Design & Features
Design: The Pax 3 is one of the best-looking vaporizers on the market thanks to its minimalist, button-free design. It feels good to hold and the way you use it by either shaking it or by pressing down on the mouthpiece is simple and intuitive. The illuminated petal on the front of the device keeps the simple design of the Pax 3 while also keeping you informed of the battery status and other settings.
Features: If you want more detailed info or more precise control, then you can use the smartphone app, which gives you more temperature control, allows you to customize the user interface, and gives you access to the dynamic modes. Dynamic modes gradually increase the temperature to provide different vaping experiences. It’s not dissimilar to the Smart Path modes in the Miqro and IQ, but unlike in those vapes, you need the smartphone to use the dynamic modes.
Design: The IQ has long been one of the best looking dry herb vaporizers available, in fact, it’s one of the best-looking vaporizers period. The fifty-one LED light display is one of the more stylish design flourishes that you will see on any vaporizer, but aside from just being stylish, it is also useful since it clearly displays the temperature setting and other vital information. The IQ also feels as solid as it looks and has a nice heft to it as well.
It’s pretty easy to use, though one of the accessories can complicate things if you choose to use it. That accessory being the flavor chamber. It’s a small tube that is placed in the body of the IQ and is meant to hold all kinds of aromatic herbs, or even more dry herb. If you choose to use it, then that means there is one more step to the operating procedure of the IQ. But if you don’t bother using it, the loading process is pretty simple. The IQ is pretty simple to use in general, though if you try to use some of the extra modes without the smartphone app, it can get pretty complicated, so keep your phone nearby.
Features: The IQ has the same Smart Path feature as the Miqro, but you can control it from the device as well, instead of being restricted to the smartphone app. Granted, the button combinations needed to control the Smart Paths as well as some of the other features can be complicated, but it’s a useful feature nonetheless. The IQ also has a removable battery, but the IQ’s battery life is longer, so that feature isn’t as vital, but is still convenient.
Design: The Miqro is the tiniest vape here, looking like a mini version of its bigger sibling, the IQ. The small size has its good and bad aspects. The good is, of course, that this is one of the more easily portable vaporizers available, even the extended mouthpiece doesn’t affect its pocket-friendliness. The Miqro also has the stylish LED light grid on the front, just like the IQ, but the smaller size means that it only has fifteen of them instead of fifty-one.
It is very easy to use since the oven lid and battery cover are both easy to operate. And speaking of the oven lid, it has a zirconium pearl, just like the IQ, and just like the IQ, it helps to distribute heat evenly in the oven. And speaking of heat, that brings us to one of the bad things about the Miqro, the small size means that it gets quite hot during use. It’s a problem common to the very small weed vapes and, unfortunately, DaVinci hasn’t been able to solve it.
Features: The Miqro has the same Smart Path mode as the IQ. This is a mode that gradually increases the temperature as you vape, which alters the vaping experience. There isn’t a smartphone app though, so you can’t customize each smart path. It also has a removable battery, which is pretty useful since you can swap out a fresh one for a dead one. Since the Miqro has a pretty short battery life, this is a useful option.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Pax 3: The Pax 3 is also a fairly complex device to clean because you need to clean the mouthpiece, oven, and the vapor path. That cleaning process involves a variety of different cleaning products, some of which are included in the kit. Fortunately, you only need to clean it after every dozen or so uses, so you get a lot of vaping time with the Pax 3.
DaVinci IQ: On the other hand, the IQ is the most complicated to clean. That is because of the higher number of components compared to the other vaporizers. You need to clean the mouthpiece, oven, and the flavor chamber. Each part is easy to clean, but since there are more of them, cleaning takes a little longer.
DaVinci Miqro: The small size and simple operation of the Miqro mean that cleaning it is quick and easy. The included cleaning kit will do the job on the oven, while the mouthpieces can be cleaned using isopropyl alcohol. It is the easiest to clean of all three devices here.
The Miqro and IQ are dry herb vapes only, but the Pax 3 can vape wax with the use of a special concentrate insert included in the kit. You might not necessarily want to use it though, at least if you’re a regular wax vaper. That’s because its performance is below par compared to dedicated wax vaporizers. So, you might want to stick to dry herb with the Pax 3 and get a vape pen if you want to use wax.
All three vaporizers have an anodized aluminum shell that looks good and feels good. Keep in mind that the non-matte colors of the Pax 3 are prone to picking up fingerprints. The two DaVinci vaporizers also use zirconia in the construction of their mouthpieces and the pearl in their ovens. Zirconia is a highly heat resistant material that helps to keep the vapor cool, at least with the IQ.
