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Davinci Ascent Vaporizer Review


Davinci Ascent Vaporizer Review & Tutorial

The Davinci Ascent is a portable conduction vaporizer made by the vape company Davinci. The Ascent produces decent vapor quality, packs a huge bowl for long sessions, and features precise temp control. The best feature about the Ascent is the above average battery life. I can get well over an hour of continuous average use but the downside being it takes nearly five hours to completely recharge from dead.

The Ascent can be used with both dry herbs and concentrates although the amount of cleaning involved with concentrates makes it almost not worth using for that purpose. It uses an OLED screen with plus and minus buttons that let you to set the precise temp you want giving you more control for different types of herbs which is nice.

Update: Davinci recently released their third vaporizer, the Davinci IQ, you can check out my Davinci IQ Review or continue reading on for more on the Ascent vaporizer.

The Davinci Ascent retails for $199 and I recommend picking it up directly from Davinci or VapeWorld.


Overall, this vaporizer has been out for quite a while now and some other top portable vapes have been released more recently. Read more below to find out if the Ascent is the best portable vaporizer for you.

Size, Portability, Storage

The size of the Ascent is one of the features I really like about this unit. It’s about the same size as an iPhone 5 which makes it perfect to keep in your jeans or short pockets.

The glass stem stores securely back into the unit when you are not using it and the flip out bottom makes it fairly easy to load and unload while on the go.

The Ascent weighs roughly 190 grams which is more than twice as much as the Pax 2 (~92g) and about 50 grams more than the Firefly 2 (140 grams).

 Davinci Ascent Size

Heating Element & Vapor Path

The Ascent uses a glass lined ceramic heating element with precise temperature control up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit. The average heat up time is around 50 seconds which is pretty standard for session vapes. The company claims that the Ascent is a convection vaporizer but it’s definitely more conduction than convection. Air is pulled from the grill at the bottom of the unit which passes through four tiny holes in the bottom of the chamber. So it suppose it does have roughly one percent convection but the majority of your herbs are in contact with the bowl. It uses an all glass vapor path by using two internal glass sleeves that slide within each other. It’s not completely sealed but it does fit fairly snug. Both glass parts can be removed from the unit for easy cleaning.

Davinci Ascent Glass Mouthpiece RemovedDavinci Ascent Bottom Glass Component RemovedDavinci Ascent Glass Components Extended
Left to Right: Glass Mouthpiece (removed), Bottom Glass Component, All-Glass Vapor Path.

Chamber Size & Packing Techniques

The chamber on the Ascent is huge! I’ve gotten a 45 plus minute session between two people starting out at around 375 and ending around 410 degrees Fahrenheit. We literally passed it back and forth for an entire episode of Mad Men. Now this is fun and all but this isn’t very practical when it’s just one person or if you’re trying to conserve your herbs. I’ve found you can get about .3 grams of dry herbs which is quite a bit when you consider the Firefly holds .15 grams.

So what I and others on FC recommend is to pack the first half of the chamber with dry herbs and then put the oil canister over your herbs. This drops the chamber size in half and makes it a much more realistic session for one person. You can also pick up glass flowers that you can add to the bowl to take up space and increase heat distribution.

Davinci Ascent ChamberDavinci Ascent Half PackDavinci Ascent Full Pack
Left to Right: Ascent Chamber, Half-Pack w/Oil Can, Full-Pack.

Battery Life & Charging Times

The Ascent battery life is actually very impressive and one of the best for portable vaporizers. It uses two non-removable lithium-Ion batteries. The manufacturer states the unit gets 3 hours of continuous but after testing I’ve found this be more around the 60-90 minute range which is still fantastic. Downside being is the Ascent can take upwards of 5 hours to fully recharge but this unit can be used while charging and Davinci does offer a car charger.

Accessories

The Ascent comes with some pretty great accessories to include 2 glass mouthpieces, 2 glass internal components, 2 glass oil jars, carrying case, cleaning tool/poker and your standard wall charger. You basically get a back-up of every piece which is nice for the oops moments.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The cleaning is about average for portable vaporizers. It’s less cleaning than the Pax but more than the Firefly. It also depends if you decide to use concentrates or oils because that will create an entirely new type of mess. If you use just dry herbs then you can get away with a quick cleaning every 4-6 sessions by just checking the holes in the glass stem above the chamber and wipe off any residue on the silicon around the chamber. A thorough cleaning is needed after about 12 sessions. Just remove all internal glass components and clean with ISO. I took a q-tip with ISO to the chamber and then wiped down all the silicon with ISO as well. It’s a fairly easy and quick process.

Warranty Information

The Davinci Ascent is warrantied for 2 years from date of purchase against defects in craftsmanship, electronics, heating chamber and structural integrity. The batteries are only warrantied for 90 days. Comparable portable warranties: Pax 2 – 10 Years / Firefly 2 – 2 Years

Summary

The Ascent is currently rated as my 3rd highest overall portable vaporizer behind the Firefly and the Pax. I would even consider it on par with the Pax because of the extended battery life but you can’t really beat the discreetness of the Pax. The Ascent is stylish, easy to use and can be used effectively both on the go and at home.

I recommend picking up the Ascent directly from Davinci and sometimes VapeWorld will run a good sale on it. With most vaporizers, it’s usually best to buy it straight from the source to ensure you get the warranty and they will take care of you if anything happens.

If you aren’t quite sold on the Ascent but still want a portable vaporizer, I recommend you check out my Firefly 2 review. The Firefly 2 is a pure convection portable vaporizer that provides instant heat (3-5 seconds) and much easier to clean.

You can also check out my Pax 2 review. The Pax 2 is similar to the Ascent because they are both session vapes but Pax 2 is better in every way except battery life. I definitely prefer the vapor quality and production of the Pax 2 over the Ascent and Pax 2 is about half the size.

