Arizer ArGo Vaporizer Review

The Arizer ArGo is a portable conduction/convection hybrid vaporizer. It’s made by the Canadian company Arizer Tech which also makes the Arizer Air, Air 2, Solo, Solo 2 and the Extreme-Q desktop vaporizer.

The ArGo Vaporizer is extremely compact, features a replaceable battery system and offers a full temp spectrum.

The only downsides are the short vapor path creates some warmer temps and the draw resistance ramps up after a few sessions if you don’t clean it out.

After a couple months of testing, I can honestly say that this is one of the best portable vaporizers to be released in the last couple years. It has basically everything you could want in a vaporizer with only minor downsides.

This is also one of the vaporizers that I’ve been using most while out hiking, biking or anything that requires me to pocket the device. The ArGo is priced in the medium to high price range for portables but I think you’ll find that it’s worth every penny.

I recommend picking up the ArGo from Planet of the Vapes or Vapeworld. Both will run sales pretty frequently to be sure to check both out. Read on below to check out my full Arizer ArGo vaporizer review.

Arizer ArGo Size, Portability and Build Quality

Arizer Portable Vaporizer Lineup 2018

Size and Portability – If you’ve read a few of my reviews you know that I put a pretty big value on the overall size of the device. I’m usually outside with these vapes hiking, biking, skiing etc… So for me, it’s really important to be able to easily pocket the vaporizer and conceal for discretion.

Arizer ArGo Portable Vaporizer ReviewThe Arizer ArGo is one of the MOST portable vaporizers that I have ever tested. I can literally palm it for discretion and the new design allows the mouthpiece to be completely concealed for on the go use. With all of the older Arizer units, they were too tall to fit comfortably in my pockets on the go which has been fixed with the ArGo. Overall it’s not quite as light as the Pax 3 (93 grams) but at 135 grams it’s still one of the lighter portables and it’s not going to weigh you down by any means.

Build Quality – The build quality on all Arizer vaporizers is outstanding. They are built like tanks, and they have one of the best long-term track records for reliability. The outer shell is smooth and feels great in the hands. The display is nothing special but works well and all the buttons provide good feedback. The battery is easy to get to and replace and the ArGo comes with a two-year manufacturer warranty for a little extra piece of mind.

The one consistent downside on all the previous models was the long exposed glass stems. That didn’t work out too well with my outdoor activities and definitely not the best for throwing in your pocket. Now the stem can be completely concealed which protects it and makes it much more pocketable. This change really fits well with my usage and lifestyle so I am very happy about it.

Whats Included + Accessories and Add-Ons

Arizer ArGo Vaporizer Accessories

Included in the Box:

  • 1 X ArGo Portable Vaporizer
  • 1 X 18650 3.7V 3400mAh Replaceable/Rechargeable Battery
  • 2 X ArGo Glass Stems
  • 1 X USB Charger/Power Adapter
  • 1 X Belt-Clip Carrying Case
  • 2 X Silicone Stem Caps
  • 1 X Stirring Tool
  • 4 X Screens
  • 1 X Owners Manual

Extra AccessoriesEverything that you need to operate the ArGo is in the box and so far there are not too many third party accessories for it. The only thing right now that I recommend is picking up an extended stem if you want a longer vapor path for cooler vapor. But I would get it first and see how you like it. A longer stem is most useful if you really like to stick to the higher temps.

Arizer Go Heating, Vapor Path, Temp Options 

Heating – The Arizer GO uses a convection/conduction hybrid heating method. It’s basically the same as the Air 2 and the Solo 2. The heat up time (60 seconds) is a bit slower than I would prefer, especially if I’m trying to get in a quick session but it’s not bad in the scheme of things. Most portable vaporizers these days are in the 30-second pre-heat range and something like the Pax 3 will heat up in around 15-20 seconds.

Vapor Path – While the stems can be an annoyance at times, they are also great for smooth, flavorful rips. I also prefer the neutral taste and feel of glass stem over plastic which most other portables use.  I really enjoy the taste and vapor production from the Arizer units. Again, this unit (Arizer ArGo) may produce slightly warmer temps over the Air 2 and Solo 2 because of the shorter vapor path but you can pick up the extended mouthpiece if needed.

Temp Options – The ArGo vape offers a full temp range from 122F – 428F (50C – 220C) that is fully customizable. The temp buttons are located directly on the device and easy to change. The temp is also easy to read but unfortunately, this device does NOT come with haptic feedback which would have been a nice addition.

