Vaporizers have come a long way since the early days. From the first desktop models, to the smaller portable units, these devices pack a lot of power into smaller packages with technology that uses conduction heating and the ability to customize your heat settings via phone app. The Davinci IQ is a dry herb vaporizer that utilizes a “smart path” technology combined with a ceramic heating chamber to create some of the best vapor production I’ve had from a vaporizer of its kind.
Davinci IQ Testing and Performance
I was so excited when this finally arrived in the mail. I heard about this vaporizer from friends and couldn’t wait to try it out. It is the first of its kind with smartpath technology. I installed the app on my phone and connected it by Bluetooth, set my heat settings and waited while the unit heated up. When it reaches the desired setting it vibrates (and beeps) to let you know it is ready to use.
I tested and reviewed this device for a period of two weeks and found it to be easy to use and very enjoyable. I’m not a person who likes to fiddle with menu settings and some of it is a little confusing to me.
Eventually I just chose to use the second smart path and just left it there. You can choose between “smart path, precision, and boost” modes. Precision chooses a set temperature, while the smart path modes let you set your heat to a range that increases slowly as you vape.
Choosing the range of heat deepens the flavor of your vapor as the oils in the dry herb are vaporized more slowly and evenly producing a very satisfying vape.
Boost mode is great for when you don’t have the time to do a full session, but you just want a couple of good strong hits at maximum heat. Press and hold the power button down to enter boost mode. It keeps the device at the maximum temperature as long as you keep pressing the button. When finished release the button and it will return to the previous settings.
Build Quality and Design
I very much like the design of this unit. It is small and fits in the hand well with a very comfortable grip. I have the “Gunmetal” version and prefer to use the extended mouthpiece with it. The quality is very good and it is sturdy. All of the pieces and parts to it are of a high-quality and it works just like it says.
If you did not use the longer mouthpiece you could completely conceal the unit in your hand for discreteness. If you wanted something to vape on the go, this will work perfectly. You could very easily stealth vape and have no one even notice.
The device is very solid and well-made. Nothing rattles and all the parts work like they should. When I opened the box and was setting the device up the first time, I accidently dropped the little metal piece that goes on the top of the aroma chamber down inside of the opening for the chamber itself. The little piece had turned sideways as it went in and it took me a while to get it out. I thought for sure that I would end up ruining the device trying to get it out but eventually it did come out and with only a few minor scratches.
The 3500mah 18650 Li ion battery lasts about 90 minutes of continuous vaping. It takes 2 – 3 hours to fully charge, depending on how much was left in the battery from your last session. You can also use it while charging (pass-through).
I have to say that it took me a few tries to get it working right. It wasn’t the device, it was me (user error). As with all devices, sometimes you need to read through the instructions a few times to get a better understanding of the menu system. Also, I had to get used to using a MTL draw again to get the proper amount of vapor production. I think I was just pulling to hard, when I went back to a “sipping” motion I was able to get more vapor.
Some vapers have reported that the device gets really hot, but for me, I find that it gets warm enough that you can tell its working. I have had no instances where it was too hot to hold in my hand, even on the highest heat setting. The zirconia used for the mouthpieces also keep heat away from your lips. It stays nice and cool.
What We Liked
+ Easy to clean
+ Good flavor
+ Heats up quickly
+ Great vapor production
+ LED grid display
+ The ceramic oven, aroma chamber, and pearl
+ Ground material is completely vaporized
What We Didn’t
– Confusing menu system, bit of a learning curve to using at first
This vaporizer is priced at $279.99, which is a really good price for what it does. The Smartpath technology, the Bluetooth App, ceramic oven, zirconia mouthpiece and flavor chamber are all selling points for this device. The technology for this device and how it does what it does, makes it well worth the asking price. It’s easy to use and easy to clean, unlike some similar devices for much less.
While it did take a bit of practice for me to get the settings down, I find that the way I like to use this device is just to set it and forget it. If you like to customize things then play around with the settings until you get it the way you like. I would recommend this device to any vaper looking for a high-quality dry herb device that is easy to use and requires little upkeep.