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Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer Review


The Solo 2 is a portable hybrid vaporizer made by Arizer vaporizers. This is the third portable vaporizer made by Arizer with the first being the OG Solo and the second being the Air. They also make the Extreme-Q desktop vaporizer.

The Solo models are not necessarily known for ultimate portability but rather very impressive battery life and great vapor quality. I’ve been averaging close to three hours of battery life on a full charge with the Solo 2 which is absolutely insane! That’s literally 15-20 sessions without needing to charge the battery.

It heats up in less than 20 seconds, comes with an on vape digital display and offers a full temp spectrum. Only downside is the overall size and weight of the unit. It is pocketable but I’m not a big fan of carrying around a glass stem with me on the go especially if I’m out mountain biking or skiing.

Basically if you need a vaporizer with the best battery life (no questions asked) currently available on the market, you want the Solo 2. The Solo 2 retails for $249 but you can click here to pick one up from my recommend authorized retailer a bit cheaper. Read on below to get my full Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer review.

Solo 2 Size, Portability, and Build Quality


Arizer Solo 2 vs OG Solo
Size: The overall size is the least appealing feature of the Solo 2. While it can be pocketed, I’d much rather use it at home out on the deck or chilling watching a movie. It is slimmer than the OG Solo but actually weighs more overall. The slimmer body feels MUCH better in the pocket.

Portability: I consider the OG Solo and the new SOLO 2 home use type vaporizers. Meaning they are better suited for carrying room to room or hanging out in the yard grilling. They CAN be pocketed for use on the go but not only do you have a 210 gram hunk of metal in your pocket, you’re also carrying around a glass stem.

Now don’t get me wrong, it can be done and it’s a great vaporizer to take on a hike through the woods. But it’s not the best if you plan on doing anything a little more aggressive like biking, skiing, skating, etc… Falling with the glass stem in your pocket doesn’t sound like fun.

Build Quality: The one thing that seems will never change with Arizer products is the overall quality and craftsmanship of their products.

The Arizer vaporizers are built like tanks! I’ve literally seen a picture of a dude that ran over his OG Solo with his car and the unit still worked.

Everything fits together nicely. The display is very bright, easy to read and can be dimmed if needed. The buttons feel nice and very responsive. It’s just a quality made vaporizer from a quality company.

The outer shell is a brushed finish and seems fairly resistant to scratches. Really the only thing that you’ll ever have to worry about breaking is the glass stem. Luckily it does come with two and they are fairly inexpensive if you need an extra or two.

Display: Powered on the device will show the current temp, pre-set temp and your current battery life. The menu lets you change the audio (off, low, medium, high), the session length timer, Farhenheit or celcius, display brightness (low, medium, high), and the time needed to power on the device (4, 6, 8 seconds).

Arizer Solo II Accessories


Arizer Solo 2 accessories

With the Solo 2 you get two mouthpieces (with silicone caps), one short and one long. You also get a potpourri dish, and external DC wall charger and a slick little carrying case.  Lastly, you get some cleaning tools, extra screens and the Solo 2 itself.

Heating Specs and Temp Options


  • Full temp spectrum 122F – 428F
  • Fast heat up ~20 seconds to 400. First couple hits are weaker until the bowl becomes a bit more heat soaked.
  • Hold the top button and menu button simultaneously to turn on the solo 2.
  • The unit does NOT automatically begin heating when powered on. Need to press the up arrow to begin heating the bowl.
  • Session timer is set to 10 minutes by default. You can change it to anything between 5-15 minutes. I recommend setting it to 7-8 minutes to save battery life and herb if you forget that it’s running.

Vapor Quality, Draw Resistance, and Usage Tips


Vapor Quality: Arizer vaporizers are known for superior taste with smooth, cool vapor. The Solo 2 is no different. They have used the most powerful heater yet in the Solo 2 and I feel like the overall consistency is much better because of that. I can also get HUGE clouds quicker with this unit. The OG Solo and the Air will definitely push out huge clouds as well but it takes a bit more time to get there.

Draw Resistance: Not only is the heater more powerful, but they also decreased the overall draw resistance meaning that it’s easier to draw from. I’d say the overall draw resistance is down about 25% from the OG solo. The main thing that will increase draw resistance is letting debris collect on the screen in the stem. Make sure and brush out the bowl immediately after a session when possible to keep down on cleaning and draw resistance.

Usage Tips: First and foremost, the Solo 2 will need a medium coarse grind for the best results. A fine grind will produce the thickest clouds but you’re more likely to get treats. Finer materials will also clog up the screen faster which increases draw resistance and routine maintenance. I prefer to use my Space Grinder or the Santa Cruz Shredder for best results.

