The Arizer Solo II portable vaporizer has been on the market for about a year. It comes from Canadian manufacturer Arizer, who has built a reputation for solid, reliable vaporizers. It is substantially different that the Solo and Air, two of Arizer’s other portable dry herb vaporizers on the market. Today we will provide our Arizer Solo 2 review, covering build quality, ease of use, and the ever-important quality of that vapor.
We’ll begin the Arizer Solo 2 review with looking at the build of this portable vape. The vapor pathway on the Arizer Solo 2 is all glass, which lends a little fragility to the unit but improves the vapor quality (discussed below). It comes with two glass stems – one 9 cm, the other 11 cm, so they’re fairly long. And thin. Long, thin, glass stems.
It has an LED screen to tell you its operating temperature and has a battery life indicator. There are many other uses for this screen that we love though and we’ll talk about those a little later. It will heat to its highest temperature in about 30 seconds, which is good for those who don’t want to wait. Among heat up times, it is not the fastest but it beats out the majority of its competitors. It comes with a more powerful heater than the Solo to deliver even, consistent heat from the stainless steel heating element and ceramic chamber. You also get full temperature control between 50C and 220C. You can speed up the temperature selection by holding down the button to move in 10C increments.
Overall this feels like a sturdy unit that is designed to last. It’s curvier than the Solo and feels really nice in the hand. The buttons do not stick – very responsive. It is also designed to work with third party water pipes and cooling devices, which adds significantly to its value. Also, if you owned a Solo, your older tubes and adapters will work with the new Solo 2. There is a 2-year warranty for defects and workmanship and a long 1-year warranty on the battery. The heating element is covered for life. Alongside the warranty, the kit comes with everything you need to get started, including a sample of aromatic botanicals (lavender), which can be used in the aromatherapy dish for even more versatility.
Let’s talk about the reason you are looking at a vaporizer. Next up in our Arizer Solo 2 review is vapor quality. The vapor quality on this vaporizer is fantastic thanks to the all glass vapor pathway. The flavor of the herbs is great from the beginning and stays strong and clean throughout the session. Like pretty much all vapes though, it will get a little harsh at the higher temperatures. The vapor is nice and cool when it hits you thanks to the long glass stems.
You will get the most vapor at 220C and the most flavor out of your herbs at lower temperatures.
The battery life on this unit is outstanding at 3 hours. That is double most other vaporizers in its class, including the Solo. The battery also has pass-through charging so on a dead battery, you can begin using it plugged in, after about 5 minutes of charging.
It’s time in our Arizer Solo 2 review to talk about use on the go. The long glass stem on this vaporizer is not the best design for discreetness but the carbon color of the unit does help make it inconspicuous. It is not particularly small though at 11.4 cm high and only 4.5 cm wide. It is slimmer than the Solo but still too large to be discrete, especially with a glass stem attached.
The long glass stem also poses a problem for putting the Solo 2 in a pocket, purse or bag, where they can easily be broken. The risk of broken glass makes this not pocket friendly. It is light at 210 g. It comes ready to handle 100 – 240V power sources. A really long battery life increases the portability of the vaporizer but it is probably still easiest to use this at home and save the long battery life for sharing sessions with friends. All told, it is slightly more portable than the Solo but less portable than the Arizer Air.
Next in our Arizer Solo 2 review, we look at ease of use. The Solo 2 is easier to use than its predecessor. You hold the up button and the power button down to turn it on, then set the temperature with the up and down buttons. Loading the glass tube is easy as well. To load the heating chamber, you fill the bottom of your dish with the glass stem, insert it and you are ready to go.
You can customize your session length and alerts by navigating through the menu on the digital display. No application is required for this functionality. It has an adjustable auto-shut off and even brightness control as well.
The Arizer Solo 2 is easy to clean especially because the heating chamber is non-stick. A little isopropyl alcohol and a pipe cleaner and you’re done.
The Arizer Solo 2 has a number of big improvements over its predecessor, the Solo, beginning with the amazingly doubled battery life, the very functional LED screen and menu, improved resistance and the slightly slimmed down and more ergonomic body. It has all the reliability and solid build quality that Arizer has become known for.
The glass stems on this vaporizer are great for improving the quality of the vapor but they pose a problem with making this unit either portable or discreet. Even though it is slimmed down from the Solo, it is still a little too big to be easily portable or discreet in any event. Its large chamber though and ease of use makes it a great vaporizer to use while sharing with friends or moving around at home.
We are really impressed with the battery life on this unit and how quickly it charges given how long it lasts. Even if you forget to charge it up, its pass-through charging capacity means you will be using it again (plugged in) after just a few minutes of charging.
The glass vapor pathway and even, consistent heating of this unit make for a fantastically flavorful vapor from beginning to end.
All in all, this is a very solid unit that will make your dry herbs vape experience easy, flavorful and enjoyable with a vape that is built to last a long time.