The Volcano vaporizers are made in Germany – haven’t heard much but quality things said about German engineering and manufacturing. The materials seemed high grade, and the packaging touts food safe materials, stainless steel and other encouraging touches that make me believe vaporization is for real. Props for a solid unit.
The Volcano Vaporizer comes with a base unit, plastic grinder case and a separate set of bags (we were using the Easy Valve set). We fired up the unit and…waited. This thing took forever to heat up – almost five minutes (of course, waiting to get high makes everything seem a lot longer, but I was watching the time). I want to coin a new saying to go along with other interminable ways to pass time: watching paint dry, watching grass grow, watching water boil, and watching vape temps.
Once the temperature reached the set point, we were ready to get this party started. The separate herb chamber is lined with two replaceable screens. We filled the base of the chamber with finely ground herb; grinding up your weed is better for vaporizing because you heat up the herb more evenly and get more out of it. Do Not Pack The Chamber Overfull – it doesn’t give you a bigger hit, and can obstruct the airflow through the chamber. Keeping the herb loose is better for getting more dense vapor. The chamber sets easily in place over the heating vent – run the blower for about 5 seconds before attaching the bag.
The most impressive thing I found about the Volcano vaporizer was the forced air blower. It inflated the bag in about a minute. The Volcano is a bag only device, so it only gives you one option to inhale vapor – through a bag that you inflate. The process goes like this – power up, heat device, grind and fill herb chamber, then place chamber + bag on top of output vent and the heated air passes through the herb to ‘vaporizer’ the sticky resins on the weed that get you high. The result is a bagful of vapor you can inhale directly. And it was delicious. I’d never really tasted the flavors in a good strain of weed before vaporizing. It took a little time to realize I was high (~5 – 10 mins) but it felt cleaner, more straightforward of a high. Not foggy, muddy or all over the place like smoking.