Fixing a Broken Switch on the Volcano

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After 6+ years of loyal service, my Volcano finally broke. The green air switch snapped, and became very difficult to operate. Thankfully, it’s an easy and relatively inexpensive fix and works for the heat switch as well.

UPDATE: New video now available – click here to watch the Volcano switch replacement video.

What you’ll need:

How to replace the heat or air switch on your Volcano vaporizer:

  1. Unplug your Volcano and put it on a sturdy work surface.
  2. Use the Torx T8 security screwdriver to remove the small screws securing the cone to the plastic base. Once the screws are free, tip the cone towards the heat control to remove it. You must keep it nearby as a grounding wire keeps it tethered to the base.
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  3. Push out the broken or defective rocker switch from the back. You will need to depress the retaining clips to get it through the hole. Remove the wire connectors by pulling and slowly rocking side to side. You can also use a small flat head screw driver to push the connectors off. Keep the connectors in order so you can replace them in the same sequence.
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  4. Prepare the new switch by orienting it correctly. Each blade connector on the back has a number, 1-3. Contact 1 belongs at the top. Also the ‘O’ on the front of the switch will be at top. Push the new switch through the opening, attaching the wire connectors as you go. Once connected use your thumb to press the switch firmly into position.
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  5. Return to vaping as normal.

If you have a Volcano Digit – see this guide for helpful hints.

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53 Comments

  1. Hi, I just changed my red switch on a classic volcano. But the light won’t shut ever. I even tried to switch the leads to no avail.

    Anybody have an idea about this?

  2. While this is a useful guide, the article never explains how to replace a blown fuse. My green button stopped working, and as I was fiddling with it the stupid thing exploded a bunch of sparks everywhere. How can I fix this!?

  3. B. Something on

    Anybody know where to find switches that light up when active? I can’t be the only person who finds it’s difficult to know if the Volcano is shut off when loud music or a loud movie is on. If the switches lit up when active, that’d be great.

    • The switches from DepotEco do light up. One is red (heat) and one is green (air). Did your original switches not light up? Or just your replacements? If not wired properly the switch will work but not light up.

      • “The switches from DepotEco do light up. One is red (heat) and one is green (air). Did your original switches not light up? Or just your replacements? If not wired properly the switch will work but not light up”

        That is almost correct. The Classic Switch’s have a Light inside of them that does light up when the switch is properly wired. The Volcano Digit Switches only have a Colored Cap ( Red / Green) and have no light inside.

        To to Clarify the Volcano Classic OEM Rocker Switch lights up.. The Volcano Digit OEM Momentary Switch does not light up.

        • I got a Volcano Digital, and no, the switches have never lit up. I was looking at some metal ones with a ring around the momentary pushbutton portion, and they’d make my digit look quite ooh-la-la and serve the purpose I was originally shooting for.

          Anybody know what the voltage is on the factory volcano digital switches? The switches I’m looking at require four wires, and I was just wondering if I’d have to add some additional hardware in the digit to make it play nice with these switches.

  4. HELPPP i order a t8 torx screw driver to unscrew my Digital model of the volcano and the screw driver doesnt fit.the screws are the secruity pin ones but when i called storz and bickel they just gave me the run around and said those screws have to “vibrate” out….There must be a way to remove the screws.

  5. My air pump switch was dirty. You had to press very hard and move around the button to get her to turn off and on. I took it apart, snapping photos as I went. I put it back together after using some isopropyl alcohol to clean off the connectors in my switch. Problem I have now is that the current temp display now reads -5E- Anyone seen this? I am testing before screwing the lid back on. The air pump switch works like a champ again, unfortunately the temp sensor now appears borked. I double checked the connections and they match my photos, is there some sort of button combination you need to use after opening the digital?
    Hope it’s easy and flame away if so, I’m sober and not thinking clearly…

    • Update – Solved. The green connector on the far left, when facing the display with the case cracked, had been tugged out as I fidgeted to remove the green pump switch and clean the gunk out of it. Impossible to find information about the display code that came up. If you have anyone ask in the future, -5E- on you display, it means your thermostat connector has slid off its pins on the circuit board. The clip could be stronger or perhaps it was never seated properly from the factory.

      Great site and excellent information! A vape toast in your honor is being filled as I type.

  6. This walkthough worked great for power switch replacement. I looked at your photos for proper wiring as mine where disorderly placed. These switches are available @ most any electronics supplies stores. I phyisicaly bought mine in Vancouver, BC. We cannot ship these vaporizors across borders, or deal with storz & bickel’s arrogance. Thanks to sites and forums we can vape on.

  7. Thanks a lot for your infos here, had my volcano for more than 10 years and this broke one time, bickel changed it for cheap, found your site because i want “make” my volcano…silenced… 🙂 dunno… get mad about this noise when i want a balloon in the middle of the night…argh make me crasy for years, lots of procrastination and weed later, I decided to take my destiny in hands and go ckeck the world out how TO STOP THAT NOOYING NOIIIIISEEEEE 🙂

  8. Hello, the orange control light on my volcano recently stopped lighting up. Is there a part for sale to replace the yellow light? Thanks.

  9. I can’t get the top off, I tilted it toward the control, but it still will not come off. Is there a video of this or something; not sure what to do?
    Thanks

  10. The green switches and red are sold out on amazon. Is there another place to buy these? Will they be back in stock?

  11. Will this switch also fit in a Volcano Digital? I realize it’s a different switch but cannot locate a switch for the digital.

    Please email me directly if this or other switch you have will fit.

    Thanks

  12. I followed these steps and it worked great! However, the replacement red switch stays illuminated when turned off. Is this common?

  13. justsomeguyinco on

    Hey Brah way to go! Was about to pack and send back to Bickel and wait for eons to get it back. Now I only have to wait 2 days for it to ship from Amazon. Thanks a mill!

  14. Heather Morris on

    Awesome! I’ve had my volcano since 2007 and the air switch broke last week. Got it all fixed up myself, thanks to your post!

  15. Hi I have broken the temp dial on mine please tell me it’s fixable It fell off my side (I no clumsy) and the dial has lodged in can I fix it buy taking the top off its brand new

  16. Thank you so much for this, I just recently got my replacement button, followed your steps, only took me a week from button break, to fix. The button seems a little higher quality than the base one Volcano gives you also.

    • clarifying most of week spent waiting for the switch to get here. Which they shipped very fast. So all in all this is the greatest article ever written for Volcano owners.

  17. I’ve had my Volcano for about 7 years, twice the switches have had to be replaced, great info, I won’t have to send it back to Bickel.

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