Arizer Air Max Review
Arizer is a company that started in Canada in 2005. The company captured our attention in December of 2017 when they released their newest portable device, the ArGo, which is short for Arizer Go. Shortly prior to the release of the ArGo, Arizer updated their staple portable lineup that encompassed the Solo and Air products in the Solo 2 vape and Air 2. The Arizer Air MAX is the newest release in the Arizer Air lineup, following up on the extremely well-regarded Arizer Air and Arizer Air 2. Now that we’ve had our sample for a few days, we’ve had a chance to really test it and give you up-to-date information in this in-depth review.
- 1 What’s in the Arizer Air Max Box?
- 2 Arizer Air Max Key Features
- 3 Arizer Air Max Portability
- 4 Can you use concentrates in the Air Max?
- 5 Arizer Air Max Vapor Quality
- 6 Comparisons
- 7 How to use the Arizer Air Max?
- 8 Arizer Air Max 26650 Battery
- 9 How to clean an Arizer vape?
- 10 Warranty
- 11 Pros and Cons
- 12 Arizer Air Max Conclusion
What’s in the Arizer Air Max Box?
- 1 x Air MAX Portable Micro-Heater
- 1 x Air MAX Battery
- 1 x Arizer USB-C Charger
- 1 x Glass Aroma Tube (70mm)
- 1 x Frosted Glass Aroma Tube (14mm)
- 1 x Glass Aroma Dish
- 2 x Silicon Stem Caps
- 2 x PVC Travel Tube w/ Cap (70mm Size)
- 1 x PVC Travel Tube w/ Cap (Aroma Dish Size)
- 1 x Stainless Steel Stirring Tool
- 4 x Stainless Steel Filter Screens
- 1 x Sample Aromatic Botanicals
- 1 X Air MAX User Manual
Arizer Air Max Key Features
- Will use same glass as prior Air/Solo iterations, this means the same 0.25g chamber
- Advanced Ceramic Hybrid Heater
- Automatic Screen Inversion
- Dark Mode
- High Capacity Rechargeable Interchangeable Batteries (26650)
- USB-C Charging & Use While Charging
- Small Palm Sized & Pocketable
- Now includes a 14mm WPA in the package instead of plastic tipped mouthpiece
- Single Button on Left Side with Two on the Right Side
- Only Available in Black
Arizer Air Max PortabilityThe first thing you’ll notice right out of the box is the size increase on the Air Max. It is about an inch taller than the Air 2, but the larger battery and upgraded ceramic heater have really increased the weight of the vape. For specs, it’s now about the same size as the Solo 2, but weighs a little more. In general, this means it won’t be fitting into most pockets, similar to the fault of the Mighty+. For this reason, we’d suggest picking up a solid vape carrying case like the Stashlogix Silverton which comes with a variety of storage compartments to customize, as well as a child-proof lock.
Can you use concentrates in the Air Max?While the Arizer Air Max is made to be only used with dry herb, the upgraded convection element means that it’s a good candidate for the sandwich method. All this means is sandwiching a rice sized grain in between two small clumps of dry herb. You won’t want to use anything too runny, as it risks the chance of going down into the heating element and causing damage. In our tests, the best results came from using the 14mm WPA since the draws have more powerful draws which will help your concentrates THC extraction.
Arizer Air Max Vapor Quality
Air MAX vs Mighty+ Comparison – Heat-up time (0:00 – 1:45) and vapor quality comparison (1:50 – end)The ceramic heating element has been greatly upgraded on the Air Max to crank up the heating power of the vaporizer. There also seems to be much less draw restriction, and this really helps to boost the hot air’s convection capabilities in the glass stem chamber. While the flavor remains the same thanks to an isolated air path and pure glass stem flavor, the Air Max is now better optimized for faster sessions. By this, we mean you won’t have to wait past the heat-up to get good vapor. As well, you’ll be able to get back to back hits without any decrease in cloud production. With the included 14mm water pipe adapter, our favorite combo by far has been using it with the 14mm whip bubbler, or you can choose to just use the Arizer Glass Stem Bubbler which works the same ways as the normal mouthpiece. Since the screen inverts when you place it upside down, it’ll be super easy to use compared to older models. You place the Air Max into the top of the bong, and then you’ll have a super fun almost desktop vaporizer like setup. If that’s more your thing you might also consider the brand new Arizer XQ2.
