Arizer Air, New style of Vaping
Bottom line: Arizer dreams up an effective new design for vaporizing on the go with the simple, sleek and durable Air, featuring an all-glass vapor path. And with standard glass stems, the Air is infinitely customizable.
The Arizer Solo has been one of the best-selling and most-loved first generation vaporizers, Arizer being the quickest manufacturer to offer anything near Volcano functionality for about half the price.
There have been rumours for years of a more portable successor, and here it finally is: the Air, a radically different vape design that is sure to be popular, with an all glass air path and great potential for customizing and accessorizing.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
The Arizer Air package includes the heating unit and battery, a charger/power adapter, 3 x glass stems (2 of them short, with plastic mouthpieces, one an inch longer without), a glass aroma dish, a nylon carrying case, and a protective silicone skin. There’s a stainless Steel stirring tool, and 2 rubber caps for pre-loading the stems with herb and securing the load for travelling.
Out of the box, the first impression is of a sleek and compact design concept looking like a cordless microphone. The Arizer Air measures 122mm in height and 29mm in diameter, conveniently fitting in the palm of your hand, in a pocket, or purse.
A hard shell protects the Arizer Air from general wear and tear and a vented top keeps the surface temperature of the body cool. Internally, a solid foundation surrounds the ceramic heating element adding an extra layer of durability.
THE HEAT IS ON
The Air has a 1-2 minute warm up time, a 5 setting temperature control system operated by the on-off button, and built-in automatic shut off safety setting after 10 minutes of operation.
The temperature levels are indicated by a tiny LED: Level 1 (Blue) – 180°C / 356°F; Level 2 (White) – 190°C / 374°F; Level 3 (Green) – 200°C / 392°F; Level 4 (Orange) – 205°C / 401°F Level 5 (Red) – 210°C / 410°F.
Uniquely, it’s the glass stem that is loaded with herbs (the glass chamber at one end, with holes in), inverted and the power unit lowered onto it and pushed into place, before popping the whole thing stem-side up again for use.
It looks weird first time but it works really well: the Air delivers great draw and taste, even with the plastic mouthpiece (this can be screwed off for even less resistance).
The oven chamber is identical to that of the Solo; the mouthpieces are interchangeable too, and all glass is standard size so it’s easy to add your own bubbler (note to self: must get one of these soon).
APPLYING THE HEAT
I started at white (2nd colour) for a couple of tokes and moved up to green and yellow to finish off the bowl. The vapor was cool and flavorsome, although when I tried the hottest (red) setting, the herb tended to scorch and tasted pretty bad.
But like I said, the draw is excellent at any temperature; very little resistance for such a compact design.
The Air arrives with one battery, but this is easily swappable (the base unscrews for a standard 18650 Lithium ion). Which is just as well because their life is not great (40-60 minutes per charge depending on temp used).
The carry case clips onto a belt and has 2 small pouches for a couple of extra batteries and/or loaded stems.
Cleaning is simple; glass parts can be simply soaked in ISO and thanks to the stem packing there is no tricky airpath to keep clean.
The Arizer Air is ultra-compact and lightweight, easy to operate and maintain, and completely portable. The sturdy (not cheap looking) plastic outer casing and optional skin make it very durable, and a wide range of parts and accessories lets you customize and protect your Arizer Air.
Offering up to an hour of continuous use per charge, plus the ability to use the unit while charging the battery, and the option to have spare batteries fully charged, the Arizer Air is ideal for day-to-day use at home and on the go.