Chamber Info (bowl) and Draw Resistance (ArGo Vaporizer)

Chamber Info (Bowl Size)The ArGo chamber holds roughly .15 grams depending on your grind preference and packing style. I prefer a coarse grind and a full but very light pack (don’t press down on the herbs). I like to use a jyarz container and just dip the stem into the herbs so it fills the bowl. This makes it so you don’t need to stir. If you pack too tight stirring may be required and finer grinds will cause more frequent cleaning.

Draw Resistance – The important thing here is that you clean out the stem/chamber after a session. Use a brush and clean out the chamber while it’s still hot. If you allow the herbs to cool and settle on the screen it will increase your draw resistance with each bowl.

If you stay on top of the maintenance, the draw resistance isn’t bad. It’s not as free flowing as something like the Crafty or Mighty but I would say it’s fairly similar to the Pax 3.

Battery Info

Battery Specs – The ArGo vaporizer uses a replaceable/rechargeable 3.7v 3400mah 18650 sized battery.

Battery Life – Average battery life so far has been around 90 minutes which is usually around 7-8 bowls. Generally, this is more than enough battery life for outdoor adventures, trips to friends, festivals, concerts etc. However for something like a multi-day camping trip I would recommend packing an extra battery or two. The ArGo can also charge via USB and uses path-through charging so it works well with any external battery packs you might have.

Charging Times – Downside to the ArGo is the charge times. Roughly 3.5 hours to charge the device via USB with the battery in the unit. This is why I do recommend picking up an extra battery or two.  You can also get something like the Nitecore i2 external battery charger. The Nitecore i2 basically cuts the charge time in half and you can charge two batteries at one time.

Cleaning and Maintenance

As long as you stay on top of the cleaning this is a pretty easy vaporizer to maintain. Even if you let it go for a while you can always just throw the stem and screens into some ISO (isopropyl alcohol), let them sit for a bit and then rinse them off with warm water.

The downside of letting it go for longer periods is the draw resistance. Herbs can also collect down into the chamber without frequent cleaning. I prefer a lower draw resistance vape, so for me it’s worth staying on top of maintenance. If you are someone who does not care about draw resistance, you can completely neglect cleaning for very long periods of time with no adverse effects other than draw resistance.

Portable Vaporizer Comparisons (ArGo, Pax 3, Crafty)

Arizer ArGo vs Pax 3 Vaporizer Comparison

While the ArGo is awesome, and it is a better vape than the Pax 3 or the Crafty for a lot of people, there are some reasons that the Pax 3 or the Crafty might be a better choice.

Pax 3 – The Pax 3 complete kit comes with the options to use wax/dabs/concentrates so if you want to use concentrates the Pax has the edge here. The design is slimmer and lighter by over 40 grams. This is why the Pax 3 is my favorite vaporizer to bike with and I can completely palm it on trail runs.

The Pax 3 heats up around 3 times faster and offers fancy heating algorithms via the Pax vapor app. The Pax 3 charges fully from dead over an hour faster than the ArGo and it has longer battery life.  So if you don’t want to deal with replaceable batteries the Pax 3 might be a better fit.

Lastly, the Pax 3 vaporizer comes with a 10-year warranty instead of 2 years. The main downside to the Pax is that it’s purely conduction so the vapor quality is a notch below the ArGo and a couple below the Crafty.

Crafty – The Crafty is one of the most free-flowing portable vaporizers on the market. It has top-notch vapor quality above the Pax 3 and even the ArGo. It’s one of the easiest and most consistent vaporized to use, novices and experienced users will both appreciate this device.

The Pax 3 and ArGo have some pretty good draw resistance and that’s why I really appreciate the Crafty here. The downsides to the crafty are less battery life, and much slower heat up times.

Summary – Is the Arizer ArGo Vaporizer worth it?

The ArGo is really going to be a great vaporizer for the majority of the people reading this review. The only real downsides are the heat up times and the draw resistance.

I’ve really been wanting a more portable device out of Arizer since I reviewed the OG Solo back around 2014 and they truly delivered. I’m really impressed by this unit and I think you will be too.

I recommend picking up the ArGo from Planet of the Vapes or Vapeworld. Both are them are authorized Arizer distributors, they both have excellent customer service, fast shipping, and they sometimes run some pretty good specials.

If you have any questions about the Arizer ArGO, Air 2, Solo 2 or any other vaporizer, feel free to hit me up in the comments or shoot me an email over on my contact page.

Thank you for taking the time to read by Arizer ArGo vaporizer review and take it easy!

Skiing with the Arizer ArGo

Overall Score
Arizer ArGo Portable Vaporizer

The Arizer ArGo vaporizer is one of the best portable vaporizers to be released in the last couple of years. Pocketable, full-temp spectrum, replaceable batteries, on-vape display, good battery life, easy to use... the list goes on! The only real downsides are the draw resistance after a few sessions and the heat up time is around 60 seconds. Not the end of the world but most portables are around 30 seconds these days. I think this vaporizer is a perfect fit for the majority of the people reading this review.