Video Transcript:

Introduction:

Hey guys Buzz here with vaporizerwizard.com. Today I’ll be reviewing the Ascent by Davinci. The Ascent retails for $249 at the time of this video, you can click the links below in the about section to get the current price and a full review on my website. Overall, the Ascent is ranked my 3rd highest portable vaporizer behind the Firefly and the Pax.

One of the features that set the Ascent apart from the rest is the battery life. I’ve gotten up to 2 hours of continuous use from the Ascent which is definitely the best battery life of any portable vaporizer currently on the market. It does take 4-5 hours to recharge but you can also use this unit while it’s charging. So first I’ll talk about the features and how to use the Ascent. I’ll do a quick vape session, give you the pros and cons and then recommend the best place to pick one up.

Ok so here is the Ascent. It’s a part convection mostly conduction portable vaporizer made by the company Davinci. Many improvements have been made over the original Davinci to include a glass lined ceramic heating element and an all glass vapor path.

The Ascent is a medium size for a portable vaporizer. It’s very easy to palm and throw it back in your pocket. It’s smaller in weight compared to the Firefly and the width is about twice the size of the Pax. Now to use the Ascent, press the power button located at the top of the unit. This is also where the glass mouthpiece is located. It slides out for use and slides back in when not in use which is nice because you don’t have to keep track of any glass stems like on the MFLB.

How to use the Davinci Ascent:

Now once the unit is powered on, the OLED display will show the Ascent splash screen followed by the pre-set temp and remaining battery life. You can adjust the temps by pressing on the plus or minus signs on either side of the screen. The precise temperature control is a very nice feature. Most portables don’t allow you to set an exact temp. Now, the unit will automatically begin heating up to your desired temp, you can adjust the temp at any time during this heat up process. I’ve found the Ascent takes anywhere between 50-60 seconds to heat up to around 405 degrees which is pretty solid for a portable conduction vape. Other comparable models like the Pax heats up in about 45 seconds and the Solo takes at least 90 seconds.

You can adjust the display settings on the screen such as F/C by holding the setting button for five seconds. The Ascent also comes with some pretty cool features like a motion sensor timer that will turn off the unit after a certain time. It also has a feature called “personal vape cycle” which allows you to set a specific temp and length of your session. You can store up to three custom vape cycles for different herbs or concentrates. The step by step instructions are in the included manual here so I’m not going to go into all of that.

The Ascent chamber is located at the bottom of the unit and to get to the bowl simply twist the bottom section of the unit the opposite direction of the top. Here we get to the ceramic glass lined bowl. This thing is huge! I both love it and hate it. The full pack holds as much as .7 grams when I used the MFLB Finishing Grinder and It holds .3 grams with the half pack method. It’s nearest competitor on bowl size would be the Pax at .4 grams. These 2 portables have the largest bowls on the market which is why I consider these “session” vapes. If you pack the entire Ascent chamber, be prepared to be sitting toking on this thing for 45 minutes. Now this works great if you have 2-3 people but it gets a bit redundant if it’s just you. I do have a couple different packing methods that use less herb if it’s just a single person session. I’ll get more into methods for use later on in my vape session. Once the bowl is loaded you can twist the unit back together. Now I always load my bowl before I turn the unit on but I guess you could do it either way. Just make sure that it’s a tight pack. From here all you do is wait for the unit to hit your desired temp, pull out the glass mouthpiece and you’re ready to go. So now that we’ve covered how to use to the Ascent, let’s talk about the battery a bit.

Ascent Battery Life and Charging System:

The battery life on the Ascent is one of the best on the market. The Ascent uses two internal lithium-ion rechargeable batteries which gives me an average of about 90 minutes of continuous use. You get about 60 minutes with the Pax. The only downside is that it takes almost five hours to completely recharge the batteries in the Ascent. Whereas the Pax takes 90 minutes and the Firefly will recharge in only 45 minutes. You can however use the unit while it’s plugged in so it really just depends on your preference and how you will be using your vaporizer. The charging port is located at the bottom of the unit and you just insert the included wall charger into the port. The screen will turn on and show you the battery level. If you wanted to use it while charging, just press the power button on the top like normal. I recommend just leaving it plugged in while using it at home because I’ve noticed the bowl will heat up faster with a full battery. You’ll also notice the battery life towards the final 3rd isn’t the most accurate so tread lightly if you don’t have a charger nearby.

Vape/Demo Session:

Now it’s time for the vape session. With the Ascent, the finer the grind, the better the results. Similar to the Pax. I get the best results from the MFLB Finishing Grinder but my Santa Cruz Shredder works just fine. If you only have 1-2 people vaping then I recommend the half-pack method. This is where you pack the bottom half of the bowl down tight and place the included oil canister over the top of your herbs. Now if you have 3-4 people involved with a session then I recommend the full pack. I’ve found the best temp range is between 385-415 degrees. It’s nice to be able to dial in a precise temp. Everyone will have different preferences and experimenting with this is one of the cool features with the Ascent. To use the unit, simply pull from the glass mouthpiece at the top of the unit. I recommend a 10-15 second draw. I feel like other models like the Pax, Firefly and Solo have better vapor quality but the Ascent has very little draw resistance which is nice. You will know when the bowl is done when the hits become less dense and the herb in the chamber is a dark brown color.

Ascent Pros

Ok so here are the pros and cons. The first Pro would be the battery life. This completely sets this unit apart from all the portables currently on the market. 90 minutes of continuous use is perfect for all day activities. The next would be the precise temp control. Most portables have 1-5 temp selections with incremental temps. The Ascent gives you absolute control over the temp you choose to vape at. People are different, herb types are different, and different temps produce different effects. So it’s nice to be able to experiment. Another pro is the ease of use. All that you have to do is put in your herbs and turn the unit on. It automatically heats to your pre-set temp and maintains it until the session is over. Another pro is the all glass vapor path and the ability to take out the glass components. It’s super easy to remove the glass components for cleaning and they also stay concealed when not in use.

