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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 recommend picking up the new glass spacers that Davinci just came out with. The Davinci IQ Glass Spacers will allow you to shrink the chamber, using less herb and still get the same great results.

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. The grasshopper is on pre-order, they currently claim 3 week deliver if you order today, however they have missed a few deadlines in the past so it could take longer.

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.

Glass Options

I have been using the IQ through glass quite a bit at home lately and it works very well.  The IQ has no problem milking any of my bubblers or hydratubes, but the Honeybird has become my favorite.  It is basically a smaller and hugely improved version of the hydratube. It does a great job of not spilling even at odd angles, and it stays in place so you can easily pass the vape around 1 handed with bubbler attached, something that never worked well with hydratubes. If you are a fan of moisturizing your vapor, or you want to take the biggest rips possible you will want to consider the honeybird.  You can get it directly from Davinci for $70.  Get Honeybird

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.

62 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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      • Eagleye says: March 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm

        Buzz I need a backup battery for my iq, should I get a stock davinci one or is there something better out there? I need a few

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        • Buzz Danklin says: March 17, 2017 at 4:44 pm

          Hey Eagleye, I picked up a few extra batteries from Davinci when I got my IQ and I have had good luck with the. The Davinci batteries are 10 amp 3500 mAh batteries. However another great choice is a 3000 mAh 20 amp battery, one I recommend is the LG H2.

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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

    Reply
    • 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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    • Eagleye says: March 17, 2017 at 1:02 am

      That’s what I thought too, but thats the oven heating up your herbs, my herb wasn’t normally dry liked I wanted it to be so that could have been another factor . Don’t remember hearing it when it was empty but that’s because I just wanted to fill n fire her right up .

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      • Buzz Danklin says: March 17, 2017 at 1:08 am

        It will still occur when the bowl is empty, it happens whenever the heater is engaged. It has to do with temperature regulation and it’s completely normal.

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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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  • Curl girl says: January 19, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Hey Buzz, I just wanted to give an update on the Grasshopper (just got one). Since it looks like the article was last updated 1/17/2017, I just thought an edit to it’s review might be helpful to readers. It is still on a pre-order but they have caught up with all of the Indiegogo orders the received. They are currently on a 3 week pre-order :)

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 20, 2017 at 2:46 am

      Great catch Curl Girl, I had updated my Grasshopper review but missed this one! I have updated the article now to correct the estimated shipping time. How is your Hopper treating you by the way?

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  • Marwan says: January 21, 2017 at 5:21 am

    HI Duzz, you have been very helpful to me deciding what to choose. I’m new to this, I smoke a lot and it is indoor. which one has the most pleasant odor.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 30, 2017 at 11:15 am

      I would go with a convection vaporizer like the Grasshopper, Firefly 2, or a butane vaporizer like the Sticky Brick Original/Jr. Convection vaporizers only heat the herbs as you are drawing which means less smell during your session.

      A conduction vaporizer like the IQ or Pax 3 will always be heating your herbs regardless of whether you are drawing or not. So they are always putting out smell.

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  • Darren says: January 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Buzz, I love my IQ, but the bowl is already staining!! I clean and blow it out after every bowl, then let it cool and stick iso pads to my brush and scrub. Still, the stain is growing. Any ideas? It hasn’t been a month yet, the rest of the unit is like new. Again, I clean bowl after each… bowl, lol, and am a little OCD with cleanliness. The staining is absolutely not from a lazy cleaning regimen.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: January 30, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Have you tried contacting Davinci? Mines still looking pretty fresh. Are you using only dry herbs?

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    • Eagleye says: March 17, 2017 at 1:11 am

      Try magic eraser ,get mine from dollar tree , cut a small piece to get it in there and with a tool rotate around

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      • Buzz Danklin says: March 17, 2017 at 1:39 am

        I Appreciate you sharing the tip, I have heard good things about the magic eraser, and it’s supposed to be completely non-toxic and safe. Although it probably couldn’t hurt to give it a quick clean with iso afterwards.

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        • Eagleye says: March 17, 2017 at 2:11 pm

          No problem Buzz, a friend had one in kitchen tried it out and worked pretty good and yes I would finish off with iso to pickup any debris left behind . Less cleaning with glass spacer in oven chamber , but the screen would need a soak in iso

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  • Caleb says: February 10, 2017 at 2:27 am

    Hey buzz! Love the site and the depth of your review. Quick question, though: When you set a custom smart path with the app, does that reprogram the default smart paths with the vape? Hmm, I’m not sure if that conveyed what I meant, let’s try this: Can you use your custom smart paths without the app, after you’ve set them? Thanks!

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      You are correct, when you set a custom smart path with the app it locks in, so you can break out your IQ at a later time (without your phone or app) and still use the smart path you setup.

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      • caleb wilson says: February 10, 2017 at 2:10 pm

        Oh that is amazing! Nobody mentions this in any of their reviews, so I assumed that the IQ just kept the default smart paths at all times, and that you needed to fiddle with the app each time you wanted to use a custom one! Thank you so much!

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  • LP says: February 17, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Hi Buzz I’m a newbie with a newbie question.

    So you fill up the chamber and go for a 4 minute session. How do you know when the herb is actually done? Do you need to reload after every session? Suppose I had set for a 10 minute session with the same amount of herb or could I get two 5 minute sessions with 1 set of herb? I’m just confused about knowing when it’s time to reload. I know this is simple for some but for a newbie it’s quite daunting so thanks for your help in advance.