  • Robin Muench says: August 5, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I have an arizer air and wanted to upgrade to the argo. I find the arizer air to be harsh and the flower tends to fall out of the glass mouthpiece. Any tips? How is the ArGo compaired to the Air?

    • Buzz Danklin says: August 21, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      I think it’s important to pack the chamber down just a small amount to help with the herbs falling out but overall I prefer the ArGo over the Air. Better airflow, quicker heat ups, full temp spectrum and much smaller/easier to pocket. I’ve been waiting for Arizer to come out with a smaller more pocketable unit and this is definitely the best one they’ve released in my opinion. The vapor is still hotter/harsher than a few other vaporizers because the vapor path is super short but the taste is phenomenal. You also get a lot more control of your session with the full temp spectrum. Don’t grind too fine either, leave it a bit more coarse and pack it down a bit. If you’re wanting cooler/smooth vapor, I would check out the Crafty. It’s not quite as small as the Arizer ArGo but much cooler vapor and you don’t have to ever worry about the herbs falling out. The downside is that it doesn’t offer replaceable batteries. Check out my review for the crafty here.

  • Lazmonkey says: October 19, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    How does it compare to the Pax 3 in terms of smell? Would it need something like the caps to hide the smell or does the unit hide the smell better by itself by any chance? I’m looking to get a vape to use in outside smoking areas and want something thatcwont be obvious, stuck between a pax and an Argo at the moment.

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 12, 2018 at 4:29 am

      The Pax is going to smell more both in use and when its in your pocket, however if you get the Pax caps that will alleviate all smell when its in your pocket (but its an accessory you have to pick up which is annoying)

      While the ArGo will definitely smell much less than the Pax during use, it will still release some smell, especially if your herb is strong smelling in the first place.

  • Gianni says: November 8, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Hey there! How would you compare this to the Firefly 2?

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 11, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      They are quite a bit different in a lot of ways, but similar in a few. First the ArGo is a session vape and the FF2 is an on-demand unit so with the ArGo you will have a nice session where you take a dozen or two draws over the course of 8-10 minutes to finish your ~.15g bowl. Overall the ArGo experience is more similar to something like a joint. Its very easy to pass around with friends and it’s extremely consistent. The flavor will start of really good, and then slowly drop throughout the entire session. The Firefly 2 has a much higher learning curve than the ArGo, you will need to practice some technique and so it does not work as well for using with friends. With the FF2 you will also be packing around .15g but you since the bowl is on demand meaning it only heats when you hold the trigger the big advantage to the FF2 is improved flavor over the ArGo and the ability to break a single bowl into multiple sessions. Rather than finishing the entire bowl at once like I recommend with the ArGo, with the FF2 you could pack a bowl, take a draw before dinner, then finish the rest of the bowl a few hours later at bed time etc.

      So overall the ArGo is more consistent, easier to use and still very good flavor. The Firefly 2 has even better flavor, but it takes more technique/practice to get the very best results so its more of a solo connoisseur vape.

  • David Elliott says: January 20, 2019 at 11:53 am

    HI Mate, Great reviews. I am new into the Vape world but looking to convert from smoking spliffs. So I guess the most important thing for me is big Vape clouds and strong taste. With that in mind which would you go for between the Crafty and the ArGo, or is there another you would suggest. Cheers

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 17, 2019 at 7:33 am

      Both units should treat you very well, however the Crafty would be my recommendation if you don’t mind the increased price. The Crafty (and it’s big brother the Mighty) are the easiest to use and most consistent vapes. If you don’t want to spend quite that much the ArGo is a great vape as well.

  • DanB says: February 8, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Hi, I recently made the jump to a vaporizer. I found your reviews extremely helpful and readable. I like how you describe the good and bad points for people with different wants and needs so we can make a personal informed decision. Just wanted to say thanks! Went with the Argo in the end and am really happy with it! Thanks!!

    • Buzz Danklin says: April 1, 2019 at 11:34 am

      This makes me so happy to read! This is the goal! I’m so glad you were able to make an informed decision and you got a good one! The Argo is one of my favorites for biking. So easy to conceal and don’t have to worry about the mouthpieces sticking out anymore.

  • James P. says: April 5, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Hi there, I’m essentially looking for the best portable/pocketable dry herb vape out there, with high quality flavourful/thick vapour, low draw resistance, good battery, good sized chamber, even cook (stirring generally not required) and easy to maintain/use, regardless of price. I understand I may be a little greedy, but what would you suggest? I already have the Mighty, but I’m looking for another one that’s more pocketable. A few of the vapes I’m eyeing are the Arizer ArGo, the Davinci IQ and the Zeus Arc GT. How would you compare these? Thanks very much!

