The DaVinci Portable Vaporizer

The DaVinci Vaporizer The DaVinci is a sleek little portable vaporizer that came out in the first half of 2012. It’s near the top of the price range for portable vapes so I put it through the test to see if it matches up against the others.

Overall it’s a decent product, and it has certain unique qualities that appeal to some users, but if performance is what you’re going for I think there are better vaporizers for the money.

It is certainly easy to carry around and is relatively small, so if portability is your main concern then you may want to consider this one.

The main drawback to the DaVinci in my opinion is the high temp of the air when you’re inhaling, it can be a bit irritating. I also don’t like how hot the unit gets on the outside, it’s too much.

If you think this vape is right for you take a look at this store. That’s where I got mine from and they’re an authorized dealer with free shipping, they ship fast too.

*** UPDATE 11/2013: This company’s newer model (the Ascent) was recently released, and I think it’s better, you can watch my review here.

VapeRating: 75/100

Video transcription:

This is the new DaVinci vaporizer, a portable vape, and this one comes in at $249.

To start with the basics I’ll do view a quick overview of the vape itself, just to get you familiar with how it works and the different parts it has.

So first of all it’s on the smaller side of portable vapes that are out there, and it’s most comparable in size to the iolite and the Wispr vaporizers. The DaVinci however is powered by rechargeable internal lithium-ion batteries.

There’s only a few buttons to worry about on this one: you have the main on/off switch on the side here and then on the front this bottom button turns the heater on and off and the plus and minus buttons adjust the target temperature.

Then up here we have the mouthpiece and the herb chamber. Now the mouthpiece itself can be unscrewed and taken along separately if you want. This little button on the side will open the main chamber, and inside you’ll find a few different things. Down here is the main heating chamber, this is where the unit gets hot. Over here we have the brush that comes with it and also a storage compartment if you pull open this rubber piece. It’s big enough inside the storage chamber to fit either the oil cans that it comes with, which I’ll explain more about in a minute, or some extra herbs.

So now that we have the basics down, let me tell you what I think about it. I think it’s okay, and there’s a couple things I like about it, I’m just not going to be rating it higher than most of the vaporizers I’ve tried already.

Some of the things I liked about the DaVinci that I was impressed with were the look and feel, because it is pretty comfortable to use and has a simple discreet look.

I also liked the storage compartment that was inside and the fact that you have a little spot to store the brush. I thought that was pretty cool because I don’t think many vapes have that feature. And I also thought that it heated up pretty fast, and once you set your desired temperature it pretty much reached it in about a minute or two.

Now the only thing that was a little bit of a negative in regards to the battery is that I guess with the smaller size you end up sacrificing some power, because the most I’ve been getting on a full charge is four or five sessions, which is not terrible at all it just happens to be less than most other portable vapes I’ve reviewed.

So heat up times will vary depending on how full your battery charge is. Generally I’ve found that when you first charge up the unit it’ll reach your target temperature pretty quickly, usually in around a minute, but then once you get towards the end of your charge and the battery is running out it could take up to two minutes to reach the desired temp. Either way though this is still pretty good and is not very long, most vapes fall between 1 and 3 minutes for heat up time.

The DaVinci has an automatic shut off set for 10 minutes, and you can have 4 or 5 of these 10 minute sessions before it finally dies. When you need to recharge the unit it could take up to three hours, but with this vape you can still use it while it’s charging which is cool.

The herb chamber design I found to be most similar to the NO2, with its skinny long design. Another part that closely resembles the NO2 is the display screen, which is nearly identical.

Vapor quality I would say is okay to decent, and the chamber is big enough to provide at least 10 draws if filled most of the way up. Now something I wasn’t too thrilled about, which is a common problem that a lot of other portable vapes have, is that after the first few draws it starts to feel pretty hot when you inhale and can be a little irritating.

Now not only does the vapor itself get a little hot but so does the outside of the unit, which is another thing you need to be a little careful with. After the unit has been running for a few minutes the area near these vent holes on the front and the back surrounding the heating chamber start to get very hot, to the point where if you were to actually grip it and leave your hand covering it you would start to feel a burn within 5 seconds or so, so you do need to be a little careful of how you hold it when you’re using it.

