Da Vinci IQ Vaporizer Review
DaVinci unboxing, design overview, and hands on usage.
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. Release date: Oct 31st 2016.
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DaVinci IQ Vaporizer Review:
The DaVinci IQ ($274.99 directly from DaVinci) is a smart vaporizer with a unique LED interface and some very innovative features. In this review, we’ll go over unboxing, interface overview- with or without the app. We’ll also talk about the unique Zirconia air path of the IQ, and about the customizable smart paths that were a lot of fun to play with and produced outstanding results. Lastly, we’ll load the IQ with Dry Herb and use it to test vapor quality and efficiency.
DaVinci’s last vaporizer- the Ascent was ahead of its time and was one of the best vaporizers a few years ago when it was released. The release of the IQ is very anticipated, and I was excited for this one 🤗
DaVinci IQ Kit comes with:
In the box, we have the IQ Vaporizer, 2 Zirconia mouthpieces (flat and extended), Instruction Manual, small storage container and a box with accessories.
In the accessories box we have- a few cleaning wipes, a cleaning brush, and a chamber tool. The Chamber tool has another small metal tool sitting inside of it, that will allow to pull out the air path for cleaning purposes. And we also have the micro USB charging cable.
What is Zirconia?
Before we continue, I’d like to take a moment and talk about Zirconia (view wiki definition). The DaVinci IQ features a few Zirconia pieces, and basically, the whole airflow and mouthpiece is made of Zirconia. So let’s clarify what is Zirconia and why DaVinci chose to use it.
Zirconia is a very dense material, that is tougher and more resistant to wear and tear than Ceramic. Zirconia also has 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.
DaVinci IQ Design:
The Da Vinci IQ has a unique and interesting design. On the front we have the LED interface, on the side, there are three buttons, and on the back, there is the charging port. The mouthpiece sits on top of the IQ and opens up with a gentle pull. It has a small magnet to ensure proper closing.
At the bottom of the IQ is the Chamber, that has a Zirconia “Pearl” which we are going to talk about in just a little bit. The chamber cover is also magnetic and closes easily.
The Vapor path goes along the side of the IQ, into the air path, and from there it travels into the mouthpiece. The DaVinci IQ also has a small tool hidden alongside the air path, and you can use your fingernail to pull it out. You can use this tool to pull out the Zirconia air path, which is also called the “Flavor chamber”. The flavor chamber cools down the vapor and preserves its purity and aromas.
The flavor chamber can also be filled with dry herb to exchange the experience and to get an even richer flavor. Use the supplied tool to open the little cap, and you can place some dry herb inside. They will not cook, but as the vapor travels through the chamber, it will absorb fresh flavor from the herb you placed inside.
At the bottom of the IQ we have the Ceramic oven, and the Vapor travels upwards into the flavor chamber (which you can either leave empty or fill with dry herb) and then into the mouthpiece. The vapor path in the IQ is designed to produce the highest quality vapor, and to preserve the pure natural flavor of the herb. And as you will learn soon, it very much did so.
On the left side of the IQ, we’ll find the replaceable battery. The IQ uses a 3500mAh 18650 battery, which can be replaced or charged outside of the device.
The exterior shell is made from Sand-blasted Anodized Aluminum and the DaVinci IQ comes in 4 colors: Stealth, Copper, Blue, Gunmetal. The IQ is well designed and feels balanced and solid while holding and using. The interface of the DaVinci IQ features a “51-light-grid” display on the front of the vaporizer. The Light Grid will display the temperature as well as allow controlling features of the device.
Let’s take a closer look at the bottom of the IQ. Opening the lid will expose the chamber and the Zirconia “Pearl”. And the purpose of this pearl is to reflect more heat into the chamber and extract the active ingredients more efficiently. When the lid is closed, the pearl will perfectly fit into the bottom of the oven and will heat up during the session. This will heat up the dry herb from the sides and the bottom. This ended up being a game changer in terms of vapor production and cloud density. But more on that later.
DaVinci IQ Interface:
The DaVinci IQ can be used with or without a smartphone app. It’s important to note that you can fully use the device and all of it’s features with or without the app. Including precise temperature control, smart-paths and boost mode.
To turn the IQ on, click the main control button 5 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 4 smart paths, that are customizable. To switch to Precise temperature mode, click the control button once and set a temperature.
Holding down the main control button will activate boost mode and it will heat up rapidly to the maximum temperature.
Smartpath vs Precision mode:
Smartpath- the IQ features 4 smart heating profiles. They are pre-set 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.
Precision mode: In “precision” mode, you set the IQ to a constant temperature. It will heat up to this desired temperature and stay there for the whole session.
DaVinci Smartphone App:
After pairing your IQ with the free smartphone app, you can customize the four smart paths and change the settings to match your preference.
In my example, I quickly created a unique, 4 to 5-minute session. I set Smartpath number four to start at around 414 F and heat up to 417 F over the course of two minutes and then climb to 419 F over the next three minutes. I can also rename the heating profile and call it- Huge Clouds ☁️. It ended up being just that. Save it, and now I can select and use it.
The IQ will tune into the heating profile I created. The progress of the session is easily tracked via a graph in the smartphone app. You can see the timeline vs the temperature level.
Filling the chamber 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. Loading the IQ was very easy and the ground herb just slides right into the oven. Once the oven is full, close the lid back on, the Zirconia Pearl will seal the oven, and the IQ is now ready to use.
DaVinci IQ vapor quality
Vaping with the IQ was absolutely a pleasure. The vapor quality was outstanding, and I was amazed by the amount and density of the vapor the IQ produced. I like the extended mouthpiece better than the flat one, it provided cooler vapor and overall a better experience.
Playing around with the smart paths was a fun experience and allowed to customize my experience and experiment with different heating profiles. My “Huge Clouds” smart path did not disappoint and produced some of the thickest vapor I ever got from a portable vaporizer.
DaVinci IQ efficiency
After my session, I emptied out the oven to check the material and see if the IQ did a good job in extracting all the active ingredients. And as I expected the material was completely brown and dry. It seems like the Pearl did exactly as it should and helped an even, consistent heat during the session.
No matter which setting I used, the IQ performed like a champ. The Vapor was rich and flavorful, and I am truly impressed with the IQ in every aspect. If you are looking for a sleek and stealthy dry herb vaporizer, the DaVinci IQ is a great option. DaVinci has been known to make premium devices and seems like the new IQ is not an exception. It has everything you can ever want in a vape from precise temp control to pure flavor, and a 10-year warranty from a very reputable company. The IQ is also priced at a premium $274.99 from DaVinci just like other high-end units 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.
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.
I recommend buying the IQ at DaVinci official store. This is the safest in terms of warranty and service if ever needed.
DaVinci IQ full Feature list:
- 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.
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