Oven Material and Size
The two DaVinci vaporizers both have ceramic ovens, which helps to improve vapor quality because they are neutral materials that do not have an effect on the flavor of the herb. The Pax 3 has a stainless steel oven, but still produces great tasting vapor since the steel used is high quality.
- DaVinci Miqro: 0.3 grams
- DaVinci IQ: 0.3 grams
- Pax 3: 0.35 grams with a full oven. 0.2 grams with a half oven
As far as oven design goes, the Pax has a flat and wide oven, vs the IQ and Miqro which has a deep and narrow oven. That means the Pax’s oven is easier to load and clean. Pax is the winner when it comes to oven size and design.
The IQ has optional oven spacers which are small glass inserts you place in the oven that allow you to use a smaller amount of herb. By contrast, the Pax 3 has an oven lid included in its kit that serves the same purpose. The half oven lid allows you to use less herb without compromising the vaping performance of the Pax 3. So the Pax 3 has the best, and most versatile, oven of the three.
Longevity and Reliability
Pax 3: The Pax 3 is pretty reliable in addition to being pretty stylish. The fact that it has been around for a while and has received few complaints in that time should give you a good idea of just how dependable it is.
Warranty – 10 years
DaVinci IQ: The IQ has proven to be a solid device for all of its years in service. The only problem some people have is that the pearl in the oven can break off. However, it’s not too common and can be avoided by the user exercising the minimum amount of care.
Warranty – 10 years
DaVinci Miqro: The Miqro is a simple device with no moving parts so there isn’t a lot that can go wrong, and indeed, nothing has gone wrong with it so far. It is unlikely that anything will go wrong with it either.
Warranty – 5 years
Battery and Charging
The Miqro and the IQ both feature 18350 and 18650 removable batteries respectively, which is very useful since you can just replace a dead one with a fresh one instead of waiting for the whole device to recharge. This is an especially useful feature with the Miqro because it has a paltry battery life of just thirty minutes.
The IQ and the Pax 3 both last three times as long, though they both take a little longer to charge. The Pax 3 doesn’t feature the removable battery convenience of the DaVinci vapes, but it does have a magnetic charging dock. This is pretty cool since you don’t need to worry about plugging anything in.
Pax 3: The vapor quality of the Pax 3 is terrific for the most part. It starts out great, but gradually degrades as you use it. The vapor starts to warm up towards the end of each session. Despite those caveats, the Pax 3 produces very flavorful vapor with large visible clouds.
DaVinci IQ: The IQ is regarded as one of the best dry herb vapes because of its excellent flavor quality. The pearl in the oven helps to distribute the heat so the herb gets heated evenly and the long vapor path and zirconia elements keep the vapor cool. Those attributes help to create a rich-tasting vapor. You can add some different herbs to the flavor chamber to give the vapor some extra flavor notes but the vapor is great even if you never use it.
DaVinci Miqro: The vapor quality of the Miqro is good, but unfortunately you won’t have much time to enjoy it because it gets hot and uncomfortable rather quickly. That’s where the small size and poor heat distribution hurts the Miqro. You can get a few draws of nice vapor, but it heats up near the end of each session.
Overall, the vapor from the Pax is smooth and gentle, while the IQ produces denser, stronger vapor. Both of them outpace the Miqro in terms of vapor quality.
Which One Should You Choose?
Even though this comparison is among three vapes, it really comes down to two of them, the IQ and the Pax 3. The Miqro is decent but its poor heat distribution lets it down because both the Miqro and its vapor simply become too uncomfortable after a while. Unless you really need a vape this small, I would advise you to skip it.
The Miqro’s big brother, the IQ, handles the heat far better. Granted, the IQ does also get a little warm to the touch after extended use, but the vapor stays cool. It is a technologically advanced device with a useful smartphone app. As good as the app is, you can still control all of the functions of the IQ using the buttons on the device, which adds to its convenience. The flavor chamber can be a finicky accessory, but you don’t need to use it.
The Pax 3 is a great device, though the necessity of the smartphone app to control some of the more advanced functions as well as the fact that the vapor quality falls off after a while are minor annoyances. The vapor quality is excellent while it lasts though, and the use of the smartphone app for the more advanced functions means that the basic functions are easy to use.
Ultimately, the Pax 3 narrowly wins here because of the more flavorful vapor quality and the fact that it has a better oven and is easier to carry around. The smartphone app is one of the best out there because of its intuitiveness and broad suite of customization features. You can’t go wrong with either vape, but the Pax 3 gives you a little more bang for your buck.