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DaVinci Miqro review

DaVinci Miqro (visit store) is the fourth release from the US-based brand- DaVinci. The Miqro (released in 2018) is the little brother of their popular 2016 release the DaVinci IQ (review | buy).

The Miqro has several features that can be found on its older brother but sets itself apart by being the more portable and discreet choice. At 33% smaller than the IQ- it’s definitely tiny and can be fully concealed in your palm. Its features include; replaceable 18350 batteries, a zirconium airflow system, an all-ceramic airpath, an adjustable oven pearl, precision temperature, and smart path technology.

The DaVinci Miqro is available at 15% off with the code TVG15 that can be availed on both the DaVinci site and on Vape-Smart.

Compatibility: The DaVinci Miqro is compatible with dry Cannabis herb, I tested this product with CBD herb from InHemp (visit store), which can be legally shipped throughout all 50 US States.

Kit & Accessories

davinci miqro kit

The Miqro is available in two kits; a Standard Kit for $99 and the Explorers Collection which costs a little extra at $119.

The Standard Kit contains all the basics you need to get started and at $99 it’s definitely affordable. The Kit includes a 18350 battery, two mouthpieces (one recessed and one extended), a micro-USB charging cable, and a cleaning kit.

Judging by the name, the Explorers collection is geared towards those who take their vaporizers on outdoor adventures. (even if outdoor simply means out of the house). At $119, it’s not so much more especially when you note the number of accessories that you get with this kit. The Explorers Collection provides you with a little extra use time since it comes with a spare 18350 battery. The battery fits perfectly in a keychain canister that also has a built-in smell-proof herb compartment (that holds enough extra herb for a session or two). You also get a silicone protective sleeve, a grinder coin, the same two mouthpieces, the charging cable, and cleaning kit.

Design and Features

DaVinci Miqro Performance and Vapor Quality

Looks-wise, the DaVinci Miqro is essentially a smaller version of the IQ and is made of the same lightweight anodized aluminum. It has the same smooth, sleek, pocket-friendly design and the cool LED light grid on the front. The form factor of both devices are as follows;

  • A top mouthpiece section (recessed and extended)
  • A separate vapor path (made of zirconia)
  • A removable top-loading battery
  • A bottom-loading ceramic oven
DaVinci Miqro and DaVinci IQ

Most smaller devices have short airpaths and the oven is usually located right under the mouthpiece, just like on the closely sized Pax 3 (review | buy). So it was interesting to note that the Miqro- even at only 3 inches tall, has a fairly long airpath for its size. With the oven located at the bottom of the device, the vapor travels through the zirconia airpath and up onto the mouthpiece – resulting in a well-flavored, cooler vapor.

Smart Path

The Smart Path modes are exclusive to DaVinci devices. This sets the Miqro apart from other dry herb vaporizers in their price and size. The pre-set Smart Path settings gradually increase the selected temperature by twenty degrees over the course of a session. This helps to draw out all the flavor and cannabinoids from your material. Helping to give a full spectrum vaping experience.

Mouthpieces

The Miqro comes with a flat mouthpiece pre-installed in the device and ready to use and there’s a spare extended mouthpiece included in both kits. The extended mouthpiece can also be used as a 10mm adapter for pipes and added water filtration- I tested this feature with a rig from Higher Standards

The recessed mouthpiece is definitely more stealthy and discreet. But using the raised mouthpiece does feel more natural, has less draw resistance and the slight increase in the airpath cools down the vapor even more- which is great in small devices such as this one. It definitely does reduce the portability a little, but it’s a trade I’m willing to take for cooler vapor.

Both mouthpieces are made from Zirconia, which is an advanced, pure material that has similar properties to Ceramic.

Battery Life

DaVinci Miqro Design and Features

Small device = smaller battery and less use time, which is why that spare battery is essential. Simply pop in a fresh battery when the older one drains. The 18350 battery lasts about half an hour or about 3-4 sessions at the highest temperature. Honestly, that’s really on the low end of the spectrum- even for a device this small. This is also what makes that carrying tube pretty useful, being able to store a spare battery as well as extra herb – so you can keep going throughout the day.

If an hour of use on both batteries isn’t enough, you can always opt to grab more spares (buy on amazon). Charging the battery inside the device takes roughly an hour and a half. But if you remove the battery and use an external charger (buy on Amazon) – it’ll take just an hour.

Adjustable pearl

DaVinci Miqro oven pearl

Underneath the oven lid, you’ll find a zirconia adjustable pearl that helps pack the chamber tighter which is best practice, especially with conduction vaporizers. It’s essential for the material to be as close to the internal heating element as possible and the pearl does a good job of making sure of it.

Packing the bowl tight also means less draw resistance, as the airflow is more restricted, and creating a better inhale. The entire oven fits roughly 0.20g of material. To enjoy your herb, I suggest using a great grinder such as the SLX (review | buy).

The pearl also makes microdosing a breeze on the Miqro (note the interesting name play here). To microdose, simply fill the oven halfway and extend the pearl half-way down to fill the remaining chamber space.

Performance & Vapor Quality

davinci miqro how to use

The Miqro heats up pretty quickly and goes up to its highest setting in just under a minute. It also much less to go on to the first Smart Path setting.

  • Smart Path 1 (350°) ~ 30 seconds
  • Smart Path 2 (370°) ~ 40 seconds
  • Smart Path 3 (390°) ~ 45 seconds
  • Smart Path 4 (410°) ~ 55 seconds

The IQ’s temperature settings could be controlled to a T with the accompanying smartphone app, but the Miqro’s controls are all in the device itself. Once you select your Smart Path setting, the LED lights flash until it reaches the right temperature. Once it’s fully heated up, it also vibrates to let you know when it’s ready.

The device does get pretty warm after a session or two on the 3rd and 4th settings. This is a common issue with devices of this size and the Miqro doesn’t have a very effective way to dissipate heat and while the silicone sleeve that comes with the Explorer Kit does help- it’s still not the best solution. Your best bet is to pace your sessions and leave it to cool down after continuous use. 

Despite the long-ish vapor path, and the heat-absorbing zirconia air path, the vapor of the Miqro still gets quite hot. The flavor quality is pretty good for such a small vape, but it is quickly overwhelmed by the harshness of the vapor. On Smart Path 1 and 2, you’ll be able to get two or three sessions on a fully packed oven. While on 3 and 4, you’ll be to get about two sessions with some stirring in between. The extended mouthpiece is highly recommended on these higher settings to help cool the vapor down.

Bottomline

DaVinci Miqro

The DaVinci Miqro is beautifully designed and is a great small, pocketable vaporizer that’s great for light use. With the small size comes a short battery life, and the replaceable battery and canister somewhat make up for it. The added accessories on the Explorer Kit are definitely well worth the extra $20. 

Overall, the Miqro is a satisfactory device that does okay relative to its size- it’s not as feature-packed as its older brother- the DaVinci IQ or the AirVape Legacy (review | buy). But it does have features that are special for its price range.