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.
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.