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Learn | 10.26.2021

Vape Showdown: Volcano Digit vs Arizer Extreme Q

We compare two of the best selling best desktop vaporizers on the market.

The cannabis industry is always looking for ways to innovate and bring new experiences to weed-lovers, so it’s no surprise that the vaporizer market has caught up.

There are a ton of high-quality desktop devices you can use, but for the purpose of comparison, we’re talking about two of our favorites: the Volcano Digit and the Arizer Extreme Q. They’ve both been around for a while, becoming cult classics for clans of vaporizers.

So which one is better? Hard to say, but we’ll get into all the ins and outs of the features so you’re not left wondering. After all, that’s what we do!

The Volcano Digit

Storz & Bickel knows how to appeal to their audience: ever since the 90s, they’ve been fabricating some of the best vaping devices out there. We’re gonna be straight with you, the Volcano Digit is quite a lot more costly than Arizer’s Extreme Q, but for the connoisseur, the price is more than worth it for such a stellar vaporizer.

For starters, the Volcano Digit has interchangeable chambers that hold both dry herbs and concentrates, so you don’t have to stick to just one. Two different Valve Kits are found, both the Solid Valve and the Easy Valve.

Photo courtesy of Storz & Bickel

The Solid Valve requires a little more experience than the latter, but it’s highly customizable for a personalized weed experience. You can even customize the size of the balloons that hold the vapor!

When it comes to the Easy Valve, the balloons are pre-set and easy to use, just like the name suggests (plus, cleanup is rarely required).

This at-home unit even has digital temperature control and an auto shut-off feature for the forgetful stoners. It can go anywhere from 104 to 446°F at the push of a button and can be adjusted in 10-degree increments.

With German engineering powering this vaporizer, we wouldn’t expect anything less than premium quality and reliability.

The Arizer Extreme Q

The Arizer Extreme Q might not be as expensive as the Volcano Digit, but it sure isn’t lacking in quality and features. You can vape dry herbs, waxes, and oils with it, although it’s a bit of a messy process if you go for the last two.

It’s also got an aromatherapy feature, so you can throw in some spearmint or sarsaparilla root and fill the room with a delicious scent (although we doubt that’s the main reason why you would buy it). 

Being the king of versatility, it’s got two methods of inhalation for you to choose from: use the silicon whip and glass mouthpiece to blaze it like a hookah, or use a detachable balloon, which you can carry around and puff at while you’re busy doing something else. It’s great for sharing with friends or going bananas by yourself.

The precise digital control is a marvel, and it even comes with a remote control so you can lean back on the couch and flip through the seven different settings it offers.

It offers a broader temperature range than the Volcano Digit, going from 122 all the way up to 500°F, which can be adjusted in one-degree or 10-15 degree increments. 

Size & Design

Volcano Digit

It’s sleek in design and kind of looks like some weird kitchen contraption (so you can say it’s a coffee maker when your grandma asks). The entire unit weighs 2.6 pounds and is small enough to fit into any cupboard. It’s made of premium steel, which holds up great over the years and makes it a vaporizer for the ages. The chamber is made of stainless steel.

Extreme Q

If you want to look like a mad scientist, this is definitely the one for you. It’s sleek in design and fun to use, great for both beginners and seasoned pros. The entire unit is six inches tall, plus the valve that doubles as a hookah. 


Volcano Digit

There’s no denying that you’ll get the bang for your buck with the Volcano Digit. It’s pricey, but the quality is unquestionable as it is durable. Some people have used theirs for over a decade!

That’s why the Storz & Bickel vaporizer is universally acclaimed, not to mention the constant innovation that goes into creating one of the cannabis world’s greatest inventions. Medical-grade precision means that potency is a given, so don’t think twice about plopping down the investment for one of these babies.

Extreme Q

There’s no question why the Arizer Extreme Q is one of the best-selling vaporizers of all time. Combining affordability and quality, this contraption uses convection heating to convert your weed into the vapor you can trust. There’s full coverage cyclonic airflow and custom session settings that make every session unique to your needs.

It’s user-friendly and at a fraction of the price of the Volcano Digit and offers most of the same features, so we can see why so many people love it. It’s constantly upgraded to offer the best vaporizing features to the many weed-lovers.

Battery Life

Volcano Digit

Wherever you use the Volcano Digit, make sure to be near a plug-in as each vaporizer comes with a power cord that won’t have you worrying about it running out of power.

The battery isn’t replaceable, but not to worry: as many customers have discovered, it’s in for the long haul and can last decades. Some of the very first Volcano Digits are still functioning today! To put your mind at ease the device turns off after 30 minutes of not being used.

Extreme Q

This baby is also powered by a wall plug, so find a comfortable spot on the couch near an electricity port to make the most out of the vaporizer. If you want to go on a camping trip without access to electricity, do not worry! You can also get an external battery pack that lasts up to six hours for maximum pleasure wherever you are. 

Vapor Quality

Volcano Digit

There’s one way to describe the vapor that the Volcano Digit produces: it’s generous, to say the least. The powerful air pump can produce 12 liters of vapor per minute, enough to hotbox a whole car in a matter of seconds.

The vapor is clean and easy to fill your lungs with, so you can make the most of every last hit.

Extreme Q

The Arizer Extreme Q uses a ceramic heating element plus a glass cover so you are in control of the process. It takes a bit of practice, but getting the technique just right will personalize the experience and you can get the vapor as thick as you want.

Far from being harsh, the cool vapor is tasty and will have you appreciating the flavor of whatever strain you’re smoking. With large clouds of vapor coming out, you won’t be left wanting more. 

Who Wins?

Which is better, the Volcano Digit or the Arizer Extreme Q? Well, that all depends on what you’re looking for. If you want something durable enough to last you decades, go for the Volcano Digit (even if it burns a hole through your wallet).

For those that want convenience and simplicity, the Arizer Extreme Q is the way to go. A high price tag comes with high-quality, but you won’t feel left behind if you pick the cheaper option.

They’ve got similarities and differences that make them unique, but at the end of the day you can be sure of one thing: they’ll have you flying higher than a kite. Whichever you pick, you can be sure the end result will have you happy as a stoned clam.

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