PAX 3 VS DaVinci IQ

The Pax 3 (Review | Buy) and the DaVinci IQ (Review | Buy) are two icons of the vaping world. They are both premium vaporizers and are each considered to be two of the best dry herb vaporizers ever made. They both have an impressive set of features and they both deliver high quality flavor.

So how do they compare with each other? Which one should you get? The decision won’t be easy but I’ll break it down for you by category. That way you’ll know exactly how each vape performs in each category so you can make the most informed decision possible.

Substance Compatibility

The Pax 3 is compatible with dry herbs and wax concentrates.

The DaVinci IQ is compatible with dry herbs only.

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Special Features

Pax 3 Review
The Pax 3 is one of the most popular and advanced session vaporizers available.

Pax 3

The Pax 3 has a lot of special features, like its advanced smartphone app, but  its dynamic modes are easily the most special. Each dynamic mode provides the user with a customized heating method. However, the smartphone app is necessary if you want to take advantage of this feature.

DaVinci IQ

The IQ also has customized heating modes, which are called Smart Paths. Each path gradually increases the temperature by 20° from the starting point as you vape. There are four default paths, but you can create your own path using the IQ’s smartphone app. The app is only needed to create a custom path, actually using one of the paths can be done on the device itself.

The Pax 3 has more features but the phone app is necessary to control most of them. The IQ also has fewer features but the majority of them can be controlled on the vaporizer without the use of the app.

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Smartphone App

Pax 3 – The smartphone app for the Pax 3 is one of the best and most comprehensive around. It has video tutorials, it allows you to name your device, you can customize your user interface, and it has a live temperature display. Most importantly, it gives you precise temperature adjustment and control over the dynamic modes. The app is great, but it is absolutely necessary for those advanced functions. Without the app, you can only select from four preset temperatures and you can’t use the dynamic modes.

DaVinci IQ – The app of the IQ can be used to adjust the brightness of the LED lights, adjust the temperature range, and customize the dynamic modes. The IQ’s app is very good, though not quite as comprehensive as that of the Pax 3. On the plus side, you can control the majority of those functions using just the device. You do need to use a variety of button combinations but it is nice that DaVinci gives you two different methods of control.

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DaVinci IQ Portable Weed Vaporizer glass spacers and oven
The glass spacers give you peak vaping performance even with smaller loads.

Pax 3

The Pax 3 has a nice set of accessories included in the Complete Kit. They include two different mouthpieces, one flat and one raised. The flat oven is better for portability and for keeping the Pax 3’s sleek shape, but it feels better vaping from the raised mouthpiece. It also comes with a regular lid and a half-oven lid. The half-oven lid alters the amount of space in the herb chamber so that you can fill it with half the amount of herb without hurting the performance of the vaporizer.

DaVinci IQ

The IQ also includes two mouthpieces, a flat one and an extended one. The flat one is more travel friendly but the extended one is better for vaping because of the longer airpath. A water pipe adapter is also included for hardcore users who want to connect the IQ to a water bubbler. It’s an interesting option, but it’s unlikely most people will use it.

The same goes for the flavor chamber. You can put aromatic herbs in there to change the flavor of the vapor. Some more useful options are the glass spacers you can buy to put inside the oven to reduce its capacity. They are great for when you want to use less herb in a session, but unfortunately, they are a separate purchase.  

Both vapes have a great set of accessories, but the ones included with the Pax 3 are more practical. However, most of them are only included in the Complete Kit, not the Device-only kit.

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pax 3 design
The Pax 3 is stylish, sleek, and is small enough to slip into anyone’s pocket.

Pax 3

At just under four inches in height, transportation is rarely an issue with the Pax 3. The rounded design easily slips into a pocket or any other method of conveyance you choose. Even the taller raised mouthpiece doesn’t affect portability too much.

DaVinci IQ

The IQ is also just under four inches in height so portability isn’t much of an issue as long as you use the flat mouthpiece. The extended mouthpiece hurts portability a little, but not too much.

