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Davinci IQ Vaporizer Review


Davinci IQ Review [4K Video] ~16:46

The Davinci IQ is the third and newest portable dry herb vaporizer manufactured by Davinci. They launched their first unit the ‘Davinci Vaporizer’ in the first half of 2012. They followed it up with the ‘Ascent’ at the end of 2013. And now at the end of 2016, we are finally getting the best one yet by far, The IQ introduces a completely new design featuring a replaceable 18650, smart path technology, and a zirconia ceramic bowl, vapor path, and mouthpieces.

The Davinci IQ vaporizer retails for $274.99 and is available in Blue, Copper, Gunmetal and Stealth. I recommend picking it up directly from Davinci. Now lets jump into my Davinci IQ Review

Davinci IQ Vaporizer

Davinci IQ Size, Portability, and Build Quality

The first thing I was blown away by was the size. I saw some photos of the IQ before I actually got my hands on it so I knew it was small, but I was still surprised by how small it actually was when it finally arrived. It does weigh bit more than I expected for its size so it feels very solid and durable in the hands.

The IQ weighs roughly 145 grams compared to two of the lightest portables the Pax 3 comes in at around 95 grams, and the TI Grasshopper weighs about 55 grams. So the IQ carries a bit of extra weight when compared to some of the smallest portables currently available. The overall size and shape of the unit make it easy to pocket and you can completely palm it during use for maximum discretion.

Davinci IQ Vaporizer Size Comparison

The weight is a testament to the build quality and once you get one in your hands you’ll understand what I’m talking about. I think if were any lighter it might seem cheap and you’d worry about dropping it. The buttons all work as they should and just feel very nice, I like the outside finish of the unit, I like the feel of the zirconia ceramic. Overall it’s a great looking and great feeling unit to hold and use. When you get it in your hands and look at how it was designed, every bit of space is used, and all the materials are solid and high quality.

Smell is one of the other factors that goes along with the size to help determine how stealthy a unit is. The IQ is about average on smell compared to other portable vapes, but all vapes smell much less than smoking.

The LED’s are very bright and pleasing and fun to watch.

Davinci IQ Vaporizer Accessories

Accessories, Mouthpieces, and Flavor Chamber

I’m told there will be a couple different options available to purchase including a “collectors” edition that comes in a wooden box similar to the one I received. You’ll get a Davinci glass jar, a t-shirt, a nice Davinci carrying case and the IQ itself. Not for sure on the cost or the exact specs on all the stuff that will come in the box but honestly, I was completely blown away by the entire presentation.

The standard package for the Davinci IQ includes the vaporizer itself, one rechargeable/replaceable 3500mAh 18650 battery, a USB charging cable, a zirconia flavor chamber and 2 mouthpieces (one recessed and one extended 10mm adapter).

Ceramic Zirconia Mouthpieces: Both mouthpieces are made from ceramic zirconia and provide excellent flavor while being very durable and easy to clean. I personally prefer the recessed mouthpiece when I am carrying it in my pocket on the go. The recessed mouthpiece also allows you to completely palm the vaporizer for concealment. I also enjoy using the raised mouthpiece, but I find myself using it more at home, it’s pretty cool that the raised mouthpiece makes a good seal against 10mm female or 14mm male glass.

Davinci IQ Flavor Chamber: The IQ comes with a newly designed insert called the “flavor chamber”. The flavor chamber sits in the vapor path right before the vapor gets to your lips. You can load your herbs (in chunks, not ground up) and the flavor chamber will only partially heat up, enough to express flavor without cooking. The herbs will also be coated with vapor that condenses as it passes through the flavor chamber. I gave this a try and wasn’t really blown away. After about 6-8 sessions with some herbs loaded, the draw resistance started to ramp up, so I emptied them out. They were still green, but less vibrant green than originally. It kind of just made the un-used nugs smell/taste a bit worse but they did come out a bit more potent, definitely interesting but not something I’ll be doing often. You can also load other herbs, like mint into the flavor chamber, but I have been leaving it empty most of the time.

Davinci IQ Flavor Chamber and Mouthpieces

The flavor chamber does help to cool and smooth the vapor before it gets to your lips by increasing the amount of space the vapor has to travel. It also seems to help cut down on the cleaning by absorbing the majority of condensed vapor that would otherwise end up in the mouthpiece, and it just pops in and out for quick and easy for cleaning. If you wait a little while in-between cleaning the flavor chamber, you can also reclaim some concentrate.

