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Author Rating: 9.7/10

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

Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer Video Review 

Is the Volcano Hybrid worth it?

Storz and Bickel are among the most respected and popular brands in the vaporization industry – and for good reason. They are OG’s when it comes to vaping, with their original Classic Volcano Vaporizer released back in 2000, and now the latest version of the Volcano Hybrid in 2019. The premium brand doesn’t release devices very often, so when they do, it’s a pretty big deal.

Desktop vaporizers somewhat faded in popularity since the Classic’s release, but the Volcano Hybrid vaporizer has gained a notorious reputation for its improved features, Bluetooth connectivity, and detachable power cord. This is truly a desktop device worth the hype and the steep price tag. Let’s get into our Volcano Hybrid review so that you can decide for yourself!

Volcano Hybrid Device Shot

Volcano Hybrid Specs + Ratings

Material Compatibility Dry Herb + Concentrates
Battery life N/A
Heating system Hybrid
Heat up time 90 secs.
Temperature control Precision
Temperature Range 40°C-230°C
Oven Size 1g
Vapor path way Isolated
Accessories Balloons, Whips, Capsules
Warranty period 3 Years
Price $600 USD
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Ease of Use 9/10
Vapor Quality 10/10
Manufacturing Quality 10/10
Ease of Cleaning 9/10
Portability 6/10
Durability 8/10

What comes with the Volcano Hybrid?

  • 1 X Volcano Hybrid Desktop Vaporizer
  • 1 X Valve Bag With Adapter
  • 3 X Valve Bags With Mouthpieces
  • 1 X Tube aka Whip Attachment
  • 1 X Filing Chamber
  • 1 X Cap Ring
  • 1 X Concentrate Drip Pad
  • 1 X Air Filter
  • 1 X Herb Mill
  • 1 X Cleaning Brush
  • 1 X Detachable Power Cord
  • Instruction Manual
Volcano Hybrid Onyx Filling chamber, balloon with easy valve, screen replacements and brush with rubber ring

Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer Key Features

  • Best-in-class Vapor Quality
  • Choose to either use the whip or balloon 
  • Helix airpath technology 
  • Touch screen & Phone Application
  • Lots of session customization
  • Dry Herb and Concentrates compatibility 

Volcano Hybrid Heating Chamber

The heating system on the Volcano Hybrid vaporizer is, you guessed it, a hybrid, using both convection and conduction. The Hybrid features innovative new heating technology called a double helix air path, which delivers a unique vape experience. The conduction heating is necessary due to having more metal around the convection heating element that will more rapidly heat your bowl. You can pack as little or as much as you want with the Hybrid, about as much as a gram or two, or you can microdose with the help of a Volcano Hybrid Chamber Reducer. Overall, it’s a great improvement from the Easy Valve kit that the Volcano Classic used.

Volcano Hybrid Onyx Ceramic bowl

Volcano Hybrid Precision Temperature Control

The Volcano Hybrid from Storz and Bickel has a huge range of precision temperature flexibility, from 40°C all the way up to 230°C. The Volcano Classic vaporizer took a full three minutes to heat up, but the Volcano Hybrid is ready to rip in about 90 seconds, and will fill balloons in about 30 seconds. This demonstrates how far we’ve come and the awesome innovations we’ve had the pleasure of seeing in the vaporizer industry, especially since the closest competition in the Arizer XQ2, will still take well over a minute for a balloon fill. There’s really no “sweet spot” as far as what is the best temperature at which to vape with the Hybrid – it’s all up to you and the size of hits you like to take.

Volcano Hybrid Onyx Front Panel UI

Volcano Hybrid Vapor Quality

The Volcano Hybrid a device that is designed with the true desktop vape connoisseur in mind. The flavor quality and smoothness is unmatched, and might even be better than the Volcano Classic and the Digit. You can also vape your favorite concentrates with the Hybrid using the drip pad, but we think its dry herb hits are a bit better.

volcano hybrid vapor quality

How to Use the Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer?

