The Davinci IQ 2 is a dry herb vaporizer made by the company Davinci Vaporizers, one of the older portable vape companies founded in Las Vegas, NV back in 2011. The IQ 2 is an updated version of the OG IQ which was one of the most advanced, intuitive portable vaporizers to hit the market, and is still sold on the Davinci site.
In this IQ 2 review, I’ll go over all the changes, upgrades and explain the new features but for the most part, the newer IQ 2 vaporizer takes everything that was great about the original IQ and makes it easier to use, clean, and maintain.
The IQ 2 comes with a full temp spectrum that is adjustable via on vape temp dials. My favorite features are user-replaceable batteries, an all-glass vapor path, and now includes an adjustable air path called “air dial” that allows you to adjust the flow of the vapor. More airflow equals fewer clouds but smooth and cool vapor, while less airflow equals hotter vapor but bigger and denser hits.
The flavor chamber has been modified into more of a removable vapor path which is much easier to clean and maintain.
The new IQ 2 vaporizer offers the same great battery life, heat-up times, vapor quality, and reliability. The new IQ 2 also comes with some great accessories, including a new dosage capsule and ceramic extract disc, meaning this new version of the IQ can do both dry herbs and concentrates.
I’ll get more into all of that later on in this Davinci IQ 2 review, but for now, if you’re looking for one vape that can do it all, the IQ 2 is a one quiver portable vaporizer for all of your on the go needs.
The IQ 2 retails for $295 and I recommend buying the new IQ 2 vape directly from Davinci. The safest place to buy is directly from the source. They have great customer service, and you can rest easy knowing that you have a genuine product with a 10-year warranty.
*As an added bonus they are currently giving out a free smell resistant carrying case, and dual-use (herb & extract) carrying can with purchase.
IQ VS IQ2 UPGRADES & APP INFO
IQ 2 Upgrades
- Improved on the great taste with even better airflow and cloud production.
- The IQ 2 comes with an adjustable airflow dial allowing you to have a wider-ranging airflow from 40% less to 67% more airflow than the OG IQ.
- The flavor chamber has been modified which makes cleaning much easier.
- The pearl extends roughly 30% further making it easier to customize your oven size and keep your flower packed tightly.
- The 10mm water pipe adapter is still included, but the IQ 2 now comes with a dosage pod, a ceramic extract disc for use with concentrates, and an extra pick tool.
- Glass-lined ceramic oven, glass zirconia pearl, zirconia flavor chamber vapor path, and glass mouthpiece/WPA.
- Now includes a 20% thicker oven and more insulation around the battery for better heating and added oven consistency.
IQ 2 APP Info
- If you are an android user there is an app loaded with features. Unfortunately, Apple has decided that no vape apps are currently allowed in the Apple Store but there are some workarounds.
- If you had already downloaded the app pre-vape-ban from purchasing another Davinci Vaporizer then you can still use it.
- I have also heard you can use an android emulator on an iPhone such as ‘BlueStacks’ but I have yet to personally try this.
- Luckily pretty much everything you can do in the Davinci APP you can still do directly on the device including the new dosage control. All of the information can be found in the manual or online via the Davinci website.
SIZE, PORTABILITY, & BUILD QUALITY
The new IQ 2 vaporizer is roughly 9% larger and weighs 11 grams more than the original IQ. 149 grams on the OG IQ vs 160 grams on the new IQ 2. New weight comes from the addition of the adjustable air dial, thicker oven, and more insulation around the battery.
The IQ two vaporizer is easy to hold in your hand and fits easily in a pocket or purse. I honestly enjoy using the extended or water tool adapter mouthpiece most but the flat piece does improve portability slightly. There are no loose parts so it feels good in my pocket when I am on the go.
The build quality on the IQ2 seems very premium. Davinci says the device was built with purity in mind and all components are medical grade and from what I can tell it’s true. The exterior is a sandblasted aluminum shell, the oven, the vapor path is airtight and glass and zirconia ceramic. They also offer a very long 10-year warranty so they stand behind the quality.
