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The DaVinci IQ is a premium cannabis and dry herb vaporizer that has received a lot of attention during the past few years. In our Gadget Review series, we showcase useful and quality of life-improving gadgets that could potentially improve your cannabis use and health.
Vaporizers have proven to be effective instruments for the consumption of cannabis and other medicinal herbs. When it comes to the medical use of marijuana it makes sense to avoid harmful activities such as smoking. Additionally, fitness enthusiasts and health-conscious people are forced to renounce the consumption of cannabis if they are unable to afford the time consuming and expensive cooking-method of transforming cannabis flowers into oil.
Fortunately, the company DaVinci introduced a new smart vaporizer series which targets health-conscious individuals as well as medical cannabis patients and eliminates all the negative effects of smoking. Its main features are the removable 18650 battery, a 100 percent ceramic zirconia airpath, heating chamber and mouthpiece as well as the new SMART PATH™ technology, which can be used via the DaVinciApp.
Since DaVinci was nice enough to send us their flagship vaporizer, today, Strain Insider is presenting the DaVinci IQ, one of the smartest vaporizers out there.
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How vaporizers differ
When it comes to choosing one of the countless vaporizers, there are a few aspects to take into consideration before deciding which one suits you best.
A vaporizer heats up herbs or cannabis by either conduction (direct heating) or convection (hot air). Conduction occurs when the herbs are directly touching the heating element. The main advantage of this is that the herbs evaporate considerably fast. Within seconds of turning on the vaporizer, it is usually ready for use. The most significant downsides are a higher risk of burning and a more irregular heat distribution, compared to convection.
Another key element would be the size of your vaporizer. Stationary vaporizers often have the benefit of providing a better user experience at the cost of immobility. Portable vaporizers can usually be carried in a small pocket and don’t draw too much attention in public. If you want to choose the right gadget for yourself, it is crucial that you figure out where and how much you want to use your vaporizer.
Other important aspects might be the strength of the implemented battery, steam volume, taste, used materials and the user experience in general.
The DaVinci IQ
Size and portability
Even though the IQ is bigger than its smaller brother the MIQRO, it is still very portable. The exact dimensions of the IQ are 1.65” (4.19cm) W x 3.54” (8.99cm) H x 0.94” (2.38cm) D with a weight of 5 ounces (141.74 grams).
These dimensions make the IQ comfortably fit your palm, you can pretty much conceal the vaporizer just by holding it, given that you don’t have small hands — in that case, the MIQRO might be a better fit for you.
The depth could be compared to two smartphones that are stacked on top of each other, which means that you can easily fit the IQ into your jeans pocket.
To achieve a fast heat up and the best vaporization from the very first draw, the IQ is using conduction heating. The herbs or the marijuana are kept in the all-ceramic herbal chamber with an also ceramic gauze filter or sieve.
Even though this is a conduction vaporizer, the contents get evaporated pretty evenly. However, you still might want to shake it up once or twice per session.
You can either use the SMART PATH™ mode, the precision mode or the boost mode to heat up your herbs, but more on that later.
With its removable 18650 battery, the IQ gets up to 1.5 hours of usage time. After that, you can either swap the battery out for a fully charged one or you can continue your session while you are charging the IQ. This makes it very unlikely that you will ever get into a situation where you want to vape but can’t.
Operating the DaVinci IQ vaporizer is very easy and intuitive. It can be switched on by pressing the power button on the side five times in quick succession. After turning the device on, it will vibrate and then quickly heat up to the desired temperature within about 20 to 30 seconds.
You can switch between the four pre-programmed smart paths by pressing the up or down buttons on the side. The current temperature can be seen by pressing the power button once.
This also activates the precision mode, meaning that you can set a precise temperature by using the up and down buttons. If you keep holding the power button, the IQ will switch to boost mode and stay at the maximum temperature until you release the button. After that, the IQ will enter standby mode and cool down. If no button gets pressed for three minutes during standby, the IQ will turn off to preserve power.
Now, let’s get to the app. With the DaVinciApp, you can bring your vaporizing experience to the next level. You can fully customize your smart paths, turn off vibration alerts and get in-depth information on your sessions, like average session duration, average temperature, favourite SMART PATH™, total usage time and so on. You can also dim the LED-display and change the temperature scale from Fahrenheit to Celsius, either by using the DaVinciApp or by pressing all three buttons at the same time.
Because of its aluminium casing and its small size, the IQ can get pretty hot to the touch during longer sessions, however, this can be circumvented by turning it off as soon as you are not actively using it. This might sound like a hassle if you are used to convection vaporizers but, because of its very fast heat up, this doesn’t have any negative effects.
Some users also noted that using a different 18650 battery resulted in the IQ not getting as hot.
Taste and steam volume
The steam quality of the IQ is definitely outstanding and, thanks to the ceramic zirconia, free of disturbing foreign odors. The taste of the vapor is the purest cannabis experience one can make.
However, the most important quality of a vaporizer is that it is easy to inhale without having to suck extremely strong. This is where the IQ shines, not only is the airflow very good but, because of the IQ’s very good vapor production, it is also extremely satisfying.
The IQ comes with many practical accessories. For example, there are alcohol wipes, chimney brushes, a 10mm mouthpiece adapter, a keychain tool, a flavour chamber and a super cool and practical carry can.
On top of that, there is, of course, the USB charging cable, and, last but certainly not least, the IQ also comes with free glass spacers and a canvas carrying case.
The rather high price of the IQ is legitimated by its design, materials and quality as well as its pleasant user experience and its perfect temperature control. Additionally, it comes with useful gadgets and a very cool app that makes your IQ even smarter.
If you are looking to acquire your very own DaVinci IQ vaporizer, we recommend to check out the official website to learn more about one of our favorite vaporizers.