Is it too basic or is that its strength?
Storz + Bickel’s Onyx Volcano Classic is legendary among desktop vaporizers. In a crowded market increasingly full of features, the Volcano has stood the test of time and continues to be a top seller. Given the hefty price tag on even the most basic models of the Volcano, it’s clear that it is designed well.
The Classic version of the unit features very basic controls that users may find polarizing. Some may enjoy the ease of use, and others may want more features. Certainly, there are cheaper vaporizers on the market that are fully featured, so what makes the Volcano stand out? It would be easy enough to say “Quality” and move on; however, here is a deeper look into what it takes to become a “Classic.”
By employing convection heating, the Volcano ensures that the input material never comes into direct contact with the heating element, greatly minimizing the risk of combustion when used correctly. The Volcano’s meticulously crafted design and unmatched vapor production contribute to an unparalleled vaporization experience. The heating block is constructed using food-safe aluminum, while the high-quality heating element guarantees that each session yields remarkably pure and potent vapor.
Storz & Bickel stands out in the industry due to its stringent testing and certification procedures. Their vaporizers are meticulously designed and manufactured in Germany, employing an aluminum heat exchanger. A study has confirmed that no traces of aluminum seep into the vapor.
The “Classic” model has attained the esteemed status of a medical-grade product following twelve years of meticulous research and development. To meet the necessary standards for medical purposes, the manufacturer has implemented comprehensive quality management systems (ISO 13485) and utilized premium materials.
Furthermore, the Volcano has obtained electrical certifications (DIN EN ISO 60 335) and successfully passed rigorous tests and certifications conducted by TÜV SÜD (Southern Technical Inspection Association) in Munich, Germany.
For consumers who are tired of everything in their life being internet-connected and app-controlled, the “Classic” offers a refreshingly simple approach to design. With just an on switch, a fan switch and a temperature knob the entire function of the Volcano is easily realized. It’s hard to break and easy for the non-tech savvy.
The Onyx version of the volcano looks great in a modern home. It can blend in more easily with other electronics. The finish quality Storz + Bickel achieves is phenomenal.
While the Volcano may be widely regarded as perhaps the best desktop vaporizer of all time, it comes with a hefty price tag. Depending on the model, customers can expect to pay between $479 and nearly $700 dollars to get into a unit. This particular unit is ONYX is on the cheaper side, however, as mentioned, it is slim on features available in competitors that will be looked at below.
Lack of Features:
Another drawback to the “Classic” trim level of the Volcano is the lack of a digital temperature readout. Instead, users are left with an analog dial that can be cranked hot enough to combust. The more expensive version the “ Hybrid” has a much easier to read and understand display. For some, the LED display on the “Hybrid” is just another part to break, and they might prefer the all analog experience of the “Classic”
Probably the best competitor to the Volcano Classic are the desktop offerings from Arizer. Arizer units offer more features at less price. Any version of the Arizer desktop units has more features and comes with a remote. With its sleek metal black cover, the Arizer XQ2 exudes a sense of elegance similar to the Volcano in Onyx.
Furthermore, the XQ2 offers versatile usage options, allowing users to opt for either balloon or direct vapor delivery. Additionally, it includes a whip attachment, granting users the flexibility to connect it to their preferred glassware, thereby elevating the overall vaporizing experience.
The build quality and overall presumed longevity of the Volcano is however better overall than the Arizer offerings.
How to Use the Volcano Classic
- Press the red switch to turn on the Volcano Classic
- Give it 3-6 minutes to heat up
- Grind your dry herbs, add them to the filling chamber, and put it on top of the Volcano
- Attach the valve balloon and press the green button
- Choose your preferred temperature by turning the dial up or down
- Give it 30 seconds to a minute for vapor to appear
- Turn off the devices once you’ve filled the balloon to your preferred amount
- Remove the filling chamber from the valve balloon and vaporizer
- Attach the mouthpiece to the balloon bag and enjoy!
Volcano Classic Onyx Warranty
By registering their device, customers are entitled to a three-year warranty from STORZ & BICKEL for their VOLCANO CLASSIC, VOLCANO HYBRID, MIGHTY+, CRAFTY+, or PLENTY, and a two-year warranty for their MIGHTY or CRAFTY. During this specified duration, any defects found in the device can be repaired by STORZ & BICKEL at no cost to the customer.
What is in the Box
- 1x Volcano Vaporizer
- 1x Grinder
- 1x Manual
- 1x Air Filter Set
- 1x Cleaning Tool
- 1x Easy Valve Concentrate Pad
- 1x Easy Valve Filling Chamber
- 3x Easy Valve Clips
- 5x Easy Valve Mouthpieces
- 5x Easy Valve Balloons
- 6x Easy Valve Screens
Volcano Classic Onyx Technical Specs
- Heat time: 2 minutes
- Heating Style: Convection
- Temperature Range: 130°C – 226°C (266°F – 439°F)
- Options: Balloon
- Compatible: Herbs, Waxes and Solid Waxes
- Reach: 1 – 3 People
- Warranty: 3-Year Limited Warranty with Storz & Bickel
- Materials Used: Stainless Steel Chamber, Food Grade Plastic Balloons
- Key Features: Balloon Inflation System, Convection Heating for Optimal Performance
In the grand scheme of things, while the price may be steep, the unmatched quality of Storz + Bickel products justifies the investment. Customers seeking a fully-featured desktop unit can explore more affordable options like those offered by Arizer, potentially saving a couple of hundred dollars. However, for those who prioritize top-notch quality above all else, the Volcano will always hold a special place.
The newer models introduced by Storz + Bickel provide a highly customizable experience, offering choices between whip or balloon style, digital controls, and faster heat-up times. They also cost more and the Classic model continues to satisfy the majority of customers with their purchase. The Volcano’s ability to conserve material alone means that, over time, the savings it brings can eventually offset its initial cost, making it a financially prudent choice.
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