Ascent Cons

Now the cons will also start with the battery. Although the unit is one of the longest lasting, it also takes the longest to recharge at about 5 hours. Now you can use it while it’s charging but you can get 60 minutes of use from the Pax and recharge it completely in 90. Once again, totally depends on your specific situation. Another con is the chamber size. I have to use the half-pack 90% of the time because it’s usually just 1-2 people vaping. An entire bowl is a waste in my opinion. So with the half pack comes unnecessary cleaning due to the oil canister sitting in the bowl. Davinci has told me they have something in the works to make this entire process a lot easier. So if this is the case then I will come back and re-evaluate the chamber at that time. The next con is the buttons and menu set up. Don’t try going through this thing without the manual sitting next to you and I’ve noticed button tends to stick occasionally. If I ever get stuck in the menu, I just turn off the unit and turn it back on. Another con is the slight silicon taste during the first month of use. It also seems to come back towards the end of a bowl when the draws become less dense. It is food grade silicon with no residual or harmful chemicals but it’s still not a pleasant taste. Lastly, the battery indicator on the final 3rd of the battery isn’t very accurate. If you’re going out I would make sure that it’s more than half full before you leave.

Summary

Overall the Ascent is a very good if you need a portable with long battery life and you enjoy session vapes. Meaning you can sit and puff on it for long periods of time. If you wanted something to pull out of your pocket, vape, and put away in minutes, I recommend you check out my Firefly review. The Firefly has pure convection, a stainless steel vapor path and heats in as little as 5-7 seconds. If you like the idea of a session vape but aren’t quite sold on the Ascent then you should check out my Pax review. The Pax is my highest rated vape for portability and discreetness but has less battery life and requires more cleaning.

You can pick up the Ascent by clicking on the link below in the about section. It will take you to the same authorized dealer I bought mine from. You can also find a link below to my full review on my website. Be sure to check out my social media for random vape pics and updates on future vaporizer reviews. You can help me make more videos by clicking the like and subscribe buttons. I have more vape reviews, comparisons, mods and cleaning tutorials on the way.

Thank you for the support and if you have any questions about the Ascent or any other vaporizer feel free to leave a comment below or contact me on my website www.vaporizerwizard.com. Thanks again and have a great day.

Davinci Ascent Vaporizer Review

8.5
Overall Score
Davinci Ascent Vaporizer Review

The Ascent is one of my highest rated portable but ranks best for battery life. You can use both dry herbs and oils although I don't really recommend it for oils. The chamber in the Ascent is huge so I really recommend this vape if you like long conduction sessions.

80 Comments

  • Robin says: November 15, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Hi Buzz ~ I bought an Ascent early this year. I was very pleased with it at first, but within 3 months the battery had died….simply wouldn’t hold any charge at all. Shortly after that, the unit wouldn’t even switch on when plugged into the mains.
    Everyone who reviews this unit states that the battery is a big Pro. Not my experience….cost me a fortune for the small amount of usage I got out of it. The fact that the battery can’t be replaced is ridiculous, and I wonder why DaVinci only offer a 90 day waranty on the battery – maybe they know it can die within a few months? I’m very disappointed and would recommend everyone avoids this unit until such a time as a better (battery) warranty or ability to replace the battery unit is offered.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      Hey Robin, That is extremely unfortunate that the battery has died, thank you for sharing your experience. I sent you an email with a couple questions, I may be able to help you get it warrantied if it was purchased form an authorized dealer.

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    • Robert Marrer says: January 17, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      I have been trying contact DaVinci sence for weeks -their option 1 put me on hold for an hour pluss three times – have left messages multiple times and no call back – so what is going on – if they are no longer in bussiness or are not wanting to help people with warranty issues they should say that and I will just give up – absolutly no customer support after the sale – WARING DO NOT BUY a Devinci !!!

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      • Buzz Danklin says: February 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm

        Hey Robert, Davinci seemed to get overwhelmed during the launch of their new IQ vaporizer. They massively dropped the ball on their customer support during the rush as you can tell. I was however told they recently expanded their support staff so If you weren’t able to get a hold of them yet I would definitely try contact them again now that the initial launch rush has died down.

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  • Trent says: January 2, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Great taste, but battery life is shorter than expected. Biggest problem is the charger. It is very finicky. It stops charging if even bumped so I can’t see how u can use while charging. I emailed them after I purchesed from an electronic ebay store with them replying that they won’t warrenty it because the store was not authorized by DaVinci. What a joke. I bought I online like 95% of all DaVinci’s other sale and they won’t warrenty their product. If I was to buy another vape I wouldnt buy the Ascent because of the service u will get when it need warranty. And you will need warrenty.

    Shame on you DaVinci.

    “The charging port should definitely not be loose but I’m glad the car charger seems to work for you. Please contact your Ebay seller for a replacement charger or a return of your device. Ebay is an unauthorized reseller which means you have no warranty with us.”

    So it’s up to the consumer to check if it’s an authorized dealer and you won’t back your product. I will go somewhere else.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 3, 2015 at 3:35 am

      Sorry man, that sucks that you got a shitty vape but unfortunately that’s usually what you get when you order something from ebay. Literally, somewhere around 80% of the products on Ebay are knockoffs. It seems all fine and dandy because you think you are getting a great deal but in reality you are more than likely smoking plastic, a little bit of solder, maybe some cheap lower rated wiring, who knows… I think you get what I’m saying.

      If you had bought it from an authorized distributor or directly from the manufacturer I’m pretty sure they would have sent you out another unit.

      Sorry man, I’m really not trying to be an asshole, but I don’t have any sympathy for someone who takes the risk of buying from ebay and then gripes at the manufacturer when you got ripped off.

