DaVinci IQ Review – Badass Portable Dry Herb Vape (That’s Sexy Too)

9.7 Total Score
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The IQ performs like a champ, no matter which setting you use. The vapor is rich and flavorful, and the device is just impressive in every aspect (vapor quality, efficiency, flavor). If you are looking for a sleek and stealthy dry herb vaporizer that is also super portable, the DaVinci IQ is one of the best options available. Simple enough for first timers and powerful enough to satisfy the most demanding and experienced users. Great device and highly recommended.

DaVinci IQ Background

The Davinci IQ ($274.99 from DaVinci) is one of the Best Dry Herb Vaporizers of this year, thanks to supreme build materials, a high-tech interface, and a just-plain-sick design. The IQ’s interface is as simple or as involved as you want it to be, which makes it great for beginners that just want to vape (now!) and advanced vapers that want to customize their sessions.

DaVinci put some serious thought into the construction of this bad boy: the physical construction is top notch, from the brushed aluminum exterior to the ceramic chamber, and zirconia components that set this weed vaporizer apart from the pack. Because of these thoughtful implementations, the DaVinci vaporizer’s vapor quality is superb and the clouds are actually visible.

DaVinci uses zirconia due to its superior thermal conduction properties (hot things stay hot and cool things stay cool—think: thermos). A zirconia Pearl in the heating chamber facilitates even heat distribution and precise temperature consistency in the oven—resulting in delicious and apparent vapor clouds.

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The Crafty, Solo 2, DaVinci IQ and Pax 3 (L to R) - the IQ holds its own among the Best Portable Vaporizers of 2017.

The zirconia flavor chamber enhances the vapor flavor as it is integrated into the airpath: pack the flavor chamber with fresh herb! The contents in the oven chamber are vaporized, and the vapor then travels through fresh herb (which stays fresh, not heated) on the way to your lips.

Check out our analysis of the kit, design, and performance in this full DaVinci IQ review.

DaVinci Vaporizer Kit

Here is what you can look forward to in the DaVinci IQ kit:

  • The DaVinci IQ vaporizer for weed
  • 2 Zirconia mouthpieces: 1 flat + 1 extended (preferred)
  • Integrated packing tool
  • Cleaning accessories + micro USB charging cable
  • Carry can for extra buds + 10mm adapter.
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(L to R): The Flavor Chamber, extended mouthpiece, flat mouthpiece, and exposed Zirconia Pearl from the IQ's oven chamber latch.

For the Ambitious Vaper

IQ Mouthpiece Adapters

The 10mm adapter is a mouthpiece that replaces the standard mouthpieces and can mate with any water pipe that has a 10mm female cut. You can also attach a 14mm adapter (also sold by DaVinci) or an 18mm adapter to the 10mm adapter and attach the IQ to practically any water pipe.

DaVinci Glass Spacers for Half-Oven Packing

An increasingly popular trend recently, DaVinci began selling glass spacers on their site that allow you to pack a half-oven–the set includes one 10mm glass spacer and one 6mm spacer. These are great because if you’re vaping solo, you won’t need to pack the entire oven—just enough for a short session or to grab a few quick hits.

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The extended mouthpiece on the left (which we love), and the flat mouthpiece on the right. Both are made of zirconia, a heat resistant material that cools down the vapor.

Key Features of the DaVinci IQ

The DaVinci IQ vaporizer is all about features! Check out our faves:

  • Compatible w/ dry herb
  • Premium portable vaporizer — and attractive too
  • Replaceable, 3500 mAh 18650 LI battery
  • Ceramic oven + zirconia Pearl, airpath and flavor chamber
  • Innovative Flavor Chamber to enhance flavor quality
  • 51-Light LED grid display shows temp + battery settings
  • Retails for $274.99 from DaVinci.
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The oven chamber of the DaVinci IQ is on the device’s base: the zirconia pearl inside the oven provides even and precise heat distribution.

IQ Design

The DaVinci IQ is a super good looking, extremely portable vaporizer. The drawback is that the flat mouthpiece feels a bit awkward to use and it gets a bit hot on your lips. The longer mouthpiece affects portability (slightly) but the protruding stem feels more natural to hit from. The additional length gives the vapor time and space to cool down before it reaches your mouth.

The airpath and mouthpieces of the DaVinci IQ are made from zirconia, a big deal because it has a low thermal conductivity. That means heat transfer is lower than in other materials—a benefit because it helps to keep the vapor cool during each session no matter how high the temperature. The body of the IQ can get pretty hot so you might need to put it down between hits.

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The IQ with the extended mouthpiece and LED light grid, which displays battery level and temp setting.

The flavor chamber serves as both a storage chamber for extra (non-ground up) herb and as a flavor enhancer for the herb you’re vaping.

The zirconia pearl in the oven enhances heat distribution and guarantees a consistent oven temperature during sessions. If you like to pack your bowls deep, the Pearl is convenient because it can be used to consolidate your fluffier buds into a well-packed oven.