So far mine still looks and acts brand new, but I have been pretty lucky during my time out and about with the IQ 2 so it hasn’t had any nasty drops or falls. I’m wondering how this outer shell will hold up as I continue to put it through its paces. I’ll continue to update this IQ 2 review after more testing.
WHATS INCLUDED WITH IQ 2
- (1) Davinci IQ 2 Vaporizer
- (1) USB Charging Cable
- (10)mm Water Pipe Adapter
- (2) Pick Tools
- (9) Alcohol Wipes
- (9) Organic Cotton Pieces
- (1) Dosage Pod
There are a few accessories available that might be worth considering such as the IQ Sleeve, which is a leather cover that goes over the device to protect it from minor falls and scratches. It also helps dissipate the heat and makes it a bit nicer to grip. I also suggest picking up an extra battery or two.
Remember that you get 10% OFF all accessories with code “WIZARD”.
Anker makes an external battery pack I use that can charge my IQ2 via USB on the go. I also personally use an old cheap nitecore-i2 external charger for my IQ2 and all my other vapes with external batteries and it still works great.
VAPOR QUALITY, HEATING & TEMP OPTIONS
The IQ2 offers the best vapor quality of any conduction vaporizer I have tested. It produces good flavor at lower temps and potent, dense hits at higher temps. Especially with the air dial closed.
Heating and Temp Options
The IQ2 vaporizer temp range runs from 280F – 430F. The IQ2 comes with all the great software features in the OG IQ like smart paths, and heating modes but now the IQ2 comes with a new feature called Dosage Control. You can check out all the info about “smart paths” in my original DaVinci IQ review.
What is it and how is it calculated
One of the new features with the IQ2 allows you to see the dose of “THC” in each draw you take as well as a total amount when you complete a session.
If I understand the algorithm, it’s not the actual amount of THC you are consuming but rather a baseline to judge how much THC you MIGHT be getting based on certain parameters.
Davinci says these dosages are based on a few different variables like oven temperature, the length of your draw, pauses between draws, and the length of time the herbs have been under heat. The algorithm also considers the potency of your dry herb and the amount of dry herb or extracts in the oven.
I really like this type of system combined with the dosage pod for micro-dosing during the day. You can add a “maximum dose” per session, and the vape will alert you when you have reached your set dosage.
OVEN INFO AND PACKING TIPS
The IQ 2 uses a glass-lined ceramic oven and features a conduction style heating method. This means that the herbs will always be heated regardless of whether you are drawing or not, this makes the experience sort of similar to a joint.
Convection vaporizers like the Firefly 2 Plus only heat the herbs as you draw from the vaporizer. This makes it easier to take a hit here or there without wasting any herbs. It’s best only to load the amount you will finish in a single session with conduction styles vaporizers like the IQ 2.
How to Pack Oven
A fully packed oven will hold roughly .5 grams but you can use the pearl to shrink the oven size. You can now also use the dosage capsule for loads around .2 grams and smaller. I personally just use the pearl and shrink oven size for solo sessions, but the new dosage capsule is perfect for micro-dosing and lower tolerance users.
I recommend a medium to fine grind for the IQ 2 oven, and it helps to use a full bowl and pack it down a little bit. You don’t want the flower to be super loose because conduction heating requires contact with oven sidewalls.
MAINTENANCE, CLEANING, & WARRANTY INFO
Davinci modified the flavor chamber for easier cleaning and maintenance. This is easily one of the biggest improvements to the new IQ 2. The oven, vapor path, and flavor chamber are much easier to clean.
How to Clean
I do, however, recommend that you brush out the oven, and brush off the pearl quickly after each session. It doesn’t take long to do and will increase the time you can use it without having to do a full clean.
A full clean will take about 10 minutes or less. Here’s my IQ2 cleaning process:
- Wipe out the oven and pearl with some isopropyl alcohol wipes, or a q-tip dipped in iso. Be sure to hold the device upside down so any excess liquids don’t fall into the device.
- Remove the flavor chamber, cap, and mouthpiece.
- Soak the vapor path and mouthpiece in some ISO. If the cap is dirty, remove and set aside the o-ring, and then soak the cap with the other parts.
- Place the silicone mouthpiece seal and cap o-ring in warm soapy. The o-rings don’t usually get too dirty and won’t need to be cleaned every time.
