Everything you need to know about the Volcano Vaporizer Gold Edition

Like hot cheetos, Nintendo 64 and acrylic bongs, the Volcano vaporizer constitutes a highly nostalgic piece of our collective stoner history. With its distinct triangular base, plastic party bag of weed vapor, and (at the time) hefty price tag for a stoner gadget, the Volcano pioneered the desktop vaporizer throughout the 2000s. 

As a teen in the mid-late 2000s, many of my hazy memories involved giant Volcano bags of weed vapor being blown around the garage, TV room, or den of whoevers parents happened to be gone at the time. 

However fond, these memories were of an era that seemed bound to remain lost in the past, belonging to a much younger, and even more stoned version of myself. That is, until the 20th anniversary Gold Volcano Classic came waltzing into my life, reflating latent memories like the balloon I’m puffing on while writing this review. 

What is the Volcano vaporizer?

The Volcano Classic Gold Edition is a 20th anniversary reissue of the Volcano Classic, the most popular and iconic vaporizer of all time. 

The Volcano vaporizer is a flower vaporizing system. It has a volcano-shaped base that uses convection heat to fill a large plastic balloon bag with vapor. Just before the device is ready to hit, the set-up simulates a plume of smoke that spouts from a volcano before an eruption — hence the name. It was wildly popular in the early-mid 2000s, defining a transitional period in stoner culture just before the prospects of legality blew the lid off the gadget industry, burying the Volcano with high-tech competitors.  

In honor of the Volcano Classic’s 20th anniversary, Storz & Bickel, the Euro overlords behind the German-engineered device, are dusting off the cobwebs and reissuing the Volcano in a 24k gold finish. Conceptually, it feels like an exciting spin on a classic, a kind of trophy or award in its own image that highlights the Volcano’s legendary status in cannabis culture. 

This specific model will set you back $600, and is available for one year only, while supplies last. The Volcano Classic is available year round.  

What can you vape with the Volcano vaporizer?

The Volcano Classic is compatible with finely ground flower, and also contains a drip pad for use with concentrates.  

How do you use the Volcano vaporizer?

Now that you’re familiar with the Volcano vaporizer, how does it work?

Parts

  • Volcano base (Hot air generator)
  • Drip pad
  • Normal screen set
  • Valve balloon with mouthpiece 
  • Filling chamber with cap 

Assembly 

  1. Plug in the Volcano base. Make sure you put the Volcano on a sturdy, level surface near an outlet.
  2. Choose temperature. Start with the dial somewhere between 5 and 6 (around 350°F). See “Changing Temperatures” for more info below.
  3. Remove the filling chamber cap. Unscrew the top from the bottom.
  4. Grind flower. Make sure the flower is ground completely so the hot air has as little surface area to vaporize when the air moves through as possible. 
  5. Fill the chamber with ground flower, then screw on the filing chamber cap. Do not fill too tightly, it should be loose enough for air to pass through easily, not completely packed.

Operation

  1. Preheat the flower if the control lamp is off.
  • Flick on the red HEAT button, which will turn on the orange CONTROL light. 
  • Attach the filling chamber to the top of the Volcano.
  • Wait until the orange CONTROL light turns off, signaling it’s ready to go. 
  1. Before putting the balloon on the filling chamber, pull it tight and straight, so air can easily flow in and fill the balloon. 
  2. Remove mouthpiece from balloon, attach to top of base. 
  3. Flip the green AIR switch. Bag will begin to fill. 
  4. Stay conscious of vapor density in the balloon.
  • It’s important that the balloon does not become too full of vapor, if it’s getting taught to the touch it’s time to stop filling.
  1. Remove the full balloon unit. Never leave the filing chamber on the Volcano — beware, as this is a very hot surface. 
  2. Attach mouthpiece to the valve on the balloon.
  3. Inhale and pass.
  4. Empty the balloon completely after use by pulling it tight and rolling to store.

Temperature control

The Volcano’s temperature control is operated by an easy valve that has 9 heat settings. It should be noted that heat temperatures for each setting varies by 10°F due to the convection air moving through the device. 