If you’re wondering about the best temperature to use with this vaporizer, every time you first turn it on it will default to 375°, and I found through my testing that this is pretty much the best temperature to be at. On a few occasions I even bumped up the temp close to 385, and I got some pretty good results, but anything beyond that might start to get a little harsh.

It also comes with what they call oil cans, which are these little things right here. These little metal cans have rubber tops that you could take off using the back of the brush tool. According to the manufacturer these things are used when you want to vape essential oils or concentrates. You’ll see here when I open them both up that one of them has this absorbent material inside if you’re going to be using this with a liquid.

The DaVinci may appeal to some users, and it certainly has some unique characteristics, but if you’re looking for a portable vape with performance being its strength, I think you may like some of the others, and they may even be a little less expensive, like the Solo or the Launch Box.

To watch more reviews and see what rating I give to each Vape, check out my website VapeCritic.com, or if you’re looking for the best place to buy one of these things go to DaVinciVape.info to be redirected to the store I got mine from.

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  1. Not too bad of a review. I don’t agree with the heat being an issue in that I have had the unit up to 420F and could still wrap my hand around it and not feel a burn at all — to me it is only gets quite warm but not burning hot. For me the draws never become uncomfortably warm, though I have heard this from others. If draws were too hot one could opt for the long 20cm whip accessory. I agree that battery life could be an issue especially if you could not get to an outlet. I usually use mine in an outlet to preserve battery life unless I take it out. When I have taken the davinci out it never ran out of battery power. No doubt sharing with a pal would drain it pretty quickly. The other more serious battery issue is replacement because the battery will run out of juice after 6 months of use — you have to send it in to the manufacturer to have the battery replaced. Now that is a drag. And as far as the davinci’s best quality — THE STEALTH FACTOR — no other vape touches the davinci. Thank you for taking the time to review the davinci vape.

      • Can anyone help me with taking the unit apart without breaking it? I would like to replace the charger connector with something a little more robust. I love the unit other than the power connector getting flaky if you use it plugged in most of the time like I do. Not concerned about voiding the warranty. Thanks.

    • Vape Worked Well FOR A MONTH !!! NOT IMPRESSED
      Hopeful the replacement is a touch better.I didn’t get to drop it even once.Certainly no volcano …. I vape mine all the way to 9
      and cook the remains…Brownies Are Great !!
      KEEP UP THE GREAT REVIEWS GUY>>>I LOVE THE HONESTY!THANX

      • I would go with the davinci all the way. If you have any type of problem Davinvi customer support does not screw around. I called them with a problem and instead of nickle-and-diming me they just said let us send you a new unit. You only find such good customer support at companies that really care about what they are doing. If you had any doubts about purchasing a davinci you can be confident that davinci has your back.

    • I would say that this vape performs very similarly to the NO2. The herb chamber designs are very similar and I found the vapor quality and production to be about the same.

  2. We took apart the de vinci because of the bad plastic and chemical taste and were appalled by the design. The air intake flows through the heating coil which is wrapped around the inner canister by tape to hold the coil in place. The outer canister which can be seen from the vents has small holes so the air flows in.That air is mixed with the fumes coming out of the tape and glue that is wrapped around the heating coil which can heat to 430. It also has a rubber gasket between the herb chamber and lid which probably emits fumes too. We have a picture of the inside but I dont know how to post it. We vape with health in mind and when using the da vinci this unit contaminates the air with plastics and glue from the tape. This unit doesn’t seem to be too heathy and I have stopped using it.

  3. i just recenttly purchased the Da vinci. this is my first experience with any vape. although i am an experienced tobacco user. ill be honest i was skeptical at first about the product. it defffinitly made the tabacco ….. Creep up on me and have a different suttle yet potent effect. i have found that a dryer higher grade tobacco is nice for a few hits at 355 and then slowly bump up for the next five hit to 380. then i roast the rest at 430. at this point i have seen smoke come out of my mouth, the mouth piece and, even the seams of the chamber that holds the products. but this is how i best conserve and consume all of the niccotene from the tobacco. also i re use the tobacco is my tobacco pipe. stealth is great with it but it does give off a peculiar smell. i have been accused of smeelling of beer after using the Da Vinci. but there is still alot to find out and fix with this new product but i see there being a bright and beautiful future for new and improved Da Vincis to come.

