We at MassRoots love to see all the innovative technology that stems from the legalization and regulation of cannabis around the US and world.
Sometimes, we are lucky enough to try out some of the high-end vaporizers and consumption devices on the market. So, we decided to take the DAVINCI IQ for a spin.
We’ve tested out some of the other luxury portable vaporizers in the past, but had only heard good things about the IQ.
For a cannabis tech nerd like our reviewer, the DAVINCI IQ’s integrated iOS app is a great party trick. You can whip out your phone and control virtually every setting on the device in real time via Bluetooth.
Here’s what our reviewer had to say:
My first attempt to use the device was based on my preferred method of figuring out new electronics, devices, etc — trial-and-error. I didn’t bother reading the manual. I ground up some Sapphire Haze grown by Frost in California and prepared to loaded the chamber. I opened the flat-ish flap on the bottom to reveal a ceramic-plated chamber the size of a small shell casing. I began to load the bowl until was densely packed. Then I started hitting buttons and trying to take a hit. Finally, I found what turned out be the right button, which I pressed and from which I proceeded to immediately take a pull. But it wasn’t even close to hot enough yet.
Then, I decided to read the instructions, which led me to find the Smart Path setting. The Smart Path Technology allows the user to create four different preset temperature settings for quick use. I decided to test it out with the settings straight out of the box.
I started on SP1 which took about 10-20 seconds to heat up. I hit it and could taste the flavor of the flower but only generated some vapor. I continued to ascend through the Smart Path settings. As the device was adjusting from SP2 to SP3, I decided to add the mouthpiece attachment. This time when I hit it, the flavor became more pronounced than before. The vapor was thick enough for me to be able to blow “smoke” (technically, vapor) rings. Finally, I got to the SP4 setting. At this point, the flavor remained strong, with a hint of the popcorn flavor that flower often gets when vaped at higher temperatures. The latch for the mouthpiece would not stay closed until I removed the mouthpiece itself — although there is a good chance this was due to user error.
I hit this bowl until there was basically no vapor left. The device became extremely hot in my hand, almost to the point of being too hot to hold, probably due to the fact that I kept hitting the device as long as I did. This took about 10 minutes to happen When I emptied the chamber, the ground up flower was almost completely brown.
For my second bowl, I decided to explore the manual temperature mode. I ground up a bowl of Dream Cake and loaded the chamber once again. This time around, I was able to smoke quicker because I had already familiarized myself with the user manual and operation of the device (duh!)
The manual temperature setting on the DaVinci iQ is known as “Precision Mode,” and allows you to select a specific temperature based on your personal preferences. I vaped the Dream Cake at the following temperatures with the following results, reloading the bowl every other temperature setting:
- 325° – There was almost no vapor and no flavor — probably too low
- 345° – There was slightly more vapor and some flavor
- 365° – The vapor became thicker
- 385° – The vapor became much more noticeable and made me cough
- 405° – Thicker vapor
- 420° – Extremely thick vapor
After I ran through those temperature settings, the device shut off, presumably because there is a 10 min auto-standby feature. As a final test, I decided to try heating the device straight to 420° with a fresh bowl of the Dream Cake. It took about a minute to heat from being off and cooled down.
Overall, it’s a very well-made device. Having tried a few other flower vapes, the programmability and general construction make it at the top of portable flower vape market. The team at DAVINCI hit it out of the park with a feature-rich flower vaporizer.
With a sticker price of $274.99, the IQ is definitely a lifestyle product for people who are tech savvy and conscious about how they consume cannabis. But if that’s your thing, the DAVINCI IQ is right up your alley.
This post was originally published on November 27, 2018, it was updated on November 29, 2018.