Solo Vaporizer

Arizer Solo Vaporizer in blackThe Canadian vaporizer manufacturer has done it again with the release of the Arizer Solo Vaporizer.

One of the most well crafted portable vapes out there today, the Solo is made from a very sleek brushed aluminum, and fits in the palm of your hand like it is supposed to be there.

Available in the original brushed aluminum or black, the Solo is powered by a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, which according to Arizer can last up to four hours before needing to be recharged.

The Solo vaporizer is extremely well crafted. This can be seen when the top part that has the silicone heating device cover is removed to reveal the inner workings of the Solo. Removal of the “cap” makes cleaning the device really easy. It’s obvious those Canucks put a lot of time and effort into the research and development of this thing.

The Solo vaporizer has seven different temperature settings which increases incrementally by 5°C (41°F) from a minimum temperature of 185°C (365°F) to a maximum temperature of 210°C (410°F), which is pretty amazing for such a small vaporizer. This vaporizer heats up quite quickly for having such a high max temperature, and takes about 1-3 minutes to reach any of the pre-set temperature settings.

The Solo’s heating unit warms up straight away, but so does the rest of the device after some time. It comes with a detachable glass wand attachment (and an extra wand) for direct inhale, as well as a glass bowl if you want to use it for aromatherapy.

Arizer Solo accessoriesThe aluminum casing, as well as the glass tube, also can warm up fairly quickly, which could make for an uncomfortable vaping experience if the Solo is used for any extended period of time.

I’m not all that impressed with how the glass tubes attach to the Solo. Although it’s a “snap on/snap off” wand, the solid wand itself becomes an extra vape accessory that needs to be carried separately. Lose the wand(s) and you can’t use the Solo. Stoners like me aren’t too fond of extra parts that could be lost or misplaced. As I wrote in my Iolite WISPR review I think the WISPR solves this better with it’s integrated silicone mouthpiece. Another option is Pax vaporizer by Ploom which doesn’t have any glass parts.

I do like how the glass wand serves a dual purpose as the filling chamber as well. But, the Solo, because of its craftsmanship, does create a nice, thick amount of vapor for being as small as it is.

So, I kind of forget about the whole warm mouthpiece thing. It also has a 3-hour standby time, which can give some piece of mind and relieve some worry about leaving a warm vaporizer sitting around.

Roughly the size of an aerosol deodorant can, this Canadian-made vape is very discreet and can easily be tucked away in your backpack, handbag or even your pocket. Although the Arizer Solo vaporizer was only released in July 2011, I can easily say it is one of the best performing portable vaporizers today.

  • Omerta

    Hey guys how’s it going?

    I’m ust trying to decide whether buy the solo or the iolite wispr, just wondering what would ye’re recommendation be? i cant decide as both seem like good options!

    cheers

    • vaporizerblogger

      Hi Omerta, thanks for taking the time to ask a question.

      The Solo is handy for both at-home use and when your away. But it is not that handy for stealthy vaping and with the glass parts it’s a bit more work to set it up. Sure you can disguise it in something like a cup, but it isn’t a pocket vaporizer. The WISPR on the other hand is more stealthy. However you’d need big pockets to call it a true pocket vaporizer. The Solo does have a better vape quality and taste near the end of the bowl then the WISPR does. Taste wise the Solo will give you more of an enjoyable vape experience. The WISPR is aimed more for on the go vaping when you want to be able to place it out of sight when needed.

      Hope this helps in answering your question.

  • Joe

    Great review!  I have a question about the way it handles temperature control, if you know.  Given that the flow of air over the herb will be metered by how slow or fast the patient draws air through the tube, is there any “magic” taking place inside the device to raise or lower the temperature accordingly?  If not, is it safe to assume the following: to achieve a specific temperature baseline of air hitting the herb, a faster draw should employer a setting a little higher that the baseline, and vice-versa for a slower draw?

    Thanks!

    • vaporizerblogger

      Hi Joe, I’m glad you liked the Solo review. You have an excellent question. One that would require a scientific setup to answer exactly I’m afraid. Let’s look at it from another standpoint. Do you think you have the power in your lungs to draw at a rate that lowers the temp in the Solo significantly? As we have discovered with all vaporizers that we review is that it is a matter of testing what works best for you. I mean theoretically what you say sounds very solid. I found that trying different settings and temps out gives the best answer. A vaporizer is personal device and after a while you will find the best way to use it. One great benefit of the Solo is that it allows you to set a different temperature. Whereas other portables don’t have this feature. If you do decide to test it out, I’d recommend starting with lower temperatures and working your way up. The other way around would mean you bake your herbs, which isn’t really what vaporizing is about.

