Author Rating: 8.7/10

Ease of Use: 9/10
Temperature Settings: 9/10
Chamber & Heating System: 8/10
Vapor Quality: 9/10
Battery Life: 9/10
Aesthetics & Manufacturing Quality: 8/10

Should you buy the Arizer XQ2?

The Arizer XQ2 Desktop has arrived, and we couldn’t be more excited to give you an in-depth review to help you see if it’s right for you! Off the bat, you should know that this is a high-performance vaporizer that will keep beginners and vape connoisseurs happy with massive and flavorful hits!

Besides, it’s packed full of features with a price tag that won’t break the bank.

Arizer has been steadily improving its designs and manufacturing quality since the release of the original Extreme Q Vaporizer over 15 years ago, and now we have the new version for you to see! We’ll be going over the XQ2’s specs, key features, pros and cons, and who the XQ2 would be best for! Let’s get into it.


Arizer XQ2 Specs + Ratings

Material Compatibility Dry Herb
Pass through charging N/A
Swappable Battery N/A
Charge Time N/A
Charging Port Wall Plug
Battery life N/A
Heating system Convection
Heat up time 1 min. – 5min.
Temperature control Precision
Temperature Range 122°F – 500° F (50° C – 260° C)
Oven Size 0.5g / 1.5g
Vapor path way Glass / Silicone Whip
Accessories Bowls, Bags, Whips
Vibration Alert No
Motion sensor No
Warranty period 3 Years
Price 180$ USD
Coupon Code
Ease of Use 9/10
Vapor Quality 9/10
Manufacturing Quality 8/10
Ease of Cleaning 7/10
Portability 8/10
Durability 7/10

What’s in the Arizer XQ2 box?

  • 1 x Multi Purpose Heater
  • 1 x Power Adapter and Cord
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 2 x Glass Connoisseur Bowls
  • 2 x Tuff Bowl Grips
  • 1 x Glass Aromatherapy Dish
  • 1 x 3′ Silicone Whip
  • 1 x Glass Mini Whip w/ Dome Screen
  • 1 x Frosted Glass Balloon Mouthpiece
  • 1 x Balloon Connector
  • 2 x Balloon Bags
  • 1 x Balloon Cap
  • 1 x Air Filter W/ Cartridge
  • 1 x Stainless Steel Stirring Tool
  • 1 x Flat + Dome Screen
  • 1 x Aromatic Botanical sample
  • 1 x Owner’s Manual

Arizer XQ2 Kit

How does the Arizer XQ2 Desktop Vaporizer work?

One of the most significant upgrades from the original model to the XQ2 is how much easier the XQ2 is to use, thanks to the improved user interface and remote. 

As a desktop vaporizer, the XQ2 must be connected to a wall outlet to operate correctly. From there, you can either inhale from the silicone whip or fill balloons with the fan.

The new LED light strip is also super neat, as you can choose to have it display the vaporizer’s status or have it glow like a lava lamp.

Convection Heating System

The XQ2 uses convection heating that blows hot air up through your ground cannabis. With either the remote or user interface, you’ll have a precision temperature range of 122-500°F (50-260°C).

It takes about 3-4 minutes to reach optimal temperatures in the bowl or just two for lower heat. The XQ2’s glass bowl is placed right on top of the heating vent, which will then will slowly extract your THC for you to inhale through the whip or balloon.

Choose between the Whip or Balloon

With a new 360° swiveling head and included three-foot silicon whip, the XQ2 has a hookah-like setup right out of the box. The easy-to-use balloon system also makes sharing vapor with friends a breeze. Let’s take a quick look at how you can set up either option.

Whip 101

To use the whip, you’ll need to place the whip kit onto the glass bowl using a temperature between 170C-220C (338F-428F). After waiting 3-5 minutes while your bowl preheats for better vapor quality, you’ll be able to take long and slow draws full of terpenes! You can also turn on the fan for easier inhales for medicinal users.

Balloons 101

To use the balloon, attach the mini glass whip to the glass bowl and then the balloon mouthpiece to the mini whip. There are many different ways to fill the balloon, so you can play around with various settings like heat, bowl mode, and fan to perfect your sessions over time! As a popular setup, you can try a medium heated (380F) balloon with low fan speed.

