Arizer’s newest portable vaporizer, the Solo 2, is officially available to buy, and we’re busy seeing how it stacks up against other vaporizers. The Solo 2 already took down the original Solo in another matchup, and now it’s going up against it’s other brother, the Arizer Air.

Keep reading to see how they stack up on vapor quality, build quality, portability, and discreetness!

 


Vapor Quality


Arizer Solo 2

The Arizer Solo 2 features a ceramic heating element that delivers even heat to the stainless steel chamber. The remaining portion of the vapor pathway is just the glass stem. There are two sizes of stems, but I like the longer one because it gives the vapor more time too cool.

The Solo 2 also gives you the ability to adjust the temperature in individual degrees, which allows you to adjust your experience until you are getting your perfect vapor.

The above translates to extremely good vapor. The flavor is outstanding and the Solo 2 is capable of delivering some very satisfying draws. I also like that there is less draw resistance when compared to the original Solo. The more freely flowing air doesn’t seem to affect vapor density at all.

Arizer Air

The vapor quality from all the Arizer portables is largely the same. This is because the vapor pathway and heating design that I described for the Solo 2 is roughly the same one used for both the original Solo and Air as well.

While the vapor is mostly the same, I’d still say that the Solo 2 offers the better overall experience. The first slight deduction is because the Air’s stems are shorter, which means the vapor doesn’t have as much time too cool.

The second reason I think the Solo 2 offers better vapor is the fact that the Air doesn’t offer the same control over the temperature.

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Vapor Quality Winner: Solo 2

 


Build Quality


Arizer Solo 2

As I mentioned in my comparison of the original Solo and the Solo 2, the Solo 2 seems to keep all the best parts of the original while still offering some important upgrades.

The things that stayed the same are the materials used and the overall build quality. The design is pretty much the same, which is fine by me because it’s what delivers the great vapor mentioned above.

The new features that the Solo 2 offers are a 3 hour battery life and a digital screen. The battery life is an awesome upgrade and puts the Solo 2 in the top tier of all portables.

The digital screen makes it very intuitive to use, and more importantly, unlocked the ability to offer full temperature control.

Arizer Air

The Air is also well made. Like I mentioned before, the design and materials used is actually pretty similar. They may look different visually, but the components responsible for vaporizing your herbs aren’t very different.

This means there isn’t that big of a difference in build quality. All the Arizer portables are well above average in this department.

The biggest difference is the battery. The Air runs on a removable 18650 battery, but you’ll only get 3 to 5 uses from each charge.

I’d take a removeable battery over a non-removeable battery if the expected performance was the same, but in this case I prefer the 3 hour battery life of the Solo 2 for sure. The Solo 2 also has the temperature control advantage as the Air only offers 5 presets.

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Build Quality Winner: Solo 2

 


Portability


Arizer Solo 2

The Solo 2 isn’t very portable. It’s not like you can’t pack it up and take it with you places, but you can’t really just slip it in your pocket and go either. This is because of the glass stems. They add a second part to carry, and a relatively fragile one at that.

On the plus side, the 3 hour battery life is a big pro in this category. Being able to go that long without needing to charge makes this a good option for extended periods away from power, even if you do have to be more careful. There is also an included carrying case.

Arizer Air

The Air seems to be Arizer’s attempt at a more portable vaporizer. It isn’t a bad one, but it isn’t a great one either. The Air is a little smaller and has smaller stems, but the stems are still there and still glass.

The Air wins this category because it is more portable than the Solo 2, but you should be aware that there are many more portable vaporizers out there.

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Portability Winner: Air

 


Discreetness


Arizer Solo 2

For the same reasons that the Solo 2 isn’t the most portable, it also isn’t the most discreet. The glass stem very clearly sticks out above the rest of the unit when you are drawing from it.

While there are many vaporizers that you can pretty much fully conceal in your hand, you can’t come close to that with this one if you are including the stem.

Arizer Air

The Air isn’t easy to fully conceal either. It’s not like either of these devices are flashy and eye-catching, but they don’t offer the simple ease of hiding the whole device in your hand like you can with the Pax 3.

I don’t think either of these deserve a win over the other in this category.

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Discreetness Winner: Draw

 


Winner: Arizer Solo 2

This shouldn’t come as that much as a surprise, but the Arizer Solo 2 is our winner!

The Air is a good vaporizer, but the Solo 2 has so many great new features that earn it the win. With both you’ll get great vapor, but the Solo 2 offers a much better battery and full temperature control. The draws also come a little easier, and the digital screen is nice to have.

While the new Solo 2 may be the priciest of all the Arizer portables, it’s also worth the money.

With that being said, both of these units would be excellent choices if you are in the market for a new vaporizer. If you are thinking of picking up a Solo 2 or the Air, we recommend grabbing them from Vaporizera, they have no tax and free shipping on orders over $100.

Also be sure to check out how these units stack up against the field with our Portable Vaporizer Ranking.

About The Author

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Dan is a writer with a massive vaporizer collection who loves video games, superhero movies, finding new music, comic and regular books and critically deconstructing those things until he wonders why he liked them in the first place. He's also a pragmatic fitness enthusiast who believes that the best actions you can take in your daily life are those that help you reach your goals, and that naps are the most lofty, but also the most noble goal one can have.

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