Storz & Bickel set a gold standard for desktop vaporizers in 2000 with the launch of the Volcano vaporizer, a balloon-bag unit with a unique conical volcano design, precision temperature control, and a powerful convection heating system. Boasting the advanced German engineering that became a Storz & Bickel trademark, Volcano introduced Europe and America to vaporization as a better alternative to combustion. As a testament to the quality of Storz and Bickel vapes, the Volcano vaporizer went on to win the Cannabis Cup in 2013 for Best Product of the Year, cementing its place as the most iconic vape in history.
The Storz and Bickel story began in 1996 when Markus Storz, a graphic designer by trade, began developing an herbal vaporizer that would deliver unprecedented vapor production, ease-of-use, and quality. Markus Storz crafted the first-ever Volcano vape using a heat gun in his cellar. Two years later, the Volcano balloon bag patent was registered. And in 2000, the first ever Volcano Classic vaporizer hit the shelves. Seeing the potential in the Volcano vaporizer, Jurgen Bickel joined Storz as a partner, and Storz & Bickel was formed.
Riding the momentum of the Volcano vaporizer, Storz & Bickel went on to release the Volcano Digit, an electronic version of the original, in 2007. Soon after they launched the Plenty vaporizer, a handheld desktop unit, and by 2014 Storz & Bickel entered the portable vaporizer market with the Mighty and Crafty (the Crafty was replaced by the Crafty+ in 2020, a more powerful and efficient device). By 2016, Storz & Bickel built the first ever herb vaporizer factory in the world, establishing themselves as the most long-standing, reliable, and cutting edge vape manufacture. 2020 saw the debut of the Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer which provides both whip and bag style vapor delivery and a more efficient heating process for faster heat-up times.
DESKTOP VAPORIZER BEASTS: VOLCANO AND PLENTY
Both the Volcano and Plenty are undeniably desktop vaporizer beasts! The Volcano has been around for over 20 years and has an impeccable reputation for durability and excellence. Vaporists have made this a staple and a must-have in anyone’s collection looking for an elite tabletop vaporizer. Recently Storz & Bickel added the Volcano Hybrid to the mix, allowing users to enjoy both whip and balloon vapor delivery.
The Storz and Bickel Plenty is a modern twist on a classic. It uses a metal straw that cools the vapor instead of a typical hookah-style whip. While the Plenty is a corded hand-held vaporizer it’s great for a chill session at your house.
The Storz and Bickel Mighty and Crafty + are two of the best portable vaporizers around. They both feature a long battery life, are equipped with a cool mouthpiece, and are easy to use. The Crafty is smaller, sacrifices a few controls, but it is the most portable version of the two. So whether you pick the Mighty or Crafty +, just know you’re in good hands.
2021 saw Storz & Bickel update the Mighty and give us the Mighty+ Vaporizer. With a 60-second heat up time and a preset "Superbooster" temperature option the Mighty+ is a souped up version of it's predecessor and offers better durability. To learn more about the Mighty+ read our Mighty+ Review blog.
Check out our Crafty+ Review to get the scoop on all the upgrades made to this portable vaporizer.
STORZ & BICKEL VAPORIZER ACCESSORIES
vapor.com has a variety of Storz and Bickel accessories, so you can keep your vaporizers performing like the day you got them. Each vaporizer comes with accessories like grinders, dosing capsules, and concentrate pads to complete the experience. The portables have a built-in loading funnel, and the capsules work seamlessly across the line.
You can find a few Storz & Bickel Products on our Best Desktop Vaporizers list, as well as some of their top competitors.
VOLCANO VAPORIZER BUYING GUIDE
Without a doubt S&B's fine German engineering delivers quality vaporizers. Both the Volcano Classic and Volcano Hybrid are iconic and have unique benefits. To help you pick between the tow, we made a Volcano Vaporizer Buying Guide detailing what each vaporizer has to offer so you make the best choice to fit your vaping needs.