      E-bay does work sometimes, but it’s always a risk.

      “So it’s up to the consumer to check if it’s an authorized dealer and you won’t back your product. I will go somewhere else.”

      It’s your money man, you have to be vigilant, especially online and in this market.

      TL;DR When you don’t buy from an authorized retailer, you assume the risk of getting f*&$ed. *Not always, but it does happen. ^^ Trent being a prime example.

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      • Bob says: March 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

        I bought a Ascent on eBay – when I called to register unit for warranty they checked my serial number and said it was a authentic Ascent made by them
        but they would not honor the warranty. Why would they care who sold it if they made it warranty it – They sound like a bunch of control freeks that want
        to keep the price fixed and not stand behind their product.

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        • Buzz Danklin says: March 28, 2015 at 1:12 pm

          Really sorry to hear about that Bob, unfortunately there are quite a few other manufacturers with the same Policy, The Arizer products are some of the only ones that will keep the warranty if you buy it below msrp on eBay.

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          • Tidal Derp says: May 6, 2015 at 11:48 pm

            What a crock. The DaVinci Ascent has major quality problems, starting with the battery. Don’t blame that on retailers.

        • Martin says: June 5, 2015 at 6:33 am

          I had some issues with the silicon seal around the bottom of the internal glass straw, I supplied a few pictures, a description and a copy of my bill (from a local online vape shop, in Germany). My replacement unit is on the way already, and i get to keep the faulty, but still perfectly functional original device and all the accessories.

          It was instant, i didn’t even think I was going to get any help, to get a replacement was way beyond the customer service I’ve experienced elsewhere!

          Sorry you had a bad experience, but Ebay is well known to not be a place where you can use anything but the ‘ebay warranty itself’ for, at least you know for future purchases!

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      • Robert Marrer says: January 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm

        Buzz Danklin sounds like a Washington lobbyist bought and payed for by DaVinci – making him a worthles source for information
        Be a man and stand for whats right and true

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        • Buzz Danklin says: February 3, 2017 at 6:14 pm

          I am sorry you feel that way, and it’s unfortunate Davinci did not honor Trent’s unit, however not honoring eBay purchases is definitely not an uncommon rule in this industry. Unfortunately I have known lots of people who have gotten burned with knockoff and counterfeit vapes from eBay so I recommend everyone avoids eBay for vape purchases. There are lots of trusted 3rd party distributors like Puffitup, Vapeworld, PlanetoftheVapes for when people do not want to order directly through the manufacturer. If you read my review of the Ascent, I do not rate it that highly, in fact there are a lot more portables that rank above the Ascent than there are portables that rank below the Ascent.

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          • stella says: March 18, 2017 at 7:50 pm

            I love it when it works but i have mine for 2 years and it stopped charging. Its been giving me problems for a few months and it finally died. I want to buy a new one and I thought I may get some kind of coupon or credit for a new one and I did get a 10% but I feel like it is an expensive product to last just 2 years, I guess I am one of the lucky ones from what I am reading, that I got that long. I really like the product, I like the glass and the ceramic bowl, I feel it is healthier than a plastic one. so if you want to send me a better coupon code I will be very happy.

          • Buzz Danklin says: March 18, 2017 at 8:17 pm

            Hey Stella, unfortunately I am not aware of any Davinci coupons at the moment, but if you contact Davinci support directly and explain your situation they might work with you on the price.

  • Dave says: January 24, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Question, when cleaning the bowl with iso, do you have to let it sit and dry, or can you use it right away? From reason I thought smoking/vaping alcohol would dangerous, but I could be wrong as well.

    Thanks!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 24, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Definitely let it dry before use.

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  • Sandy says: February 14, 2015 at 12:08 am

    I just got my Ascent today & never vaped before, been smoking for 44 years. This may sound like a dumb-ass question but how can you tell when the weed is spent?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 18, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Hey Sandy! I can usually tell the herb is spent when the color is a dark brown consistency and the hits become less dense and wispy.

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      • b.a.d says: March 1, 2015 at 7:17 am

        My wif doesn’t get any results from the ascent I do vagly wat are we doing wrong ? We paid a lot of money for this post we r back to good old Jays lol fuck vaping and he’ll yes I’ve tried numerous Temps ranging from 350 to 430 f. Total waste … oh yeah it is A+ mango kush

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        • Buzz Danklin says: March 5, 2015 at 7:02 pm

          Make sure you are grinding it very finely and packing it tight and to the top. If you do not want to pack it full, then pack it with the glass jar on top of the bowl, with the top facing up and no cap. There is a photo above so you can see what it looks like.

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        • Martin says: June 5, 2015 at 6:37 am

          You should try this method, practice is required, pull very slowly give it 10-20 secs after heating to 195+ celcius, I start at 196 2 mins, then 207 2 mins, then 212 2 mins…and I get clouds like a B.O.N.G hit, never expected it! You also got to give it a few secs in between puffs. Mainly, it’s a technique that gets better with practice. First week I was using mine i was sucking in hot air and getting no clouds, the bud was browning but no oil was depositing in the straw (i.e wasn’t getting to my lungs either). Now I can’t help but get huge hits even when hardly paying attention.

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          • hollywood says: June 20, 2015 at 9:03 pm

            buzz to get a bong like hit when you heat at 196-207-212 for 2 min intervals do you hit every 2 mins or only once after the last 212 degree heat?

          • Buzz Danklin says: August 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

            Yea you will hit it each time you bump up the temp. So like 196, take a draw, wait for it to heat back up. Try 207, take a draw, wait for it to heat back up. Same thing for last temp. You just bump up temps to get the remaining materials in the herb. You’ll notice the herb is done when it’s real like whispy hits and the herb is a dark brown in color.

          • Lucky says: November 24, 2015 at 5:22 am

            3 draws only? Out of all that is in the jar?

