Is the Volcano Vaporizer As Good as They Say?
Unless you are new to the vaping world the Volcano is one vaporizer that you already may be familiar with. It has earned its good name for its rich vapor and sleek looks. This here is an in-depth review of the Digital version which retails for $599 which is not very different from the Classic Version which retails for $749.
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To start with I will give you an overall summary of what you can expect with the Volcano and then break it down further so that you can see in detail just what you are getting:
• Upkeep/Maintenance: 91%
• Build Quality/Sturdiness: 99%
• Price: 89%
• Vapor Quality: 91%
• Overall Rating: 93%
As you can see, when it comes to desktop vaporizers that give you a memorable vaping experience and that have a whip attachment this one comes out at the top. I would say that so long as you can afford it go for it.
So, is all the hype in the vaping scene about the Volcano real? After all, so many products that get great reviews often end up being mediocre. We do not want to make the decision for you. Instead, in this review I will give you my experience with it and you can make up your own mind.
The manufacturer had two things in mind when he designed the Volcano – ease of use and stability. It is shaped like a pyramid using stainless steel parts to make sure that you don’t have to worry about it toppling over. Better yet, the cone at the tip is perfect for attaching your other accessories such as balloons and tubes. This vaper is true German ingenuity and design – not only is the Volcano a looker it is also made to last using solid steel and other high grade materials and comes with a 3 year warranty.
Classic vs. Digital
As we mentioned at the beginning you can get a Classic Volcano or the Digital version. They are more or less the same in terms of looks and functionality so most people make the decision on which to buy based on price – if you can afford the additional $130 then go for the Classic but you should be aware that you will not be getting much more in terms of value. It is fair to mention that the Classic is more precise but as for temperature they are the same. Some people also choose the Classic because it has an automatic shut-off feature but if you are on a tight budget this is something that you can overlook since you are getting the same performance with the Digital.
In fact, many reviews show that people who have owned both the Classic and the Digital report that the Digital is more reliable when it comes to durability because the Classic tends to break down quite a bit. The company is reputable and they honor their warranties but this is an inconvenience that you can avid by going straight for the Digital. They also report that the Digital takes a slightly shorter time to heat up.
In a nutshell, I would recommend the Digital Volcano unless all you want to do is spend some extra cash.
You can use different vaping styles with the Volcano but all of them are easy to master because this vaper comes with a starter kit called the Volcano Vaporizer Ultimate Kit to help you get started. The one thing I should mention here is that it takes a bit longer to heat up especially if you want to get it a high temperature than smaller vaporizers but this is no surprise – when you take into account the quality of vapor that you get it makes sense to wait a few extra seconds. If this is too much for you I recommend that you go for something smaller, preferably portable.
Just to give you an idea, start on the “Heat” knob (a red light comes on), select the preferred temperature and wait for between 3 and 5 minutes. Once it gets to the set temp the red light goes off and that is how you know it is ready.
While your device is heating you can take the time to get your herbs and oils ready. Remove the top of the device and place in your herb chamber, attach valve and balloon, and once it is full remove it and attach your mouthpiece. Don’t overfill your balloon as they tend to burst. When it has just enough vapor press the green temp button to stop any more vapor from getting in.
Do not forget to remove the herb chamber once you are done otherwise it will burn through your stash and you will have to buy more. You don’t need to do this between refills of your balloon but when you are finished partying you should definitely do that.
To use a whip on your device you need to buy a vapordome – you can get one when you buy your Volcano. I am not sure if others feel this way but the experience through a whip is not as good as with a balloon. What I like about a whip is that I could customize my experience and also I had more control of the vapor. It is easy to use the whip method – just attach the whip to the vapordrome and then attach that to the Volcano. You can do up to 4 whips at once.
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I can tell you that you will not get better vapor with any other vaper. True, there are other factors that influence the quality of the vapor – the kind of herb you use, how finely it has been ground, temperature and more but even with that you can be sure that even with low quality you will still get superior taste. The only thing you have to do is understand how to adjust the temperature depending on the quality of your stash which is easy to do because the Volcano has exact temp controls – you change with the switch of a button. The Digital, as mentioned earlier, has more precise temp controls but not by a significant margin. What you are guaranteed is that so long as you are using a Volcano you will get the best vapor.
In case you are wondering why this unit is able to give top quality vapor it is because it has big heating area that is designed to spread the heat so that every bit of herb that you put in there is cooked evenly. This means that when you inhale there are no air pockets only full bodied, rich vapor.
