DaVinci IQ Review
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The Good: Excellent vapor quality | Unique stylish design | Impressive feature list | Small and discreet | “Smart Paths” allow full-spectrum vaping | Removable 18650 battery
The Bad: Device gets hot after extended use | Long charge time with default micro USB charger | Relatively high maintenance and cleaning
The Bottom Line: The DaVinci IQ is a high-end vaporizer that produces tasty vapor in a convenient, portable package. It uses zirconium elements that keep the vapor cool even though the device itself can run hot. It also comes with a nice array of accessories that allow you to choose how you want to vape. If you want a high quality portable weed vaporizer, then the DaVinci IQ is one of the best options available.
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Kit and Accessories
- DaVinci IQ Vaporizer
- One flat zirconia mouthpiece + one extended zirconia mouthpiece
- One replaceable/rechargeable 18650 battery
- Micro USB charging cable
- Integrated packing tool
- Cleaning accessories
- Carry can
- One 10mm water pipe adapter
The DaVinci Miqro is the IQ’s scrappy little brother. It is somehow even smaller than the IQ, though it still retains a lot of its strengths like the cool LED display, removable battery, and good vapor quality. It does sacrifice a few things, like the smartphone app and battery life, not to mention that its small size means that it gets very hot. That means that the vapor gets really hot too, which isn’t exactly comfortable. If you prefer cooler vapor, then choose the IQ instead.
Compatibility: The DaVinci IQ is only compatible with dry herbs
DaVinci IQ Mouthpiece Options: The IQ kit includes a flat mouthpiece and an extended one.
- The flat mouthpiece helps to maintain the IQ’s distinctive shape and makes pocketability and portability much easier. However, it provides a less satisfactory vaping experience than the extended mouthpiece because the shorter vapor path doesn’t cool down the vapor as much.
- Inhaling from the extended mouthpiece feels more natural plus the longer airpath helps to cool down the vapor. This was my favorite mouthpiece by far, the downside is that it reduces portability a little.
Chamber Capacity: The IQ can hold about .3 grams of herb in its chamber.
Water pipe adapter: This allows compatible water pipes to be attached to the IQ. This is a rare and unusual addition when it comes to weed vapes. But it is a nice option for those who have a compatible water pipe because it helps to provide the coolest vapor possible.
Glass Spacers: There are optional 10mm and 6mm glass spacers available for the IQ. They are inserted into the herb chamber, reducing its capacity for users who want to use less herb. So, they give you the choice of three different oven sizes:
- The full oven without any spacers
- A roughly half-sized oven with the smaller 6MM spacer.
- And the smallest oven size when using the larger 10MM spacer.
The spacers are great accessories because they make efficient use of the oven and your weed supply.
External Charger: There is also an optional external charger for the removable 18650 battery which halves the charge time of the included micro USB cable.
Like all dry herb vapes, the IQ benefits from a good grinder to provide the finely ground herbs that make for an optimum vaping experience. The SLX Grinder, available from Amazon, is among the best around
Design and Features
The IQ is easily one of the best-looking vaporizers around and the standout feature is the grid of fifty-one LED lights on the front of the device. They light up in various patterns that convey useful information in a really cool way. The IQ is also a sturdy feeling device that weighs a little more than other vapes in this size and price range. That extra weight gives the IQ a nice feeling of solidity.
The IQ has three buttons on the device, giving it a nice feeling of tactility. The buttons control the power and the temperature selections and pressing them in certain combinations activates additional modes without the need for the smartphone app. I like the fact that the IQ can be used without the app, but those button combinations can be complicated and difficult to remember.
The build quality of the IQ is quite good, the device feels solid and the openings for the herb chamber and the mouthpieces feel nice and secure. The only weakness is the zirconia pearl in the oven, it helps to regulate the temperature and is adjustable, but it is prone to breaking if you’re not careful.
Zirconia: The IQ’s air path and mouthpieces are made from zirconia, a highly heat-resistant material that helps to prevent the vapor from getting too hot before it reaches your mouth. There is also what DaVinci calls a zirconia pearl on the cover of the oven lid. It is actually a small orb that helps to regulate the temperature in the oven so that the heat is distributed evenly.
That helps to prevent the uneven heating you sometimes get in conduction vaporizers. The zirconia elements also keep the vapor pure, ensuring that nothing affects the flavor and quality of your herbs’ vapor.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The IQ is a relatively high maintenance device compared to other vaporizers. All the parts are easy to clean, but there are a lot more of them than in other vapes, so cleaning takes a little longer.
The flavor chamber is one of those extra components but it can be easily cleaned by dipping it in isopropyl alcohol and wiping it down, the same goes for each of the mouthpieces. The chamber should be cleaned after each session and doing so is pretty easy with the included cleaning kit.
