DaVinci IQ2 Review – Even smarter than before?
They’ve made some minor design changes and implemented some new features, like the new dosage control system and adjustable airflow: Fun goodies like concentrate pads, a dosing pod function (!) and better cleaning system are some other improvements we’ve seen.
How easy is it to use the Davinci IQ2?
The DaVinci IQ2 is very similar to its processor in this regard, with some solid improvements across the board. To turn the device on, the main power button on the side will do the trick, and changing the temperature up will be done through the two buttons on the same side. The temperature options are the same as the same unit, also with the smart-paths being completely usable, even without the smartphone app.
Cleaning the IQ2 has dramatically changed since the IQ days of cleaning ‘satans anus’. For the uninitiated, this is referring to a little spot between the flavor chamber and the herb chamber which was a complete bi*ch to clean out! Now the process is much easier and the bowl/vapor path cleans out easily with a Q Tip dunked in some isopropyl alcohol.
Huge applause to the DaVinci team for hastily coding the new dosing monitoring directly onto the device in light of Apple banning 180 vaping-related apps! You can input the THC and CBD concentrates, desired dose, and amount loaded into the device to monitor how much cannabinoids you’re taking in. The device will let you know once you hit the desired amount, which can be awesome for medical patients and functional vapers alike!
How long does the IQ2 battery last?
DaVinci has done pretty awesomely with this, letting you slide in a removable 18650 battery. The included one features 3500mAh of juice, which will lead to roughly 6-10 sessions per charge. This is honestly pretty awesome, though they still use the outdated MicroUSB charger which is a bit of a bummer.
Via MicroUSB (boo, not USB-C!) it’ll take around 3.5 hours to charge fully, and we’d recommend using a separate 18650 battery charger too, especially since you might want to carry a spare battery or two anyways. For a portable dry herb vape, the battery option is about as good as you can get and we really appreciate having a removable 18650. Looking at you, Storz & Bickel!
Bowl Size & Heating System
The ceramic conduction bowl on the IQ2 is surprisingly large, holding up to roughly 0.5 grams when finely ground and well packed! Typically though you can load around 0.35 grams, which is still significantly more than most portable dry herb vapes. The ‘pearl’ on the chamber latch can thread in both directions, reducing the chamber size, or the DaVinci IQ glass spacers will also cut the chamber size down quite a bit. We really like the spacers and it’s much better for microdosing this way. Macrodosing though is great for sharing with small groups!
The IQ2 now comes with some concentrate pads and a portable capsule. The capsule holds roughly 0.2 grams inside and works pretty great, though it takes a bit more time for the herb to heat-soak and start hitting hard. The concentrate pads work alright, but we much prefer using a dedicated wax pen vaporizer instead.
How’s the DaVinci IQ2 Vapor Quality?
For a stealthy portably dry herb vape, the DaVinci IQ2 is definitely near the top of the table! While we’re not as fond of conduction vaporizers, the IQ2 is definitely the best conduction vape we’ve tried. The flavor for the first handful of hits is very nice, it heats up in around 30 seconds, and the adjustable airflow is definitely nice to play around with. We found we liked a half-open draw for the best vapor/air ratio while it still being smooth on the lungs.
The vapor path is well insulated from the electronics and the cloud production is certainly impressive, especially with larger bowl sizes. The ABV comes out nice and dark, without much stirring required. While some people don’t care for the flavor chamber, loading it with herbs like sage or clove can provide some surprisingly nice flavor, changing up the experience quite dramatically.
The ability to attach a bubbler definitely increases the quality of the IQ2 twice over. With the power of water-cooled vapor on your side, you’ll never have to worry about coughing. Definitely a point in the IQ2’s favour.
We give the vapor quality a solid 7.5/10, with a desktop vape like the Volcano Hybrid being a 10. This is very impressive considering the size, and it’ll satisfy most users quite well. Is the vapor quality better than the OG IQ? Yes, but not really so much that it’s worth upgrading just for that.
How Portable and Discreet is it?
DaVinci quotes the new IQ2 to be “9%” bigger than the original. Honestly, though this difference is hardly noticeable at all, and we find it’s still a great portable herb vape! It’s almost as compact as you can get while still housing a 18650 battery inside. It also weighs a whole 11 grams more than the original, which is basically nothing. It’ll fit comfortably in your pockets without issue and take up a negligible amount of space.