- Rinse the parts that were soaked in ISO with fresh water and then let everything completely dry before using it again. When in a hurry you can place them in front of a fan for faster drying.
The Davinci IQ 2 offers a 10-year warranty which is one of the best in the business. Davinci Vaporizers has also been around for the better part of a decade so you can rest easy knowing you’re $300 purchase is covered if anything happens. I recommend buying the IQ 2 directly from Davinci. This way you are guaranteed a legit product straight from the source.
The IQ 2 comes with a high quality 3500 mah 10 amp 18650 rechargeable replaceable battery. You get one battery included with the purchase but I recommend picking up an extra (or two). I have tested the vape with older lower quality 18650’s (same mah and amp) and it still works just fine. BUT it does perform best with OEM batteries in my experience.
A fully charged IQ 2 battery will last anywhere from 50-80 minutes. Your mileage may vary depending on how much herb, how long your sessions are, how hard you are drawing, how high the vaping temps are, the how hard you are drawing.
I’ve found the Davinci IQ 2 takes up to six (6) hours to fully charge a dead battery within the device. This is honestly one of the slowest charging vaporizers on the market BUT it does offer good battery life. So if you are concerned about slow charging I would recommend picking up an extra battery or two and/or an external charger. This way you can charge multiple batteries at once and in roughly two (2) hours instead of up to six (6).
Battery Tips and Tricks
Remember that its best to leave unused batteries at a partial charge, ideally around 40%. They degrade much faster if you store them for long periods fully charged or fully dead. It can also help to use them on rotation and I recommend labeling them when you get them. IE. 1,2,3 or A,B,C
IQ 2 VS OTHER VAPORIZERS
The IQ 2 is one of my favorite vaporizers for outdoor activities because of it’s long battery life, durable outer shell and overall portability. However, there are a couple of other vaporizers that I would recommend if you aren’t quite sold on the Davinci IQ 2.
The Crafty Plus is my highest overall rated portable slightly edging out the IQ2. The Crafty+ uses a hybrid heating system so it beats the IQ2 in the overall flavor and vapor quality category. It’s also $60 cheaper but you’re only getting a 3-year warranty vs 10 on the IQ 2.
The IQ2 features higher-quality materials and the IQ also has fully adjustable temps on the device. The Crafty Plus needs the Storz and Bickel app to use more than the 3 preset temps which is currently not available for IOS users.
The battery comparison is a bit of a toss-up because the IQ2 does offer replaceable batteries with good battery life BUT they charge much slower unless you purchase an external charger.
The Mighty is the big brother of the Crafty Plus offering almost double the battery life, quicker heat-ups, and a full temp spectrum with on vape display. It’s also one of the most durable vapes I have used. My Mighty has been going strong since 2014 and I still use it frequently. It’s not the most portable, especially when compared to the IQ 2, but it will last forever and I can always rely on it to produce the same consistent results.
The last vape I would recommend checking out is the Firefly 2 Plus. The FF2 Plus is a 100% full convection portable vaporizer and delivers the best tasting vapor that you can currently get out of a portable vaporizer. The older Firefly models had some issues with battery life and consistency but the upgraded version (Firefly 2 Plus) is honestly the best vaporizer to use if you are looking solely at vapor quality.
IQ 2 REVIEW SUMMARY
Overall the Davinci IQ 2 is the best conduction vaporizer I have tested and could easily be your daily driver. It offers good battery life, quick heat-up times, and the new Air Dial allows you to adjust the draw resistance.
Again, the only downsides that I’ve found with this vaporizer are the charging times but you can easily mitigate that by picking up a cheap external battery charger and a couple of extra batteries. Like other small vaporizers it also gets warm after a medium session and can get hot with very long sessions on max temp, this can be mitigated with the IQ Sleeve.
Where to Buy
The IQ 2 retails for $295 and I recommend that you buy the Davinci IQ 2 directly from Davinci to ensure you get the included freebies. Don’t forget to use coupon code “WIZARD” for 10% off accessories.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Davinci IQ 2 vaporizer review. Be sure to hit up below in the comments or my contact page with any questions and have a great day!