Vapor Quality, Heating, Temp Options

Overall the vapor quality of the IQ is very good, and in my opinion produces the best vapor of any conduction portable out yet. The entire vapor path on the IQ is ceramic zirconia and provides very cool dense and pure flavored vapor. The heater is also quite powerful so it can produce dense vapor and does not get overpowered as easy as other conduction units when back to back big draws are taken. I have also found this unit to be very efficient with my herbs, and it produces very even AVB without stirring as long as you don’t cut the session too short. If you do need to vape in a hurry, I recommend using the included stirring tool halfway through the session.

The IQ offers a complete temp spectrum ranging from 250F to 430F and will hit your desired temp in about 45 seconds on average. The vaporizer comes with three main heating options . First, you can choose from one of the four fully customizable smart paths or you can use precision mode to pick an exact temp. While you are in either heat setting, you can also turn on Boost mode to ramp the oven temp.

IQ Smart Paths: The Smart Paths are pre-programmed to start at a selected temp and gradually increase 20 degrees over 10 minutes. You can completely customize each of these sessions for your personal preferences via the Davinci APP. My preferred default smart paths have been 1 and 2. Both of those are providing plenty of clouds while delivering the best taste. The default temps for setting 3 and especially 4 produce huge clouds but I prefer the taste more at the lower and medium temps. Overall I have enjoyed the smart paths, often times I use multiple temps during a session, and this allows me to set it up on auto-pilot. Some strains also perform differently so you could setup custom smart paths for your favorite strains.

Default Smart Path Temps: The Smart Paths run from 350F to 430 with the first path ranging from 350-370, second path 370-390, etc… Each path is programmed to gradually hit the max temp about halfway through the session and maintain that temp for the remainder. Again, with the app, you can completely customize the temps on all 4 smart paths.

Davinci IQ Smart Path APP

Precision Mode: This mode allows you to pick a precise temp and the IQ will maintain it for the entire 10-minute session. You can change it at any time. To turn on precision mode tap the top button one time, and then press the up and down button to set your desired temp.

Boost Mode: When you hold down the top button boost mode will be activated, and the heater will be engaged full tilt. You will see up arrows appear on the front of the IQ letting you know its heating up. The heater will now slowly work its way up to a max of 430 as long as you continue holding the button, and as soon as you let off the temp will drop back down to the previous setting. This can help you get a little extra juice of a draw.

*The IQ has an auto-shutoff timer of 10 minutes. Just press the control button five times to turn the unit back on.

Davinci IQ APP

It’s important to note that you don’t need the app to access the entire range of Davinci IQ features, the app just adds extra customization.

While I am always a bit hesitant about apps, I do want to say this is my favorite vaporizer app yet, it has just worked smoothly and has been enjoyable to play around with. Often times apps can feel clunky or obnoxious, I have had only positive experiences with the Davinci App so far.

Once you get into the app you can choose between the four different default Smart Paths and modify the temps or pick a precise temp for the entire session.

You can activate “Stealth Mode” which will dim the LED’s within the app, This is definitely recommended because the default LED brightness are pretty bright, bordering on too bright. You can also activate Stealth mode without the app by clicking the top button and the down button together at the same time.

Without the app, you won’t be able to customize the smart path sessions, turn off vibration alerts, or get device information like total usage time, average session length, average temp and favorite path. You also won’t be able to see the number of times you’ve used each of the smart path choices. So overall it’s not a big deal if you don’t want to use the app, but at the same time, it adds some cool stuff so overall I really like that they made the IQ app relevant but not necessary.

Chamber Info and Packing Recommendations

The chamber is pretty easy to pack, and I get the best results with a tight and fully packed oven. If you grind your herb coarsely you won’t get as much vapor production but there will be less draw resistance, and if you grind really finely you will get denser vapor but more draw resistance. I have been enjoying a medium grind, but unlike a lot of conduction vapes, this thing actually performs pretty darn well even with coarse grinds. A fully packed chamber is generally around .30 grams.

I also have a ahref=”http://imgur.com/a/eCYj7″>Half-Pack Chamber Hack for the Davinci IQ using Vapir Prima mesh screens.

