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The Good: Excellent vapor quality | Compatible with both balloons and whips | User friendly interface | Smartphone app integration
The Bad: More complicated to use than other vaporizers
The Bottom Line: The Volcano Hybrid could be what brings the desktop vaporizer back from the brink of extinction because of its great vapor and modern conveniences. This is a great upgrade to a classic vaporizer.
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Did you think that desktop vaporizers were yesterday’s news, relegated to the dustbin of history like bell bottoms and fanny packs? Well, just like bell bottoms and fanny packs, desktop vaporizers are making a comeback. At least if legendary vaporizer manufacturer Storz & Bickel has anything to say about it. They are, of course, famous for making the Crafty and Mighty vaporizers, but their previous desktop vape, the Volcano—and all its variants—was pretty popular too. It was arguably the best desktop vaporizer around.
Well, now Storz & Bickel have a new vaporizer called the Volcano Hybrid, a modern take on the desktop vape. This is their first brand new Storz & Bickel vaporizer since the Crafty/Mighty, so that’s exciting, but is the Volcano Hybrid exciting? It’s looking that way, keep reading to find out more about the Volcano vaporizer for 2019.
Storz & Bickel Timeline
Storz & Bickel don’t launch new vaporizers that often, so it is an event when they do. Here is a look at the various vaporizers that they have led up to the Volcano vaporizer for 2019.
- 2000 – This year saw the launch of the original Volcano vaporizer, now called the Volcano Classic.
- 2007 – The Volcano Digit was launched in this year.
- 2008 – Their first portable vaporizer, the Plenty made its debut.
- 2014 – The Crafty and Mighty launched and are still going strong.
- 2019 – The new Volcano vaporizer launches at the end of June.
The Previous Volcano Vaporizers
If you want to know where S&B are going with the new Volcano Hybrid, it helps to know where they have been. That means taking a quick look at the previous Volcano desktop vaporizers.
The one that started it all, of course, it was just called the Volcano when it launched. The Volcano is so named because of its iconic cone-shaped design with the herb chamber sitting right at the summit. You use the Volcano by placing some herb in the chamber, turning on the power, and then you connect a bag to the oven. As the herb heats up, its vapor enters the bag, at which point the user inhales from the bag. The bag has a special valve that connects to the Volcano, which prevents any vapor from escaping.
This might seem like a convoluted setup to anyone used to portable weed vapes, but it has its advantages, the main one being exceptional vapor quality. Another positive is that inhaling from the bag feels as natural as breathing in since there is no draw resistance, plus you can fill the bag with as much, or as little vapor, as you want. The Volcano is obviously not portable because of both its size and the fact that it uses a power cord rather than a battery, but it is great for group sessions since you can pass it around.
This is an upgrade to the Classic, but mainly a surface level one since the big difference is, as you can probably guess by the name, a new digital display. The Classic was very much an analogue machine with old-fashioned—or retro if you’re feeling kind—knobs and switches. The Digit also gave users more precise temperature control and an auto shutoff timer, but other than that, it is pretty much the same.
Design Of The Volcano Hybrid
The Hybrid has the same basic design and proportions of the previous Volcanoes, so it is eight inches tall, seven inches wide, and weighs four pounds. The silver body and black base should be familiar to anyone acquainted with the previous models, so the new Volcano vaporizer looks comfortably familiar. However, the digital touch screen is all new and makes all the functions of the Hybrid easily accessible and controllable. Those functions are as follows:
- Heat – Tap this button to turn on the heater, of course.
- Air – Touch this button to turn on the pump that blows the vapor into the bag or through the tube.
- Plus/Minus – These buttons control the temperature. Tap them to increase/decrease the temp a degree at a time, hold them to alter the temp at a faster rate.
The display also shows the current and target temperatures as well as the power and Bluetooth connectivity indicators.
What’s New With the Volcano Hybrid
The Volcano Hybrid has a lot of brand new features, let’s take a closer look.
The Volcano started out with buttons and knobs, and then shifted to just buttons. Now the Hybrid has entered the modern era by using a touch screen interface. That means the control panel has a perfectly smooth surface free of any buttons or switches.
Whip Or Balloon? You Can Have Both!
The previous Volcanoes only used bags for vapor inhalation, but the Hybrid uses a whip system as well. A whip is basically a long, flexible tube from which you inhale. It has many of the same advantages as a bag, the main one being a long air path that allows the vapor to cool down.
Desktop vapes generally use either whips or bags, but the Hybrid is unique in that it uses both, which is likely why they chose that name. So, if you want, you can use the tube to get that classic hookah experience in your own home. Best of all, your old bags from the previous vaporizers will work just fine with the Hybrid. Plus, you can make your own balloons and attach them to the Volcano Hybrid using the included adapter.
The Volcano hybrid uses a new double helix heating technology to improve heat times over the previous Volcano models. Now it only takes forty seconds to reach the selected temperature, so you can get your sessions started faster than ever.
Temperature Range: 104°F – 446°F
We can control pretty much everything with our smartphones, so why should desktop vaporizers be any different? The Hybrid features Bluetooth connectivity that allows it to be controlled via a smartphone app, just like the Crafty. You can use the app to perform any of the actions that you normally would on the device itself, so you can turn the device on and off and adjust the temperature. You can also use it to adjust the automatic switch off time of the Volcano Hybrid, and to customize the touch screen display.
What Is In The Volcano Hybrid’s Kit
Here is what you can expect when you buy the new Storz & Bickel vaporizer:
- Volcano Hybrid vaporizer
- Three Easy Valve balloons with mouthpieces
- One Easy Valve balloon with an adapter
- One tube system
- One filling chamber that includes a cap ring, screen set, drip pad for concentrates, and a cleaning brush
- Power cord
- Air filter set
- Herb mill
Dosing Capsules – As with the Crafty and Mighty, you can get dosing capsules for the Volcano Hybrid. They are small capsules that you can pre-fill with herb and then place in the heater. The dosing capsules are available from the Storz & Bickel website and they make using the Hybrid far more efficient.
Filling Set – This allows you to fill up to forty dosing capsules simultaneously. It includes bonus accessories like a grinder and a magazine that can hold eight capsules.
Filling Chamber Reducer – This accessory is great for anyone who wants to use smaller loads since, as its name tells you, it reduces the size of the filling chamber so that it holds less dry herb. You can buy the reducer separately or buy a filling chamber with the reducer included. And yes, the dosing capsules work with the reducer.
What Can You Vape With The Volcano Hybrid?
Or rather, what else can you vape? Dry herb is a given of course, plus if you use the drip pad, you can use wax extracts as well. But did you know that you can vape different types of plant material as well? Here is a list of the other things that can be vaped with the Volcano Hybrid
- Eucalyptus – Yes, like what Koalas eat. You can vape the leaves to get a pleasant aroma.
- Lavender – Vape the blossoms to create a pleasing scent.
- Chamomile – The blossoms of this soothing herb can be vaporized.
- Sage – Normally used in cooking, you can vape the leaves of this herb as well.
- Thyme – Not just for cooking, the entire herb can also be vaped.
- Hops – This is one of the main ingredients of beer, but you can vape it too.
- Lemon Balm – This versatile herb has many different uses and vaping is one of them.
The Volcano Hybrid Launches At The End of June
The new desktop vaporizer from Storz & Bickel launches in Europe in late June and the North American release will follow soon after. And when it launches, you won’t have to wait long for our complete review. So check out our Volcano Hybrid review if you want to know for sure whether desktop vaporizers are back and whether they’re here to stay.
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