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The Volcano vaporizer comes with your choice of two valve/balloon systems:

Solid Valve – Click here for details

  • Durable construction of stainless steel and heat resistant plastics.
  • You choose the size of the balloon.
  • Extra balloon material is fairly cheap.

Easy Valve – Click here for details

  • Maintenance free design – no cleaning – just toss and replace.
  • Pre-set balloon size.
  • Did we mention no cleaning?

The choice is yours – the price for the initial kit is the same. Money-wise the difference is over the long term. The solid valve will be cheaper, but you’ll have to take it apart and clean it. The easy valve, will be – well, easier.

31 Comments

  1. lbn on December 17, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    owner of a Digit with easyvalve here. (i’ve used solid valve before too)
    easy valve is definitely easier. it does feel a little cheaper/plasticky but it still does its job of closing/opening automatically, and getting 5 of them at once is pretty great. I do not anticipate a need to go to solid valve, am a regular vaper so I want to minimize time spent on cleaning/maintenance and the money is not an issue for me



  2. Greg on April 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    def sold me on the easy valve classic however not worth spending an extra 100 plus just so its digital..



  3. Greg on September 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Digital Volcano & the easy valve, vaping at 365 does the trick for me.



  4. Keon on April 12, 2013 at 3:09 am

    I am on the fence between analog and digital. Is the digital really worth the extra 130 bucks?



    • Vapormaster on April 12, 2013 at 5:57 am

      My personal opinion at this moment in time – No.



    • ron jumbo on March 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      hell no



    • jordan on June 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      Are you a recreational user? Then I agree with my worthy betters: no. Are you a medical user? Then maybe I disagree slightly. I rely pretty heavily on the temp settings and have found some that kill my nerve pain if I have the right strains of mmj. I know that knob does the same basic thing, but I “think” it’s better if it’s digital. I’m a geek. It’s a bias. But I CAN make my pain stop for a while by using 145c,160 and 175 c. Lots of cannabinoids released at those ranges. I don’t know if the Volcano is ACTUALLY at 145c, I just know that my brain fog clear when I have a bag or two at that temp. And I don’t know if it’s really at 160 exactly. I just know that I feel really hugely better after some balloons at 160. Every time. I didn’t pick the numbers, I experimented to see what happened at this temp. Then I went up ten degrees and tried again. Sometimes I went up 5 degrees. I just kept trying until I found a way I liked. Everybody says start out at 190C and go from there. I found that wasted my meds and there was no taste left after a bag or two. I’m a taste pig. No taste, no good. so I kept lowering the temps until I got the taste I liked, and the rest took care of itself. It just so happens that I found a chart at Fuckcombustion.com that shows releases of cannabinoids of all kinds at about 145, 160, 175 and 190. Wish I’d found it first. Coulda saved a bunch of time. But that’s ME and MY situation. Try the ladder method, starting at 130c or so, and you will KNOW when you hit the “right” temps for you. I just think starting low and moving up yields better testing results than starting high and moving anywhere else. You pick the numbers you want: you’ll just find them quicker by going up than down, imho.



  5. Hippychic on March 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Back Again to offer my knowledge as an avid eBay buyer. Hard & Soft cases are available for $35-39.00. Hope this helps those in need indeed. Peace.



  6. Hippychic on March 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Researching All info on Volcano as a newbie to vaping. I’ve been everywhere and I must say,,,GRATE JOB DONE BY ALL !!!! THX SO MUCH !!!!! Final choice will be, Classic easy valve for this disabled gal



  7. Noob vap on October 1, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Iam Searching for a Carrying case for the volcano can you Recommend any good ones you’ve seen thank you for you help



    • AkDTM on October 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      I have a sweet travel hard case black.. it’s a must have plus I do major traveling 6 months of the year !



  8. JoVegas on September 19, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Hey I was wondering if you knew how many bags u get out of a solid valve bag box



    • Vapormaster on September 19, 2012 at 6:21 am

      It depends on how big you make your bags : )

      Normal bag size is 2ft, XL is 3ft. Each box is about 10ft, so 5 bags at 2ft, and 3 at 3ft.



  9. Sk8rchild on August 21, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I started with the easy valve and moved up to the solid valve. If you are a heavy smoker like I am… The easy bags have seals that I find build up with too much resin before the bag is no good… This allows vapor to leak while filling the bag. Although some think the easy valve is a better design… If you smoke heavy as I do you’ll find that replacing the easy valve bags gets expensive fast. The plastic is also a different composite so pores hold more bacteria. I keep my easy valve for parties… That way I can toss a bunch of bags around. If you are a fan of consumable products, are not handy, and have Money to throw away… Go for the easy valve. If you want a superior design take the Solid Valve and put up with the cleaning… For me it’s a personal time with my st.Helen.



    • AkDTM on October 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      Plus all that lovely pure thc sludge u get when cleaning .. That factor alone makes its superior for personal use!