Davinci IQ Cleaning and Maintenance

Overall the IQ is pretty quick and easy to clean, you will want to empty out the bowl after each use, and brush or blow out the chamber. This will help keep cleaning to a minimum. The flavor chamber needs to be cleaned the most often, and you can just slide it out, and drop it right into isopropyl alcohol and soak/rub it off. The mouthpieces will need to be cleaned the most next, and like the flavor chamber they can be just popped out and dropped into some iso. Generally I have been cleaning the ceramic parts about every 10 or so sessions.

Battery Specs, Battery Life, Charging Time and Charging Options

Davinci IQ Replaceable Battery 18650 3500mAh
The Davinci IQ comes with one replaceable/rechargeable 3500mAh 18650 battery. I’ve found the batteries will last me anywhere from 50-80 minutes of use on average.

The replaceable battery system is awesome but after some testing I’ve found that it is taking me about four hours to charge a dead battery inside the Davinci IQ.

To mitigate this, you can pick up an external charger (nitecore i2 ~$10) and an extra battery ($13) so that way you have some flexibility for charging options. The batteries will charge in the external chargers in about a little over 2 hours so basically twice as fast.

Portable Vaporizer Comparisons (Crafty, Pax 3, Grasshopper)

Davinci IQ vs Pax 3 - Grasshopper - Crafty
In my opinion the IQ vaporizer is definitely worthy of the $274.99 price tag but it puts it directly in competition with my other favorite portable vaporizers.

Pax 3 ($274.95) – The Pax 3 vape is my go to for outdoor activities like Mt Biking, Skiing, and Hiking. It’s easily pocketable, extremely durable and heats up in 15 seconds on average. The Pax 3 retails for $274.95, uses conduction heating, offers a phone app to control temps and also comes with a 10-year warranty so both of these vaporizers are extremely alike.

Personally, I like the vapor quality on the IQ a bit more than the Pax 3, especially regarding vapor density. I also like the removable battery option on the IQ and I’m very excited to test it out this winter ski season but the smaller/lighter design of the Pax 3 is tough to beat if you need absolute portability. I’ve found the Pax 3 gets about 100 minutes of use per charge and takes about 100 minutes to fully charge from dead. Whereas the Davinci IQ gets about 50-80 minutes of average use and takes about 240 minutes to fully charge from dead. (or 120 minutes with external charger)

Davinci IQ vs Pax 3 Vaporizer

If you are really not sure you are ready to pony up $275, then the Pax 2 which retails for $199 is another option. It doesn’t come with the smartphone app, offers a little smaller battery capacity and takes about 45 seconds to heat up instead of about 15 seconds on the new Pax 3, but it’s still simple, rugged, reliable, and comes with the 10-year warranty.

Grasshopper ($175-$225) – The Grasshopper is another option if you are looking for a portable vaporizer that is easy to conceal/pocket. The GH actually pulls off the look of a pen while packing a lot of power. The Grasshopper uses on demand convection heating and heats up in 5-7 seconds . The GH uses smaller replaceable/rechargeable batteries (750 mAh instead of the IQ’s 3500 mAH), offers a full temp spectrum via a rotary dial and comes with a lifetime warranty. But the grasshopper is on pre-order, and it seems to be at least 6 months before you get your unit if you order today.

Crafty ($329.99) – The Crafty vaporizer is pretty underwhelming when you consider battery life (~45 minutes) and heat up time (90+seconds) but none of the vaporizers mentioned above can keep up with the smooth, tasty vapor quality offered by the Crafty. The Crafty is also one of the easiest and most consistent vaporizers.

Summary

Overall, I’m very happy with the Davinci IQ. I was getting really antsy for Davinci to put out a new portable, but now I am glad they took a while and did it right. I feel like the quality, features, size and design are all on point. Plus it comes with a 10-year warranty from a solid company with a long track record.

The biggest downside for me is the charge time which can be drastically improved with an external charger. I can also see some people wishing the IQ had an option for concentrates but I’m mostly a dry herb only kind of dude so that’s not a big deal for me, plus you can always sandwich them in the middle of a bowl if you really want. The device also can also get hot after long sessions, but not near as hot as some other units like the Grasshopper or Vapir Prima.

The Davinci IQ retails for $274.99 and I recommend picking it up directly from the manufacturer: DavinciVaporizer.com .

Thanks for reading my Davinci IQ vaporizer review and let me know if you have any questions about the IQ or any other vaporizer by leaving a comment below, or hitting me up on my contact page.

