Kit and Accessories
- Arizer Solo 2
- One 90 mm glass tube + one 110 mm glass tube
- 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
Compatibility: The Solo 2 is compatible with dry herb only, though it can use aromatic herbs if you decide to use it as a diffuser.
Solo 2 Mouthpieces: The two included mouthpieces are made from borosilicate glass, which is strongly heat resistant. That means that you never have to worry about the glass cracking from regular use, and since glass is a neutral material, it doesn’t affect the flavor of the herb.
The only difference between the two mouthpieces is their length, but both are long enough to effectively cool down the vapor. If you want to store your herb so you can get your next session off to a quick start, then you can use one of the stem caps to seal the end of either glass tube to keep your herb fresh.
Optional Official Accessories
The Solo 2 has some nice accessories that include a variety of different borosilicate glass mouthpieces that are used to slightly alter the vaping experience.
- Curved Mouthpiece – This mouthpiece has an inverted L shape and is for anyone who doesn’t want to stand directly over the Solo 2 while they’re vaping.
- Tipped Aroma Tube – For those who find the standard mouthpieces too wide, this mouthpiece has a narrower, tapered opening so they can inhale less vapor with each draw.
- Frosted Glass Tube – This is for attaching accessories – like water pipes – to the Solo 2.
You can also buy replacements for any of the accessories included in the kit. Both the replacement and optional accessories are pretty inexpensive, and while the optional ones are all cool, I never felt that any of them should have been included in the standard kit.Additional Accessories
Design and Features
The Solo 2 is pretty big, and it really stretches the definition of portable. It’s what I call “in-house-portable”. I could just about fit it into a pocket but neither of the glass mouthpieces is going in there too and I never felt comfortable carrying them around. I used the included carry case, but even then it is not the most portable friendly device, not to mention that the case doesn’t change the fact that the Solo 2 is a pretty conspicuous vaporizer.
While the Solo 2 is big, it’s not really cumbersome because it pretty much consists of just two parts—the mouthpiece and the battery—that snap together easily. Plus I was surprised that it’s actually a lot lighter than it looks.
It’s hardly the best looking vaporizer around but it has a lot of functionality built in, like the precise temperature controls and the clear OLED screen that displays vital information like the current temperature and battery life.
A Couple of advantages to the large size of the Solo 2-
- The vape (and the vapor) never gets hot while in use the way many smaller vapes do.
- It’s well balanced so it stands firmly on a table.
Chamber Capacity: The chamber of the Solo 2 can hold up to 0.2 grams of herb, which is good for about 12 to 15 hits. So, the Solo—unsurprisingly—has the perfect oven size for solo use.
Build Quality: The Solo 2 feels durable and solid, though the glass mouthpieces are obviously more fragile. The buttons feel good and the OLED screen is clear. Overall, this is a very well-built device. Arizer’s products are known to last for years, thanks to their simplicity.
How to Use
- Fill the bottom of one of the glass tubes with herb, tap the end to create a small space between the herb and the opening, and then stick it in the herb chamber.
- Turn on the Solo 2 by holding down the menu button and the up button simultaneously.
- Select the temperature in1° or 10° increments by tapping the up/down buttons.
- Once the selected temp has been reached, inhale from the mouthpiece.
You can select the length of each session from 5 to 15 minutes if you want even more customization, or if you need a little help keeping track.
You can view an instruction video for the Solo 2’s operation right here.
Heat Time: The Arizer Solo 2 heats up in 15 to 20 seconds, with higher temperatures taking longer. This is faster than most other portables. The Solo has a large and powerful battery that allows the fast heat up.
Temperature Options: The Solo 2 has a temperature range of 122°F to 428°F, but I found the sweet spot to be in the range of 380°F to 390°F.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The Solo 2 is one of the lowest maintenance vaporizers I’ve ever used. The battery itself never really needs cleaning. Only the glass tubes do, and taking care of them is easy. You can use the included cleaning tool to scrape out any herb residue. If the tubes need more vigorous cleaning, then you can just soak them in isopropyl alcohol for a few minutes and then rinse them out with hot water.
Vaping Tip: If you leave the herb residue in the glass tube for too long, it gets sticky and harder to clean. Avoid this by carefully cleaning the residue after a session while the tube is still a little hot.
Performance and Vapor Quality
The Solo 2 loads quickly and heats up in record speed, which more than makes up for the limited portability. The temperature controls are easy to use and the OLED screen always lets you know the temp and battery level. And as I stated earlier, the device never gets hot to the touch, no matter how long I use it.
The Solo 2 produces smooth, cool vapor thanks to the hybrid heating system and the borosilicate mouthpieces. The Solo 2 scores high on vapor production—it produces thick visible vapor. The glass mouthpieces provide a lengthy airpath that cools down the vapor and keeps it pure. The end result is some high-quality vapor that tastes great and goes down smooth.
I found that the best way to draw from the Solo is- you should draw until you feel strong draw resistance, and then lower a bit so the resistance is comfortable, and then take a long deep inhale. You don’t want to draw short, fast hits. The Solo 2 works much better with slow and steady hits.
This is one of the best features of the Solo 2 because it can last for nearly three hours! Even better, it has pass-through charging that becomes available after ten minutes of charging. Recharging is done via a power outlet and takes about ninety minutes. Most users will need to recharge the Solo only once every few days.