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.

At the end of 2016, we got the Davinci IQ. The IQ introduces a completely new design featuring a replaceable 18650, smart path technology, a zirconia ceramic bowl, vapor path, and mouthpieces.

The Davinci IQ vaporizer retails for $274.99 and is available in Blue, Gunmetal and Stealth. I recommend buying the IQ directly from Davinci because they throw in the Glass Spacers and a Canvas Carrying Case for free. Now lets jump into my Davinci IQ Review.

Davinci IQ Size, Portability, and Build Quality

Size & Portability – 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.

Build Quality – 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.

Accessories, Mouthpieces, and Flavor Chamber

Davinci IQ Vaporizer Accessories

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 for 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 set up custom smart paths for your favorite strains.

Default Smart Path Temps:

Davinci IQ Smart Path APP
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.

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 the glass spacers (free if you get it from Davinci). The Davinci IQ Glass Spacers will allow you to shrink the chamber, using less herb and still get the same great results. Perfect for micro-dosing or even for two people.

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 ($249) – 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 $249, 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.

Davinci IQ vs Pax 3 VaporizerPersonally, 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 the external charger)

If you are really not sure you are ready to pony up $249, the Pax 3 is also offered in a “Device Only” kit which runs $199 and then the Pax 2 which retails for $149 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 ($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. This unit is also not the most reliable and I wouldn’t recommend buying it as your only vaporizer. The Pax 3 or the IQ will be much more reliable.

Crafty ($279) – 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.

IQ 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

Davinci IQ Review 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 you can click here to pick it up directly from the manufacturer.

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.

Davinci IQ Vaporizer

Video Transcript:

Hey guys Buzz here with vaporizerwizard.com and today I’ll be reviewing the Davinci IQ portable vaporizer. The IQ is a dry herb conduction vaporizer made by the company Davinci. It uses a ceramic zirconia vapor path, features a full temp spectrum, offers a replaceable battery system and comes with a 10-year warranty.

The IQ’s compact size, recessed mouthpiece, and haptic feedback make it very easy to use while on the go and the pure taste from the ceramic vapor path make it very enjoyable to use at home as well. The IQ is also currently my highest rated conduction vaporizer for the overall enjoyment of use and vapor quality. I use the IQ most for outdoor activities because it fits anywhere with its compact size, it’s easy to use in group situations, and it works for short or long trips with replaceable batteries.

The Davinci IQ ranks highest in categories like overall portability, vapor quality, and overall control over sessions.

At the time of this video, the Davinci IQ retails for $275. You can click the links below in the about section or in the top right corner to get the current price directly from Davinci and a full review on my website.

In this Davinci IQ review, I’ll go over the features and how to use the IQ with and without the APP. I’ll go over the battery info, charging options, mouthpieces; Jump into a quick vape demo and finish up with my pros/cons.

So let’s jump into my full Davinci IQ review.


Ok guys so here is the Davinci IQ vaporizer. It’s very small and compact with a good weight to it. It’s easy to pocket, easy to conceal and I can pretty much completely palm it for discretion.

The buttons feel nice. They are easy to push and very responsive. The LEDS are precise and very bright with an option to dim them if needed.

The outer shell is a smooth brushed aluminum finish and it’s available in Stealth, which is the color I’m using in this video, Copper, Gunmetal and Blue.

The main components of the IQ are the top lid with the mouthpiece. Below that is the flavor chamber and battery. The buttons are located along the side, followed by the lower lid, the pearl, and the chamber.

What comes with the IQ

With the IQ you get two mouthpieces, one recessed and one raised that doubles as a 10mm water pipe adapter. You get one 18650 3500mAh battery and a micro USB charging cable. You get one carry can, a keychain tool, some cleaning items and lastly, the Davinci smartphone app available for both iOS and Android.

Davinci IQ Accessories

Davinci sells quite a few accessories for the IQ and here are the ones that are worth considering. First would be an extra battery. Davinci is currently selling them for $10.95.

Next item is the 10-14mm water pipe adapter. This is definitely not needed but works perfectly if you already have the glass at home or planning on picking some up.

The glass option I have been using most is the Nectar Collector HoneyBird Combo. Once again this item is not needed but I’m very impressed with the results. This will fit directly over the included 10mm mouthpiece and I’ll use both of them in the vape demo towards the end of this video.

The last item that comes in handy is the soft padded Carrying Case. This case easily fits the IQ with some extra batteries or the Honeybird Combo.

Davinci IQ Dimensions and Weight

The Davinci IQ is 3.54 inches tall, 1.65 inches wide and .94 inches deep. It weighs roughly 145 grams which is a little heavy for its size but overall it feels good in the hands.

How does the IQ compare?

By comparison, the Pax 3 is 90 grams and the Crafty is 135 Grams. Both the Pax 3 and IQ can easily be pocketed for use on the go but the IQ is one of the only vaporizers that I can completely palm for discretion. The Pax 2 and 3 come close but the height causes it to stick out.
Lastly, part of being portable is the accessories needed for extended use. The IQ offers replaceable batteries if you happen to run out of power, whereas the Pax 3 and Crafty will both require a charging cable, USB outlet or an external charging device.

