CannabisNews420.com – Cannabis/Marijuana Industry News
It’s one of the rare newer devices to rely exclusively on conduction heating, but as it turns out they did a really good job with it.
Another feature which is very innovative is the the so called “flavor chamber”, but before we get into all the tech stuff, let’s take it from the top.
What’s in the DaVinci IQ box?
I’m rarely impressed by the box itself, but in this case, I was blown away.
It has a very high end look to it, and it makes you feel like there’s something really special waiting for you inside.
Considering the price, it’s not really unusual to for the box to be this lavish, but it’s still nice that the guys from DaVinci went an extra mile with it.
Inside the box you’ll find:
- DaVinci IQ Portable Vaporizer
- Replaceable 18650 Battery (3500mAh)
- 10mm Water Adapter
- Charging USB Cable
- Cleaning Brush
- Cleaning Wipes
- Keychain Tool
- Keychain Nug Canister
- 10 Year Warranty
Overall you get a pretty decent equipment with the IQ, the only thing they could’ve added is a grinder, but they probably guessed you already had one.
DaVinci IQ tech specs 8/10
Battery life & charging options
As far as tech specs go, the IQ doesn’t disappoint at all.
The 3500mAh battery is pretty solid, and with medium temperatures (190°C or 375°F) it allows for about 70 minutes of vaping. It can only be charged via the USB cable, and it takes about three hours of charging to reach a full battery.
Possibly the biggest power advantage of the IQ is that the battery can be removed from the device, and users who really enjoy vaping outside can always buy one extra unit and just make a switch when the first one losses juice.
This is the first high-end vaporizer I used to have this option available, and I’m really glad that the guys from DaVinci engineered it this way.
Flowers, concentrates or both?
The IQ is capable of vaporizing only dry cannabis, but as they made a decision to focus on just one type of material, this in favor increased the efficiency and quality of that particular style of vaporizing.
I completely respect this choice, as the vast majority of “dual-action” vapes I tried get really sticky from the use of hash and other extracts, and you have to clean them pretty much right away if you don’t want to torture yourself later when all the goo inside your vape hardens and become even more difficult to clean.
Perhaps this doesn’t seem like a lot of work, but cleaning your vape the second you finish your session isn’t really something you want to do, especially if you just got high with some killer concentrate.
The time that these dual-action vapes take to reach a temperature is also much longer than with the IQ.
As far as the display does, the IQ has a very futuristic and really beautiful 51 LED light display, which shows you all the important functions of the vaporizer.
We’ll be discussing what exactly it shows in the “How to Use” part of the review, and the only flaw of this grid-like display is that it doesn’t really show the battery reading correctly, which is a pretty weird inadequacy if you ask me. For instance no matter how long you charge your IQ, the battery reading will never show you that it’s all the way full.
This can be somewhat avoided by charging the battery while you’re sleeping, and after a while you’ll get used to how much energy the device uses. Of course you can always get an extra battery, and then you pretty much don’t have to worry about this situation at all.
Temp control and range
This device ranges from 121°C (250°F) to 221°C (430°F), which is great.
With the IQ you can control the temperature in a couple of different ways. The best thing to do is to download the app which supports both iOS and Android phones, and there you can adjust a bunch of stuff which I’ll elaborate on later in the review, but regarding the temp control, you can use the app to preset 4 unique “Smart-Paths”.
With this function you can exactly adjust how the temperature increases during a 10 minute period of vaping, which is brilliant if you like your session to starts off with a more subtle temp, and finishes on a hotter note.
Lower temperatures preserve the taste and fragrance of the flower a lot better, and higher bring about a denser and larger cloud, which are also packed with more cannabinoids, leading to a harder hit.
The other ways to change the temperature on the IQ is by using the “precision mode”, which allow you to manually set the temperature by pressing the + and – buttons, and by using the “boost” mode.
The boost mode can be activated during both the “Smart-Path” and also the regular regime, and what it does it increases the temperature of the device for as long as you hold the power button.
Once you release it will automatically return to the previously set temperature. The boost regime is a great way to finish a session on a high note.
The IQ takes a miniscule amount of time to heat up mostly because of relies on conduction method of heating and of course the brilliant engineering inside it, and depending on the temperature you’re initially going for, it can last anywhere from 15 to 30-and something seconds.
Once it reaches the desired temperature, it will vibrate to let you know it’s ready for use.
DaVinci IQ Vapor quality 9/10
This particular vape has a wonderful vapor quality, and there are a couple of factors that work together to bring about such an enviable taste and texture of the IQ’s vapor.
The first factor is the material used for the majority of the interior of the unit, which is zirconia.
You’re probably not familiar with this material, but zirconia has the highest mechanical strength of all fine ceramics, and it does a fantastic job of cooling the vapor before it hits your lungs.
The vaporization chamber is located on the lower end of the IQ, and it has a special patent on the closing door of the chamber that very much resembles a pearl, which also heats up adding to a more even distribution of heat.
