost anyone can determine their ideal vaporization temperature within the first few users. The Volcano Classic only heats at temperatures between 130 degrees and 230 degree Celsius.
The vapor path is the actual path the vapor takes before reaching the lungs. The only part of the vapor path found on the Volcano itself is the heater, which is located on top of the unit itself. This is where hot air is pushed out from, allowing the unit to vaporize the ground material and fill a bag at the same time. The Volcano Vaporizer uses two bag systems, which are the Solid Valve and Easy Valve. Both bags use the same materials which are of high quality and do not produce foul odors or flavors when heated.
The vapor path of the Easy Valve system uses a replaceable mouthpiece or balloon set that allows the user to replace the balloons once they became dirty. The filling chamber is made of a durable, black plastic material that is similar to the material used on the Mighty and Crafty vaporizers. There is a small black plastic insert that is what opens the valve in the bag assembly when you push the lips up to it to take your draw. In general, there are fewer parts involved with the Easy Valve system because of its disposable nature.
The Solid Valve system is built overall built to a high degree of durability and a more economical approach as the system is user serviceable. This system can be taken apart and cleaned thoroughly and the bags replaced. The Solid Valve filling chamber is made of high quality temperature resistant plastic similar to the filing chamber used with the Easy Valve. The system boasts a metallic filling chamber insert that holds the ground materials and an air pump that pushes air via the ground material.
Volcano Classic Vaporizer Vapor Quality
The Volcano vaporizers have amazing vapor quality. The unit quickly heats up to your desired temperature. The temperature range is ideal for your choice of either dried botanicals or concentrates. What makes this vaporizer to stand above other desktop vaporizers is its wide heating chamber that not only holds a sizeable amount of your ground material, but has added benefits of providing a wide surface area to more evenly heat your botanical. The unit also uses convection to heat your ground materials, making for the purist vaporizing experience.
Volcano Classic Vaporizer
How to use the Volcano Vaporizer
- Turn on the heat and set the preferred temperature. If the unit does not work, check to be sure that the power plug is correctly plugged into the power output.
- Fill the filling the chamber with your ground material. Pack the material loosely in the heating chamber and avoid over packing it. Packing your material this way helps to enjoy a more smooth and intense hit.
- Place the Filling Chamber on the Volcano and attach the Balloon. Turn on the air.
Fill the Balloon with the vapor and Switch off the air. Remove the valve balloon and filling chamber from the unit.
- Attach the mouthpiece and apply the vapor.
- After using your unit, always clean it properly according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
The Volcano Vaporizer has great user impressions. It has an incredibly high performance tabletop vaporizer. It produces high quality vapor due to its large heating chamber and the fact that it heats material via the convection method. . All materials used on this vaporizer feel very high quality in the hand and can live up to the normal wear and tear of a daily user. The metal enclosure helps to not only enhance the durability of the unit, but also give it a polished high quality look.
Volcano Classic Vaporizer
Maintenance and Cleaning
The Volcano Classic Vaporizer requires little maintenance. This is because there is no vapor or material that makes contact with the vaporizer itself. The only parts that need cleaning are the Solid valve or Easy Valve bag systems. There is also an air filter on the bottom of the unit that has to be changed periodically, at least once every one to two years as the air filters will last awhile.
For the Easy Valve systems, the filling chamber is the only part of the whole system that requires cleaning. The screen can simply be replaced and the whole unit can be soaked in warm soapy water or alcohol to fully clean it. The bag and mouthpieces can simply be thrown away if they are too dirty to be used any more. For the Solid Valve systems, the filling chamber and mouthpiece can be removed, cleaned and serviced. Generally, all pieces need to be soaked in warm soapy water or isopropyl alcohol.
Both the Volcano Classic and Volcano Digital come with a 3 year warranty on defects and flaws in the materials or workmanship of the vaporizer.
Volcano Classic Vaporizer: Frequency of Bag Replacement
The balloon that must be used is the Volcano one. With each Volcano, comes a roll with 3 meters of balloon material which is enough for 5-6 balloons. The balloons are to be replaced after the valve set cleaning is done in regular intervals, after 50-100 balloon fillings. You can buy bag replacements for the Easy Valve and also vaporizer bags for solid valve mouthpieces. Both models are available.
Volcano Classic Vaporizer Accessories
1 Instruction Manual,
1 piece Herbal Grinder
1 piece Cleaning Brush
1 piece Liquid Pad
1 piece Air Filter Set
1 piece Normal Screen Set
1 piece Balloon Set( solid or easy valve )
1 piece Filling Chamber
Volcano Classic Vaporizer: Pros and Cons
Little to no Maintenance with Easy Valve
Great for groups
Ease of use
Durable and reliable build quality
Fantastic vapor quality
Cons of the Vaporizer
Longer heat up time
The Volcano Classic Vaporizer is one the best tabletop vaporizers you can find on the market. It produces great dense vapor depending on the quality of your ground material. If you are looking to get the most out of your herbs or oils, then the Volcano Vaporizer can do it. That is a big part of what makes it worth its retail price of $380 for Classic and $500 for the Digital Volcano.