IQ Mouthpieces

The Davinci IQ comes with two ceramic zirconia mouthpieces. One is a recessed flat mouthpiece that makes the unit easy to palm and conceal. The next is a raised mouthpiece that doubles as 10mm water pipe adapter.

I personally feel like I get better airflow and slightly less draw resistance with the 10mm raised mouthpiece. But you also lose out on the concealment factor. So I tend to use the raised mouthpiece at home and swap to the flat mouthpiece when I head out.
How to swap mouthpieces

The mouthpieces are easy to swap in and out. First, flip up the top lid and pull out the silicone gasket. Remove the mouthpiece from the mold and swap in the one that you want. The end of each mouthpiece will have grooves that slide into the silicone gasket. After you lined up the groves, make sure the vapor path is lined up and place the mouthpiece into the top lid. The vapor path will line up right over the flavor chamber and we’re ready to close the lid.
I’ll go ahead and swap back to recessed mouthpiece so you can see how to replace it.

IQ Flavor Chamber

The IQ comes with a ceramic zirconia chamber insert called the Flavor Chamber. The flavor chamber increases the vapor path surface area helping to cool and smooth the vapor. You can also place dry herbs into the chamber and the vapor will condense on the herbs potentially increasing potency for a later session. I have tried throwing some small nugs in the flavor chamber and running a few sessions but I didn’t really notice much of an increase in potency. It decreased the overall enjoyment of the session because the herbs didn’t taste as good and it added additional draw resistance. You could try something like Mint for some added flavor but overall I prefer to just leave the flavor chamber empty.

Now it does stop a lot of the materials that would normally build up in the mouthpiece which cuts down on overall cleaning time.

How to get to the flavor chamber

To get to the Flavor Chamber just lift up on the top lid and if it’s a new unit it should just pop right out. It almost comes out too easy when it’s clean and I’ve launched it out on accident so be careful of that. If you’ve been using the unit and it’s a little dirty like mine, grab the included tool that comes in the top, place it inside the center hole of the flavor chamber cap and lift up with the lip. It should come right out. Now you can also use the same tool to remove the cap. Keep it placed inside the hole, rotate and pull up. Rotating it helps it come out easier if it wants to stick. When you’re done you can just push the lid back into place and drop the flavor chamber back into the vapor path. You can also use the unit without the flavor chamber but I’ve found that it increases the vapor temperature and harshness while making cleaning more difficult. So I just prefer to keep it in place. Don’t forget to slide the cleaning tool back into place!

Davinci IQ Oven Specs

The Davinci IQ uses a ceramic zirconia chamber which is the same material as the mouthpieces, flavor chamber and the pearl. The Pearl works by slightly decreasing chamber space and reflecting heat. This will increase vapor production and helps with the overall consistency of the chamber. Technically the pearl is able to twist up and down but I strongly recommend just leaving it fully screwed in because it’s very easy to lose and you can possibly break the silicone post with over adjusting.
I’ve been getting about .3 grams with an average grind and a medium tight pack from my Santa Cruz Shredder and as much as .5 grams with a very fine grind from the MFLB finishing grinder.

My personal preference is to use the Santa Cruz Shredder and grind upside down to get a finer consistency. A medium tight pack will give you the best results and a quick stir with the included tool does help, but is not needed.

A finer grind and tight pack will increase draw resistance and overall cleaning but produce bigger clouds.

Battery Specs

The Davinci IQ uses a replaceable/rechargeable 3500mAh 18650 sized battery and the IQ charges via a micro USB charging cable. The battery is charged within the device and it does NOT come with an external charging dock. At the time of this video, you can pick up extra batteries for $10.95/piece.

The average battery life is pretty decent at about 50-80 minutes per full charge but the IQ battery takes roughly 240 minutes to fully charge a dead battery within the unit. You can mitigate this by picking up an external charging dock which will charge two batteries at the same time in about 150 to 180 minutes instead of the 240 minutes that it takes to charge within the unit. I recommend either the EFEST SODA which will run about $10, or the Nitecore I2 which is about $16. I’ll have links to both down below in the about section.

How to remove the battery

The battery is located under the mouthpiece and you can get to it by opening the top lid, pulling back on this latch, and it should pop right out. To get it back in, open up the door, the slightly raised end goes in first, push down the lid and over to secure the latch.

IQ Battery life comparison

The IQ offers better battery life than the Crafty but not quite as good as the Pax 3. Both the Pax 3 and Crafty will charge faster than the IQ. But only the IQ offers a replaceable battery system. The Pax 3 averages 100 minutes of use on a full charge and 100 minutes to charge from dead. The Crafty averages 30-45 minutes of use and takes roughly 120 minutes to fully charge a dead battery.

How to use the IQ WITHOUT the APP

To turn on the IQ, press the control button 5 times. The control button is the single circular button at the top.