The Pax 3 is the winner here, but just barely.

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Oven and Heating

Pax3DaVinci IQ
Oven Capacity0.35 grams0.3 grams
Heating MethodConductionConduction
Temperature Range360°F – 420°F230°F – 430°F
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DaVinci IQ Portable Weed Vaporizer aromatherapy
The DaVinci IQ has a simple, timeless design that never goes out of style.

Pax 3 Design Highlights

  • Stylish design
  • Simple button-free interface
  • Lip-sensing technology
  • Haptic feedback
  • Magnetic connections make assembly very easy

Pax 3 Design Drawbacks

  • Glossy finish attracts fingerprints
  • Most advanced features require the smartphone app

DaVinci IQ Design Highlights

  • Elegant, simple design
  • Extended mouthpiece feels great
  • LED light grid is cool and functional
  • Simple, intuitive interface
  • Removeable, replaceable battery

Davinci IQ Design Drawbacks

  • Can get hot during use
  • Flat mouthpiece feels uncomfortable
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Reliability and Warranty

Pax 3 – This vaporizer has been around for a while now, so it wouldn’t have such a great reputation if it wasn’t reliable. The Pax 3 is made from anodized aluminum and it has a simple design without a lot of moving parts. Which means that there isn’t much that can go wrong with it.

Warranty: 10 years

DaVinci IQ – The IQ is another vaping veteran that has a good reputation for quality. It does have a lot of different parts but it is well put together, so there aren’t too many concerns about its reliability.

Warranty: 10 years

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Battery and Charging

Pax 3DaVinci IQ
Battery Capacity3500 mAh3500 mAh
Battery Life90 minutes90 minutes
Charge Time2.5 hours4 hours
Removable BatteryNoYes
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Cleaning and Maintenance

pax 3 vaporizer review
The Pax 3 has multiple pieces that require a lot of time and care to maintain.

Pax 3

The Pax 3 is a fairly high maintenance device because of the detailed cleaning process. You need to clean the mouthpiece, oven, and vapor path using a variety of different cleaning tools. On the plus side, you only need to clean it after every ten to fifteen sessions.

DaVinci IQ

The IQ also needs a fair bit of maintenance because it has so many different components, each of which needs to be cleaned individually. The herb chamber does need to be cleaned after each session though.

Of the two, the IQ requires a little more care, but neither of them are exactly low maintenance devices.

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How to Use

DaVinci IQ Portable Weed Vaporizer oven
The IQ’s sizable oven is very easy to load.

Pax 3

  1. Snap off the mouthpiece, fill the chamber with ground herb, then replace the mouthpiece.
  2. Press down on the center of either mouthpiece to turn on the device.
  3. Press down on the mouthpiece for two seconds to enter temperature selection mode.
  4. Once the device has finished heating, inhale from the mouthpiece.

View the user manual here.

DaVinci IQ

  1. Open the chamber, fill it with herb, and then close it up.
    1. (Optional) Place dry herb or aromatic material in the flavor chamber.
  2. Click the control button 5x to power up the IQ, click it again to switch between precision and smart path modes.
  3. Use the up/down buttons to choose the temperature or smart path and start the heating process.
  4. Once heating is complete, inhale from your choice of mouthpiece to start vaping.

You can view the official instruction manual here.

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  1. What about the experience though? how was steel different from zirconia??? how were these compared to Crafty and other good vapes?

  2. Okay so there’s no clear winner it seems. But these are the two vapes I’m considering. Which one is better in your opinion?

  3. The zirconium transfers almost no heat. The mouthpiece never gets hot because if this. The oven stays clean and the flavor is the best flavor I have had from a vape. I cannot put my davinci iq down. I cannot handle the taste of the steel ovens of pax or iolite. It just is not a clean vape.

  4. You have literally copy/pasted the specs of the 2 devices and offered no other information.

    Have you used either?

    Is one harder to pull from than the other?

    The both do dry herb, which one do you prefer? Do you have an opinion?


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