  10. Noob vap on July 29, 2012 at 9:57 am

    I love my volcano I ended up getting the solid valve with it haven’t stopped useing it since thanks for the info.

    Do you have a YouTube video showing how to replace a bag on the solid valve.



  11. Noob vap on July 16, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I’m planning on buying a volcano digi but not sure on which valve to get either the easy valve or the solid valve which do you recommend is better. Also on the solid valve is it easy to replace and put the bag back on and clean?



    • Vapormaster on July 17, 2012 at 6:17 am

      The easy valve will cost you more $ in the long run, but you’ll spend a lot less time cleaning the chamber. The solid valve is very simple to take apart and put back together once you’ve done it a few times. See step by step instructions here – http://volcanotips.com/volcano/volcano-vaporizer-taking-apart-and-cleaning/ At the end of the day it’s personal preference. I used the solid valve for 5 years, and then tried the easy valve – and haven’t looked/switched back. I prefer the simplicity of it, and the filling chamber gets much less gunked up.

      Hope you enjoy your new Volcano!



  12. Andy on July 2, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Does anyone know the size of easy valve male piece, i was trying to figure out how to get a connection to my 18mm glass connection from the easy valve?



    • Vapormaster on July 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm

      I use this vapor hose adapter from Aqualab and it fits well. I prefer however to just push the mouthpiece against the downstem – works great – easy to pull the bag aside to clear the chamber.



  13. doubleoverhead on September 19, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    How do you take the bag clip off of the solid valve?



  14. Protonus on July 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    This is the post that lead me to this blog. So I thought I’d give back now that I own a Digital with Easy Valve. I’ve used the solid valve on a friends too. There are some other things you should consider that don’t get brought up often when discussing easy vs solid, that IMHO make the easy valve the better choice:

    0.) The first important thing to note is that you CAN change the bag in an Easy Valve, multiple times if you’re careful before they need to be replaced. There are multiple guides on this online, I like the prying methods best. This means you can get multiple uses of each valve, saving $, that you can clean them before reuse too so they’re like new, and that you can customize your bag sizes too just like a Solid valve.
    1.) The width of the chamber and screens in the EASY valve is wider by around a 1/4″ – which is quite signifigant. This leads to greater exposed surface area and faster production of vapor. This also makes for an easier cleaning chamber.
    2.) The Easy Valve kits give you multiple mouth pieces and valves. Each kit gives you more. With the Solid Valve, unless you by extra (that’s a lot of $), you only have one. What this means is that you can rapidly fill multiple bags – one for each person, or one right after eachother… great for having many people over.
    3.) Having multiple bags and valves with an Easy Valve also means that you can have multiple bag sizes, ready to go immediately. Maybe a 1 footer for just yourself for quick sessions, a 2 footer for just you or you and one other, a turkey bag or two for pillow like bags that don’t crinkle for “stealth” or “quiet” times, etc. all the way up to having huge 10′ bags by using a whole roll of solid valve material at once!
    4.) The chamber of the Easy valve is MUCH more simple and easy to clean. It has far less tendency to get sticky / gummed up. It’s much easier to take apart and assemble. No moving parts like the silly upper screen in the Solid Valve you have to remove and clean constantly each time you fill. Filling it is much simpler as you just twist and fill. It’s much smaller making it easier to clean too and completely disassembles. There are far less parts used too. It’s smaller and takes up less room. All in all, it’s a much better chamber design.
    5.) The chamber for the easy valve clips onto the volcano very securely, so the bag and chamber don’t want to tip over or fall off like a Solid valve can/does. So you don’t need to hold it at all during filling.

    Yes, the valves on the bag and mouthpiece feel less overengineered and “solid” on an Easy Valve. Yes they feel a little cheaper. Yes it’s not AS easy to change the bag… but to me the pros far out weigh the cons.



    • Focus on April 18, 2011 at 1:54 am

      You may never read this. But thanks, just the post I was looking for!!
      I think imma get a digi easy valve.



    • Rob on June 16, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Same. Thanks for the info!



    • remark on February 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      your comment helped me decide, thanks



      • Larry on August 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm

        I have had the easy valve for years and have been using the solid valve bags as described above, but I am getting tired of having to clean out the valve to replace the bag as I usually do (4) at a time. One of my concerns however was the smaller chamber size of the solid valve versus the easy valve. After reading your comments, I believe I will stick with what I have been doing, but I will spend the money on a new starter kit. I have had the same valves for like 8 years and they are in bad shape.

        Thanks!



    • Larry on August 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      I have had the easy valve for years and have been using the solid valve bags as described above, but I am getting tired of having to clean out the valve to replace the bag as I usually do (4) at a time. One of my concerns however was the smaller chamber size of the solid valve versus the easy valve. After reading your comments, I believe I will stick with what I have been doing, but I will spend the money on a new starter kit. I have had the same valves for like 8 years and they are in bad shape.

      Thanks!



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