If you are vaping for health the Volcano will allow you to get the most out of your herb – every ingredient is extracted. That said, it is important to mention that it can burn the herb, resulting in the same kind of smoke that is inhaled while smoking. If you burn your product you will inhale chemicals and carcinogens which beats the point of vaping since you are doing it to avoid these harmful elements in the first place. If you vape using the proper technique the only thing that you will inhale are the ingredients in the herbs.
That said, it is very hard to burn even low quality herbs even if you are new to vaping. Instead, the volcano will extract the best vapor. The best thing to do if you are new to the unit is to start at a low temperature. Depending on your herbs a low temperature, sometimes the herbs will not give any vapor. If this happens turn up the heat slowly until you get to the point where you start to get vapor. Remember, if you burn your herbs you have to buy them more frequently as they run out faster.
It is important to emphasize just how durable this vaper is. There are people who have owned them for years and they still report that they work perfectly. The warranty alone is enough to tell you that you are getting a top quality product that is made of tough but good looking materials. Even bumping or worse, dropping the Volcano does no damage.
The only thing you should be wary about is letting it stay on for extended periods such as leaving it on overnight. This damages the unit and you may need to repair or even replace it. So long as you use it according to the instructions that are provided by the manufacturer yours should work just fine for many years – that is how well these vapers are designed.
It is worthwhile to mention who the manufacturer is. The Volcano Classic and Volcano Digital are manufactured by Storz & Bickel, the best vaporizer manufacturer in the world. They were the first in the industry to implement ISO Standards. They are well known for great product design, innovation and vaporizers that last a long time. The company specializes in medical devices and this was initially intended for that, but they realized that with more and more people taking to vaping it could also be used to extract the health benefits of Marijuana.
The company is well known for its excellent standards when it comes to customer service. If you buy a Volcano and it breaks down before the warranty expires you just need to get in touch with your vendor and it will be replaced at no cost to you.
Today, vaping for health benefits is on the rise – it is a great way to get the benefits of herbs without having to inhale smoke. People are vaping to get rid of chronic pain, to sleep better, for depression – there is a wide variety of benefits. In addition to that, vaping is a much healthier way to enjoy herbs. By vaping all that you inhale are the beneficial ingredients that you put in the Volcano chamber and you get smooth vapor without any harmful chemicals. This is facilitated in part by the way the Volcano is designed to burn herbs and oils but there is also the water filter which adds moisture to the vapor so that your throat doesn’t get too dry. If you make a habit of vaping on units that do not have a water filter you may end up with a very sore and painful throat over time. Since you don’t want to suffer this kind of side effect it is best to buy the water filter for your unit – they come separate but they don’t cost that much. In fact, it makes for better tasting vapor.
I know that I have sang the praises of the Volcano throughout this review but I will say again and again that there is nothing better in the market today. This is not to say that I recommend that everyone who comes across one should buy it. To be honest it costs more than many people can afford – spending $500 on a vaping unit is quite an expense. If you are a beginner I recommend that you start with something smaller and cheaper. In addition to that, unless you plan to vape for years to come this is not an investment that you may want to make.
That said, if you are going to enjoy herbs in the long term and you can afford the Volcano there is no better way to vape – it will be worth every dime that you spend on it. You will use it for a long time and should you have any problems with it the manufacturer is happy to replace it for free.
Those who have been using vapers for a while know how hard it can be to find the right device – it is a question of trial and error until you find the right unit. The Volcano takes the guesswork out of things – the moment that you try it out you will understand why so many people rave about it. You will be able to control the temperatures just how you want them, something that you cannot do with many other vapers in the market.
To summarize, here are the pros and cons.
• You will not get a better vaporizer anywhere.
• It is made using durable materials so you can be sure that yours will last.
• You get the best quality of vapor.
• It allows you several different vaping methods so that you can choose whichever one is best for you.
• Temperature control is easy.
• It takes a bit long to heat up.
• The cost is too much for some.
The Volcano experience will mean a revolution in your vaping experience. You may have to tighten your budget to buy it but when you think about the quality of vapor that you get and how long it will last you will see that it is definitely worth every dime you spend on it. If you keep on buying cheap vaporizers that have to be replaced you will end up spending as much money as you would have on the Volcano Digital. It is better to just go for it – you will not regret it.