DaVinci IQ Review

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9.7 Total Score
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The IQ performed like a champ, no matter which settings I used. The Vapor was rich and flavorful, and I am truly impressed in every aspect. If you are looking for a sleek and stealthy dry herb vaporizer, the DaVinci IQ is one of the best options available. Simple enough to be used by a first timer and is powerful enough to satisfy the most demanding and experienced users. Great device and highly recommended.

Recommended store: Buy directly from DaVinci official store

In Depth DaVinci IQ Review ↓

Background

We are pleased to present the full DaVinci IQ review because this is one incredible vaporizer. The IQ ($274.99 directly from DaVinci) is the newest dry herb vaporizer manufactured by DaVinci. It is a smart vaporizer with a unique LED interface and some very innovative features. It is one of the best high-end dry herb vaporizers on the market right now.

The DaVinci IQ is highly customizable, and introduces a brand new design featuring a replaceable 18650 battery, Smart Path™ technology and a zirconia ceramic bowl. The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer has a unique mouthpiece that elevates the purity and richness of the flavor of dry herb, in particular. Thanks to a 100% ceramic zirconia air path and the highest quality materials, the user is able to easily pull out thick, rich, high-quality vapor with minimal draw resistance. The ceramic zirconia mouthpiece is also noticeably durable and easy to clean and maintain.

The DaVinci IQ dry herb vaporizer is also impressively small, with a compact design. The dark charcoal, matte finish is pleasing and appealing, with the zirconia elements creating a futuristic and ultra-smooth sensation. The user truly feels that he or she is using a luxurious gadget when vaping with the IQ. This vape is all about the user experience by means of both luxury and efficiency–it looks great on the desk between uses and is sure to impress your lucky guests.

DaVinci IQ Unboxing:

The DaVinci IQ vaporizer arrives in a small, elegant box. The packaging is luxurious and representative of the quality vape it holds within. When unboxing the IQ, you feel that you unpacking a rare jewel–and in a way–you are!

The carry can is, quite frankly, an adorable way to lug a nug around, and the scraping tool enveloped in a tiny protective rubber casing attached to it on the key chain combine to add additional convenient components to your vaping experience.

The DaVinci IQ Kit comes with:

  • The DaVinci IQ Vaporizer
  • Two zirconia mouthpieces – flat and extended
  • A small storage container, and a box with accessories.
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Cleaning tools + The Instruction Manual
  • Carry can keychain with extra scraping tool

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Davinci IQ Design

The DaVinci IQ has a unique, attention-grabbing design. It is small, but weighs more than it looks like for its size (145 grams). It feels very solid and durable in the hand. The vaporizer can easily be disguised in the palm of your hand, making it competitive with the PAX 3 in terms of stealth. Finally, the finish is pleasing to the touch, particularly due to the zirconia elements.

The exterior shell of this vape is made from sand-blasted anodized aluminum and the vaporizer comes in 4 colors:  Stealth, Copper, Blue, Gunmetal.

Advantages of the IQ’s zirconia mouthpieces

Let’s talk about zirconia and the benefits that it offers to the DaVinci IQ vaporizer. As mentioned before, the DaVinci IQ features a few Zirconia pieces, and basically the whole airflow and mouthpiece is made of Zirconia.

Zirconia is a very dense material, with a high-temperature capability up to 2,400ºC, it’s non-magnetic, and has low thermal conductivity. Zirconia is sometimes referred to as ‘ceramic steel’ as it has the properties of ceramic and the toughness of steel.

Having zirconia mouthpieces allows the DaVinci IQ dry herb vaporizer to have the purest vapor compared to any other vaporizer on the market.

Choice of flat of the extended mouthpiece (both made from Zirconia). Personally, I enjoyed the extended one; it keeps the vapor cooler.

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DaVinci IQ Flavor Chamber and Ceramic Oven

The IQ is complete with two separate internal chambers–the newly designed flavor chamber, and the oven complete with the zirconia “pearl,” of which the purpose is to reflect more heat into the chamber and extract the active ingredients more efficiently.

Next to the flavor chamber, a slim tool is hidden alongside the air path that cools down the vapor and preserves its purity and aromas. Upon pulling the zirconia air path out, you can load your dry herb and reinsert the vestibule so that the vapor will pass through the flavor chamber prior to hitting your lips–enriching your vapor with the ultimate full-bodied taste.

Battery

On the left side of the IQ, you will find the replaceable battery. The IQ uses a 3500mAh 18650 battery, which can be replaced or charged outside of the device. On the rear of the device, you will find the micro USB charging port. Plug your IQ in for a zap and you will be ready to vape large clouds in no time.

