Here’s a fun fact: Volcano is the first-ever vaporizer recommended by Health Canada.
Volcano vaporizer is a sturdy gadget that people can use for years and maybe decades.
So, in some way, it’s not just a vaporizer — it’s an investment.
Although the balloon method of vaping is somewhat weird, the vapor that Volcano produces has few toxins and more flavor than anything else on the market.
So, how did Storz & Bickel manage to make such a classic vaporizer?
Their story began in 2000, with the launch of the first Classic model which became a must-have gadget among cannabis connoisseurs.
In 2007, this German company released a modernized version of the Volcano Classic — the Volcano Digital.
They upgraded the old model with a digital display, but managed to keep the retro vibe of the Classic.
Fortunately for them, high-quality materials and manufacturing standards combined with precise German engineering resulted in another legendary vaporizer.
But they didn’t stop there. Storz & Bickel kept working on their signature heating system which earned them a medical grade certification in 2009.
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 Digital or Volcano Classic?
Volcano Digital vaporizer review
Being one of the most popular desktop vaporizers on the market, Volcano Digital produces dense vapor and is ideal for both medical patients and health-conscious recreational users.
Volcano Digital is compatible with dry herbs and solid concentrates and comes with a 3-year warranty.
Inside the box you will find:
- Volcano vaporizer
- 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 Digital Temperature Control
What makes this vaporizer so popular is its precise temperature control which lets you customize the vapor to your preferences.
The Digital has a very wide temperature range: You can heat the material to any temperature between 40°C and 230 °C.
And since it has an LED display, you can easily monitor the temperature and the heat up progress.
To use it, 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 Digital
Compared to conventional vaporizers, Volcano’s administration method looks a bit weird.
To start using it, select your desired temperature and wait for the unit to heat up. Put ground weed into the filling chamber.
Here comes the weird part. You have to attach the balloon to 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.
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.
Balloon will keep vapor fresh for up to 8 hours, and you can use it 50-100 times before you’ll have to replace it.
Volcano Digital vapor quality
Although it might look weird at first, vaping from a balloon bag provides clean and smooth vapor with no plant material and much fewer toxins—all you get is rich flavor and potent hits.
Volcano Digital design
Volcano resembles a real volcano. Kind of.
This device looks like an old-school gadget from the ‘80s. And I like that retro vibe.
All the materials used on it are heat resistant so the device can last for decades (literally).
The exterior of the unit is made from stainless steel, which makes it very durable and ensures it keeps working for years to come.
Volcano Classic vaporizer review
Volcano Classic is the analog version of the Volcano Digital. There are a few minor differences between the two, but they are basically the same inside.
Inside the box 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 temperature control
The major difference between the Classic and the Digital is that the Classic does not have a digital temperature display.
Instead, it has an analogue turn dial which allows you to set the desired temperature to a scale of 1 to 9.
With the Volcano Classic, you don’t get as precise and as complete control over the temperature as you do with the Digital.
Here are the temperature ranges for the Volcano Classic vaporizer.
The process of heating the device up is the same as on the Digital.
Turn the dial to your desired temperature and press the red button to start heating the unit up. The control light will turn on, signaling that the system started to heat. The light will turn off when the device has heated up.
How to use Volcano Classic vaporizer
This is also the same as on the Digital.
Put your dried herbs in the botanical chamber, attach the balloon bag and hit the green button to start filling the bag with the smoothest vapor ever.
The chamber itself is quite large: It can fit up to 2.5 grams of ground weed, which makes it perfect for group sessions.
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
When it comes to vapor quality, there are basically no differences between the two. Clean, smooth and full of flavor—what more can you ask for?
Volcano Classic design
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 the Volcano Classic.
Volcano Classic vs Volcano Digital: Which one is better?
These two devices are very similar, with a few more or less important differences.
To decide which device to buy just answer one question:
Do you want the fine-grained temperature control that the Volcano Digital offers or are you fine with the Classic’s old school, analog dial?
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 temperature control, the Volcano Classic can save you up to $120, which is a lot.
One important advantage the Digital has over the Classic is the automatic, 30-minute shut-off timer.
The Classic does not have that feature, so make sure you don’t forget to turn it off when you are not using it (because some people just forget to turn their device off).
The only downside to the Digital is its price, it costs $120 more than the Classic. So it’s up to you to decide if the precise temperature control and the automatic shut off timer are worth $120.
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 desktop vaporizers and they will last you for years to come.