The Levo 2 is the next generation of Levo’s oil infuser technology. Check out our review of the original Levo here.
The Levo 2 Oil Infuser is new and improved, with a sleek design and additional features. It has multiple functions, making it an all-in-one machine for drying and activating herb and infusing oil. The original Levo was just an infuser, so this upgrade saves time and hassle.
Right out of the box, I noticed that the Levo 2 is a little heavier than the first Levo. It’s a bit heftier and higher quality. It’s available in different colors, and we chose red. It comes with a user manual, a postcard about the app, a quick-start recipe guide, as well as some cool fridge magnets.
There are a few parts to take note of. There’s the herb pod, which holds your product for infusing and activation. There’s the pod protector, which helps protect and evenly heat your botanicals. And the stirrer for the bottom of the reservoir to make sure your oil infuses evenly through the product. The Levo 2 reservoir itself is coated in ceramic, and it has an improved spout. The old one was a friction fit but the new one screws on and off. This is where the oil exits into your container.
Activation Cycle to Decarboxilate Cannabis
Once everything is unpacked and plugged in, you’ll want to start with the activation cycle. If you’re looking to make potent infusions from cannabis, you definitely want to do this step. I used the Levo 2 to decarboxilate cannabis, which means to convert the THCa into THC, which is the active ingredient in cannabis that gives it its psychoactive effects. I love that I can do this right here in the same machine as the infuser.
The Levo 2 holds about 1/4 oz of loosely packed, dry, fresh cannabis. I didn’t pack in more than that so it has room to expand with the oil. If you’re using buds, you’ll want to break them up into shake so it can circulate evenly and extract all the active ingredients.
The activation cycle is 30 minutes at 240 degrees F. That’s a pretty standard temperature, so I stuck with the default settings here, although you can change it if you wish. It took about 45 minutes total because it took 15 minutes to heat up first. I was very pleased with the activation results. There wasn’t that traditional smell that comes from decarbing in your oven, so this was more low key. I looked at the herb, too, and it looked nice and lightly toasted just as it should be.
Infusion Cycle Without the Hassle
The next step is to fill the machine with your oil. I chose 16 fl oz of coconut oil. The capacity is 19 fl oz but that little bit of extra room means you can move the machine on your counter if you need to without spilling. Plus it will make your recipes easier to figure out if you stick with 16 fl oz.
The infusion cycle is 2 hours at 150 degrees F. Again, I can adjust the settings but chose to stick with the default. After 2 hours I had a nice smelling, green oil infused with my activated cannabis. It is so simple and easy given that my herb is already in this machine and it’s only a matter of filling it with oil and pushing a few buttons.
One of the coolest things about this machine is the way the oil dispenses. It’s super convenient, the valve opens and the infused oil comes right out of the machine. I held down the dispense button to make sure I got as much out as I could, but the ceramic coating is so effective, there wasn’t a lot of oil left in there to drain out. I also used the herb press to press out any remaining that I could get. It’s a great little accessory that comes with the Levo 2. It gave us almost all of the original 16 fl oz we put in there, so that’s pretty thorough.
I could actually see the oil receding from the bottom on the non-stick ceramic coating, so this really is an improvement in getting the oil out in a fast and efficient manner. I do wish I could just press the dispense button once and have the valve stay open, though, instead of holding it down. And another downside is that a standard mason jar is too tall to fit under the dispenser, but I just used a glass Pyrex measuring cup to catch my oil instead.
One of the really nice attributes of this machine is its super easy to clean up after yourself. Simply press the release button at the top, pull the infusion chamber out, and take it to dishwasher. The machine itself is very clean, and the temperature probe only needs a quick wipe down.
Levo vs Levo 2
The original Levo is a great machine but this is a huge upgrade with the Levo 2.
- It’s very effective — I was able to decarb and infuse right here with one machine and without changing parts, making it a very easy and simplified process.
- I really like the new ceramic-lined chamber and how easily the oil drains.
- I love the new dispense tube that screws off vs the old friction fit.
- The herb chamber is larger, which is really important if you want to make your oil potent. That said, my one caveat is that if you’re not using fresh, full potency cannabis, you’ll probably be disappointed. AVB has a much lower percentage of active ingredients.
- The Levo 2 is on the expensive side, but it’s worth it for the extra features
Full disclosure, our first review unit didn’t work, but Levo was kind enough to send us a replacement which has worked great. They have good customer service and an excellent warranty.
Overall Rating: 9/10
VerdictAn attractive appliance that's effective for drying, activating, and infusing potent cannabis oil. Its added features make it worth the upgrade from the original Levo, and its ease of use in an all-in-one machine makes it a must-have gadget for your collection.
- Decarbs and Infuses in One Machine
- Adjustable Temperature Control
- Ceramic-lined Chamber for Max Oil Dispensing
- Easy Cleanup
- Doesn't Fit Standard 16 oz Mason Jar
- Hold Down Button to Dispense
- Not Ideal for AVB