Portable Vape Review: PAX 3 vs. DaVinci IQ

DaVinci IQ vs PAX 3 The PAX 3 and the DaVinci IQ both came out around the same time and they have a lot of similarities, as well as some significant differences.

*NOTE: The Black PAX 3 shown in my comparison video is a pre-production unit. It actually needed some tweaks, and they have since sent me a final production unit now that it’s for sale publicly. This final unit is performing better, so I highly suggest watching my newer PAX 3 review to see what has changed since this comparison with the IQ.

Here’s a comparison table listing some of the most important characteristics: **Updated with specs from final production unit PAX 3

PAX 3 DaVinci IQ
Price $275 $275
Heating Style Conduction Conduction
Oven Material Stainless Steel Ceramic
Oven Capacity ~0.35g ~0.3g
Minimum Herb ~0.15g (half-pack) ~0.3g (full)
Vapor Path Stainless Steel (w/ silicone mouthpiece) Ceramic Zirconia (w/ silicone gasket)
Removeable Battery
Battery life (Usage time) ~90 mins ~70 mins
Charge time ~2-3 hours ~3.5 hours
Bluetooth / APP
True Heat-up Time 15-20 sec 60 sec
Easy to load?
Draw Resistance Average+ Average
Vapor Production Above-average Above-average+
Vapor Smoothness Very good Very good
Flavor / Taste Above-average+ Above-average+
Odor Level Above-average Average
Works with Concentrates? YES, kinda NO
Precise Temp Adjust Only with APP
Country of manufacture China China
Warranty 10 Years 10 Years
VapeRating Tier 1 Top Pick Tier 1 Top Pick
Price $275 $275
  PAX 3 DaVinci IQ

And this is my video comparison of the PAX 2, PAX 3 and DaVinci IQ – it’s a long review but I put a ton of info in there about what makes these different:

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  1. Diane
    November 29, 2016 at 11:34 am

    I have followed you for awhile and know that manufacturers listen to you. So…. please pass on that the bowl in the DaVinci IQ is too large. I own the crafty and firefly 2 and have no problem finishing a session. The 10 min session isn’t long enough to completely extract all from herb and when I look at the residual after 10 min I still see some green. Perhaps a spacer similar to the Crafty. I’m thinking of trying to cut that spacer down and try it in the IQ. Thoughts?

    • Randy Flores
      November 29, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      Do you think the FF2 is worth the $55 more than $275 (Pax3 & DaVinci)?

      Im seeing half and half reviews on the FF2 with most of the complaints being about getting hot and having to pick at the bowl every 4-5 hits. I will be doing alot of ONE HITTERS tho, so that is why I believe the FF2 is best. Vapor taste is #1 on the FF2, but apparently its quite a task to inhale alot of vapor production? Also DaVinci 4 has slightly better vapor taste/production than PAX 3, however, PAX 3 wax insert is not flush with the top. VapeCritic’s PAX 3 also made noise when turned off which is sketchy. FF2 worth it? It will be my first vape, thanks alot!

  2. Stephen
    November 17, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    Would the Davinci IQ be a good back up vaporizer for someone who has the Firefly 2? Can you do a comparison of those models since the Firefly 2 is better than the Pax 3?

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