The other tip I have for the Solo 2 is to slow down your draw until you feel barely any resistance. Think of it like sipping through a thick milkshake.

Lastly, if you’re trying to save herb for another session or keep down on the smell, I recommend turning off the unit towards the end of your session and continuing to take a couple rips until the unit cools down. This will help get the most out of your herbs and also save a bit of battery life.

Cleaning and Maintenance


Cleaning: The biggest issue with the Arizer products in general is the screen in the stems. Materials will collect in the screen if you don’t brush out the chamber after every session. This will increase draw resistance and decrease overall enjoyment. The unit itself requires practically zero cleaning or maintenance.

Maintenance: There’s really no way that you can completely avoid getting materials in the screens. However, you can slow down the process by emptying the chamber out immediately after a session and brushing out any materials leftover. You can change screens frequently to avoid the problem all together OR just remove the screen and let it sit in some ISO. Rinse it off with some warm water and let it completely dry before throwing it back in the chamber.

Solo 2 Battery Information


Avg Battery Life: I’ve been averaging about 2 hours and 50 minutes of battery life on a full charge which is insane. Granted, the Solo 2 is definitely bigger and heavier than most other portables but you CAN still pocket it for use on the go. I was able to get about 17 sessions on average before the battery died.

Avg Charging Times: I’ve been averaging exactly the same charge times at 2 hours and 50 minutes. So it’s safe to say about three hours of use to three hours of charging.

Charging Options: The Solo 2 charges via an external DC wall charger. It does have pass through charging but it needs to charge for 5-10 minutes before starting a session. It will not operate if the battery is completely dead.

Comparisons


Arizer Air and OG Solo: The biggest differences between the new Solo 2 and the older units are a full temp spectrum, much faster heat up times, a more powerful heater and a digital display. It’s basically a beefier, more “high-tech” version of the OG Solo. The biggest differences performance wise are about a 25% reduction in draw resistance and the unit does heat up much faster.

L to R: Solo 2, OG Solo Vaporizer, Arizer Air

The new upgrades have the Solo 2 competing with some of the best vaporizers on the market. I would still go for the Air if you want a more portable option and replaceable batteries. You don’t get the full temp spectrum and digital display, but you still get the same smooth consistent sessions with great taste in a fraction of the size.

They have also dropped the price on the OG Solo and I still think it’s a very good option if you don’t mind the overall size. Once again, same consistency with your sessions and same great taste but you WILL feel the increased draw resistance on the older Solo and Air models.

Mighty Vaporizer ReviewMighty: If the only factor that you care about is overall battery life per full charge, the Solo 2 has the Mighty by about 10-12 sessions. That’s about 90 minutes more use on a full charge. BUT I prefer the Mighty in almost all other categories including overall portability, cleaning and maintenance, ease of use, and overall enjoyment of use.

I’ve been using my Mighty vaporizer pretty much daily for almost three years now. You just can’t beat how easy the Mighty is to own and operate. You get the same features (full display, full temp spectrum) but the heat up time is about 60 seconds instead of 20 on the Solo 2. You also lose about half the battery life. But on the flip side, the Mighty will fully charge from dead in 90 minutes instead of 180 on the Solo 2. Both units have pass-through charging and both units require a small amount of charge in order to use.

Between these two, I would 100% pick the Mighty every time. However, I highly highly doubt you will be disappointed with either choice.

Davinci IQ Vaporizer ReviewDavinci IQ: I added the IQ here because it’s one of the only conduction vaporizers to rival the taste and smoothness offered in both the Solo 2 and Mighty. It’s also WAYYYY more portable. So if you’re looking for a solid session style vaporizer that’s a little more pocket friendly, I would check out the Davinci IQ.

You get a full temp spectrum, replaceable batteries, tons of customization via the Davinci Smartphone app and a 10 year warranty.

Solo 2 Review Summary


The upgrades to the Solo 2 are exactly what was needed. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s not a game changer by any means nor is it really truly portable. But the Solo 2 offers one of the best session style experiences (along with the Mighty) that you can currently get out of a portable vaporizer. It’s reliable, durable and produces consistent results.

I used the OG Solo exclusively back in the day for about a year and it was my all time favorite. Arizer took everything that I love about the OG, added in some much needed improvements, and hit a home run with the Solo 2. Click here to pick it up from my recommended authorized Arizer dealer.

Thanks for checking out my Arizer Solo 2 vaporizer review and be sure to leave any comments or questions down below.

Arizer Solo 2 on a Post

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Overall Score
Arizer Solo 2 Vaporizer Review

What will you get with the new Solo 2? Superior taste, temp and smoothness. Amazing battery life and consistent sessions. What don't you get? Portability. The Solo 2 weighs 210 grams and comes with a glass stem for a mouthpiece. It can be used on the go but there are better options if portability is your main concern.

