Arizer Extreme Q – The Ultimate Review 

Let’s cut right to the chase here – desktop vapes are absolutely magical pieces of equipment. Sophisticated, sleek, and excellent quality that lasts and lasts. These features are prevalent in all desktop vapes for one very apparent reason – they’re big enough to house all the bells and whistles we could ever want or need, especially compared to many portable vapes (don’t get me wrong, there are some portable vapes that can give even the most powerful desktop unit a run of its money, like the Davinci IQ). However, much of the time this size, and all the great tech that gets packed into it, comes with a big old price tag too.

With the hefty price attached to most desktop units, it’s not surprising that a cheaper vape might make us skeptical. What’s it lacking, and what does it compromise in terms of quality? This is quite an ingenious marketing strategy when you think about it – if all products are priced high, we’re more likely to spend big money on expensive units.

Well, the Extreme Q is here to completely break this formula. This desktop vape is everything you could need, from an incredibly trustworthy brand, for a fraction of the prices we’re used to seeing. But don’t just take my word for it, read on to discover why exactly this vape can compete with much (MUCH) more expensive players!

First off, what do you get for under $200? A whole lot, it turns out:

● 1x Arizer Extreme Q Vaporizer

● 2x Glass Cyclone Bowls

● 1x Botanicals Sample

● 1x Screen Pack

● 1x Aromatherapy Dish

● 1x Screen Pack

● 1x Remote Control

● 2x Whip Mouthpieces

● 3x Foot Whip

● 1x Elbow Adapter

● 1x Manual

● 1x Balloons with Mouthpieces and O-Rings

Arizer released this product in 2010 as a revamp of their earlier ‘Extreme’ line. The objective was to carefully listen to customer feedback and produce a desktop vape that met every wish – for an affordable price. And the equation paid off handsomely. Here’s a breakdown of what the Extreme Q can offer: 

Build Quality/Materials

The Arizer Extreme Q is a multi-functional vaporizer that delivers a super pure quality vapour in mere minutes. Manufactured using top-quality parts only, the Arizer Extreme Q feels a lot more like something way pricier. The materials that go into making these units are sophisticated, and are absolutely chosen to ensure the best possible vaping experience.

Arizer has a long-standing reputation for making well-built, solid, and high-quality devices. The Extreme Q is no exception to this rule and proves to be reliable for years on end (and it’s been around long enough to make this statement fact rather than hyperbole).

And, as an improvement over earlier models, Arizer increased the efficiency of vaporization in the Extreme Q by 50%, creating one of the better-engineered devices out there.

Ceramic Heating Element

The Extreme Q features an advanced glass and ceramic convection chamber. The heating element is made of super durable ceramic, the benefits of which are many, including a fast heat-up time and even heating.Thanks to this, the heating chamber can reach up to 260°C in pretty much no time (2 minutes) and features an easy-to-read LCD display. It showcases the Extreme Q’s precision temperature control as well as the settings menu for the device. Oh, and the temperature can be tuned to specific levels, down to the degree. an advanced glass and ceramic convection chamber.

Perfect Design and Perfect Functionality

As soon as you attach all of the components it’s literally ready to go. You can turn it on and change the temperature or adjust the fan speed as needed, and the controls are very easy to use (honestly, there’s very little option for misuse). If you want dense vapor, change the fan speed to a lower level, and vice versa. And that, my friends, is as complicated as it gets.

The outer unit is comprised of stainless steel with a glossy black finish. It has an easy to read digital screen at the bottom that is surrounded by controls for the fan and the temperature on either side. The buttons are the epitome tactile and the screen is clear enough that you can read it from a distance (which helps with the remote control, and we’ll get to that, don’t worry!) The screen displays super useful information about the temperature setting and fan speed so you always know the current status of the device. It’s also mounted on a disk-shaped base that glows a faint blue color when it’s turned on, which adds a subtle bit of flair to the device.

Whip or Balloon Action

I am VERY aware of how much hype surrounds the (no need to beat around the bush here) absolutely revolutionary Storz and Bickel Volcano Hybrid that sauntered onto the desktop vape scene earlier this year. But, lest we forget, the Extreme Q did it first, guys.

The Extreme Q has both a whip and balloon option, and it’s pretty easy to explain why this is so great. The whip, or tube mouthpiece, allows you to draw vapor in real time from the device. It’s also extra long (three feet, to be exact) so the vapor has ample time to cool down before it reaches your mouth. There is an elbow connector on one end and a glass mouthpiece on the other. Slide the glass connector into the top of the cyclone bowl and use it with or without the assisted air flow!

