Just before you decide to finally put through the order for the Volcano Vaporizer that you have been eying, the following question pops up in your head. Easy valve or Solid valve?
We get asked quite often which one is better, the Solid Valve or Easy Valve Set. Like many things in life, the answer is not a simple yes or no.
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$.
This valve set is a little bit heavier than the easy valve set. Also it will take a little bit more time to maintain and clean it over time.
What is the Easy Valve good at?
The easy valve set in comparison is made only of heat resistant light plastics. This makes the valve set lighter to lift and hold every time you use the vapor in the balloon. The balloons are pre-attached to the mouthpiece and hence disposable. This option requires less maintenance and cleaning over time. It also takes away the time you would spend cutting and reattaching the new balloons, as all easy valve balloons are standard size. The starter set comes with 5 disposable balloons, which will each last approximately 4 (heavy use) to 8 weeks (more casual use). You could technically reuse the balloon for as long as you wanted, but the taste will be inferior as the balloon will collect residue over time.
This valve set will cost more over time, as a replacement set is priced at 55$. On a monthly basis, this cost is somewhat low over time, if you really like to have comfort rather than cost saving.
So in the end all it comes down to is the following. If you like low upkeep cost and longevity, the solid valve will make you happier. If you rather prefer convenience and spending no time cleaning your gadget, the easy valve will make you happier.
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