  4. I have just recently bought a DaVinci, so far I am loving it. Absolutely not problems with it. Just hoping that it doesn’t have the same macanical problems as others, enjoy.

  5. I’ve had my DaVinci from almost the time it came out and haven’t had any issues with it. I’ve tried my friend’s Iolite WISPR and there is no comparison. I haven’t tried an Arizer yet.

    I also tried a Pax recently and really like the Pax, but the DaVinci is still my vape of choice.

    A friend ordered a DaVinci and it had an issue with the heat display. The folks over at DaVinci took care of him and replaced his unit right away.

    I’ve had my davinci with me at a movie theater, on a roller coaster and even at a business luncheon…convinced someone it was a cell phone, although if you were really sniffing for it, you could smell the herb smell. It was faint, but there.

  6. I chose the DaVinci for several reasons:
    1. Stealth
    2. Portable/Car adapter
    3. Easy maintenance
    4. It’s a vaporizer!

    What I like:
    1. You can get big, smokeless hits and not even realize you’re getting baked.
    2. It gets hot, but it’s not what I thought it would be. You just have to hold it correctly.
    3. It can be used for oils and waxes.
    4. It fits in my pocket and is super stealth.

    What I don’t like:
    1. It uses a lot of material. It’s gone before you know it.
    2. I’VE HAD IT FOR 7 DAYS AND IT ALREADY STOPPED WORKING.
    It doesn’t heat up anymore. Obviously, I have major quality concerns now.

    • I would definitely agree with you about the quality concerns. I got my first unit a few months ago and was really impressed by the storage features, quick heat up time and the overall look and feel. Worked great for the first week delivering full hits and looking super sexy, but then it wouldn’t fully charge even when plugged in all night. Then, before I even contacted customer service, it went up in flames. I guess the thermostat or something internal malfunctioned and the unit would not stop heating. I had it just sitting flat on the table, not covered at all and walked away for a few minutes figuring the timer would kick it off anyway. Came back from my piss to burning plastic and smoke. Da vinci was really good replacement wise, got the store to hand me a new unit no shipping involved, but the incident has left me a little wary and I never let the thing out of my sight when using again.

      I was also a little disappointed to find that it takes 3 HOURS to fully charge the unit and that even though you can “charge when in use” the using of it drains more battery than the charger replaces.. so you can’t really use AND charge it, just use it while plugged in. One more note, DON’T GET THE WHITE ONE. The vents on the face of it seem to seep out some vapor and the whole area has a yellow stain to it that I noticed after the first week of use.

  7. I just picked up a new Davinci and seems to work well. But I’m wondering if anyone else’s makes a whistling sound when drawing off the included piece? I’m not sure THAT’s real stealth but I agree the size is… I hope the battery works well. It’s been charging longer than the recommended first charge but not showing fully charged on display.

  8. I bought my Da Vinci having only tried a friends Volcano once before. It does the same thing, only on a smaller scale and less robustly. The unit is sturdy and still operates after dropping on a slate floor. Gets hot after a couple minutes. The brush is handy to have. Comes with a users manual and has a serial number. Supposedly will replace battery up to two years with original reciept. Gets hot. Turns off too early. Also the highest charge this display will give you is 75% battery.

  9. I just started growing some flowers. Haven’t touched ANYTHING the last 15 years after decades of heavy use. I decided smoke was out. Can’t stand the smell of tobacco any more so a vape was the way to go. Portable, too. I want stealth.

    Checked out various portable options at the local shops. The Da Vinci was by far the coolest thing out there, IMO. Great looks, great reviews, apparently superior customer service (If necessary). All of the cons I’ve read just seem to be splitting hairs. I doubt any product is going to be perfect, but the Da Vinci seems like a good compromise until the perfect machine comes along. Now that it’s been out almost a year, it’s available for a lot less than the $200.00+ prices advertised. Accessories are still pricey, but oh well.

