Arizer Solo 2 Review
Arizer is a Candian vaporizer manufacturer that has been around for years. They produce high-quality vapes, including the original Solo, the Air and the Arizer ArGo. We put the latest version of the Solo to the test. The latest Arizer Solo 2 dry herb vaporizer features a digital display, complete temperature control, adjustable start and shut off presets, and extended battery life.
The Arizer Solo was released in 2011 and since then Arizer took customers’ feedback into account and made modifications to the Solo. Without any more delay, let’s get into this review and put the Arizer Solo II dry herb portable vaporizer to the test.
If you’re new to the wonderful world of dry herb vaporizers, be sure to check out our vaporizers buyer’s guide for some in-depth coverage and expert information.
- Great Battery
- Borosilicate Glass Vapor Path
- Good Airflow
- Good Warranty
- Customizable Settings
- Precision Temperature Control
How it Works and Ease of Use
The Solo II operates in a similar manner as the original Solo. You fill the glass stem with your herb and insert it into the chamber, then 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.
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.
Arizer Solo 2 Temperature Settings
Before using the unit, we recommend that you set it at its highest temperature at 220° C (428° F) and let the unit heat up for a couple of cycles to burn off any excess 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 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 a 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.
Heating System and Chamber
The Solo 2 uses a hybrid heating system, which is a mix of convection and conduction. This means the herb doesn’t come in direct contact with the heat, because it is inside the glass tube and inserted inside the chamber or heating element. The chamber can fit .2 grams of dry herbs, which is a nice size.
Solo 2 Vapor Quality
The Solo 2 comes with a vape stem that is made of all glass, just like the original. This glass stem ensures that your hits aren’t ever harsh, but are delicious every time. The Arizer Solo 2 features an upgrade in airflow quality, which makes each hit more robust, but it doesn’t take away from the smoothness. Whatever your vaping preferences are – big or small, and wherever you like to vape – at home or out, you won’t be disappointed in your choice to purchase an Arizer Solo 2.
By the end of the session, the herb does tend to get through the holes on the glass tube and get into your mouth. It’s like the herb loses its fluffiness and gets through the holes. Because of this, we recommend against grinding your herbs too finely. You could use a screen, but we don’t recommend that because doing so can impact the airflow.
Arizer Solo 2 Battery Life
Arizer is claiming to have doubled the battery life of the original Solo. The original Solo has a battery life of approximately 1.5 hours 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. The two lithium-ion batteries on the Solo 2 last an above-average amount of time, which is a great upgrade over the original Solo. The Solo 2 also has pass-through charging, which is a great feature. 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. We really liked this feature, because it makes it easier to charge while you vape.
Aesthetics and Manufacturing Quality
The Arizer has built up a reputation over the years for its top-notch quality vaporizers and an 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. There are two color choices – mystic blue or carbon black.
Portability and Discreetness
The Solo 2 has an oval shape and is smaller than the original Solo. The Solo 2 is not the most portable vaporizer 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 the Mighty. The Arizer Solo 2 comes with a belt clip to carry it around, but in today’s 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 carrying case as well to store your unit and all its accessories for safe transportation.
|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|
Arizer Solo 2 Accessories
The Arizer Solo II comes with a lot of accessories, like a power adapter, a 90 mm glass aroma tube, a 110 mm glass aroma tube, a glass aroma dish, a belt-clip carrying case, a silicone stem cap, a stainless steel stirring tool, stainless steel screens, a sample of aromatic botanical and the owner’s manual.
The Solo 2 also comes with 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.
How to Clean the Solo 2
Keeping The Solo 2 vape clean is pretty easy because you only need to clean the glass stem with rubbing alcohol. You’re only dealing with the glass stem and can soak them in rubbing alcohol and rinse off. Check out our vaporizer cleaning sticks from Tools420 that will make your life easier.
Solo 2 VS Original Solo
The Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer 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 the 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 are still the same, as most of the internal mechanisms of the Arizer Solo II vaporizer are the same as the original Solo.
Summary and Comparison
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 vaporizer. 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 dry herb vaporizers available today.
The Solo 2 vape offers a great battery life, which is very important if you’re shopping for a portable vaporizer. However, it is not the most discreet nor portable vaporizer on the market. This is especially true when you add the glass stem on the top, as this makes it kind of difficult to carry around. If you are okay 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. Two comparable vaporizers to the Solo 2 are the Mighty or the Boundless CFX because they also have a long battery life and a larger size.
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