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Having owned the Vapir One handheld vaporizer for two years before buying the Volcano, I can say that the difference between these units is night and day. The Volcano vaporizer is the Bentley of all vaporizers. I do not condone or promote any illegal activities but it is hard to ignore the fact that this is the best marijuana vaporizer or weed vaporizer money can buy.
There are a few different models of the Volcano available for purchase. First, you need to choose between the Volcano Classic and the Volcano Digit. The only difference here is that the Digit is a digital vaporizer and displays the current/set temperatures on a bright LED display on the front. The Classic simply has a temperature dial in the front that ranges from 1-9 and you just turn the knob to your desired temp. The instruction manual gives you a chart showing an estimate of what the temperature of each number is, so I personally believe it is not necessary to spend the extra money on the Digit because it is fairly simple to get the correct temperature with the Classic.
Next you need to choose whether you want the Easy Valve kit or the Solid Valve kit. These kits include the balloons and mouthpieces you need to actually use the device. The Easy Valve kit is extremely simple to setup and use, and appears to be much simpler than the Solid Valve kit. I guess that's where the 'Easy' part comes from... With the Easy Valve you literally only have to snap a few pieces into place to start your session and switching between filling up the balloons and hitting the vapor is easy as pie. With the Solid Valve kit you get to determine the size of the balloons you want to use, because you put it together yourself. You basically get a big roll of balloon that you cut down to size and clamp into the mouthpiece. Either kit works great but for greater simplicity go with the Easy Valve.
So how much is it? Ok, the Volcano is not cheap, but hopefully you've already accepted that. Storz & Bickel enforces what is called MAP pricing on the Volcano which makes the marketplace a fair playing ground. This means that every company that is authorized by Storz & Bickel to sell the Volcano has to charge the same price. The true price of the Volcano Classic is $539.00, which includes your choice of either valve kit and usually includes free shipping. The Volcano Digit is $669.00, and this also includes either valve set and free shipping.
- Top-of-the-line construction, seriously
- Extremely easy to setup & use
- Silent when heating up
- Low noise when filling balloon
- Fills balloons within 30 seconds
- Comes with 5 balloons (long lasting)
- Stays very clean / gunk free
- Very little vapor escapes during the process
- Simply put, it's the Bentley of vaporizers
- Takes about 3 mins to heat up to operating temperature, but once there you can vape on-the-fly
- Unfortunately it is not cheap, but nothing great in life is
- Other than the price, this thing is flawless
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