What is the Solid Valve good at?
This valve set is made of stainless steel and heat resistant plastics. It can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol and disassembles easily. It can be used indefinitely even if you mistreat it regularly. The balloon sizes are adjustable, which come in handy if you like smaller balloons for more casual consumption or larger balloons for when you are hosting your friends. Balloon replacement is cheap, as the 3 meter roll only costs 15$.This valve set is a little bit heavier than the easy valve set. Also it will take a little bit more time to maintain and clean it over time.
What is the Easy Valve good at?
The easy valve set in comparison is made only of heat resistant light plastics. This makes the valve set lighter to lift and hold every time you use the vapor in the balloon. The balloons are pre-attached to the mouthpiece and hence disposable. This option requires less maintenance and cleaning over time. It also takes away the time you would spend cutting and reattaching the new balloons, as all easy valve replacement balloons are standard size.
In November of 2016 Storz & Bickel made a major change to their Easy Valve Starter Set by including a part called the Easy Valve Balloon Adapter. This balloon adapter now allows you to make custom balloons using the Storz & Bickel 10 ft roll with the Easy valve rather than the Solid valve, bringing even more convenience to this already amazing starter set.
The starter set comes with 4 disposable balloons, which will each last approximately 4 (heavy use) to 8 weeks (more casual use). And one Easy Valve Balloon Adapter with balloon attached. You could technically reuse the balloon for as long as you wanted, but the taste will be inferior as the balloon will collect residue over time.
This valve set will cost more over time if you choose only buy the Easy Valve Replacement Ballons as a set is priced at 55$. But now with the Easy Valve Balloon Adapter you have the option to save some money and build your own ballons by buying a 3 meter roll for around $15.
So while originally it was most cost effective to get the Solid Valve starter set, the tides have changed. With the introduction of the new Easy Valve Starter set which includes the Easy Valve Balloon Adapter that also allows you to build your own balloons, it is hard to recommend anything but the Easy Valve Starter set. It is far easier to use and now allows you to create your own balloons!
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