Sometimes it feels that technology is moving too fast, especially when it comes to the evolution of vaporizers. Though close to a decade ago, it seems like just yesterday that tank vapes were beginning to hit the market, revolutionizing the industry from large desktop vaporizers like the Volcano to sleek, portable units like those produced by G Pen. The endless bells and whistles of technological add-ons like bluetooth app synchronization and touch sensors had yet to complicate the already complicated medium of using electric heat to vaporize flower and concentrates.
Today, the market is awash with tech-savvy vapes that are unnecessarily difficult to understand — let alone operate. In many cases, the pursuit of incorporating technology into the vaping process seems to have eclipsed the importance of the vaping process itself, which should be simple, pleasant and accessible.
For an excellent flower vaporizer that is more concerned with being a great vape than syncing with other technology in the room, look no further than the Arizer ArGo, a portable convection vape that has everything you need, and nothing you don’t.
Whether you’re in the market for a new vape, or just curious as to what all the buzz is about, here’s our take on the Arizer ArGo.
What is the Arizer ArGo?
The ArGo is a portable convection vaporizer from the brand Arizer, well respected industry vets known for their no-nonsense, high-quality products. While Arizer initially rose to notoriety over 12 years ago for their desktop setups like the V-Tower and Extreme, they evolved with the times, and now have five portable vaporizers in their roster, the ArGo being the newest addition to their lineup.
What sets the ArGo apart is that it packs the vapor quality and customization options of a super expensive vape into a totally affordable ($269.99) and stripped down device that could easily pass for a beeper, flip phone or other artifact from the Y2K era. You get the ceramic convection heating, all glass airways, temperature controls and high-quality vapor output of Arizer’s desktop vaporizers, but in a ready-to-go 3.5” x 2” unit you can toss in your pocket or purse with ease.
There are only two moving parts:the vape itself and a glass tube you preload with ground flower, but the tube locks into the ArGo when not in use, making it convenient and all-in-one..
Not everyone needs to have every aspect of their existence synced to their iPhone. The ArGo is a utilitarian alternative I’ve found to be superior to other tech-savvy vapes I’ve recently reviewed.
What Can You Vape with the Argo?
The ArGo is only compatible with ground flower.
How do you use the ArGo?
Now that we’ve been over the basics, here’s how you use the Arizer ArGo.
How to charge the ArGo
The ArGo comes with a swappable 18650 battery that can be charged while inside the ArGo via USB, or outside of it with an 18650 compatible charger. This swappable battery feature allows you to pre-charge batteries if you’re going camping, or doing something that doesn’t include electricity. A single charge can last up to 90 minutes of continuous use, and the device takes about 3 hours to fully charge.
To charge the battery within the ArGo, simply plug in the USB cable and adapter. The ArGo’s screen will display the battery percentage, letting you know when it’s fully charged. It’s not necessary to fully charge the Argo upon first use, and the device can be used while charging.
How to set the control panel
The ArGo control panel consists of an OLED display and three buttons: Menu (M), Plus (+), and Minus (-). With these, you can control every aspect of the device, using M to toggle through the menu, and Plus and Minus to set temperature settings, brightness display, shut off timers and more. I turned the device on before reading the manual, yet the set up is so simple, it’s pretty much self explanatory off the bat.
Temperature Settings: The ArGo has a large range of temperature settings, from 122 degrees fahrenheit to 428 degrees fahrenheit, in 1 or 10 degree increments using the plus and minus buttons.
How to vape
- Load Glass Aroma Tube
Put coarsely ground flower in a small container, then twist the glass tube into the container to fill the dish — be sure not to press too hard or pack it too tightly.
- Insert Glass Aroma Tube
Pre-heat unit before inserting the tube, then insert the flower filled tube into the ArGo.
- Close the Push-Top
Push down the top to expose the end of the Glass Aroma Tube for use. For protection of the tube, press the release button on the back of the unit.
- Press and Hold the (+) and (M) Buttons to Turn On
A timer will count down on the OLED screen showing the power on delay and a greeting message is displayed when the unit is powered on.
- Set the Temperature and Let Unit Heat Up
Press one of the three control panel buttons and the ArGo will start to heat up automatically.Then, press the (+) and (-) buttons to adjust the temperature in 1-degree increments, or hold the button down to adjust the temperature in 10-degree increments.
- Inhale and Enjoy
The ArGo will remain heated and ready to use until you turn the device off. Because of the convection heating method, the flower is only heated when you inhale, meaning there’s virtually zero waste with this product. To turn off, hold the (M) and (-) buttons.
How to clean the ArGo
Essentially maintenance free, the ArGo is extremely easy to clean. Simply soak the glass parts in isopropyl alcohol for a couple of hours, then rise with hot water. Make sure they are fully dry before re-inserting them into the device.
What’s the appeal?
The back-to-the-basics design of the ArGo vaporizer is exciting in a market that’s been overrun by overcomplicated vapes relying on needless technology to mask a mediocre product. This vaporizer is ideal for those who want something simple and reliable, and who, like me, may secretly hate technology.
I would imagine their audience skews a little older, but it could appeal to anyone who falls in line with the philosophy that less is more. If the ArGo was a character on Parks and Recreation, it would undoubtedly be Ron Swanson: no frills, no nonsense, and extremely effective.