The biggest problem with any new fad becoming rad is the tsunami of products that suddenly floods the market, overwhelming both the stakeholders and the consumers.
It was the same with portable vaporizers.
Vape enthusiasts are getting super-confused about which vaporizer to invest in.
And, like every other product, you must do a bit of research before you get your hands on a “quality” vaporizer.
To make your search slightly simpler, we have done the research for you and brought to you a popular choice in vaporizers — DaVinci IQ.
In this review, we will tell you everything about this vaporizer so that you get an idea of what to expect when you do your research.
DaVinci IQ Vaporizer: What Makes It Awesome
DaVinci has been an innovator and a leading brand of vaporizers since 2011. The brand has been around for quite some time and has earned a good reputation in this segment.
The DaVinci IQ2 is a sleek vaporizer with an impressive design and premium quality built. It’s portable, easy to clean, and durable, making it one of the best and popular vaping devices on the market. And, it gives off clean and pure vapor.
To better understand this product, we have broken down its features for you…
Compact Design – Fits Right Into Your Palm!
When it comes to portability, all you need to know is that DaVinci IQ is one of those few vaporizers that fits right into the palm of your hand.
Compact Shape & Size; Easy To Carry Around
The DaVinci IQ vaporizer is sturdily built and can easily fit into your pocket or purse. The dimensions of this vaporizer are 1.65″ W x 3.54″ H x 0.94″ D (4.2 x 9.0 x 2.4 cm).
It weighs around 5oz, i.e., 142g.
However, the device can feel slightly heavy for its size, as it is made up of solid metal and ceramic.
But this also makes the device sturdy and strong. It won’t break on impact or due to heat and won’t ruin your clothes or bag in the middle of a session (or otherwise).
Its small size and shape also make for the discreteness of the device’s design. Even the mouthpiece is quite special. DaVinci IQ has a flat and pre-installed mouthpiece. It pretty much resembles one of those cell phone power banks. The mouthpiece does not even stick out unless you need it to. So, no one would associate the device with vaping – if that is what bothers you.
However, there’s a downside to this device, too, which might give away its real purpose.
Since the vaporizer works on conduction technology, it emits a strong smell each time you start your vaping session. This happens when the dry herb heats up after you turn on the device. The constant heating gives off a strong odor – a sign of quality – but does create fault lines in the design’s discreetness and raises a few eyebrows.
Convenient To Use & Maintain
Using the DaVinci IQ vaporizer is no rocket science. Of course, you can take some time to get used to it, but the device is quite user-friendly.
Beginners won’t take much time to learn how to use the vaporizer. However, there are a few things beginners should learn about DaVinci IQ to enjoy their vaping session.
Since IQ is a conduction vaporizer, you’ll have to finely grind your herbs. But again, this will create a little difficulty when you clean the air path. So, make sure you balance between medium and finely ground herbs.
Also, pack the bowl loosely. Adjust the temperature according to your vapor preferences. But for at least 5–10 seconds, take slow and controlled drags of the vapor.
One of the downsides of the DaVinci IQ vaporizer is the draw resistance. However, it is not as bad as some other vaporizers in the market.
Now, if you’re already wondering whether or not to invest in DaVinci IQ, we would suggest that you weigh out your priorities. If draw resistance is a priority for you, then you’d better opt for some other vaporizer. But if it is not one of your top priority features in a vaporizer, you will be fine with its level of resistance.
Overall, the aspect of draw resistance is average in this device.
Cleaning and Maintenance
DaVinci IQ is designed in a way that makes it easy to clean. It’s durable as well. The device has been thoughtfully designed to ensure easy maintenance.
But you have to make sure that you clean the device after every session. If it sounds too tedious, you can get away with cleaning it after 2–3 sessions. But remember that your vaping experience will not be the same if you don’t clean it.