8 Comments

  • Adam says: June 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    The Solo 1 was my first portable. I loved it, and it was very low maintenance. Load the stem (no spillage in vape or outside it), set your temp and wait. Cleaning was almost non-existent, as you would only need to make stem milk every once in a while.

    I’m curious as to why you prefer the Mighty over the Solo 2. I understand portability (glass vs. not), but in every category you mentioned, the Solo 2 seems to win out. How is the Mighty, with all it’s o-rings, plastic-fastened parts, and cooling unit, easier to clean and maintain than the Solo 2? “Ease of use” seems to go to the Solo as well, since you don’t need a “loading tool” to load without spilling, and they both have full temp spectrum. Overall enjoyment of use seems super subjective, why is the Mighty “more enjoyable”?

    I have not used the Solo 2, so I came looking for a comparison to the session vape I had (the Mighty). Do you think there is some bias in the comparison you made because of how frequently you have used the Mighty? Because on paper, it sounds like the Solo 2 should be the clear winner. If not, maybe you could go more in depth about that to clear these things up.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 20, 2017 at 10:36 am

      I love the OG Solo as well but it’s just not on the same page as the Mighty, nor is the Solo 2. Althoough the Solo 2 is an improvement over the OG solo, it’s still more draw resistance, heavier, less portable, and requires more maintenance when compared to the Mighty. When I’m out with vapes, I’m usually hiking, mountain biking, or skiing. I don’t want a glass stem in my pocket while I’m doing activities like that. Shit even skate boarding or long boarding.

      I don’t consider the Solo 2 easier to clean. I challenge you to go more than 3-4 days of daily vaping without having to clean the screens in the stems and if you don’t use screens, you get treats. I can literally go months with ZERO maintenance on the Mighty. I have never needed a “loading tool” to load herb in the mighty. I just have a doob tube that dumps herb right into the chamber with no problems. To me, loading the stem is much more difficult and still requires some technique/grind requirements to get the best results. With the Mighty, you literally just throw in any amount of herb, grinded up or not and it will always work.

      So the big ones for me are consistency, lack of routine maintenance, more portable/lighter/easier to pocket, better vapor quality, less draw resistance and faster charging. I do enjoy using the Arizer products but I 100% prefer the Mighty over the Solo 2.

      Here is my exact text from the review on the Mighty vs SOlo 2: “Mighty: If the only factor that you care about is overall battery life per full charge, the Solo 2 has the Mighty by about 10-12 sessions. That’s about 90 minutes more use on a full charge. BUT I prefer the Mighty in almost all other categories including overall portability, cleaning and maintenance, ease of use, and overall enjoyment of use.
      I’ve been using my Mighty vaporizer pretty much daily for almost three years now. You just can’t beat how easy the Mighty is to own and operate. You get the same features (full display, full temp spectrum) but the heat up time is about 60 seconds instead of 20 on the Solo 2. You also lose about half the battery life. But on the flip side, the Mighty will fully charge from dead in 90 minutes instead of 180 on the Solo 2. Both units have pass-through charging and both units require a small amount of charge in order to use.”

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  • Volker says: June 9, 2017 at 12:37 am

    Very nice, that You are satisfied with the Mighty – I’m not. As a medical user I bought the Solo three years ago and I’m using it every day. Two years ago I bought the Mighty and was never satisfied. I’m using it mainly for my insomnia and the Mighty failed. I’m using the Solo in this way: First session on 3, cooling down, remove the material on a plate and grind it with a spoon or similar item, back in the Solo, next Session on 4, at the end on 5, sometimes, depending on the material, there’s nearly a complete session on 5 after the 4. Maybe cause of this the material is degrading faster and there is more CBD and CBN? Nevertheless, tried the same temperatures and Sessions with the Mighty – forget it. A year agoe I thougt I’ve got the explanation: Efficiency of the Solo above 80% and the Mighty? Nearly 50% http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0147286 The Mighty is not in this study, but take a look in the manual of the Mighty-Medic, there it is written, nearly 50%. So You will need 60% more material to get the same output. I tried the Mighty with more material – the same effect – Solo works better. Also the Auto-shut-off of the Mighty sucks. And the cleaning of the Solo? Easier – got a bundle of mouthpieces, after I used it once or twice I store it in a jar filled with ISO for a day or two (a bundle of stems!), I take it out, rub it inside with a kitchen-tissue – ready. And the Mighty? Take a look in the manual! By the way, the Solo is much more comfortable, You can easily prepare some stems for the day or the evening, no need to fundle around between the sessions, remove the old stem, put in the prepared one and of it goes again. By the way – the Mighty is a german product, well build, will be good for some people, but not for everyone – also not for some germans – like me.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 20, 2017 at 10:20 am

