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Volcano Vaporizer Review
So you’re thinking about going for a high-end Vape (and it doesn’t really get much better than the Volcano) but you’re confused by all the options?
Well, a lot of people have trouble deciding on a Volcano package and with due cause.
Digital vs Classic; Solid Valve vs Easy Valve? Hopefully, this article makes the decision a bit easier for you.
Now, first thing’s first, the base unit;
Volcano Vape Classic or Digital?
The difference here is, for the most part, fairly simple.
The first and probably the most obvious difference is temperature control. The Classic is the basic analog version with a temperature dial, whereas the Digit has digital temp control via the LCD screen on the front. Bear in mind that the numbers on Classic’s dial do correspond to specific temperatures.
Storz & Bickel include a temperature guide with the unit so as long as you’re careful to follow this, you won’t have any problems getting great results. The second difference is that the Digit shuts off automatically after 30 minutes whereas the Classic doesn’t.
If you’re particularly forgetful then this might be a handy feature.
The next difference is that the Digit’s temperature fluctuates a little less than the Classic’s. It’s nothing that the average user will notice but still something to keep in mind.
The price is probably the biggest deciding factor for most customers and of course, the digital version is more expensive.
The last and arguably the least important difference is that the Classic Volcano uses switches for power and air pump control whereas the Digit uses push buttons.
It’s a common misconception that the Classic has a lower fault rate than the Digit however from my experience I’ve found both units to be extremely reliable, especially in comparison to most other desktop vapes.
I’ll finish this section of the volcano vaporizer review by saying that, apart from all of these differences, performance between the two… they are almost identical.
If you closed your eyes and had a draw from each, you’d be hard pressed telling them apart.
The deciding factor will depend on your own individual needs.
Moving on in our volcano vaporizer review to…
Volcano Vaporizer Valve Sets.
These are a little bit trickier to explain but I’ll try my best.
To put things as simply as possible, the Easy Valve Starter Set comes with 5 preassembled, disposable balloons.
Each one has its own valve and mouthpiece. The Solid Valve Starter Set on the other hand comes with a single valve as well as some balloon tubing that needs to be attached and sealed manually.
It does come with one balloon pre-attached though. Moving on to the Filling Chamber. They’re quite different between the two systems.
Volcano Vaporizer Easy Valve Chamber
The first one is the Easy Valve Chamber; it’s wider and shallower which means better heat distribution. For this reason, it doesn’t need an insert to press the herb down like the one that’s included with the Solid Valve Chamber here.
Instead, it’s just got a screw cap which makes it a bit quicker to load.
The Easy Valve Chamber also clips onto the top of the Volcano unit with these little feet.
The Solid Valve version just sits on top of an o-ring, making a seal with its own weight. It tends to be a bit more prone to leakage because of this.
If you’re going to be using the Volcano with friends, then the Easy Valve is definitely your best bet. The fact that it comes with multiple valve assemblies means you can have a few bags going at once. Just take them out of the box and fill them up one by one.
Volcano Vaporizer Solid Valve System
Maintenance for the Solid Valve System is a lot more involved.
The valve and mouthpiece need to be taken apart and cleaned every so often and the balloons can be a bit of a pain to attach. It does get a whole lot easier with practice but If you’re not careful you could end up with a vapor leak.
My next point is comfort.
It’s not exactly the be all and end all for most people but it’s worth mentioning that the Solid Valve assembly and mouthpiece are much heavier and bulkier than the Easy Valve. One of the main benefits of the Solid Valve System is that you can cut the balloons to whatever size you like.
I’ve heard some pretty cool stories about 3-meter balloons and stuff like that. The Easy Valve Starter Set comes with 2ft balloons but if you’re after a longer option, there are 3ft replacement sets available.
That brings me to my last point which is…
Volcano Vaporizer Replacements
Solid Valve balloons are significantly cheaper to replace as you’re just buying the balloon material rather than the whole assembly.
Just to give you an idea; with average use, a balloon should last you between 1 and 3 months. Each starter set comes with the equivalent of 5x 2ft balloons so as long as you’re careful with them they should keep you going for the best part of a year.
Overall, if the price isn’t an issue… the Volcano Digit is definitely a winner between the two base units but the starter sets are more of a personal preference thing.
I’m not going to sit here and say that one valve is better than the other because there are some big trade-offs to consider. If you’re going to be using the Volcano heavily, like multiple times per day and you don’t mind tinkering around a bit as well as cleaning the parts then the Solid Valve might be worthwhile.
Just bear in mind that vapor leakage does seem to be a common problem. If you’re after a no-fuss solution that just works no matter what and if you’re planning on vaping with other people at some stage, then the Easy Valve System is definitely the way to go.
Most people I’ve spoken to over the years don’t go through balloons quick enough to warrant going for the Solid Valve but hey, each to his own.
I personally use the Easy Valve as I enjoy the convenience and the fact that it doesn’t require me to use much thinking every time I want to get medicated. At the end of the day, the starter sets are available separately so you’re certainly not committed to one system or the other.
At any rate, I hope this article has made things a bit easier for you.
If you already own a Volcano, let us know which system you’re using! … And as always, your questions and comments are more than welcome.
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