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Davinci IQ Vape

9.3
Overall Score
Davinci IQ Vaporizer Review

The Davinci IQ is everything I hoped it would be and more. I personally think the IQ has some of the best vapor quality produced of any conduction vaporizer and produces huge clouds. I can easily pocket it for concealment or completely palm it for discretion. Last but not least, you get a replaceable battery system and a 10-year warranty. If you're ready to buy the Davinci IQ I recommend picking it up directly from Davinci.

27 Comments

  • Guy says: November 5, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Hey Buzz
    Great review as always,
    Mate just wondering how much the IQ smells whilst warming up ?
    I had the pax 2 , to me it smelt very strong while heating up and also when not being used.
    It turned me away from conduction vapes , but I then bought an arizer air and it smelt a lot less than the pax 2 .
    There is something about the IQ that appeals to me but it’s a toss up between buying the firefly 2 and the IQ .
    Thanks in advance

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 5, 2016 at 7:54 am

      I would put the IQ smell level pretty much right in the middle of the Pax 2 and the Air. It definitely smells less than the Pax 2 during heat-up, and when its off. But you can blow out some very dense and large clouds with the IQ, and the clouds can smell strongly

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  • Nick says: November 5, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Hi Buzz,

    I am almost positive this is the exact battery ($6 instead of $13 like you state).

    Best,
    Nick

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Possibly, but I don’t want to say yes or no until Davinci confirms. It might be wise to use Davinci bought batteries in the device for QC reasons. Again, I don’t know for sure how they will go about selling batteries and if they recommend buying from them or if you can/should get them from anywhere.

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  • Robert says: November 7, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Hey Buzz,

    Thanks for the review. I currently have a DaVinchi Ascent and was wondering how the flavor of the IQ compared to it. I don’t like the silicon taste of the Ascent and was wondering if the IQ had any artificial tastes.

    Thanks.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 8, 2016 at 11:14 am

      No weird tastes. It’s a very clean and tasty hit. The sessions with the IQ are much more enjoyable and I’ve found the vapor to be much denser.

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  • Ken says: November 7, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Hey Buzz,

    Thanks for the review.

    How does the IQ flavor compare to the Ascent, being that the Ascent has a silicone flavor.

    Does the IQ have a chemical flavor or any other artificial flavor?

    Thanks.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 8, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Not at all. It’s the best tasting conduction vaporizer that I’ve tested.

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  • Tom says: November 7, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Hi Buzz!

    Always enjoy reading your reviews – informative, to the point, and interesting. For me, I am deciding between waiting on the Pax 3 or the IQ. I am looking for good vapor density/quality, something I could vape with both herb and tobacco (big spliff user and trying to transition to vaping), and something portable. The IQ and Pax seem neck and neck, but would love your thoughts. Main thing is something that could replace a spliff for me. Appreciate the help!!

    cheers

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 8, 2016 at 11:10 am

      If clouds and vapor quality are your top concerns I would go with the IQ. If you want more battery life and quicker charge times, go with the Pax 3.

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  • Guy says: November 7, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Any recommendations on external battery/charger combos from Amazon? Apparently some 18650 batteries dont fit due to nipples(?).

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  • JC says: November 7, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Which vape is the easiest to draw from, best to worst?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 8, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Easiest = Crafty/Mighty, Worst = V2 Pro Series 3/7. Of the vapes I talk about in this article, I would say the Crafty is the best followed by the Grasshopper, Pax 3 and then Davinci IQ.

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  • stickstones says: November 22, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Great review Buzz! Spot on, as always!

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  • Noe Felix says: November 24, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Hey Buzz great reviews as always, two question is the battery on the arizer air and IQ the same? Can I use or interchange both batteries on both units?

    Thanks Buzz

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    • Buzz Danklin says: November 26, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Hey Noe Felix,

      They both use 18650’s however the IQ requires a minimum of 8amp battery, and the battery that comes with the Arizer Air is a 5amp battery. So the IQ battery will work in the Air, but the Air battery will not work in the IQ.

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  • Krummy says: December 27, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Hey Buzz like your reviews. I’m a newbie to vaping and yet to buy one and want to soon. The DaVinci IQ or firefly 2 both intrigue me, but not sure which one would be better, or should I consider a different one altogether? I don’t smoke a lot and when I do it is one or two drags and then put away until next time. Want one that you can leave the unsmoked herb in, and carry around until next time. Something that is easy to carry while hiking, boating, etc., also easy to clean and maintain. Thanks for your time.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 27, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Hey Krummy, thanks!

