One of the things I love about the Volcano Hybrid is that you can use it as a whip-style vaporizer in addition to the traditional bag-style that the Volcano is known for. To accomplish this, the filling chamber was redesigned to twist so that it locks in place. Because this twisting motion involves two flat surfaces that rub together, some users have noticed that if they took a Q-Tip to clean the filling chamber, they were greeted with aluminum dust. This has obviously caused a lot of debate and concern.
My opinion? If you’re going to drop $600 on a vaporizer, you shouldn’t have to deal with the concern that you may be inhaling aluminum dust. Thankfully, a retrofit has been designed to fix this! After the Volcano Hybrid Safety Recall, Storz & Bickel recently released a retrofit ceramic-coated chamber replacement part to replace the original aluminum-coated chamber. All you have to do is go to their site, enter your serial number as the coupon code, and they’ll send you the retrofit filling chamber replacement part for free.
Once you get the replacement, you’ll notice that it comes with two parts. The first step you’ll want to take is to remove the screen from the groove with tweezers. Since I didn’t have any handy, I used a small screwdriver to pry it out. You’ll then be able to snap the new piece on, which serves both as a screen and as a surface for the bottom of the chamber (the replacement part includes a new chamber insert). You’ll see me completing each step in this process in full in the video below!
I can say that I did test the new replacement part with a Q-Tip as you’ll see in the video and found no scratches or residue left over from the twisting motion. I think this is one of the nicest things about dealing with a high-quality vaporizer manufacturer. Storz & Bickel really stood behind their products and they went out of their way to find a solution.