The Zirconia air-path, i.e., the Flavor Chamber, can be left empty, or filled with herb to enhance the flavor.

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DaVinci IQ Features

  • Compatible with Dry Herb
  • Sleek and Modern 51 LED grid display
  • Temperature Control- 250F-430F
  • 3 Pre-Defined heat modes- Smart Path mode, Precision mode, and Boost mode
  • 100% Ceramic Zirconia air path provides excellent vapor quality
  • Smartphone app- to control features and settings
  • Replaceable 18650 battery (3500mAh rechargeable lithium-ion) allows replacing on-the-go
  • 10-year warranty
  • Heat-up time: 20 seconds
  • Water Filtration accessories available from DaVinci

A 51-dot LED Light Grid displays temperature and battery settings.

One of my favorite features is that the onboard interface allows full control of the device – making the app completely optional.

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How the DaVinci IQ works

Loading the DaVinci IQ with dry herb

Open the lid at the bottom of the IQ to expose the chamber, and fill it up with herb. You can use the supplied oven tool to help you pack it, and make sure it is nice and tight. The chamber is very easy to pack. You can either decide to grind your herb coarsely –you will not have as much vapor, but there will be less draw resistance–or very finely, which will result in denser vapor but illicit greater resistance.

Once the oven is full, close the lid, the zirconium pearl will seal the oven, heat the device–and the IQ is now ready to use. We suggest using the new glass spacers that DaVinci just launched. The DaVinci IQ Glass Spacers will allow you to shrink the chamber, and to use less herb for the same amazing results.

DaVinci IQ Interface

The DaVinci IQ can be used with or without a smartphone app. It is important to note that you can fully use the device and all of its features with or without the app.

The IQ allows the user to have full control over a session, by allowing you to track your Smart Path usage and see other important information about your vaporizer. To turn the IQ on, click the main control button five times rapidly. The IQ will turn on in Smart Path mode and start heating up. You can use the up or down buttons to select one of four smart heating paths, which are customizable.

The Smart Paths are preset, but can be changed and configured via the smartphone app. Using the smart paths, you can set the IQ to start at a certain temperature, then heat up to another temperature over the course of selected time. Repeat the process again so you can create an entirely customizable heating profile according to your vaping style and preference.

More Temperature Modes

  • Precision mode: allows you to pick a precise temperature which will be maintained for the entire session. Again, you can completely change it at any time. To turn the precision mode on, tap the top button one time and then press the up and down button to set your optimal temperature.
  • Boost mode: if you hold down the top button, boost mode will be activated. The heater will be engaged fully, and will now slowly work to 430F as long as you continue holding the button. The boost mode can help you experience that extra draw at the device’s maximum temp.

DaVinci IQ Smartphone App

Once again, it is important to note that you do not need the smartphone app to access the entire range of the DaVinci IQ features. But if you decide to pair your IQ with the free smartphone app, you will be able to customize the four smart paths and change the settings to match your preference.

Once you start using the app, you can choose between the four different Smart Paths, and modify the temperatures or pick a precise temperature for your whole session. The progress of the session is easily tracked via graph in the smartphone app. You can see the timeline vs the temperature level.

You can also use the smartphone app to activate “Stealth Mode”, which will dim the LEDs within the app. This is highly recommended, as the default LED brightness can at times be too much.

We recommend using the app, even if it is not necessary; as it adds some cool features such as the total usage time, average session length, average temperature.

Once you start using the app, you can choose between the four different Smart Paths, and modify the temperatures or choose a precise temperature for your whole session. The progress of the session is easily tracked via

The progress of the session is easily tracked via graph in the smartphone app. You can see the timeline versus temperature level.

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DaVinci IQ Performance and Vapor Quality

DaVinci IQ’s exceptional vapor quality

The DaVinci IQ is an outstanding success, and vaping with the IQ is absolutely a pleasure. The vapor quality is exceptional, and the amount and density of the vapor the IQ produced is surprising, to say the least.

The extended mouthpiece, for me, is preferable to the flat one. The extended shape provided cooler vapor and overall a better experience. The shape of the piece is comfortable on the lips and the rich materials and overall shape contribute, undoubtedly, to the device’s ability to perform at such a high level.

DaVinci IQ efficiency

After our session, we emptied out the oven to check the material and see if the IQ did a good job in extracting all the active ingredients. As we expected, the material was completely brown and dry. It seems that the Pearl did exactly as it intended to, resulting in consistent, evenly distributed heat throughout the entire session.

A ceramic oven and the IQ’s Zirconia “Pearl” keeps the temperature precise and consistent for ultimate efficiency.

The Pearl seals the oven from the bottom and becomes hot – facilitating an even heat distribution throughout the dry herb in the oven chamber.

