Here it is, basically everything you've ever wanted to know about Arizer's Extreme Q, a desktop vaporizer with enough features to make your head spin.
It's a bit old now, but the Extreme Q, one of Arizer's claims to fame, is still one of those desktops that's actually worth knowing about. It doesn't work the best, especially in comparison to vapes like the Volcano, but it does offer a lot and it does so for a good price. So that's where we're going to start things off, with what it offers, so keep reading if you want to learn more about this Canadian made vaporizer.
How does it vape?
With convection - or in other words, moving heated air through your blend to create vapor. How does it move the air? With a multi-speed internal fan, a fan that technically makes it a forced-air vaporizer, which is what all balloon vapes are.
What delivery methods does it have?
This is an area where the EQ really shines. It has the option for a whip, which is that long tube you've probably seen before on traditional style desktop vapes. It also has the ability to heat up your blend and release it directly into the air, which is what we at VaporizerShark.com like to call ambient delivery. And then there's the last option, the balloon. This is also called the bag, but the formal name is the balloon. This is basically a plastic bag used to capture vapor that you can then draw from. It works but not as well as the Volcano Vaporizer, which has a much more convenient valve implementation. With the EQ, you have to open the valve and close it manually. But with the Volcano, it all happens naturally as you go to take a draw. It does so by opening when you push it to your mouth to inhale and closes as soon as you take your mouth off it. Simple. If the EQ's was this easy, this vape would really be something else.
How hot does it get?
The temperature range of the Arizer Extreme starts at 122 degrees Fahrenheit and stretches all the way up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, which is really hot and probably a lot hotter than you actually need it to get. We never use it at this high of a temperature but perhaps you'll find some use for it. For the most part, we like to keep it in the low 400s and high 300s, somewhere around there.
Adjusting the temperature is pretty darn easy thanks to its digital interface which lets you move it up and down with the press of a button. There's also the remote control, which adds another way for you to adjust the temperature and it even has quick jump buttons to let you jump straight to specific preset temperatures that are programmed into it. Nice for when you want to jump quickly to a specific temperature that's closer to your preferred temp because then you can just move it up or down a bit to get it where you want it.
How fast does it heat up?
The heat up time on the Extreme vape obviously differs based on the temperature you want it to reach and the ambient temperature in the space you're using it in. If it's cold where you're using it and the set temp is high, it'll obviously take longer than it would if the area was warm and the set temp was low. But you want specific information. For us, it takes around 3 minutes or so to heat up. Once it's ready, you can vape until you can't vape anymore because it'll stay hot the whole time, assuming you leave it powered on. This isn't super fast but for a desktop, it works. It's really the portables that you don't want to be waiting around for because it's just too inconvenient to sit there waiting. But for desktops, what's the big deal? Waiting around a little bit for a solid session? Who cares.
This desktop vaporizer doesn't have one speed, it has three. The three speeds allow the user to choose just how fast it's moving air and pumping out vapor. On the lowest setting, we found that the vapor it produces is noticeably denser than the vapor it produces at the highest fan speed. Knowing that should help you calibrate it to your liking and get the most out of your sessions based on what level of vapor density is most appealing to you.
Can the Extreme Q vape extracts?
Vaping concentrates with the EQ isn't something that those of us at Vaporizer Shark would ever suggest you do because it's not designed for it. The nature of its design doesn't really support it because if the blend liquifies, or if it's already liquid for that matter, it can run down into the vape itself, which is pretty far from ideal. So we'd stay away from this but if you really want to do it, we have to admit, we have done it successfully. All you really have to do is stay away from blends that liquify when exposed to heat and preferably put it on top of a layer of dry blend. Does it work? Absolutely. But again, we don't actually suggest it because there's a chance you might damage your unit and as far as we're aware, this kind of user-imposed damage isn't actually covered under the manufacturer's warranty - but don't quote us on this, contact Arizer instead if this is something you're really trying to do.
Tips for using this vape
Here are some tips for using the EQ. Follow them, don't follow them, it's up to you. We like to jack up the fan speed when we're feeling lazy and want to let the vape do all the work. We also like to crank it up when we're trying to fill bags quick. The vapor isn't quite as good, in our opinion, when you do this, but it makes things a little easier when using the whip and a little faster when using the bag. We also like to allow the vape itself to sit for a minute or two after it has reached the set temp. We do this because we like for it to get nice and toasty in there before we start to vape. Seems to work better. For the best temperature, we don't have a specific temperature to offer you all so much as a range and that range is between 380 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of you, almost certainly, will want to use it at higher temperatures but before you do, try it out on the lower temps because this is one of those vapes that actually works really well on lower temperature settings.
Since we just mentioned the warranty, we wanted to let you all know a bit more about it. It's a 3-year limited manufacturer's warranty that protects against defects in material and craftsmanship.
While we've covered just about everything there is to know about this popular plugin, there's still a lot more you can learn about it by reading our Extreme Q review such as what accessories are available for it, where to buy it, how well it works, how its vapor quality compares to other vapes, and for that matter, how it compares to other vapes. We have all of that information and more contained within our review, which we published on our website at VaporizerShark.com. Want to see it? Follow this link here. That'll take you to our complete Extreme Q vaporizer review on our website. While you're there, you can browse through the other vapes we've reviewed, catch up on the latest vaping news, and read through our guides. If you have any questions or comments, there are comment forms at the bottom of every article where you can chime in and there's also a contact form on our contact page that you can use to message us directly.