The device will show your current battery life and begin heating to your last set precise temp or smart path. From here you can choose between three different heating options… Smart Paths, Precision Mode, and Boost Mode.

With Smart Paths, you get four fully customizable session options. Each path can be set with an exact session duration, starting temp, middle temp and ending temp. Now you can only customize these smart paths with the Davinci APP so I’ll get more into the app functionality in a minute. The default Smart Paths run from 350 to 430 degrees Fahrenheit with the first path starting at 350. From there, the temp will gradually increase to 370 at the 5 minute mark and maintain 370 degrees for the remainder of the session. Smart Path 2 runs from 370-390, smart path 3 is 390-410 and the fourth default smart path runs from 410-430 degrees Fahrenheit.

The next heating option is Precision Mode. Precision Mode allows you to select any temp between 250 and 430 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to get to Precision Mode from Smart Path Mode, push the control button one time and quickly select a temp to stay in this mode. After selecting a precise temp, the display will show the current temp as the device heats up. Press the up or down arrow to change temps and press the control button one time to get back to the Smart Path Mode.

The Last option is Boost Mode. Boost Mode is activated by pressing and holding down the control button. Activating boost mode will rapidly increase oven temperature all the way up to 430 degrees Fahrenheit and maintain that temp until you let off. Letting off the button puts the device into a rapid cool down mode and places it in standby. Press the control button or the up down arrows to return to your previous setting.

You can also activate stealth mode which dims the LEDS by pressing the Control button and the down button at the same time. The control button and up arrow will bring it back to full brightness. It’s definitely nice to be able to dim the LEDS without needing the app.

Click all three buttons at once to switch between Fahrenheit and Celcius and the Up/Down Buttons together will check current battery life.

How to use the IQ WITH the APP

The first thing I’ll go over is how to use the device with the app and walk you through how to set up a custom smart path. When you first open the app, it will show you the current status of the device in the top right corner with the current temp and the target temp towards the bottom.

If you just wanted to select a default smart path and be done, click the “select smart paths” option at the very bottom. From here, you can select any default smart path, the device will turn on and automatically begin heating. It will also display the path you selected in the top right corner and how many times you’ve used this specific smart path. Lastly, the unit will vibrate once the device reaches temp.

If you just wanted one precise temp, you can press the plus or minus button and the heater will automatically begin heating to that temp. You can turn the device off by pressing the standby button below the target temp.

Now to edit a Smart Path we’re going to click on the menu option in the top left, select smart paths and then select which path we want to edit. I’m going to pick smart path 4. From here you can pick a name if you want…and then select “edit path”. I’m going to edit this path for the vape session coming up shortly so I’ll be starting higher than I’d normally prefer. I’ll demo the mouthpieces first, then the nectar collector combo followed by the WPA and Bubbler combo.

My first starting point I’ll set to 380 degrees Fahrenheit at one minute for the dry mouthpiece hits. I’ll then quickly climb to 420 degrees over the next minute while I begin to the use water pieces. I’ll set the last point to 430 degrees which will have it gradually climb 10 degrees over the next 8 minutes. You could also set the last point to something below 10 minutes if you wanted a quicker session. Once you are satisfied with your selections, press the save button and from here you can either click done to go back to the smart paths dashboard or click start and your session will automatically begin. You can do this for all 4 smart paths and once they are set you can change between them with the up/down buttons. You’ll just have to remember what number corresponds to what path.

Some of the other settings within the app include turning off and on vibration alerts which is something you can’t do without the app. You also have access to device information like total usage time, average session length, average temp and favorite path. You also have access to a complete plant guide, tons of walkthroughs, the full user manual in pdf form, a few troubleshooting tips and frequently asked questions.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The cleaning and maintenance is pretty easy with the Davinci IQ. All of the components can be easily removed and for the most part you just drop them into some ISO.
Routine maintenance for me consists of emptying the chamber and brushing out the bowl when I’m finished with a session. The biggest indicator that the IQ is getting dirty and needs to be fully cleaned will be the draw resistance. You can also clearly see buildup forming around the holes of the mouthpiece and the flavor chamber. The top mouthpiece will get the dirtiest the fastest but it’s also the easiest to remove and clean.

So for a full cleaning you’ll remove the mouthpiece from the silicone housing. Drop the mouthpiece in some ISO, and you can clean the silicone gasket with warm soapy water.

Next we’ll remove the flavor chamber from the IQ and remove the gasket from the lid. Drop both glass pieces into some ISO and clean the gasket with some warm soapy water.

Next, grab a q-tip and throw a small amount of ISO on the end of it. Flip the IQ upside down to make sure that we don’t get any liquids in it and swab out the oven.
Like I mentioned above, I don’t remove the pearl from the chamber so I just wipe it down with an ISO soaked paper towel or q-tip.