        • Martin says: June 5, 2015 at 6:39 am

          Oh also, need to grind it fine and pack it tight.

          I, 100% of the time, pack it down with an empty glass jar and vape like that, never without a cover of some sort otherwise you will inhale ground bud, also i use little glass mesh circles or glass flowers on the bottom before putting any bud in the chamber, or it will fall through the holes: If it isn’t fine enough to fall through the holes on the bottom without a mesh, it’s not fine enough. Don’t use mesh on the top, it will cut the silicon!

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  • Sasha says: March 4, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Hi there. I just bought an ascent and it doesn’t seem to be vaping, no matter what temperature I try it at. Does anyone know what the problem could be?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 5, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      If you are grinding the herb fairly fine, and packing it in fairly dense, and still not getting any vapor no matter what the temp is, then it sounds like a malfunctioning unit unfortunately. You will want to contact Davinci customer service, and they should help get your straightened out.

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  • Greg says: March 27, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Hi Buzz,
    i seem to be having a similar problem, i’ve tried packing the bowl with herb this way and that, from fine grinding to whole buds, we really have thoroughly tested it but my ascent will not produce vapor?
    We are getting high which is cool, but it never produces any vapor at all, nothing like the available youtube demostrations. Shall i send it back? I bought it from EveryoneDoesit.com
    It’s frustrating because i do like it, but again no vapor
    Any info would be much appreciated
    Thanks
    Greg

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 27, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Greg, the Ascent really isn’t able to produce the thickest vapor. If you blow the vapor into a light (especially with a dark background), you will see it, which is why the youtube videos are able to show the vapor well. For me a fine grind and a tight pack is the best way to get vapor. I like to either pack it all the way full, or pack it partially and smash it down with the glass jar. I also have the best luck with mostly dry material, and then allowing the Heater to catch back up for ~10-20seconds inbetween draws.

      One of the reasons that the vapor is whisipier, is that the glass stems have a leak inbetween them, this can be fixed if you buy a 1 piece wooden Ascent stem from Ed’s TnT.

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      • Greg says: March 28, 2015 at 6:56 am

        Thanks for the advise Buzz!! unfortunately though Ed’s TnT won’t ship to the UK and all other sites seem to be out of stock. I’ve tried searching for the Blackwood and the Cocobolo, both seem really good.
        I really do enjoy my ascent but it doesn’t seem to go down that well at parties as new users are expecting plumes of vapor. I use it mostly at home but it is nice to break the toys out at get togethers.
        I’ve seen a lot of your video’s and i reckon i’m gonna just grab the Volcano and the firefly, they both look good and are highly rated, although i will persevere with my ascent.
        Thanks for the advise
        Greg

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  • Bob says: March 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    You delete my post ! Anything to critical of DaVinci is deleted – says a lot about this site.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 28, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      Hey Bob, I never deleted your comment, I just have to approve comments manually and hadn’t gotten to it quite yet, because I get a huge amount of spam to go through. Now that I have approved your comment once, you should be able to send more w/o going through the moderation queue.

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  • jose says: March 29, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I can’t seem to get any good hits when I use it with oil no matter how full my jar is

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  • jose says: March 29, 2015 at 8:52 am

    Does anyone use theirs or tried using theirs with oil I can’t seem to get mine to work very well.. the clouds are very light

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 29, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Hey Jose, I have had similar experiences to you with oil in the Ascent. It works…. just not very well, the vapor is very light and the cleanup makes it not worth it imo. I stick to dry herb in my Ascent. If you want a dry herb vape that works for oil/wax I think the Haze is the best bet overall, but the Firefly concentrates pads work well too. Other dry herb vapes will work, but they just don’t work well enough to be worth the hassle imo

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      • jose says: April 7, 2015 at 4:26 pm

        But why does it sometimes hit very well and other times it doesn’t?

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      • Hunter says: June 24, 2015 at 5:43 pm

        Hey guys! I’ve had the ascent for almost a year and have learned just about all their is to know about it! every single time i use it i am blown away by just how amazing it is! i just recently started using it every day with concentrates and the key is to only put a small amount of concentrate in the jar. Like a third of the jar filled at maximum! make sure you freeze any sticky concentrates before hand in order to insure that it won’t get stuck to the side of the jar when your putting it in! You want all the concentrate at the bottom of the jar for best effect. to really enhance the experience, try filling the bowl a little of the ways full with herb and put a glass jar with concentrates ontop of that :) when i first tried the ascent with concentrates, i filled the jar completely with the concentrate and pulled as hard as i could at the hottest temperature. this caused the huge mess that really gunked up my vape. But if you only fill the jar a third of the way full or less with all of the concentrate at the bottom of the jar, the maintenance is the same as with herb! if you are used to using concentrates with a rig, don’t expect the same effects, its like taking one dab over the span of 10 minutes but it is definetely much more intense than vaping herb if done correctly

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        • Jim says: January 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm

          I used the little glass container with some hash oil. Now, I can’t get the glass out. Used ISO to clean around it but it’s stuck on the sides or bottom. Any ideas.

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          • Buzz Danklin says: January 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm

            Heat it up to the max temp and let the chamber get hot and it should come out.

    • Martin says: June 5, 2015 at 6:45 am

      I successfully vape ‘h.a.$.h’, i make little balls and put em in the jar, don’t close the lid, start at 199 for 30 secs to heat em up, but not melt em, then straight to 216 for 2.30, then 221 for the rest. Works well for me, although not as much vape as from ‘herb’ it does last much much longer, i was toking a glass jar for over an hour before! The puff’s are also not bad, if not great, at least comparable to a jay.

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  • Vikash says: April 17, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Hi, I bought one the other day. When I go to take it in, its as if nothing comes through? Any help would be appreciated.

