Author Rating: 9.5/10

Ease of Use: 9/10
Temperature Settings: 9/10
Chamber & Heating System: 9/10
Vapor Quality: 10/10
Battery Life: 10/10
Aesthetics & Manufacturing Quality: 10/10

Volcano Classic Video Review

Is the Classic Volcano worth it in 2022?

The Volcano Classic is one of the best of its kind to this day in 2022, nearly 20 years after its initial release. When people think of a memorable vaping experience at a party or a cannabis industry live event, they’re probably thinking of the Volcano – Its infamous orange and silver design & the thick, cloudy bags! The user-friendly functionality and design of this desktop vaporizer were something future vaporizers would try to emulate, and truly set the bar for modern-day desktop vaporizers! Couple this design with awesome vapor quality and thickness, and this is truly the perfect vaporizer for parties. When it comes to a workhorse that delivers the best tasting, thickest clouds possible, the Volcano is still up there with the best of the best. In this review, we’ll be going over its key features and pros & cons to help you decide if it’s worth upgrading to or not! Let’s get into it.

Classic Volcano Specs + Ratings

Material Compatibility Dry Herb + Concentrates
Battery life N/A
Heating system Convection
Heat up time 3 mins.
Temperature control Heat Dial
Temperature Range 130° – 230° C / 266° – 446° F
Oven Size 1g
Vapor path way Isolated
Accessories Balloons, Whips, Capsules
Warranty period 3 Years
Price $420 USD
Coupon Code
Ease of Use 9/10
Vapor Quality 10/10
Manufacturing Quality 10/10
Ease of Cleaning 9/10
Portability 5/10
Durability 8/10

What’s in the Volcano Classic kit?

  • 1 x Volcano Classic Vaporizer
  • 1 x Dry Herb Filling Chamber
  • 1 x Easy Valve Balloons & Adapter
  • 4 x Easy Valve Balloons & Mouthpieces
  • 1 x Normal Screen Set
  • 1 x Volcano Air Filter Set
  • 1 x Liquid Pad
  • 1 x Cleaning Brush
  • 1 x Herbal Grinder
  • 1 x User Manual

Volcano Classic Build Quality

Some vaporizer enthusiasts still have the Volcanoes that they purchased in the early 2000s, and they’re still working perfectly. That is an ultimate test of the quality and longevity of this desktop vaporizer. The first official model was released in 1999, and the design has changed very little since then, with only the Volcano Hybrid as an upgrade since then. Volcanos were made with German ingenuity and longevity in mind, so if you take care of it, it will take care of you for years to come. If you’re interested in this subject, be sure to check out our history of cannabis vaporizers blog post.

volcano classic prototype

One of the first prototypes of the Volcano form the 90’s

Like most, if not all products that come from the brilliant minds of Storz and Bickel, the Classic Volcano desktop vaporizer features an extremely solid foundation and materials that are just simply built to last. Everything that goes into these desktop vaporizers are virtually free from odors and the components that come in contact with you are food safe. As we previously mentioned, we know of vaporizer enthusiasts who are still using their Volcanos that they bought in the early 2000’s. That is some serious staying power, especially since it comes with a respectable 3-year warranty.

Convection Heating System

Using a heat dial to control the temperature, you can adjust it anywhere you’d like in the range of 130° – 230° C / 266° – 446° F. Most people prefer to use the number’s 5-8 which will be around the mid 300’s to low 400’s range (180C-200C). This will give a good mixture of flavor and cloud production for your balloons that will never be harsh on the throat. While it’s a little outdated compared to the Volcano Hybrid that uses a precision temperature control touch screen or phone application, it’s more than enough to get the job done and is easy to figure out. After a three minute heat-up time, you’ll be able to blast your hot convection air up through your dry herb to fill balloons with milky vapor!