The easiest spot to overlook is the space underneath the flavor chamber and between the bowl. For this, I’ll use the brush that came with the IQ, flip the IQ upside down and run the brush through the chamber. You’ll want to push it up against the silicone stopper at the bottom. This way the brush can get to the materials underneath. Rotate the brush a few times and you’re good to go.

Overall the Davinci IQ isn’t too hard to clean, but lack of cleaning will cause increased draw resistance.

So now that we’ve covered pretty much all the basics of the Davinci IQ, let’s go ahead and jump into the vape session.

Vape Session:

So for this vape session I will be loading about .3 grams using my santa cruz shredder but grinding upside down so I can get a little finer consistency.
Finer grinds will increase draw resistance but produce bigger clouds, whereas an average grind will produce better air flow but the vapor will not be as dense. Be sure to load the entire chamber for best results.

I’ll select the custom smart path 4 that I created earlier. Now I usually start out a typical session on smart path 1 or 2 and end my session on smart path 3 which is a longer more casual session. So this demo will be a more sped up session to show you what kind of vapor density the IQ can produce.
I’ll use the recessed mouthpiece first, swapping out for the raised mouthpiece, followed by the Honeybird Nectar Collector Combo and finishing up with the 10-14mm Water Pipe Adapter and d020-d bubbler.

I would say that I average between 10 to 30 draws in a session and sessions will typically last anywhere from 5-15 minutes depending on your herbs, starting temps, lung capacity, and if you will be using any glass attachments.

It’s also important to note that the IQ chamber is pretty large. At the time I made this video, the word from Davinci is that they are working on a ceramic chamber spacer. But in the mean time I have a quick modification for shrinking the chamber size which you can check out in my full review at vaporizerwizard.com . I will also update my article and this video when the spacer is released.

The IQ has about average draw resistance for a conduction vaporizer and I find that I get slightly more air flow with the raised 10mm mouthpiece.
The IQ also has some good weight to it which makes it easy to grip and pass around. It works great for long slow draws or short sips, so I find that the Davinci IQ works very well in group settings.

One last thing you can do with water pieces is activate the boost mode after you start your draw.


So the first pro would have to be the extremely compact size of the IQ. It’s easy to grip, pass around and I can pocket it easily on the go.
The IQ is also the best tasting conduction vaporizer that I have tested at this point.
I found that the Davinci APP is the most enjoyable to use and quite possibly the best app for a portable vaporizer.
I also really like the replaceable battery system. It’s definitely not the fastest at charging batteries but you can pick up some great external charging options for cheap and extra batteries currently run $10.95 from Davinci.
You also get multiple mouthpieces, one of which doubles as a WPA.
The custom smart paths provide all the customization that you could want.
You get a full temp spectrum via the precision mode
Lastly, the Davinci IQ comes with a 10 year warranty.


The first con would have to be fact that it takes 240 minutes to fully charge a dead battery within the unit. It’s easy to pick up an external charger but now you’re spending more money to get the most out of your vaporizer.
Next would be the draw resistance and it’s not bad. It’s just not as free flowing as models like the Crafty or Mighty.
I also wish that the pre-heat time was in the 20-30 second range instead 40-60.
I wish the Davinci spacer was out now
I wish the vibrate had a low setting (keep either one or both)
Lastly, the Davinci IQ does get warm on the hands after long sessions.


Overall the Davinci IQ will work perfect if you’re looking for a very pocketable unit, a replaceable battery system, and the purest tasting conduction vaporizer that I have tested to date. You also get full control of your sessions without the need for the Davinci IQ smartphone app.

I can safely say that the Davinci IQ is one of the most enjoyable session vaporizers that I have used. The replaceable battery system is perfect for both long and short trips, plus it works great at home especially with the Nector Collector Combo or the WPA option.

You can buy the Davinci IQ or check out my full article with more pictures by following the links down below in the about section.

If you have any questions about the Davinci IQ or any other vaporizer, feel free to leave a comment below or contact me on my site vaporizerwizard.com.

Don’t forget to like and subscribe if you enjoyed this video. I’ll be working on The Best Portable Vaporizers for 2017 video next.

So stay tuned, thanks for watching and take it easy.

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.


  • 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

    • 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

      • Mellow says: November 5, 2019 at 11:25 am

        Hi buzz received my iq yesterday followed all instructions watched the reviews on YouTube n so on and I’m still getting no clouds, whatsoever I can taste the herb but that’s about it Can you give me any advice. Also device is extremely hot hotter than I expected quite uncomfortable

        • Buzz Danklin says: November 9, 2019 at 1:42 pm

          The best way to get big clouds with the IQ is to use a fine grind and a full pack of the oven. Then when you are drawing take a slow and consistent draw. The device does get hot after back to back sessions however I am still able to throw it into the pocket without worry even after marathon sessions.

  • 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).


    • 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.

      • 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

        • 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.

        • Lonnie Anderson says: December 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

          The best 20amp 3000mah cells are the lg hg2’s Samsung 30q’s or Sony VTC6. The Sony VTC5a is a great 25 amp battery but you only get 2600mah. Any of these batteries will hit like a dump truck and have legit mah ratings which if you do some searching will find is usually lied about from the manufacturer so stick to lg Samsung Sony or Sanyo isn’t bad neither.