ComparisonsCompared the the older model, the Arizer Air 2, the Air Max has been upgraded to a larger battery, USB-C charging, improved heating elements, and a better user interface with more options. While the 2 hours and 15 minutes of battery life still doesn’t compare to the Solo 2’s 3 hours, the fact that it’s swappable and battery bank compatible make it the real winner. Depending on the outside temperature, for a max temperature heat-up time it took about 60 seconds, compared to the Air 2’s 90 seconds.
How to use the Arizer Air Max?The Air Max uses the same glass stem chamber mouthpiece design that has become a staple of the Arizer brand. For normal chamber loading, all you’ll have to do is gently stamp down a medium grind into the 0.2g chamber, and then place it back into the stainless steel oven. To turn the Air Max on, press and hold the M and + buttons until the countdown has finished. You can then use + and – arrows on the right side of the vaporizer to set your desired temperature between 50° – 220° Celsius / 122° – 428° Fahrenheit. After a thirty second to a minute heat-up time, a beep will let you know that your temperature has been reached. Once you’re done your session, you can then press and hold the m button until the vape turns itself off. One of the nice changes to the Air Max is the upgraded user interface – The two main ones being automatic screen inversion, and a dark screen mode. For the inversion, all it means is that when you hold the vape upside down, the screen will turn so that you can read it. This works well while you’re using a bong so that reading the temperature is easier. For the dark mode, you can quickly swap between the normal mode and dark mode by m and – buttons for two seconds to swap between the two. In this discreet dark mode, information is displayed in shapes on a darker screen.
- A top right corner means power on delay
- A square in the top left corner means idle
- A Plus sign in the bottom left corner means heating
- A triangle in the bottom right corner means it’s ready to be used
Arizer Air Max 26650 BatteryThe Air Max is equipped with a swappable 26650 5000mAh battery. Although this is an upgrade over the 18650 featured in the older model, the 26650 will be slightly harder to source to pick up for backups on the go. It will feature pass-through charging just like on older models after fifteen minutes. With the upgrade to a USB-C charger, the charge time will also be brought to around an hour from the two on the previous model. Out of the box, you’ll want to fully charge it to get the most longevity as possible. Although the 2 hours and 15 minutes of use will be more than enough for heavy users, you can also consider picking up a battery bank, or a spare 26650 battery to swap to when you run out of juice on the go. One of the things you should note is that the battery is not made to be used in very cold weather, or it will die quickly. As well, Arizer suggests that if you’re going to store your Air Max for longer than a month, do so with only a partial charge, not a full charge.
How to clean an Arizer vape?Cleaning the Arizer Air Max is as easy as submerging the glass stem mouthpieces in isopropyl alcohol for ten to thirty minutes before a hot water rinse. As long as you’re keeping the chamber clear after every use, you won’t have any resin buildups. For the occasional fast clean, you can use vape cleaning sticks in the oven and chamber if the air flow is slightly affected, but the middle of the glass mouthpiece is still clean.
WarrantyThe Air Max carries a lifetime warranty on the heating elements, and a limited 2-year warranty covering defects in materials or workmanship, excluding battery. Glass won’t be covered, so make sure that you’re using a carrying like the Tools420 Storage Bag!
Pros and Cons
Pros+ Easy to operate and clean glass stem chamber / mouthpiece design, as with all Arizer vaporizers + Isolated air path + USB-C Charging + Heat-up times under 60 seconds with improved heater + Swappable battery + Included 14mm bong adapter and screen inversion + Sleek design + Solo 2 or Air 2 Accessories will fit into the chamber
Cons– Some users will miss the capped mouthpiece included in the Air 2 – Slightly bulky design that may be too big for smaller pockets – Dark mode is useless to most people – Price jump compared to Solo 2 / Air 2 – The box is quite difficult to repack after opening
Arizer Air Max ConclusionIn conclusion, the Arizer Air Max has made a lot of great improvements to overall ease of use and battery capabilities that have made it a very competitive portable dry herb vaporizer. The upgraded ceramic heating element, improved airflow and less draw restriction have set it on par with the Crafty+ or Mighty+ in terms of overall cloud production and vapor quality. It’s a strong two thumbs up from us… Good job Arizer!
2nd generation Arizer portable vaporizers (Air 2, Solo 2, ArGo)