One of the problems with owning a glass-on-glass (GoG) vaporizer is that occasionally pieces get broken. After having broken one of my Extreme Q Cyclone Bowls, I decided to order a Tuff Bowl and give it a try. The Tuff Bowl is an official Arizer part developed to fit both the Extreme Q and V-Tower. It is a glass cyclone bowl coated with a durable teflon material which is designed to prevent cracks and shattering during use.
After I received my Tuff Bowl, I decided to put it through a basic drop test. Starting at a drop distance of 2 feet, I let the tuff bowl fall on to a hard wood floor (from a horizontal starting position). After falling, the bowl rolled harmlessly and sustained no damage. Next, I dropped it at a height of 4 feet, and much to my surprise it remained intact (at this height, a regular Cyclone Bowl would shatter into pieces), and sustained no damage. The teflon coating also makes the Tuff Bowl easy to grab on to without worrying about slippages (which comes in handy if you try holding the bowl when its fairly hot).
Overall, I feel that the Tuff Bowl makes for a great Cyclone Bowl replacement, and it really gives you piece of mind in the event the bowl falls. I really hope that Arizer works on developing a tuff elbow next, as the regular Extreme Q elbow can break if accidentally dropped. The Tuff Bowl also comes with a screen to allow you to get started with it right away.
Sometimes, I’ve found that the Cylone bowl of my Arizer Extreme Q tends to get stuck to my Extreme Q base. If you’re currently having this problem, then try some of my solutions listed below. Since the Extreme Q is glass on glass, it can be very fragile and thus it is important to handle it with care.
If you’re unit is currently off and you’ve noticed that the glass is stuck, then do not try to remove it. When your glass is cold, it contracts and tends to become more stuck. Rather than try to unstick your Cyclone Bowl, first set the Arizer Extreme Q to a temperature of 225 degrees C, and let it sit for about ten minutes. Once this has been done, gently try to work the Cyclone Bowl loose. The heat produced by the Extreme Q should cause the glass to expand, thus creating an opening in which the Cyclone Bowl can easily be removed.
A number of people try to remove their Extreme Q bowl by force, and I can confirm that this is not an ideal method. Sometimes, it takes 1-3 reheating sessions to loosen the Cyclone Bowl to the point in which it will come free from the base. Be gentle, and once it becomes unstuck, make sure to take some precautionary measures to ensure that your Extreme Q never gets stuck again.
In order to prevent your Extreme Q bowl from sticking again, I highly recommend using some form of glass lubricant. There a number of glass lubricants designed to function at high temperatures, and these lubricants can be a great way of making sure that your Extreme Q never gets stuck again.
In summary, when you try freeing your cyclone bowl, make sure to take extreme caution. Use care, as trying to force your Extreme Q bowl can cause cause serious problems or breakage. If you have any additional tips to help unstick an Extreme Q, feel free to share it with us in the comments! Also, the online vaporizer shop Vapeworld carries a wide selection of replacement parts for the Extreme Q here.