Pretty much every review from experts in vaporizing suggested that the Davinci IQ is one of the world’s most ‘intelligent’ vaporizers. What does this mean exactly? Well, the IQ comes with pre-programmed temperatures called Smart Paths which we discuss in our Davinci IQ review below. It is available from the brand’s official website for $274.99 and Davinci IQ accessories include a carry can, chimney brush, alcohol wipes, USB charging cable, 10mm adaptor, and keychain tool.
The IQ is just over 3.5 inches high but weighs a surprising 145 grams, a testament to its durability. Davinci uses zirconia because of its excellent thermal conduction properties and its use in the famed ‘flavor chamber’ guarantees even heat distribution and outstanding flavor and vapor clouds.
There are two mouthpieces, both made from ceramic zirconia. The flat mouthpiece is better for concealment but tends to feel hot on your lips. The Flavor Chamber is located in the vapor path just before it gets to your mouth. When you load your herbs, the chamber only heats up partially so you get the flavor without cooking the herbs. Also, your herbs are coated with vapor which should lead to an enhanced experience in theory. In practice, it was merely ‘okay’ so after six or so sessions, draw resistance became too much so we removed the herbs.
The device comes with a replaceable 3500 mAh battery which lasts from 60-80 minutes on a full charge. You can charge the battery externally or internally; the former is the faster option at two hours while internal battery charging takes far too long at four hours.
The temperature range is from 230 degrees Fahrenheit to 430 degrees and it heats to the minimum temperature in around 16 seconds. However, it can take up to 45 seconds to get to maximum heat. Where the Davinci IQ excels is in the level of temperature control it offers.
IQ Smart Paths
This is a really cool feature because it enables you to pre-program your session. You begin at a selected temperature and the IQ vaporizer will gradually increase its heat by 20 degrees in around 10 minutes. There are four customizable Smart Paths; the first two are best for flavor while 3 & 4 are ideal for vapor cloud production. The Paths run from 350-430 degrees (the first one is 350-370, the second is 370-390 and so on). You will reach the max temperature five minutes in and the device will stay at that level until the end of the session.
Precision Mode enables you to pick an exact temperature and it is maintained for 10 minutes. Boost Mode is activated when you hold down the IQ’s top button and it causes the device to work its way to 430 degrees gradually but you must hold the button constantly. There is also an app which offers an even greater degree of customization. Overall, the IQ enables you to change temperature by a single degree which allows for total control.
How to Use the Davinci IQ Vaporizer
We recommend using an SLX grinder to maximize the efficiency of the device. Open the chamber and fill it with herb. You should be able to get up to 0.3 grams into the chamber. We found that finely ground herb offered great flavor but when you grind it coarsely, you benefit from lower draw resistance.
Press the control button five times to switch on the IQ and click the button to switch between Smart Path and Precision modes. You can pick the temperature using the up and down buttons or the Smart Path and the herb begins to heat up. Once the herb is ready, start vaping.
You should empty the bowl after every use and brush the chamber. If you do this, you’ll find that cleaning the IQ is very easy. The flavor chamber requires the most cleaning so slide it out, dip it into isopropyl alcohol and rub it off. Do the same with the mouthpieces after every use.
We were a little disappointed with the flavor chamber but in general, the IQ provides you with great vapor clouds and flavor quality. It is an extremely efficient unit; we were unable to find a trace of green on our herbs after a session. The heater is powerful enough to enable you to take consecutive large draws. The stirring tool is a great piece of kit and should be used halfway through a session when you’re in a hurry.
Overall Thoughts on the Davinci IQ
The IQ is Davinci’s third vaporizer and is comfortably the best. We have no complaints about the quality of sessions it provides and it offers unparalleled temperature control. Assuming Davinci releases another device, we hope it addresses the issue of battery charge time because at present, it takes far too long.
Davinci IQ Pros
- Easy to hold and extremely portable.
- Total temperature control thanks to the Smart Path and Boost Mode options.
Easy to load and use.
- Excellent vapor quality and flavor.
Davinci IQ Cons
- On the expensive side.
- The battery takes too long to charge.
- It is hard to clean if you allow residue to build up.