The Volcano vaporizer stands as yet another testament to the high standards of German design and manufacturing. It is often referred to as the “Mercedes-Benz of vaporizers” because of its quality, speed, and admittedly substantial price tag. However, no one who owns a Storz & Bickel Volcano vaporizer will dispute how true the well-known phrase “You get what you pay for” holds in this case.
The Volcano is a bag-filling vaporizer that comes in 2 styles. First there is the Volcano Digital that, as the name suggest, has a digital temperature display and control interface. Second is the Volcano Classic, which instead uses a knob to select temperature and LED lights to indicate when desired temperature is reached. Whichever model you decide on, you’ll get the same rapid, high-quality vapor extraction and delivery system. The Volcano is considered by many to be the top of its bag-filling class because of how easily and quickly it extracts.
Using the Volcano:
Ease of use is one of the main selling points of the Volcano. So, as expected, it takes very little time to get set up and start filling bags with dense, flavorful vapor. Switch the unit on by pressing the left button and select the desired temperature. It will take 3-5 minutes for the Volcano to reach the exact temperature you selected.
This is a good time to prepare your herbal substance for optimal vaporization by grinding it up. Afterwards, place your ground herbs into the filling chamber, place the filling chamber insert on top of the herbs, and then place the chamber on top of the Volcano. Click the bags valve onto the filling chamber and then press the button on the right to begin filling it.
In very little time you will have a bag full of pure, delicious vapor to enjoy. Just detach the bag from the filling chamber, attach the mouthpiece, press it against your lips and inhale. If you decide that you don’t want to use the whole bag immediately, you can simply set it down and come back to it later and it will still be there, thanks to the excellent bag valve designs.
Warranty and Extras:
Previously, the duration of the Volcano warranty period was determined by whether you had the digital or classic version. The Volcano Classic came with a 3 year manufacturers’ warranty while the Digital was backed by only a 2 year warranty. In April 2010 however, Storz & Bickel increased the warranty period on all Volcano Digital vaporizers by 1 year. So, no matter which version you decide on, you’ll get a full 3 year warranty period. Also, Storz & Bickel has affiliates in North America, so you won’t need to ship your Volcano to Germany if it ever needs repairs.
There are also 2 types of valve systems to select from, regardless of whether you get a Volcano Digital or Classic. There is the Easy valve system, which is easier to use because the valve is always attached and ready to use because it’s built-in and the bags come pre-assembled. This allows you to use multiple bags at once or in rotation. However, the Solid Valve option allows you to make your own bags, whatever size you want. The valve is also reusable, so if something happens to the bag you just need to attach more bag material (which is relatively cheap) to it and you have a brand new bag. So if you want to be able to fill bags up to 6ft in size and save some money on replacement bags in the long run, the solid valve option may be for you.
Regardless of what valve system you choose, the Volcano will come with a standard set of accessories including a cleaning tool, a liquid pad for the vaporization of liquids, extra air filters, spare screens, and a Storz & Bickel grinder. There is also a very nice optional hard-shell carrying case available for the Volcano.
The Volcano lives up to what one would expect from a vaporizer at this price. Its design and construction are as high-quality as the vapor that it produces. Like all bag-fillers, it is a great choice for both new and experience vaporizer users because of how fool-proof the delivery method is. There are no special techniques or draw speeds to learn to achieve great results from the Volcano, just draw from the bag at whatever speed you feel comfortable with and you’re guaranteed rich and consistent vapor. If the Volcano is within your budget range, you won’t be disappointed.