The Volcano Hybrid 2019 features an innovative user control interface that is truly unique and top-shelf. Unlike the older Volcano models, there are no switches or knobs on the Hybrid, because it’s operated entirely via the touch screen. While the controls are certainly user-friendly, there could be a slight learning curve – especially if you’ve never used a dry herb desktop vaporizer. It’s pretty easy to understand after the first few sessions, though.

Operating the Volcano really hasn’t changed much in 19 years, despite its new and updated look and functionality. The heat button obviously starts heating up the device, and the air button delivers vapor into either your balloon or whip. Using the Bluetooth connectivity, the Volcano Hybrid vaporizer can be operated with a Smartphone app much like the Crafty+ (Plus) vaporizer, also from Storz and Bickel.

Volcano Hybrid Onyx Balloon easy valve

Storz and Bickel Volcano App

While the iOS app for the Crafty+ and Volcano Hybrid is still unavailable after Apple’s ban of vaping-related app from the App Store, Storz & Bickel has recently announced their website application which can control the devices Bluetooth functionality!

You can also use the “Bluenet” app as a way to also access the Storz & Bickel app page found here: Web App. This web app will function for the Crafty, Crafty+, and Volcano Hybrid vaporizers.

Desktop vaporizers can be used with either balloons or tubes, but the Hybrid now has the option to vape with both – thus the name. You can also use the Volcano Hybrid vaporizer as an aromatherapy device if you so choose, vaping plant material such as lavender for a pleasant smell.

How to fix a bugged Volcano Hybrid firmware update

If you’ve neglected updating your Volcano Hybrid’s firmware for quite some time, a new update has been giving people problems where the user interface will ‘BL-000’, leaving your device unable to operate. To fix this problem, turn on your computer’s Bluetooth and pair it with your Hybrid through Storz&Bickel’s web application. The following update will have your device working as normal! 

Volcano Hybrid Portability

While the Volcano Hybrid definitely isn’t portable out of the box, you can buy the affordable Volcano Vape Case which will let you conveniently carry it with either a shoulder strap or handle. With a variety of pockets and a thick protective layer of foam, you’ll be able to take your volcano anywhere with ease. 

volcano carrying case in action

Volcano Hybrid Build Quality 

What can we really say about the reinvented classic Volcano that hasn’t already been said? It looks as sexy as it ever has! It’s got basically the exact same measurements as the original one did at the turn of the century, and that’s 8 X 7. It still weighs about 6 pounds. The silver steel and black base haven’t changed much, either – and why should they change? If something isn’t broken, there’s no need to fix it.

Volcano Hybrid Onyx Kit

There are some accessories from previous Volcano models that are compatible with the hybrid, but you’ll need a new filling chamber and reducer (to use with dosing caps) due to its redesign.

How to Clean the Volcano Hybrid?

There are a ton of accessories that come with the Volcano Hybrid vaporizer, so obviously it will require more cleaning and upkeep than your typical portable vaporizer. You’re going to need to take extra care with certain delicate components, and we recommend giving the tube and balloon mouthpieces a cleaning with cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl alcohol after every two sessions or so. The good news is that Storz and Bickel tend to design their devices to last, as long as you take good care of them. Purchasing a cleaning kit like the Zeus Purify can help out a lot with this. 

Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer Review Conclusion

In most of our other reviews, we include sections on battery life, as well as portability and discreetness. Since the Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer is strictly a desktop vaporizer, it plugs into an electrical outlet, and obviously isn’t discreet. The Volcano Hybrid is very expensive and complicated to use, so it’s not going to be for newbies. However, it would be a great investment for business owners such as dispensaries and caregivers offering free samples, or growers and seed companies doing live events.

Like the other units from the Storz and Bickel brands, the Volcano Hybrid is so unique, it’s in a class of its own. For this reason, there’s not much to compare it to – except, of course, its own siblings like the Plenty and the other versions of the Volcano. If you want a more affordable desktop vaporizer, maybe check out the Arizer XQ2. You will sacrifice vapor quality, features, and accessories, but you will pay a lot less for a desktop vaporizer.

What do you think about our Volcano Hybrid review? The device is brand new, so if you have any input about something we overlooked, we want to hear from you!

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Arizer XQ2 vs Volcano Hybrid