  • Roberto

    Great site, really appreciate all the info and professionalism!

    I’ll be purchasing a vaporizer for the first time fairly soon, and portability is a priority for me. So far I’m pretty much sold on the Solo (mainly because of the battery life + the freedom to choose between different temperature settings).

    I was just about ready to place my order when I came across a product that made me reconsider. It’s a new vaporizer called “Pax” (by a company named Ploom) which looks a bit like an e-cigarette but wider and with the option of three temperature settings. I read a review that compared it very, very favorably to the Solo, but I also read elsewhere that those reviewers are in fact the very same people that sell them, although I’m not sure if that’s true. In any case, since Pax is scheduled for release to the general public on August 1st, I can’t find any other potentially unbiased user-made reviews or videos, which kinda sucks because now I feel like I should wait until it’s released before I can make an informed decision between the two.

    I know you guys probably don’t have access to the product itself just yet, but I was wondering if you had any preliminary thoughts on Pax vs. Solo?

    • vaporizerblogger

      Hi Roberto! Thanks for the compliments. I appreciate that you took the time to ask this question.

      As a matter of fact we will be reviewing the Pax vaporizer by Ploom very soon. I don’t have an exact ETA but we are doing our best to get it out as soon as possible. Hopefully around the end of this month. So if you can’t decide between the Solo vs the Pax you could wait for our review.

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    • vaporizerblogger

      Hi Roberto! Thanks for the compliments. I appreciate that you took the time to ask this question.

      As a matter of fact we will be reviewing the Pax vaporizer by Ploom very soon. I don’t have an exact ETA but we are doing our best to get it out as soon as possible. Hopefully around the end of this month. So if you can’t decide between the Solo vs the Pax you could wait for our review.

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  • Papashka

    I have a question. I am a life long smoker. I mean over 25 years. recently I decided to ditch inhaling the burned paper, what is actually bad for the lungs. Tried to switch to iolite. it is like changing a woman to a masturbation. both of them are good. but there is a difference. Please let me know if this device is able to get as much as I used to have inside of me.

    • vaporizerblogger

      Hello Papashka! That is a cool name. You are using quite a unique metaphor for comparing smoking with paper to a vaporizer. The Solo is a very good portable vaporizer. To be able to adjust the temperature is really useful for getting the most of your herb. The only downside that I think it has are the glass parts. I am a bit clumsy that’s why. Other members of our Vape Busters team are totally happy with it. Like I mentioned in another comment, we will be reviewing the Plax vaporizer soon. I myself am very curious how it stacks up to the Arizer Solo and the Iolite Wispr. So if you have the time to wait for our review, then I would do that. Did I answer your question? Let me know if you need more info.

    • vaporizerblogger

      Hello Papashka! That is a cool name. You are using quite a unique metaphor for comparing smoking with paper to a vaporizer. The Solo is a very good portable vaporizer. To be able to adjust the temperature is really useful for getting the most of your herb. The only downside that I think it has are the glass parts. I am a bit clumsy that’s why. Other members of our Vape Busters team are totally happy with it. Like I mentioned in another comment, we will be reviewing the Plax vaporizer soon. I myself am very curious how it stacks up to the Arizer Solo and the Iolite Wispr. So if you have the time to wait for our review, then I would do that. Did I answer your question? Let me know if you need more info.

  • Papashka

    I have a question. I am a life long smoker. I mean over 25 years. recently I decided to ditch inhaling the burned paper, what is actually bad for the lungs. Tried to switch to iolite. it is like changing a woman to a masturbation. both of them are good. but there is a difference. Please let me know if this device is able to get as much as I used to have inside of me.

  • turk

    …hello Janet, please inform as to when we can receive that plax review..we await your reply

  • Mike

    Hi,
    it would be really nice if you can give me an advice. I´m a little despaired because i can´t ge a conclusion here at the moment….
    I really want to buy a vaporizer. The most important criteria is, that it produces real vape and no smoke. Secondary I would prefer a portable one.
    My first choice would be the pax but i´m from Germany and as far as i know the pax isn´t available in europe. So the 2 vapes which i´m interested in are the Solo and the DaVinci, but i ´m not sure which one i should choose. The advantage of the daVinci is that it can be used with concentrate, too. But in most reviews the solo has a better rating….
    What do you think ? Or do might have another alternative ?