How to Use the IQ Dry Herb Vaporizer

Using the DaVinci vaporizer is pretty simple:

  1. Break down the herb. Use a good grinder such as the SLX.
    1. Finely ground herb increases surface area of buds—maximizing efficiency, and improving vapor and cloud quality.
  2. Open the chamber, fill it with herb, and then close it up.
    1. (Optional) Place dry herb or aromatic material in the flavor chamber.
  3. Click the control button 5x to power up the IQ, click it again to switch between precision and Smart Path modes.
  4. Use the up/down buttons to choose the temperature or Smart Path and start the heating process.
  5. Once heating is complete, inhale from your chosen mouthpiece to start vaping.

The DaVinci vaporizer has four preset temperature settings that can each be changed via the smartphone app, and the device itself lets you alter temp by the +/-1°. The IQ is fully functional with or without the smartphone app.

The IQ has two heating modes:

Precision mode. Select your exact temperature using the up/down arrows.

Smart Path Mode. The IQ gradually increases the temp during your session. Some vapes need a hack to slowly ramp up the temp while vaping so it’s awesome that the IQ has a mode that does it for you. You can use the default smart paths or customize them using the smartphone app (free for Android and iOS users).

IQ Interface

The IQ has a power button and an up/down button below it, both located on the narrow side of the unit. They’re both encircled by really cool light rings that illuminate when you press them.

You can do a lot with these 3 buttons, from checking the battery level to entering Stealth Mode, where the lights on the IQ dim so that you can engage in some low key vaping. The only problem is that it can be hard to remember all the different button combinations so keep the manual on standby until you memorize them.

DaVinci IQ Performance and Vapor Quality

The flavor chamber really helps the IQ to stand out, any bud used in the flavor chamber can be used in the oven during your next session. Because bud resonates in the Flavor Chamber, it will not combust though it will be super potent.

For the experimental, you can use different kinds of material in the flavor chamber. If you’re using liquids, dab them on a cotton swab (hemp or Japanese work well) and place it in the flavor chamber.

Whether you choose to use the flavor chamber or not, you can expect great flavor with abundant clouds. Low draw resistance means that it doesn’t feel like you’re inhaling concrete through a straw, instead, it feels just like breathing in. The longer mouthpiece is preferable because it keeps the vapor nice and cool during each session.

The Pearl and oven chamber do a wonderful job at vaporizing the bud. All the herb cashes after each session, not a hint of green in sight. The zirconia pearl is intended to heat all the herb evenly and it does the job during every session.

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The flavor chamber can be filled with herb to round out your vapor’s flavor, and even let’s you store a bud or two to pop in the chamber for later.

Battery and Charging

  • Battery type – 3500 mAh 18650 Li ion
  • Replaceable – Yes, can be charged separately
    • Batteries are available from DaVinci for $10.95 each
    • Batteries are also available from many retailers
  • Battery duration – 90 minutes
  • Charge time – 3-4 hours using USB cable
    • 2-3 hours using external charger
    • DaVinci sells an external charger for $22.95
  • Pass through charging – Yes

DaVinci IQ VS The Competition

The high end dry herb vaporizer market is one of the most competitive markets around, here is what the DaVinci IQ is up against:

DaVinci IQ vs The Crafty

The more versatile Crafty can vape both herbs and concentrates but doesn’t have the zirconia features or flavor chamber to enhance and cool down the vapor.

DaVinci IQ v The Pax 3

The Pax 3 is another badass high-tech vape, and is now cheaper than the IQ thanks to Pax Vapor’s price slashing. Check out our DaVinci IQ v Pax 3 comparison to see how the IQ holds up.

The DaVinci IQ versus the Ghost MV1

The Ghost MV1 looks cool and futuristic and functions impressively but it’s larger size reduces portability. It’s more of a stay-at-home vape than the IQ. Check out our full DaVinci IQ versus the Ghost MV1 comparison for the detailed breakdown.

The competition is stiff but the DaVinci IQ’s material and tech features to make it a strong contender in the crowded weed vaporizer field.

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The Ghost (L) and the IQ face off in a well-matched premium weed vape comparison.

DaVinci IQ Review: Final Thoughts

The DaVinci IQ ($274.99 from DaVinci) is a convenient, portable vaporizer with unique features, including zirconia components, that enhance the flavor and coolness of the vapor. Because you can either use the device as is, or customize based on personal preference—the DaVinci IQ is ideal for beginner and veteran vapers alike.

The Flavor Chamber, smartphone app, and temperature customizations are all intuitive to use—if you want to (but you don’t have to!). Experienced vapers can customize, and beginner vapers can point-and-shoot, until they grow into the device. All this, and a small, attractive exterior makes the DaVinci IQ one of the best weed vapes ever made.

21 Comments
  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

    • Reply
      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.

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    Kia January 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    oh, and as stealthy as the pax.

  13. Reply
    Stephen December 12, 2017 at 4:16 am

    What amps is the davinci iq battery? Is it the same as other 3500 mah 18650 baterries (10amp ) or does it require a higher ampage.

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