  • 1 — 266°F
  • 2 — 288°F
  • 3 — 309°F
  • 4 — 331°F 
  • 5 — 352°F
  • 6 — 374°F
  • 7 — 396°F
  • 8 — 417°F
  • 9 — 439°F

The ideal temperature to vaporize ground flower is around 350°F, so begin by setting your dial to somewhere around 5 (352°F). For more terpene flavor and less vapor, turn the dial down. For more vapor — and a more intense high — turn it up (though this can scorch the flower). 

What’s the appeal?

The Gold reissue of the Volcano Classic reminds us why these flamboyant vaporizers were so popular in the first place. Aside from being extremely well made and effective in delivering one of the cleanest methods of cannabis intake, they are fun to use, and always a crowd-pleaser.  

Something about the presence of a Volcano is deeply comforting, stoking a nostalgic little flame in the depths of our unconscious. The performative aspect of the vaping process with one of these elevates a simple session to a kind of ritual, albeit a silly one. 

Though $600 is a bit of a monetary setback for some, other’s wouldn’t bat an eyelash at dropping a few hundred on a piece of stoner history. Like a fine bottle of wine or fancy champagne, the Gold Volcano Classic is something that you break out in a celebratory setting, or if you simply want to make an everyday hang feel festive. With this chic yet retro twist on a classic, you can’t go wrong. 

For more on the Volcano Classic Vaporizer Gold Edition, go to Vapor.com.

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Everything to know about the G Pen Roam

Since G Pen burst onto the vaporizer scene in 2012 with the first tank system specifically designed for “personal aromatherapy regimens,” they’ve been responsible for propelling the industry forward with a steady stream of revolutionary products. 

While their Elite and Pro flower vaporizers, the Nova concentrate pen, and the Connect concentrate attachment have all been blockbusters in their own right, none are quite as game changing as G Pen’s newest creation: the G Pen Roam.

The Roam is G Pen’s first totally portable concentrate vaporizer with a self-contained water filtration system. While that may sound like a mouthful, don’t worry, we’re here to break it down for you. 

Here’s our take on the new G Pen Roam.

What is the G Pen Roam?

The Roam is a fully portable electronic dab rig in the form of a large vape. The first of its kind, the Roam features a spill-proof, self-contained borosilicate glass hydrotube, a fully quartz tank, and a 1300mAh lithium-ion battery that heats to temperature within seconds of activation — delivering a perfect dab-like vapor experience with every hit.

What truly sets the Roam apart is the water filtration feature. Normally, portable concentrate vaporizers hit rather harshly, delivering concentrate vapor at high temperatures directly into the lungs. It can be rough. By introducing water filtration to the portable vape, the Roam offers smooth vapor with a dab rig experience that you can hit anywhere.

Coming in at $249.95, the Roam is G Pen’s most expensive product, making it a bit of an investment, albeit a worthwhile one.

What can you vape with the Roam?

Thanks to its fully quartz tank and super strong battery, the Roam is capable of vaporizing any conceivable concentrate, even crystalline substances like shatter. Because it’s a concentrate vaporizer, it does not work with flower or other ground material. 

How do you use the G Pen Roam?

Now that you know what The Roam brings to the table, how exactly do you use this new device?

How to charge the Roam

The Roam uses USB charging and comes with a USB charging cable. The battery level is displayed on the LED screen. Brand new, straight-out-the-box Roams need about 45 minutes to fully charge. 

Press the power button located on the Roam battery five times to power on/off. 

Changing temperatures

The buttons located above the LED screen can adjust the temperature up and down by 25 degree intervals. The temperature range is 600 — 800°F. To enter “Max Mode” (where the device outputs full power without temperature control), press the up button one time when the device is set at 800°F. If the device begins to overheat, a warning will be displayed and the device will stop until a safe operating temperature is reached. 

Filling up the water tube and concentrate tank

Slide the device apart to reveal the water tank and connected mouthpiece. Remove the water tank and fill to the black line with a very small amount of water. Replace tank and connect back to the battery. 