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 17, 2019 at 6:45 am

      Before you said you had the Mighty, I was going to recommend the Mighty. Since you already have that, my next recommendation would be to go for the Crafty, it will perform nearly identical to your Mighty, however it is not going to have the greatest battery life (although the newest Crafty’s have around 25% more battery life than the original units due to a better internal battery). I think the Argo and IQ are both good options as well, but if you are coming from the Mighty vapor quality both the ArGo and the IQ will be a step backwards or two. I have not tried the Arc GT, however the other Zues units I have come across have all been re-branded china vapes at a large markup.

  • Oleh says: April 23, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Can you compare it with Miqro ?

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 17, 2019 at 6:26 am

      The Miqro is much smaller and more pocket friendly, however the ArGo produces better quality and thicker vapor, it also has a larger battery so I find myself battery limited less often (Both units have replaceable batteries so you can carry extras). I definitely prefer to use the ArGo over the Miqro, however there are definitely times when the smaller size and increase pocket-ability makes me reach for the Miqro.

  • Mazzus says: May 4, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Dont know what to buy… Im between ARGO and CRAFTY, some questions. With 2 to 4 people, ARGO can handle 2-3 bows ? Or CRAFTY will be better?CRAFTY battery is that bad ? If i buy CRAFTY should i expect the battery to die within 2 years? more, less?How strong they are?(never vape before). Tks…

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 17, 2019 at 7:03 am

      Both the Crafty and the ArGo will work well for groups of 2-4 people needing to vape 2 or 3 bowls during a session. The Crafty can actually vape about 50% more herb in a single charge compared to the ArGo, however the ArGo has replaceable batteries. Personally I would lean slightly towards the Crafty if the increased price and lack of replaceable batteries doesn’t affect you because the Crafty produces more enjoyable vapor quality for me. In the end though either unit will treat you very well for your needs.

  • StumpedInCali says: July 8, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Great review. Is it possible to make a session short enough on the ArGo so I can do only a few hits solo, more like an on-demand vape? I vape with the MFLB right now, so am used to the on-demand style but want to upgrade. I also want to have the option to do sessions with friends, and ArGo seems to have the flexibility to do that but just want to confirm. I am weighing the ArGo against the DaVinci IQ. Thanks!

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 9, 2019 at 6:06 pm

      The best option coming from the MFLB would be the Firefly 2+ it will basically act very similar to your MFLB however it is temperature regulated so it will not combust if you just floor the heater button. It also has better flavor and it rips harder than the MFLB.

      As far as your specific question, you can pack VERY LITTLE into the Arizer stems, however it will still take a handful of draws to fully use the herbs even when the pack is small.

  • Drew says: October 6, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I wonder how you would rate the ArGo compared to the Fury Edge? The long heat up time gives me pause, but the Arizer reliability is important to me. It seems the Edge has addressed issues like battery life plus haptic, but I wonder how long the fury 2 & Edge will last without the battery being able to be replaced. Thanks so much.

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      I actually just got my Fury Edge this week, so I don’t have a definitive answer for you yet. But so far it is beating out the ArGo slightly in convenience, but the ArGo is winning on flavor.

  • Steve Burns says: November 7, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Hi there – is this an on-demand device? So I can pack it and vape the same material over a few hours/ over the course of the day?

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 9, 2019 at 1:38 pm

      This unit leans more towards a session unit than an on demand unit, however the first few rips of a session are more convection than conduction so it can do an “OK’ job of breaking bowls into separate sessions. The Firefly 2+ is currently my go-to unit for breaking a single bowl into multiple sessions.

  • Chris Sutton says: November 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    If waiting an extra 30seconds is one of its biggest draw-backs then that’s saying a lot (in a positive way). I mean, when I vape I’m typically not rushing around. I sit down and chill for a bit, ya know?
    I like the look of this one, too. It doesn’t look cheap and nasty and tacky.

    I was reading your other review of the Argo with the Solo’s and Air. Seems like you favour the ArGo. Is that just because it’s a good all-rounder vaporizer?

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 26, 2019 at 6:19 am

      I favor the Argo because I am often out biking/hiking/skiing or camping. The ArGo is a lot more rough and tumble than the other Arizer units with the recessed and smaller glass so it works better for my lifestyle. The Solo 2 does have the best battery life, and the longer glass stems on the Solo and Air units provide slightly smoother/cooler vapor so they are all great vapes that have slight advantages depending on your needs or lifestyle.


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