Arizer Air 2 Review – 2020 Updated
The Arizer Air 2 portable vaporizer features noticeable upgrades and improvements over the original Arizer Air, such as precision temperature control and an eye-catching OLED screen.
The Air 2 dry herb unit still keeps many of the same features that led to the popularity of the first model, like interchangeable batteries and a high quality, durable mouthpiece and airway made from glass, which won’t degrade any vapor flavor like plastic can. Many enthusiasts consider the Arizer Air 2 to be the best of its kind when it comes to delicious vapor quality.
Having been released a couple years ago now, one question is to be answered: Is the Air 2 still good in 2020?
IMPROVED BATTERY QUALITY
When vaporizer manufacturer Arizer released their Solo 2 model, it came with a significant upgrade to battery life – 50% more powerful to be exact. The Arizer Air 2’s battery is close to that of the Solo 2, but does fall a bit short in comparison.
Even so, the Arizer Air 2 gives you an extra 15-20 minutes of vape time than the original model, which lasted about 60 minutes. Clocking in at a total battery life of up to 80 minutes, you will have no problem with the Arizer Air 2 lasting you all day. The battery takes about 3 to 4 hours to fully recharge.
However, the Air 2 features a removable 18650 battery which is a huge bonus seeing as you can swap the cell out in an instant and the long-term product life is going to go way up. This is one of the highlighting features on the Air 2.
For all of its solid features, the original Arizer Air model had a relatively tight draw, which hindered the size of tokes you could get from the unit and didn’t give you the best of vapor production. This issue is fixed with flying colors with the Air 2, as the air path is dramatically improved.
Couple that with an innovative hybrid heating system, and there’s a big improvement in vapor quality when comparing the Air 1. In addition, the airway for vapor inhalation travels through materials like ceramic, steel and glass – which ensures high quality, rich, tasty hits every time. These components are easily cleaned and don’t tend to accumulate a lot of residue.
How is the vapor quality of the Air 2 in 2020 though? Well, it’s still good! With that in mind, it’s not mind-blowing by any means. We liken it to a Honda Civic – not fast but reliable and will get you where you want to be.
Compared to newer units like the Utillian 620 and Utillian 722 the Air 2 falls short. The flavor is still great but the extraction speed and subsequent hit size leaves a little to be desired. The Air 2 is a sipper, not a ripper.
HYBRID HEATING SYSTEM
The Arizer Air 2 uses both conduction and convection heating. This combination heats your dry herbs more evenly and efficiently, resulting in high quality draws and vapor. The warm air rises from the bottom of the vape at the glass stem, which heats up every bit of dry herb inside.
With that in mind, the Air 2 slightly favors conduction heating and you’ll get characteristics more in line with that, rather than a unit which uses pure convection like the Firefly 2+.
The Air 1’s colored light display confused some users, so Arizer fixed that with the Air 2. The new unit has a precise temperature control that is all digitally displayed on a small, but nice-looking OLED screen. This vape is controlled with simple buttons that allow you to decide what temperature you’d like: anywhere from 122 – 428 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can scroll up or down your desired temperature at either one or ten degree increments. Like most vapes of its kind, this unit also comes with a timer that shuts the device off automatically which can be adjusted. Having an OLED display is a great feature and something we always enjoy.
HEAT UP TIME
The lengthy heat up time is perhaps one of the only knocks on the Air 2. The Air 2 gets up to 390 degrees in about 80 seconds, which isn’t a huge upgrade from the Air 1. The Air 1 heated up to 410 degrees in 115 seconds, which was the highest it could go.
The Air 2’s highest temperature is 428 degrees, and it gets there in about 100 seconds. If you’re looking for a vape that gives you those quick twitch tokes, you might want to look elsewhere. But if the fast, on-demand vaping style isn’t your thing, the Arizer Air 2 could be for you. Remember, it’s a sipper, not a ripper!
The Arizer Air 2 comes with a warranty that lasts for two years, covering any defects or issues with the device that you didn’t cause. Most portable vaporizers in its class come with the same kind of warranty, but Arizer also offers a lifetime warranty on the heating system, which is a nice touch.
EASE OF USE AND HIGH FUNCTIONALITY
This vape is very easy to keep clean, as long as you take a few precautions. After every session, empty the herb chamber completely, and never pack the bowl too tight. The glass stems see the most amount of residue caked on, but just soak them in isopropyl alcohol and rinse with warm water, and your vape will continue to work fine.
At about only .15 grams, the Air 2 is on the smaller side when it comes to portable vaporizers, but the heating chamber/ bowl is very easy to pack. You don’t even necessarily have to grind your herbs up to load up the Air 2, just put the whole herb in there without over packing. This is a good thing, because this unit does not come with a grinder.
Among all the dry herb vapes out there, the Arizer units are about the easiest to use and clean out there, so if you value simplicity then they should be near the top of your list.
OUT OF THE BOX USABLITY
Right out of the box, The Arizer Air 2 gets you started vaping dry herbs easily. The unit comes with a glass mouthpiece and one with a tip, stem caps made from silicone, the interchangeable battery, a USB charger and an aromatherapy sample. The aromatherapy sample is interesting, as some users might not realize that some portable vaporizers can also perform as aromatherapy devices.
SPECIFICATIONS AND DIMENSIONS
The Arizer Air 2 weighs in at 4.88 inches high, and its diameter is about 1.15 inches. Some users seem to think that this unit looks like the base of a light saber from Star Wars. Either way, the ergonomic design fits nicely in your hands however carrying the stems around can be a bit of a hassle.
Thankfully, the included carrying pouch allows you to carry a couple of pre-loaded stems with you on the go without fear of spilling.
In 2020, the Arizer Air 2 is still relevant! It’s definitely beaten out in the heavy hit department by devices like the Utillian 722 and Utillian 620 which we enjoy very much as well. The simplicity of use and cleaning is hugely appreciated however and the removable battery is a huge bonus.
If you aren’t concerned about quick heat up times for fast vaping and don’t expect to pack a half gram in every bowl, you will be satisfied with your purchase of The Arizer Air 2. The vapor quality is absolutely top notch. Obviously, this is aided by the glass components, but if you’re doing a lot of traveling with your vape, you might want to take some steps to make sure the glass parts don’t break. The Arizer Air 2 offers vapor quality that stands up to just about any other portable vaporizer on the market today.
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