Open the quartz concentrate tank on the top of the device, and fill with desired concentrate using the tool found inside the Roam kit. 

Heating for use

For automatic heat activation, press the power button two times. Once the device has heated to optimal temperature, the device will vibrate, notifying you that it’s time to start hitting from the mouthpiece. The Roam will remain at temperature for 30 seconds, then vibrate again before being deactivated. Press the power button an additional two times to extend the session for 10 seconds. 

For manual heat activation, hold the power button while the device is powered on. The device will heat up to selected temperature, vibrate to indicate that temperature has been reached, and maintain that temperature until the button is released or until the 30-second time limit has elapsed. 

How to clean the Roam

Clean the Roam like you would any other vaporizer or concentrate device, with cotton swabs and isopropyl alcohol. All parts of the Roam are removable for separate cleaning. 

What’s the appeal?

Aside from being sleek, discrete, and easy-to-use, the Roam is exciting because there’s nothing else like it on the market. By merging the concepts of concentrate vaporizer and portable dab rig into this wild new creation, G Pen has created the most exciting product of Summer 2020 — one that could significantly elevate all upcoming days spent enjoying the great outdoors. 

Thought taking a dab before jumping off a waterfall sounded too good to be true? With the Roam, you can comfortably get high on concentrates anytime, anywhere. No one will suspect a thing, because they’ve never seen anything like it before. 

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Everything you should know about the Zeus Arc GT

Few things are more important to the modern cannabis vapor enthusiast than build quality, and the Zeus Arc GT should be at the top of your list when it’s time to invest in a new dry herb vaporizer. 

Being able to enjoy fresh cannabis flower with no carcinogens or questionable additives is a rapidly evolving privilege for consumers. After years of showcasing various other vaporizers on the market, the Arc GT has become the most cutting edge Zeus vape yet.

What is the Zeus Arc GT?

The Zeus Arc GT is one of the newest entries into the ongoing dry herb vape wars. While the classic Volcano has long asserted dominance over coffee tables across the globe, when it comes to the vaping hardware in people’s pockets, there is much more room for debate. 

The Arc GT, like the Volcano, was engineered in Germany. The folks at Zeus believe the Arc GT is even infused with automotive DNA. You can see how serious they took the design process when running down the list of features that include a goldplated vapor path and a built-in multi-tool doubling as a USB port cover.

How to setup the Zeus Arc GT

Getting your Arc GT ready to use is a quick process after a proper charging session. Pop open the Arc GT’s magnetic top, you’ll see that the same channel that holds the silicone cap in place also serves to guide grinded flower into the heating chamber that is recessed below everything else. 

The Arc GT will rip according to how tight you pack it — if you over do it, it’s just not as enjoyable. But it should not take you long to find the sweet point that features hearty hits and solid airflow. Keep in mind that attempting to overload it can mess with the magnetic seal. 

How to use the Zeus Arc GT

Once you’ve loaded your strain of choice into the chamber, here’s a simple guide to start getting elevated:

  1. Hold down the power button for two seconds. You’ll feel a long vibration letting you know that it’s powering up. 
  2. Wait for the blue pulsing light to turn green.
  3. Take a long, slow draw.
  4. Adjust the power setting to your liking after the first rip. The moisture content of the material you’re putting into the Arc GT will impact which setting will work best for the experience you’re wanting. 

Extra tips

Don’t immediately empty the chamber when you start to taste burnt flower. Instead, take the tool built into the base of the device and stir up the flower within the chamber. After replacing the lid, you should be able to get a few more decent quality pulls. Remember to be careful when you are sifting around the flower, Zeus warns if you’re not careful you can scratch the inner walls of the chamber. 

Photo by TVape

Some other cool features about the Arc GT include checking the battery by giving it a shake. The Arc GT will enter a battery saving “cool down” mode when you don’t touch it for 30 seconds. It will completely shut down after a couple of minutes when not in use, or if you use it continuously for ten minutes. 

You should be able to get about 90 minutes of power per charge on the battery. The USB charging also makes it easy to take advantage of upgradeable firmware, but the stock settings worked fine for me.

