UPDATE – March 3rd, 2012:The PLENTY Vaporizer has now launched in the US! Head over to our store to buy the PLENTY Vaporizer today!
The PLENTY Vaporizer is small, lightweight, and silent. The dimensions are roughly 6″ x 9″ x 2″. It is capable of vaporizing at temperatures between 266 deg. F to 395 deg. F (130 deg. C to 202 deg. C). The filling chamber’s temperature is displayed on the front of the unit via an analogue thermometer.
It features a stainless steel coil attached to a mouthpiece which is designed to cool the vapor during draws. Internally it has a bi-metallic regulator to prevent overheating with a temperature fuse, as well as being able to turn itself off after non-use if you forget.
The unit has a very unique design and resembles a power tool you might find at a hardware store. It certainly doesn’t look like any vaporizer we’ve seen before.
Currently the PLENTY Vaporizer is only available in Europe for 248 € (Euros). The PLENTY also only operates on 230 Volts, which rules out using this vaporizer in the U.S. or any other country which uses 110/120 Volts for power without a voltage converter (which we don’t recommend doing). A 120 Volt model for other countries including the U.S. has not yet been announced, but we can only assume one will become available in the not-so-distant future.
Our Preliminary Thoughts
It seems, like everything else, vaporizers are becoming smaller and more portable. There’s no doubt that Storz & Bickel wants to capture this market. Plus the Volcano vaporizer, while timeless and great, has been out for many years now, so I’m sure there was pressure to release a new product alongside the Volcano.
Will the PLENTY take the place of a Volcano vaporizer? Most likely not. It seems to fill a different niche. The Volcano vaporizer only works with bags, so this will be Storz & Bickel’s first ‘direct draw’ style vaporizer yet, which makes it perfect for personal use, especially if it heats up quicker than the Volcano, for quick sessions.
The one thing that is somewhat concerning is there has been no mention of batteries or portability. From everything that Storz & Bickel has released, it appears that the PLENTY is only marked as “hand held”, which means it needs to be plugged in for power, just like the Volcano. If that’s the case, then the PLENTY would be trying to compete with other whip/draw vaporizers like the Silver Surfer or Da Buddha instead of portable units like the new Arizer Solo or Iolite WISPR.