    I think it’s an elegant little machine, and I’m going to enjoy using it for a long time to come!

  10. I have had my davinci for a few months and use it every day. today i noticed the chamber smoking when it was set at around 365 degrees. Any idea what my have caused this? I noticed it when I opened the chamber to stir the contents, you cannot see the smoke when the chamber is closed.

    • Sounds like it might be from residue buildup inside the chamber. But I did receive a few complaints similar to yours and in some cases the device itself ended up being defective.

      I would clean it out and see if it may be residue causing the smoke, and if it’s not I would contact the manufacturer.

    • Performance-wise they’re fairly similar, but I’ve personally used my NO2 more than I’ve used my DaVinci.

      The compactness of the DV is cool but I’m just not really a fan of the vapor it produces, I find it to be a little too hot/harsh.

      The NO2 isn’t much better, but for me provides a slightly more comfortable experience. It’s almost twice the size of the DV though, so not nearly as portable.

  11. When i first heated up the divice to 221°C (429°F) i noticed som rubber smelling vapor wich seems to come out the chamber.
    I Heated it up for many times just to make sure any chemicals Vpaorized completely because i dont want to inhale that plastic smell.
    Now is has been heated up 20 times to 221°C (429°F) for 10 minutes and it still vaporizes a Plastic Smell wich i can see when i use a bright pocket lamp.
    We now tested it with a new one and its still the same.
    Heating it up to highest level causes plastic vapors wich dónt find an end.
    You only can see the plastic vapors withapocket lamp.

    Can anyone tell me how to avoid theese plastic vapors?

    I dont want to use the device til i know wtas this vapor.

    It smells a öittle bit like Rubber/Plastic and i really dont want to inhale it.

    I think tha vapor comes from the rubber seal upside the Heating cmanber.

    I really dont belive that this part is made of temperature Proof silicone.

    Did anyone open the davinci and can post Pictures of its inner Life.

    • Hey Gunner,

      Thanks for your post.

      I’ve received this same complaint before, and heard about it on a few occasions.

      The DaVinci isn’t one of the best designed vapes in my opinion, and I think it’s due to some kind of manufacturing defect.

      I’m not sure where I saw it in the past but if you search around I think you’ll be able to find a video or pictures of what the inner workings look like.

      • Hello,
        i opened mines to check whats wrong and found out tht tha black rubber part upside the chamber produces the plastic vapors.
        When the manufracturer says the rubber pice is made of silicone i dont belive in this.
        Greets Gunner

  12. Love the DaVinci. It is portable so obviously it’s not gonna wreck ya straight off. That being said the battery life is kinda weak because the sucker heats up in a little over a minute. Not bad. It does not get that hot. Crazy good functionality, what I think they are going for

    • Hey man I’m not completely sure it’s a little outside my area of expertise.

      I have an Omicron and I like it, but the only other oil vape I’ve tried at this point is one of those generic e-cig pen models.

      Hopefully I’ll be able to try more soon

  13. About a month after purchase the straw and little brush fell apart. I called customer service several times and left a message every time and they never returned my calls. I decided it was time to start posting negative feedback on their FB page. This worked like a charm as I received a call from them about an hour after that!

    When I spoke with the customer service rep she was very apologetic and said she would send out 2 straws for the inconvenience. Wow! I thought. That was nice. Maybe these guys aren’t so bad. So, 3 weeks went by and I never received anything. Called customer service again and they didn’t respond to my messages again.

    I decided to get crafty and call their wholesale line (you bet they answer this line on the first ring!). Once I was in touch with the rep they told me the order was completed but never shiped! I think the staff might be using the product to often over there! Anyways, I haven’t been able to use it for the last month. I got my fingers crossed but not holding my breath.

    The few positives about this product are far outweighed by the terrible customer service and overall poor product quality. Also, it is important to note that this product is not suited for heavy use. If you charge it once a day (needed after 4 sessions), the battery will only last 90 days before it no longer holds a charge.

    Avoid at all costs.