Cleaning your Zeus Arc GT

Like most vaporizers, the cleaning process for the Arc GT is its least appealing factor, but something you’ll have to deal with if you are using the machine regularly. I usually got away with about five sessions before I needed to clean out the chamber.

Whatever you do, make sure not to pour isotropic alcohol into the heating chamber. Dip a Q-tip in alcohol, role the excess off on a paper towel, then swirl it around inside the chamber. Rolling the Q-tip on the paper towel will prevent any alcohol from dripping, and then you can use the same paper towel to clean out that channel the top pops into.

You’ll certainly be able to taste the difference, but the cost/benefit analysis of how often to clean it is up to you. Not a lot of people are using vaporizers in an attempt to discover complex terpene profiles, so if you aren’t worried about missing those more subtle notes in flavor, you can go a little longer between cleanings. 

What’s the appeal?

The Zeus Arc GT ends up being one of the most well-built compact flower vaporizers on the market, even with the minor drawbacks of cleaning and its tendency to get a little warm after extended use. It’s been the main dry flower vaporizer in my household for a few months. 

You won’t get a lot of bells and whistles here, but the form and function are there. If you’re hoping for something a bit busier and loaded up with glow in the dark features, the Arc GT probably isn’t for you. But if you find yourself just looking for a tool to deliver an above average cannabis vapor experience, this vaporizer certainly fits the bill.


 Photos provided by TVape

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Everything you need to know about the FlowerPot Vaporizer

Vaporizing has never been more popular than it is today. Between technological advancements in the field and a pandemic that’s made everyone think a little more about their lungs, the market for devices that vaporize flower, concentrate, or both, is booming

While there are a ton of e-rigs, vape pens, portable vapes, and table top set-ups that vaporize concentrate or flower, essentially the same technology and form is used over and over again. Most of the time, you’re better lighting up a bong. 

The FlowerPot Vaporizer from New Vape is exciting because it delivers that top notch bong hit experience without combustion, giving the sensation of smoking without compromising your lungs. 

In an industry awash with products that use flashy marketing to cover shoddy manufacturing, quality is as rare as innovation. Not only is the FlowerPot the most well-manufactured vaporizer I’ve ever used, it offers a totally unique and clean approach to consuming cannabis. 

What is the FlowerPot Vaporizer? 

The FlowerPot is a vaporizing system by New Vape that’s sold in a variety of bundles, all designed to be fully customizable, compatible with glass, and to deliver a vaporized bong hit heavy enough to rival a real one. 

New Vape is a Florida brand known for the innovative and high-quality vaporizer systems they manufacture at their factory in-house. Having evolved from a medical machine shop in 2005, they applied their knowledge of creating stuff like titanium bone screws towards the cannabis hardware industry. 

While the conceptual goal of the FlowerPot is to deliver a perfect bong hit without combustion, our set-up kicks it up a notch. For this guide, we’ll be referring to the Vrod Head, the most popular model, where you can take a vaporized flower bong rip and a concentrate dab at the same time. 

How do you use the FlowerPot Vaporizer?

Photo by NewVape

The FlowerPot is a highly mechanized device with many customizable set-ups and added accessories. How you want to design the device around the basic heating mechanism is up to you. Here is how to assemble the basic heating element and electronic system of the FlowerPot. 

Assembling the FlowerPot Vaporizer 

While assembling the FlowerPot may seem difficult due to its many small parts and long list of instructions, it’s actually pretty easy. To make this process as simple as possible, we’ve broken it into three parts: head assembly, bowl assembly, PID controller. 

VROD FlowerPot Parts

Head Assembly 

Parts needed: 

  • Heater coil
  • Dish nut
  • Dish
  • Vrod Head
  • Vrod Diffuser

Assembly:

  1. Fasten the dish onto Head and secure with the dish nut. 
  2. Screw the diffuser onto the Head while holding it against the coil. 