      Based on what you described, I think the Firefly 2 is your best bet between those two options. I can literally put my finger in the chamber while it’s heating and it won’t get hot on my finger. It’s pure convection at it’s finest. Now it’s not the easiest to use at first but once you get the technique, the sky is the limit. I would also consider the Grasshopper but they are still going on 3-4 week shipping times on pre-orders.

      Both the Grasshopper and Firefly 2 will be your best option for splitting bowls into multiple sessions. The Grasshopper is the more stealth/portable unit. The Firefly 2 carries a bit more weight but still very easy to pocket for on the go use. Both use replaceable batteries. The Grasshopper retails $175 for stainless steel and $225 for titanium. Firefly 2 is $329. Lifetime warranty with the Grasshopper and a two-year warranty with the Firefly 2.

      A good session vaporizer for on the go use (hiking, boating) would be the Pax 3. It uses conduction heating rather than convection. The Pax 3 will pre-heat in 15-20 seconds and offer a much more enjoyable session for use with more than 2 people. The only downside is that you’ll want to vape the entire chamber (usually about .15 grams) in one session for best results. So this really isn’t the results you described you were looking for but still might work in those scenarios. The Pax 3 is also the most durable and reliable of these vaporizers.

      All of the vaporizers above are easy to clean and maintain plus easy to pocket/conceal. Let me know if you have any more questions about these or any others!

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  • Marc says: December 28, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Hi I bought the iq and here a clicking sound if i put my ear to it is it normal?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: December 28, 2016 at 10:18 am

      Yep. It was a little weird for me too at first but they said it was normal. The new Pax 3 does it too.

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  • Francesco says: January 2, 2017 at 5:10 am

    Hi buzz, i write you from italy…can you tell me if coduction heating can be really considered a good choice for vaporizing herb in general??
    i mean, talking about the IQ, is it a remarkable product or just a makeshift, for example, of the crafty?? Does the iq exclude any kind of herb’s burning? As you can understan i’m really undecided between those ones but, after saw your review on and on, i stil have this kind of doubt.
    Thank you for your answer man, and i give you my compliments for your amazing work you doing here!!!!!!!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 7, 2017 at 9:16 pm

      Hey Francesco, while as a general rule of thumb I do prefer the vapor quality and flavor from convection or hybrid units, the IQ has really stepped up the conduction game and while it still lags a bit behind some units like the Firefly 2 and the Crafty/Mighty for vapor quality, it is really not far behind and it has some distinct advantages like size/portability, heatup time, and removeable batteries compared to the Crafty and the Mighty, and compared to the Firefly 2 it is much easier to use and more consistent. I have also been using and enjoying the ‘Smart Path’s more than expected.

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  • Francesco says: January 7, 2017 at 4:42 am

    hi buzz, compliments for the stuff you doing here!! So can i have your opinion about conduction vs convection please?? i mean, is the first just a stopgap of the second?? i still have a doubt between iq and crafty and i would liket to do the right choice. Thank you so much and cheers from italy!!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 7, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Hey Francesco, often times convection units or hybrid units will have better flavor and vapor quality than the full conduction units, however Davinci has done a great job with the IQ. The IQ has the best flavor and vapor production from any full conduction unit I have tried yet. While the IQ is still behind the Crafty and Mighty a bit in the flavor and overall vapor quality department, the gap is small and the IQ does have some distinct advantages. First the IQ is more portable, discreet, and pocketable than the Crafty, and especially the Mighty. The IQ also has removable batteries which essentially eliminates any battery problems. If you plan to carry your unit in your pocket, or use it on the go, I would go for the IQ. If you plan to use your unit almost exclusively at home, I would go for the Mighty. I do still love and use my Crafty, but my Crafty battery has let me down a few times recently, something that wouldn’t happen with the IQ or the Mighty

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  • Walker says: January 8, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Buzz, thanks for the review! I have a Flowermate 5.0s right now, pretty decent (but I tend to have to clean it a lot), and have been ‘all in’ on the FF 2 until I read your review (and one other) on the IQ. Both devices seem to have some respective advantages, but I’m thinking maybe the IQ is probably better suited for me with its portability, removeable battery, and ease of maintenance. Thanks again for helping me choose the right device for this significant investment.

    (now all I have to do is pull the trigger….)

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 8, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      Hey Walker, the FM5 is a solid and reliable starter vape, but I think you will be completely blown away when you make the jump up to the IQ. Essentially every aspect of it from how it looks, to how it feels, to how it performs are all big upgrades.

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