Arizer Solo 2 Review – The More Powerful Version
In this review we are going to test and operate the new Airzer Solo 2 vaporizer and its new features including the digital display, complete temperature control, adjustable start & shut off presets, extended battery life. We are going to analyze and compare, in detail, the original Arizer Solo with the new Arizer Solo 2.
We have broken this review down into the following sections: Operation, Temperature Range, Vapor Quality, Battery Life, Device Quality, Warranty, Portability, Maintenance, Comparison and our final thoughts on this unit.
There is not a lot of options when it comes to colour as the Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer is only available in Mystic Blue and Carbon Black. It is made by Arizer, a well known Canadian vaporizer brand and it’s the new release of the original Solo vaporizer line. It is also the Arizer Air’s older brother. The Arizer Solo was released in 2011 and since then Arizer has been gathering customers feedback and making modifications to the Solo line and now that day is finally here! Without any more delay let’s get into this review and put the Arizer Solo 2 to the test.
How to operate the Arizer Solo 2:
The Solo 2 operates in a similar manner as the original Solo. You fill the glass stems with your herb and insert it into the chamber, set your temperature and start to vape. The only difference in the operating system is that the Solo 2 now has a digital display which offers more control over customizing the operating features.
To turn the unit on press and hold the “M” button which stands for menu and the two Up and Down arrows, together at once for 6 seconds. The “M” button is located at the bottom of the digital display screen. (Please refer to image)The display screen will light up and show a countdown screen and beep once the unit is turned on. You will be greeted with a smiley face which is a friendly feature. The countdown is a safety feature to avoid any accidental operation of the unit in your pocket, purse or your bag which we really like.
Once the unit is ON and after you are greeted by the smiley face, it will direct you to the temperature control panel. From here by pressing the “M” button the device allows you to flip through all the features to customize your unit. You can select your preferred options by pressing the Up or the Down arrows. The operation of the Arizer Solo 2 is quite straight forward, and we don’t see any issues in terms of potential issues for other users.
Here are the menu options and selections for the Arizer Solo 2:
Temperature setting screen: This is where you can set your desired temperature, ranging from 50° C to 220° C (122° F – 428° F). You can increase or decrease your temperature by 1° C or 10° C increments. The Solo 2 offers an extra 10° C as opposed to the original that maxed out at 210° C (428°F).
Solo 2 ON/OFF Beep Sound Volume Control: This is where you can control the notification sound of the ON/OFF mode by pressing the arrow buttons up or down and flip through High, Medium, Low and OFF options. This volume control is a nice touch by Arizer as not everyone may appreciate a loud notification and would actually prefer to have a more discreet operation notification.
Automatic Shut OFF timer: This screen allows you to select and set your preferred session time and shut off time, in the range of 5 to 15 minutes, by pressing the up or down arrow buttons. We are a huge fan of this feature as is convenient as it allows you to save more battery life if you like to keep your sessions quick and short.
Celsius or Fahrenheit: With this feature you have the option to have your device operate using either Celsius or Fahrenheit, whichever temperature unit you feel comfortable with just by pressing the up or down buttons.
Screen Brightness Control: This screen gives you the option of adjusting the default brightness of your digital display by flipping through High, Medium and Low. We prefer Medium for our usage, but that may vary depending on the level of light you have where you’re vaping.
Solo 2 Start Up Time: As we mentioned earlier, Arizer implemented a safety feature on the Arizer Solo to avoid any accidental operations, and that feature can be adjusted to different delay times. The unit, by default, is set at 6 seconds delay to start up but you have the option to change from 4, 6, and 8 seconds. We aren’t fans of this feature and have set our unit to the lowest setting, 4 seconds but we understand the safety principals behind it.
Now that we have gone through all the menu features and options of the Arizer Solo 2, lets dig deeper and find out how this unit performs, and feels and if it is actually an upgrade of the original Solo.
Temperature Range and Flexibility:
Before using the unit, we recommend that you set the unit at its highest temperature 220° C (428° F) and let the unit to heat up for a couple of cycles to burn of any access oil or anything that may still be inside the chamber. By doing this, we noticed that the Arizer Solo 2 has a heat up time of 30 seconds (which isn’t too bad), to reach the highest temperature and Arizer has added an extra 10° C (50° F) which is a cool feature if you’re into thick vapor clouds. However, the higher the temperature, the more of the charred and smokey flavor you will also taste. It is a personal preference but we set the temperature at 185° C (365° F) and worked our way up to be able to taste the flavor in variety of degrees with this unit. The nice thing about the Solo 2 is that you can select the exact temperature that you like to vape at and not having to rely on the 7 preset temperatures like the original Solo.
Vapor Quality and Flavor:
The Arizer has done it again by continuing their legacy in superior vapor production. The original Solo was very poplar for its high quality vapor and its glass airway system and the Solo 2 has all that and more. The flavor and smoothness of the Solo 2 in comparison to the original Solo seems to be in the same caliber maybe slightly better but not by a lot.
We started our session at 185° C (365° F) and found that the vapor was very thin but flavorful and worked our way up. The higher we increased the temperatures the thicker our clouds became but still very flavorful, until we reached the max temperature of 220° C (428° F) and found that the vapor had thicken noticeably and the flavor tasted a little toasted which is still not too bad if you’re into Smokey flavors like smoked meat or fish. If you’re looking for best flavor we recommend to keep your stash nice and fresh by keeping it in a sealed container to avoid any dryness.