To clean the vaporizer, let it cool down and then empty the bowl after every session. Use the brush that comes with the device to clean out the finer herb particles. Use the isopropyl wipes to clean any other heavy residue that’s inside the vaporizer.
Make sure to deep-clean the device after every 10–15 sessions. This will keep your vaporizer working to its optimum efficiency.
Though the brand does not mention the exact chamber size of the DaVinci IQ vaporizer, it does mention that the ceramic chamber has a 0.2g dosage pod and 0.5g dry herb oven.
Considering the size of IQ, the chamber is quite large. Its capacity to hold dry herbs ranges from 0.3 to 0.5 grams, depending on how fine you have ground the herbs. You will need at least 0.2 grams of dry herbs for the device vapor. So, while the bowl size is great for long sessions and sharing with friends, it is not very suitable for solo users who like to take a few hits. If you are a solo user, you should know that some of your herbs will go to waste.
Overall, for a few quick hits, the DaVinci IQ vaporizer is not all that great. To prevent wastage of herbs, you may want to look for vaporizers with an on-demand heating system.
How to Use the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer
DaVinci IQ is beginner-friendly and, hence, it is easy to use.
First, load the chamber with dry herbs. Make sure you grind the herbs well (not too fine). To load the herb, turn it over so that the vaporizer’s oven end faces up.
Open the lid and you will see the metallic loading and ceramic oven. You can now load your herbs and push these down to the ceramic oven. Make sure you fill the chamber well by pushing the herbs down the oven. However, do not load the bowl excessively. It will interfere when you draw air through the vaporizer.
Next, click the “Control” button 5 times to turn on the device. It gets heated up in under a minute and becomes ready for use. By default, the device is pre-set at Smart path 3 temperature level. So, you can try with that first and then adjust the settings as per your preference.
The device automatically shuts off after 10 minutes.
Provides Optimal Quality & Flavor In A Small Package
When it comes to vapor quality and flavor, we have no complaints about the DaVinci IQ vaporizer.
The vapor it produces is incredibly flavorful, pure, clean, and smooth. This is the result of premium-quality materials — such as the ceramic vapor path — used to build the device.
The device has been designed to give you pure and clean vapor. You won’t find any metal or plastic in contact with the loaded herb. This prevents contamination of the flavor of the vape.
The entire vapor path is built of ceramic to retain the maximum flavor. It is engineered with zirconia components to keep the cook consistent and ensure the flavor and purity of the vapor.
Though conduction vaporizers have a reputation for not maintaining the flavor after the first few hits, IQ proves this to be wrong. The flavor chamber of the device ensures that the vapor remains flavorful throughout the session.
Since the device consistently cooks the herbs, there are chances of it emitting a roasted smell. But surprisingly, there is no roasted taste at the end of the session or even when you take the puffs. However, if you finish a bowl in a single session, you may get the roasted taste—which you don’t want to.
Another positive aspect of IQ is that it effectively cools down the vapor when it reaches the user. Some vaporizers do not have this feature and you get a warm vapor which can even be harsh at times.
Since there’s a flavor chamber in IQ, it seems to cool down the vapor effectively. The overall vaping experience is amazing. You will get a smooth vapor unless you choose the highest temperature setting, where the vapor is harsh.
Adequately Long Battery Life, Replaceable, Too
The good news is that the DaVinci IQ vaporizer’s battery is replaceable. If the battery is on low charge, you can leave it to charge up and use another fully charged battery to continue your vaping session.
The device operates on a standard 18650 Lithium-ion battery that can last for at least 5–6 full sessions. So, the battery life is average. But since 18650 batteries are compatible with most vaporizers and replaceable, you can always carry extra batteries for longer vaping sessions.
One downside of the battery is that the charging time is too long. It takes around 4 hours for the battery to get fully charged. So, if you take an external battery charger, there’s an added benefit. These 18650 batteries, in general, take around 2 hours to charge and you will be able to charge several batteries at a time.
