I feel like this is a title fight! The VaporBLUNT has gotten a lot of attention since its recent release and I feel like this is going to be a close call. I might get a little more in depth with this comparison because of how closely these two match up. Let’s get this prize fight underway.
As you may know by now the Arizer Solo is often praised for its ridiculously thick and smooth vapor quality. The vapor quality is really up there with pretty much any table top vaporizer available, even though its herb chamber is easily half the size of most table top vaporizer’s herb chamber. Regardless of all the other great features and benefits of the Solo, its vapor quality is the main attraction.
The VaporBLUNT has the ability to deliver some huge vapor pulls, but you have to know how to do it correctly. With the VaporBLUNT you want to pack the herb chamber VERY tight. I continually packed mine tighter and tighter until I saw the results I wanted. Those results were pretty damn close to what you get from the Solo, but notice I said close.
In the end the VaporBLUNT comes closer to the Solo than any other portable vape before it, but just not quite as good. Also add in the fact that you have to use more material at once to get this result and the Solo is the clear winner.
Advantage: Arizer Solo
The Arizer Solo has a super strong aluminum build, with stainless steel heating chamber and glass mouthpieces. Though having glass is a double edged sword. Glass is preferred, but also needs to be cleaned more and is of course susceptible to breaking. The thick cut glass helps avoid easily breaking, but the threat is still there. Glass pieces aside, the Solo’s insanely tough outer and inner design can’t be denied.
The VaporBLUNT has a plastic frame, with plastic and silicon mouthpieces and a stainless steel screen. The plastic shell isn’t as flimsy as you might expect of something made of plastic, but obviously pales in comparison to the Solo’s aluminum design. The stainless steel screen is easy to clean, but ONLY if you remove it after each use and scrub it off with the cleaning brush. If you don’t, left over material is going to cake it to the inner walls of the heating chamber, making the screen next to impossible to get out. I had to fuss with scissors and barbecue skewers to finally get mine out after neglecting to clean it for 2 weeks. The plastic mouthpieces are durable and easy to clean and the flavored silicon mouthpieces are the same, but they fall out of the VaporBLUNT constantly, which is an annoyance.
Really in this department there is not much of a comparison, the VaporBLUNT’s design is sturdy enough, but the Solo has it beat easily.
Advantage: Arizer Solo
Portability / Size
The Solo is only about 5 inches tall, but once the mouthpiece is attached it is more like 8 inches tall with the angled one and 10 inches tall with the straight mouthpiece. The Arizer Solo unit itself is really portable, but the mouthpieces really throw you a curveball. When transporting my Solo or using it on the go I almost always store it in the VapeCase I have, just to make sure I don’t break the mouthpieces.
The VaporBLUNT isn’t any smaller than the Solo when you really look at it. The VaporBLUNT measures out to about 9 inches tall when you include the short mouthpiece at the end. However, the VaporBLUNT is significantly skinnier than the Solo, so although when it is in your pocket it might stick out a little, it is a little more comfortable.
The last consideration has to be the battery life. The Solo can vaporize anywhere up to 3 hours, while the VaporBLUNT is generally going to give you an hour and a half to 2 hours, tops. So if you are out and using either often, you will obviously get more use from the Solo before having to recharge. So in the end both have their pros and cons with portability and it basically ends up evening out.
Heat Up Time
The VaporBLUNT allows 2 different temp settings. The first setting is 390° Fahrenheit and then the second is 410° Fahrenheit. Each is achieved through the push of one button, press it once and it will light green (390°), then press again and it will light yellow (410°). When the light goes from blinking to solid it indicates it has reached temperature.
The Solo allows 7 different temperature settings, with the highest level (level 7) being 410° Fahrenheit. So to test heat up times I heated both the VaporBLUNT and the Arizer Solo to 410°.
I actually used a stop watch for this test and tested each 3 times and averaged their times to be as accurate as possible. Here are the times I got:
- Arizer Solo: 1:43 (1 minute 43 seconds)
- VaporBLUNT: 0:56 (56 seconds)
VaporBLUNT is the clear winner, right? I’m not so sure. When the VaporBLUNT supposedly reaches temp and you pull right away the pulls are still weak for about the next 30 seconds to a minute. So I think the VaporBLUNT is a little generous in saying it has reached temp. With the Solo you can pull immediately and get thick pulls. But I’ll give the benefit of the doubt and the heat up time category to the VaporBLUNT.
The Arizer Solo’s rechargeable battery has one of the longest battery life spans out there. Most users get anywhere up to 3 hours of continuous use before having to recharge the battery. Charging the Solo’s battery to full strength usually takes about the same time, which is about standard for most lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. Of course, you can not use the Solo while it charging which is still considered one of its biggest downsides.
The VaporBLUNT can give you up to 2 hours of vaporization time, but for me it is usually more towards an hour and a half due to me using it at 410° Fahrenheit. The battery takes about 2 hours to fully charge as well, just like the Solo. The VaporBLUNT can be used while charging, however, it does not work if the battery is dead. For example, if you start using the VaporBLUNT on a full charge and leave it plugged in, it will last longer than if you were using it unplugged, but it will still die out eventually.
The ability to use the VaporBLUNT while plugged in and giving you longer battery life is a small advantage, but an advantage nonetheless. On the other hand though, the Solo has a longer battery life and with the help from an A/C power adapter add on you can use it while plugged in, but not charging. In the end we have another tie.
Accessories and Advanced Use
The Solo continues to add some very useful parts and accessories to make the Solo experience better overall. The new A/C power adapter basically turns the Solo into a table top vape, powering it but not charging it. Allowing continual use without charging, but you are also being tied down by the cord. Luckily the cord is lengthy. Also the Solo can be used with a water tool rather easily. The water filtration always adds an extra level of smoothness that just can’t be denied.
The VaporBLUNT really only has one accessory and that is their assortment of silicon flavored mouthpiece tips. They come in mint, orange, raspberry and grape, the mint one comes packaged with the VaporBLUNT, while the rest have to be purchased separately. I had the chance to try all of them and I do really like them. They leave a taste on your lips, they do NOT change the flavor of the vapor at all. It’s a nice, but mostly unnecessary touch. Also they fall out of the VaporBLUNT constantly due to being made of silicon and not plastic like the standard mouthpiece. So I lost every single one I owned, essentially wasting my money.
The VaporBLUNT doesn’t really have any advanced uses, such as using it with a water tool, but it does have one awesome invention: a stir tool cap. The cap at the end of the VaporBLUNT has a turn knob on it that when twisted, rotates a stir tool contained within the herb chamber directly in the middle of your material. So you can stir your material without ever opening the VaporBLUNT and losing any precious heat. This to me is a feature every vape should work into its design somehow.
In the end we have yet another tie. Even with the VaporBLUNT’s lack of accessories and add ons, the stir tool cap is just a genius feature.
Counting the categories you can see the Solo wins 2, the VaporBLUNT wins 2, and they tie in 3 categories. So is it an overall tie? Not quite. The Solo edges out the VaporBLUNT where it truly matters: vapor quality and durability. Although the VaporBLUNT generally keeps up with the Solo, in the end the Arizer Solo still can’t be denied as a better overall product. It would be like saying a sports team leading another team in wins but tying or beating them them in lesser categories are equally matched. That is just not the case, the Solo remains the champ despite a well fought battle by the VaporBLUNT.