The Arizer Extreme Q Desktop Vaporizer was my second home vaporizer I purchased many years ago, and I am still using it today. In this post, I would like to share with you everything I know about the Extreme Q, and at the end of the post you’ll also have the opportunity to tell us what you think of it and ask any questions.
The First Impression of the Arizer Extreme Q Desktop Vaporizer
When I first saw the box, I was a little surprised. It came in a plain cardboard box. It is packaged very practically, however very simple as you can see below.
Once you take it out of the box, the device itself looks very good.
It certainly feels like a quality vaporizer and over the years (since I got mine), the design got updated quite a few times.
Today, the new Extreme Q has a slightly different colour finish.
The one on the left with the darker finish is my old Extreme Q, and the one on the right with the chrome finish is the latest version Extreme Q at the VapeFuse store.
The Arizer Extreme Q Desktop Vaporizer is a well designed unit, as you can see in the pictures. It looks good even if you leave it out on the coffee table or somewhere else in your living room.
The midnight chrome finish on the housing makes it quite stylish.
The vaporizer features a cool blue base light, which is actually quite handy when trying to be discreet and using the device in a dark room. It’s never been an important feature to me though, I only turned it on a few times over the years.
The size of the Extreme Q is 170mm (high), 165mm (in diameter) and weighs 420g (without parts).
Digital Display of the Extreme Q
The digital display is simple and shows you everything that you need to know to operate the unit. The large number tells you the actual temperature of the heating element and the small number is your set temperature.
Above the temperatures, there are five little icons. What they each mean, I’ll explain in more details below.
Operating the Extreme Q Desktop Vaporizer
Operating the Extreme Q is pretty simple with or even without the remote control.
Without the remote, you simply press the power button to turn it on or off. When turning the unit on, it recalls the last set temperature and starts heating up.
The LED light under ‘HEAT’ turns red while the device is heating up.
Using the ‘MODE’ button on the top left, you can navigate between the functions displayed on the top section of the digital screen:
1. You can turn the beep sound on and off.
2. Set the timer for auto shut off.
3. Set your desired temperature.
4. Select fan speed or turn it on and off.
5. Turn the blue base light on and off.
Once you reach the base light function and you press the ‘MODE’ button once more, you can set the temperature display to be in Fahrenheit or Celsius.
Operating it with the remote is even simpler. You just turn the unit on with the power button and the rest is straightforward.
The temperature range of the Extreme Q is between 50 and 260 Celsius. A wide range, that enables you to vaporize any type of dry herbs.
Remember that, the temperature displayed by the vaporizer shows the temperature of the heating element. The temperature in the chamber is always lower than that, so I usually set it 10 – 15 degrees (Celsius) above the recommended temperature of the herbs.
The Arizer Cyclone Bowl
The glass cyclone bowl is unique to Arizer desktop vaporizers and I think it works really well.
The end with the black rubber cover is the top that you fill up with your herbs.
You can pack the bowl lightly with herbs, while your Extreme Q is heating up.
It takes about 2 to 3 minutes to heat up.
I tried using it with very small amount of herbs as well as full (up to the edge of the black cool touch rubber cover). While it is possible to use it with even a pinch of herbs, in my view it works best, if your herbs are at least 5mm high in the bowl or higher.
Once the heating unit has reached the set temperature, place your cyclone bowl on it and let it sit there for about 10 – 15 seconds. before you turn the fan on.
Whip and Balloon Vaporization Systems
Depending on your preference, you can use either, the whip or balloon system with the Extreme Q. I mostly vaporize through the balloon system and I use the whip only occasionally.
It really depends on personal preference, and I know many members of our VapeFuse community use the whip predominantly. There is apparently a trick to get improved vapor production with the whip.
If you pack your herbs medium tightly into the dome screen of the glass elbow and not into the cyclone bowl, then seemingly you get better results.
I have not tried this as I barely use the whip, however, please let me know in the comments section if you have tried it and what results you got.
When using the balloon function, you simply put the mouthpiece into the glass elbow and turn the fan on.