Flexible Temperature Controls
With the incorporation of technology into vaporizers, the biggest benefit is precise temperature control. If you have a way to control the temperature settings of the device precisely, you will have more control over your vapor quality.
In general, the temperature settings of the DaVinci IQ vaporizer range from 250°F–430°F (121°C–221°C). But its fully digital temperature controls make the temperature precisely controllable by 1-degree increments.
With this wide temperature range, you can vape different types of herbs. Also, with the 1-degree increments, you can fine-tune the settings. You can set the temperature in a way that produces the perfect vapor for you.
Another amazing feature DaVinci IQ provides is the temperature-control technology known as “smart paths”. What you can do with smart paths is that you can choose a starting temperature and then turn up or turn down the temperature after a certain period.
For example, you can start vaping at 350°F, then increase the temperature to 362°F, and then again lower it to 320°F. With smart paths, you don’t have to set the temperatures manually. You can set up the smart path at the very beginning and it will automatically change the temperature after a period as you set it.
There is a “boost” mode as well, using which you can turn the temperature to its maximum level. To keep it at the highest level, you have to press and hold the power button. This mode is useful when you feel like taking a strong hit or when you want to extract everything out of the herbs.
Reputed & Reliable Brand
DaVinci has been in the vape industry long enough to have earned the trust of customers with its premium products.
IQ is DaVinci’s third launch and the previous vaporizers were quite good too. But this is even better! So, DaVinci’s vaporizers are overall decent and reliable products.
IQ also happens to be one of the most innovative vaporizers in the market. It’s sleek, has a matte-finish, a compact design that’s easy to use, technologically advanced, safe to use, and even produces premium-quality vapor.
What more can you ask for?
IQ is surely one of the most impressive launches by the brand.
Coming to customer support services, there had been some negative feedback before 2018. From then onward, the brand has received positive feedback from customers.
It improved its services with immediate response from the customer support team and ensured that all customer queries were resolved instantly. From fast shipping and delivery to customer support, DaVinci has improved it all.
Furthermore, the IQ has a 10-year warranty.
Overall, the brand has earned a positive reputation over time. Whether it is about the product or the service quality, DaVinci has shown drastic improvement and customers do encourage the brand with their positive feedback and support.
Well, with DaVinci’s IQ, you more or less get everything you could ever desire from a vaping device. Right?
But here are a few pros and cons that you may want to consider before placing your order – just so you have all the facts straight.
DaVinci: Pros & Cons
- Well-designed, small, and compact vaporizer (fits into the palm)
- Reputable brand
- Premium quality materials
- Advanced temperature settings and precise control through an app (ensures no burnt taste or smell)
- Smart paths technology
- Replaceable 18650 standard batteries
- Smooth, pure, flavorful, and effectively cool vapor throughout sessions
- Easy to use
- Durable (sturdy build and comes with 10-year warranty)
- Cleaning may get difficult in the case of finely ground dry herbs
- Draw resistance is average
- Battery life is average
- Full charging of battery takes a long time (around 4 hours)
- Price may seem to be on the higher side
- Discreteness may be low due to the smell emitted by consistent cooking of herbs
When you come to remember the DaVinci IQ Vaporizer, all you can think of are its sleek and compact body, and smart looks! Voila! There’s your vape for today’s smart generation.
IQ fits easily into your pocket but does pack a punch. It produces a consistently flavorful vapor, unlike most other vaporizers of the day.
Though the battery life is average and it takes a long time to charge the battery, the best part is that they are replaceable. You can carry extra charged batteries to continue with your long vaping sessions.
So, as our research and customer responses say, we are impressed by DaVinci’s IQ vaporizer. It is a quality product that guarantees consistent, flavorful vapor. Plus, you can control the quality of the vape with IQ’s precise temperature control feature.
Overall, we think it’s an above-average or rather a good vaporizer with a 10-year warranty period. So, an investment in the product is unlikely to go too wrong.