ArizerTech was very busy in 2017 releasing new upgraded versions of the original classic Solo vaporizer and the newer but still older Air vaporizer.
This Arizer Air 2 vaporizer review will break down the differences between a couple different Arizer portable vaporizer models (Solo, Air) and help you decide which one will work best for you.
The Air II is a portable hybrid vaporizer meaning that it utilizes both convection and conduction heating. It features an upgraded replaceable battery system, full temp spectrum with on vape display, and improved air flow over the original AIR vaporizer.
Much like the entire Arizer portable vaporizer lineup, the Air 2 vaporizer feels very solid in the hands and offers one of the best session experiences on the market. It’s small enough to pocket for use out on the go and even comes with a nice carrying case for the stems.
L to R: Air 2, OG Air, Solo 2, OG Solo.
The Arizer Air 2 is the perfect vaporizer for someone wanting full control of their sessions, great taste, and replaceable batteries with the option to take it on the go.
The arizer air 2 retails for $229.99 and I recommend picking it up from a recommended authorized retailer such as PlanetoftheVapes or Vapeworld. Both will run specials and offer discounts periodically.
Read on below to get my full Arizer Air 2 vaporizer review.
What’s Included + Accessories/Add-Ons to Buy
- Arizer Air 2
- 18650 3200mah Replaceable/Rechargeable battery
- 70mm Glass Stem
- 70mm Tipped Glass Stem
- USB Charger/Power Adapter
- Glass Aroma Dish
- 2 x Silicone Stem Caps
- Stainless Steel Stirring Tool
- 4 x Screens
- Belt-Clip Carrying Case
- Owner’s Manual
This is a ton of accessories and pretty much everything you will need to use your Air 2. I do recommend picking up the PVHEGong (PlanetVapes.ca High Efficiency Glass on Glass) adapter. This will make it easy to hook up to your current glass rigs. If you don’t have any glass I recommend picking up something like the d020-d glass bubbler.
I also recommend picking up an extra battery or two and last but not least, an external charger. I prefer the nitecore i2 external charger which you can find on amazon.
Again, all of the accessories that you need to operate the Air 2 are included and you don’t need to pick up anything extra. But these suggestions will take your sessions to the next level.
Arizer Air 2 Key Features
- Full Temp Spectrum
- On-Vape Temp Display + Controls
- Upgraded Battery
- Improved Air Flow
- Micro USB
Honestly the biggest improvement, while being pretty small, is the Micro USB charging. You no longer need the proprietary charger from the Air. You can use any Micro USB charging cable to charge it!
The upgraded battery offers a 25% improvement over the original Air. Charging is not much faster which is why I recommend picking up the Nitecore i2 so you can charge multiple batteries in about half the time.
It’s also nice to have the extra control over your sessions with the added full temp spectrum. With the original Air, you only get 5 preset temps. Different strains produce different results and sometimes require different temps to get the best results so it’s nice to be able to fine tune the temps if needed.
Last but not least is the improved air flow. My biggest complaint other than the semi lack of portability (glass mouthpiece) has been the draw resistance. The new Air 2 has improved it by a good amount and I instantly noticed a difference between the two units.
Air 2 Size, Weight, Feel and Design
Overall the unit is fairly portable. The glass stem is the only part that doesn’t do well out on the go. The unit is light weight, easy to pocket and extremely durable. It stands 4 1/2 inches tall (~7 inches tall with the mouthpiece), weighs roughly 126 grams and and the included carrying case can hold extra stems for use on the go.
Battery Info, Charging Times, Average battery life, Charging Options
The Air 2 vaporizer comes with a rechargeable/replaceable 3200 mah 18650. I recommend pick up an extra or two if you’ll be using it for longer periods on the go. You can also pick up a battery pack for use on the go.
I’ve been averaging about 80 minutes of use on a single charge and takes roughly 2 hours to completely charge within the unit from dead. You can pick up an external battery charger which will cut the charging time in half. You can also charge multiple batteries at once.