We also noticed the airflow felt easier and less restricted on the Solo 2 as opposed to the original Solo. Arizer has implemented small circle shaped dents at the bottom of the chamber around the 4 holes where the air flows through to allow better air flow. Also we noticed, Arizer has replaced the curved glass stem mouthpiece from the original Solo to a straight glass stem for the Solo 2. We prefer the straight mouthpiece because we found its better for stashing in your pocket, however this would be a personal preference.
Battery Life and Charge time:
Arizer is claiming to have doubled the battery life of the original Solo. The original Solo has a battery life of approximately 1.5 hour depending on your session’s length and heat setting. In our review we found that 1.5 hours was quite accurate and the new Solo 2 can run for almost 3 hours and takes approximately 2.5 hours to fully charge which may seem too long but the Solo 2 offers an above average battery life which is a fantastic improvement in our opinion. the Arizer portable vaporizers are known for their ability to conveniently charge while operating, which is one of their shining features, and the charging plug for the Solo 2 is now located on the back of the unit as opposed to the original Solo where it used to be at the bottom of the unit, which we really liked because this makes it easier to charge while you vape.
The Arizer has built up a reputation over the years for its top notch quality vaporizers and excellent warranty. If you own the original Solo then you know what we’re talking about and you would probably feel the same as us when you use the Solo 2. The Solo 2 feels very similar to the original Solo with its exterior metal shell and sturdy built that can survive some mishandling.
The Solo offers a 2 year warranty on the unit and defects and 1 year on the battery which is pretty standard in the industry and a lifetime warranty on the heating element.
The Solo 2 has an oval shape and is smaller than the original Solo which wasn’t the most portable vaporizer but we still feel that the Solo 2 is not the most portable of vaporizers in comparison to some of the smaller vapes like the DaVinci IQ or the Airvape XS. We don’t feel that the Solo 2 is the type of vaporizer that can easily be slipped into your pocket and light enough for carrying with you everywhere, especially with the glass stem. We would compare the ease of portability of the Arizer Solo 2 to that of the Mighty. The Arizer Solo 2 comes with a belt clip to carry it around but in todays society no one really wants to carry their cellphones on their belt anymore, let alone their portable vaporizers. If you’re purchasing this unit, we definitely recommend purchasing a small case as well to store your unit and all its accessories for safe transportation.
MAINTENANCE & CLEANING
You can keep the cleaning to a minimal by keeping your herb inside the stem and not touching the oven. That way your herb isn’t in contact with your herb and all the oil residue will stay on the glass stems.
Keeping the oven clean can be difficult and needing a good cleaning once in a while is inevitable, but in case you need to clean your unit’s oven, simply soak a Q-tip in isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and wipe off the oven and remove all the dirty spots. Don’t soak the Q-tip too much to cause any dripping inside the unit or simply keep the unit upside down to avoid getting any alcohol in the unit. In case of any alcohol drip inside the unit, make sure after cleaning to turn your unit on, set it to the hottest temperature and let the unit run to burn off any access alcohol inside the unit.
After cleaning the chamber, we recommend that you clean the stems as they are usually the dirtiest parts of the vaporizer due to their direct contact with the herb and all the buildup residue. Simply soak the glass stems in rubbing alcohol for at least 30 minutes, depending on how dirty the stems are, and with a Q-tip get into the bottom part of the stems where you pack your dry herb and clean it by going over any dirty spots and oil residues. After cleaning, rinse thoroughly with hot water.
Make sure to dry all parts and pieces before operating the unit. We recommend that you run the unit at the highest temperature for a couple of cycles before using to burn off any access material, alcohol or water.
|SIZE & Weight|
|Height 4.5 in / 11.4 cm|
|Width 1.75 in / 4.5 cm|
|Top Thickness 1.38 in / 3.5 cm|
|Bottom Thickness 1.19 in / 3.0 cm|
|Weight 7.4 oz / 210 g|
LET’S COMPARE: Original Solo and Solo 2
Right of the bat you will notice that the Arizer Solo 2 is smaller, has a new user interface and offers a lot more control and customization of your sessions over the original Solo as everything was already preset. Its heat up time is around 30 seconds which is 6 times faster than the original Solo. The battery life is almost 3 hours from 1.5 hour which is almost double and the charging plug is now on the back of unit as opposed to the bottom which is a bonus. The Solo 2 has better airflow than the original and the original Solo’s curved glass stem mouthpiece is replaced with a straight one. Other than that the vapor quality and operation of the unit is still the same, as most of the internal mechanisms of the Arizer Solo 2 are the same as the original Solo.
Final Thoughts about the Arizer Solo 2
As we mentioned before, the Arizer is a well known brand in the vaporizer industry and has a solid reputation in terms of quality and they proved that again by their new member, the Solo 2. The upgraded battery life and the quick heat up time on top of all other additional cool gadgets and easy to use features make this device an outstanding product, especially for this price range. If you are looking for a unit that offers quality and tasteful vapor with a conduction oven this unit can definitely supersede your expectations. In our opinion the Arizer Solo 2 can easily be placed in the top 5 portable vaporizers available today.
With all that said, even though the Solo 2 offers a great battery life, which is very important if you’re shopping for a portable vaporizer, it’s not the most discreet nor portable vaporizer on the market. The unit itself is ok but adding the glass stem on the top makes it difficult to carry around. If you are ok with its size and weight and you don’t need to carry the unit around with you to vape throughout the day, then it is definitely a solid unit to consider.
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