        • Frank Sandy says: September 29, 2019 at 1:17 pm

          Just google the Model #. I purchased one because Davinci was out and its was WAY cheaper and Da Vinci charges another 10mbucks every time you purchase from them. The battery is exactly the same.

  • 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.


    • 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.

  • 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?


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

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

  • 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!!


    • 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.

  • 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(?).

    • Buzz Danklin says: November 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

      I recommend the Nitecore I2

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

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

    • 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.

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

    Great review Buzz! Spot on, as always!

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks stickstones!!! Love your content as well!

  • 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

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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!

  • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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 .

      • 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.

  • 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!!!!!!!

    • 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.

  • 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!!

    • 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

  • 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….)

    • 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.

  • 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 :)

    • 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?

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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

      • 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.

        • 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

  • 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!

    • 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.

      • 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!

  • 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.

    • 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.

      • 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

        • 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.

      • 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?

        • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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?

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 8, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      I haven’t had this issue, have you reached out to Davinci yet? Let me know if I can do anything to help! Sorry I missed this comment.

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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

    • 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.

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

    So 15-20 amp battery would charge quicker ?

    • 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.

  • 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 ?

    • 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.

  • Eagleye says: March 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    Just a heads up davinci has glass spacers and that nectar collector honeybird in stock now

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 8, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      They are such good accessories. I definitely use the spacers all the time. Way too much herb for one person if you don’t. Thanks for the update man sorry I missed this comment. They also have the new IQ glove out which is super slick and makes it way easier to hold and pass around.

  • Eagleye says: March 26, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Having the iq ,one needs a few batteries. I got 3 more ,currently using a Sony vtc6 15a 3000mah ,been hitting since early 2 night ago bout 20+ hits in ,checked battery status and I had 3 LCD light lit .
    With stock davinci reds I would already get a power low warning . Got me wanting to check capacity of both on a full charge and compare them all ,those Xstar chargers are good for all of that

    • Buzz Danklin says: March 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      That sounds very promising! Keep me updated on how the vtc6 keeps performing compared to the oem battery, I have had the best luck with the oem batteries up to this point, but I have only tried a few alternatives so far.

  • Michael says: April 3, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Buzz~ All your reviews are terrific. Great stuff! Okay, I’m struggling on what to buy and at the moment I have no vape. I did have the original Pax for a couple of years, but it recently died. I’ve been all over the internet reading reviews, YouTubing, etc. and the Davinci seems amazing. However, without trying each vape it makes it difficult to make a decision. I’m considering 2 vapes. One for home and the other for travel, concerts, outdoors, etc. For home, I’m trying to decide between the Plenty and the Mighty. Not sure I want the cord, but also not sure I want to deal with a “faulty unit” and I know the Mighty doesn’t have the best track record. Both units I understand give top level vapor. For travel I’m stuck between the Davinci IQ and the Utillian 720. The 720 is supposedly all convection so I’m leaning that way (less smell, etc.), but it’s bigger than the IQ and I’m not sure how discreet it is. However, it does look like it’ll fit in a pocket although it might be too big to palm like the IQ. Also, it’s not available from a fair amount of dealers and I haven’t seen many reviews from people who have actually used the unit. So, I’m hesitate to pull the trigger without your thoughts. Your advice will be much appreciated. Thanks, in advance.

    • Buzz Danklin says: April 8, 2017 at 10:52 am

      My two daily drivers are the Mighty and the Grasshopper. IMO you can’t go wrong with this combo. You get long, tasty, smooth, cool sessions from the Mighty and the Grasshopper is the ultimate portable vaporizer on the go. If you wanted more of a session vaporizer for use on the go, I would with the IQ. It’s still very portable, 10 year warranty, smooth cool flavor, quick heat ups and VERY easy to pass around in groups. You have SO much control over your sessions with the IQ and that’s what I like the most. Not to mention both the IQ and Grasshopper offer replaceable batteries. You don’t get that with the utilian. The Grasshopper and IQ also offer a full temp spectrum, whereas the utilian is 8 preset temps.

      If you made me pick the two portable vaporizers that I use the most, they would be the Grasshopper and the Mighty.

  • Rob says: April 22, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Just purchased an IQ and after a few uses left the battery to charge for a couple hours. After unplugging the cord from the USB port, I notice the battery symbol will not go away. It’s as if the unit is stuck in pass through mode. When I turn the unit on it works normally, with no battery symbol. Once I turn it off, the battery symbol continues to show.

    • Buzz Danklin says: April 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Did you pull out the battery completely? I would contact Davinci support. Maybe they have a way to reset the device or another trick.

  • Bernardo says: May 1, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Surprised with your reviews, I’ve seen all of them and now I’m having some doubts (not desktop):

    I’m looking for good quality vapor and I know that the Firefly 2 is the best option. The problem is that I consider other vapes like Crafty or IQ better in terms of overall utility.

