Volcano Vaporizer Review: Volcano Digital vs Volcano Classic?

Here’s a fun fact—the first vaporizer approved by Health Canada for medical use was no other than Volcano. And here’s why.

Volcano vaporizer is an investment that you will be using for years and even decades. People across the globe are still using the Volcano’s they bought almost 20 years ago.

Although the method of vaping is somewhat weird (it uses a balloon), the vapor it produces is proven to have fewer toxins than many others and the flavor is unparalleled.

Anyway, it seems that Storz & Bickel have mastered making desktop vaporizers for all ages.

Their story began in 2000, with the launch of their first classic vaporizer which became a must-have accessory among stoners.

Later on, in 2007, this German company revived the Volcano Classic and updated it into Volcano Vaporizer Digital.

They “pimped” new devices with a digital temperature display, all the while keeping the retro vibe.

Highest quality materials and manufacturing standards combined with precise German engineering touch resulted in making legendary, long-lasting vaporizers that the market really loves.

Storz & Bickel kept working on the heating system which earned them a medical grade certification in 2009.

As a desktop device, Volcano vaporizer is just perfect for hosting a weed party for your friends, as well as having a solo vaping session.

In this article, I’m going to give you all the info you need to decide which Volcano vaporizer is the best for you—Volcano Digit vs Volcano Classic?

Volcano Vaporizer Digital

Volcano Digit

One of the most popular desktop vaporizers on the market for over a decade—Volcano Digital produces a dense and high-quality vapor, ideal for medical patients in need of using marijuana, and health-conscious recreational users.

Volcano Digital is a non-portable vaporizer, compatible with dried herbs as well as wax, and it comes with a three-year warranty.

The package contains:

  • one herbal grinder;
  • one instruction manual;
  • one air filter set;
  • one easy valve filling chamber;
  • five easy valve balloons;
  • five easy valve mouthpieces;
  • one easy valve liquid pad;
  • six easy valve normal screens;
  • three easy valve clips;
  • one cleaning tool.

Volcano Digit tech specs 10/10

Volcano Digit Temperature Control

What makes this vaporizer so popular is its precise temperature regulation, which means that you can play around and customize the vapor depending on your preferences.

Volcano Digit has a very wide temperature range: You can choose any temperature between 40 and 230 °C.

The temperature is easily controlled thanks to the LED display.

You just need to turn the device on by pressing the red button and set the temperature by tapping the plus and minus buttons.

Depending on the temperature, the device takes about 3 to 5 minutes to heat up.

How to use Volcano Digit

Volcano Digital is a bit complicated to use, compared to portable vaporizers, and the whole process of vaping with this device might look a bit weird.

First of all, select your desired temperature and wait for a few minutes until it warms up. Put the ground weed into the filling chamber and put it on the exhaust vent.

Here comes the weird part. You have to attach the valve balloon onto the hot air generator and press the green button until the balloon fills up with vapor. Be careful not to overfill the balloon.

The next step is to take the balloon off the device and put the mouthpiece on it. You draw the vapor from the balloon using the mouthpiece. This way there is no draw resistance, no harsh hits, only essential flavors providing a very smooth and pleasant vaping experience.

You can literally store vapor for up to 8 hours, and you can use the balloon 50 to 100 times before replacing it.

Volcano Digit vapor quality 10/10

Although it might look complicated or even weird vaping from a balloon bag, this system provides clean and smooth vapor with no plant material and much fewer toxins—all you get is rich flavor and more potent hits.

One study showed that Volcano vaporizer retains 95% of cannabinoids, so it’s no surprise that this device is the only one approved by Health Canada.

Volcano Digit design 9/10

It’s named Volcano because of its functional, sleek cone-like shape.

The look of this device is like an old-school gadget from the ‘80s. And I like the retro vibe it has.

All the materials used are heat resistant so the device can last for decades (literally).

The exterior of the device is made from stainless steel, which makes it very durable and will keep it working for years to come.

Volcano Vaporizer Classic

Volcano Classic

Volcano Classic is the analog version of the Volcano Digital. There are a few differences between these two devices, but they basically work the same.