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    • David says: April 29, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Instead of using a glass jar over the top try a screen that is slightly larger than the bowl.

      What I do is pack the bowl to the top and make sure it’s packed but not to tight. Like if you push it the bud will spring back. Then I put a screen on top, but I push it down until it is concave. It sort of squishes the bud down, the screen pushes on the sides. Not to tight but I imagine a sponge being slightly pushed on so the water (oils) leak out.

      I start about 360 and move up. If the bud is too dry or hasn’t been cured properly it doesn’t vape well. Sometimes I do find that the screen loosens if I hit to hard and I can tell instantly as the vapor stops.

      It is a pain in the ass when the screen pops because I have to wait for it to cool or risk the burn to get the screen back in place. Pencils help but if the bowls to hot the screen won’t stay anyway. I do wish Davinci would come up with a better alternative, but it does work.

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      • Buzz Danklin says: April 29, 2015 at 9:16 pm

        This is a good method, thanks for sharing. Especially if you want to fit more herb than than the glass jar method allows, but still less than a full pack.

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        • Paul says: June 15, 2015 at 10:37 pm

          I put a small screen in the main glass tube so I can fill my chamber right up, I used a Q-tip to push 1 of the 3 little screens in about half way so I can grab it out with the lil poker that was provided if need and btw what are those 3 screens for anyway

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  • Mike says: May 1, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Where to begin….I bought the Ascent after doing a lot of research and i figured after some reading that it must be one of the best. Especially considering its price point. How disappointed I am. It has to be one of the biggest shams. It doesnt vape dry herbs good at all. I can vape 2 grams of dry herb and not feel a thing and barely inhale anything. I decided to wait a few more days to give myself some learning time and time to make adjustments. I’ve used many vapes and seems like they all take a bit of getting used to…to get it right. Things got worse and worse. The Ascent has many problems. On the surface it seems like this thing is badass. Feels sturdy, appears well made, comes with neat accessories ect. This products reminds me of a few others I’ve come across that leave me asking myself “did the peope who made it even try it? Or is it just all about the money.” I’m sorry to say id’s all about the money. Aside from being terrible at vaping dry herbs, it doesnt vape wax or oil worth a crap either. Atleast not in the glass containers it comes with specially made for this purpose. In order to vape wax or oil properly it needs to touch the ceramic heating element directly or else the vape is extremely weak to non existent. But if you put it in contact with the ceramic then of course you’ll have many problems with the mess. Your oil or wax will drip out the bottom of the device, and stick to everything. Here’s basically the jist of what the deal is with the device. It looks cool, it feels cool, and it comes in a cool box. I think most people get hyped up on the idea of havng it so they buy it, realize its actually junk then they lie to themselves for a few month’s because they wasted so much money on it. It’s extremely high priced for what it offers. If it actually did everything it offered to do perfectly it would still be over priced. Heres a quick list of some issues: the re charge time is ridiculous. 4-5 hours charge time for 1-1.5 hours of use. Comes with a weird proprietary charger. No micro USB? Unlike some other vapes this one cannot be used while charging, finicky power buttom and quirky display. I set the device to 350 degress on all settings and it still goes to max temp at 430 on its own. This happens occasionally not sure why. Sometimes the power button doesn’t respond and needs to be pressed 1-5 times. The “all glass vape path” will clog on the first use of dried herb. The holes in the glass vape path are so tiny and clog very easily. Also when you open to discard your vaped herb the bits and pieces will go everywhere and really make a mess of the device. theres really not a lot you can do about this. As for the talk of the “huge bowl” im not sure what thats about. The bowl is very small. Its sad….this product would never sell if people actually used it for one day before buying. Theres too many little off putting issues with it. The only use I can get out of it is to vape wax directly on the ceramic and tilt the device so the wax doesnt drip out the bottom. I was especially disappointed when I visited my friend and he was showing me his cheapy pen vape he bought for $36 and it worked as well as my Ascent. The Ascent just doesnt make the cut and believe me i really wanna love it but its garbage all the way.
    Good luck ever getting a return on something like this once its used any retail place wont refund cause its impossible to clean.

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  • Darla says: May 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I bought a Davinci Ascent in February 2015. It is May 11, 2015. I will go through everything with this unit as I have used it extensively. At first I loved the Ascent, but then I needed to clean the glass stems. It comes with 2 stems and 2 mouth pieces. When I put in the other stem, it leaned against the side of the Ascent, which made it impossible to put the glass mouth piece in. I called last week and the Customer Service Rep Alexis told me that my problem was impossible as the glass was all made from the same mold.But she would send me out another one. Well you better check your mold then. Sure enough when I received her replacement it was no better, in fact it was worse than the one it came with. The Ascent has the cheapest glass ever made for vaping. The glass cracks if you barely touch it trying to slide it in especially if you are using a stem that does not line up in the middle of the vaporizer. I purchased the long curved water tool, that is a total joke as the glass is so cheap. Without good glass the vaporizer does not work period. I have 3 stems for the unit and only 1 of them works and it works everytime with no problem. The other 2 stems are of no use to me or anyone else. When I called today I will admit I was upset. I will also state that I have been a General Manager in the Hospitality field for 20 years. Alexis the Customer Service Rep was rude and sounded very tired. I told her I wanted to talk to her manager or an owner (ceo) of the company. Alexis replied, “Well you got me and I am the only one you are going to talk to, I’m it, your last stop, there is no one else.” Wow, that was a little discerning. So lets honestly rate the Ascen on a scale of 1 to 5t: The unit itself is sturdy and I haven’t had a problem with the battery YET, so I’ll give it a 4. The glass stems which is a must in order to operate the Ascent is no more than a -5. The Customer Service Rep Alexis -10 WOW you cant get much lower than that. I BOUGHT DIRECTLY FROM DAVINCIVAPORIZERS.COM NEVER NEVER AGAIN WILL I BUY FROM DAVINCI. DONT WASTE 250.00 AND GET THE CHEAPEST GLASS POSSIBLE, KEEP IN MIND WITHOUT THE GLASS THE VAPORIZER DOES NOT WORK……..

