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As I mentioned in the original comparison: I am a very lazy person. The other night I was chatting with someone online and I remarked that it was time to clean out the bowl on the Volcano but I was too lazy to do so. Then I remembered that "cleaning the bowl" on the Volcano means tipping the ABV into a jar and maybe brushing the screen for 5 seconds.
This is exactly the sort of indolence that the Volcano engenders.
You, dear reader, may not be as lazy as I am. However, if you are as lazy (or *gasp* lazier?!) you should just get a Volcano.
The EVO is the best for giant flavorful clouds and dabbing. Pulling a massive cloud through a hydratube is deeply satisfying in a way no other vape can match.
The Underdog is economical, beautiful, and is tied for best flavor with the EVO. It will conserve you herb because the load size is smaller. It's also the simplest to load and very easy to clean.
That said the Volcano still wins for me. Not because of excellent flavor (the others have better flavor, the Volcano can have a hint of plastic at max heat). Not because it conserves material (the others do a better job of this). Using a balloon to vape with a large bowl means that I'll usually load the bowl until it's full and inflate each balloon to the max too. This is not conducive to conservation even though I'm using that same bowl for a week or two. And it's noisy too.
But the cleaning.
Not that the Underdog is hard to clean. I could spend two minutes a week cleaning it and it would look brand new until it died.
But the Volcano takes me about 30 seconds a month to clean. Is that extra time really worth the price tag? No. But so long as the Volcano works and I'm not short on money for herb I'll keep using it.
After spending a few more days with the Volcano I wanted to post a few thoughts. Mainly, I wanted to share some solo aspects of this vape that surprised me after reading many reviews:
1) You can load tiny amounts in the bowl - the efficiency can be comparable to a log vape with similar load sizes. Although, when you see how much room there is left in the bowl you'll likely be tempted to fill it with more herb than you need. Also, I don't bother to cover the screen or even out the herb in the chamber. I just dump it in and it works.
2) This thing can get you very, very high. I know this should be obvious, but when you consider that the Cano doesn't get as hot as other vapes and that the bags feel a little "weaker" than direct draw it can be surprising just how high you can get with this thing. Luckily, since the chamber is screwed shut it's easy to just put a half-finished bowl away for later when you realize you won't be able to finish another bag.
3) I thought the noisiness would bother me as I'm particularly sensitive to noise, but it's not so bad.
4) I keep my Volcano unplugged and stored when not in use. When I do use it I first plug it in, turn it on, and set the temperature. Then I grind up my material and load a bowl. The Cano is always ready to fill a bag before I'm done loading my bowl. I'm not sure if it's because I load my bowls slower than the average toker, but I've never had to wait for the Volcano to be ready.
5) Being able to take tiny sips of vapor is very helpful when the vapor in your bag is too dense.