The Arizer Solo II, as it maker likes to refer to it, is a bit larger than what you might expect from a portable vaporizer designed for dried blends but it’s still a whole lot more portable than Arizer’s Extreme Q, which is designed for the desktop but does have a battery pack that makes it cordless for those of you who don’t already know. Now while it’s not the smallest, it is small enough that we have managed to put it into some pockets. If you’re thinking a small pocket on your pants, you might want to think again. While it might fit there, there’s a chance it’ll be a tight squeeze. But if you have baggy pockets on your pants or a big pocket on your jacket, you can easily stash it away. Then again, you can also clip it to your belt using its belt-clip carrying case accessory. But if you’re trying to be a bit more discreet, a big pocket, purse, or backpack should suffice. So it’s not the most portable, that much is clear. But it’s still a more than worthwhile vape and we’re going to tell you why.
For one, the new Solo has digital temperature controls – something the original didn’t have, at least not like this. The original had preset temps and just a couple of handfuls to choose from, less even. Which hardly compares to the wide range of temperatures that the new version offers, all of which accessible via the builtin digital temperature controls, which entail a big display and buttons to push the temp up and down. Easy to use? Super easy to use. We love it. Reminds us of the Mighty by Storz & Bickel or the Ascent, only a much better display than the Ascent in our opinion. It also has more battery life than the original, which is good because who wouldn’t want more? The original had enough but this extended battery life, which is about double what the original offers, is that much more – easily enough to get through the day even if you share some of that precious battery life with your friends. It’s also, in a general sense, much more powerful.
How’s the Vapor?
The vapor is really one of the big talking points here for a couple of reasons: it’s one of the most important variables to assess and it’s one of the aspects where the Solo 2 really shines. The vapor quality we see coming out of the new Solo is super impressive. This is serious vapor production and we wouldn’t expect any less from Arizer. They’ve shown a lot of improvement with the new version and this is one area where there’s no exception – the vapor is definitely better with the S2 and the original. A job well done in this regard. It’s tasty, thick, and pure. And where it’s not quite that smooth, you can make it smoother with a water piece attached to it, which is something you can actually do thanks to the adapter that Arizer makes for it. Really all of the bases covered, except for one: the draw resistance. It really could have less draw resistance. While this isn’t an issue, it does make it a little less pleasant to use. But if you can get over that, or if you can master a little trick to decrease the draw resistance we outlined in our in-depth Arizer Solo 2 review published on our site, you’ll absolutely love using this vape. Its vapor production is out of this world. Definitely top tier as far as vapor production goes. You’ll be hard pressed to find a dry blend portable that produces better vapor than this bad boy here.
Precision Temperature Control
When it comes to controlling this vape’s temp, Arizer makes it easy. Instead of limiting your options, the S2 offers a full range of vaping temps to choose from. And accessing them is made easy via the display, which shows the current and set temps, and temperature adjustment buttons that let you make adjustments on the fly with great ease and a high level of precision. This is basically a home run as far as we’re concerned, Arizer really hit it out of the park with the S2’s temp controls and it shows, especially in comparison to the original Solo vaporizer’s.
How does it work?
The Solo 2 uses conduction to heat the blend. When you draw on it, the vapor travels from the stainless steel bowl through the glass mouthpiece and to your mouth. There are a few different options as far as mouthpieces/stems are concerned. You can use the straight one, one with a mouthpiece tip, a bent one, and even attach it to your favorite water piece and hit it through that. Whatever option you choose, you’ll almost certainly be impressed with the outcome. After you’re done, it’ll turn off automatically thanks to its auto-shutoff timer. A lot of the features it has can be accessed/controlled through the menu which you access by clicking the big button in between the temperature control buttons. We suggest setting the startup timer to the lowest interval so you can get to vaping quicker when you first turn it on.
To help explain how it works, here’s a video published on YouTube by Got Vape, one of the most well known names in the vaporizer industry.
Arizer Solo 2 Tips
Want some tips on how to use it? We’ve compiled some here for you to enjoy. We have more information on how to use the Arizer Solo 2 on our website at VaporizerShark.com so be sure to head on over there and check out our complete Solo 2 review to learn more if you’re not finding what you want to learn here in this brief review summary we’ve shared here on our blog on WordPress.
- Really grind your blend up well because if you grind it well and pack it loose while you vape at high temps, you’ll get some SERIOUS vapor production. No exaggeration here – you’re going to be impressed with the vapor it spits out when you vape like this.
- Try lifting the stem up a little bit so that some air can flow through the bottom if you’re having trouble with draw resistance.
- Want to make the vapor smoother? Use the water adapter to connect your favorite water piece.
- Buy the car charger if you spend a lot of time on the road, it’ll help ensure that you’re never out of juice when you want to use it.
- Share it with your friends. They’re going to love you for it.