Heating System and Vapor Path
The Arizer Air 2 uses a hybrid heating system but leans more towards the conduction side of things. If you were to leave the Air 2 on without drawing from it, your herbs will still be vaping. Whereas something like the Firefly 2 is a pure convection portable vaporizer and will only heat the herbs as you are drawing from the unit.
Vapor Quality and Usage Tips
Vapor Quality: The Arizer Air 2 offers exceptional vapor quality. The taste is phenomenal and the cool temps make it super easy to draw from. I’ve always enjoyed the vapor quality out of the Arizer models with the only downside being the draw resistance but now they have addressed that as well. I can instantly notice the difference in draw resistance between the original Air and the Air 2.
The other part that helps with the vapor quality of the Air 2 is the full temp spectrum. I have much more control over my sessions and can pick a precise temp for different strains. I also like to step up temps in five degree increments which I can’t do with the OG Air.
Usage Tips: First and foremost, make sure that you add the screen to the mouthpiece. If you don’t, expect all kinds of tiny little treats as you’re drawing from the stem.
Next, make sure that you don’t over pack the chamber and an average grind works the best IMO. A fine grind will clog up the screen faster, produce more draw resistance and add more cleaning.
Finishing the chamber in a single session and emptying the chamber out immediately will drastically reduce your cleaning. Leaving herbs in the chamber after a session will cause the finer materials to collect on the screen increasing draw resistance and the frequency of cleaning.
Last but not least, picking up an extra battery and an external charger will make sure that you always have a fully charged battery ready to go.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Overall Cleaning: The cleaning and maintenance is pretty straight forward and be sure to follow my tips from the previous section to cut down on the overall cleaning needed.
Once your stem and screen have become clogged, you can just toss the entire setup into a jar of ISO. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse with warm water. It does make it easier to clean the screen and the mouthpiece as a whole if you remove the screen first.
Then take a q-tip with a small amount of ISO on it, turn the vaporizer upside down, and swab out the heating element. Be sure to only use a small amount so none of the liquid drops down into the unit.
Once everything is dry, throw the screen back into the stem and you’re ready to go. Pretty easy overall.
Cleaning Frequency: I’d say I need to clean my unit after about 15 or so sessions. You can definitely go longer but you will notice a big increase in draw resistance. You can also clean it earlier and sometimes I do just to get a cleaner taste with more air flow.
Portable Vaporizer Comparisons
L to R: Air 2, Pax 3, Solo 2, Firefly 2, Mighty, Grasshopper, Davinci IQ.
The Air 2 is a great vaporizer and could very easily be the only vape that you would need to satisfy your use on the go and at home. But there are a few vaporizers that do it better in certain categories.
For instance, if you didn’t care so much about the portability of a unit but wanted the absolute best battery life, I would check out the Solo 2 or the Mighty. Or if you wanted the most portable unit without sacrificing a replaceable battery system or full temp spectrum, I would check out the Pax 3, the Davinci IQ or the new Arizer ArGo (review coming soon).
If you wanted the absolute best vapor quality you can get out of a portable vaporizer, I would check out my Firefly 2 review. I do think that the Arizer 2 is a good purchase over the OG Air. Increased airflow, full temp spectrum and the universal micro USB are great upgrades. But I don’t think it’s quite worth to upgrade if you already have the OG Air. I would rather go with the ArGo in this case.
The Arizer ArGo is much more portable and offers pretty much the same experience as the Air 2/Solo 2. Check out the ArGo here.
Summary: Who should Buy + Warranty Info
Last but not lease, the Air 2 comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.
I recommend picking up the Air 2 from my recommend authorized Arizer distributor here. Let me know if you have any questions about the Air ii or any other vaporizer by leaving a comment below or hitting me up on my contact page.
Thanks for taking the time to read my Arizer Air 2 vaporizer review and have a great day!
Overall the Air 2 is a big improvement over the OG Air but I would also consider looking at the super portable Arizer ArGo first. If portability isn't the biggest priority then I would go with the Solo 2 and the 3+ hour average battery life.