    So, with that said I’d like to ask you: On a scale from 1 to 10 what would you rate the overall vapor quality of those 3 vapes, Firefly 2, Crafty and IQ.

    I’m skeptical about the vapor quality of the Firefly 2 or Crafty, is that good ? In comparison to the IQ?

    (I’m not considering the Grasshopper because I really hate when the mouthpiece gets super hot and mostly because of the long time to arrive (Internationally).

    • Buzz Danklin says: May 11, 2017 at 9:49 am

      The Crafty and Firefly 2 are that good compared to the Davinci IQ. The Davinci IQ is king of conduction vaporizers though. If the Firefly 2 is a 10 (portables – vapor quality), the Crafty is a 9.0 and the IQ is a 7.5.

      You are absolutely right when you say the Crafty and IQ are better in terms of overall utility. They are easier to use and get consistent results.

      The Firefly 2 is the easiest to clean/maintain and the Crafty is a close second. The Crafty needs the least daily maintenance but takes the longest to clean when it does get dirty. The IQ would be the hardest to maintain/clean because of all the parts and pieces. That in itself is kind of a plus with the Firefly 2 and Crafty. They use very few pieces, just a mouthepice/lid basically. Whereas with the IQ, you have the mouthpieces, silicone gaskets, flavor chamber, pearl, and batteries.

      I’m kind of rambling now, let me know if you have any more questions.

  • Jason says: May 29, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Buzz!

    I’ve had the IQ for a week now and I love it except for two things and I’m hoping you could help me out. 1) when I charge the battery inside the IQ it will read that it has a full charge but then when I turn it on it reads that it does not have a full charge. and 2) The exterior of my IQ gets REALLY hot to the touch after a short time. For the first complaint, is this an issue with my device, will using an external charger do the trick, or even getting a different kind of battery? And I really do not know what to do for the second. I’m hoping that the heat issue can be fixed because I really like this product but sometimes it just gets too hot and I need to turn off my unit and wait before I can continue my sessions. I’m also kinda concerned about the heat just as an overall safety issue, I do not want the battery overheating and exploding because that really does not sound like a fun time.

    Please let me know!


    • Buzz Danklin says: June 20, 2017 at 10:43 am

      That doesn’t seem right that it’s getting that hot to the touch. I would contact support and try to get a new unit. The battery thing is weird as well so I would just try to get a new unit. I do recommend getting an external charger though. Pick up the nitecore i2 and you’ll be able to charge batteries much faster plus two at one time.

  • Rich says: June 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Hi buz,
    What do you recommend for spacer if you don’t have the davinchi spacer? You referenced an option in your video review.

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 20, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Davinci Spacers lol. I always just loaded a full bowl until the spacers came out. You could also use the mesh wire pads that are used for concentrates but it’s not a very good method. Honestly the spacers are you best bet.

  • Kera says: June 12, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Hey Buzz!

    Thank you so much for your extensive reviews. I tend to have a lot of questions before making a decision so I really appreciate how thorough you are :)

    I’m not new to smoking but very new to vaping. My vocal coach recommended I make the switch since I’d prefer to continue smoking but I’m a singer so I need to protect my voice as much as I can. I was reading about the difference between conduction and convection vapes but I keep getting conflicting information, so I’m trying to figure out what makes the most sense for my situation. Does one pose a greater risk for the harmful effects of combustion than the other? After watching/reading your reviews on the IQ it seems like a great option for me but I just want to be certain that I shouldn’t be considering a convection vaporizer instead.


    • Buzz Danklin says: June 20, 2017 at 9:59 am

      The biggest difference between convection and conduction are the session styles. If you pick up something like the Firefly 2 (convection), you’ll be taking 1-3 puffs and putting it away. With the IQ, Crafty, Pax 3, etc… (conduction vapes) you’ll be sitting chilling for 10-15 minutes. I consider the conduction vaporizers more like a joint or a blunt and the convection vaporizers are more like hitting a pipe or a taking a bong rip. Just the style though, vaping is much better for you.

      I like the Crafty the most, followed by the Mighty, IQ, and Pax 3 for session style conduction vaporizers. I recommend the Firefly 2 or Grasshopper for convection units. You can also leave herb in the chamber with convection units and come back for a later session. Conduction units will continue to heat a chamber as it heats up and cools down.

      • Kera says: June 20, 2017 at 3:32 pm

        Awesome, thanks so much for the info! After watching your review on the Grasshopper I’m thinking that’s the best option for me as I tend to only take a of couple hits and then put it away. I also like the idea of something super simple and straightforward, and it seems like that’s what I’ll get from the Grasshopper? Thanks again for all of your reviews, they’re extremely helpful!

        • Buzz Danklin says: July 2, 2017 at 11:19 am

          Simple and straightforward is a good way to explain the Grasshopper! It works perfect for breaking bowls down into multiple sessions.

