- Made in Canada
- 185°C in1minute
- Charge time 4hours
- Battery lasts 1-2hours
- Suitable forsmall groups
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- Automatic shutoff
- Long battery life
- Durable body
- Completely silent
- Combustion not possible
- Temperature control
- Easy to use
- Easy to maintain
- Only 2 year warranty
- Fairly large
- Strong draw resistance
- Breakable glass stems
Born in Ontario, Canada, the Solo is a fairly large but very powerful portable vaporizer, made by the same company that produces the popular desktop units Arizer V-tower and Arizer Extreme Q. It is commonly referred to as the “Volcano of Portables”, owing to the consistent and dense vapor that it is able to produce session after session. With no learning curve and a long battery life, the Solo is a great vaporizer for those who are more concerned with vapor quality than with portability or stealth.
What's in the box?
- Arizer Solo vaporizer
- Battery Charger
- 2 Diffusing Tubes (Draw Whips)
- Potpourri Dish
- Aromatherapy Sample
- Instruction Manual
How it's used
After about 2 seconds, the unit will beep* and the LEDs will flash momentarily, displaying how much battery life is left by the number of yellow LEDs that light up. The Solo will then hang around in “idle” mode, awaiting orders.
Tip: You can quickly return to your previous heat setting by pressing the DOWN arrow for a couple of seconds after turning on the Solo.
The Solo has 7 preset temperatures. These are:
- Level 1: 50°C / 122°F (15 sec)
- Level 2: 185°C / 365°F (1 min)
- Level 3: 190°C / 374°F (1 min 10)
- Level 4: 195°C / 383°F (1 min 30 sec)
- Level 5: 200°C / 393°F (1 min 50 sec)
- Level 6: 205°C / 401°F (2 min 10 sec)
- Level 7: 210°C / 410°F (2 min 30 sec)
The red HEAT light will start flashing after you select your desired temperature, indicating that the Solo is heating up, while the yellow temperature lights will start climbing towards the number that you selected. The red HEAT light stops flashing when the Solo has reached the exact temperature you select. It will occasionally flash after draws as it tries to keep a constant temperature, especially if you cool it down a lot by drawing too hard.
The standard kit comes with two glass stem pieces that attach to the main unit – one is slightly curved while the other is completely straight. The stems each have a small sectioned off chamber into which your herbs are packed, roughly .1 to .2g of dry herb per load. Load your herb while waiting for the Solo to reach your desired temperature**. As always, the “right” temperature is all about personal preference. Some users swear by level 4, others start at level 2 and work their way up, while some prefer to start straight from level 6. Play around and see which works best for you. Grind your herb quite well, but be careful not to grind it too finely to avoid it getting sucked up through the airflow holes inside the stem (this can be remedied by purchasing third-party mesh pieces that fit over the holes and keep your herb where it belongs).
When the Solo has finished heating up, hold the Solo upside down and insert the stem if you haven’t already done so. The stem will feel like it’s too big for the opening the first few times you try insert it, but just use a fair amount of force and it will slot in – don’t worry, this is short lived and will have a better fit after a few sessions.
Be sure to take long, SLOW draws to really get the best performance. Breathing in too quickly will just suck your herb up the stem and cool the Solo down.
The unit powers off automatically after 12 minutes to preserve the battery as well as the heating element, but can be switched on again immediately if you would like to visit distant galaxies – holding the “down” button takes you right back to the previous heat setting.
When you’re done, hold down the Up and Down buttons simultaneously again to turn it off. And remember to hold the Solo upside down again when removing the stem to avoid using the dustpan to save your ABV (Already Been Vaped).
Some users find the beep slightly annoying, but luckily it can be deactivated by simply holding the Up button until it utters it’s last beep and is silent thereafter.
*You can also load and connect the stem before turning the Solo on, providing a prolonged, flavor-filled vapor session as you slowly increase the temperature from level 2.
How it stacks up
Build Quality Score: 96
The solid aluminum casing of the Solo comes in a choice of two colors – silver and black. It is roughly the same size as a Red Bull can and fits very comfortably in your hand, especially with it’s ergonomic front and back curves. Weighing in at 230g, it’s light enough to be comfortable while still feeling sturdy and robust. The two stems, as well as the potpourri dish, are made from borosilicate glass*. The one downside is that the stems do tend to become loose over time and can fall out if the vaporizer is held upside down. This can be fixed though by purchasing a set of Silicone O-rings to keep the stems in place. The air path is separate from the battery and circuitry to eliminate any form of contamination.
Borosilicate glass is very durable and less subject to thermal stress, thus used extensively in medical devices.
Vapor Quality Score: 97
The Solo is definitely in the top league when it comes to vapor quality. For a portable unit, the amount and density of the vapor that it is able to produce is really impressive, even at lower temperatures The ceramic heating element never undercooks or burns your herb, but instead delivers consistent clouds of very smooth and great tasting vapor, every time. The Solo also does a great job of completely cooling down the vapor before you inhale it.
As great as the vapor is, there is a downside to actually producing it – the draw resistance. There are mixed opinions about this, with some people finding the resistance intolerable while others actually really like it. The positive side of it is that it eliminates any learning curve by making it difficult to draw harder than the Solo can cater for. And for the optimists around us: lung strength and conditioning. If you find the draw resistance cramping your style, there are two options to get around it. The first is your technique: tilting the stem slightly while drawing lets in a bit more air and makes drawing a tiny bit easier, but the difference is really not much. The second option is to purchase a Planet Vape High Efficiency Stem (PVHES) which boasts a 30% increase in air flow – users have reported great success when using these.