      They are not using the Mighty in that study. They are using the Storz and Bickel Plenty which is an absolute HERB HOG. It’s by far the most wasteful hand held vaporizer that I’ve tested. Hands down. The Volcano Medic is the medical version of the Volcano Desktop vaporizer made by storz and bickel. As far as I can tell, the Mighty is not mentioned anywhere in that study. The mighty is a fantastic vaporizer and IMO still better than the Solo 2. The Solo 2 is nice but it’s just a high tech OG SOLO. I mean seriously. They added a better heater, a display, buttons, and charged $80 more.

      The majority of vaporizer users will not be pulling herb out of the stem, stirring, and throwing it back in multiple times during a session. They will load the amount they want to vape and vape the entire chamber in one session. I could extract herb MUCH better with ANY vaporizer if I pulled out the herb, re-grinded it and re-packed after every couple hits. It’s a very good method but I would guess that most people don’t do it that way.

      No only is the mighty more consistent, it’s more portable, it’s easier to load and use, and I can go literally months without having to clean it. I challenge you to go more than 4 days of daily vaping without having to clean the stems on the Solo, AIR or Solo 2. Most other people don’t have multiple stems either. They will have the stems that come with the unit and that’s if they don’t accidentally break one because they are pure glass.

      I definitely appreciate your comment and I’m sorry you didn’t like the Mighty. You’ve had your solo for multiple years now and you have a system set up that works for you. But if you were to give a completely new vaporist the Mighty or the Solo 2, I would bet the majority would favor the Mighty for it’s simplicity, lack of maintenance, and the free flowing draw. Just my 2 cents and my opinions. Thanks again for your comment.

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  • Volker says: June 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

    As I wrote, the Mighty IS NOT in the study! But the Volcano, and the effeciency the found for the Volcano matches nearly exactly the efficiency whitch is written in the manual of the Volcano Medic https://www.vapormed.com/media/pdf/Volcano_Medic_Vaporizer_Manual_Instructions.pdf

    Cause of the fact, that the efficiency in this study is nearly the efficiency written in the manual for the Volcano Medic, You can count on, that the efficiency whitch Storz und Bickel declares in the manual of the Mighty Medic is correct https://www.vapormed.com/media/root/pdf/mm-gebrauchsanweisung-en.pdf

    And the efficiency of the Mighty is definitely only 50% at 210°c – by the way, a certified product for the medication with cannabis in germany. And believe me or not – to get a certificate for a medical device in germany is not easy – so the efficiency written there is correct, cause the manual is a part of the medical certification!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 20, 2017 at 11:14 am

      I can’t see the charts for the Mighty Medic and is not listed in that study (as you stated). It would be nice to see the study of the Mighty Medic and then I could make a more informed decision. Rather than just assuming you’re right. Even so, you’re comparing apples to oranges. Vaporization as whole is much more efficient at extracting materials from the plant. If you were to smoke a joint, the efficiency is 4.5-18.6% and ingesting is roughly 20%. So you’re getting (MAYBE) over 50% with the Mighty medic and over 60% with the Arizer Solo. That’s the other part, this is for the OG Solo. Not the Solo 2.

      Straight from the study: Devices such as Volcano Medic® and Plenty Vaporizer® providing rather cold vapor for a mild, less airways-irritating inhalation revealed a smaller recovery of cannabinoids in the vapor compared to Arizer Solo®. However, this device, designed to release a maximum amount of cannabinoids into the vapor and lacking a cooling tube, produces a rather hot vapor, which may be less tolerated by patients.

      The efficiency is just one grading category to look at. I have to take the entire vaporizer and grade it on many different categories. It could be the most efficient portable vaporizer in the world but if it weighs 300 grams, won’t fit in my pocket and requires a glass stem… how portable is it really? and that’s just one grading category again. I’m looking forward to more and more studies coming out as more and more states legalize.

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  • Volker says: June 20, 2017 at 10:53 am

    A little bit about my type of vaping. Correct mostly users do it in this way or in that way, depending on the effect they need. Believe me or not, I tested the Solo with every thinkable procedure since 2014 and the only way it works for my insomnia i’ve written. Maybe cause of my vaping-procedure the material us overcooked, maybe cause of this there is more CBN during the second session cause of degradation? That’s a question for scientists, most important for me, as medical user it works!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 20, 2017 at 11:15 am

      I would wager that the temp you vape at and the strain of herb you are using will have more to do with it than the vaporizer itself.

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