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Arizer Air Max Review // Air Max vs Air SE

The Arizer Air has been on the market since November 2014 and has been a tried and trusted dry herb vaporizer for a full decade.

Arizer Air Max and Air SE are updated versions of the classic Arizer Air. The Arizer portables extract slowly over a 10-minute session.

Arizer Air uses an all-glass bowl and vapor path for the cleanest-tasting vapor.

Arizer Air Max and Air SE are popular and highly rated because they’re easy to use and even easier to maintain.

The Air is now available in two versions, the Air Max and Air SE. Both vaporizers produce the same vapor but the SE is a budget vape and the Air Max is feature rich and a little bit more expensive.

Arizer Air SE is a small and sleek portable dry herb vaporizer

Two Versions of Arizer Air: Air Max & Air SE

Arizer Air MAX Vaporizer

Arizer Air Max

The Air MAX has a bigger battery and precision temperature control.

It uses a larger 26650 battery and will vape a whopping 12 bowls or more per charge.

The Air Max is $175 when you use these links:
» Air Max at PotV
» Air Max at Arizer (use code TROYTIME20)

Arizer Air SE is available in blue or white

Arizer Air SE

The Arizer Air SE is simpler, smaller, and slightly weaker than the Air Max.

Air SE has a replaceable 18650 battery and 5 preset temperatures. The Air SE has two buttons and two LEDs.

Arizer Air SE is only $89
» Air SE at PotV
» Air SE at Arizer (use code TROYTIME20)

USB Type
Use Time
Bowl Capacity
Lifetime* / 2-year
Replaceable 26650
120-140 Minutes
122-428F (Precision)
160 grams
Air SE
Lifetime* / 1-year
Replaceable 18650
60-80 Minutes
5 Preset Temps
103 grams

*Lifetime warranty on heating element.
The standard Arizer warranty covers defects in materials or workmanship, excluding battery. 

What I Love About the Arizer Air Max and SE

The Arizer Air produces tasty and clean vapor with an all-glass vapor path.  Arizer is a trusted company and they use high-quality materials. The Air Max and Air SE have removable batteries for extended lifetime and flexible power.

The glass stem system that Arizer Air uses is one of the easiest to clean and maintain.

The Arizer Air is so easy to use that it’s difficult to use incorrectly. It’s an intuitive and pleasing interface.

What I Don’t Like about Arizer Air

The Arizer Air is a slow-extracting vaporizer and it typically takes 8-12 minutes to fully vape a bowl. Smokers with a tolerance to cannabis will find the Arizer Air too weak and too slow for daily use.

Arizer Air also has tight draw restriction. It’s like sucking a thick milkshake through a straw. Modern convection-powered dry herb vaporizers have low draw restriction *and* faster extraction.

Arizer Air Max vs Arizer Air SE: Key Differences

The two biggest differences between the Air Max and Air SE are the battery size and the temperature interface.

Both vapes have the same temperature range, but only the Air Max allows precise temperature selection.  The Air SE has 5 preset temperatures to choose from or cycle through.

The Air Max battery is 26650 while the Air SE battery is 18650.  The larger Air Max battery translates to double the number of bowls per charge.

Build Quality & Design

The Arizer Air is a sexy unit. Standing 122mm tall (4.8″) and weighing 4.12oz, its smooth and seamless aluminum body feels silky and peach-like. A gentle twist of the lower end unscrews the battery cover. It was slightly resistant at first – but a quarter turn and it slips right off. The threads feel buttery smooth, precise, and high quality. The battery, flat top unprotected 18650, snugly fills the battery cavity. Everything is very precise and really well-engineered. It’s obvious that Arizer puts a lot of care into the look and feel of their product – it’s very Apple-like in ways.

The Glass Stems are nice and heavy. The glass is 1.4mm thick. The ‘bowl’ portion is segmented off by a glass screen. The screen has four 1.2mm holes, so you’ll need to use a medium or course grind. The bowl is 11.5mm in diameter and about 10mm deep. With a light pack it will hold about .15g. Packing them too full will really restrict the airflow.

Using the Arizer Air

The unit turns on by holding both up and down for 2 seconds. I think technically it’s a 3-button rocker switch, but it’s small (4.9mm x 13mm) and I have fat fingers.

Heat-up time is slow Patience is a must here, as the Arizer Air takes 1 minute 42 seconds to heat up to its highest setting, and about 1 minute 25 seconds to heat up to its lowest setting. It beeps when you turn it on, but it doesn’t do anything to notify you that it’s ready. :( The lower blue light flashes when it’s heating and stays solid when the device is at the desired temperature.

Vapor Quality

The Arizer Air puts out a high-quality vapor,  better than anything less than $100. At lower temps, the vapor is rich and pungent with terpenes. This is a great vape for actually tasting the differences in strains. At higher temps, and at the ends of most sessions, the vapor starts to get a little harsh and hot. It’s not too noticeable if the unit is being passed around, but if you’re flying solo you’re going to feel it.

Is Arizer Air Worth it?

I love that this vape is so easy. It’s easy to pack, easy to clean, and easy to use. There’s no learning curve required – just pack it, heat it up, and blow clouds.

I have issues with its ‘portability’ – I’m not a fan of carrying multiple pieces. I’d much rather have everything self-contained. However the included belt holster works great, and it has two side pockets for the stems.

The heat-up time is my biggest downer. It takes well over a minute, and there’s no vibe or beep to let me know it’s ready. I have ADHD – if I set that vape down I’m going to forget about it.

All in all, this is a great vaporizer. It’s perfect for both casual and moderate users. The Air is customizable. You can add wooden stems, silicon sleeves, and water pipe adapters.

Arizer Air

The Arizer Air has been on the market since November 2014 and has been a tried and trusted dry herb vaporizer for a full decade.


  • Durable Build
  • Glass Vapor Path & Mouthpiece
  • Small, Stealthy, Sexy, Ergonomic Design
  • User-Swappable Battery
  • Efficient
  • Easy (no learning curve)
  • Easiest Vape to Maintain


  • Slower Extraction (10 min)
  • Not Very Pocketable
  • Not Very Potent


I've been medicating with vaporizers, legally, since 2012. I started reviewing dry herb vaporizers and other cannabis products in 2015. I fell in love with creating content around vapes and cannabis vaporization. I'm passionate about the topic and the community. I love bringing people together and I love helping them understand the ins and outs of vaping weed.


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