Established in 2009, Volcano is a well established electronic cigarette brand based out of Honolulu, Hawaii. Not only do they offer an appealing line of cigarette-like products, but Volcano produces several larger, more advanced devices for the most serious vapers. Choose from three different kits (Magma, Inferno or Lavatube), along with a huge selection of 30+ U.S. made e-liquid flavors.
More About Volcano
Headquartered in Honolulu, HI, Volcano E-Cigs has been producing it’s quality line-up of electronic cigarettes since 2009. Since then the company has rapidly grown, expanding its’ operations throughout the US, UK and Southeast Asia. Like most electronic cigarette companies, the majority of Volcano’s production takes place in Asia, but all of their e-liquid is manufactured, bottled and tested in the USA. Purchase online, or at one of dozens of retail locations around the country.
Unlike some manufacturers that offer just one basic design, Volcano has three different models to choose from: Magma, Inferno and Lavatube. Starting with Magma, a small, lightweight cigarette-style model, each kit gets progressively larger and more advanced.
Volcano’s Magma Starter Kit
Volcano’s Magma Starter Kit is ideal for casual vapers or those who are looking for the smallest, most cigarette-like option. The Magma comes in both BLACK and WHITE designs, and glows red at the tip when the user inhales. The Magma Kit includes an automatic battery, but a manual battery can be purchased separately (with red, green, blue or purple LED tip) in both standard and extended life versions.
Like Blue, Apollo and others, Volcano includes a nifty portable charging case (the M-Pack) with it’s Magma Kit. It’s capable of holding up to five cartridges and two batteries at a time. Not only can you carry backups and replacements with the M-Pack, but it will recharge your battery whenever you’re on-the-go, preventing the need for a wall or USB plug. It includes a helpful LED display that lets you know when the battery is charged or the M-Pack is running low on juice.
Overall Magma Performance
With a small lightweight battery, the Magma has a relatively short battery life of 3-4 hours during regular use. Like similar models from other companies, the portable charging case is the key to getting through an entire day – providing you with the ability to carry a backup battery and recharge whenever necessary. Vapor production is satisfactory, but definitely not the strongest we’ve tested. It still provides a nice mild throat hit and should satisfy most light to moderate users.
Other Volcano Starter Kits
Beyond the cigarette-style products, the Inferno Starter Kit takes your vaping to the next level with higher-powered, longer-lasting eGo-style batteries. Although the Magma Kit (described above) can be used with pre-filled cartridges or e-liquids, when you move into more advanced systems like the Inferno you’ll be dealing exclusively with liquids and filling your own cartonmizers. This results in larger, less cigarette-like products, but it will produce much stronger, thicker vapor and one battery should easily last you throughout the day. The most advanced Volcano option, the Lavatube, is a larger, variable voltage mod allows you read the ohms of your atomizer and adjust the voltage (4-6V) accordingly to produce a customized draw – designed for the most serious vaping afficionados.
Strengths and Weaknesses
With several different Starter Kits for every type of user, Volcano definitely has options. The cigarette-style Magma kit is about average when compared to similar kits from other companies, and the Inferno and Lavatube kits are excellent upgrade choices for those with serious vaping needs. They offer a huge range of flavors and e-liquids, although the pre-filled cartridges are only offered up to 18mg of nicotine. To get the highest 24mg levels you’ll need to switch to e-liquids, which are 100% USA made and come in a huge array of flavors; from classic tobacco, to fruits, candies and even sodas.
One of the biggest downsides we could see is the price. At $74.99 for their lowest price Magma Kit, it will require quite a big investment to start vaping with Volcano. And with no disposable e-cigs, you’ll have no way to test their products without committing to a complete kit. They also don’t provide a money-back guarantee, and you’ll only get a 1-year limited warranty, compared to the limited life-time warranties offered by some e-cig companies.
I bought the Inferno several months ago and I’ve been pleased with it’s performance so far. Great product with no major complaints, but it was pretty expensive and I realized shortly afterwards that I could have gotten something similar for much less elsewhere.
volcano, thier staff is nice and informative, their store/cart nice and welcoming but lets get down to what matters, the product. first off all their hardware is a fail. the infernos ,too low voltage the finish wears off and the tanks leak and are hard to clean, the lava tube is the worst mod ive ever used, the setup is ok, the OS is weak and the way the tube tanks were how you slid them off to fill them was not ok,, the magma (cig-a-like) is normal like all others but after all that complaining their products do have a nice look to them but quality beats design, now their eliquid goes bad real quick and the flavors dont taste like what they say they all kinda taste the same and do not put their eliquid in a VV/VW device its not worth wasting an atomizer or heating the eliquid like that itll start to taste like pennies.
I have had the same inferno battery for over two years and it still looks and works like new. I just upgraded to the lavatube 2.5, and I love it. They have recently updated their entire line and also now offer mechanical mods and RBA systems for the serious sub-ohmers. They also changed up their cartomizer tube tanks with much better quality bottom coil tanks that are way cleaner and easier to use. As for juice flavors, not all are winners for everybody, but with 54 flavors of juice and many in 50/50 blends now, there’s bound to be some good ones. I have had nothing but positive experiences with both the products and the company with their customer service, so I can say that I will continue to shop with Volcano ecigs, as well as share my great vapes with my friends.
And, side by side, for the extra 20 dollars, the lavatube 2.5 is a way better vv mod than Tesla in looks, feel and performance, and it has 2 vape modes and variable wattage as well… better engineering, quality and function is always going to cost a little more, and Volcano is worth every penny, imho.
I have been a Volcano customer for years, before recently branching out to other companies, and I will not be back. Please understand, I rarely write reviews, but I feel compelled to save others a LOT of money and trouble.
I am going to review a few product together, and repost under each item, please forgive me if you have already seen this.
Lavatube 3: Completely overpriced. There are much better mods out for a much lower price. The actual fit and finish is decent, but the + and – buttons are WAY to close to the (undersized) fire button, and you will hit one that you don’t mean to, EVERY TIME. I also think the battery ‘meter’ is also a bit off. My full (confirmed) batteries read 3/4 full. I would return this if I could. Replaced with a Sigelei 75 watt temp control for less than half the price, and I have been 3x as happy.
Tube Tank Pro: Decent flavor and Vape, but LEAKS. Thought I got a bad one, purchased another, LEAKS. Replaced with an Atlantis V2 for less, and it is MUCH BETTER. Going on two weeks now NO LEAKING, on the 2 tanks that I have. I think the Atlantis V2 has a bit better flavor and vape production as well.
I have also used the magma, lava tube 2.0/2.5, and would NOT recommend these either.
I have also encounter shipping errors on at least 2 separate occasions. Once I did not feel like dealing with it, was a cheap item. The other was a complete LavaTube 2.5 mod and tank they forgot to ship, shipped rest of order. Annoying to have to deal with it. They argued with me, a lot of back and forth, then finally shipped it out, then had to wait another few days to get it….unhappy wife.
Their E-liquids are overpriced, and subpar at best, use Mt. Baker Vapor, or HeartlandVape (bulk) great pricing if you vape a lot like me.
In general, there are much better products and vendors to deal with. Since trying other companies and products, my vaping experience has greatly improved and been taken to another level! Only wish I had done this sooner. Looks like Volcano has figured out what I did, and realized there are MUCH better products for less out there. I am guessing that’s why they are now carrying those products…