The IQ is a conduction vaporizer, which means it heats up the material that is in direct contact to the heating surface, and this is where the “pearl” comes into play.
This part of the chamber also reaches the same temperature as the rest of the heating surfaces, and I think this is what separates this device from all the other conduction-based vaporizers, because the vapor is really excellent.
The chamber can take around 0.3 grams, and because of the conduction heating it’s very important to pack the chamber very tightly.
Also make sure to grind the pot very fine, as this will help the IQ to vaporize it more efficiently.
What’s also very ingenious about this device is its “flavor chamber”.
This part of the device is positioned in the upper part of the device, and it serves two purposes at once.
If you use it empty, it’s just a airpath for the vapor to cool off before it reaches your mouth and lungs, but the specialty of the flavor chamber is that you can place a non-grinded nug inside it.
When the hot vapor passes through this chamber it will “steal” some of the aroma off the bud, making the end result much more flavorful. I haven’t seen this technology anywhere else, and I must say I’m super impressed by it.
The hot vapor will make the bud inside the flavor chamber sticky, so it’s probably not the best idea to use that particular flower for vaporizing later on, as it will most likely mess up your vaporization chamber.
This unit has a pretty solid airflow and a good draw resistance, which somewhat depends on if you place the bud inside the flavor chamber, but regardless of it, taking a toke from the IQ is a really easy task.
Da Vinci IQ Design 9/10
As for the design, the IQ in my opinion appears very sophisticated and futuristic.
Because it’s made from lightweight but really durable anodized aluminum it has a sleek appearance, and the unique LED lights system also adds to the impeccable swagger of this device.
The dimensions are 4.2 x 9 x 2.4 cm (1.65 x 3.54 x 0.94 in), and the weight is 140 grams (5 oz), which make the IQ a very compact and discreet vaporizer.
It comes in five colors: Stealth, Copper, Gunmetal, Blue and Olive.
All these shades are quite classy and elegant, except for maybe Olive appears more youthful and is probably aimed for a different crowd.
It’s definitely among the top tier of portable vaping units both by functionality and design, and just like the Pax 3, it’s one of those devices that you can look at all day.
Their prices are also very similar, so these two companies are really competing for the position of the best discreet vaporizer.
How to use Da Vinci IQ?
The first thing you should do is finely grind your pot. Pack the vaporization chamber pretty tightly.
Optionally, place a bud in the flavor chamber, which will add more flavor to your vapor. I suggest you do this because this is a unique option of this device, and will significantly increase the aroma of the vapor.
After you’ve place the weed in both chambers, you’re ready to turn on the IQ.
To power it up, click the power button 5 times consecutively. It will automatically begin with the heating of the cannabis. Because of the conduction, it will reach the desired temp very quickly, and will vibrate once when it’s achieved.
Some devices require you to wait a few seconds in between puffs, because they lose heat once you’ve taken a toke. This doesn’t happen with the IQ, which is really great if you’re using it with someone else, or with a group of friends.
Before you setup the smart paths via the app, you can only use the precision mode, which allows you to manually determine the temperature. You can also use the boost mode, which is activated by holding the power button.
Once you’ve downloaded the app play around with the smart path, which allows you to set when and how the temperature is going to change during a ten minute period, after which the IQ will shutdown to save battery life.
Ten minutes is more than enough for one session, so this timed shutdown comes quite in handy.
The smart path presets are fantastic if you like to change the temp during a vape session, and because it has four presets (which you can customize), you can choose a regime depending on your current mood.
Cleaning the IQ
Cleaning this device is very simple, and as it is used solely for dry herb, you won’t experience too much messiness like you would from liquid extracts and other derivatives like hash.
Use the brush tool to scrub all the bigger remains from the unit, and later on use q-tips soaked in ISO to further sanitize the IQ.
You need to focus your attention especially on the flavor chamber aka the vapor path, because if you’re using this chamber with a nug in it, it will soon become very sticky.
Use the pick tool to get it out of the IQ, and place the entire chamber in a bowl filled with ISO. Wait for it soak for about 10 minutes, and afterwards go over it with some q-tips to finish the job.
While you’re at it, you can place all the small parts in the ISO bowl along with it. This also goes for the “pearl” part of the heating chamber (it screws off from the door), just make sure you don’t lose it, or you’ll be the one that’s screwed.
The frequency of cleaning should be determined on the volume of use, but doing a full cleansing once every one or two weeks should be just fine, and a quick brush every couple of days.
Da Vinci IQ Standout features
To sum it up, the biggest advantages of the IQ are the replaceable battery, the awesome flavor chamber, and how quickly it reaches the desired temperature.
This is a very versatile product, and the industry veterans DaVinci really topped themselves with this one.
The post DaVinci IQ Review—An Intelligent Renaissance appeared first on Greencamp.