Bowl Assembly

Parts needed: 

  • Shovelhead Post
  • Shovelhead Body
  • Screen

Assembly:

  1. Insert screen into bowl until it snaps into place.
  2. Insert post into glass rig, then place the bowl on the post. 
  3. Screw shovelhead body handle to tighten onto bowl. 

PID Controller 

The Flowerpot offers two options for PID controllers and coils: 

  • NV PID Controller 
  • Auber RDK300A PID Controller

 and

  • 20mm Coil for NV PID
  • 20mm Coil for Auber PID

Assembly:

  1. Plug then screw the coil cord into the PID controller. 
  2. Plug one end of the generic power cord into the PID controller, and the other end into the wall. 

Using the PID Controller:

  1. Make sure the FlowerPot is safely mounted on the safety stand.
  2. Hit the red switch on the back of the PID.
  3. The display will read the current temperature of the cord, an ambient 80 degrees F.
  4. Use the up or down arrows to set your desired temperature. A good starting temperature is 650 degrees F.
  5. When ready, push the front power button. This will power the coil and begin to heat.

Using the FlowerPot Vaporizer

When using the FlowerPot, there are a few tricks to keep in mind for getting the fattest clouds, and the best non-combustion bong rip the vape world has to offer. 

  1. Grind the weed, a lot. The finer the grind the better the hit. 
  2. Allow 3-5 minutes for the FlowerPot to get to temperature, and five minutes at first to let the heat soak the device fully. (Device can be left on all day as long as it’s safely docked on the stand.)
  3. Go slow. The faster the air goes through the ground flower, the less hot it will be when it hits it, so it’s best to try for a slow to medium draw, vaporizing to the edge of combustion without coughing. 
  4. Think of the FlowerPot as a big lighter: only add heat to the bowl when you’re drawing in. Be sure to always place it back on its safety stand between draws. 

What’s the appeal?

The FlowerPot Vaporizing System is very much an at-home set-up, perfect for someone who’s a hobby cannabis enthusiast. The kind of stoner with deep pockets, lots of time, and a fiery passion for pot. 

Taking a dab and a bong hit of vaporized weed is obviously very next level, but it comes at a price. The most basic FlowePot Bundle will set you back $370, and the Premium package comes in at a whopping $805. While I love my FlowerPot and use it almost daily, it’s still a little steep.

That said, the FlowerPot is not meant for the casual user, but it fills the definite void when creating a walkable bridge from smoking flower to vaporizing. I’ve entertained the idea of laying off smokables for a while, but hadn’t seen it as feasible in that most vaporizers suck. This is the only vaping platform that has ever gotten me as high as smoking has, making me feel like it might be possible to make the switch … someday.

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Everything you need to know about the Arizer ArGo

Sometimes it feels that technology is moving too fast, especially when it comes to the evolution of vaporizers. Though close to a decade ago, it seems like just yesterday that tank vapes were beginning to hit the market, revolutionizing the industry from large desktop vaporizers like the Volcano to sleek, portable units like those produced by G Pen. The endless bells and whistles of technological add-ons like bluetooth app synchronization and touch sensors had yet to complicate the already complicated medium of using electric heat to vaporize flower and concentrates. 

Today, the market is awash with tech-savvy vapes that are unnecessarily difficult to understand — let alone operate. In many cases, the pursuit of incorporating technology into the vaping process seems to have eclipsed the importance of the vaping process itself, which should be simple, pleasant and accessible.  

For an excellent flower vaporizer that is more concerned with being a great vape than syncing with other technology in the room, look no further than the Arizer ArGo, a portable convection vape that has everything you need, and nothing you don’t. 

Whether you’re in the market for a new vape, or just curious as to what all the buzz is about, here’s our take on the Arizer ArGo.

What is the Arizer ArGo?

The ArGo is a portable convection vaporizer from the brand Arizer, well respected industry vets known for their no-nonsense, high-quality products. While Arizer initially rose to notoriety over 12 years ago for their desktop setups like the V-Tower and Extreme, they evolved with the times, and now have five portable vaporizers in their roster, the ArGo being the newest addition to their lineup.