  • Crystal says: August 1, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    The magnet for opening and closing to switch out the mouth piece came off within a few days of using it, is that normal? Or how should I put it back?

    • Buzz Danklin says: August 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Not normal. I would just contact Davinci customer support and see what they have to say.

  • Emlar says: November 5, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Hey Buzz,

    Thanks for all the reviews, it’s been helpful in narrowing it down, but I’m stuck between the Mighty and the Davinci IQ. I can only afford one and I’m looking for something that will last. My husband and I are moderate, daily users looking for something we can use discreetly in our apartment (majority of the time) and also take with us on extended backpacking trips. The size of the Mighty is not an issue, but I’m worried about the longevity of the batteries in the long term, inability to charge via usb and by consumer reviews complaining about the lack of customer service and product breakdown after a year or two. The Davinci seems like a good solution for these issues. Given our use, which way would you go if you had to choose between the two?

    • Buzz Danklin says: December 8, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Replaceable batteries are a big plus especially in your situation. I’ve never really had an issue with the MIghty on long trips as long as the battery is fully charged before hand. But if you wanted to do an extended multi-day trip with no charging possible, the IQ will definitely be your best bet. I’ve had the Mighty for 3 years now with no issues and the newer mighty vaporizers have 20% more battery life than my current model. I think you will extremely happy with either but the main thing for me between the two is ease of use and cleaning/maintenance. The Mighty is the easier to use and requires much less maintenance/cleaning. You can load any amount and it will vape it evenly. With the IQ, you need to fully pack the chamber every time for best results and its a pretty large chamber. So if you wanted to do a smaller bowl, you will need to pick up the glass spacers sold by davinci. This will shrink the chamber and allow for a smaller/faster session. It’s a tough choice because I favor the Mighty in this situation but it would absolutely suck to be out and not be able to charge the Mighty. Hopefully I didn’t just confused you more.

      Mighty – easier to use/maintain, less draw resistance, less finicky.
      IQ – Replaceable batteries, pocketable

  • ceah says: January 23, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Hey Buzz!
    I just bought my IQ. I’m enjoying it, but you said you get clouds of steam with low temperatures. the only way I can get clouds of steam is over 180 c°. I wanted to know if I’m doing something wrong, because in thesis the thc is released at temperatures between 157c° and 177c°. Even without steam I feel a little the effects, but i like the steam, makes everything cooler.

    • Buzz Danklin says: January 23, 2018 at 10:25 am

      The best way for me to get clouds is to grind fine and pack tight. If you have chamber spacers, grind up the herb super fine, throw it in the chamber then place glass spacers over the herb. I have noticed that some strains will put out more clouds and usually, the drier the herb, the more clouds as well. Let me know if you have any more questions!

      • ceah says: January 23, 2018 at 11:32 am

        dryer? funny, because my friend put a marlboro in it, and said that there wasnt vapor. we came the conclusion that the herb should be new, as new herbs contain more moisture. And we test it with some dry organic tobacco and there isnt cloud and beside that, the tobbaco gets wasted more quickly. beyond that, my friend test it with some rosemary and thyme, low temperature and said that there is no visible vapor. its like im saying, just above de 177, 180 we get some vapor.

  • ceah says: January 23, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I just forget to ask, did you try this Ghost Vm vape? Look pretty interesting. As I already bought the IQ, I am thinking of buying a convection vaporizer. thanks

    • Buzz Danklin says: January 23, 2018 at 10:26 am

      I have and I’m still testing it. I have an android phone so I had to get a buddy to update my firmware/app (IOS). Now that it is updated, I need a couple more weeks to heavily test it and compare it with some other vaporizers. I’ll try to get something out in a couple weeks! Thanks for the comments and checking out my site.

      • ceah says: January 23, 2018 at 11:35 am

        great! I’m waiting for it. Some say its very good, altough i saw some questions about the vape like if it will do what they claim. In case the answer is yes, should be a problem to Mighty. hehe

  • pat says: April 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    i have a davinci iq and like so many before me i do have serious problem with it…it as stop heating,it doesn’t work anymore after only 3 months of use it’s dead.
    my davinci is registered and under the 10 years warranty but their is the big catch about their warranty they just make it very very difficult to get your device fixed,so much that i have decided not to have it fix and just take my lost and never buy anything from davinci again.
    whenever a company mistreat its customer after selling them default item should never be encourage by buying more from them.
    on top of that the device taste like shit after a very short time of use because it’s impossible to clean it properly.
    definitely not worth 275$+tx
    i’m using my arizer solo that i bought before and loving it better then davinci iq…buyers beware of poor services with davinci they really don’t want to make you happy

    • Buzz Danklin says: May 9, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      Hey Pat what is the issue and is there anything I can do? What did they say when you reached out to them?