When you unpack the box, inside you’ll find:

  • one Volcano Classic (hot air generator);
  • four Easy Valve balloons with mouthpieces;
  • one Easy Valve balloon with adapter;
  • one Easy Valve filling chamber for herbs;
  • one normal screen set;
  • one pad to vaporize liquids;
  • one Volcano air filter set;
  • one cleaning brush;
  • one herb mill.

Volcano Classic tech specs 8/10

Volcano Classic temperature control

The major difference between the Classic and the Digital is that the Classic does not have a digital temperature display. Instead, there is an analogue turn dial so you can choose the temperature on a scale of 1 to 9.

With the Volcano Classic, you don’t get as precise and complete control over the temperature as you do with the Digital.

Here are the temperature ranges for the Volcano Classic vaporizer.

Volcano Classic temperature control

The process of heating the device up is almost the same as with the Digital.

Turn the dial to your desired temperature and press the red button to start heating it. The control light will turn on, signaling that the system started to heat, and the light will turn off automatically when it’s ready to be used.

How to use Volcano Classic

You’d use Volcano Classic just like the Volcano Digit.

Put your dried herbs into the botanical chamber, up to the top preferably, prepare the balloon bag and hit the green button to start filling the bag with the smooth vapor.

Volcano Classic chamber info

The chamber itself is quite large: It can fit up to 2.5 grams of ground weed. So, if you want to have a smaller session, you’ll need to use the liquid pad to secure that everything is in place.

The chamber is huge, and that makes it perfect for groups. However, as I mentioned already, you can store the vapor inside the balloon for up to 8 hours, which is simply a mind-blowing feature.

Volcano Classic vapor quality 10/10

When it comes to vapor quality, there is basically no difference between the Classic and the Digital. Clean, smooth and full of flavor—what more can you ask for?

Volcano Classic Design 8/10

The Classic’s design is pretty much similar to the Digital.

It’s also made from stainless steel, with the only difference being the analog dial for temperature control, instead of the digital display.

Everything else is pretty much the same.

In my opinion, if you’re looking for a retro look, you should definitely go with Volcano Classic.

Volcano Classic vs Volcano Digit: Which one should you go for?

These two devices are basically very similar, with a few more or less important differences.

To decide which device to buy, just answer one question—do you need the fine-grained temperature control on the Digital or you’d be fine with the analog dial the Classic offers?

Volcano Classic has a wide range of temperatures to choose from, but you can have more precise temperature control with the Volcano Digital.

If you are not that big on having extremely precise temperature control, Volcano Classic can save you up to $120, which is a lot.

One important advantage the Digital has over the Classic is the automatic shut-off timer. If the device is not being used for 30 minutes it will just shut off to save energy as well as to preserve the heating parts.

The Classic does not come with that feature, so make sure you don’t forget to turn it off when you are not using it (because some people just forget).

The only downside to the Digital is the price, it costs $120 more than the Classic. So it’s up to you to decide if the complete temperature control and automatic shut off timer are worth $120.

How to clean Volcano Vaporizer?

Volcano vaporizers don’t need much maintenance but they do need cleaning from time to time.

Cleaning might look somehow complicated because this vape has so many parts, but as long as you follow one simple rule you’ll be fine—plastic parts into the soapy water, and silver parts into the isopropyl alcohol.

Remove all parts from the filling chamber, including the yellow and blue plastic rings, and soak the parts as explained.

Do the same thing with the mouthpiece and the piece around the bag.

Before soaking the parts into soapy water or alcohol you should try and clean as much dirt as you can with a paper towel and a toothpick.

When you clean your Volcano vaporizer it’s important to clean every part separately so you don’t mix them up and just end up putting pieces back together. Trust me, you don’t want to play puzzle with a $300 vaporizer.

Final Verdict

If you don’t mind the analog dial and have no need for fine-grained temperature control, go for the Classic and save yourself $120. If you want to experiment with different temperatures, the Digital might just be the device you’re looking for. You won’t regret buying any of these two awesome devices and they will last you for a long time.


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