This will give you a lot of vapor quality with a good amount of density. Compared to the previous model, one of the best upgrades to the balloon is an included cap so that you can take your filled balloon from room to room without wasting any vapor.

Arizer XQ2 New balloon assembly

Big or Little Bowl Chamber

The kit comes with two glass connoisseur bowls with two different chamber sizes: The larger ‘Cloud’ chamber or, the smaller ‘Flavor’ chamber.

The Cloud bowl option means that the larger side of the bowl will be upright, with the glass screen closer to the heat. For most people, this will be the preferred chamber side. This option will produce powerful hits and clouds with up to 1.5g of cannabis if you fill it to the top.

The flavor chamber will have a smaller bowl size but is better for micro-dosing or cooler inhales. The glass screen will be further from the heat, and the chamber size is reduced to about 0.3g. This will be a better option for users who prefer flavor over massive clouds.

While both bowl sides produce excellent airflow, the larger ‘Cloud’ chamber may be better for parties, bag-filling, or heavy users.

Arizer XQ2 2 Glass Connoisseur Bowl and Screen

Improved Remote Control

With an improved remote control, you’ll have access to more accessible settings control with better signal reception. The new remote now operates the fan control, audio levels, LED lights, temperature settings, power, auto-off timer, and three pre-set modes. All of this makes for a great and user-friendly desktop experience.

The older remote could be super confusing to beginners due to having too many options, so it’s nice to see that Arizer listened to community feedback to implement a good upgrade.

Improved Arizer XQ2 Vapor Quality

With a newly upgraded fan and isolated air path on the XQ2, you’ll have noticeably better vapor quality during your whip and balloon use! There’s also a new XQ2 replaceable air filter as an accessory to compete directly with the Volcano Hybrid.

Overall, we found that most temperatures will produce similar results and flavor, with the only real difference being a slowly filled bag being more ‘milky’ because of the more concentrated vapor. While the XQ2 significantly improved its vapor quality, it’s still a little behind the Volcano, especially since it fills the balloon twice as slowly.

How to use the Arizer XQ2

Let’s get into the nitty-gritty details for you connoisseurs or prospective buyers still reading our review!

  1. Load your glass bowl with a coarse grind of your favorite cannabis strain.
  2. Turn the XQ2 on with either the remote or power button on the user interface.
  3. By default, the XQ2 will automatically begin heating to the last set temperature, which you can adjust with the up or down arrows on the remote or device.
  4. Wait 2 minutes for the glass bowl to heat up and produce the best vapor quality for your balloon or whip.

Overall, it’s extremely easy to use while still having enough customizability to satisfy the connoisseurs in the crowd.

On the user interface buttons on the actual vaporizer, there is six pieces of information to know:

Arizer XQ2 Front Panel UI with LED bottom

  1. Power button – One press will activate the XQ2, unless the delayed 2 second start-up time is selected.
  2. Settings – Press the Settings Button will access the menu. You can press the up and down buttons to navigate to the desired setting. Pressing the setting button will be used as the ‘select’ button. Selecting an option will return you to the default temperature display screen. Other options you’ll have access to are the LED lights, screen brightness, volume settings, temperature alerts, auto-off timer, temperature display, and the delay start option.
  3. Fan – Pressing the fan button will switch between low, medium, high, and off. You’ll also be able to do the same things on the remote.
  4. Navigation buttons – The up and down buttons are used to navigate the menu settings and options. You can also hold them simultaneously to change temperature increments from 1 degree to 10 degrees.
  5. The user interface is the remote control signal receiver between the power and settings buttons.
  6. On the screen, you’ll see the set temperature on the bottom right and the actual temperature in the middle. The new screen is now easier, brighter, and more understandable!

Using the XQ2 for Aromatherapy

When the XQ2 is not vaping cannabis, it doubles down as an aromatherapy device! Add your favorite rinds, such as orange peels or scented flower pedals to the included glass dish to add a great scent to any environment. Other popular botanicals the Arizer community recommends include lavender, chamomile, or mint leaves. Our personal favorite at the Tools420 office is banana peels! After a few minutes at a temperature of 100-150C (212-302F), you’ll begin to notice your aromatherapy.