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DaVinci IQ Bottom Line

No matter which setting we used, the IQ performed like a champ. The vapor is rich, tasty and flavorful, and we are truly impressed with the IQ in every aspect. The use of zirconium means smoother, thicker clouds and less wastage of your previous dry herb.

If you are looking for a sleek and stealthy dry herb vaporizer, the DaVinci IQ is a great option. For years, DaVinci has been known to make premium devices and the new IQ is no exception. It has everything you can ever want in a vape from precise temp control to pure flavor.  And, the vaporizer comes with a 10-year warranty.

The IQ is priced at a premium $274.99 from DaVinci. In our opinion, the vaporizer is definitely worthy of the price tag, just like high-end competitors such as the PAX 3 and the Firefly 2.

If you are out to buy a portable dry herb vaporizer right now, the IQ should be one of your first choices. Moreover, the IQ is simple enough to be used by a first timer and is powerful enough to satisfy the most demanding and experienced users. Great device and highly recommended!

We suggest buying the IQ at the DaVinci official store. This is the safest bet in terms of warranty and service if ever needed. The ten-year warranty is a clear indicator of DaVinci’s dedication to superior craftsmanship, and the reason why you should only consider purchasing the IQ from the official store.

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  1. Reply
    Jim Quinsey November 6, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you for this excellent review. I’m so glad to have finally found a site, and it’s people, most of all, (of course), that presents vapourizers and their reviews in a way that makes sense to me, and that doesn’t leave me feeling like someone behind it is trying to pull some kind of fast one on me!

    The Vape Guide is definitely now both bookmarked, and at the top of my list of bookmarks!

    Thanks again,

    JimQ,
    Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

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      Senior Editor November 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you, Jim! It’s nice to have you on board 😉

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    Otto Hunt November 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Can it be used while the battery is charging?

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      Cazaczoo March 25, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Yes

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    BD November 23, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Amazing video and incredible product!!!! You showed us the quality efficiency, which is great, but how long did that session last? I’m curious to know because that holding chamber(not the amazing flavor chamber you mentioned!) for the herb looks a bit larger than it’s davinci predecessor along with the pax and firefly one’s.

    Thanks for the review, very very much appreciated!

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      Senior Editor November 24, 2016 at 5:47 am

      My average session lasted 5-7 minutes. I personally like shorter sessions but you can go up to 10 minutes with the IQ.

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    Frank November 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    I am looking to buy my first vaporizer. How many sessions can you get when you load the oven or do you have to smoke all the herb at one session?

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      Senior Editor November 29, 2016 at 11:58 am

      You kinda have to vape it all in one session with this one. Oven is not too big, I think its perfect for personal (single person) use.

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    Arrr November 26, 2016 at 2:43 am

    what was the battery life like per charge? How many sessions?

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      Senior Editor November 29, 2016 at 11:55 am

      It’ll last 3-4 sessions. I recommend buying an extra battery and external charger. Will help you if battery life is a concern.

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    cessie November 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Hi there – the chamber size of 0.3 to 0.5g is quite a bit larger than i’d like, as I normally smoke alone and don’t always want to get off my tree! – is there anything i can use to take up space in the heating chamber so that I’m using less herb?

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      Senior Editor November 29, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Not really. But the oven is not too big on the IQ. I also vape alone mostly and it works perfect for me.

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    Mike December 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Greetings! Thanks for the review. I might have missed it if you clarified, but I assume this is a conduction vape? In terms of stealth use, did you consider odor? Still looking for the perfect vape to pair with a Smoke Buddy Jr. for concert use. Convection vapes I’ve tried work best IME for control of odor but are typically not stealth enough for public use or are too fragile for “blind” use. The conduction vapes I’ve tried, though, put off such an odor that even exhaling with the Smoke Buddy, after a few moments of heating, people surrounding me start noticing and looking for the source.

    Any insights along those lines for the IQ?

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    Dawg December 24, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Can you set to Celsius instead of Fahrenheit?

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    Maatix December 27, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Would the vapor have a strong smell? One of the major problems I have is that the smell tends to offend a few of my housemates, so I want to make sure it’s close to odorless – I saw you mentioned stealthy, but I was not sure if that meant masked well, or just the design.

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      Geoffrey January 27, 2017 at 3:33 am

      I recommend obtaining a smole buddy if you want to mask scent.

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    Kia January 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Let me know when there’s a new handy vaporzier, that is as smooth to clean as the FF2, produces the vapor like the IQ, and can also handle concentrates.

    I’d easily pay 350€ for that.

  12. Reply
    Kia January 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    oh, and as stealthy as the pax.

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