The Extreme Q is definitely a vape that flies under the radar. You see the Solo 2, Air 2, and the ArGo everywhere. The EQ? Not so much… and that really is a shame. This thing is a killer desktop vaporizer from Arizer. It has some great features, uses a lot of glass components, it’s easy to use with a water piece, and it even has a cool little remote control. Of course, it’s built to the same high level of quality you’ve come to expect from Arizer. Best of all, the Extreme Q is insanely cheap for a desktop of this calibre. Let’s get into what makes this piece so great.
WHAT IT COMES WITH
The box includes the Extreme Q Multi-Purpose Heater, a power adapter and remote control. It also has some glass pieces. There are the Cyclone Bowls, a glass aromatherapy dish, an interchangeable glass whip mouthpiece, and a glass stirring tool. There is a three-foot whip, an all-glass mini whip, some balloons with frosted glass mouthpieces, and some spare screens etc. There’s also a nice owner’s manual.
HOW TO USE
There is a ceramic heating rod that provides fast heat up and tons of vaping power. You can use it with a whip or a balloon, or you can even hit it natively if you’re a savage like me! First, let’s use it with the whip, both with fan assist on and without it. Load a decent amount into your bowl… it will work with a tiny pack but not that well. It works like a champ when you load it up with a medium grind, but you can use a really fine grind and it’ll produce tons of vapour. We suggest using our funnel to load it, which you can find at both vapenorth.ca and sneakypetestore.com.
Turn it on by pressing the button on the device or by using the remote control. After you use your remote once, you probably won’t touch the controls on the vape itself again. It really is very handy. You can control the power, audio, lights, the auto shutoff timer, the fan speed, different pre-set temps, and individual temp adjustments.
Try preheating your bowl for a minute or two, you’ll get more vapour quickly. Insert the whip into the top of the cyclone bowl, then draw on it and adjust the pace of your draw to your preference. Now you can try it with fan assist turned on. You’ll still have to draw, but you notice it’s pumping vapour into you. It can be challenging to try to keep up with it, and you’ll really feel the effects!
Next, try out the balloon. Put the glass mini whip into the bowl, then place the balloon on top. Make sure you suck out the air first so you get it full of nothing but vapour. Turn the fan on and wait a little bit. It can take some time. If you’re used to a Volcano, the EQ is definitely slower to fill. Always use fan speed 3 for filling up the balloons, and with the whip just stick to 1, or 2 if you feel like living dangerously. When the balloon is almost full turn your EQ off. Remove the bowl and pull the balloon off, but be sure to plug it with your finger. Unlike the Volcano, there isn’t a latching system to seal the vapour inside the balloon. That’s unfortunate. However, also unlike the Volcano, you can actually use this balloon directly with a 10mm water piece. This is an awesome feature and we highly recommend trying it. Cleaning is simple too. Just rinse the glass in isopropyl alcohol. The bags are replaceable as well. Arizer includes cleaning instructions which look easy enough, though we haven’t messed with it.
That’s the overall picture. You can casually hit it with the whip while you’re watching a movie, or you can blast vapour down your gullet using the forced air fan. You can fill a balloon and casually enjoy it over some time, or pass it around your group of friends. Also, as mentioned, you can choose to hit the balloon through water for some ultra-cool and smooth vapour. If you’re feeling crazy, you can try the “scuba tank”, which is for advanced users only. Fill up a balloon, hold the tip of the bag in your lips, and take in the whole bag. Then exhale through your nose. This is a guaranteed way to change the course of your afternoon.
The Arizer Extreme Q is really for dry herb use. We have experimented with a little concentrate and that was ok, but it worked very well with kief. The EQ is really more for the flower side of the spectrum though.
HEAT UP TIME
Heat up is pretty fast, and it is completely ready to go when the desired temperature is showing. It can be left plugged in and turned on for weeks at a time without getting hot. It doesn’t even really warm up for that matter. It has double-wall construction and it feels like it can be left on indefinitely, though we recommend following the manuals instructions for use.