Portability Score: 86
The Solo is fairly large for a portable and is definitely not a vaporizer that you’ll be quickly slipping into your pocket anytime soon – especially with the breakable glass stems. However, with it’s fantastic battery life and durable casing, it makes a great addition to your backpack itinerary for those times when you want to take it for a stroll around town – just make sure you store the stems securely. If you travel with your Solo often, consider investing in a hard case to put your mind at ease. A decent one will run you about $45.
Ease of Use Score: 97
The Solo is one of the easiest vaporizers available to use with virtually no learning curve. As mentioned previously, the draw resistance eliminates the need to learn any special draw techniques which makes the Solo great for social settings – no one likes to use up most of their herb trying to teach someone how to just use the vaporizer in the first place.
Operating the actual device is equally as easy, having only two buttons which raise or lower the temperature, while turning it on/off by pressing them simultaneously (the buttons are close enough to allow one-handed operation). Loading the stem is also very straight forward – just make sure you hold the Solo upside down when loading/unloading your herb so that it doesn’t all fall out.
Battery Life Score: 93
The Solo is powered by an internal lithium-ion rechargeable battery. Each charge provides between 1 to 2 hours of continuous use, which means you’ll get some serious vaping sessions in before needing to plug it into the wall again. Recharging the unit from empty takes about 4 hours and cannot be used simultaneously*. When on charge, the LEDs act as a charge indicator – when all 7 are lit then the Solo is ready to roll again.
To prolong the battery life, it is recommended to charge the Solo when the battery has discharged to around 80% and to never fully discharge it. Unfortunately, as with all batteries, they will eventually give up on life. The good news is that you can send your Solo back to Arizer, hand over 95 sheets and get a new battery professionally installed. Even better news is that you can easily purchase a High Capacity replacement battery pack for around $50 and install it yourself. The best news of all is that the High Capacity batteries are reported to hold 50% more charge to the Solo which already has such good battery life!
The 2014 Edition of the Solo has thankfully been upgraded to allow the unit to be used while charging.
Stealth Score: 86
Straight out the box, the Solo does not fair well in the stealth department. It’s impossible to conceal it in yours hands, and will certainly draw unwanted attention if you were to whip it out in public (unless you’re at a juice bar). However, there is hope! Since the glass stems resemble straws, you can pop in into an empty cold-drink container with the stem sticking out and…what flavor is your soda..? Yum.
On the other hand, the Solo has very minimal smell, especially without the possibility of combustion. It also conceals your herb quite well when the stem is inserted. The Solo can ultimately be stealthy enough for public missions, but it does need a bit of preparation work.
If the long glass stems are cramping your style, consider purchasing a Stealth Adapter to add a lot more stealth to your Solo.
Cleaning Score: 93
The Solo is relatively easy to maintain, and only requires occasional cleaning. Pop the stems into a solution of ISO alcohol every now and then, rinse with water and then allow them to dry. They’ll look as good as new. If you don’t have ISO alcohol, you can also use normal dish washing liquid, though it’s not really ideal. Fill a container with soapy water, let the stems soak for a few hours, then shake the stems with water inside to dislodge any stuck material. If you don’t have a lot of patience, then save yourself the time and just get the ISO alcohol.
As for the heating element, it can simply be cleaned out by blowing or by wiping it with a cotton swab (make sure to clean out any material that happens to fall inside the unit before your next vape session otherwise it’s very likely to burn and stick, and you’ll be muttering a few expletives under your breath trying to get it out again).
The top section of the Solo unscrews for easy removal if you want to clean any dust that may have found it’s way through the top vent holes.
Warranty Score: 80
The Solo comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty which covers parts and labour costs against defects in materials and workmanship, but excludes any shipping costs and glass parts. The lithium battery is covered by a 1 year warranty, and the ceramic heating element is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Remember to register the warranty for your Solo by filling out the form on Arizer’s website.
What others are saying
- The solo has one instruction. Inhale. Reddit Member
- I own a Solo and it is definitely my favorite portable Marijuana.com Member
- Excellent vapor quality and taste of my herbs. It doesn’t give huge clouds like my DBV but it does get some pretty decent clouds especially for a portable device Grasscity Member
- It has a solid feel to it, very compact and it gives a reasonable amount of clouds compare to other portables I’ve seen reviewed Grasscity Member
- Seriously, an incredible little vap that hits like a BIG vap… 5 stars.. fuck it, 6 stars! Grasscity Member
- I tell you this, it’ll be the best investment you’ll make Grasscity Member
- The quality of the solo is evident. It’s a wonderful device, easy to use, easy to clean Grasscity Member
Tips and Tricks
- Tilt the stem or lift it slightly while drawing to get better airflow
- Turn off the beeping sounds by holding UP for a few seconds while the Solo is on
- Start at a low temperature for the most flavor
- Blow into the opening of the Solo after or before sessions to clear out any left over herb
- Cap the opening when not in use to prevent dust getting inside
- Be careful when handling the glass stem after use – the bottom chamber section gets pretty hot
What the Solo lacks in the stealth and portability department, in definitely makes up for in vapor quality. And without the need to master any secret techniques or tricks to achieve those thick clouds, the Solo is definitely a great choice for quick and easy vaping sessions without the worry of burning your herb.
More suited as an ‘around the house’ vaporizer, the Solo brings you the power of desktop units in an easy to carry, portable vaporizer that will deliver great tasting, dense vapor clouds every session.