  14. Great unit mine bummed out in 4 months (not uncommon in portable vapes due to the batteries being close to the heating element) but karma had great customer service and i should be getting my new unit very soon (hope it lasts longer), as far as performance wise the thing is great. never combusts and is easy to use. as far as portables go id advise the DV or the pax their both very good vapes.

    Im really hoping my new unit performs longer because besides that i have nothing negative to say about it.

  15. Really appreciate the comments here. Was all set to get the Pax, but got hit by some massive anti-Pax, pro-Da Vinci propaganda. Good to hear some actual, first-hand experiences rather than rumors. I’ll take a vape that needs a little extra cleaning over a vape that might be too hot to handle half the time …

    Now all I’ve got to do is pick my Pax color …

    • Hey yea there’s some anti-Pax stuff out there but IMO most of it is unwarranted, it’s a great vape.

      Hope you enjoy it, stay up!

  16. I’ve had my DaVinci for about a month. It’s my first vaporizer.

    After two weeks, the stem broke off – a really bad design element being that it’s threaded and removing the stem is the only way to easily load the chamber, so you’re always twisting that plastic/metal joint. Of course it’s not going to last. They could’ve used a luer lock union, but whatever. No one answered the phone when I called about this but they did email me back after a couple of days and offered a replacement IF I sent them a pic of the old one (which I’d already tossed and replaced with a length of PharmMed BPT #16 tubing). Whatever. It still works.

    I was able to use it over 2.5 days during scout camp on one charge (not getting too ripped, of course).
    Cleaning is easy with IPA and Q-tips. Loading could be easier, but it’s tolerable. The brush is small, but big enough. It’s darn pretty – and very portable. I don’t know what everyone is complaining about the heat for – just don’t hold it where it’s too hot. I’ve not been burned, but it is uncomfortable. The max temp of my unit is 405 – a lovely bit of freeway in LA.

    I chose this over the Pax solely on the use-while-charging feature. But that was before I saw your review. And anyway I’m so anal about keeping the thing charged, I probably don’t need to worry about that.

    I’ve only vaped with this model – so I’m not qualified to talk about comparative vapor quality, but I agree it gets hot and is rather irritating at times – makes me cough sometimes if I’m getting too aggressive.

    Oh, and the storage space is not airtight, so if you need to control smell, don’t use that feature.

    My next vaporizer will probably be a Plenty as I’m ready for a home model (vs. portable/car model) – though the Plenty is plenty damn ugly.

  17. I’ve to buy my first vaporizer and I think DaVinci is the right for me.
    I need to vaporize only a small amount of herb (0.15 gram), so I need to know if DaVInci works well with small amount of material or not.
    How many amount of herb is possible to fill in daVinci chamber ?

  18. Had unit for a month – works perfectly with no issues. Elegant, robustly made, and incredibly stealth, this unit can be used anywhere.

    Absolutely no complaints, vapor is strong and very tasty. I bought the snorkel fro home use, gives a cooler draw, though the draw with the original mobthpiece is fine.

    Best portable I’ve seen, and I prefer it over the new Ascent which has too much breakable glass, and looks like a pipe with monthpiece extended, ruining stealth factor.

  19. I am disappointed completly about the Davinci Vaporizer !
    After 2 month of using it break down ! The display stopped working suddenly ! I tried to get support by mail – NO ANSWER !
    Then I tried to make a phone call, but the number does not exist !
    It is a product from the USA – I never would buy it !
    Cleaning is very difficult. I tried to change the sieve, but the cap which holds the sieve could not be opened and breaks down !
    A really bullshit product !

  20. I’m having all kinds of weird issues with my DaVinci. I’ve had it for a year, and it’s just not producing great vapor as it used to. I’m not sure if there’s an issue with the heating element. I’m vaping at 378 degrees, which has traditionally been the sweet spot for me with this particular vape. When I draw slowly, it doesn’t even feel like I’m getting anything, and there is barely any vapor when I exhale. I’m not sure if this is typical of vapes in general, but I also seem to use more herb that I would with traditional methods. Lastly, the desired “effect” has diminished. Customer service is great, however. I’ll be sending it back to them, and they assured me they would send me a new unit after they test it.