QUALITY OF VAPOUR (TASTE, HARSHNESS, SIZE)
One of the reasons the Extreme Q is so impressive is the vapour quality. It is first class! The whip is good, but the balloon won our hearts over. While it is not truly on par with the Volcano, it certainly lives in the same neighbourhood. The taste is very pure, but not extremely strong. The strain’s unique flavour is very true, but it’s not like hitting the ELEV8R.
The EQ is super smooth, incredibly cool, and not harsh at all. If you end up coughing it’s because of the volume and potency of the vapour. The whip is lengthy to cool off the vapour a lot, and the bag provides so much surface area for cooling that hitting it is really more like you’re just breathing in air. Even hitting it natively is not harsh. It also produces immense clouds. The fan assist makes a world of difference with the whip, and hitting the bag has no real resistance at all and is super cool. You can literally fill your entire lungs 2-4 times in a row with each balloon. Do this without taking any breaths in between, and when you wake up let us know how it worked out down in the comments. 😉
Your herb will really go a long way in your Extreme Q, especially if you start preheating your bowl and turning up the temp. It may seem like the EQ uses a lot because of the amount you put into it, but the vapour it puts out from that really gives some long mileage. If you want to get into ultra-efficiency for the EQ, check out the DDave Mod Kit. 420 Vape Zone does a great video on this modification and it really does add a whole new dimension to this vape, plus it’s not an expensive upgrade.
This piece is another top-quality build by Arizer. After running for seven days straight, it didn’t get warm at all, even less than the WoodScents. The glass components are really solid, one even survived a three-foot drop onto a hard floor. It feels kind of retro with the remote, but the technology behind it is proven and reliable.
Sound the alarm, because this thing will get you annihilated. Seriously, this thing has gotten me floored so many times because the bags of vapour are so thick and still so smooth… you really underestimate how important your draw is. When you draw vapour very deep into your lungs, as one tends to with a balloon system, there is more exposure so you feel the effects much more thoroughly without needing to try to hold it in or anything like that. Your body naturally absorbs more of the good stuff this way. When your balloon is so thick with vapour that you can’t see through it, approach with caution!
The Arizer Extreme Q is all kinds of convenient. You can just leave it plugged in and ready to go, and you can hit off of it natively with the whip or fill up and rip on a balloon whenever you want. The balloons are great for passing around friends, hitting at your own leisure, or hitting through a water piece. It’s a solid 9 in this category, but to be a perfect 10 the balloons would need to fill up faster and they would need a way to seal off the tip so you don’t have to keep your finger on it.
This is the best part. The Extreme Q is insanely cheap! We have it on both sneakypetestore.com and vapenorth.ca. Never mind the affordable price, the value of this vaporizer is 10/10. It is a great vape for anyone who has a place for it.
The EQ produces satisfying, thick vapour that is still very cool and smooth. The balloon system is really handy. It’ll remind you of the Volcano, convenient and easy to share with friends, even those that struggle to use vapes otherwise. The Extreme Q feels like an appliance. We were totally comfortable leaving it on for extended periods of time. It feels rock-solid and well designed. It’s very versatile, there’s a method for anyone and any style. Finally, there are some cool mods for it, including third-party accessories. It is anything but a one-trick pony.
Compared to a Volcano, this vape will take a bit longer to fill up your balloon. It’d be nice if that was faster. It would also be awesome if they had a few different LED colour choices, some different volume levels, options like that would be nice in a device this size. Also, it would be great to have single-degree temperature adjustment. It’s not that there’s a huge difference between 385 and 384 degrees, but it’s just a weird design feature to omit.
The Arizer Extreme Q is not the sexiest piece and it’s not brand new, but it is a monster. It heats up quickly, the remote is handy, it is made from high-quality materials and engineered by a well-known high-quality manufacturer. It’s also ultra-versatile. No matter how you like to vape, the EQ can satisfy. The value and convenience can’t be overstated, and the vapour the Extreme Q makes is very potent and smooth. This really is an awesome vape and one you should seriously consider if you don’t have a desktop!