Volcano Classic Portability

Coming in at almost seven pounds, the Volcano Classic isn’t something that you want to be carrying room to room too much. Your best bet is to keep the box so that you can use the handle for easier portability with all of your accessories. You can also pickup a Volcano Vape Carrying Case which is a great addition to lug around your vaporizer. The nice thing is that the balloon mouthpiece is basically draw activated, so you can easily bring your balloon around a party and only inhale when you want to without wasting any vapor.

volcano carrying case in action

Definitely consider buying the Volcano Vape Case for added portability 

Suitable Substances

With your one included Volcano Drip Pad, you’ll be able to melt any kind of concentrate into the mesh for an even extraction. It won’t be as quite effective as using an Electric Dab Rig, but it’s a great little addition to the Classic’s kit for anyone that likes to ‘dabble’ in concentrates.

Vapor Quality

You will get flavorful, robust, smooth hits and blow the thickest vapor clouds when vaping with dry herbs. The clouds that come from toking concentrates will be a bit smaller, but still very flavorful and delicious. The concentrate tokes that you get with the balloons are much less harsh than a dab rig. The terpene profiles in your botanical products will come through perfectly in every toke, whether you use dry herbs or concentrates. The taste, smoothness, and quality of the vapor from the Volcano can satisfy even the snobbiest of vape snobs. This is especially impressive considering how much vapor you can fit into a single balloon. Overall in 2022, the vapor quality still gets two thumbs up from us.

volcano classic vapor quality

How to use your Volcano Classic Balloons

With the included easy valve kit, you’ll be using a mouthpiece and balloon bag sets that you can simply replace when they start to become worn out. The easy valve kit gets its name because it comes with fewer parts than the older version, the solid valve. Let’s take a look at how it’s used:

  1. Fill the bottom part of the chamber with up to 1 gram of your favorite finely ground cannabis
  2. Twist the top chamber cap on and then place the balloon firmly onto the cap
  3. While the Classic is plugged in, adjust the heat dial and click the heat button on
  4. Once the orange button in the middle turns off after 3 minutes or so, you’ll be able to press the fan button
  5. After thirty seconds, your balloon will be filled with juicy vapor!
  6. Place the mouthpiece onto the balloon ending which will release vapor when you push down with your lips

Once you’ve done the process once or twice, it gets to be very easy and self explanatory. If you enjoy microdosing or generally vaping less cannabis, we suggest picking up a Volcano Easy Valve Chamber Reducer which comes with an included dosing capsule to make maintenance even easier than it already is.

How to Clean the Volcano Classic?

When it comes to cleaning your Volcano Classic, the maintenance is extremely easy as all you’ll really have to do is use the included brush to knock out any cooked cannabis from the chamber. For the balloon mouthpiece and rest of the vaporizer, you can use a vape alcohol wipe to sanitize the balloon mouthpiece and remove any grime from day to day usage. Volcano Balloons will last you months at a time, and you’ll know that it’s time to replace them when they’re no longer holding their air as well or begin to become discolored. For you heavy users out there, you might be interested in scraping out resin from your balloons for use with a dab pen!

Volcano Classic Pros

  • Delicious flavor
  • Thick, high quality vapor clouds
  • User friendly
  • Built solid to last

Volcano Classic Cons

  • Pretty steep price tag
  • Takes about three minutes to heat up
  • Fan can be noisy
  • Obviously not portable

Final Thoughts

Because this is a desktop vaporizer, it’s definitely aimed at experienced vaporizer enthusiasts, and not a newbie looking to toke a few vape hits here and there. The fan can get a bit noisy, it’s obviously not portable, and it does take three full minutes to heat up. The price tag is a also a bit steep for this unit, which can turn people off. Looking past these drawbacks, this is the quintessential desktop vaporizer. The Classic Volcano will sits atop a throne with the Hybrid as the best of their kind for years and years to come. For good reason, too, as the vapor clouds are thick, robust and delicious. The interface is easy to understand and the vape itself is built to stand the test of time.

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As a cheaper alternative with a variety of glass accessories, also consider checking out the Arizer XQ2 Desktop Vaporizer.