Arizer XQ2 with all glass mini whip with dome screen, glass aromatherapy dish with aromatic botanicals and multitool

Is the XQ2 vaporizer portable?

At 7 inches tall and wide at the base, the XQ2 is very portable as a desktop vaporizer, especially since it only weighs about a pound compared to the Volcano Hybrid, which weighs around seven pounds. It still won’t be comparable to a true portable dry herb vaporizer. Still, filling capped balloons makes it a perfect option for parties or sharing with friends.

Arizer Extreme Q vs. Arizer XQ2

The main difference between the EQ and XQ2 is the new glass bowl style, the inclusion of rubber grips, and the improved balloon design. While the XQ2 is now much easier to use, the vapor quality is only slightly better. Because the XQ2 is a little more money than the original, we’d pick the new version over the EQ any day of the week. You can read more about this comparison in our Arizer Extreme Q vs. XQ2 Review.

How to clean the Arizer XQ2?

The main thing to keep clean on the XQ2 will be all of the glass accessories. Knocking out debris after a session will always be best practice to prevent resin buildup. About once a month or after noticing decreased airflow, you can put your dirty glass pieces and screens into an isopropyl alcohol bath for 30 minutes. Afterward, gently scrub and rinse off any remaining alcohol with hot water. You might also notice your whips and bag quality decline over time if you are a heavy user. However, you can always pick up more for cheap if you want to avoid cleaning them in something more potent like Orange Chronic Glass Cleaner. Before throwing them out, you can salvage some of the resin buildup in the whip by cutting it open with scissors and then scraping the resin with a knife. Periodically, you may also consider changing the air filter accessible by the removable lid on the bottom of the XQ2.

Arizer XQ2 Warranty

One thing to know is that the glass is not covered under warranty. The glass pieces are made from borosilicate and are very prone to shattering if dropped, so you’ll want to have the Tuff grips on the bowls at all times to reduce the risk of breaking or accidental dropping! The XQ2 carries a lifetime warranty on the heating element and a limited 3-Year warranty covering parts and labor costs against defects.

Arizer XQ2 Tips and Tricks

  • Suppose you want to take hits faster than the four or five-minute preheat period suggested for optimal preheating before hits. In that case, you can raise the temperature slightly above your desired temperature for better vapor production earlier in the session. As it heats up over the course of a few minutes, you can then lower the temperature back down.
  • The mouthpiece on your bags is a 10mm port which you’ll be able to use as a bong adapter for the 10mm bubbler
  • You can leave your XQ2 on all day if you’d like to keep it preheated for your bowls
  • Change out your air filter once a year if you want the best vapor quality
  • Heavy users should pick up extra XQ2 balloons to fill multiple at a time

Arizer XQ2 Pros

  • Sleek and easy-to-use design
  • Consistent vapor quality
  • Tons of included accessories 
  • Many settings to tweak and fine-tune for veterans
  • 10mm mouthpiece balloons with included tethered cap
  • The ‘Tuff’ grips make the bowls much safer to handle
  • Lightweight desktop vaporizer

Arizer XQ2 Cons

  • Glass parts are very brittle
  • Slow balloon filling time compared to Volcano
  • Balloons and whips can be hard to maintain for heavy users
  • Vapor quality is not on par with Volcano vaporizers


As an upgrade over the Extreme Q, the Arizer XQ2 vaporizer has packed many new features into its kit while remaining affordable. There are lots of accessories to play around with sessions for veterans, and beginners will be able to have awesome sessions right out of the box as well. Overall, the XQ2 is a great pickup for a cheaper alternative to the Volcano because it still packs a punch with its consistent vapor quality.

If you’re still undecided, be sure to check out our more in-depth reviews:

Arizer XQ2 vs Arizer EQ Review

Arizer EQ Review 

Volcano Hybrid vs. Arizer XQ2

Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions about our XQ2 review!