Able to hide away almost entirely in the palm and resembling somewhat like a normal e-cig or power bank makes it a fairly stealthy unit. However, it puts out heavy amounts of skunky smell, characteristic of conduction session vapes. Keep this in mind if you want to toke up in places you shouldn’t, they’ll probably still be able to smell it!
What accessories come with the DaVinci IQ2?
DaVinci includes a pretty decent kit bundled alongside the IQ2. Inside the box you get:
- DaVinci IQ2
- 3500mAh 18650 battery
- USB Charging cable
- Cotton concentrate pads + steel concentrate pad
- Cleaning tools and alcohol wipes
- Dosing pod
- Flat mouthpiece
- 10mm mouthpiece
- Safety instructions
- Quick start guide
The box itself is pretty awesome and has a little drawer-type compartment to store everything away safely. We’re really glad about what they included and it’s good enough to start with. We’d probably recommend picking up a couple more dosing pods as well to accompany you when you’re out and
Manufacturer reputation and dependability
DaVinci makes an awesome product and they back it up with a solid 10-year warranty. We’ve heard some incredible stories about their customer service, which is very reassuring. We’ve seldom heard of DaVinci IQ’s malfunctioning and the new design changes have made it even more reliable in terms of cleaning and heat control. The new pearl is much less likely to fall/break off too!
Replacement parts are around as well, in case you lose the flavor chamber or stir stick. The overall build quality and engineering behind the DaVinci IQ2 is top notch, not to mention the truly brilliant and luxurious packaging. Kudos to the DaVinci team, they really know how to design and package a product!
The price is definitely on the high side, but you get what you pay for in the same way. The performance may not completely stand up to some of the top dogs, but it certainly makes its mark! The integrated stir stick, app control, flavor chamber, herb capsule, adjustable airflow, and generally great design are things you just don’t see in other portable herb vapes!
Who is this vaporizer for?
If you want a portable dry herb vape that offers a lot more than your bog standard budget herb vape, then the DaVinci IQ2 certainly delivers on that! For someone who’s out on the go a lot and who wants to keep track of their weed usage/dosing, then it’s perfect. Functional stoners and medical patients alike can definitely get some great use from that feature.
We’d say its closest competitor is the Pax 3, which it beats hands down! The removable battery, versatility, and performance of the IQ2 beat it out easily.
It still does get quite warm during use and if you’re a heavy smoker who does constant back-to-back sessions with friends, then you might want something a bit more heavy-duty for sessions like the Storz & Bickel Mighty or Arizer Solo 2 or a desktop herb vape.
We really like the original DaVinci IQ, and the IQ2 is definitely an improvement over the original. The device doesn’t get as hot (still gets warm), the adjustable airflow is nice to play around with, the dosing monitoring is definitely welcome for advanced users, and some minor quality of life changes definitely make it better than the original.
However, it is pretty pricey and you’ll be shelling out quite a bit of cash. We consider it to be worth it, unless you’re a stickler for vapor quality and demand the best flavor at any compromise. For a portable dry herb vape though, it’s very stealthy and a solid unit for sure.
In fact, it’s about as good as you can get to give the size of the unit. A removable 18650 is super nice to have and sadly only a few units offer that ability. It’s not a budget herb vape by any means, but it’s worth the price if you’re looking to shell out for a good dry herb vape! See our best budget weed vapes list if you’re a bit strapped for cash!
We’re not exactly sure how accurate the cannabis dosing system they have implemented is, but we’re going to go out on a hunch and say the DaVinci team did some quick maths work to get this working accurately! Time will tell if it’s any good or not. Check out our DaVinci IQ2 vs IQ review as well!
Overall, good device! Would recommend it, unless you’re a flavor/vapor purist! Looking at you, Reddit!
Tips for best performance
Here are some DaVinci IQ2 tips & tricks to have it working even better than usual!
- A fine (not superfine) grind packed down slightly tight definitely gives the best results! Not too tight or fine as that’ll impede the airflow.
- Slow and long draws work better than hard rips. Vapor is normally best on the 3rd-6th hits!
- Load the flavor chamber up with some herbs like lavender, chamomile, sage, peppermint, or damiana for some great flavors! Check out DaVinci’s list of the alternative herbs to vape on.
- The smart-paths are great for gradually increasing temperature over the duration of the session.
- Stir the chamber halfway through the session to have your weed evenly cooked.