Markus Storz, the “Storz” from Storz and Bickel, began developing vaporizers back in 1996. Then, in 1998, he registered a patent for the Volcano’s detachable balloon, which was granted the following year in 1999. After which point, international patent registrations ensued. A year later, in 2000, the very first Volcano vape, the Volcano Classic, was introduced to the marketplace, marking the introduction of the first worthwhile desktop vaporizer. Following its introduction, scientists commenced various studies on vaporization.
Two years later, in 2002, Jurgen Bickel partnered with Storz and the two founded Storz & Bickel GmbH & Co. KG, which is based in Tuttlingen, Germany. And just one year later, in 2003, the company released its first 110 Volt vaporizers, which were intended for the American marketplace as 110V electrical outlets were and are still today the standard in the United States.
A couple of years later, in 2005, the company opened up a U.S.-based subsidiary known as Storz & Bickel America, Inc. This subsidiary, which handles support for U.S. consumers of their products, was founded in Oakland, California, the city in which it still resides today.
Then, two years later, in 2007, the company released its very first electronically controlled vaporizer, the Volcano Digit. This masterpiece marked their first vaporizer to boast a digital temperature control system – a system which entails large temperature control buttons and a large LED display. With it, the company managed to improve upon their already impressive Volcano, taking it to the next level while once again setting the bar for vaporizer manufacturers.
In 2008, just one year later, the company launched its Plenty Vaporizer, a handheld plugin capable of quickly producing an absolutely incredible amount of potent vapor. It marks the first vaporizer to hit the market with what the company describes as “a combined air and radiation heater,” which the company patented internationally.
The following year, in 2009, the company received the qualifications necessary, both ISO 9001 and 13485, to meet the requirements for manufacturing medical devices. Following this, the company introduced the world’s first medical vaporizer, the Volcano Medic, which is distributed in some countries–particularly Canada, Israel, and Europe–under the name Vapormed.