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    • Buzz Danklin says: May 11, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      I am terribly sorry to hear about your experience with both the stems, and the customer support rep you dealt with. I know this won’t help your situation much, but if you google “Eds TNT” you can order wooden stems for the Ascent in case your last good stem breaks.

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    • Martin says: June 5, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Maybe in Europe the glass is different…I read this a lot, but i have dropped my stem onto a sink where it bounced a couple feet up and then hit the tiled floor, not a crack.

      I have cracked a jar though by dropping it into a toilet from standing whilst packing my bowl at a music festival on the ledge above the toilet in a mobile stall! It was about twice the height the stem fell from, and it cracked the jar, but it didn’t break, although I don’t use that jar any more!

      Also every time i swap stems i put the previous one in isopropyl for a day, cleans perfectly, sometimes i need to shake the stem in the iso, this causes the stem to ding-ding-ding off the side of the glass iso jar, also never caused a crack!

      I did have to purchase an Ed’s TNT WoNG adapter to increase the quality of the vapour, and reduce air, and also my latch cracked, as well as silicon damage…But as mentioned elsewhere on this thread, they are sending me a brand new unit! Which will arrive just as my battery warranty finishes :)

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  • Lola says: June 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Don’t waste your money on the DaVinci ascent. We have 3 ascents in our family and all have broken down. Not only that but the service is not good. We have returned all of them for repair up to 4 times. They make the repair and send it back and it breaks again…sometimes within days. It’s not a reliable product and the service is very bad. These units cost $300 apiece and we have spent lots of $$$ in postage sending these faulty units back for repair. I have sent one unit back 4 times and they keep sending me back the same crappy supposedly repaired unit. Buyer beware!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: June 25, 2015 at 2:56 am

      Sorry to hear your bad experience, but thanks for sharing

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    • Spencer says: July 21, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      I am sending mine in for warranty “repair” I’m sure they will find nothing wrong with it because it is just like every other POS they have sold. I am finally getting to the conclusion that I was ripped off by fancy marketing of a real piece of junk. Too bad because the basic concept is good, but all the details such as user interface, documentation, reliability. accuracy and implementation of features such as the oil jar are all terrible.

      Anyone want to buy mine when i get it back from repair?

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  • Anthony says: June 27, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    I notice it always says 1 degree less than what I set for

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  • Spencer says: July 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    you mention the personal vape cycles and say the information on their use is in the manual. first, the manual sucks especially with respect to this. it took me hours, talking with friends and some luck to figure this out. also the fact that the buttons stick make it much more difficult than it should have been. decent documentation would have helped.

    there is really only one personal cycle that is broken down into three phases. stupidly you can not eliminate any of the phases but can minimize them somewhat. this part of the user interface, especially the documentation is horrible. my guess is that most people give up and don’t use this feature at all. even if youdo set it up, it id too many button presses to access and not worth the trouble.

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  • Johnny says: September 30, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Hey buzz just bought the ascent and I’m still trying to figure out things with it and how to use it properly. I’m gonna follow some of the responses and suggestions from
    The others first , refuse to think I got screwed buying this but I would really like to have maybe your email or something I can maybe contact for later if I need help with something if that’s ok. I have tried
    It last night with herbs and I wasn’t sure if I was feeling anything or not, I think we weren’t giving it that but of time to heat up and then take a hit. Wasn’t aware you change temps after every hit either so Ima try that as well as those intervals someone suggested. I see some smoke here and there barely anything and sometimes nothing at all. I’m assuming that’s normal though it’s not meant for massive clouds or anything. I was under the assumption that this would prolong my herb life and I’d get more out of it, but last night I felt like I went through the the pack I put so fast it browned so quick.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 19, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Hey Jonny I would make sure the you finely grind your herbs before loading them in the chamber and the Ascent does much better with a full pack. You can also use the half pack method by loading the herb in first to about half of the chamber and then add in the concentrate glass bowl as a spacer. This will help the entire chamber heat up more efficiently and hopefully get you some better clouds. Let me know how it goes man sorry for the late reply.

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  • jodie says: October 3, 2015 at 2:07 am

    can anyone tell me what the 3 screens and the 2 black rubber pieces are for?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: October 21, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      The screens can be used to cover the bowl, I don’t use them personally. The black rubber pieces are either the caps to the glass jars, or they are the stem caps which can cover/plug the top of the stem/mouthpiece

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  • alain coudreau says: October 8, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    First one I bought only lasted a couple of days and then wouldn’t take a charge.Luckily the distributor in Vancouver replaced it.The second one only worked once and by this time the distributor would no longer take responsibility and refered me back to the manufacturer somewhere in T.O.That meant packing it and shipping it back.Couldn’t be bothered.Need I say more.

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  • Bob says: December 2, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Hi. I just bought one of these from a friend of mine, unfortunately he could not find the manual. In your video you say to clean it with ISO. Might be a really dumb question, but what exactly is ISO? Thanks and have a great day!!!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 2, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Isopropyl alcohol or sometimes called rubbbing alcohol, try to find the highest percentage you can, usually you can find 70% and 91%

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  • Osprey says: December 22, 2015 at 2:32 pm

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    I think this is an outstanding product. It is very cleverly designed and of high quality. It works well and is easy to use. I found that the glass “filter” is the weakest link in the unit. I broke two before I abandoned using it. Just for the record: don’t use the little tool provided to remove the glass filter; push it out from the top with a pencil.

    I received the water pipe attachment from Davinci with my unit and I now use that along with a stainless steel screen made from faucet aerator. It works very well this way and you don’t have to worry about the glass screen, but it becomes a bit of a pain to fill the bowl as you need to fit the screen over the herb once the bowl is full.

