How Storz and Bickel became an Institution in the Vaporizer Industry
Our story begins in 1996, when the Macarena had swept the globe and you still could like Tom Cruise without having to worry about his shady religious affiliations (ah, simpler times). While everyone else was busy trying to get their hands on a Ninento 64, graphic designer Markus Storz was experimenting with trying to make a herbal vaporizer in his basement. After a few years working on the prototype for what would become the king of vapes, Storz gifted an early Volcano model to his good friend and civil engineer Jurgen Bickel and the rest, is history. The Volcano landed on the marker in 2000, and Bickel officially joined Storz two years later to create one of the most innovative and outstanding vaporizer production companies in the world. After expanding onto the American market in 2005 by setting up shop in Oakland, California, Storz & Bickel cemented their name as revolutionaries of the vaping game, and they’ve dominated the industry ever since with their high-quality German engineering and innovative designs.
As the only vape production company who produce devices measured against medical-grade standards of testing, with Storz & Bickel you know you’re only going to get the best quality.
Back in 2016, Storz and Bickel even built a state of the art “S&B Vapor Factory” to manufacturer herbal vaporizers specifically for medical use. The factory is located in Tuttlingen, a town in Germany renowned all over the world as the capital city of medical and surgical device production, with over 600 medical and surgical instrument manufacturers located there.
The Volcano - where it all began
Even after almost two decades on the market the classic Volcano, along with the conception of the Volcano Digit in 2007 continue to be markers of excellence in the vaping community. Thanks to Storz & Bickel’s high quality German engineering, the Volcano is a model that has stood the test of time with literally no adjustments to the original design other than the invention of the digital model. Storz & Bickel even adapted the Volcano design for medical use and released the Volcano Medic in 2010, the world’s first certified medical inhaler.
In fact, the convection heating elements of both the Volcano Digit and classic model are exactly the same, the only difference being that one has a few digital perks (such as temperature precision). Both desktop vapes have an excellent temperature range of 40°C to 230°C.
And it’s not just the vapes themselves that reign supreme - Volcano balloons are considered the best available on the market, with vapers regularly purchasing Volcano balloons and adapting them to other devices to elevate their vaping experience. With the classic balloons holding vapor for up to a whopping 8 hours, it’s not hard to see why they’re so popular. The Volcano model is a classic example of the old saying, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it (amplify it!).
After the unparalleled success of the desktop Volcano, Storz & Bickel expanded their production into a variety of excellent portable models - from the semi-desktop handheld Plenty, to the pocket-sized Mighty and Crafty.
The Plenty, which is best described as a home-portable device, is a large hand-held vaporizer perfect for passing around a group. Just like the classic Volcano device, the Plenty is powered by an analogue temperature gauge that ranges from 130°C to just over 200°C. With it’s spiral whip attachment which works as an extended vapor cooling path, the Plenty provides smooth, tasty vapor with an expansive chamber capacity of one full gram of dry herb.
The Crafty and the Mighty, which were both released in 2014, take Storz & Bickel’s innovative engineering and downsize it into a handy pocket-sized device. With convection dominant hybrid heating, the Crafty and the Mighty give you cool, great tasting vapor even on the go. The release of the Crafty and the Mighty changed the game completely for what a portable vape could achieve, with Storz & Bickel cementing their name as an institution in the vaporizer industry.
With every new release since way back in 2000, Storz & Bickel have continued to surpass expectations and set new standards for vaporizer production across the industry. With their developments into medical equipment, it will be exciting to see what products Storz & Bickel continue to surprise us with.