The Arizer Solo portable vaporizer seriously comes with my highest recommendations, and alongside the Pax, in my top 3.
If anything, it just has a couple of quirks that you need to get used to in order to fully enjoy the unit but once you get the hang of those small things, it’s actually a really solid device that provides an impressive vapor.
Here’s my Arizer Solo review.
First thing’s first. The unit itself is small, able to travel well and fit in a pocket with very little issue.
That being said, it is also heavy and feels, quite literally, solid and secure. If you accidentally drop this thing, there’s a good chance it will survive undamaged, however there’s a good chance the glass “diffusing stems” will probably break, but they can be replaced if you have an accident.
Loading the stem is actually incredibly easy. Simple take the stem and press the bowl into whatever herb you want to vape.
This is one of the quirks, though, that you have to watch out for. If your herb is cut too fine, it won’t pack into the bowl very well and you’re likely to spill it all over the place unless you learn how to tip your hand to avoid that. The bowl itself is a little small, but you’ll get an enjoyable vape out of it.
Once you have the bowl packed, simply insert the stem into the top of the main unit.
This requires a little gentle force at first, but it will fit in there, so just be patient.
Once you have the stem in and the unit heated, just start taking drags. Again, this is one of those places where a quirk comes into play. If you drag too hard, the vapor won’t be that great. However, if you take long, gentle drags, it will be absolutely perfect.
It takes roughly four hours to get the first charge on the unit, which isn’t bad, but with the charger that it comes with you can’t vape at the same time, which is a bit of a drawback.
Another Arizer Solo review I read said there’s an alternate charger that allows you to vape while it’s plugged in, but it doesn’t charge at the same time, it just gives you the juice to use it. Still, there’s a clear indicator light when you’re done and it only takes a couple of minutes to heat up once you turn it on.
Perhaps one of the best things about the Arizer Solo, and something you’ll see in almost any Arizer Solo review, is that it has seven different heat settings, with 1 being the lowest and 7 being the hottest. That makes it really easy to heat a number of different herbs and make sure you get an even bake on them.
Here are the 7 levels and the time it takes to warm up:
- Level 1 – 50°C / 122°F (15 seconds)
- Level 2 – 185°C / 365°F (1 minute)
- Level 3 – 190°C / 374°F (1:10 minutes)
- Level 4 – 195°C / 383°F (1:30 minutes)
- Level 5 – 200°C / 392°F (1:50 minutes)
- Level 6 – 205°C / 401°F (2:10 minutes)
- Level 7 – 210°C / 410°F (2:30 minutes)
You should be able to get a good 2-3 hours out of out the Arizer Solo which is pretty damn good.
In terms of charging it, this unit can charge fully in a little under 2 hours.
- A Battery Charger
- A Potpourri Dish
- 2 Diffusing Tubes (Straight & Curved)
- 1 Aromatherapy Sample
- The Instruction Manual
Just like most guys, this portable vaporizer is super low maintenance.
When you’re done doing your thing, just turn the Arizer upside down and remove the draw stem. To keep things simple, always clean out any extra material that falls into the heating element so it doesn’t cause issues for you later down the line.
When you’re not using it, cover up the heating element and you’re all set.
The things I weren’t too thrilled about were the bowl size, the drag being a bit finicky, and the stem sometimes had some issues sliding in, but other than that, it’s a really durable unit and is a really solid buy. You’ll get an even bake on a number of different herbs which is really awesome.
One of the best features that I liked was that it has an automatic shut off – after 12 minutes of not using it, the thing just goes off to save you battery.
All you have to do to get it back in action is turn it back on and press the “Downward Arrow” Button for a few seconds and it’ll automatically go back to the temperature you picked before it shut off. Boom!
Another neat trick if you want to be “stealth” is that you can make it silent by pressing the button on it for 7 seconds and restart it.
Overall, I really, really like the Arizer Solo and would recommend it without no reservation.