The history of Storz & Bickel begins all the way back in 1996. It was during this year that graphic designer, Markus Storz, began development on herbal vaporizers. Over the next four years he conducted extensive research, patented designs, and then released his revolutionary vaporizer, the Volcano in 2000.
It is fitting that Storz chose the first year of the new millennium to introduce the world to the Volcano. Humankind was stepping into the future, and the Volcano’s sleek design and innovative technology was a symbol of the age. This machine and its detachable balloon revolutionized the vaporizer industry and quickly pushed Storz into the spotlight.
As demand grew, so did the size of the company, and in 2002 Jürgen Bickel came aboard as a business partner — the Storz & Bickel GmbH & Co. KG was officially in action (we'll just call them Storz & Bickel from here on).
In 2003 the company entered a new phase: targeting American markets. They executed this through the release of the 110V Volcano, and by 2005 they had built up a strong enough presence in the United States to justify opening a branch of operations in Oakland, California.
One year later, in 2008, the company surged ahead in innovation with the release of the Plenty vaporizer — the first vaporizer to combine air and radiation heat into its design. By allowing a powerful amount of blend to be heated at once, the Plenty vaporizer is still one of the strongest handheld vapes on the market today.
To prove their dedication to safety and quality, Storz & Bickel were certified as official manufacturers of medical vaporizers. They achieved this feat in 2009 and have since released the world’s first certified medical herbal vaporizer, the Volcano Medic.
Having mastered the realm of desktop vaporizers, the company shifted focus in 2014, releasing the Crafty and Mighty handheld vapes. These two machines are a testament to German engineering and since their release, both the Crafty and Mighty have maintained their positions as the most powerful battery-operated herbal vaporizers on the market.
In 2016, Storz & Bickel again raised the standard for the vaporizer industry, building the first medical herbal vaporizer factory in the world! The factory stands in the German city of Tuttlingen and is a testament to the forward-thinking mindset of the company’s founders.
2019 saw the release of the Crafty+ this superseded the original Crafty and with its new faster charge time & USB-C charging, went on to set trends in the Herbal Vaporizer market.
The Mighty+ was released on 23rd September 2021. With its stunning new features and updated chevron fin design, this is sure to be another success, keeping Storz & Bickel right at the top of their game
And that brings us too today! Storz & Bickel are continually pushing the boundaries of vaporizer technology, and this is why we here at Vaping4Health are so proud to provide their products.