When the Volcano Hybrid was first announced summer of 2019, I struggled to see the point of it. The Volcano Classic has been out for 20 years. Vaporizers have come a long way and it’s going to take more than a few bells and whistles to get me excited.
I’m not really into whip-style vaporizers and Bluetooth integrations of other vaporizers have all been disappointing. But this Volcano Hybrid has a few more tricks up its sleeve.
The NEW Volcano Hybrid heats up in 40 seconds and the dry herb chamber is now HEATED for denser vapor and quicker extractions!
Storz & Bickel left a few gems in the sand with the Volcano Hybrid. Aside from the new touchscreen and whip attachment, Storz has cut the heat-up time from FIVE MINUTES down to FORTY SECONDS. That’s a massive improvement over the previous Volcano vaporizer.
The herb chamber of the Volcano Hybrid is also HEATED now! While previous Volcano vaporizers were pure convection heating, the new Hybrid Volcano heats the chamber in addition to the convection air flow. The heated bowl drastically improves vapor production and extraction speed. With the new heated bowl, the first bag at 390F is like a bag of milk.
The Volcano Classic and Volcano Digital both heat up in about 5 minutes, but they both really need about 8 or 10 to really get heat-soaked. The new Volcano Hybrid is hot and producing vapor in about 45 seconds. This is a HUGE upgrade for volcano users.
Volcano Hybrid vs Volcano Classic
- The Hybrid heats up in 44 seconds. The Classic takes 4.5 minutes.
- Hybrid uses convection and conduction. Classic is only convection.
- Hybrid can use whip or bags. Classic is bag only.
- Hybrid has full temperature control. Classic is a 1-10 analog knob.
- Hybrid has fully functional mobile app. Classic doesn’t.
- Hybrid wall plug is fully detachable. Classic wall plug is fixed/permanent.
- Hybrid bowl locks onto Volcano with a twist. Classic bowl just sits on top.
- Hybrid can extract full bowl in single bag. Classic cannot.
- Hybrid is $700. Classic is $400
Volcano Hybrid Vapor Performance
This is really where the new Volcano really shines. The added conduction bowl increases the extraction, which means more flavor and more density in the vapor.
In the review video above I compare the Volcano Hybrid with the Classic Volcano side by side. Even with the Classic Volcano at a slightly higher temperature, the vapor from the Hybrid was significantly denser and much more flavorful!
Even with the faster extraction, the 2nd bag from the same bowl in the Hybrid is more pleasing than the first bag in the Classic at the same temp (390F)
Somehow the vapor from the Hybrid is less dry than the vapor from the Classic Volcano. I don’t fully understand how, but that’s the way it feels and I am not alone in this assessment.
Volcano Hybrid Mobile App
I’m normally not a huge fan of mobile apps, but Storz has won me over with this one.
Aside from the expected things, like temp settings and LED customizations and whatnot – Storz & Bickel has integrated Workflows and Iterations.
A Workflow is a custom set of instructions for your Volcano Hybrid to perform. The app allows you to build out and save these customized settings.
Because the Volcano Hybrid heats so quickly, it’s possible to use these Workflows to create a SUPERBAG.