Volcano Hybrid Safety Recall – Replacement Part Review

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.

storz and bickel ceramic filling chamber

Ceramic-coated filling chamber replacement part vs the original, aluminum-coated filling chamber.

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.

7 Comments

  1. Bannon on October 2, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Hello,

    If I was to buy a Hybrid now (Oct, 2022), will I still need to install this replacement part?

    Thanks,
    Bannon

    • Hat and Glasses on October 3, 2022 at 3:09 pm

      Hi Bannon, all new Hybrids come with the new chamber and don’t require a replacement!

  2. Colorado momma on January 16, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    Thanks for the demo! It took a lot of phone calls and emails to get this part in the US.
    And it didn’t come in a box with instructions, either.
    In the future it would be super helpful to have close-ups on the part changes, especially the old screen removal.
    But happy you did this so I know how to replace!

    • Vapormaster on January 25, 2022 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks! Screen removal is always just pushing. For the top of the chamber sometimes I’ll use the eraser end of a pencil to press down from the top. For the bottom of the chamber, usually just use my thumb. We’ll try and add some closeups.

    • Vapormaster on January 25, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      Doh! Just realized you are talking about the old screen removal on the top of the heating unit. That’s really about trying to get a screwdriver under it so you can pry it out. I don’t think there’s any way to do it without destroying that screen. I poked through a wee bit in from the edge and then was able to use leverage to pop the whole thing out.

  3. Zerca on May 30, 2021 at 7:25 am

    Do you know if the recall was just for the hybrid or also the Volcano Medic 2?

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