We have two all-stars among dry herb vaporizers – the PAX 3 and the DaVinci IQ — both consistently at the top of our Best Dry Herb Vaporizers list. Both are handsome, functional, and smart – everything that you would want from a dry herb vape.
The PAX 3 and DaVinci IQ are both reputable, premium vaporizers with groundbreaking features. I am sure you are here to find out how they compare and which one is better? Let’s take a look at the facts and find out.
Pax vs IQ: Build Quality and Appearance
Both of these devices are beautiful and sport amazing build quality. Both devices, are definitely unique in their own way with innovative features that give the competition something to work toward.
Pax, or better known as the Apple of Vaporizers leaves nothing to be desired in appearance. The PAX 3 upgraded to a glossy coat that looks stylish, even though it can attract fingerprints. It also comes in 4 colors – black, silver, gold and rose gold. The PAX 3 is also quite small – great for sliding into your pocket on the go.
The DaVinci dry herb vape is unique in its use of zirconia and ceramic — some of the most premium materials and design in dry herb vaping. The zirconia and ceramic elements ensure even heat distribution among your herb, making your sessions more efficient. A zirconia mouthpiece keeps the vapor cool and flavorful through inhalation.
Battery: Pax 3 versus DaVinci IQ
The PAX 3 comes with a built-in 3500mah battery where you can expect to get around 1.5 hours of use time. To see how much battery life you have left, shake the PAX 3 and the LED lights will indicate the level.
When it is time to recharge, the PAX 3 comes with a magnetic wireless charger that simply connects to the device. Overall, it takes around 100 minutes for it to charge fully.
The DaVinci IQ also supports a 3500mah (18650) battery but the major difference here is that it is removable so you can charge it outside of the unit — no dead-battery bummers! Unlike the PAX 3, the IQ has a USB micro port where you plug in the device. You can expect around the same time to recharge as the PAX 3.
IQ versus Pax 3: Use and Vapor Quality
Both devices are pretty awesome as far as usage and performance. The PAX 3 comes with 3 oven lids – half and full oven inserts and a concentrates lid. The half oven uses less flower, which is great for solo sessions–herb conservation.
At TVG, we kind of all agree that while the Pax vape does fine with concentrates, it is best to invest in a great wax pen along with your dry herb vape because wax’s gooey consistency really just deserves its own vessel. Personally, I want to keep my Pax clean and operative and stick-free.
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Packing the IQ with dry flower is simple; you can use coarse or finely ground dry herb as long as you pack it tightly. Personally, I like mine lightly ground. An epic feature of the IQ vape is that it has the Flavor chamber.
You can lodge an extra flower into this removable vestibule inside the device; bud in the flavor chamber won’t vaporize, but as air travels through the airpath, it is enhanced by the added tinge of fresh herb along the way. Besides, the chamber doubles as a convenient storage place for your nugs on deck.
Vaporizer Smartphone Apps
Both the PAX 3 and the DaVinci IQ come with smartphone apps that let you control the temperature settings. You can use the device with or without the app, but the apps definitely add to the experience. Without the app, the PAX 3 has 4 temp settings and with the app, you can adjust the temp by a degree up or down.
The app has 4 different modes that you can use – Boost, Stealth, Flavor and Efficiency and they are all actually great for their purposes. Use stealth to turn the temperature down in the oven so that visible vapor and scent will be drastically reduced.
As for the DaVinci IQ, the temp range is between 230° and 430°F and with or without the app, it will adjust the temp by the degree. When using the app, you can choose between the different smart paths and modify the temperature for the whole session. An awesome perk for this app is that it will display a graph and show what the temperature is at any point during your vape session. The DaVinci IQ, like the PAX 3, also has a Stealth mode that dims the logo light while vaping.
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