The NO2 by Vapir
used to be one of the first portable vaporizers in the market. It enjoyed great publicity back then. The unit has not been updated since then and has slowly become one of the cheaper handheld vaporizers. In comparison the Arizer Solo
, is hands down the most popular portable vaporizer at the moment. It has been held in high regard because of its ability to generate Vapor Quality comparable to a Volcano, but on the go. Let’s see how these two unit compare to each other.
Comparison Review of Vapir NO2 vs Arizer Solo
The Vapir NO2
is able to produce good vapor at lower temperatures. What we like is that the unit is very efficient and produced dense and visible vapor at 190 °C. The narrow heating chamber is good to generate dense vapor. However, at higher temperatures over 195 °C we found the vapor lost some of its natural flavor and tasted a bit harsh. Generally vapor loses some of its flavor at higher temperatures, but as the NO2 has a brass heating element the performance is further hampered.
has absolutely amazing vapor quality for a portable unit. It really stands out in this category and produces vapor quality similar to a stationary unit. The Solo has the most advanced heating chamber among all the portable vaporizers. The air pathways below the chamber make the unit a hybrid convection/conduction vaporizer. The vapor is dense and flavourful at all temperature settings. This is because of its perfectly insulated heating chamber and optimized airflow. I find that I tend to use the Solo even at home quite often, even though I have a Volcano.
Winner: The Arizer Solo, it would probably win against any other portable vape for smoothness and density of vapor.
The NO2 is sturdy and has no parts that could easily break. The stainless steel heating chamber does a very good job and the temperature display is easy to use. But we would have liked to see less heat resistant plastic used, and higher quality parts in general. The Vapir NO2 comes with a one year warranty. However, the current standard warranty in the market for handheld vaporizers is two years, and we’d like Vapir to increase the warranty to match that.
Arizer is a Canadian company known for its manufacturing quality, and the Solo doesn’t disappoint. The unit is encased in brushed aluminum with a high quality ceramic micro heater. It’s strong and solid. The glass drawing stems provide excellent vapor quality. The Arizer Solo Heating Chamber is the most advanced among portable vaporizers and geared for quality vapor production. It comes with a 2 year warranty, and the warranty process and customer service at Arizer are exceptional.
Winner: Arizer Solo – longer warranty, brushed aluminum casing and better heating chamber.
can reach maximum temperatures of up to 205 °C and it does so relatively quickly. What is nice about this unit is that it has a digital display allowing you to set the temperature to the nearest degree. We would have liked to see the unit reach higher temperatures though, as the new standard among portable vaporizer seems to be around 210°C. The current maximum temperature, 205 °C, is on the low end for people who like thicker and denser vapor.
This Portable Vaporizer has seven pre-set temperature settings ranging from 180 °C to 210 °C. Changing temperature is as easy as pressing a button and it only takes 1 minute and 35 seconds to reach level 3. However, you can’t adjust the temperature to any other setting than the ones chosen for you. Though the major temperature range is covered with the Arizer it doesn’t have a digital display.
Winner: The Vapir NO2 just barely gets the edge here, since while it has a slightly smaller range it allows the user to pick their ideal temperature to the nearest degree. It is a very close call however, since the higher max temperature of the Solo might be more attractive to the people that like thicker vapor.
The NO2 is easy and comfortable to hold, but it’s one of the largest portable vaporizers around. Although it is a high quality unit, over the last few years vaporizers have gotten smaller. Hopefully the next version of the NO2 will shrink by at least 50%. This unit is not really too portable unless you plan on taking it in a backpack. This unit will not fit in your pocket. On the other hand, you can drop this unit and it doesn’t really have any loose or any components in general that would break easily.
is smaller than the Vapir and can be carried around on its own, except for the glass aroma tubes that come with it. These are breakable, even though they are made of hardened borosilicate glass. You can carry these around in your pocket, especially if you have tube caps which allow you to prefill the aroma tubes with botanical. The unit itself will also fit in your pocket. There are two different types of cases for the Solo; the Hard Case and the Soft Case. Both have airtight sections where you can store your botanical without worrying about odors. In general the Solo is much easier to carry around, especially if you get a case for it.
Winner: Though it is not the Solo’s strength it easily beats the Vapir NO2 in this category. The NO2 is just too big to be truly portable.
Due to its size this unit loses some discreetness. The Vapir NO2’s whip is fairly long and very difficult to put away, and it makes it pretty clear what the unit is for. Some people just don’t take the whip with them when they take the unit out. That will make the vapor very hot and not nearly as enjoyable. What we did like though is that the unit produces little odor.
This unit looks like any handheld electronic device. It is small enough to fit in a pocket. You can turn the sound off so it runs silently. However, the glass draw stems do reduce the discreetness of this device. In terms of odor, the Arizer Solo
is one of the lowest odor generating units in the market. This has mainly to do with the fact that it has an optimized airflow. This will allow the unit to be a hybrid convection/conduction vaporizer, which generates fewer odors.
Winner: Solo – smaller size, shorter draw stem
Overall, one can clearly see that we give the Arizer the edge compared to the NO2. Although we thoroughly enjoy using the NO2, it seems a bit outdated these days compared to newer units. The one advantage of the NO2 is that it is very competitively priced and if you are on a tight budget be rest assured that in its price class the NO2 brings value to the table. In this case though, the Solo beats Vapir’s unit in almost every category showing that it solidly deserves its popularity.
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