    And i´ve got another (basic) question, too. When I vape inside, does the smell really go away after some time, or is as if you were smoking (the smell remains in the flat)

    P.S. Thank you for your Atmos Raw review it saved me from buying an big expensive elctronic cigarette… =)

    • http://www.vaporizerblog.com/ Janet Fox

      Hi Mike, Thanks for you question. I think the Solo is an excellent choice for a portable vaporizer. It has a solid track record for use with herbs and works very well. Only negative is the glass parts which can break, but in my opinion that is the only downside. Very important with all the Arizer vapes is that you buy it from an authorized re-seller like Vapeworld or Vaposhop for Europe in your case. This will be for your warranty. If you really want to be able to also use solids then the Solo might not be the best choice for you. I think this is where you have to make a choice for your self.

      Regarding the smell you should know that smoke and vapor are totally different. Where smoke will get in your curtains or clothes, vapor doesn’t behave the same way. I’m not a scientist so that is the best way I can explain it. Of course in time smell will come from your vaporizer if you let resin build up inside or in the air paths. Therefore you should always clean your vaporizer properly for both optimal vaping pleasure and not having it smell. The smell of vapor is totally different from smoke. We like to compare it to a popcorn smell. Nothing like when you would be burning it.

      I hope this helps. If not please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer.

  • Joey

    I posted a comment once already and it seems the site ate my question so I’ll try again before giving up on this site.

    I recently had dental surgery so I am in need of a real vaporizer. I’ve heard some portable vapes don’t fully vape and so they are more like e-smokers.

    I’ve never bought a vape before I don’t know. But does the solo fully vape? I can’t stain or infect my teeth and I’m tired of having plant matter in my lungs. So I’m narrowing down my choices for portable vapes and this is my top pick right now.

    So my question is does this fully vape? If not, what is another good portable vaporizer that’ll fully vape and be partial vape plus smoke?

    Thank you and hope to hear from someone soon. :)

  • HKG

    now that the pax has been out for some time, which would you say is better between it and the solo. which has better vapor quality (strength) and bigger clouds? plus which has a better long term durability. pax seems to be breaking down on a lot of people and i havent heard of any issues with the solo other than the glass stem.

    • http://www.vaporizerblog.com/ Janet Fox

      Agreed that the Solo is one solid manufactured piece of kit. It is indeed a very good vaporizer. Like you mention its only downside are the glass parts. Kind of difficult to carry around in your pocket goind to concerts etc. Solo is great to have in your car or perhaps in and around the house. A lot of vape veterans have both actually. Pax doesn’t have this problem and it looks nice.. A bit high maintenance with the regular cleaning and all but the usability is worth it in my personal opinion.

  • Ira Mobileman

    So I just got my first vaporizer – The Arizer Solo. My friend has had his Arizer Solo for over a year now and it is still working as good as new. I think its also important to note that after a year of vaporizing innovations this vaporizer is still near the top of most lists you find online. This means a lot to me as I am a ‘buy once buy right’ kind of a guy. In looking for a vaporizer I wanted to make sure I was making one good investment in something that works well and that will last me a while. I made the right decision.

    This baby is fantastic! The vapor quality, is clean (thanks to its awesome glass stem) and its clouds are dense and pure (thanks to its supreme temperature control). Many others have complained because it can take about 10-15 seconds to draw on this piece, however, the wait is definitely worth it. Again, this guy produces a large amount of vapor.

    Let’s get back to the temperature control, this is huge for me. I really want to ensure that I am vaporizing and not smoking. Some vaporizers that lack temperature control get too hot and burn herbs. The temperature control on this device is precise and allows me to avoid this and ensure that I am getting the best vape possible.

    Although it’s a little bit bulky, heavy and fragile, it is still convenient/light enough to toss in a bag and bring anywhere. Its convenient for those nights when you are at home and when don’t want to deal with cords, but its also small enough to bring out on bike rides/camping trips!

    • http://www.vaporizerblog.com/ Janet Fox

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us.. The Solo is very good and does the job well.