Volcano Vaporizer History Lesson – Who Is Storz & Bickel?

Hello everyone! Vaporizer Shark, reviewers of vaporizers, here to give you all a history lesson on the Volcano series of desktop vaporizers and their maker, the Storz & Bickel company out of Germany. The reason why we wanted to share this is because we know there are those of you out there that are curious about the Volcano and its history so here it is, the complete history of the Volcano vaporizers and their creator, Storz & Bickel GmbH & Co. KG out of Tuttlingen, Germany.

Tuttlingen, Germany
This is a photo of Tuttlingen, Germany, the German town in which Storz & Bickel is headquartered.

More than two decades ago, in the year 1996, Markus Storz began to develop vaporizers. Roughly three years after he began developing vapes, he patented a detachable balloon system that eventually became one of the Volcano’s claims to fame. Soon after, he filed for international patents, protecting his ingenious invention. This was the beginning of the Volcano vaporizer that we know today. With humble beginnings, the Volcano, initially introduced to the world in 2000, would eventually go on to become one of the most well known vaporizers on the planet.

Just two years after the Volcano Classic was unveiled to the world, Storz joined forces with now partner Jurgen Bickel to form a corporate entity known as Storz & Bickel. Together, the pair have released vaporizer after vaporizer in what seems to be an endless bid to raise the bar in vaporization. But before we get into the vapes that were released since, we’re going to share with you a bit more of the journey that led us to today – an age in which Storz and Bickel and its vaporizers have become household names in the vaping community.

In 2003, the company unveiled its 110V Volcano, which was intended for the growing U.S. market. Once it hit shelves, consumers reacted and the reaction was nothing short of overwhelmingly positive. Next, the company opened up a U.S. base of operations in Oakland, California. This new entity, a subsidiary of Storz & Bickel, was launched under the name Storz & Bickel America, Inc., which is the same name that it operates under today.

Fast forward a handful of years to 2007 and the company released its best desktop vaporizer to date: the Volcano Digit. This digital version of the Classic offers users the opportunity to adjust the unit’s temperature using digital controls – a couple of buttons to move the temp up and down and a big display to tell you what’s going on. As if this wasn’t enough to shake up the vaporizer market, which it was, the company took things a step further and dropped another bombshell with their 2008 release of the Plenty, a handheld vaporizer with something to prove: that vapes can push out more vapor than people can handle. While we’re not sure of their exact intent with the Plenty vaporizer, it seems to be living proof of the fact that vaporizers are more than capable of flooding their users with an incredible amount of vapor. It does so by increasing the surface area of its heating chamber beyond anything we’ve ever seen, allowing a massive amount of blend to be heated simultaneously, creating huge clouds of vapor.

In 2009, after applying for a specific set of ISO certifications, 9001 and 13485, the company received its certifications, marking the year that the company became an official manufacturer of medical vaporizers. The year after, the company released its first medical vape, the Volcano Medic, which is also known as the VaporMed in some countries. And after this came the company’s first portable vaporizers, the Crafty and the Mighty, which are two of the best portable vaporizers to date.

What’s really noteworthy about the Crafty & Mighty vapes is their vapor production, which we found to be on par with that of the best desktop vapes – even better than some. While neither is quite as good as the Volcano, they’re better than what is probably most desktops we’ve used. The sad part being, most desktops aren’t all that great. Too many of them are mediocre at best when it comes to doing what they’re designed to do – produce vapor. But as far as portables go, they’re on the larger side, which is why we can see where portables like the Pax 3, Firefly 2, and DaVinci IQ vape have their place. After all, if it doesn’t comfortably fit in your pocket, just how portable is it really? But for those who can ignore their large size, these two vapes are a gift from the heavens above. They take vapor production serious and it definitely shows in how well they work.

The other vape we mentioned earlier in this detailed history of the Storz and Bickel company is the Plenty, which isn’t a portable because it has a cord. We just wanted to clear that up because it is a handheld vape, which some mistake for implying that it’s portable. It’s portable in the sense that you can stick it in your backpack but you still need to find an outlet to plug it into. What’s meant by the “handheld” aspect is that it’s a vape you literally hold in your hand – this as opposed to a desktop vape that sits on a flat surface while it’s in use. It has a whip, which is better described as a metal coil, that is flexible, which allows you to adjust it to your liking. The coil isn’t just an ergonomic feature, it also helps cool the vapor as it travels through it before reaching your mouth and lungs. Like the rest of the company’s vapes, it’s capable of vaping dry blends as well as concentrates thanks to its liquid pad accessory.

You can find more information about Storz & Bickel’s history on our Weebly blog as well as on our website. To learn more about the Volcano vaporizer, we strongly suggest taking a look at our review of the Digit. This article, published here on our WordPress blog, is brought to you by VaporizerShark.com, the best team of vaporizer reviewers on the planet (so says us). For more information on vaporizers, their accessories, and vaping in general, visit our website. You’ll find reviews, guides, news, and more. It’s all there. Take a look and see for yourself!