Other Notable Features
Flavor Chamber: The chamber is a removable pod that is placed in the airpath below the mouthpiece. You can fill it with any kind of herb to enhance the flavor of the vapor as it reaches your mouth. It’s an interesting option for the curious and experimental, but it’s unlikely that most people will use it. Fortunately, you don’t have to and you can leave it empty. I never use it.
Smartphone App: The IQ’s app is one of the best around because of how easy it is to use and the range of options it provides. You can do things like adjust the brightness of the LED lights on the device and adjust the temperature range of 230°F to 430°F, however, the most significant feature is control of the Smart Path mode.
Smart Path mode gradually increases the temperature by 20 degrees as you vape and you can choose from four preset Smart Paths or customize your own. Doing so is very simple and it is a great option for anyone who likes to adjust the temperature as they vape. The preset smart paths are as follows:
- Smart Path 1: 350°F – 370°F
- Smart Path 2: 370°F – 390°F (my favorite)
- Smart Path 3: 390°F – 410°F
- Smart Path 4: 410°F – 430°F
Each path is designed to activate various terpenes in the marijuana plant to give users a full spectrum vaping experience. You can customize your own smart path and save it, so that you can activate it any time you vape.
How to Use
- Open the chamber, fill it with herb, and then close it up.
- (Optional) Place dry herb or aromatic material in the flavor chamber.
- Click the control button 5x to power up the IQ, click it again to switch between precision and smart path modes.
- Use the up/down buttons to choose the temperature or smart path and start the heating process.
- Once heating is complete, inhale from your choice of mouthpiece to start vaping.
You can view the official instruction manual here.
Temperature Options: The IQ has three heating modes:
- Precision mode allows you to select the exact temperature you want.
- Smart Path mode gradually increases the temperature as you vape.
- Boost mode maxes out the temperature as you hold down the power button.
Performance and Vapor Quality
Vapor Quality: The IQ produces excellent flavor and surprisingly thick vapor, especially for a conduction vaporizer. The not-so-secret secret is the zirconia pearl in the oven that helps to regulate the temperature and provide a nice even vape to the herbs. The long airpath helps to cool down the vapor, particularly with the extended mouthpiece. I prefer vaping at the lower temperatures since the flavor is stronger at those settings.
Vaporizer Performance: The IQ takes about forty five seconds to heat up, a little longer than average, but not too long. It does get hot during extended sessions, so you’ll need to put it down if you’re vaping from it for a while, and considering the high flavor quality, you’ll definitely want to.
Battery Life: The battery lasts for about ninety minutes, which is about the average for this type of vaporizer.
Battery Capacity: The IQ uses a 3500 mAh removable/rechargeable 18650 battery.
Charging Options: The included USB cable or the optional external charger are the methods of recharging the IQ.
Charge Time: Micro USB cable – Four hours
External charger – Two hours
DaVinci IQ vs Pax 3 vs Crafty
The DaVinci IQ is a great vaporizer but it has some serious competition in the Pax 3 and Crafty. The IQ and Pax 3 both have 3500 mAh batteries while the Crafty has a 2700 mAh one, which accounts for a shorter battery life. The IQ is the only one of the three that has a removable battery.
The Crafty is much easier to clean and maintain than the other two and it doesn’t run as hot as they do. Plus It has a smart mouthpiece design that delivers cooler vapor.
The IQ does offer superior temperature control since you can both control and monitor on the device rather than the smartphone app. Both Pax and IQ have great apps with lots of features and control. The Crafty’s app is more basic.
|Category||DaVinci IQ||Pax 3||Crafty|
|Compatible with||Dry herb||Dry herb, Wax||Dry herb, Wax|
|Heating Method||Conduction||Conduction||Conduction/ Convection hybrid|
|Battery Life||90 minutes||90 minutes||65 minutes|
|Battery Capacity||3500 mAh||3500 mAh||2700 mAh|
|Warranty||10 years||10 years||2 years|
|Price||$274.99 directly from DaVinci||$249.99 directly from Pax Vapor||$279 from Vape-Smart|
The DaVinci IQ is a high-end vaporizers that produces tasty vapor in a convenient, portable package. It uses zirconium elements that keep the vapor cool even though the device itself can run hot. It also comes with a nice array of accessories that allow you to choose how you want to vape. If you want a high quality portable weed vaporizer, then the DaVinci IQ is one of the best options available.
Who is it for: Anyone who enjoys great vapor in a small package and wants a highly customizable vaping experience.
Who is it NOT for: Anyone who wants a simple fuss-free vaporizer, for example, the Crafty. Anyone who mainly vapes indoors, they might prefer a larger unit with a better battery capacity, like the Arizer Solo 2 or the Mighty. Anyone who prefers a milder vaping experience might prefer the Linx Gaia instead.
DaVinci IQ Coupon Codes (Authorized Dealers):
|Vape World||$274.99||TVG15 for 15% off|
|Vape-Smart||$274.99||TVG10 for 10% off|