  • Maggie Kosniewski says: June 14, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I just want to share that I just bought the IQ based upon yours and other’s reviews. I had the Ascent and it worked like a charm for four years until recently when it failed to charge. Anyway, I got my IQ and was super excited to use it after reading about its design. Well, as others here have stated, my unit heats up so much when I’m using it that I cannot hold on to it without fear of burning my hands and the mouthpiece gets very hot as well. I contacted Da Vinci about this and they said “The unit getting hot is normal, as it is basically a mini oven. The outside of the IQ can get up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. ”. I told them I couldn’t tolerate 130 degrees, and that I wanted to return it. I was then told that only if it was unused could I return it which is ridiculous because how would I know it got super hot unless I turned it on and used it. I will never buy a Da Vinci product again, and just want to warn anyone considering buying the IQ to buy a different vape.

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Sorry you didn’t like the IQ. They did just release the new IQ glove which helps with that problem. It also makes the unit easier to grip and pass around. Do you still have it?

  • Christian says: June 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Hi, thanks for your in-depth reviews and comparisons between similar vaporizers.

    I would like to know which portable vaporizer you would recommend in my case. I can’t make up my mind between the Davinci IQ, the Pax 3 or one of the Arizer vaporizers. Feel free to suggest other options if you think they would fit my needs. What I’m looking for is:
    – good vapor quality/taste (doesn’t need to be big clouds)
    – decent air flow
    – possibility to use different temperature settings
    – efficiency
    – portability (although I’m not going to carry it with me everywhere, I prefer something discrete, but it’s not my main concern, the other points I mentioned are more important to me)
    – possibility to vaporize hash, although it’s not a priority.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 25, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      Hey Christian,

      To be honest all 3 will work out great for you. The Arizer is going to win on flavor and efficiency, the IQ and the Pax will have the advantage on airflow. All units will have adjustable temps, and the IQ/Pax are definitely going to win on the portability aspect because they don’t have glass stems poking out. If you are looking to vape hash, the Pax will do the best, however none of the dry herb vapes do an amazing job with hash so I wouldnt make your decision based on this. The IQ has replaceable batteries which can be really nice if you have extras.

      Overall I think there are going to be pluses and minuses with any of the 3 choices, but in the end you will be very happy with any of them. One extra thing to consider is the Arizer holds about .15g whereas the IQ and the Pax hold about .4g when full, and .2g with a half pack. So depending on your tolerance and local herb quality you might lean towards the larger or smaller bowl.

  • alpine dude says: August 4, 2018 at 10:01 am

    hi buzz
    thanks for your reviews.
    just one thing about the iq: cleaning is absolute shite. theres always stuff between the bowl and the flavour chamber. really hard to get out.
    keep up testing!
    regards, mart

    • Buzz Danklin says: August 21, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Agreed, I need to add something to review about this. The new Davinci Miqro completely fixes this issue and you can clean the entire chamber. Definitely less battery life and not quite as powerful but much smaller and offers a lot of the same functionality as the IQ.

  • Maureen says: October 10, 2018 at 4:18 am

    I had the same problem. The holes in the bottom of the bowl get blocked.
    I almost gave up on this product after 3 months. It was heating up but not producing vapour. I didn’t realise that it wasn’t drawing. I cleaned it according to the instructions a number of times but only after reading the comment here, and your reply, did I realise the problem. I poked a sewing needle through the holes in the bottom and it’s all good now!
    Do you have any other ideas about how to clean out the holes? Is it safe to stick a needle in there?

    • Buzz Danklin says: October 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm

      One of the biggest tips I can recommend is to empty out the chamber immediately after a session. This will help reduce the amount of debris in the vapor path. I’m glad you figured it out and it’s working now!

  • Tyson says: January 16, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Hey I’m torn between the IQ and the miqro. How much herb does each oven hold, and how many hits do you get from each of the two vapes with a fully packed oven? How many 8-10 minute sessions will each vape handle before the battery is dead? I like the portability and size of the miqro, but the battery life of the iq is a plus. Help me decide!

    • Buzz Danklin says: June 17, 2019 at 7:24 am

      The Miqro gets about half the battery life, and it has about half the bowl size, it also produces about 25% less dense vapor compared to the Davinci IQ. So from a purely performance comparison the IQ wins hands down. However the Miqro is smaller and more pocketable. So you will have to chose between best performance, or cheaper price and more portability with a hit to all around performance

  • Fiore says: February 11, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Hi buzz
    Great job on the site
    A question..android app works with the latest update (android pie)? I write you from italy and i have read many negative comments about it…

    • Buzz Danklin says: April 1, 2019 at 11:29 am

      I would assume that it does but I have an iPhone! This might be a good question for r/vaporents on reddit.

  • Fiore says: February 11, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Another question… Can i use the iq with legal erbs like valerian or peppermint to aromatherapy?

    • Buzz Danklin says: April 1, 2019 at 11:28 am


  • LW72 says: September 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    With the IQ if I only want to do a 5 minute session do you just turn off the unit when done?

    • Buzz Danklin says: September 6, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Yes, or you can set up a smart path for that time limit within the app. I would only put in the amount that you want to use because any herb left in the chamber will be waster during the cool-down process.


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