    One other important point: the battery life seems to be about a year to a year and a half. The battery warranty is only 90 days so expect to buy a new unit every year or so. I think a replaceable battery would make this the best unit on the market.

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  • Cooldude says: January 9, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    First of all, many of you need some advice about the Ascent by Davinci. Let me start out by saying that this unit is for the connoisseur vaper and herb enthusiast. The unit MUST be handled gently and cleaned OFTEN. I’ll say again, CLEAN OFTEN as in every 4 to 6 sessions. I bought glass spacers with four holes in the bottom about half the size of the oil cans. I take two pinches of ground herb and then press the glass spacer over it. Heat up the unit to 378 F and I get a good 12 to 18 draws of great vapor. After the sixth draw, I remove the spacer and move the herb in the chamber around with a toothpick, Then I replace the spacer and continue till the herb is a light brown and no longer producing vapor. The ascent work better than advertised “IF” you know how to use it. Treat the Ascent like your woman, gentle, soft and caring. Then you’ll experience vaping herb at it’s best.

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  • Leigh says: January 15, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Listen to this last post. This is a great unit BUT the lower glass part with the triangle shape IS EXTREMELY HARD TO CLEAN if not almost impossible. This is not a cheap vaporizer! You basically after a while would have to reorder the lower glass part again and again because it does not come clean from the bud resin etc. A pipe cleaner will not bend in to that triangle shaped glass area or soaking days in alcohol. So, if you have money to waste then yeah its a great product.

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  • punching my V card says: April 19, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Buzz.

    I’ve been reading your stuff a lot lately. I am about to make the switch to vapor. I haven’t tried since the hot plate days of ’98 and it sucked. So I’m a first timer looking for portable. Charger. Car charger. Good for mostly one person usually. Ease of use. I don’t mind spending some money, but I don’t even know if I will enjoy the expierece. Any tips would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 20, 2016 at 11:22 am

      I think the Firefly 2 will be your best bet. Quick heat up times, amazing flavor and vapor quality. It’s extremely easy to clean and just about as easy to use as any vaporizer on the market. The FF2 is perfect for one person. It uses convection heating which means that it will only be heating the herbs as you draw. So you don’t have to use the entire bowl in one session like you would with the Pax 2, Crafty/Mighty. With the Firefly 2, you can touch the power button and be vaping in less than 10 seconds. You can take one draw, and save the rest for later or take multiple and finish it up. It comes with 2 replaceable batteries that are charged via a charging dock while in the unit. So I recommend picking up the external charger for the FF2 once they release that. The Firefly 2 is currently on pre-order and expected to ship end of May 2016.

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  • Tracey says: April 27, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I bought my vaporizer in October 2015, I have been having some of the same issues with the charger as described earlier in other comments, but today it stopped heating , the battery is fully charged and it is clean, what could the problem be.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 28, 2016 at 12:54 am

      It sounds like your best bet is to file a warranty claim. Davinci should get you straightened out, but I would be interested in hearing back on how the customer service process goes if you don’t mind.

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      • tracey says: May 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm

        Well, I have an update to share, I took my vape back to the store I bought it from, they returned it for me and I am picking up my new one from them this afternoon! According to ascent it was faulty and they replaced with a brand new one. Thanks!

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        • Buzz Danklin says: May 3, 2016 at 5:52 pm

          Really glad to hear that you were taken care of!

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  • Jefferson says: April 28, 2016 at 11:40 am

    As many others have reported, this product breaks down very easily. Da Vinci is of course aware of this, and if you try to get it fixed a couple times they void your warranty. This vaporizer is a scam.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: April 29, 2016 at 5:20 am

      I am terribly sorry to hear that you have been treated poorly and feel scammed. Vaporizers in general do break down much more often than most other consumer electronics because they are pushing both heater and battery technology to their limits in very small devices, but that is no excuse to void a warranty.

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  • morgz says: August 24, 2016 at 7:14 am

    davinci ascent clip broke at bottom led failed in 2 weeks and after initial email havent heard nothing
    chose someone more reputable

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  • Dave says: November 29, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Why are there screens provided? Where do you place them in the unit?
    Thanks
    Dave

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 1, 2016 at 12:32 am

      I’m not for sure what you’re talking about. Are you talking about the half-pack technique?

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  • randy says: January 3, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I just received my new ascent, first of all I did not receive my free grinder! I could”ent wait for my first vap.well .after using it I was very disappointed!!!!hopefully I will figure out the adjustments I need to enjoy the ascent vap.but between forgetting the grinder and feeling like I just burnt my herbs away

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 7, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Hey Randy, I am not sure which store you store you ordered your Ascent from but not all of them include free grinders. The Ascent does perform best with a fine grind, and a tight and full pack. So I do recommend you find a grinder, grinder card, coffee grinder, or even drop your herbs into a rounded bottom shot glass and cut it up very finely with sharp tipped scissors. If you continue to have problems let me know and I will get you straightened out.

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  • tim bretthauer says: January 8, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Ive had the accent for almost a year the battery is still good but wont heat up any more just sits at 76, I cant find the receipt. I bought it from a local dealer. So with out the receipt is there any way i can get it replaced as its still on the warrenty.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 9, 2017 at 12:06 am

      Hey Tim, you would have to contact Davinci for that one, maybe there is some other method such as the serial number that could determine it is still within the warranty.

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  • Gaylene Beer says: February 20, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for your informative guide. I enjoy the vaping method as it is much better for my lungs but have had lots of problems with the vaporizers. I cannot turn my Da Vinci Ascent off! I think it’s something to do with the personal cycles which i have inadvertently set and now cannot remove. Is there an easy way to switch the unit off if the on/off button doesn’t work?

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