The Arizer Solo On The Marketplace
The E-cigarette revolution is in full swing and is a much different market than it was just a few short years ago. Springing out of the stereotype of just a short-term fad, the E-cig, or vaping market has matured and gained a certain degree of respectability. There was much skepticism, if not outright laughter at what seemed to be a temporary lark in the attempt to pass off a device that just emitted water vapor, and pretending that it was equivalent to cigarette smoke.
Actually, the fact that the vapor is not cigarette smoke is one of the major reasons that e-cigarettes are beginning to give the real tobacco brands a run for their money.
Each year, approximately 160,000 people die from lung cancer, a disease that has been scientifically proven to be primarily caused by tobacco smoking. Tobacco smoke contains over 200 cancer causing chemicals in addition to cyanide and arsenic. It seems rather implausible that people would knowingly inhale a substance like that into their lungs.
Tobacco smoke also leaves a residue of tar, a darkish, gray-black, sticky substance that coats the inner lining of the lung. This eventually destroys the small air sacs, called alveoli, which grab the oxygen that we breathe in and places it into our blood streams. Without that process working, we cannot live, and that is what causes COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). 120,000 people die from COPD each year.
Vaporizers work by the mechanical vaporization of a glycol liquid that is in a container within the e-cig apparatus. Initially, the e-cig looked like a cigarette, long and slender with a fake glowing tip on the end. A battery inside of the device vaporizes the liquid, creating a cloud of water vapor, much like fog. The “smoker” inhales the vapor just like he or she is smoking, and then exhales it into the air.
The e-liquid can also be flavored since the glycol mixture is basically bland itself. Flavors such as fruity ones, mint, peppermint, chocolate, peanut butter, and many others are available for purchase. People can buy their flavors outright outright or they can mix their own combinations. There are different levels of nicotine that are available as well, and that is where the proposition becomes very interesting.
The initial sales of these new and crazy devices was largely due to the fact that people were using electronic cigarettes to get off of smoking tobacco cigarettes. Nicotine is the primary reason people find it so difficult to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, as it is one of the most addictive substances in the world.
If an individual quits tobacco cigarettes and simply switches to an e-cigarette with the same nicotine level, he or she will still get a similar “nicotine hit” as was received when smoking tobacco, so from that standpoint there is little difference between the two.
The electronic cigarette was first commercially marketed in the United States in 2009 and 2010. The earlier models were very simple in design, and even resembled cigarettes in looks. The devices of today are less likely to look like a cigarette, and are designed around the concept of functionality.
Such is the case of the Solo Vaporizer which is manufactured by Arizer. Arizer is a company that produces vaporizers in Canada. Their past products have been their V Tower and the Extreme Q, and their recent product that hit the marketplace in 2011, the Solo Vaporizers.
The Solo is primarily used for the use of vaporizing medical marijuana as well as other herbs, and it does a very good job of that, but there are those who will use the Solo for both marijuana and for eliquid. You have to be careful however, and use a cotton wick in the chamber and put it between two thin layers of green and it will work.
Here we are actually talking about a piece of equipment that is designed to heat marijuana leaves to be used for medicinal purposes, but some eliquid can be introduced in small quantities. and it will still give a satisfactory result.
The prior versions of the Arizer products were the V Tower and the Extreme-Q and both were required to be hooked up to an electrical outlet with a cord, which belied their portability. Not so with the Solo which does not require the hookup, and is completely portable with its battery power. Portability has become an extremely important factor with both recreational and medicinal usage for vaporizers and the Solo does the job.
It is powered by a lithium battery that is built-into the unit and will provide power for up to a three hours of vaporizing on a constant basis. There are seven levels of temperature settings, and this is a great feature because different forms of cannabis require different temperatures to release their contents. Another nice feature is the speed of the unit to heat up in only 3 minutes.
In relation to its competition, which consists of other portable vaporizers, the Solo is not as bulky as some of the others, making it easier to carry and store. It its upright position it is about the same size as a small soda can, and has a very hefty and durable feel to it.
Many laud the glass mouthpiece of the solo for its ease of use and the tasty “hits” that it seems to produce. It is thought that the glass is responsible for the clarity and directness of the hits as the vapor comes through it to the mouth. Rather than the plastic taste and smells that emanate from other products, there is no artificial flavor, but just a thick and pure vapor.
The only negative that one user could come up with was that the unit cannot be used at all while it is charging. The AC adapter that is used for charging the Solo is sold separately, and many would appreciate it if the charging unit would be included along with the Solo as that would make things much more convenient.
Many feel that the Arizer Solo Vaporizer has really made inroads in the area of portability in the vaporizing field, with its fine quality and easy portability.
The Solo is really not built for vaping the traditional e-cig way, but lots of people will use it for that purpose simultaneously along with their stash of hash. They just put a drop or two in with their cannabis and get some nicotine that way too. It does take some experimentation so as to not add too much nicotine and eliquid, as it can result in a very harsh taste. A caution too about the nicotine. You should only use a premixed liquid, as too much nicotine can be fatal.
There is the adage that when using any nicotine liquid with the solo, that you get a mixture with only a small amount of nicotine. The primary purpose of using any eliquid at all is to get a larger cloud of vapor, which will happen with eliquid anyway. If you are still very addicted to nicotine, it is suggested that your stick with a regular e-cig setup rather than the herb setup which is what the Solo really is.
The better method to use with the Solo is to use the aromatherapy bowl to burn the eliquids, as the bowl is easier to clean than the tanks and overall apparatus on the e-cigarettes. This can work, but from all reports, you have to really work at it in order to work out the correct amount of the mixtures.
Also, the vapor output is much higher in a more traditional cartridge of an electronic cigarette. The advantage of using a larger vaporizer such as the Solo is that you can use it for both duties, the herbal aspect of the process as well as the eliquid aspect of an ecigarette.
All the qualities of the Solo Vaporizer by Arizer seem to hit a home run from the functionality of the unit. For its use as a vaporizer for the use of heating medicinal marijuana or other herbs, the Solo hits a home run. The only negative that some have put on the unit is that is is not subtle enough, even though it is portable. That seems to really be a bit shallow in its interpretation, because one would rarely take there vaping unit with then to a social occasion to hit on their medicinal marijuana anyway.
Viewing that statement strictly from the viewpoint of using the Solo unit as an electronic cigarette device would probably be closer to the mark. It would seem that even though the unit is portable, its e-cig use would still probably be more effective closer to home anyway.
Nevertheless, the Arizer Solo is crafted in a suburb manner and with its portability, its glass stem and mouthpiece, the seven levels of temperature, and it durability are all characteristics that fall into the plus column. The unit does give off a nice amount of vapor according to users, and the fact that there is the possibility of mixing some eliquid in with the herbs gives it an extra plus that you won’t find in too many other products.