Magic Flight Launch Box vs Solo Vaporizer: Vape SHOWDOWN

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Portable Vaporizers are more variable than you’d think. There are all kinds of different mechanisms and styles to fit lots of different needs. The Magic Flight Launch Box, for example, is a tiny, basic unit, but it’s amazingly discreet and portable. The Solo Vape is a premium portable, but it’s got a different set of priorities and different strengths. Here’s a comparison of the two, to see what you get for the extra money you would spend on getting an Arizer Solo as compared to the MFLB. By the end you should know which unit is going to fit your lifestyle better.

Comparison Review of Magic Flight Launch Box vs Arizer Solo

Magic Flight Launch Box vs Solo Vaporizer

Vapor Quality

Magic Flight Launch Box

The Magic Flight is so simple and basic that you wouldn’t expect it to produce good vapor quality. If you go in with low standards like that, it’s definitely going to surprise you. For something this simple, the vapor tastes pretty average and comes at a good consistency. The good thing about the MFLB is that you can get better and better vapor the more experience you get with using the unit. It doesn’t have an inbuilt temperature control mechanism, so you will have to do that yourself by measuring the speed of your drawing from the mouthpiece and the length of time you push the battery in. It’s even kind of adjustable, but of course this unit is limited by how basic it is.

Arizer Solo

It’s just unfair to compare the Solo to any other portable. This unit is made in Canada and therefore calibrated for best vapor quality. The vapor quality you get out of this unit would be spectacular in a stationary unit. Usually this is the area where manufacturers make some compromises when designing portables, but not for the Solo. The advanced heating chamber, managed airflow, combination of conduction and convection, and glass parts make this one of the best vapor producers on the market.

Arizer Solo
Winner: Arizer Solo, hands down.

Manufacturing Quality

Magic Flight Launch Box

Magic Flight gives the Launch Box a lifetime warranty, and in my experience this thing just does not break. That’s the good part of simple units – there’s nothing much to go wrong. The casing is solid wood, and most of the Magic Flight is durable and straight forward. The screen can be a bit delicate, and unfortunately it’s not replaceable, but otherwise this unit holds up pretty well. Over time, we have heard of instances where the screen rips.

Arizer Solo

The Solo Vaporizer, like all Arizer products, has excellent manufacturing quality. It’s got a two year warranty on parts and labour, and a solid sandblasted aluminum casing to protect everything. The heating chamber is made of stainless steel; ceramic and some “secret compound” that insulates heat remarkably well to prolong battery life. It’s extremely durable and won’t let you down.
Winner:  While the MFLB is relatively reliable, the batteries have a very short life. The unit itself is manufactured with above average quality, but against a unit like the Arizer Solo the MFLB stands no chance. The Solo is assembled in Canada and is one of the top units in manufacturing quality. 


Temperature Flexibility

Magic Flight Launch Box

Launch Box The Magic Flight works by pressing a battery to complete a circuit and heat up the element. This means that the heat depends on how long you hold the battery in place and how fast you draw the vapor. You have a little control over the heat this way, but no real certainty. Basically you should think of the Launch Box as having one setting only, heat or no heat. If you hold it in too long, it might even burn your botanicals. So that is the reason why the crowd that loves Magic Flight are very much in sync with how to use the unit.

Arizer Solo

The Solo has seven temperature settings, ranging from very low for potpourri to several settings in the right range for vaporizing. Level three is 190 Celsius and level 7 is 210 Celsius. This gives you a wide range of possibilities. The temperatures are the optimal vaporization temperatures. For some it might be more desirable to vaporize at even higher temperatures to get even thicker vapor, but that is only a fraction of the people. Usually people prefer vapor around 200 degrees Celsius, which the Solo has covered.
Winner: Arizer Solo – Magic Flight only has one setting

Vaporizer

Portability

Magic Flight Launch Box

The Magic Flight Launch Box is designed for portability. It’s small enough to hold in your hand or fit in any pocket and only weighs 60 gram. You can keep your botanicals stored in the heating chamber while you carry it around, so you don’t need anything but the unit, the battery, and a drawing stem. Portability is one of the best selling points for this vaporizer.

Arizer Solo

 The Solo is very portable itself; since the unit is small and slim, but the glass drawing stems are an issue here. They add to the amazing vapor quality of the unit, but they’re not the most portable of things. The glass is hard and relatively difficult to break, but it might be more of a concern once you want to put it in your pocket with your keys and cellphone. There are some awesome cases for this unit, but on its own the Solo isn’t the most portable, portable vaporizer around.

Solo Vaporizer
Winner: MFLB – Tiny and light. Compared to the size of the Solo, the Launch Box is just simply more portable.

Discreetness

Magic Flight Launch Box

The Magic Flight is so small that most people can hide it in their fist. When you add in the battery and drawing stem, it’s a little less discreet, but the whole thing is still just plain tiny. You can also just draw directly from the unit, making it even more discreet. Only draw directly from the unit if you really have to since the vapor taste deteriorates even further without the glass drawing stem. The only issue the Launch Box has is that the wooden body of the unit gathers odor quite quickly and cleaning it is just not possible.  The wood grabs on to odor like a sponge. It is not going to be noticeable on distances more than 30 cm, but still would leave a signature odor in your pocket if you were to carry it around in your pocket.

Arizer Solo

Buy Arizer Solo VaporizerThe Solo looks like any electronic device and is small enough to fit in a bag. You can turn off the sound for silent operation (turn off button sound by holding up button), and it won’t draw attention for its looks either. However, the glass aroma tube sticks out of the unit and looks a bit weird to the unknowing folks. On the odor front however the Arizer is the best. The ultra-efficient heating chamber combined with the glass and managed airflow, extract almost everything out of the botanical making it virtually odor less. Since the temperature management is advanced as well, nothing will burn so the unit performs top of its category when it comes being stealthy to the nose.
Winner: Magic Flight – this is a close call. If you are looking for something small and light, go with the Launch Box. If in comparison less odor is more important to you than size, Solo is one of the best portable vaporizers on that front!

Vape SHOWDOWN

Buy Magic Flight Launch BoxThe Magic Flight and the Solo are designed for different needs. Both of these units have a large following. The Launch box is more popular among younger folks, while the Solo is highly sought after among the less price conscious and older crowd.
If your first priority is discreetness or portability, then the Magic Flight is an amazing vaporizer and will be perfect for you. You get an excellent vape for the price, but you lose on flexibility and vapor quality. The Solo, on the other hand, is one of the most popular vaporizers around for a very good reason. It manages to sacrifice almost nothing in quality and still be very portable and discreet. And for the few shortcomings there are multiple accessories to enhance the performance of the unit.
Because of the spectacular vapor quality, manufacturing quality and sheer enjoyment of using the Arizer Solo it’s definitely the winner here.

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8 Comments

  1. It’s weird when you realize the cheaper units are actually exactly what you want. But I bet the Solo would be awesome if I used more often.

    • True. It has been holding the position of best portable vaporizer since it’s release, which is super rare considering that most vaporizer companies (vaporblunt and atmos) need to release a new unit every 6 months to keep afloat.

  2. It should be pointed out that the magic flight is manufactured in California, which probably has the strictest environmental and labor laws in the western hemisphere.

  3. ^actually the mflb has released a power adapter that can plug into a wall or into your car’s cigarette lighter. It also has an adjustable power control which makes vaporizing a lot more precise if you are inexperienced with the rechargeable batteries. Both units are great portable vaporizers

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