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      I prefer to vape the entire chamber in one session but you don’t have to. The flavor and vapor production will drop off if you come back to a bowl thats already been vaped. If it’s just one person vaping, I would recommend picking up the davinci IQ spacers which will shrink the chamber size. You can then load a smaller amount and vape the entire amount in one session. Empty out the chamber when you are finished and then load a new one when you are ready. For the most part you can tell when the herbs are spent if you stop seeing vapor and the herbs are a dark brown color. Really it all depends on how far you want to go. You also get different effects at higher temps vs lower temps so I prefer to start out at lower temps in the beginning of a session and gradually increase the temp towards to the end of a session. I also save the herbs after you vape them. You can use the left over vaped bud to make cannabutter to use in cookies or other fun stuff.

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      • Eagleye says: March 17, 2017 at 2:28 pm

        Buzz do you have more glass spacers or know who has them ,apparently it’s on back order

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        • Buzz Danklin says: March 17, 2017 at 4:46 pm

          Eagleye, Davinci is supposed to have them back in stock next week, so keep your eye on the IQ accessories page of their site. For some reason when their products go out of stock the product page disappears, so once back in stock it will pop back on their site.

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      • Eagleye says: March 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

        Thank you Buzz for the informative suggestion and answers, I’m in need of a few 18650 batteries for my iq . Should I get the stock davinci ones or do you recommend other brands as well?

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        • Buzz Danklin says: March 18, 2017 at 8:16 pm

          I have had good luck with the stock ones and that is what I am personally using, but if you want to go a different route, I would suggest the LG H2.

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  • Franklin says: February 18, 2017 at 2:09 am

    Buzz, I’m currently trying to decide between the IQ and Crafty. How do they match up in terms of vapor production and efficiency? Which one produces thicker vapor? Do you think the higher price for the Crafty is worth it?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 23, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      I like the Crafty in every way except for battery life and it doesn’t offer replaceable batteries. The Crafty has been on the market for going on three years now and the battery is getting left behind with all the new portables coming out. I average about 2-3 bowls now with my Crafty. If you want the absolute best taste and overall easiest to use, I would still go with the Crafty. It doesn’t require a full chamber or any loading styles, just load what you want and go. The IQ offers newer features, full temp control withOUT the need for the app, replaceable batteries, cheaper price, multiple mouthpieces and a 10 year warranty. So it’s definitely a tough choice but I really like my Crafty/Mighty vapes.

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  • Clorbag says: February 22, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Hey buzz awesome vids and reviews you have helped me purchase my crafty! But due to changes in my life the battery doesn’t keep up with me. I was looking at the IQ as a replacement but I really love my crafty and now with its new pods you can quickly change out matieral. What’s ur opinion?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: February 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Jump to the Mighty! I do like the IQ but the taste/temp/smoothness of the Crafty/Mighty is pretty hard to beat IMO.

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  • Larry says: February 22, 2017 at 11:17 am

    My LED battery lights remain on even after the IQ is powered off. I’ve done the factory reset. The only way I can get them to turn off is to pull the battery. Anyone else experiencing this?

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  • Wayne says: March 4, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    So I’ve had mine for about a month now and my only real complaint is the airflow. I’m anal about cleaning so I’m sure it’s not that. There’s no bud in the Flavor Chamber so that’s not it. I can take out the Flavor Chamber and everything’s fine. I can keep the cover on the Chamber and remove it blow thru it and it seems fine, just when it’s in the unit itself seems the flow is very much restricted. The mouthpiece and gasket are seated directly and clean, just strange. Any ideas?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 7, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Hey Wayne, that does sound strange, I am not quite sure what would be causing that. I guess the first thing to try is pulling the flavor chamber out (with lid attached) and then also removing the mouthpiece and silicone mp sleeve. Set the mp and sleeve on top of the flavor chamber making a seal. Now try drawing through the MP (the extended mp is easier for this), if you are getting good airflow, then you know the draw resistance is coming from the holes in the bowl/oven itself, or from packing the oven too tightly. If you are having draw resistance issues with the mp/flavor chamber combo then I would guess something needs to be cleaned a bit further.

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  • Eagleye says: March 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    Sanyo NCR18650GA 3.6V (3500mAh, max. 10A is the stock iq battery ,so we know the specs of battery

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      Thanks for including the specs, Since 10 amps is the minimum required for the IQ, that is why I would recommend a 15 or 20 amp battery if you decide to use non-oem batteries.

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  • Eagleye says: March 19, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    So 15-20 amp battery would charge quicker ?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      The amp rating is the max continuous discharge rating, so I believe the main thing a higher amp battery can do, is discharge/release more energy faster without getting too hot. So if you get a higher amperage battery it should stay a bit cooler, and it may preheat faster, although you do lose a little bit of battery life/capacity.

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  • Eagleye says: March 20, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Very useful info thank you , I’m coming from the atmos vape pen and pax 1 but I like that this is a replaceable battery .Buzz can you recommend some good 18650’s for the iq,what would you get ?

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    • Buzz Danklin says: March 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      I personally am having the best luck so far with the stock 3500 mAh batteries from Davinci. But any 10amp drain or higher 18650 will work.

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