I’m tempted to call the Solo 2 the BFV, for Big Friendly Vaporizer. The big part is pretty obvious, as for the friendly part, well, it’s easy to use, easy to maintain, and delivers awesome vapor. It doesn’t get any friendlier than that! Wait, there’s also the three hour battery life, so I guess it does get friendlier. It’s not the most portable vaporizer ever made, but I would say that the Solo 2’s strengths more than make up for that.
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- Great vapor quality
- Glass tube cools down the vapor and keeps it pure
- Very easy to load
- Precise temperature control
- Low maintenance
- Long battery life
- Large size limits portability
- Only uses a proprietary charger
Arizer Solo 2 Review
Arizer Solo 2 Background
The Arizer Solo 2 is a dry herb vape that’s large and in charge, that’s mostly for the good if you want an incredible vaping experience, but it’s not so good if you want to take that incredible vaping experience with you. Even so, the good—or rather, the great—far outweighs the bad. Some of the great things about this vape are its impressive vapor quality and the fact that it’s really easy to use and really easy to maintain.
Not surprisingly, this is one of the top vaporizers out there, as long as you’re vaping at home that is, the Solo 2 is a behemoth by weed vape standards. Not to mention that the long, glass mouthpiece that delivers the cool, pure vapor isn’t very portable friendly. I’ll get into more details in the rest of my Arizer Solo 2 review, but this is one of the best vape-at-home devices on the market.
- Arizer Solo 2
- One 90 mm glass tube + one 110 mm glass tube – use these to inhale the vapor
- Two silicone stem caps (fill glass tubes with herb, use these to seal them, and use them later)
- Glass aroma dish for using aromatherapy herbs
- Stainless steel stirring tool
- Stainless steel filter screens
- Wall charger + carrying case
- Lavender botanical aromatic samples
Okay, the first, and most obvious, aspect of the Solo 2 is that it’s bigger than most portable vaporizers. There are some good things about this, the interface is clear, the OLED screen is nice and bright, and it feels nice and ergonomic to hold. Plus it never gets hot while it’s in use the way smaller vapes do.
The downside to the large size is pretty obvious, it’s not especially portable-friendly, in fact, to some, it’s outright portable-hostile. The carrying case included in the package helps a little, but it’s really not a vape that you can just slip into your pocket and take anywhere. This is a backpack vape at the very least.
The Solo 2 is decidedly un-flashy when it comes to looks but you’re not buying this vape to score style points. The simplicity of the design is a boon when it comes to maintenance as there is basically none. The Solo 2 is a nicely built device that feels solid, but is also surprisingly light despite its size.
How it Performs
As I mentioned earlier, the vapor quality is impressive, some of the best around actually. One of the reasons is the convection heating system, which always produces great tasting vapor. Then there are those borosilicate glass mouthpieces, the length of these tubes helps to cool down the vapor no matter how high the temperature gets. The borosilicate glass material also keeps the vapor pure because the herb never comes into contact with anything that might contaminate its flavor in any way.
The Solo 2 is also one of the easiest vapes you’ll ever use, you just dip one end into the ground herb to fill it up, then place it into the chamber and you’re done. I love how quick and convenient this process is and how low maintenance it makes the Solo 2, I just need to dip the mouthpieces in alcohol every few weeks to keep them clean. The precise temperature control ranges from 122°F to 428°F and provides a nice level of customization since you can find the the setting that suits you best, for me, that was in the range of 370°F to 375°F.
The draw resistance is low so I was able to comfortably take some nice, long hits from this vape. The oven holds 0.2 grams, which is perfect for solo use, and yes, that’s where the name comes from. That oven size gives me about 6 to 10 solid hits per session, and I can get in a lot of sessions before needing a recharge because the Solo 2 has an impressive battery life of roughly three hours. When it does need a recharge, it only takes ninety minutes via a wall charger, which is the only charger available, so no USB for you.
The Solo 2 also has a unique secondary feature as an aromatherapy diffuser. You just place some aromatic herbs in the aroma dish, put the dish in the Solo 2, select a low temperature, and the air will be filled with some sweet scents in no time. I doubt many people will use this, but it’s an interesting feature nonetheless.
Remember to empty the Solo 2 right after each session ends, the herb gets sticky if you leave it in the glass tube too long. The heated up bud releases resin that becomes sticky when it cools down, so it’s easier to remove while it’s still slightly hot. Waiting too long makes the normally easy cleaning slightly harder, and you don’t want to make any extra work for yourself, do you? This is a tip that is useful for every dry herb vape BTW.
The Final Word
I wrote in the intro that the Arizer Solo 2 is one of the best weed vapes on the market, and now you can see why. It offers incredible vapor quality matched with an unparalleled level of simplicity that makes it easy to load, easy to empty, and easy to clean. The Solo 2 can convert weed smokers into weed vapers, that’s how good it is—hey, it worked for me and let me say goodbye to combustion for good.
So, does it even have any competition? Sure it does, the Mighty is a similarly large and high quality stay at home vape. There are also Arizer’s other weed vapes, the Air 2 and the ArGo, both of which are smaller than the Solo 2, which means that they have smaller batteries and get a little warmer during use, otherwise they function similarly. The Solo 2 still stands tall though, both literally and figuratively.
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Arizer Solo 2 vs Mighty vs Arizer Air 2
|Arizer Solo 2||Mighty||Arizer Air 2|
|Compatible with||Dry herb||Dry herb and wax concentrates||Dry herb|
|Heating Method||Convection||Convection/Conduction hybrid||Convection|
|Battery Life||3 hours||2 hours||75 minutes|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years||2 years|
|Price||$250 from Vape-Smart||$349 from Vape-Smart||$230 from Vape-Smart|
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