What sets the ArGo apart is that it packs the vapor quality and customization options of a super expensive vape into a totally affordable ($269.99) and stripped down device that could easily pass for a beeper, flip phone or other artifact from the Y2K era. You get the ceramic convection heating, all glass airways, temperature controls and high-quality vapor output of Arizer’s desktop vaporizers, but in a ready-to-go 3.5” x 2” unit you can toss in your pocket or purse with ease. 

There are only two moving parts:the vape itself and a glass tube you preload with ground flower, but the tube locks into the ArGo when not in use, making it convenient and all-in-one.. 

Not everyone needs to have every aspect of their existence synced to their iPhone. The ArGo is a utilitarian alternative I’ve found to be superior to other tech-savvy vapes I’ve recently reviewed. 

What Can You Vape with the Argo?

The ArGo is only compatible with ground flower. 

How do you use the ArGo?

Now that we’ve been over the basics, here’s how you use the Arizer ArGo. 

How to charge the ArGo

The ArGo comes with a swappable 18650 battery that can be charged while inside the ArGo via USB, or outside of it with an 18650 compatible charger. This swappable battery feature allows you to pre-charge batteries if you’re going camping, or doing something that doesn’t include electricity. A single charge can last up to 90 minutes of continuous use, and the device takes about 3 hours to fully charge. 

To charge the battery within the ArGo, simply plug in the USB cable and adapter. The ArGo’s screen will display the battery percentage, letting you know when it’s fully charged. It’s not necessary to fully charge the Argo upon first use, and the device can be used while charging. 

How to set the control panel

The ArGo control panel consists of an OLED display and three buttons: Menu (M), Plus (+), and Minus (-). With these, you can control every aspect of the device, using M to toggle through the menu, and Plus and Minus to set temperature settings, brightness display, shut off timers and more. I turned the device on before reading the manual, yet the set up is so simple, it’s pretty much self explanatory off the bat. 

Temperature Settings: The ArGo has a large range of temperature settings, from 122 degrees fahrenheit to 428 degrees fahrenheit, in 1 or 10 degree increments using the plus and minus buttons. 

How to vape

  1. Load Glass Aroma Tube

Put coarsely ground flower in a small container, then twist the glass tube into the container to fill the dish — be sure not to press too hard or pack it too tightly. 

  1. Insert Glass Aroma Tube

Pre-heat unit before inserting the tube, then insert the flower filled tube into the ArGo. 

  1. Close the Push-Top

Push down the top to expose the end of the Glass Aroma Tube for use. For protection of the tube, press the release button on the back of the unit. 

  1. Press and Hold the (+) and (M) Buttons to Turn On 

A timer will count down on the OLED screen showing the power on delay and a greeting message is displayed when the unit is powered on. 

  1. Set the Temperature and Let Unit Heat Up

Press one of the three control panel buttons and the ArGo will start to heat up automatically.Then, press the (+) and (-) buttons to adjust the temperature in 1-degree increments, or hold the button down to adjust the temperature in 10-degree increments.  

  1. Inhale and Enjoy

The ArGo will remain heated and ready to use until you turn the device off. Because of the convection heating method, the flower is only heated when you inhale, meaning there’s virtually zero waste with this product. To turn off, hold the (M) and (-) buttons. 

How to clean the ArGo

Essentially maintenance free, the ArGo is extremely easy to clean. Simply soak the glass parts in isopropyl alcohol for a couple of hours, then rise with hot water. Make sure they are fully dry before re-inserting them into the device.

What’s the appeal?

The back-to-the-basics design of the ArGo vaporizer is exciting in a market that’s been overrun by overcomplicated vapes relying on needless technology to mask a mediocre product. This vaporizer is ideal for those who want something simple and reliable, and who, like me, may secretly hate technology. 

I would imagine their audience skews a little older, but it could appeal to anyone who falls in line with the philosophy that less is more. If the ArGo was a character on Parks and Recreation, it would undoubtedly be Ron Swanson: no frills, no nonsense, and extremely effective. 