Or, if you’d rather save your vape for later, or share with large groups, the balloon option allows you to fill up a balloon with vapor (this usually takes 3 minutes or so on a lower fan setting, which produces the best vapor quality). This will keep for up to 8 hours, and is absolutely perfect for larger groups, or if you want a quick draw throughout the day.

Quiet Three-Speed Fan

As with many forced air vaporizers, the sound of the fan can become bothersome over extended use. Arizer has listened to customer feedback and really targeted this issue with the Extreme Q by decreasing the noise created by the internal fan. 

The three different speeds are genius as well. Using a high quality fan to push the vapor into the glass and food grade PVC air path, the speed of the fan will affect the quality of your draw. The slower your fan the thicker the vapor, and the faster, the thinner. To adjust, simply press the up and down button on the control panel. The fan LED on the display will turn a solid red to indicate the activation. Super easy, right?

Cool Blue LED Display

Not only does the unit radiates blue light from the bottom, it also radiates light from the top! The red LED on top means the unit is heating, the blue light indicates that the fan is on, and the yellow means the auto shut-off timer is activated.

Simple To Use

And I really do mean this, as soon as you attach all of your components, the unit is ready to go: 

● Simply press the power button on the remote to turn the unit on and it will automatically begin heating to your desired temperature. 

● Grind your dry herb and get the cyclone bowl. 

● Place a small layer of herbs in the bottom of the screen and make sure the rubber padding is on top, which helps with insulating the glass. 

● Place the glass side down on top of the heating element. 

● For filling the balloon (the whip is pretty straight forward so we’ll leave that), attach the mini whip, which comes with a screen in the bottom to stop the herbs from getting into the balloon or whip. It easily pulls out for cleaning and maintenance. You’ll then place the screen side into the top of the cyclone bowl. From here you can slide the glass mouthpiece into the mini whip. 

● Pick your fan speed and wait for the balloon to fill up. You would then detach the glass mouthpiece and begin your draws.

The temperature can be tuned to specific levels, down to the degree, and the temperature displayed on the LCD screen is the actual current temperature of the heating chamber inside.

Awesome Vapor Quality

The Extreme Q produces an impeccable vapor, especially when you consider how inexpensive the unit is! Temperatures between 350°F to 390°F produce the best vapor, but for beginners we would suggest starting at a lower temperature, somewhere around 200°F. A good tip is to set the temperature to a few degrees higher than your ideal, since the heating element is a small distance from the bowl.

Extreme(ly) Excellent Extras

The Remote!

The Arizer Extreme Q comes with a remote control so you don’t have to be right next to it to turn it on, turn it off, or adjust your temperatures. That’s right, you can customise your vaping experience to your preferences by adjusting the temperature and vapour density with the remote control. You can also control the Extreme Q’s 3-speed fan from the comfort of your favorite chair, control its ambient lights, control the 2-4 hour timer, and even mute the audio functions.

The Auto Timer

This one is of course straight forward, but the auto timer is an invaluable option to ensure your sessions last just as long as they need to and not a second more, especially if something like a new binge-worthy show proves distracting. The time will show on the LED screen, and will turn green when your timer is active. The timer can be set at 30 min intervals, for up to 4 hours. 

Custom Session Settings

Which are, of course, controllable through the remote control also! You can create a totally unique experience with the Extreme Q by controlling things like temperature, session time, audio functions, celsius or fahrenheit display, LED light display, and fan speed.

Super Fast Warm-Up Time

Because of the ceramic heating element, the Extreme Q heats up super quickly!

Dual-Use Functionality

Use the Extreme Q for both dry herbs and aromatherapy oils and concentrates.

Because of its multiple purposes, its remote control, overall build quality, and reliability, this desktop vape cannot be beat. And, on top of all of this, it’s affordable. If, like most of us, the normal desktop vape price range is unattainable, there is just no other desktop vape that can come close to offering so much goodness for a price that won’t leave you considering if, in the end, the purchase was really worth it. The Extreme Q is the everyman’s desktop vape, and will continue to quietly revolutionize the desktop vaping world! 

Author: Shane Dwyer
Shane Dwyer is a cannabis advocate who isn't afraid to tell the world about it! You can find his views, rants, and tips published regularly at The 420 Times.

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