Portable Vape Reviews
The Arizer Solo
The Arizer Solo is a portable vaporizer made by Arizer, the same company that makes the popular desktop vape, The Extreme Q. The Solo has a variety of temperature settings, a glass draw stem and a shut off timer.
The Arizer Solo is 4.5 inches tall and weighs in at just over 8 ounces with an attachable glass stem that can add another 5 inches to the top of the device.This attachable glass stem can make this product over 9 inches tall making portability very challenging.
Now you might have heard of several portable vape reviews but the functions of the Solo are very basic, just like most of them. To turn the unit on you press the up and down buttons together until the unit beeps. Some people find the beep annoying. Fortunately, you can turn it off and on by holding the “up” button for 7 seconds. There is no indication that it is on or off so you will have to restart your unit to test it. There are 7 different temperature settings to chose from, all labeled with LED lights, and numbered 1-7. The temperature and heat up times are as follows:
• Level 1-50°C / 122°F (15 sec)
• Level 2-185°C / 365°F (1 min)
• Level 3-190°C / 374°F (1 min 10)
• Level 4-195°C / 383°F (1 min 30 sec)
• Level 5-200°C / 393°F (1 min 50 sec)
• Level 6-205°C / 401°F (2 min 10 sec)
• Level 7-210°C / 410°F (2 min 30 sec)
(direct from the Arizer Solo website http://arizer.com/store/en/home/31-arizer-solo-portable-diffuser.htm)
To select the temperature which works best for you, press the “up” button until the LED light corresponds with your desired setting. The Arizer Solo will begin to heat up. The LED lights will flash indicating the status of your heating. As the temperature goes up, so do the LED lights. You can watch it go from 1 all the way to 7. There is an automatic shut off timer that will turn the unit off after 12 minutes of vaping. This is a pretty good amount of time to get a session in, but can be annoying if you want to vape longer with out having to constantly turn your unit back on. While your unit is heating, it leaves a good opportunity to start loading your herbs. Simply break down your material and place it into the bottom part of the stem that inserts into the Solo. The Arizer Solo is a hybrid, meaning it uses conduction and convection style heating to vaporize. The stem will become hot and the hot air going through the stem will also vaporize your material. In my opinion, this does not provide much control to your vapor production because it makes it inconsistent. When you’re finished vaping, simply hold the up and down buttons simultaneously and it will turn off.
To begin vaporizing out your Arizer Solo, select your temperature setting as described above, load the stem, place it into the heating chamber, and you are ready to vape. The air flow depends on the load and the cleanliness of the stem. A nice “airy” load will provide for better air flow, but does not hold that much material. You might have read from other portable vape reviews that in order to get decent vapor production you will need to load more and that greatly restricts the air flow. It feels as if you are sipping on a freshly made milk shake. Take nice, slow, deep draws for as long as you can and you should get a decent hit. To help increase airflow, move the stem around to increase the amount of outside air coming in. This will make the vapor less dense, while making it easier to draw from. It would be a good idea for them to place holes on the outside of the stem, similar to the holes on the side of a wax pen coil, or a carb of some sort.
Since the Arizer Solo is a hybrid unit, the heating is very unique. The heating element on the inside of the unit,just below where the stem slides in, heats up to your desired temperature setting. After some time, the glass will begin to intake the heat from the chamber which will help vaporize the material. The only downside to that is it makes it hard to have a controlled temperature. With purely conduction style vaporizers, you know the heating element is at or near the specified temperature. With hybrid units like the Arizer Solo, it is a guessing game to figure out the temperature in the middle of your load.
The Arizer Solo is well designed. It does what it is supposed to do, and it does it well. The only down sides are the portability, and the illusion of temperature control. The Solo is small, but bulky and the glass stems make it very difficult to carry around in your pocket without worrying about breaking the stems all day. The Solo also sticks out and makes it uncomfortable to sit while it is in your pocket. By giving you 7 settings to chose a temperature, it gives the consumer the illusion of having control, but in reality you don’t get to see what temperature it is at. The settings vary anywhere from 8-10 degrees per setting. So does that mean that setting 3 is really +anywhere between the 3 and 4 range or is it right on at 374 degrees Fahrenheit? Without a digital display, and a thermostat built in, you never really know what temperature you are vaporizing at and this makes it difficult to isolate specific cannabanoids you are looking to ingest.