The older versions, like mine, had a mini whip with a glass elbow and about 3 inches of tube. The latest version of the Extreme Q has an all-glass mini whip, as you can see below.
So with the old version, the mouthpiece had to be squeezed into the tube like this:
With the latest version, you simply place the all-glass mini whip into the glass elbow and you can turn your fan on.
Using the Fan
There are 3 fan speeds to play with. I tend to use the first speed mostly, with the temperature set to 195 – 200 Celsius.
I find the vapor quality best with that combination, however, feel free to experiment with different temperatures and fan speed combination to find the settings you like best.
The balloon does not have a valve as such, so you need to use your finger to cover the mouthpiece between draws and when sharing with others.
I personally prefer balloon vaporizers with a valve function, such as the Volcano, the VapirRise and the Zephyr Ion. These are all food grade plastic though, while the Extreme Q gives you a nicer glass experience.
Auto Shut Off Function of the Vaporizer
You can set the auto shut off function either on the device or through the remote.
On the device you can set it to 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5 and 4 hours. Using the remote you have the options of 2 and 4 hours.
Using the Potpourri and Aroma Dish
My wife has actually used the potpourri dish with some decorative rocks and essential oils and found it quite effective.
We published a post on how to use the Arizer Extreme Q desktop vaporizer for aromatherapy with essential oils earlier. If you are interested to find out more, you can check the post out here.
Here is a list for you of what you get in the box with your Extreme Q:
1 x Heating Unit
1 x 3’ Whip (Silicone)
2 x Interchangeable Glass Whip Mouthpiece
2 x Glass Cyclone Bowls
2 x Food Grade High Temperature Collection Bags (Balloons)
2 x Glass Mouthpieces for Balloons and O-rings
1 x All – Glass Mini Whip to connect collection bag
1 x Remote Control with 3v Lithium battery
1 x Power Adaptor (110v – 220v)
1 x Australian Power Plug
1 x Potpourri / Aromatherapy Dish
1 x Glass Stirring Tool
1 x Replacement screen set
1 x Owner’s Manual
Vapor Quality Produced by the Arizer Extreme Q
This vaporizer produces excellent quality vapor. The ceramic heating element and glass parts keep your vapor clean and tasteful.
I’m not the only one to love it, the vapor quality is praised by a big raving fan base in our VapeFuse community.
Cleaning the Extreme Q
My least favourite thing about the Extreme Q is cleaning it. It is true for most vaporizers, however the Extreme Q with the glass parts and double screen, I find it a little more difficult to clean.
Resin builds up on the glass parts and if you are a regular user (using it daily or multiple times a day), you’ll need to give it a clean every couple of days or so.
After a while, the dome screen in the glass elbow gets resin accumulated. You’ll notice this, as your balloon will take longer and longer to fill up. Or if you are using the whip, it will be harder and harder to draw.
At this point, you know it is time to either clean the screens or to replace them.
We have a post dedicated to cleaning your vaporizer, check it out here.
Who is the Arizer Extreme Q for?
I recommend the Extreme Q for anyone looking for a great, reliable desktop vaporizer, that will be around producing clean and flavourful vapor for you for a long time.
It is great for anyone who is just starting out with vaporizing and want to try both the whip and balloon functions.
It is also great for experienced vapers, as you can always rely on this well made, quality and fateful device.
The Arizer Extreme Q is one of my favourite vaporizers, it works very well and produces great quality vapor every time.
I thought it might be useful to list that I do and what I don’t like about it as a conclusion.
What I love about the Arizer Extreme Q Desktop Vaporizer:
- Great design
- Excellent vapor quality
- Extremely reliable (it always works as long as I clean it regularly)
- Easy to operate
- Both, balloon and whip functions are working well with the unique Cyclone bowl
- Very well priced considering the quality of the device
- Remote control is pretty cool and easy to use
What I don’t like about it:
- The glass parts take an effort to keep clean
- Glass parts can break easily if you are not careful
I hope this has been useful.
Please share with us in the comment section below, what is that you LOVE or don’t love about your Arizer Extreme Q. And if you have any questions or tips that I left out.
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