Hello PNW followers! Today we’re here to bring you another dry flower vaporizer review, this time for the Arizer Air. As many of you know, here are the PNWCR HQ we are moving more and more away from smoking cannabis, preferring to either dab or vaporize our medicine. We have tested several dry flower vaporizers and we want to show you how the Air compares.
The Arizer Air:
The Air arrives in a brown, discreet box so you don’t worry about the mailman or your neighbors knowing you’re chiefin the green leaf! It’s about 6 inches long and about 2 inches in circumference, which is a bit larger than some of the portable vaporizers we’ve tested. It’s still portable, you just can’t hide it very well. It’s smaller than the Cloud Phantom, but it’s still not very easy to hide when you’re out wandering.
As you can see in the image, the Air comes with everything you need for aromatherapy or for dry herb vaporization. You get the unit with variable temperature control, two vapor stems with a single mouthpiece, a cup for your aromatherapy, a couple of rubber caps, and a stirring tool. You also get a carrying case with belt clip….
and a silicone cover that reminds me of the covers for the Wii game remotes.
Everything about this screams portability. It’s durable, so if you drop it while out hiking or roaming it should hold up well and just in case they give you some protective items for it. This is definitely made for on the go……
Using the Air:
As you see in the video above, there are 5 temperature settings. In the video I was vague about temps, but they are: Blue – 356 degrees, White – 374, Green – 392, Orange – 401, and Red – 410. Blue and white will vaporize most of the terpenes but leave many of the other cannabinoids behind. Green is a nice mid-range, but can be a bit on the high end for my personal taste. Orange and red are NEVER used on mine. You get too much of a popcorn flavor in my opinion.
To turn on the unit you press the center of the control button on the front until you hear a beep. This will turn it on to the lowest setting. Pressing up or down on the settings button will adjust the temperature. While the unit heats the colored LED blinks and when it’s solid the unit is heated and ready to go. Once on, the unit will heat for 10 minutes uninterrupted. There are no buttons to press while hitting or anything, just draw while it’s heated for a mouthful of vapor.
If you’re coming back to the unit and you want to go straight to the previously set temperature, turn the unit on and then hold the down arrow for about 5 seconds. This will jump straight to the last set temp setting.
When you’ve hit it a few times all you’re left with is brown material that looks vaguely of dried tobacco. This is the vaporized flower that is left behind.
Loading the Air is easy. You need to grind your flower to make sure it gets heated evenly, and then you just press the end of the stem (the small chamber at the bottom) into a pile of ground herb and give it a small twist. This will get some flower in the stem, you just repeat this process if it’s not enough. When it’s full you’ll see a small bump above the stem, lightly compress that but not so much that you reduce airflow. Just enough to make sure there isn’t any herb sticking out of the stem when you go to insert it into the unit.
The stem can be hard to insert into the unit. To make sure this isn’t a problem, turn the unit on and set it to the top temp setting while you are grinding and loading your herbs. This pre-heating will cause the o-ring to expand a little and give it more flex when you’re sliding the stem into the unit. You’ll notice that this allows a much easier insertion than just trying to shove it in cold. Trust me, you wanna do this. I damn near broke my stem before I figured this out (read the instructions, I didn’t!).
Not shown in the video is the fact that you can remove the battery. Arizer sells a dual battery charging unit for those who have multiple batteries and you just unscrew the bottom of the unit to swap out the battery.
Vaporizing With the Air:
This is marketed as an aromatherapy and potpourri vaporizer. Arizer even goes so far to provide botanicals on their site that you can buy to vaporize in the unit. So we began our testing by adding the provided wildflower to the potpourri cup and set it to the highest setting.
This was pointless. The unit only stays on for 10 minutes so you don’t get enough smell for even a single room. You can put some essential oils on a cotton ball and put that in the cup instead, so maybe that would be potent enough to smell up the room but just the wildflowers were a spectacular fail!
For cannabis this thing worked well! On the blue setting you won’t get clouds of vapor from this unit. However, you will get all of the terpenoids and cannabinoids that will vaporize at lower temperatures which gives you excellent flavor. My favorite was the mid range, green. This setting gave you decent vaporization of the THC and let you exhale a cloud of vapor instead of just tasting your cannabis. This was the best setting in my opinion.
You’ll have to play with the draw to find your best hit. I draw for a couple of seconds, pause for a micro second, and then draw again; repeating this process until I can’t hold anymore is how I got the clouds I blew on the video. I demonstrate other methods that for me weren’t as successful in making clouds as well.
Care and Maintenance:
Cleaning the unit is fairly simple. You can use your favorite glass cleaner (like Weed Wipes, our favorite!), just soak the mouthpiece, stem, and cup (if necessary). The mouthpiece is easy to replace, and there are several attachments you can accessorize with. You can pick them up here. We haven’t burned ours out yet, so I’m assuming that you get plenty of use out of these before a replacement is needed.
Cleaning the heating chamber is where it’s a bit more difficult to clean. However, since the dry herb stays in the stem and isn’t loaded directly into the heating chamber this doesn’t get nearly as dirty. Unfortunately, you can’t remove the top to pull out the heating screen so you have to use a cotton swab or pipe cleaner to get in there to clean it. That’s why we didn’t give it a 10/10 for cleaning.
There are a couple of flaws with this unit. First off it’s hugely expensive, it comes in at over $100 more than comparable units. Second, there is no water attachment so there is no way to smooth out the dry herb vapor.
Finally, for it’s cost the unit doesn’t heat evenly. As you can see in the video, the herb closest to the heating chamber gets VERY brown (almost looks like it was close to ACTUALLY burning) but the herb at the top of the stem was still slightly green. You had to stir it up to get the green herb vaporized, and that left you with a popcorn flavor as you were re-vaporizing material that had already been fully used.