After purchasing my first vaporizer during my freshman year of college, my eyes were opened to the beautiful world of vaporizing. I realized there was more to life than making the biggest GB possible and there was no turning back. The only thing left to do was upgrade my existing collection.
When I was in search of options for my next purchase, I got the opportunity to try out the legendary Volcano Vaporizer I had read so much about in the forums. I was obsessed with the fact that you could blow up a balloon of vapor; I had to have one.
“I was already sold when he informed me that the Extreme Q retailed for $239, under half the price of the Volcano ($669).”
However, as a college student, I couldn’t rationalize such a high price tag when I was living off a diet of Easy Mac and Hot Pockets. That’s when my friend Bryan introduced me to the Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer, a dual-purpose vaporizer that worked with either a balloon or a whip (The Volcano is a balloon-only vape).
For his last trick, Bryan attached the balloon to the whip, sat back on the couch, and pressed a few buttons on a tiny remote. Before I knew it the Arizer Extreme Q was powered on and the bag was inflating. This thing couldn’t possibly get any cooler, I felt like I was vaping with Elroy. Needless to say, I was lucky enough to get my hands on my own Arizer unit, which is chilling in my living room as I write this review. To this day I stand by my word when I say, the Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer can hang with the best of ‘em.
What is the Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer?
Like I said, the Extreme Q is a dual-purpose vaporizer that functions as both a balloon and whip-style vaporizer (stationary device). With a price tag of just $239, the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is an affordable option for those with sensitive throats or lungs looking for a bag style vaporizer.
The vaporizer comes with 2 bowls, 2 glass whip mouthpieces, 2 balloons, both a long (for whip use) and short whip (for bags), a pack of screens, remote control, a stirring tool, a glass potpourri dish and an owners manual. According to Arizer, the newly designed Extreme Q is 50% more energy efficient and the fan is ~70% quieter.
The Extreme Q is sleek in design, extremely light, and always stays cool no matter how long the unit is left on. This is because the body encasing the heating element is made of food grade plastic. But don’t worry; the vapor path is free of plastic and the heating element is made of ceramic. The bowl is made of glass as well as the mouthpiece and elbow fittings attached to the food-grade PVC tubing. This provides for tasty, quality vapor when using the Extreme Q.
The front of the vaporizer features a small LED screen that displays the temperature, fan power (three settings), lights, and even a sleep timer. All of which can be set with the remote control from a comfortable distance. This is one of the nicest features of the Extreme Q.
The Extreme Q has a temperature range from 122°F to 500°F and a heat up time of about three minutes. After the unit is preheated and packed up, it takes about two and a half minutes to blow up a bag. This feature makes this vaporizer perfect for passing around in social settings or parties. However, since there is no valve on the bag you are required to put your finger over the tube between inhales to prevent vapor from escaping.
The unit does not require any major cleaning, however all the glass pieces can be taken apart and soaked in alcohol along with the whip tubing when needed. It definitely pays to clean your screen on the whip elbow every few days of heavy use. We noticed that when it builds up residue, it takes longer for the bags to blow up (restricted airflow).
How To Use The Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer
Using the Arizer Extreme Q vaporizer is really simple and there really isn’t a learning curve to deal with. This is truly one of the simplest units we have used despite its fancy accouterments with the remote and all. The directions for use are as follows:
- Press the Power Button on the front of the Arizer unit (or remote control)
- Set the temperature to your favorite temperature for vaporizing dry-herbs. Ours is around 370°F with the Extreme Q (can be adjusted for desired effects).
- Pack your finely ground herb into your bowl piece about a third of the way and place it on the ceramic heating element. Make sure the black rubber coating is facing up.
- Once the unit is preheated (about 2-3 minutes) you should attach the balloon to the whip if you are going to utilize that function. If not, skip to next step.
- Fit the glass elbow end of the whip onto the top of the bowl. This step is the same whether you are using the balloon or not. However, you may find that the shorter whip is easier to use than the 3ft whip when using the balloon.
- Begin to inhale through the whip, or turn on the fan to whatever setting you would like to blow up your balloon. We like to start on the lowest setting to warm up the herbs and then finish the balloon on the highest setting.
- We like to take the Glass Stir tool and mix our herbs before every balloon refill. This is not required, but it does guarantee even vaporization of your herb.
- Once you have sufficiently vaporized your material, discard the herb by grabbing the rubber end of the bowl and turning it upside down, being careful not to touch the exposed glass (It DOES get hot after a long session).
Some notes when using the Arizer Extreme Q:
- If we are using the whip, we like to set the Extreme Q fan to the second setting in order to reduce some of the drag.
- It is important to remember that the displayed temperature is actually the temperature of the heating core, which is about an inch and a half below where your herb sits in the bowl. This means that you may have to set the temperature a little higher than what you are used to in order to achieve your desired vapor characteristics.
- I thought I was a genius back in college, but apparently everyone does what are called “elbow packs”. This is where you turn the temperature up a little higher than normal and pack your herb in the screen that sits in the elbow of the whip rather than putting it in the bowl. This will give you a thicker vapor that some people enjoy.
- Leave the bowl on the unit for about five minutes after turning it off so that the bowl has plenty of time to cool down.
What We Like About The Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer
- Affordable dual-purpose vaporizer (balloon and whip-style) $269
- Fan is quiet in the remodeled version. The unit I had in college was at least 3 times louder
- Quick preheat time of around 2-3 minutes
- Body of vaporizer always stays cool
- Temperature control allows you to manage your vaporizing session to achieve tasty vapor and desired effects.
- Light weight and durable. Made of high quality materials
- Easy to operate. Especially with the help of the remote control.
- Swivel action glass elbow allows for stress-free use in social settings
- Easy to clean because all the pieces are glass, metal, or food grade plastic tubing (doesn’t require much cleaning).
- 3-Year Warranty on the heater and all manufacturer defects
Our Only Criticisms Of The Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer
- The glass piece will get hot during a long session. Even the rubber coated section. Be careful when reloading the bowl.
- It takes close to two minutes to fully inflate a balloon. Now, I’m not an impatient person, but compared to the 30 second inflate time the Volcano boasts, this is somewhat of a pain.
- There is no valve on the bag to prevent the vapor from escaping between hits. This requires you to put your finger over the hole when you are passing it. The bag system is kind of cheaply made compared to the Volcano Easy-valve system.
- The displayed temperature is the temperature of the heating core, not the area where your herb sits. We realize this is only a minor issue, but it may confuse some people.
The Price Is Right For This All-In-One Vaporizer
We would recommend the Arizer Extreme Q to both the vaporizing newbie and enthusiast. When you compare the Extreme Q to the Volcano purely based on their balloon capabilities, I would have to say that the Volcano takes the crown. However, this is a conversation for another day. In reality, this vaporizer is more than half the price of the Volcano and the vapor quality could be mistaken in a blind taste test (I did it once). Not to mention, the ability to use the whip when you don’t feel like waiting around for a bag (or want to pack an elbow pack) scores some more points for the Extreme Q.
We even found a portable battery pack that will allow you to take your Extreme Q everywhere with you. Bags-to-go anyone?
Thanks to our friends at TorontoVaporizer.ca for providing us with the Arizer Extreme Q to review.