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Everything you need to know about the Arizer Air II

With all the tech-savvy portable vaporizers on the market, it’s easy to forget that a mere ten years ago, a lot of us were passing around Volcano bags, blowing vapor rings from V-Towers, and generally getting high af off desktop vaporizers. While this idea now seems nostalgic at best, and antiquated at worst, there’s a lot to be said for those pricey, high quality flower vaporizers, as well as the brands who make them. 

It seems that in the transition from big expensive vapes to small portable vaporizers and vape pens, we’ve lost a lot of product quality, which in turn has soured many weed-users on the concept of vaporizing weed altogether. Even as a cannabis journalist, deep down I was one of those soured, combustion only stoners just days prior to writing this article. 

The Air II, the first portable flower vaporizer from industry vets Arizer, re-opened my mind to the benefits of the intake method, as well as the perks of having a high-quality flower vaporizer in the mix. Clearly (a follow up to) the first portable device from a brand known for epic desktop setups, it’s a genre-bending product in that it’s both a portable and an at home vaporizer. Neither of which I knew how badly I needed. 

Whether you’re in the market for a new vape, or just curious as to what all the buzz is about, here’s our take on the Arizer Air II. 

What is the Arizer Air II?

The Arizer Air II is a portable convection vaporizer from the brand Arizer, well respected industry vets known for their no nonsense, high quality products. While Arizer initially rose to notoriety over 12 years ago for their desktop setups like the V-Tower and Extreme, they evolved with the times, and now have five portable vaporizers in their roster. The Air II is a follow up to the popular Air, which when it was released in 2011, was the brand’s first portable vaporizer. 

Blurring the line between a high end, at-home vaporizer and a portable vape for on-the-go use, the Air II uses convection heating technology (using a ceramic heating element) to produce unmatched flavor. But just because this is fully a portable vaporizer, doesn’t mean it’s the type of vape you would want to sneak into a music festival, for example. Due to it’s design, which is simple but definitely prone to breaking, it seems more portable in the way that you would bring it from your living room to your bedroom, or maybe keep in your car.

While there are only two moving parts (the vape itself and a glass tube you preload with ground flower), the design of the Air II lends itself more to a sedentary session because the glass tube sits on top of the vaporizer itself, which is thin and could easily topple over. Though the tube fits snugly, it doesn’t fully lock into place, making the device particularly prone to vibe-shattering accidents.  

What Can You Vape with the Air II?

The Air II  is only compatible with ground flower. 

How do you use the Air II?

Now that we’ve been over the basics, here’s how you use the Air II. 

Charge the Air II

The Air II comes with a swappable 18650 battery that can be charged while inside the Air II via USB, or outside of it with an 18650 compatible charger. This interchangeable batteries allows you to pre-charge batteries if you’re going camping, or doing something that doesn’t include electricity. A single charge can last for up to 90 minutes of continuous use, and the device takes about 3 hours to charge fully. 

To charge the battery within the Air II, simply plug in the USB cable and adapter. The Air II’s screen will display the battery percentage, letting you know when it is fully charged. It is not necessary to fully charge the Air II upon first use, and the device can also be used while charging. 

Control Panel

The control panel of the Air II consists of an OLED display and three buttons: Menu (M), Plus (+), and Minus (-). With these, you can control every aspect of the device, using M to toggle through the menu, and plus and minus to set things like temperature settings, brightness display, shut off timers and more. I turned the device on before reading the manual. The set up is so simple, it’s pretty much self explanatory.

Temperature Settings: The Air II has a large range of temperature settings, from 122 degrees fahrenheit to 428 degrees fahrenheit, in 1 or 10 degree increments using the plus and minus buttons. 