  21. Hey, I was wondering if you’ve had a chance to use the updated 2013 DaVinci model. From what I’ve read they seem to be improved with respect to battery life and vapor taste, but I wanted to see if you think they’ve made any significant improvements and how you would rate it. I’m having a tough time deciding between one of these and a Solo.

    • Hey I haven’t tried any updated DaVinci model, and I’d be skeptical that it’s any better than the original, but they did come out with the Ascent which I think is a much better designed vape, so if you’re interested in their units I would look into that one. If not I would still recommend the Solo over this one as long as you don’t mind it not being very portable (kinda big and clunky, better for cordless home use).

  22. Hi there! I am about to buy the Da Vinci. I am worried about the hot and harm smoke you were talking about. Do you think the 20cm long straw, which you can buy extra for it, would completely solve this problem? Is this vaporizer a good option as my first and only vaporizer? How long does the battery last? Will I get the three batteries with it? How much work it is to change the battery? Is it doable to change it on a party or somewhere out?
    Thank you very much!

    • Hey John the longer straw should help bit to make the vapor more comfortable but I’m not sure if it would completely solve the problem. I think this vape is ok overall but it’s not one of my favorites and I don’t recommend it very often, that said though there have been people who have told me they like theirs so there’s a chance you would too. Battery life will vary depending on usage but it’s not replaceable, you just plug it in and recharge it after it dies.

  23. After sending my first DaVinci back because of temperature control/vapor output issues, the company sent me a new DaVinci free of charge. This model looks just like the original DaVinci, but the lid opening mechanism is magnetized and the button latch is gone. I’m not sure why they felt the need to change this – the magnet is super strong and can snap close fast and heavy – I’ve caught the edge of my finger a few times. Not a deal breaker. Perhaps I had a faulty unit all along, but this new vape performs so much better than my first one. Excellent vapor output, although kinda harsh at the manufacture default temp of 375.

    All in all, a markedly better vaping experience.

  24. This thing isn’t worth half the price. Davinci’s customer service will not read your emails properly nor take them seriously. They certainly don’t act like a company selling the most expensive portable vape out there. Mine was sent with an incorrect power supply and when I followed up 12 days later they still hadn’t sent a replacement. By this stage BOTH the supplied glass stems had cracked, but their customer service guy, rather than sending a replacement with the new power supply, told me to read the warranty instead.

    Look at their Facebook page, it’s full of complaints and unhappy people. They should consider themselves lucky they aren’t facing a class action law suit over their poorly designed and broken product. Caveat Emptor with these jerks.

  25. Thanks for the review. Never vaped and have a technical question. Do you have to vape all the material in the chamber with each use? I generally only uses a little at a time. Can I fill the thing and stretch the draws out over hours or days? Or should I only use a little at a time and clear it out (u said in an earlier comment that using a little is not as good per draw). Thanks for the info

  26. Hey Bud, really enjoy your videos. They’re very informative and based on my research, reviewers opinions and a hell of a price I bought the Davinci from their website about a year ago.

    At this point in time I’m working on my 4th vaporizer from the company. I’ve been having a problem with a power connection and it appears the thing shuts completely down and dies after using it awhile while plugged in.
    Their customer service was great the first 2 times but last time it took them awhile to send the new vape back.

    You probably know they came out with a version 2 that’s supposed to fix some of the negative features you mentioned in your review. I wonder if you could add an updated review on the newer unit.

    BTW… Got so frustrated with the Davinci that I went out and bought the Arizer Solo. Similar concept to the Davinci but much better executed. My only complaint about the Solo is the O ring that holds the glass straw in place. Once the unit heats up, the straw can very easily fall out and break. Other than that, it’s an awesome portable vape.

    Thanks for the vids Bud and keep on vapin !

    • Hey thanks for posting,

      I wasn’t thoroughly impressed with this original unit so I decided to skip buying the version 2 and just waited for their Ascent to come out. Not sure if you’ve seen it but it’s definitely a step up from this design, you can check out my review here.

      Glad you’re enjoying the Solo too, stay up!

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