I make the comparison between an old-time favorite vaporizer among the cannabis community, the Volcano (Digital, solid-valve), and the relatively new contender for that very spot called the Herbalizer (special edition).
Price range: =$$$. Yes, hundreds upon hundreds for each.
Functionality: table-top design, corded (non-portable), button-interfacing, auto-off features,
rubber-padded-chamber-&-plastic-bag extraction and delivery system.
Bags will eventually lose hermeticity requiring replacement.
Bags will kilter and crumble while being filled thus requiring user labor to maintain the bag’s upright position until it is filled.
Cleaning/maintenance: they produce copious amounts of residual resin glands, aka hash, that can be scraped off the valve, bag, chamber, and mouthpiece surfaces for additional medication. There are fewer parts to clean when using the H. than there are for the V. the H. is thus easier to clean but provides less hash.
Bags will need to be replaced or repaired frequently.
Functionality: the V. uses a ceramic plate to provide radiant heat that takes minutes to achieve.
the H. uses a halogen light-bulb to quickly provide consistent heat levels.
the H. provides a tube+chamber delivery system to get around having to replace bags
the H. also provides “aromatherapy mode” that exploits H.’s other design
Chamber and Mouthpiece
While both the V.’s and H.’s chamber is padded with rubber to protect
fingers from the intense heat inside the chamber, the V.’s is more
effective in providing this comfort. In stark contrast, the H.’s is
troublesome and painful since the thin “rubber” sheath is sadistically
ill-designed and detaches from the chamber with little force thus exposing
one’s fingers to intense heat. Even if the sheath manages to stay
connected to the chamber (such a poor design, Aye, Aye, Aye!), the heat is
still uncomfortable upon the fingers. Throughout all my years with the V., I
have never suffered from such low quality engineering and craftsmanship.
The H. is made in the U.S.A. and it shows.
The V.’s plastic “solid” valve clips into the chamber and holds the bag to the chamber. This plastic clip is subject to repeated mechanical stress causing predictable wear and breakage within a short time thus losing clip-ability and requiring manual effort to hold the bag on the unit while it is in operation.
the H.’s chamber very effectively attaches to the unit via magnets and the bag slides over the ejection port on the chamber similar to the V.’s easy valve.
the H.’s tube has a male fitting on one end that mates with the female ejection port of the chamber’s top piece. this mating is troublesome since movement of the whip may cause it to disconnect, again, with little force, from the chamber causing waste and frustration.
Parts are more expensive per part and frequency of replacement is higher for the H. than it is for the V.
The V.’s chamber, valve, and bag leak vapor depending on wear and damage whereas, the H.’s bag is the only leak.
The mouthpieces for each differ in the construction and method of withholding and delivering vapor from the bag. The H.’s mouthpiece is silicone and cannot be removed from the bag easily. It inefficiently attempts to seal vapor inside the bag via designed tension within the silicone bringing two sides together, like a clamp. The “clamp” doesn’t shut completely and causes loss of vapor requiring user effort to plug the mouthpiece.
The V.’s mouthpiece is two-part, heavy, plastic, and metal with a bag banded and clamped on. The user clips off the chamber and clips on the mouthpiece to prevent burning lips on the metal pipe within the bag-part of the piece. The clips break so the mouthpiece is eventually abandoned since it wont hold together thus exposing the user’s lips to high residual heat as they use the spring-shut pipe.
Aesthetics: The H. is quieter during use than V. However , H. has a loud fan with auto-on
feature that can be annoying.
the H.’s bags are much quieter than the V.’s.
One cannot customize the bag to desired length with the expensive, wasteful, and
pre-made bags that the H. offers whereas the contrary is true is using the V.
The V. is taller than H. but they have about the same diameter length.
The H.’s tube and chamber components fit inside closable
compartments, whereas the V.’s components remain disparate.
The V.’s main unit and mouth-piece are substantially heavier than the H.’s.
The H. has a monitor screen with more software than an 80’s Gameboy.
Thus, the H. is much more luminous than V. The color spectrum of H.’s light is much more blue because of the screen whereas the V. uses only led lights for numbers vice a whole programmed display. The H. has a screen auto-dim feature that is absolutely ineffective in providing appropriate light levels during night-time thus requiring the user to circumvent the problem with ingenuity.
Power usage: The V. uses 120 W (Watts) whereas the H. uses 287.5W
Reliability: The V.’s plastic “solid” valve breaks, H.’s doesn’t although the H.’s chamber’s rubber protection is shoddy.
Manufacturer: the V. is sold by Storz and Bickel, from Germany.
the H. is sold by Herbalizer, from U.S.A.
chamber 6x smaller in H, uses less material
the v. pack: once, you’re good.
the h.: pack multiple times. seems wasteful, not as full of a high, kind of like a light buzz. the V.’s high is heavy but the bags leak so you lose money and “high-potential.” The whip is more wasteful than the bag since you can’t gauge as easily how much you’re getting until you exhale. Since one should only partake of enough for the lungs to absorb thus producing a clear exhale, if there is vapor upon exhale, it is wasted. the bags give you the information about vapor density and volume. Also, if you aren’t careful about closing off the mouth-end of the whip, vapor will continue to pour out into the air causing further waste and more strain upon the user.
Bottom-line – the one thing the H. got right was the magnet. the V.’s bags are cheaper and customizable but louder and solely available for use with the unit unlike the H. alternative tube method.
screw both of em. get something reasonably priced that doesn’t wastefully leak vapor or burn you.