How to Vape

  1. Load Glass Aroma Tube: Put coarsely ground flower in a small container, then twist the the glass tube into the container to fill the dish, being sure not to press too hard or pack it too tightly. It comes with a stainless steel stirring tool that helps with packing.
  2. Insert Glass Aroma Tube: Pre-heat unit before inserting the tube, then insert the flower filled tube into the top of the Air II. 
  3. Press and Hold the (-) and (M) Buttons to Turn On: A timer will count down on the OLED screen showing the power on delay and a greeting message is displayed when the unit is powered on. 
  4. Set the Temperature and Let Unit Heat Up: Press one of the tree control panel buttons and the Air II will start to heat up automatically. Press the (+) and (-) buttons to adjust the temperature in 1-degree increments, or hold the button down to adjust the temperature in 10-degree increments.  
  5. Inhale and Enjoy!: The Air II will remain heated and ready to use until you turn the device off. Because of the convection heating method, the flower is only heated when you inhale, meaning there’s virtually zero waste with this product. To turn off, hold the (M) and (+) buttons. 

How to Clean the Air II

Essentially maintenance free, the Air II is extremely easy to clean. Simply soak the glass parts in isopropyl alcohol for a couple of hours, then rise with hot water. Make sure they are fully dry before re-inserting them into the top of the device .

What’s the Appeal?

With it’s simple design and high quality vapor production, The Air II is a great vaporizer for novice and seasoned users alike. Whether it’s the people who want to get into using cannabis but don’t want to smoke for medical reasons, or heavy smokers who either want a break from combustion or to conserve (and truly taste!) their weed, the Air II fills a void in that its a desktop-quality vaporizer in the form of a casual, portable vape, even if it is a little fragile. 

Just because a hot new vaporizer has enough bells and whistles to link with a bluetooth speaker across the street doesn’t make it a good product when it comes time to get high. The Arizer Air has stood the test of time, and it’s successor, the Air II, will surely carry the flame for years to come. 

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Everything you need to know about the G Pen Elite dry herb vaporizer

Many years ago, when concentrates were more akin to hash and vaporizers were mostly on tabletops, a portable, pocket-sized vape made just for oil-type concentrates hit the scene. The original G-Pen by Grenco Science made such a splash that the industry started an entirely new branch of products: portable vapes and concentrates. 

These devices have come a long way from the dribbly, goopy, first models, and Grenco dropped in with another flower vape — G Pen Elite vaporizer. 

Our previous G Pen guide had quick breakdowns of each device, but we wanted to take a full look and put together a G Pen Elite review for readers interested in G Pen’s bestselling device.

What is the G Pen Elite vaporizer?

Made specifically to vaporize dry herb, the Elite is not multi-use. It costs about $120 and is accessible online across a variety of retailers, as well as their own shop. Flower consumers will love the size of its ceramic chamber, as the Elite boasts one of the largest on the market. 

What immediately stands out about the vape is its smooth but angular shape, like a maxed-out version of their cartridge pen, the Gio. Grooved sides mean it’s easier to hold and much harder to drop, which is something you may sacrifice with the more modernist type of pocket vapes. 

How does G Pen Elite vaporizer work?

The dry herb vape heats up quickly and provides great airflow for hits that aren’t as weak as some competitor vapes. This is something that Grenco understands — the customer wants high vapor quality and a hit that keeps coming, not a slow leak of weed flavored air. 

Packing dry herb into the heating chamber is simple, the same as other portable vaporizers. Make sure the flower is properly ground and packed in the heating chamber before closing and activating the device. Check the LED display and power button to make sure the device is off before filling or refilling.

Temperature control on the Elite is precise — a Celsius or Fahrenheit reading on the digital control takes the guesswork and color-coding out of the heating process. You can set the temperature using the LED display anywhere from 200°F up to 428°F depending on your vaporizing preferences. 

The battery life is adequate and charging time completely reasonable at a few hours tops. It has USB charging, which makes charging fairly easy.

Is the G Pen good? Is the G Pen Elite worth it?

You don’t lose anything from the adjustments to the standard pocket vape that Grenco has made, namely some buttons and a sculptural shape, and it isn’t lacking anything that another similar model can provide, especially at this lower price range ($119.95). 

Though pocket vapes can’t handle the volume of a tabletop model, Grenco at least tries to make it easy and foolproof with minimal headaches. This model’s ceramic chamber is far easier to clean than a metal heated vape. 

These little tweaks are what makes this a good buy, and the one year warranty doesn’t hurt either.

Photo courtesy of G Pen

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