Arizer Go (ArGo) Review
The pioneering Canadian manufacturer Arizer is well-known in the vaporization game, gaining popularity with the release of units like the Solo and the Air. Their newest vaporizer, the ArGo, is also their most compact. The Arizer Argo has been gaining some popularity since its release in the Winter of 2018.
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The ArGo is short for Arizer Go and is a compact dry herb vaporizer that features hybrid heating. It also boasts an all-glass vapor path as well as customizable precision temperature controls. How does this on-the-go device hold up to other vapes in its class? Let’s get into it.
- Very Portable and Compact
- Hybrid Heating
- Customizable Precision Temps
- Swappable Battery
- All Glass Vapor Path
- Smooth and Flavorful Vapor
How it Works and Ease of Use
To get started using the ArGo vape, you press on the mouthpiece guard and slide out the glass stem. Pack your dry herbs into the dish at the end of the tube and just slide it back into the chamber. The unit is powered up by pressing and holding the M and the plus buttons. The digital display screen will turn on, and a countdown will begin to let you know it’s powering up. When it’s ready, a smiley face shows up on the screen.
Once it’s ready for use, hit the plus or minus buttons to pick the temperature you’d like to vape at. The device doesn’t vibrate when ready, but it does beep when it’s ready for you to inhale from the glass mouthpiece. The Argo takes about 30 seconds to heat up, but we recommend giving it an additional 10 to 15 seconds to increase the production of the vapor.
The brightness of the digital display is customizable as well as the alarm loudness. The auto-shutoff feature is also customizable between 5 and 15 minutes at 1-degree intervals. The highly customizable options of the ArGo is great for old school consumers, but might not be necessary for newbies.
ArGo Temperature Settings
The Arizer brand is known for its temperature flexibility, and the ArGo is certainly no different. The Go from Arizer has a wide temperature range from 50°C all the way up to 200°C, or 122-428°F. You can adjust the temperature increments by either single degrees or 10-degrees, which is a great selling point. We recommend sticking right around 200°C/ 392°F for most consumers, maybe dipping a little lower to about 175°C if you like lighter draws.
ArGo Heating System and Chamber
The heating system on the Arizer Go is a hybrid mix of convection and conduction. This means that your dry herb material will not come in direct contact with the heat, because the herb is inside the glass tube and inside the chamber. The bowl size for your dry herbs is about fifteen millimeters deep which isn’t the largest bowl on the market. It is okay for what it is, however, as most consumers tend to get about 10 solid rips off of each bowl.
The glass stem is kind of tough to stir inside of the bowl. Even though the herb is vaped evenly throughout most sessions, it would be nice to have the option to stir. This is especially true for those of us who like to get the most out of our herb that we spend our hard-earned money on. The sides of the ArGo can get pretty hot. If you aren’t expecting the hot sides, it might be startling. It’s not going to burn your skin, but it can be surprising, especially if you’re deep into a session or two and feeling good.
Arizer Go Vapor Quality
The vapor quality and flavor on the ArGo is great. The all-glass airpath is a noticeable improvement over less expensive vapes. The airflow is also pretty impressive too, due to the internal heat jets inside of the chamber that causes minimal draw resistance. The vapor production is just average on the ArGo, and it didn’t impress us. The unit really isn’t built for vapor production with thick clouds though, as its main objective is tasty vapor and a lot of customizable options.
Some negatives include the fact that some of your dry herbs can sneak through the holes in the glass stem and end up in your mouth. When this happens, your session is almost over. We recommend a coarse grind for this one. You can use a screen in there if you choose, but that could limit airflow, so we recommend against it. The last hit or two can taste pretty charred and smoky at the end of a session. While this isn’t uncommon with portable dry herb vaporizers, it’s not spectacular.
Arizer Go Battery Life
Considering how compact and portable the ArGo is, its battery life is pretty good. Most consumers get about 90 minutes of continuous use out of it and it takes about 3 hours to fully charge with the wall outlet and USB. The option for swappable batteries is great, as you can give yourself battery life if you can always carry a spare battery with you.
If you want a device with some more juice, maybe check out the ArGo’s sibling the Solo 2. The Solo 2 costs similarly but the battery lasts almost 3 hours.
Arizer Go Aesthetics and Manufacturing Quality
The ArGo is a solid little device made from a combination of metal and rubberized plastic. The rubberized plastic might wear off over time, but it is light and easy to hold and carry. There is a pop-off protective top the guards the glass mouthpiece when you’re on the go or participating in outdoor activities. The ArGo doesn’t look bad by any means, but personally I prefer a more pen-shaped vape myself. Or in the case of the ArGo’s sibling the Air 2, almost like a small microphone.
Portability and Discreteness
The measurements on the ArGo are 3 3/4” x 2” x 1” and it weighs only 97 grams, so it’s highly compact and portable. It truly is a device that is designed with active vape consumers in mind. The discreteness is above average as far as portable vaporizers go, due to the fact that its vapor production is on the low side and the all-glass vapor path tends to cook pretty cleanly right up until the last draw or two.
What’s in the Box?
Along with the Arizer ArGo Vaporizer and the battery, you get a lot of accessories with this one. You get a USB charger and power adapter, two glass stems, two silicone stem caps, a handy capped travel tube made from PVC, a carrying case that clips onto your belt, a tool for stirring, four steel filter screens and the owner’s manual. There is an impressive lifetime warranty on the heating element, a 2-year warranty on materials and workmanship and a 1-year warranty on the battery.
How to Clean the Arizer Go
Cleaning the ArGo and all of the portable vaporizers from Arizer is a breeze. You really only need to focus on the glass stems and make sure they are free from debris and bacteria. You can soak them in rubbing alcohol if you choose and then give it a good rinse afterward. If you’re on the go like we are and don’t have the time to soak, these handy vaporizer cleaning sticks will make your life a lot easier.
Summary and Comparison
The ArGo gives you a highly customizable vape experience, is highly compact and portable, feels good in your hand and delivers delicious vapor right up until the last inhale.
Just like everything in life, it isn’t without its drawbacks. For instance, the stem could be bigger, as many consumers find themselves replacing herb. The herb is difficult to stir, which could probably let you get a few more hits out of each bowl pack if you had the option. The sides can get hot after a while, but not enough to burn your skin. There is often charred or smoky flavor and some of the dry herbs can get in your mouth towards the end of a session
The highly customizable options of the ArGo vape is great for old school consumers, but might not be necessary for newbies. The Arizer vapes are fairly consistent as far as they all have solid flavor, precision temperatures and all cost around the same. It comes down to your preference of what kind of vape you like to hold and how big of battery you want. A comparable competitor vaporizer to this device is the DaVinci IQ that also comes with a swappable battery option.
The Argo vape used to cost over $300 CAD, but we’ve reduced the price by over $100! This low price might not last forever, so check that out now if you want to grab yourself Arizer Go.
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