Comparison: Arizer Solo VS Solo 2
How do these two vapes stack up against each other? That’s a great question to ask. Why bother getting the new one instead of the old one? The answer is simple: because it’s better. But why exactly it’s better is something we’ll explain to you. It has improved battery life, more power, better vapor, better temperature controls, a wide temperature range, and it’s even a little bit smaller. All in all, it’s just clearly superior. If you have to choose, definitely go with the new one because it’s that much better. But if you do have to pickup the original instead for whatever reason, be it the cost or what have you, you will not be disappointed because even though it’s inferior to the Solo II, it’s still a really good vape. Absolutely solid in our book. You’ll love it. You’ll just love the new version that much more. We wrote about this topic much more extensively in an article we published on LinkedIn, titled: “Why The Arizer Solo 2 Is That Much Better Than The Original Solo Vaporizer” – a long title we admit, but it gets the point across, no?
The Heat Up Time
Why is this a big deal? That answer should be obvious but if it’s not here’s why: waiting around for your vape to heat up when you want to get to vaping as quickly as possible is awful. So when your vape takes minutes to heat up and you’re trying to take some quick puffs and be on your way, you’re going to wish you went with a vape like the Solo 2 instead. It heats up in less than a minute. Less than 30 seconds for that matter. It is, needless to say, impressive. You will not be disappointed with the heat up time. Still, there are better – the Firefly 2 in particular comes to mind with its near-instant heat up time. But when it comes to heat up times in general, the S2 is definitely on the right side of the equation.
Who is the Solo 2 designed for?
This is the kind of vape that you could give to a first time vaper with a packed stem and tell them where to stick it and they’d probably figure out the rest on their own. It’s that easy. It’s also great for experiences vapers who just need a really good portable vape and don’t mind the extra size (it’s not the smallest) because it pushes out vapor like it’s a plugin vape only it’s 100% portable. So it really doesn’t matter who you are, there’s a good chance this hi-quality portable Arizer vaporizer is a good fit for you so long as quality vapor, ease of use, and dry blends only is what you have in mind. Although, we do want to note that if you check out our full review on our site, you will find more information on its potential to vape concentrates so if you’re curious about that — whether it can vape various forms of extracts — be sure to check out our complete review, which we’ll link to again at the bottom of this article in case you missed it earlier.
How does it compare to the Arizer Air?
This is an interesting comparison and while we have tested the Air, we have yet to publish a review for it on our website. However, we did notice an Arizer Air review on VapeGuide.com that’s more or less in line with our own view on it after having tested it somewhat extensively so if you want to learn more about it, you can always take a look at their review. But for now, we’ll offer a quick breakdown on the differences in order to explain why we prefer the Solo 2 even though it is quite a bit bigger. Basically, the Solo 2 is better in every way with two exceptions: portability (size) and battery life. While the Solo 2’s battery actually lasts longer, the Air offers a feature that we love to see in portable vapes: the ability to swap out a dead battery for a fresh one. So as soon as it’s done, no need to wait for it to recharge, you can just move on to the next. But it is worth noting that the Solo 2 does have the ability to be used while it’s charging so there’s no actually waiting for it to recharge – only you do have to plug it in to recharge which temporarily transforms it into a plugin vaporizer. Once it’s adequately charged, back to a portable. But then there’s the size difference. The Air is the right size but it lacks in features and quality what the Solo 2 delivers in stride. Both are good but the Solo 2 is better. However, if you need something smaller, the Arizer Air is an excellent alternative.
Keeping the Solo II clean isn’t the easiest task but it’s far from difficult. There are definitely portables that are far more of a pain to clean. This is definitely one of the easiest we’ve come across thus far. All you do is pull the stem, drop it in isoproyl alcohol (ISO) and let it soak for a while then rinse it under warm water and let it dry. Take a cotton swab of sorts and gently dip it in some ISO and use it to clean the oven area. Make sure you run some temp cycles after to burn off any leftover residue and you’re good to go. That’s basic maintenance for you. Couldn’t be easier.
To learn more about the Arizer Solo II, check out our complete review on our website, which you can find here: https://vaporizershark.com/arizer-solo-2-review/
That link will take you directly to our complete Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer review on our website at VaporizerShark.com, which is where you’ll find a much more in-depth analysis of the new Solo along with additional technical information, tips, and various insights. You’ll also find more comparisons in which we compare it to its most formidable competitors to see how it fares – competitors which include the likes of the newest Pax vaporizer, the Pax 3, and the newest Storz & Bickel vaporizers, the Crafty and Mighty, and others. You definitely want to check it out if you still have questions about the Solo 2 or just want to learn more about it in general. And while you’re there, you’ll find additional vaporizer reviews as well as reviews of vaporizer accessories, not to mention our growing repository of vaping guides and vapor industry news updates. So in a general sense, if you just want to learn more about vaping and the products that compose the industry, head on over to our site and take a stroll through the world of vaporization with us as your guide.
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